Alastair Chapman Takes the Helm of Freshfields’ Antitrust Practice 

Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) has appointed partner Alastair Chapman (pictured) as the new leader of its Antitrust, Competition, and Trade Practice Group. In his new role, Chapman will succeed Thomas Janssens, who will transition to a strategic position focusing on the firm’s growth initiatives. Both Chapman and Janssens will continue their active client engagements alongside their leadership responsibilities. 

Chapman, who previously served as the London managing partner for Freshfields’ Antitrust, Competition, and Trade team, brings a wealth of experience to this position. With a professional background that includes work in Washington D.C., he is dedicated to serving clients across the European Union and the United Kingdom. Chapman’s expertise covers a wide spectrum of EU and UK competition law, as well as advising on associated commercial strategies. His extensive experience includes representing clients before both EU and national regulatory bodies and courts, with a focus on intricate cross-border transactions and investigations. 

Senior Partner Georgia Dawson commented: “I am delighted to announce Alastair’s appointment. I look forward to working with him as he drives forward the success of our global Antitrust, Competition and Trade group, which is second to none when it comes to advising clients on navigating the complex and evolving competition law environment. I also wish to share my gratitude to Thomas Janssens who has been instrumental in the strategic growth of the practice and look forward to working with him in his new role.” 

Alastair Chapman said: “I am hugely excited to lead our global Antitrust, Competition and Trade group alongside my existing practice. We are uniquely well placed to advise our global clients on complex antitrust, merger control, foreign investment, and trade matters. I would also like to thank Thomas for his strategic leadership and dedication to our diverse group of highly talented colleagues.” 

Thomas Janssens added: “Alastair is a fantastic successor for this global role and will ensure the continued growth of our practice. My thanks to the firm for its unwavering support and dedication shown by colleagues throughout my term. I am excited to be continuing in a new strategic role, working closely with the firm’s global leadership team to support our growth agenda.” 

Freshfields advises across all sectors on issues including antitrust investigations and competition litigation, foreign investment, merger control, state aid and trade.