Bird & Bird strengthens Competition practice in France with the appointment of Thomas Oster

09 November 2015

Oster ThomasBird & Bird are pleased to welcome Thomas Oster today as a new partner in the Competition & EU group, based in Paris.

Joining from Baker & McKenzie Paris, where he was previously Counsel in Competition and Distribution Law, Thomas's practice covers national and European competition law, and commercial and distribution law. He is also involved in competition related litigation in particular in respect of follow-on damages actions.

He has substantial experience of advising clients on cartel investigations, and assisting companies in preparing leniency applications before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority.

Benjamine Fiedler, Managing Partner in France, said: "Thomas is a renowned practitioner of national and European competition law, with solid experience and an impressive portfolio of clients. He will make a fantastic addition to our Paris team, and I eagerly anticipate working alongside him in the future."

Jose Rivas, Co-Head of our International Competition & EU group, said: "The French competition authority is one of the most active in Europe, and strengthening the firm's capabilities in the area will perform a vital role in expanding our presence across the whole EU. I look forward to working with Thomas and continuing to develop this practice."

Thomas added: "I am delighted to be joining Bird & Bird's impressive Paris team. I look forward to helping to strengthen their growing European competition practice."