Thomas Dreves
Dreves Foreign Law Office


Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81-80-3085-0988
Fax: +813-3805-2680
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Finance & Banking
  • International Law & Trade
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Law

Practice/Organization Description

Business, finance and energy lawyer in Tokyo.

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 thirty 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 and Washington State 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.

Bar Admissions

New York State

Washington State

Japan (registered foreign lawyer)


Harvard Law School, J.D. 1983

Georgetown UIniversity, A.B. Government 1980 (magna cum laude)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

The America-Japan Society, Inc.

Futures Industry Association of Japan

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Tokyo Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa 1979

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