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Crowell & Moring

RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 282 40 82
Fax:
Fax +32 2 230 63 99
Web:
www.crowell.com

Thomas De Meese

Tel:
Work +32 2 282 1842
Email:
Crowell & Moring LLP

Work Department

Competition law (Belgian, EU and Global), technology, media and telecommunications, litigation and trial.

Position

Thomas focuses on antitrust law in Belgium and the EU. He is a skilled and experienced litigator before the Belgian courts and represents complainants and defendants in competition investigations before the Belgian Competition Authority and the European Commission. Thomas represents clients in merger control matters at the Belgian and EU level. He is involved in complex litigation affecting the media and telecommunications sectors. Thomas regularly advises on distribution issues, technology licensing, patent pools, big data, joint bidding, standard setting, trade associations, pricing by dominant companies, etc. He assists clients on e-commerce and Internet-related issues such as ISP liability, online services, distance selling, and e-advertisement. He regularly drafts and negotiates complex telecommunication  agreements such as MVNO deals or interconnection agreements. Thomas regularly represents one of the main players in the field of internet, telephony and interactive digital TV in Flanders in contentious and non-contentious matters. In addition, Thomas has inter alia successfully represented online and land-based bookmakers in litigation against government-owned incumbent operators.

Career

Associate, Price & Partners 1993-96; associate, De Bauw & Maeyaert 1996-2000; partner, De Bauw & Maeyaert 2001; partner, Crowell & Moring 2001 to date.

Languages

Dutch, French, German, English.

Member

Lawyer, member of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Bar 1993. Registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales 2001. Member of the International Bar Association 1996; Ligue Internationale du Droit de la Concurrence; Interactice Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Education

University of Antwerp (Licence en Droit 1992); College of Europe (Master of Advanced European Studies, 1993).


Belgium

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Crowell & Moring’s diverse practice has particular expertise in life sciences, TMT, arbitration and cross-border matters. Group co-head Thomas De Meese and Emmanuel Plasschaert defended Telenet in a claim concerning its acquisition of four cable networks from four municipal companies without prior tender. IP specialist Kristof Roox co-leads the team.

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Belgium: Competition

Belgian law

Within: Belgian law

Crowell & Moring leverages its market-leading IP capability to provide strong expertise in pharmaceutical, life sciences and TMT-related competition issues, for clients such as Telenet, Liberty Global and Medicines for Europe. Group head Thomas De Meese and counsel Grégoire Ryelandt are the names to note. In 2017, senior counsel Jules Stuyck joined from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick.

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EU and global

Within: EU and global

Crowell & Moring is commended for its ‘strong business knowledge’ and for ‘proactively keeping clients apprised of developments in EU law’. The firm’s strong reputation for TMT and life sciences matters translates into a steady stream of competition mandates. In a recent example, department lead Thomas De Meese paired up with the ‘creative and strategicSean-Paul Brankin to advise Telenet on its €400m acquisition of Coditel Brabant.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Privacy and data protection

Within: Privacy and data protection

Crowell & Moring’s group, which is composed of ‘excellent data privacy experts’, has a focus on advising clients from the healthcare, life sciences, energy and TMT sectors. Senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel provides ‘practical and to-the-point advice’ and heads a team that also benefits from the experience of competition and regulated industries partner Thomas De Meese and employment specialist Emmanuel Plasschaert.

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Belgium: Industry focus

IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

Thomas De Meese - Crowell & Moring

Within: IT and telecoms

Crowell & Moring is ‘outstanding’ in the field of telecoms; the Brussels team forms part of the firm’s global TMT group, which counts over 140 lawyers across its offices. The highly regarded Thomas De Meese leads the practice in Belgium; he and associate Emmelie Wijckmans acted for Telenet in appeals against the Belgian regulators’ decisions concerning open access to cable networks in Brussels. Domain name specialist Flip Petillion left to establish Petillion in 2017.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Leading individuals

Thomas De Meese - Crowell & Moring

Within: Media and entertainment

The ‘professional’ team at Crowell & Moring acts for all industry participants, from gaming and betting companies to sports and media celebrities to book publishers. In addition to advising on the unique legal issues concerning the sector, the team also advises on a range of corporate, commercial, employment and IP law issues. Practice head Jan-Diederik Lindemans has been representing key client Bonzai Records in negotiations with DJs concerning exploitation rights and contracts for retro and classic music tracks. Thomas De Meese is representing Stanleybet in litigation claiming compensation from the Belgian Gaming Commission.

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