Thomas specializes in dispute resolution as well as corporate and capital markets law.
In dispute resolution, a recent focus of his work has been to advise and represent clients in cartel damage lawsuits before German and European courts, where he currently acts as counsel in a number of pending high stakes cases across a broad range of sectors – from consumer goods and TV ads to chemicals and air cargo. His clients describe him as “an excellent strategic adviser and a pragmatic litigator” (Chambers 2019) and as “one of the brightest lawyers in this space” (Who’s Who Legal 2018). Competitors also recognize his work as a litigator (“Champions League professional – pulls no punches, but always collegial”, JUVE Handbuch 2019).
His corporate practice comprises primarily corporate governance matters, corporate reorganizations and equity financing. Thomas also advises on D&O liability issues, including D&O liability insurance.
With a formal background in both economics and law, Thomas always has a strong focus on the crucial economic parameters of a case. In disputes and settlement negotiations, he can rely on extensive experience using relevant economics-based evidence. This, too, has earned praise from clients (“has remarkable talent in comprehensively analyzing economic and legal aspects”, JUVE Handbuch 2018)
Thomas features prominently in leading attorneys’ rankings. JUVE regards him as an “often recommended attorney” for dispute resolution and competition law, as does Chambers (for “Competition/European Law”). In recognition of his litigation work, Who’s Who Legal listed him in its “Future Leaders Competition” segment (partners under the age of 45) as “most highly regarded” individual (#1) in Europe in 2018; Legal 500 Germany counts him as one of the “Names of the next generation” in this area.
Since 2018, Thomas has been a university lecturer at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. Since 2019, he has been sitting on the supervisory board of HELLA GmbH Co. KGaA, a publicly-listed MDAX company.
- Admitted to bar 2009
- University of Bonn (Dr. jur.)
- Universities of Hagen and Bonn (M.Sc. Business Administration (Dipl.-Kaufmann) and M.Sc. Economics (Dipl.-Volkswirt))
- University of Oxford, UK
- Co-author: Blanke/Nazzini, Handbook on International Competition Litigation, 2012
- Co-author: Meyer-Sparenberg/Jäckle, Beck'sches M&A-Handbuch, 2017
- Co-author: Fuchs/Weitbrecht, Handbuch Private Kartellrechtsdurchsetzung, 2019