Philipp Studt is a counsel in the Brussels office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Global Antitrust & Competition Practice.

He advises clients on regulatory aspects of transactions, including foreign direct investment (FDI) control and merger control.

Mr. Studt assists clients in navigating the increasingly complex regulatory landscape including FDI, merger control, and foreign subsidies rules in the EU and globally.

He regularly advises clients in sectors seen as sensitive and critical, ranging from technology to energy to healthcare, on the risks and strategy at the outset of a transaction and assists them in obtaining the necessary FDI and merger control approvals. Mr. Studt has navigated some of the world’s most active regulatory regimes, including the EU, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, and Australia.

Furthermore, Mr. Studt’s experience includes advising clients on complex questions around horizontal and vertical agreements and in State aid matters.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Studt worked as a senior associate at other international law firms in Brussels and as a consultant at the World Bank (IFC) in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Studt’s experience includes advising:

  • Various financial and strategic investors in German, EU, and multi-jurisdictional merger control and FDI proceedings, including inter alia The Carlyle Group, KPS Capital*, Bain Capital*, and Public Sector Pension Investment Board*
  • Linde AG in global merger control and FDI proceedings in connection with its merger with Praxair*
  • ICON in merger control and FDI proceedings relating to its acquisition of PRA Corporation*
  • Lear Corporation in complex EU merger control proceedings in connection with its acquisition of two seating competitors*
  • SIA SpA in its merger with Nexi*
  • Liwathon EOS in merger control and FDI proceeding in its planned partial acquisition of PCK Raffinerie*
  • Major German banks on complex antitrust questions regarding a horizontal and vertical cooperation to issue new debt instruments*
  • A major insurance company on complex antitrust questions regarding a cooperation agreement with car repair shops*
  • Numerous European industrial companies regarding the legality of supply relationships under EU sanctions on Russia and Syria*
  • A major airline regarding the legality of State aid granted under German aid measures*
  • A shipping operator in a State aid proceeding in Germany*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • Co-author of a handbook on FDI control (Handbuch Investitionskontrolle, Manz, June 2022)

Bar Qualification

  • Brussels Bar - E List
  • Certificate of Attestation from Law Society of Ireland
  • New York


  • Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
  • Magister Juris, University of Vienna, 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English