President of Masuda Funai, Thomas McMenamin represents a diverse, international clientele from Japan, Europe, Korea and the U.S. engaged in cross-border acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, restructurings and complex financings. Clients and colleagues alike rely on Tom’s vision, creativity and ability to integrate new ideas into existing business models. Tom’s cultural savvy, humor and calming demeanor allow him to create solutions where they are needed, especially when negotiating and closing high-value transactions.
In his fourth decade of practice, clients appreciate that Tom anticipates their questions and concerns long before they become roadblocks to progress. His proven ability to consistently establish immediate rapport and trust with clients often alleviates the clients’ stress and increases the efficiency of closing the deal at hand. In addition to setting his clients at ease, Tom’s negotiation and people skills frequently strengthen relationships among deal participants. Cross-border transactions involve more than just the business deal; they are investments into new territories and new jurisdictions and there is a higher degree of uncertainty. Tom is valued for his ability to navigate such terrain within the framework of his client’s objectives, operations and commercial agenda.
Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and France, and educated in America, Tom spent his first nine years as a lawyer in England. With a Zimbabwe-born wife and in-laws from four other countries, he maintains an international orientation and is comfortable in any cultural setting. Past President of the Japan America Society of Chicago and a current officer of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, a trade organization operated by the economic development agencies of nine Midwestern states, Tom is truly “at home” when serving foreign-owned business clients. Tom’s lifetime of international exposure allows him to thrive in the diversity of different cultures, personalities and viewpoints.