Kirkland & Ellis (London)

Thomas Wilson

Kirkland & Ellis (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Thomas Wilson is an antitrust partner in Kirkland’s London office. He represents clients before the EU Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. Thomas has particular experience advising on EU and multi-jurisdictional merger control, EU cartel investigations, State aid, compliance matters and EU antitrust litigation. Thomas regularly speaks at competition law conferences and frequently publishes on practically relevant topics. In 2017 and 2018, Thomas was recognized as a “Future Leader” by Who’s Who Legal. Who’s Who Legal recognised the “extremely good” Thomas Wilson for his “vast experience and knowledge in the field of global merger control” and acknowledged his “deep knowledge of cartel and state aid matters, particularly relating to the banking sector”. Prior to joining Kirkland, Thomas was a counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels.

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2664 Bulletin

Thomas Wilson, James Parkinson Minority shareholdings : an overview of EU and national case law


Minority shareholdings are a widespread phenomenon in the economy and there are a variety of reasons why firms buy shares in other companies (e.g., diversification, joint R&D or access to new technologies). Most merger control regimes distinguish between controlling and non-controlling minority shareholdings and will only review transactions when an acquisition leads to a controlling influence over another firm. However, the approach to the concept of control differs by jurisdiction and some countries apply merger review rules to a wider range of transactions, including influence that is not equivalent to control. A small number of countries may even require merger filings in case of share acquisitions of 5-10% and may request detailed information on passive minority investments as part of their review (which in some instances will be challenging or even impossible for merging parties to provide). More recently, there has been a controversial debate as to whether common ownership of minority shareholdings held by institutional investors in competing firms needs to be factored into the substantive merger assessment of competition authorities.

This foreword identifies recent trends and summarises the different approaches across certain key jurisdictions to which minority shareholdings are particularly relevant.

Paula Riedel, Thomas Wilson, Shane Cranley The EU Commission issues a first amendment to the Temporary Framework enabling Members States to accelerate research and development testing and the manufacture of COVID-19 relevant products


Update on the EU’s State aid response to COVID-19* Our previous blog post covered the EU Commission’s (“EC”) Temporary Framework of 19 March 2020 (“Temporary Framework”), which aims at enabling national governments to use the full flexibility of State aid rules to support the economy in the context (...)

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