Thomas J. Dreves, J.D.

Location Tokyo, Japan

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About me

Practice areas Japan, Foreign, Foreign-based, Financial, Commercial, Institutions, Cross-border, New York, U.S. regulatory, International, Business transactions, Drafting, Negotiating, Reviewing, Regulatory parameters, Business startups, Organization, Commercial disputes, Finance, Finance agreements, Commitment letters, Term sheets, Syndicated credit agreements, Participation agreements, Letters of credit, Reimbursement agreements, Loan sale/trading programs, Note purchase agreements, Trade finance, Asset securitization, Equipment leasing, Guarantees, Security agreements., Securities, Derivatives, Commodities, Structured Products, Interest rate, Currency, Credit, Commodity and structured product transactions, Securities lending, Repurchase and custodian agreements, Securities issuances, Purchases and sales, Public offering, Private placement, Registered, Commercial paper, MTN, CD note programs., Financial Regulatory and Compliance, Securities firms, Banks, Insurance companies, Investment companies, Investment advisers, Exchanges, Regulators, Applications, Approvals, New activities, Reports to regulators, Regulatory inquiries, Inspections, Operations, Compliance, Audit, Internal policy, Major Projects, Environment, Project finance, Major project, Host government agreements, Intergovernmental agreements, Production sharing agreements, Joint operating agreements, Operating company agreements, Transportation agreements, Construction agreements, Offtake agreements, Marketing agreements, Purchase agreements, Farm-in, Farm-out, Kyoto Protocol, Emission rights, Offsets, Corporate Transactions, Corporate Governance, Mergers, Bulk acquisition, Sales of assets, Joint venture, Software and technology licensing, Supply, Distribution, OEM, Manufacture transactions, E-commerce, Information security, Confidentiality, Corporate governance, Public reporting, Contract, Antitrust, Intellectual property, Trade law, Employment and visa issues., Financial Restructuring and Disputes:, ρ advice on financial restructuring and bankruptcy., ρ assistance in resolving disputes, Arbitrations, Individuals, Personal, Business
Memberships Japanese Bar (Tokyo Bar Association and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations)(Special Member), Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Washington State Bar Association, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Futures Industry Association (Japan Chapter), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, The America-Japan Society
More about me Mr. Dreves has over twenty-five years’ experience in assisting top-tier and innovative foreign and Japanese banks, securities firms and corporations on foreign and Japanese legal matters, including experience within a premier Japanese bank in New York and a leading Wall Street investment bank in New York and Tokyo, and with the world’s largest international law firm, a leading New York law firm and with leading Japanese lawyers (bengoshi).

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Dreves worked in law firms in Tokyo from 1984 to 1988. He moved to New York in 1988, continuing his representation of Japanese financial institutions. In 1995, he joined the New York office of the leading Japanese long-term credit bank, The Industrial Bank of Japan (now Mizuho), where he spent over five years helping to establish its legal department. He joined the premier international investment bank Morgan Stanley in 2000 and returned to Tokyo to provide transactional and regulatory coverage for Morgan Stanley Japan’s fixed income derivatives, foreign exchange and commodities business units, including preparation for their successful supervisory examination.

He moved to the Tokyo office of the world’s largest international law firm, Baker & McKenzie in 2002, where as a partner he worked with Japanese lawyers in assisting foreign financial institutions with regulatory and transactional matters in Japan, worked with attorneys in other offices on multi-jurisdictional deals with a US securities element, advised Japanese financial firms on foreign law issues, and assisted Japanese energy companies in relation to project finance and commercial aspects of major oil and gas projects throughout Asia.

Mr. Dreves is a native of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


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