Thomas Janssens is a Partner in the antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He has been a partner in the firm’s Brussels office since May 2005. Prior to joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2001, Thomas worked as a foreign associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Thomas specialises in EU and Belgian competition law with particular expertise in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), energy and transport sectors. He represents clients on the full range of antitrust matters (mergers, cartels, dominance cases) with an emphasis on practice before the European Commission and national competition authorities. Thomas also regularly represents clients before the European Court of Justice and national courts. Recently nominated by Global Competition Review in the “Ten more to watch” category in its survey of “The world’s 40 brightest young antitrust lawyers and economists”, Thomas is also listed as a recommended lawyer in the “Which lawyer?” sections of PLC’s Competition Handbook and Communications Handbook. Thomas was educated at the University of Leuven in Belgium and at Columbia Law School in the US, and was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1995. He has spoken and published on a variety of EU competition law topics and is co-consulting editor of the Getting the Deal Through: Dominance guide. Thomas speaks English, French and Dutch.
Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerIn its 2020 Antitrust "10 key themes", Freshfields’ initiative considers the issue of Corporate compliance programmes and provides some insights on how to assess if companies’ compliance programmes are fit for purpose. The document highlights the growing role of AI and data analytics in antitrust audits and investigations and lists the 9 factors the DoJ will consider when evaluating an antitrust compliance programme.