Dr. Thomas S. Wilson

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


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 advises on all areas of competition law, in particular EU, German and multi-jurisdictional merger control, cartels, antitrust, State aid, compliance and EU litigation as well as on foreign direct investment matters.

Thomas regularly speaks at competition law conferences, frequently publishes on practically relevant topics and was recognised as a “Future Leader” by GCR’s Who’s Who Legal in 2017-2019 guide and as a “Thought Leader” in GCR’s 2020 edition. He was further recognised as a "Rising Star" in Competition and Antitrust by LMG’s Expert Guides and a “Future Star” by Financier Worldwide in their Power Players: Competition & Antitrust Future Stars publication in 2020. According to Who’s Who Legal, the “outstanding” Thomas Wilson is recognised as “the go-to person with questions on cross-border mergers” and clients stress his “very sharp and hard-working approach”.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Thomas was a counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels.


Thought Leadership


Permanent author for the Kluwer Competition Law Blog

A 1st Look At New EU Screening Of Foreign Direct Investment,” Law360, October 2020 (co-authored with M. Casey and M. Thompson

Minority shareholdings: an overview of EU and national case law”, Concurrences e-Competitions Special Issue: Minority shareholdings, October 2020 (co-authored with J. Parkinson)

Response to the European Commission’s White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies”, European Competition Lawyers Forum, September 2020

Merger remedies - Is it time to go more behavioural?”, Competition Law Insight, June 2020

Learnings from the Commission’s Initial State Aid Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak”, European State Aid Law Quarterly, Volume 19 (2020), Issue 2 (co-authored with P. Riedel and S. Cranley)

The EU Commission releases a white paper consulting on leveling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies”, Concurrences, June 2020 (co-authored with P. Riedel and K. Koskivirta)

Court Strikes Blow to European Commission in Mobile Telecoms Merger”, Kirkland & Ellis Alert, June 2020

COVID-19 and EU State aid recapitalisation”, Kluwer Competition Law Blog, May 2020 (co-authored with P. Gnatzy)

European COVID-19 Government and Central Bank Measures Supporting Business”, Kirkland & Ellis Alert, April 2020

Update on the EU’s State aid response to COVID-19”, Concurrences e-Competitions Special, April 2020 (co-authored with P. Riedel and S. Cranley)

EU State aid and COVID-19”, Kluwer Competition Law Blog, March 2020 (co-authored with P. Riedel and S. Cranley)

Contributing author, chapter “EU merger control”, Handbuch des EU-Wirtschaftsrechts by Manfred Dauses

“Legal on legal privilege in the EU”, ABA Antitrust Bulletin, March 2018 (co-authored with S. Priddis)

“Legal Professional Privilege in EU merger control“, Neue Zeitschrift für Kartellrecht, June 2017

“Document requests in complex EU merger cases”, Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht, February 2017

“Getting an international ‘end-game’ deal through”, Getting The Deal Through – Merger Control 2017 (Consulting editor John Davies), (co-authored with A. v. Bonin, M. Lehner and A. Mordaunt)

“Infrastructure Financing and State Aid Post Leipzig-Halle”, European State Aid Quarterly, January 2014

“A comparative view on the new competition law in the UAE”, GAIR Mitteilungen, 2013 (co-authored with A. Ring)

“Differences in German and EU merger control law – Should a common EU rulebook for mergers follow the German or European model?”, 2011 (co-authored with F. Montag)


Moderator at the ICC webinar on competitor collaboration, COVID-19, digitisation and sustainability (May 2020)

Panel moderator on merger remedies at GCR’s Antitrust Law Forum in Miami (February 2020)

Lecture at London School of Economics on “Hot Topics in EU Competition Law” (November 2019)

Speaker at the ERA Essential EU Competition Law seminar for German judges on Article 102 TFEU (September 2019)

Speaker and panel member at the Immersive Workshop of the Association of Corporate Investigators (ACi), London (September 2019)

Speaker and panellist at the C5 European Forum on Foreign Investment Security Reviews and CFIUS, London (June 2019)

Speaker and panel member at the Immersive Workshop of the Association of Corporate Investigators (ACi), London (May 2019)

Speaker at the ERA Essential EU Competition Law seminar for Bulgarian judges on Article 102 TFEU (November 2018)

Online training course for law students at George Mason University on recent developments in German antitrust law

Speaker at “Day of the Practice for in-house counsel”, Institut des Juristes d’Entreprise, Brussels, (March 2018)

Panel moderator on information exchange & cooperation in the context of innovation at the American Chamber of Commerce annual competition conference (October 2017)

Key note speaker and panelist on fundamental rights of companies at EU Parliament workshop, (October 2017)

Speaker at the GCLC Lunch Talk on “Merger Control and Due Process: UPS/TNT and beyond”, Brussels (April 2017)

Speaker at the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht in Brussels on an EU merger control-related topic (February 2017)

Memberships & Affiliations

Part-time lecturer at King’s College London (PG Diploma in EU Competition Law)

Co-coordinator of the YCN Steering Committee at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Company secretary of the Supervisory Board and General Assembly of the DCSA

Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network

Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.

European Competition Lawyers Forum

Tönnissteiner Kreis e.V.

Chairman of the Brussels Round


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Admitted to the Hamburg Bar (Rechtsanwalt)


  • German
  • English
  • French


  • University of BonnDr. jur., European Lawmagna cum laude2007
  • University of BonnSecond German State Exam2007
  • University of BonnFirst German State Exam2004