Tom Bainbridge 

Special Counsel – Brussels, London
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Tom Bainbridge specialises in EU and UK cartel defence, and has particular expertise advising companies in the financial services sector.

Tom's work includes successfully defending Deutsche Bank in the European Commission's antitrust investigation into credit default swaps, which was recognised as European Behavioural Matter of 2016 by Global Competition Review.

Tom regularly represents clients before the European Commission and the UK Competition & Markets Authority in antitrust proceedings. He has in-depth experience of the investigative process, including inspections, large-scale document reviews, advice on potential liability, protection of procedural rights, and inter partes proceedings.

Tom has also successfully represented companies in appeals to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and The EU Court of Justice.

In addition, Tom advises clients in merger control proceedings before the European Commission and the UK Competition & Markets Authority, and has extensive experience coordinating multijurisdictional merger control notifications and proceedings.

Tom graduated from the University of Bristol in 2001 with an LL.B in Law and French, and spent a year at the Université de Poitiers in 2000. He attended the LPC at the College of Law, London, in 2002, and received a PgDip in EU Competition Law in 2010 from King's College London. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Among his most high-profile matters, Tom has advised:

  • Nippon Chemi-Con Corporation in its defence of the European Commission's ongoing antitrust investigation into capacitors
  • An investment bank in its defence of an ongoing cartel investigation
  • Deutsche Bank in relation to its defence of the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into credit default swaps
  • MasterCard in relation to the European Commission's MasterCard II antitrust investigation 
  • MasterCard on its successful appeal of the European Commission’s decision to refuse access to a third-party "cost of cash" study
  • 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
  • Durkan and Concentra in their successful appeal of the UK Office of Fair Trading’s construction cartels decision
  • An ophthalmic lens manufacturer on its acquisitions of an ophthalmic lens manufacturer, an ophthalmic lens wholesaler, various prescription laboratories and a readers wholesaler
  • Goodrich on its formation of an 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


  • College of Law - London
  • King's College London
    Postgraduate Diploma in Law
  • University of Bristol
  • Université de Poitiers



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