Tom Bainbridge 

Special Counsel – Brussels, London
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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.

Among his most high-profile antitrust and merger control matters are the following:


  • Morgan Stanley on a broad range of antitrust matters
  • A multinational chemical company on a complaint to the European Commission regarding a suspected cartel between raw material suppliers
  • Nippon Chemi-Con in the European Commission's Capacitors investigation
  • Deutsche Bank in the European Commission’s Credit Default Swaps investigation
  • Cartel investigations into the bonds, precious metals and syndicated loans markets
  • MasterCard in the European Commission's MasterCard II investigation
  • MasterCard on its MasterCard I-related appeal to the EU General Court against a European Commission decision to refuse access to documents
  • Durkan and Concentra in their appeal to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal against a UK construction cartel infringement decision

Merger control

  • Inteva Products on the sale of its automotive sunroofs business to CIE Automotive
  • Georgia-Pacific on the sale of its airlaid nonwovens business to Glatfelter Lydney
  • Procter & Gamble on the sale to De'Longhi of the Braun brand of small household appliances
  • Level 3 Communications on its acquisition of Global Crossing
  • Essilor on various acquisitions in the ophthalmic lens sector
  • Goodrich on its engine controls joint venture with "Rolls-Royce"
  • Thomson Corporation on its merger with Reuters
  • Corus on its merger with Tata Steel


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Tom Bainbridge 

Practice Areas


  • England & Wales
  • Ireland
  • Brussels


  • University of Bristol
  • Université de Poitiers
  • King's College London
  • College of Law, London



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