Thomas Joseph Dreves

Thomas Joseph Dreves

Dreves Foreign Law Office
  • Japan (Registered Foreign Lawyer), New York, Washington
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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 worldâs 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.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Japan (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
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New York
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Washington
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Languages
  • Japanese: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
principal
Dreves Foreign Law Office
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The Dreves Foreign Law Office provides quality legal advice and assistance to Japanese, foreign and foreign-based corporations, and individuals in domestic and cross-border matters, with a particular specialization in New York law and U.S. regulatory issues. The Firm’s principal, 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 Tokyo, with leading Japanese lawyers (bengoshi) and as a partner with the Tokyo office of the world’s largest international law firm. Mr. Dreves is licensed in New York as an attorney and in Japan as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi), and is fluent in written and spoken business Japanese. We strive to provide timely and pragmatic solutions to legal issues, grounded on an understanding of relevant legal systems and familiarity with local and international business practices.
partner
Baker & McKenzie / Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Koma Law Office
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capital markets, financial products and international major projects
counsel
Morgan Stanley Japan
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fixed income coverage and regulatory approvals for new businesses from FSA and METI
counsel
The Industrial Bank of Japan Limited (now Mizuho)
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co-founded legal department.
Education
Harvard
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Professional Associations
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
member
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Tokyo Bar Association
member
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American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
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New York State Bar # 2312593
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Association fo the Bar of the City of New York
member
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Washington State Bar Association
member
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Washington State Bar Association
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
Dreves Foreign Law Office
6-27-2 Higashi-Nippori
Tokyo 116-0014001
Japan
Telephone: +81 (80) 3085-0988
Fax: +81 (3) 3805-2680