Tom Bainbridge advises on EU and UK competition law, and has extensive experience in both antitrust and merger control matters. He has particular expertise in financial services and is part of a team noted by Global Competition Review as having “carved out a seriously good reputation” in that field.
Tom's work includes successfully defending Deutsche Bank in the European Commission's Credit Default Swaps investigation, recognised by Global Competition Review as “European Behavioural Matter of the Year.” He was recently seconded to Morgan Stanley as in-house antitrust counsel, providing advice and training to all parts of the business. More broadly, he has acted on numerous antitrust investigations in the financial services sector (including bonds, precious metals, syndicated loans and payment services) and beyond (including capacitors, chemicals and construction).
Tom also has many years’ experience advising clients on EU and UK merger control, and helping them to navigate filing obligations worldwide. Tom’s approach is characterised by structured advocacy and attention to detail to overcome any potential competition concerns. Recent matters include advising Inteva Products on the sale of its sunroofs division to competitor CIE Automotive, and Georgia-Pacific on the sale of its airlaid nonwovens business to competitor Glatfelter Lydney. Other notable matters include transactions involving Thomson Reuters, Essilor, Procter & Gamble, Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel and Nokia.
He is a regular contributor to legal publications and journals, and had articles nominated for the Concurrences “Antitrust Writing Awards – Best Business Article” in 2017 and 2019. He helped to create and co-edits Cadwalader’s Antitrust & Financial Services Alert, which examines the latest antitrust trends and issues impacting the financial services sector. He often presents at industry conferences in both London and Brussels.
Tom studied at the University of Bristol, the Université de Poitiers and King's College London. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England & Wales, Ireland and Belgium.