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Biography

John has spent more than 35 years representing clients engaged in cross-border business and finance. With extensive experience in both inbound and outbound transactions, he helps clients analyze, structure and implement effective foreign investment strategies. Because of his depth of experience, John is culturally attuned to working with business clients around the world and is well equipped to help them meet the challenges and opportunities afforded by today’s global marketplace.

John has represented U.S. investors conducting business in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Russia/CIS, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. He is equally skilled in helping non-U.S. investors successfully negotiate the complexities of establishing or expanding operations in the United States, and with acquiring U.S. companies.

John routinely helps clients structure and document a broad range of investment and distribution arrangements, including the following:

  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions
  • Joint ventures
  • Licensing and other contracted arrangements
  • Partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies
  • Secured financings
  • Letters of credit
  • Real estate financing, acquisitions, and dispositions

John’s experience also includes extensive involvement with international energy projects and financings in many of the major global production regions, including North America; the UK and Dutch sectors of the North Sea; the Middle East and North Africa; South America; Asia; and Russia/CIS.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Represented Mexican company in its negotiation and documentation of a construction contract for a chemical facility in Mexico.

Represented U.S. investor in establishing Maltese holding company with subsidiary in Ghana.

Negotiated and documented joint operating agreement between two U.S. based companies for development and operation of facilities and operations in Ghana and other jurisdictions in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Advised U.S. oil field services company on negotiation of multiple master service agreements with operations and owners.

Represented German investor groups in negotiating and acquiring real estate in District of Columbia, Florida, Texas, Washington and other jurisdictions, including preparation of limited partnership agreements and roll-up of a number of limited partnerships.

Assisted U.S. company migrating its subsidiary operating outside the United States from a Caribbean jurisdiction to a European jurisdiction.

Negotiated and documented acquisition of all shares in a corporation engaged in contracting with the U.S. government in the aerospace industry.

Education

Law School

Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, LL.B., cum laude

Undergraduate School 

Rice University, B.A., Economics and Business Administration

Bar Membership

John is licensed to practice in the following state:

Texas, 1965

 

Courts

John is admitted to practice before the following courts:

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States Court of International Trade

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Texas Bar Association; International Law Section, past Chairman;  Corporation and Business Law Section; Real Estate Section; Energy and Natural Resources Section

International Bar Association, Energy and Natural Resources Section, Business Law Section, Banking Committee, Business Organizations Committee

The Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, Advisory Board

American Bar Association, International Law Section, former member and council member; Mexico and International Secured Transactions committees, former chairman; Business Law section

United States – Mexico Law Institute, Inc., former chairman and president

United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Bi-National Board of Directors; Southwest Chapter, former president

International Bar Association Foundation, Inc., past trustee

Member, Board of Directors, Kozolchyk National Law Center, formerly known as National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Tucson, Arizona, February 1, 2018-present

Member, Board of Elders – Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas, January 2018-present