Thomas Signer completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States, concluding them with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration (MSc) at Carnegie Mellon University in 1990. Following business school he worked in investment banking for Nomura Securities in New York and Morgan Stanley in London. In 1998 Signer started his own finance consultancy in Switzerland. He supports VALUEworks AG, a Zurich based Multifamily Office in Zurich as financial advisor and the Swiss law firm Werder Viganò as expert witness in finance litigation cases. Signer published two books on the parallels of the US and Japan in their economic and financial market trajectories.