John M. Niehuss

Title: Director of Private Infrastructure Finance
Company: International Law Institute
Location: Washington, D.C.

John M. Niehuss, Director of Private Infrastructure Finance at the International Law Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international project finance.

Having accrued more than 50 years of professional expertise, Mr. Niehuss is a distinguished attorney, investment banker and civil servant currently residing in the Washington, D.C. area. Notably, since 2005, he has served the International Law Institute as the director of private infrastructure finance, as well as an educator of courses in project finance and public-private partnerships and a member of the board of directors. Likewise, Mr. Niehuss gained earlier teaching experience as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School for more than one decade and as an adjunct professor at the Peking University School of Transactional Law in Shenzhen, China for four years.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Niehuss served as the general counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington between 1992 and 2001. He was also an international investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York City for more than 10 years beginning in 1977, during which time he focused on project finance, emerging market equity funds and international bond offerings. In the early 1970s, Mr. Niehuss held positions as a deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, an assistant director of the Council on International Economic Policy at the White House, a loan officer at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and a legal advisor to the Government of Zambia in Lusaka.

Mr. Niehuss received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Amherst College in 1958 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan in 1962. He went on to study at the London School of Economics and the International University of Comparative Sciences in Luxembourg. Between 1963 and 1969, he gained eminent legal experience as an associate attorney at Esquire Sanders & Dempsey and at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. To match his vast expertise, Mr. Neihuss has authored or contributed to several scholarly articles and authored a book entitled “International Project Finance in a Nutshell,” now in its third edition.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Mr. Niehuss is particularly fond of receiving an Exceptional Service Award from the U.S. Treasury Department in 1990, as well as his contributions to developing foreign policy on investments. He attributes his success to his mentor, Willard Thorpe, and his father. In the coming years, Mr. Neihuss hopes to continue teaching and commence consulting work in the areas of infrastructural finance and government. Presently, he holds membership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Niehuss can also be found in editions of Who’s Who In Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.

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