Thomas advises domestic and foreign banks and financial services institutions, such as asset managers "from the cradle to the grave". He has assisted in the incorporation and licence application of a large number of banks and other financial institutions. He has also advised on restructurings (including outsourcing) and in compliance and corporate governance matters, such as fit and proper-tests of executive and non-executive directors and their training.

Thomas has been involved in cross-border transactions and advised in crisis situations, including the resolution of financial institutions and legal disputes with regulators.

His mandates include the advice of a large US banking group in the restructuring of their European activities, the formation and licensing of credit institutions (e.g. Natixis Pfandbriefbank, a mortgage bank), banking M&A (e.g. the acquisition of BHF-Depotbank for The Bank of New York Mellon), the outsourcing of the fund accounting and fund administration for more than EUR 500 bn in assets (for State Street as insourcer), as well as the advice of Lehman Brothers Bankhaus AG during its moratorium and subsequent liquidation.


  • Admitted to bar 1990
  • University of Marburg (Dr. jur.)
  • Université de Lausanne
  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans (LL.M.)


  • Co-author: Banking Regulation Review, Asset Management Review, Securities World
  • Numerous publications in professional journals (e.g. Journal of International Bank Law)