John M. Stephenson
BiographyJohn M. Stephenson has spent more than 35 years representing clients engaged in cross-border business and finance. With extensive expertise in both inbound and outbound transactions, he helps clients analyze, structure, and implement effective foreign investment strategies. Because of his depth of experience, Mr. Stephenson 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.
Mr. Stephenson has represented U.S. investors conducting business in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including Latin America (including NAFTA-related matters), 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.
Mr. Stephenson routinely helps clients structure and document a broad range of investment and distribution arrangements, including the following:
Mr. Stephenson'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; Central and South America; Asia; and Russia/CIS.
Mr. Stephenson is a member of the Texas Bar Association (Sections on Corporation and Business Law, International Law [past Chair of the Section], and Real Estate), and the International Bar Association (Sections of Energy and Natural Resources and Business Law [Banking and Business Organizations Committees]). He is a past member of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and served as chairman of the Mexico and International Secured Transactions committees.
Speeches / Publications
Mr. Stephenson has chaired and presented papers for the American Conference Institute, the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and other organizations. He is a contributor to the Doing Business in Texas book published by the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In addition to his published work, Mr. Stephenson frequently gives presentations on international business topics to investors, investor groups, and other interested parties.