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Philip Torbøl

Philip Torbøl is a founding partner of the firm’s Brussels office and is a member of the antitrust, competition, and trade regulation group. Within his practice, he focuses on EU competition law, international trade laws, and internal market.

Philip's representation of clients spans over many industry sectors, with particularly strong expertise in the areas of transport, logistics, travel, digital and technological industries, online distribution, and consumer electronics. He advises clients in all aspects of competition law, including the conduct of dominant companies, distribution practices, cartel investigations, merger control, and state aid.

Beyond his traditional competition law practice, Philip supports clients in their efforts to gain fair access to the EU market and to design efficient distribution strategies within the framework of EU law. In doing that, Philip advises clients in international trade law instruments (WTO, customs and tariffs, trade defence instruments, trade sanctions, fee trade agreements, and other bilateral agreements), as well as other EU legal instruments, such as internal market rules and consumer protection regulations.

A former EU official, Philip is known for his effective approach to defend his clients’ interests, not hesitating to combine various EU law instruments, as well as lobbying, to achieve his objectives. Clients appreciate his practical focus on the commercial impact of any process and action.

Philip is a regular contributor to the debate in specialised publications on EU, Competition Law and Trade policy. He has written numerous articles and spoken on many occasions on competition issues to both general and specialized business audiences. He was shortlisted for the Global Competition Review’s 40 under 40 list.

Philip began his career in the European Parliament in Brussels and was also an executive committee member of the European Commission's Youth Forum.

Prior to joining the firm, he practiced as a partner with another international law firm in Brussels.

  • Board Member of the Danish Business Leaders Association (DANEX)
  • Deputy Chairman of the Danish Conservative Party in Brussels
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  • “First Ever State Aid Sector Investigation: Electricity Producers Targeted by the European Commission,” Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, June 2015
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At K&L Gates GP, the international trade team predominantly handles sanctions matters and market access issues, with further WTO regulatory expertise across various jurisdictions. Headed by Brussels office founding partner Philip Torbøl, the group is routinely instructed by Amadeus IT Group, and recently advised on global distribution systems concerning both China and the UAE.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

K&L Gates GP's international platform allows it to successfully negotiate merger clearances from the EC, US FTC and DOJ, and competition authorities worldwide. The Brussels team is also a strong performer in antitrust investigations and litigation; Philip Torbøl has two decades of experience robustly defending clients' interests in EC investigations into cartels, abuses of dominance and state aid, among other matters. Mélanie Bruneau, who is an expert in EU and French law, handles transactional and behavioural competition matters for clients in industries such as aviation, pharmaceuticals and industrial engineering, among various others. Francesco Carloni is a well-known name among clients in the luxury and fashion industry; he is representing Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in the EC's ongoing review of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) and vertical guideline. His wide-ranging experience also spans multiple other sectors.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • "The team is highly professional and skilled, and always ready to deeply discuss with the client in order to offer the best solutions. The team is therefore very polite, well-organised and very efficient."
  • "The team is highly skilled, responsive and available at all times."
  • "They demonstrate excellent knowledge on the matter and always propose business-oriented solutions."
Legal 500 - EMEA - Competition: EU and Global 2021
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