Mike Thomas, is a founding partner at The Lantau Group with 30 years of consulting experience, focussing mainly on the energy sector. He advises clients on market design and development; regulatory matters; commercial transactions and disputes; and business and regulatory strategies.
Within the Asia Pacific region, he has led seminal projects on energy-only and capacity market design issues; advised on cost-benefit analysis of transmission expansion; provided crucial expert testimony in a number of commercial contract disputes; served as market advisor on around 50 GW of transacted or commissioned capacity across Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand; advised on regulatory and policy developments concerning cost of capital, cost of service, tariff design, and market power mitigation; and worked extensively with numerous stakeholders to identify opportunities or mitigate risks arising from technology and fuel market shifts, policy developments, and regulatory uncertainty. He has worked extensively with commercial stakeholders, financing entities, regulatory bodies, policy ministries, and end users, maintaining a balanced and coherent perspective on the challenges and requirements of the regions complex and dynamic energy sector.
He started his career in 1988 as an Associate at Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, in the United States. In 1997, he transferred to the Asia Pacific region. Prior to co-founding The Lantau Group in 2010, he headed the Asia Pacific Energy & Environment practice of a global consulting firm. Mike has an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in economics from Carleton College.