Mr. Wood's practice encompasses the full range of antitrust issues, including cartels, merger control (often involving the co-ordination of cases before several different competition authorities), abuse of dominance, restrictive agreements, sector inquiries and private enforcement. He has particular experience with cases involving abusive pricing and refusals to supply by dominant undertakings, as well as the establishment of joint dominance and network-related issues. He has strong sectoral expertise in the financial services and media/high-tech sectors, and is also experienced in the pharmaceutical, chemical, software, consumer electronics and transport sectors.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Wood spent 10 years (from 1992) at the antitrust enforcement division of the European Commission (DG Competition), including positions as Head of the Financial Services Unit and Acting Head of the Media Unit. He is one of the few lawyers in private practice to have held a senior position in the antitrust enforcement division of the European Commission (DG Competition), meaning he brings to his clients not only deep experience of European antitrust enforcement, but also valuable insights into how to manage risk and avoid problems. During his time at the Commission he was responsible for the teams involved in some of the most hard-fought cartel cases and some of the most high-profile and complex media, transport and financial services cases. He was also a member of the Commission working groups responsible for most of the significant developments in EU antitrust policy and appeared regularly before the European Courts of Justice.
Mr. Wood is renowned for his deep experience of the full range of issues involved in European antitrust enforcement and is consistently recognised as a leading European antitrust practitioner, for example Chambers Global ranked him as a leading lawyer for Competition/European Law and has noted that peers acknowledge him as a "very strong lawyer" and "clients…laud his ability to quickly cut to the core of an issue and understand how it fundamentally affects their business". Mr. Wood is also ranked as a leading Competition/ European Law lawyer by Chambers Europe, which has cited him as "extremely smart" and "capable of quickly latching onto key issues". Chambers has previously commented that his "strategic mind and pragmatic, business-oriented approach" is especially valued by clients.
Mr. Wood has been commended by Legal 500 for his antitrust expertise in relation to the financial services, media and hi-tech sectors and, in recent editions, has been singled out by client sources as "an outstanding competition lawyer who knows our business very well and provides prompt and practical legal advice", "exceptionally knowledgable", "open, co-operative, timely and reliable" and "provides practical, easy-to-understand advice". In addition to Legal 500 EMEA 2016, he is ranked by Legal Experts EMEA 2013 for EU and Competition, by PLC Which Lawyer? 2012 for EU Competition (since 2006) and Telecoms, Media & Technology (since 2010), recommended for Belgium: Competition/Antitrust Law by Best Lawyers 2016/7 and by Chambers Europe 2014 for EU Competition (for the seventh consecutive year). He is also listed as a leading lawyer for EU Competition by IFLR 1000 and as a leading practitioner worldwide in the 2015 edition of Global Competition Review's International Who's Who of Competition, and is described by GCR 100 2015 Global Elite as being a 'master negotiator by immunizing UBS from a €2.5 billion fine in the European Commission's Libor/Euribor settlement'. He was also nominated by in-house counsel and peers as one of the pre-eminent lawyers in the world by Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers/Economists (9th Edition). He is a frequent writer and speaker on competition law issues and is a member of the editorial board of Competition Law Insight.
Mr. Wood began his legal career in 1986 working in the London and Brussels offices of a major international law firm, where he practiced litigation and commercial law, particularly where antitrust issues were involved.