About Tom Binder

Tom Binder is a lawyer at AKD and part of the EU and Competition Law team. Across the broader spectrum of European law, Tom focuses primarily on State aid (including foreign subsidies), as well as European and national public procurement (including Financial Regulation matters). Tom advises clients from both public and private sectors. His clients are active in various fields, such as construction and infrastructure, transport of persons or goods, social and cultural activities. Tom works from the Brussels and Rotterdam offices.

Recent cases

Recently, Tom advised provinces and municipalities on the legality of aid instruments for comprehensive infrastructural projects. Additionally, he frequently litigates on behalf of competitors of beneficiaries of unlawful State aid.

Education and activities

In addition to his work as a lawyer with AKD, Tom works as a PhD Candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen. His dissertation concerns the effect on trade between Member States, which is one of the conditions under Article 107 TFEU. Moreover, Tom is the editorial secretary for the Dutch Journal for State aid (“Tijdschrift voor Staatssteun”), and he frequently publishes in various other legal journals. Finally, Tom often teaches courses on State aid for (government) lawyers.  

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More about

  • Utrecht University: European Law and Public International Law
Admitted to bar
  • The Netherlands

Tom Binder has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):


  • Public procurement law
  • Economic law 


Based on this registration, Tom is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.