Squire Patton Boggs Appoints Leading EU Chemicals and ESG Lawyer as Partner in Brussels and Paris

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Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Thomas Delille PhD as a Partner in its European Public Policy Practice Group in the Brussels and Paris offices. Mr. Delille specialises in EU regulatory and litigation matters, with a strong focus on chemicals and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) legislation. He joins the firm from Mayer Brown where he was Counsel in its Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs groups in Brussels.

Wolfgang Maschek, Squire Patton Boggs European Public Policy Practice leader, says, “We’re delighted to have Thomas join the team. His extensive work with major chemicals groups fits perfectly with our firm’s strengths and international clientele in that industry sector. His expertise in environmental, sustainability and biodiversity legal issues, which marks him out as one of the rising stars in ESG policy and regulatory matters, adds to our existing capabilities and reputation at the EU level in this critical area.”

“Clients are increasingly coming to us for guidance and support on the ESG related rules proposed and adopted by the European Union. Our holistic and strategic approach to these matters will be further strengthened by Thomas’ experience across the whole lifecycle of EU rulemaking – from shaping proposals and ensuring compliance to handling complex legal challenges, including representation at the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as well as the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the EU’s highest court.”

“I’m delighted join the preeminent public policy law firm in Brussels,” says Thomas Delille. “Squire Patton Boggs’ strong focus on ESG and its longstanding capabilities in the environmental regulatory and chemical industry fields make it an obvious choice for me. I am excited for the opportunity to be part of the growth of the European Public Policy Practice and the global ESG team, both in Brussels and Paris.”

Mr. Delille advises clients on wide range of regulatory matters at the EU level. He has broad experience of advising both companies and trade associations on matters relating to chemicals and chemicals in products, including REACH and CLP Regulations; he advises numerous clients on ESG related rules, whether concerning products, due diligence or conduct of business matters (such as the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive; the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive); and he also has expertise in biodiversity-related legislations, especially in the context of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biodiversity.

Prior to his career at Mayer Brown, Mr. Delille worked in the ECJ (Office of Advocate General Mengozzi) as well as in the European Parliament. He has also worked in a Paris based law firm as well as serving as Researcher in the Centre for European Law at the University of Luxembourg.

Fluent in French and English, Mr. Delille is qualified in Brussels. He holds a PhD in European Union Law (Doctorat), from the University of Luxembourg, with a doctoral thesis on Impact Assessment in the EU, “L’Analyse d’impact en droit de l’Union européenne” (Larcier, 2013). In addition, Mr. Delille has a LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a second LL.M, from the Universities of Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

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