Thorsten Goetz shares his time between the firm’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices. Mr. Goetz has wide-ranging experience in European Union and international merger control cases, as well as cartel enforcement and abuse of dominance matters.


Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Goetz worked in the London office of a leading U.K. firm.

Mr. Goetz advises clients on antitrust aspects of complex cross-border M&A and joint ventures. He has worked on numerous transactions requiring international antitrust merger control approvals both in Europe and worldwide.

Mr. Goetz’s notable recent experience includes work on the following transactions:

  • CME Group Inc. in its pending acquisition of NEX Group;
  • Keurig Green Mountain Inc., a subsidiary of JAB Holding Company, in its acquisition of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group;
  • Corning Incorporated in its acquisition of substantially all of the Communication Markets Division of 3M;
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in its merger of equals with The Dow Chemical Company;
  • I Squared Capital in its pending acquisition of PEMA from Société Générale;
  • Cardinal Health Inc. in its acquisition of the patient care, deep vein thrombosis and nutritional insufficiency businesses of Medtronic;
  • Intel Corporation in its acquisition of Mobileye N.V.;
  • SanDisk Corporation in its acquisition by Western Digital Corporation;
  • Nokia Corporation in its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent;
  • XL Group plc in its acquisition of Catlin Group Limited; and
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in its acquisition of Bausch & Lomb Holdings Inc.

Mr. Goetz also advises clients in cartel cases, as well as competition law issues relating to vertical agreements and dominance. He has represented clients in Article 101 investigations in relation to cartels, strategic alliances, distribution arrangements and other vertical agreements, as well as in Article 102 investigations, both before the European Commission, the European courts and national competition authorities.

Mr. Goetz’s non-transactional experience includes:

  • representing a company in relation to online sales and pricing restrictions in several EU member states avoiding formal allegations being raised against the company;
  • assisting companies in obtaining conditional immunity with the European Commission and other competition law agencies;
  • representing a pharmaceutical company in one of the first investigations by the European Commission of a reverse payment patent settlement and subsequent representation before the General Court and the EU Court of Justice; and
  • representing a leading computer chip manufacturer in an Article 102 investigation before the European Commission.



  • LL.M., University College London, 2000
  • Second State Exam, Berlin, 1999
  • First State Exam, Berlin, 1996


  • Brussels (EU-list)
  • Frankfurt am Main
  • Not admitted in Germany


  • English
  • German

Thorsten C. Goetz