EU Chemicals and ESG Lawyer Joins Squire Patton Boggs

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Squire Patton Boggs has welcomed Thomas Delille PhD as a new addition to its European Public Policy Practice Group, and he will be based in the firm's offices in Brussels and Paris.

Mr. Delille brings his expertise in EU regulatory and litigation matters to the team, with a particular focus on the fields of chemicals and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) legislation.

He comes to Squire Patton Boggs from Mayer Brown, where he held the position of Counsel within its Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs groups in Brussels.

Wolfgang Maschek, the leader of Squire Patton Boggs' European Public Policy Practice, expressed his enthusiasm about Thomas Delille joining the team.

Maschek highlighted Mr. Delille's extensive experience working with major chemicals groups, which aligns perfectly with the firm's strengths and its international clientele within the industry.

Mr. Delille's expertise in environmental, sustainability, and biodiversity legal issues, distinguishing him as a rising star in ESG policy and regulatory matters, further enhances the firm's reputation and capabilities at the EU level, particularly in this crucial domain.

According to Maschek, clients are increasingly seeking guidance and support concerning ESG-related regulations proposed and adopted by the European Union. The firm's holistic and strategic approach to these issues will be significantly bolstered by Mr. Delille's extensive experience in the entire spectrum of EU rulemaking, encompassing the development of proposals, ensuring compliance, and addressing intricate legal challenges. This includes representation at the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the EU's highest court.

Thomas Delille shared his excitement about joining the prominent public policy law firm in Brussels, Squire Patton Boggs. He emphasised the firm's strong focus on ESG and its well-established capabilities in the fields of environmental regulation and the chemical industry as key factors that influenced his decision. He also expressed his enthusiasm for contributing to the growth of the European Public Policy Practice and the global ESG team, both in Brussels and Paris.

Mr. Delille offers guidance to clients on a wide range of regulatory matters at the EU level. His extensive experience includes advising both companies and trade associations on issues related to chemicals and chemical products, including regulations such as REACH and CLP.

He is also a trusted advisor on ESG-related rules, spanning products, due diligence, and business conduct matters, such as the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. Additionally, Mr. Delille possesses expertise in biodiversity-related legislation, particularly in the context of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biodiversity.

Before his tenure at Mayer Brown, Mr. Delille served in various significant roles, including the ECJ (Office of Advocate General Mengozzi) and the European Parliament. He also gained experience in a law firm based in Paris and worked as a Researcher at the Centre for European Law at the University of Luxembourg.

Fluent in both French and English, Mr. Delille is qualified to practice law in Brussels. He holds a PhD in European Union Law from the University of Luxembourg, with his doctoral thesis focusing on Impact Assessment in the EU, titled "L'Analyse d'impact en droit de l'Union européenne" (Larcier, 2013). Furthermore, he has earned an 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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