John Chrisman has over 25 years’ experience as a U.S. M&A and capital markets lawyer and focuses on transactions and financings in the Asia-Pacific region. John has substantial experience advising companies, financial institutions and investment banks on international capital markets deals and cross-border M&A transactions. John was named by Australasian Legal Business as one of the Hot 40 lawyers in the region.
John’s specializes in assisting companies in the technology, media, telecommunications, energy, oil & gas and natural resources sectors. He is also well known for representing financial institutions having worked on capital markets transactions for over 35 banks in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
John has also worked on a number of high profile transactions in Asia, Europe and Australia. He has worked on large privatisations like ENI in Italy and BT in the UK and important securities offerings for Alstom (France), Banco di Roma (Italy), Bharti Televentures (India), BHP Billiton (Australia), British Airways, British Petroleum, CRH (Ireland), Erste Bank (Austria), Fortis (the Netherlands), Fortum (Finland), Foster’s (Australia), Gazprom (Russia), Norskhydro (Norway), PCCW (Hong Kong), P&O Princess Cruises, Statoil, Tata Consultancy Services (India), Tenaga Nasional (Malaysia) and Woodside Petroleum (Australia).
John has represented numerous investment banks around the world including, for example, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citi, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Macquarie Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, UBS, CLSA, Kotak Mahindra, Axis Bank, JM Financial and ICICI.
John is recognized as one of the leading international legal counsel on capital markets transactions in India and has worked on over 150 capital markets transactions in India since 1990. John and the Dorsey India team have been awarded deal of the year by India Legal Business in 2010 for NMDC, 2009 for NHPC and 2007 for Power Grid Corporation of India.
Examples of Indian offerings on which John has worked, include Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Bharti Televentures, Power Finance Corporation, Patni Computer Systems, Sobha Developers, Mahindra Gesco, Motilal Oswal, Marico, Jyothy Laboratories, Advanta India, Apollo Tyres, Air Deccan, IDFC, Patel Engineering, Bank of Baroda, Jagran Prakashan (Danik Jagran), HT Media (Hindustan Times), Central Bank of India, and Yes Bank.
John joined Dorsey in September 2005. John has been a partner at Freshfields, Jones Day and Coudert Brothers and an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell. He has lived and worked as a lawyer in London, Los Angeles, Singapore, Melbourne, and Sydney.