After training as a qualified bank clerk, he studied law at the universities of Trier, Lyon, Geneva and Berlin. He holds a Doctor of Laws (Dr iur) degree from the Freie Universität Berlin. He worked at a management consultancy firm in Johannesburg for a year before joining the firm in 1996. He also worked in the Brussels office.
Thomas is a member of the German Association of Competition Law and the German Council on Foreign Relations. He publishes and lectures regularly on relevant subjects and is author as well as co-author of several books. He speaks German, English and French. In 2011, he was appointed honorary professor by Europa-Universität Viadrina.
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