Dr. Thomas Thiede, LL.B., LL.M. is an attorney-at-law (‘Rechtsanwalt’) and partner at Spieker & Jager in Dortmund, Germany, a university lecturer at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria, as well as fellow of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) and the European Law Institute (ELI). He specializes in advising and representing clients in German and European competition law, as well as in commercial and corporate law. His practice focuses on advising companies in antitrust fine proceedings, defending and asserting antitrust claims for damages, drafting contracts and distribution systems in compliance with competition law, and providing general advice. Another focus of his work as a lawyer is on litigation and out-of-court advice in commercial and corporate law, in particular with regard to corporate transactions and shareholder court proceedings. Due to his many years of experience abroad, he is regularly consulted on cross-border issues and the drafting of English-language contracts. He is the author of numerous books and articles, in particular on antitrust and international private and procedural law, and is also a contributing author on the Soergel Commentary on the German Civil Code.