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 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.


Thought Leadership


Permanent author for the Kluwer Competition Law Blog

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)


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

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