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Thomas Mueller

Partner

Co-Chair, Antitrust and Competition Practice Group

Mueller, Thomas

Thomas Mueller is co-chair of WilmerHale's Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1992.

Mr. Mueller’s antitrust practice focuses on global cartel enforcement matters, as well as merger and other investigations with transatlantic implications. Having practiced both in Brussels and Washington, Mr. Mueller has insight into antitrust issues on both sides of the Atlantic and has helped steer clients through the difficulties and opportunities created by the closer cooperation between the US and EU authorities. Chambers describes him as "a figure of great stature within criminal and cartel investigation circles" and "a creative strategist, which makes him a perfect choice for this often complicated and rapidly moving area."

Experience

Cartel Investigations and Litigation
Mr. Mueller has extensive internal investigation and litigation experience. His experience in both the US and Europe has been helpful in developing strategies in responding to price-fixing allegations, often from multiple antitrust authorities around the world. He has successfully persuaded authorities to close investigations without taking enforcement action and has secured non-prosecution agreements and leniency protection for clients. A selection of recent cartel investigations and litigation matters include:

  • Representing a major natural gas company in DOJ and State AG investigations of leasing practices
  • Representing one of the world's largest auto parts manufacturers in resolving its criminal liability in the US
  • Representing a leading bearing manufacturer in the DOJ's investigation of that industry
  • Representing a major European airline in investigations and litigation concerning the air cargo business
  • Representing JP Morgan Chase in the DOJ's investigation of the municipal derivatives market
  • Representing a major Japanese freight forwarder in DOJ investigations of the logistics industry
  • Representing Chi Mei Optoelectronics in the LCD investigation
  • Representing Odfjell ASA in the investigation by the US and EU of an alleged conspiracy among major chemical tanker companies
  • Representing a major private equity fund regarding the conduct of a portfolio company
  • Representing a head of sales in an auto parts investigation
  • Representing the head of rates at a major bank in the LIBOR investigation

Merger Clearance
Mr. Mueller has represented clients in numerous in-depth investigations of global transactions, including serving as lead EU counsel in the merger between America Online and Time Warner, at the time, the world's largest merger. He has obtained early conclusion of phase II cases before the European Commission, as well as the clearance by US and EU authorities of Tetra Laval's acquisition of Sidel – the only transaction to have been successfully appealed and then approved by the European Commission.

Conduct Investigations and Counseling
Mr. Mueller counsels clients in a wide variety of industries on issues of abuse of dominance and vertical and horizontal restrictions of competition. He has particular experience in the aviation, manufacturing, finance, Internet and telecommunications industries.  

Honors & Awards

Publications & News

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May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

March 14, 2014

Chambers & Partners Recognizes WilmerHale in its 2014 Global Edition

Thirty-one WilmerHale lawyers have been named among the “World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, 13 of the firm’s practice areas were also recognized.

December 2, 2013

Washingtonian Magazine Names 14 WilmerHale Attorneys to "Best Lawyers" List

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry. The 2014 list also highlights eight WilmerHale partners who have been named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

May 21, 2013

WilmerHale Antitrust Attorneys Listed in International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2013

Eleven WilmerHale antitrust attorneys were recently named to the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2013 listing.

April 10, 2013

Four WilmerHale Partners to Speak at 2013 ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

Four WilmerHale partners have been invited to speak on panels during the 61st ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, which will be held April 10-12 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

May 9, 2012

Department of Justice to Merging Parties: Altering 4(c) Documents May Land You in Jail

Professional Activities

Mr. Mueller is a member of the International Cartel Task Force in the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he taught a course on comparative US and EU competition law.

 

 

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Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1990

BA, magna cum laude, Williams College, 1987

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

New York

Brussels (associate member)

Languages

German

Clerkships

The Hon. Walter J. Skinner, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1990 - 1991