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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.

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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.

Practice Areas

Education

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

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

Languages

  • French
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Experience

Experience

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

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

Memberships

Memberships

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) and Vice Chair (2013-2015)
Midwest US-Japan Association - Officer
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart - Board of Trustees
Professional Activities
News
Masuda Funai Featured in The Japan Times
The Japan Times published a comprehensive report this month on Japanese business activity in the Great Lakes Region of the United States…
Masuda Funai Hosts The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted a welcome reception for the delegation from Osaka, consisting of approximately 12…
Masuda Funai Addresses Japanese Keidanren Delegation at Breakfast Hosted by Governor Rauner
PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO - Thomas McMenamin and George Kobayashi from Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. spoke at an Executive Breakfast…
Masuda Funai Attends International Conference in Berlin on Tech Startups and Cross-Border Expansion
PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO - Reinhold Krammer and Thomas McMenamin from Masuda, Funai Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. attended the Alliott Group's 2017…
Masuda Funai Joins State of Illinois Delegation at Hannover Messe in Germany
Masuda Funai sponsored the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity at this year's Hannover Messe trade fair held in…
Distinctions

Distinctions

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