Thomas P. McMenamin

President, Chicago
Phone: 312.245.7500

Thomas McMenamin is the President of Masuda Funai. He represents clients in diverse industries that are engaged in cross-border acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, restructurings, and complex financings in the United States, Japan, Europe, Mexico, Korea and Oceania.

Mr. McMenamin served as President of the Japan America Society of Chicago for five years and continues as a Governor of the Society. Mr. McMenamin also serves as an officer of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, a trade organization operated by the economic development agencies of nine Midwestern states.

Mr. McMenamin is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois. Woodlands Academy is a highly selective, all girls college-preparatory boarding and day school with a Catholic tradition.

Mr. McMenamin served as Vice Chair (2013-2015) and as a Director (2008-2015) of the Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust. He is also the former Honorary Chairman of the Benjamin Marshall Society. While living in London, Mr. McMenamin was active in the Democratic Party, including serving as Treasurer of the Democratic Party's Overseas Committee.

Mr. McMenamin was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and France, educated in the United States and spent his first nine years as a lawyer in England. With a Zimbabwe-born wife and in-laws from four other countries, he has an international perspective and is comfortable in almost any cultural setting.  

Representative Matters

  • Represented ITOCHU Corporation in connection with its $100,000,000 acquisition of a New York fashion bag business and ITOCHU's subsequent global strategic alliance with a U.S. third party.

  • Advised a large foreign financial institution in connection with its $85,000,000 sale of a prestigious thoroughbred horse racing track in Florida.

  • Assisted a foreign electronic parts manufacturer in connection with its $65,000,000 acquisition of a division of a U.S. electronic component manufacturer.

  • Counseled a private, global food company in connection with its acquisition of 50% interest in an organic food manufacturer in the United States.

  • Guided an international trading group in connection with its $8,000,000 equity and subordinated debt investment in a company engaged in the development, production and commercialization of instrumentation for the monitoring of high-purity water in the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries.

  • Represented a family-owned, international plastic consumer goods manufacturer in connection with a significant, minority investment in a national consumer goods retailing group.

  • Counseled an international manufacturer of electronics industry machinery in connection with a series of investment rounds (equity, subordinated debt and convertible preferred stock) in a U.S. company engaged in the manufacture, design and development of compound semiconductor materials and process technologies.

  • Handled $225,000,000 syndicated credit facility financing for a borrower relating to its acquisition of a division of a major U.S. automobile manufacturer with facilities in the United States and Mexico.

  • Advised an issuing bank in connection with a $32,500,000 standby letter of credit to support a purchase agreement between a German automobile manufacturer and a U.S. auto parts manufacturer.

  • Assisted a Japanese manufacturer in connection with its structured $50,000,000 issuance of variable rate preferred stock.

  • Represented the largest tenant-owned housing complex in United States in connection with its $28,000,000 HUD-insured refinancing and rehabilitation project.

Practice Areas


  • French


  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., high honors, 1975
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1980; Lead Articles Editor for Law and Policy in International Business


  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Benjamin Marshall Society (Former Honorary Chairman)
  • British American Chamber of Commerce
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Japan America Society of Chicago - Past President
  • Lake County Community Foundation (affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust) - Director (2008-2015)
  • Lake County Community Foundation (affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust) - Vice Chair (2013-2015)
  • Midwest US-Japan Association - Officer
  • Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, Board of Trustees


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers, 2015-2018