Photograph of Thomas De Meese
Named as the 2015
TMT Sector Competition
Lawyer of the Year
by Global Law Experts
Thomas De Meese, Partner Brussels
tdemeese@crowell.com
Phone: +32.2.282.1842
7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels, B - 1000
Belgium
Thomas De Meese serves as co-managing partner of the firm's Brussels office and has been a member of the Brussels bar since 1993. He focuses on competition and unfair competition, telecommunications, media and technology law and gambling regulatory matters. Thomas' experience includes day-to-day counselling on distribution issues, technology licensing, patent pools, joint bidding, standard setting, dominance issues, the activities of trade associations, etc. He has developed and implemented pan-European antitrust compliance and training programs for multinational companies. He represents parties in competition investigations and merger proceedings with both the Belgian Competition Authority and the EC Commission. Thomas regularly litigates competition cases before national courts.

Thomas assists clients on e-commerce and Internet-related issues such as ISP-liability, data protection, online services, distance selling, and e-advertisement. He regularly drafts and negotiates complex telecommunication agreements such as MVNO deals or interconnection agreements. He is involved in complex litigation in the media and telecommunications sector. He 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.

Thomas has inter alia successfully represented gambling software vendors and online and land-based bookmakers in litigation against government-owned incumbent operators.

Thomas is a qualified lawyer in Belgium and obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, at the University of Antwerp. He also obtained a Master of Advanced European Studies (MA), magna cum laude, at the College of Europe (Bruges-Warsaw). He frequently speaks at professional and academic conferences and published several articles on e-commerce, commercial communications and competition law.

Thomas was awarded in 2015 by Global Law Experts as "TMT Sector Competition Lawyer of the Year" in Belgium. He was also recognized in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Chambers Europe in the areas of telecommunications and competition law. In addition, Thomas was recommended in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Legal 500 EMEA for Competition and Media and Entertainment. He is praised for his "extensive knowledge," "hands-on, no-nonsense approach" and "drive for excellence." In 2017, Thomas was recognized by Leaders League as a Leading Partner in ICT. In that same year, Chambers Europe described him as “an expert in Belgian domestic competition law with particular expertise in the TMT sector. He also advises on a mixture of state aid matters, with a number of recent cases to his name.” With particular regard to the TMT sector, Chambers Europe portrays Thomas as “a well-known practitioner with extensive experience in the media and telecoms sectors” and a lawyer who is “singled out for his work in the areas of competition, technology and gambling legislation.” In 2017, Legal 500 EMEA emphasized Thomas’ privacy and data protection knowledge by calling him “an expert in TMT-related privacy issues.”

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

Memberships
IBA



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Publications

  • "Chapter 7: Belgium," International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2018 (November 2017). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Chapter 5: Belgium," The International Comparative Legal Guide to Cartels & Leniency 2017, 10th Edition, Global Legal Group (2017). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "The New European General Data Protection Regulation," Crowell & Moring (October 2016). Contributors: Thomas De Meese, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Maarten Stassen, and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "De aansprakelijkheid van nieuwswebsites na de Delfi- en Magyar-arresten van het EHRM: Much Ado About Nothing?" [The Liability of News Websites after the Delfi and Magyar Rulings of the ECHR: Much Ado About Nothing?], Computerrecht [Computer Law], 101-112 (April 2016). Co-Authors: Karel Janssens and Thomas De Meese.
  • "2015 Antitrust M&A Year in Review," Crowell & Moring LLP (January 2016). Co-Authors: Wm. Randolph Smith, Olivier N. Antoine, Sean-Paul Brankin, Dr. Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Thomas De Meese, Shawn R. Johnson, Lisa Kimmel, Arthur N. Lerner, Mary Anne Mason, Joseph M. Miller, Jeane A. Thomas, Ryan C. Tisch, and Michael G. Van Arsdall.
  • "Belgium: Cartels & Leniency 2016," The International Comparative Legal Guide, Global Legal Group, Ninth Edition (2016). Contributor: Thomas De Meese.
  • "De sperperiode: alea non iacta est, de pogingen van de wetgever ten spijt," The Pre-Sales Period: Alea Non Iacta Est, Despite the Legislator's Attempts], Jaarboek Handelspraktijken & Mededinging [Yearbook Commercial Practices and Competition 2014], 334-359 (December 2015). Co-Authors: Karel Janssens and Thomas De Meese.
  • Chapter 7 Belgium, "The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2014," published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London - www.iclg.co.uk (Winter 2014). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • Chapter 7 Belgium, "The International Comparative legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2011," published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London - www.iclg.co.uk (2011). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Leniency Regimes, Jurisdictional comparisons," European Lawyer, 3th edition (2010). Author of the Belgian Chapter: Thomas De Meese.
  • "European Commission Accepts Commitments from Rambus in 'Patent Ambush' Case," Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (May 2010). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Chapter 5 Belgium," The International Comparative legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency 2009, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London – www.iclg.co.uk (2009). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "De Europeesrechtelijke beoordeling van nationale gokwetgevingen," [Case law annotation regarding the conformity of the Belgian gambling legislation with EU law after the Customer Service Agency decision of the Antwerp Court of First Instance], TBH (2008). Co-Authors: Christoph De Preter and Thomas De Meese.
  • "Leniency Regimes, Jurisdictional comparisons," European Lawyer, 2nd edition (2007). Author of the Belgian Chapter: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Het aansprakelijkheidsregime voor ISP's en andere tussenpersonen in de wet elektronische handel: onbekend en onbemind…" [Case law annotation regarding ISP liability after the Seniorennet decision of the Antwerp Court of First Instance], TBH (2007). Co-Authors: Christoph De Preter and Thomas De Meese.
  • "IT and Information Highways," De Ondernemer (2006). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "The ruling dated January 9, 2002 by the Belgian Cour d'Arbitrage," Revue belge de Droit Commercial (2002). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "The ruling dated October 25, 2001 by the Belgian Supreme Court in Iverlek v. Radio Public," Revue belge de Droit Commercial (2002). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Commercial Communications," Febelmi (May 2001). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • Adverteren op Internet (February 1999). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • Annuaire Pratiques du Commerce & Concurrence (1997-1999). Member of Editorial Board: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Dwanglicenties en Mededingingsrecht: Magill, a Story of Hope, Fear and Disappointment," IRDI (1996). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Quelques Considérations Concernant la Notion de Dominance Collective," Jaarboek Handelspraktijken & Mededinging (1996). Author: Thomas De Meese.
  • "Intellectual Property Rights of Europe," John Wiley & Sons, London (1995). Co-Author of Belgian Chapter: Thomas De Meese.


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May.11.2017 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 12 Practice Areas and Names Three Lawyers to Leading Individuals List
Apr.26.2017 Thomas De Meese Named Co-Managing Partner of Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office, Joining Kristof Roox
Apr.24.2017 Chambers Ranks Five Lawyers and Six Practice Groups Among Best in Belgium in 2017 Europe Guide
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