Thomas Laryea received his legal education in England and the
United States. His doctoral thesis is in international civil
Thomas' practice at Dentons includes advice to government and private sector clients
in their dealings with multilateral financial institutions and
foreign investment, with a speciality on Africa.
- The Evolving Financial Sanctions Landscape — UK and US Perspectives (with Peter Feldman, Emma Radmore and Michael Zolandz), Financial Regulation International.
- Strategic Dimensions for China’s Investment in Africa (with Jonathan Cahn), Sino-Africa Chamber (published in Chinese).
- Investing in Africa: More than Meets the Eye (with Jeffrey Krilla and Peter Feldman), International Law News.
- Regulation of Sovereign Wealth Funds (with Wouter Bossu, Yan Liu and Uju Ezejiofor), Economics of Sovereign Wealth Funds.
- Bank Insolvency-Operational Issues (with Ross Leckow and Sean Kerr) Oxford University Press.
- Persistent Debt Problems of Low Income Countries, Law and Contemporary Problems.
- Approaches to Corporate Debt Restructuring in Wake of Financial Crises, IMF Staff Position Paper.
- Principles of Household Debt Restructuring (with Luc Laeven), IMF Staff Position Paper.
- Development of International Standards for Security Interests (with Pascale De Boecke), in Current Developments in Monetary & Financial Law.
- Recent Developments in Sovereign Debt Litigation and Implications for Debt Restructurings, published within government sector.
Activities and Affiliations
- International Sanctions Against Iran, Middle East Association,
- Development of Capital Markets in Africa, JP Morgan Seminar,
- Africa is Bigger Than We Think — Investment Opportunities in
Africa’s Markets, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
Conference, Chicago, IL
- Development of Capital Markets in Africa, JP Morgan Conference,
- Use of Asset Management Companies in Bank Resolution, Central
Bank of Nigeria, Abuja
- Changing Role of IMF in Financial Regulation, The Hague
Institute for the Internationalization of Law
- Taming the International Capital Markets, Willamette
- Role of the IMF in Promoting Financial Stability, Judge
Business School, Cambridge University
- Legal Reform of IMF-Implications for Central Banks, Cambridge
- Cross-border Insolvency, US National Conference of Bankruptcy
Judges, San Antonio, Texas
- Sovereign Debt Litigation and Restructuring, Bank of
- Insolvency Law Reform, European Central Bank
- Reliance on Pari Passu Clause in Sovereign Debt Litigation,
Central Bank Legal Advisors' Seminar, IMF
- Law Reform in Africa, Abuja
Thomas is a Board member of OIC International, a US-based non-profit that delivers development projects in 18 countries in Africa.
Prior and Present Employment
Prior to Dentons, Thomas was Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations with each of its 187 member countries, capital markets legal work and sovereign and private debt restructuring.
He started his legal career with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London, focusing on international litigation, arbitration and government regulation of business. He has taught European Union Law at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and is a frequent speaker on international finance, debt restructuring and financial regulatory reform.