Portrait of
Named as the 2015
TMT Sector Competition
Lawyer of the Year
by Global Law Experts

Education

  • College of Europe (Bruges), M.A. advanced european studies magna cum laude
  • University of Antwerp, J.D., magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Brussels

Languages

  • Dutch (Fluent)
  • English
  • French (Fluent)
  • German (Conversational)
Thomas De Meese, Partner Brussels
tdemeese@crowell.com
Phone: +32.2.282.1842
7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels, B - 1000
Belgium

Thomas De Meese is a partner in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring and has been a member of the Brussels bar since 1993. He focuses on competition, telecommunications, media and technology law and gambling regulatory matters. Thomas' experience includes day to day counseling 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 complainants and defendants in competition investigations with both the Belgian Competition Authority and the EC Commission. Thomas regularly litigates competition cases before national courts. He has also worked on several merger filings with the Belgian Competition Authority and the European Commission.

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. He has also represented the Belgian federal telecommunications regulator (BIPT-IBPT) in a number of appeals against its regulatory decisions.

Thomas has inter alia successfully represented gambling software vendors and online and land-based bookmakers in litigation against the Belgian Government, and government-owned incumbent operators. Thomas also represents several clients in the context of the reform of the Belgian betting and gambling legislation.

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 2014 and 2015 editions of Chambers Europe in the areas of telecommunications and competition law. Thomas was also recommended in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Legal 500 EMEA for Competition, Information Technology and Media and Entertainment. He is praised for his "extensive knowledge," "hands-on, no-nonsense approach" and "drive for excellence."



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

Memberships

Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

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In the News

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    February 10, 2015 — Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Firm News & Announcements

May.05.2016 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Names Three Lawyers to Elite List
May.01.2016 Chambers Europe Ranks Six Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Four Leading Practice Areas Among Best in Belgium
May.05.2015 Chambers Ranks 12 Attorneys and Eight Groups in 2015 Global, Europe, and U.K. Guides
Apr.08.2015 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in Seven Practice Areas and Names Four Lawyers to Elite List
Jul.01.2014 25 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
Apr.24.2014 Chambers Europe Recognizes Five Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Four Practice Areas As Best In Class
Apr.10.2014 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Six Practice Areas and Names Three Attorneys to Elite List
May.01.2013 Chambers Europe Recognizes Six Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Five Practice Areas as Best in Class
Apr.01.2013 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Seven Practice Areas and Names Three Attorneys to Elite List
May.11.2012 Chambers Europe 2012 Ranks Five Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Five Practice Areas as Best in Class
Apr.06.2012 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Six Practice Areas and Names Two Attorneys to Elite Leading Lawyers List
Mar.26.2012 Chambers Global 2012 Ranks Six Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Four Practice Groups
May.20.2011 Chambers Europe 2011 Ranks Four Crowell & Moring Attorneys and Three Practice Areas as Best in Class
Mar.21.2011 Chambers Global Ranks Five Crowell & Moring Partners and Three Practice Groups
May.21.2010 Chambers Europe Ranks Four Crowell & Moring Attorneys And Four Practice Areas As Among Best In Class
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Apr.23.2009 Chambers Europe Ranks Two Crowell & Moring Attorneys And Three Practice Areas As Among Best In Class
Apr.01.2009 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring In Seven Practice Areas
Jan.01.2009 Chambers Global Ranks Two Crowell & Moring Attorneys And Four Practice Areas As Among Best In Class
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Mar.27.2008 Eight Crowell & Moring Lawyers Ranked In PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook
May.02.2007 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Seven Practice Areas
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