Thorsten C. Goetz
Thorsten 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:

  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in its pending merger of equals with The Dow Chemical Company;
  • SanDisk Corporation in its pending acquisition by Western Digital Corporation;
  • Nokia Corporation in its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent;
  • Nikkei Inc. in its acquisition of the Financial Times Group;
  • Endo International plc in the sale of American Medical Systems Holdings Inc.’s men’s and prostate health business to Boston Scientific Corporation;
  • XL Group plc in its acquisition of Catlin Group Limited; and
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in its acquisition of Bausch & Lomb Holdings Incorporated.

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:

  • 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
  • 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


  • English
  • German

Thorsten C. Goetz

European Counsel, European Union/International Competition