Thomas J. Ramsey
Thomas Ramsey focuses his attention on activities of the firm’s Communications Practice Group and the regulatory aspects of major infrastructure and project finance work. He is also involved with other matters involving European community law, international business transactions and public international law. He has worked on behalf of major US, European, Middle Eastern, African and Asian clients in more than 50 countries around the world.
Representative matters on which Thomas has acted as the firm’s coordinating lawyer include the privatization of government-owned telecommunications organizations, the drafting of legislation and/or reform, and major merger and acquisition transactions involving providers of telecommunications, cable television, Internet and other information services. Thomas has also served as coordinating partner in audits of legal systems in countries wishing to establish research and development centers of excellence.
Thomas represents a major communications company that is establishing an advanced Africa-based mobile network that will have operations in more than seven countries in Africa. He has represented one of Africa’s largest mobile operators in Nigeria on regulatory reform. Thomas has also assisted an international communications company in pursuing a GSM license in South Africa.
Prior to joining the firm, Thomas was an official with the US Department of State. His last assignment with the Department of State was as deputy US coordinator and deputy bureau director for international communications and information policy, a position that carried the rank of deputy assistant secretary of state. In this capacity, he oversaw US government participation in the activities of the International Telecommunication Union as well as other matters involving international organizations. Prior to this assignment, Thomas was in the office of the Legal Adviser, where he advised those responsible for building and operating the US government’s Diplomatic Telecommunications System, an advanced global network operating in more than 160 countries. For his work in the telecommunications arena, he was awarded the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award.
Thomas has written, lectured and spoken extensively on the subject of international communications law and policy. During his career, he has made more than 150 presentations at major international conferences and at institutions such as Harvard University’s Center for Information Policy Research, The London Business School, the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Private International Law, the Practicing Law Institute, the Annenberg Communications Program and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has also participated in many world conference sessions organized by the International Telecommunication Union.
Thomas was mentioned among the top 20 telecommunications lawyers in the world in Euromoney Publications’ Best of the Best 2002. He is listed in the most recent editions of Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook,
Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers
and Legal Experts Europe, Middle East & Africa.
He was also listed in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2008, The International Who’s Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers 2007
and European Legal 500 2007.