John Nelson Chrisman

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 214 855 8269
United States
T:+1 214 855 8269
John Nelson Chrisman

John Nelson Chrisman



John Chrisman is a corporate, M&A, and capital markets lawyer. His legal and business experience spans over 50 countries across six continents. John has over 30 years' experience advising governments, companies and financial institutions on international M&A, capital markets (equity and debt), private equity and venture capital transactions. He has lived and worked as a lawyer in Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Singapore and Sydney. 

John is well-known for representing clients on sophisticated financial services, mining, IT, energy and entertainment law matters. John is recognized as a leading lawyer in the Indian subcontinent, China, the Middle East and Australia. He was named by Australasian Legal Business as one of the Hot 40 lawyers in the region. He also has significant experience representing clients on M&A and capital markets transactions in Europe including the UK, Italy, Ireland, Scandinavia and Russia.

John has worked on a number of high profile transactions around the world. He has worked on large privatisations such as ENI in Italy, British Telecommunications in the UK and over 30 public sector transaction in India. He has acted on important corporate deals globally including transactions by Alstom (France), Bharti Televentures (India), BHP (Australia), British Airways, British Petroleum, CRH (Ireland), Erste Bank (Austria), Fortis (the Netherlands), Fortum (Finland), Foster's (Australia), Gazprom (Russia), Genscript Biotech (Hong Kong), P&O Princess Cruises, Qantas (Australia), RBL Bank (India), Sun Corp Metway (Australia),Tata Consultancy Services (India) and Tenaga Nasional (Malaysia).

John has worked on over 150 capital markets transactions in India. Examples of Indian clients for which John has worked include RBL Bank, General Insurance Corporation of India, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Persistent Systems, IndusInd Bank  Power Finance Corporation, Thyrocare Technologies, Patni Computer Systems, IndusInd Bank, CEAT, Jagran Prakashan (Danik Jagran), HT Media (Hindustan Times), S Chand & Company and Yes Bank.

John is admitted to the State Bar of California (1988). He is not licensed in Texas or Washington D.C., and his applications for admissions to the Texas and Washington D.C. bars are pending. In the State of Texas, he is working under the direct supervision of an enrolled, active member of the Texas bar who takes responsibility for the quality of his work.


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JD, with honors, Order of the Coif, University of Texas School of Law, 1988
BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, History, Southern Methodist University, 1985
BS, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science, Southern Methodist University, 1985

  • California State Bar
  • Financial Services. John has acted for commercial banks around the world on their M&A and capital markets transactions including Citibank, Bank of America, Barclays, NatWest, Fortis, Erste Bank, Credito Italiano, Banca di Roma, National Australia Bank, RBL Bank, IndusInd Bank, Development Bank, Yes Bank and over 12 Indian public sector banks. In the insurance sector, John recently acted for the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) on its $1.8 billion IPO in India (2d largest in India). He has also acted for AMP, Suncorp Metway, United Healthcare, Prudential plc, Bupa Arabia and other international insurers on M&A and capital markets transactions.
  • Mining. Based in Australia with four different international law firms to leverage his natural resources experience for mining companies including BHP, Rio Tinto, Zinefex, Western Mining, Galaxy Resources and Anglo American.
  • Energy. Counsel to Edison Mission Energy on project finance projects in India and the CP Group on project finance projects in China. Worked on capital markets offerings for Tenaga Nasional (Malaysia), Fortum (Finland),  Scottish Hydro-Electric, General Electric Company (UK), National Thermal Power Corporation (India), NHPC (India), and Power Grid Corporation (India).
  • Oil & Gas. Seconded in house at British Petroleum Exploration and has worked on transactions for British Petroleum, ENI, British Gas, Gazprom, Woodside Petroleum, Indian Oil Corporation, Statoil, Oil Search, and others.
  • Technology. Advanced understanding of internet and mobile technologies. Experience includes transactions for TCS, Patni Computer Systems, Flextronics, Hewlett-Packard, Persistent Systems, Global Technology & Logistics, HCL Perot and IT start-up in Hong Kong, China, Australia, and the Middle East.
  • Infrastructure, Real Estate & Construction. U.S. counsel on a number of M&A and capital markets transactions for construction, real estate and infrastructure companies internationally including New World Development (Hong Kong & China), Macquarie Infrastructure Group (Australia), Alstom (France), Lend Lease (Australia), Depa (UAE)and CRH (Ireland), Arabtec (UAE). In India, U.S. counsel on the IPOs of Infrastructure Development Finance Company, Sobha Developers, Unity Infraprojects, Ramky Infrastructure, Ashoka Buildcon, Shriram EPC, Kolte Patil Developers, IVR Prime Urban Developers and Parsvnath Developers.
  • Healthcare. Acted for NMC Healthcare, Mayo Clinic and St Jude Hospital on international hospital investments. Acts regularly on US investments in early-stage companies in healthcare, bioscience and medical devices.  Acted on the recent IPO in India for Thyrocare Technologies and in Hong Kong for Genscript Biotech.
  • Hot 40, Australasian Legal Business
  • Deal of the Year, India Business Law Journal, 2007, 2009 - 2010, 2016
  • "China-Hong Kong Connect – An Interconnected World", Bloomberg BNA World Securities Law Report, March 2016
  • "Can an Enforcement Standard be Discerned from the SFC's Case Against Moody's", Law360, November 10, 2015
  • "Hong Kong's Role in China's Financial Reform – the Era of the 'New Normal,'" The Banking Law Journal, September 2015. Also published in the Lexis Practice Advisor Journal, Winter 2015/16
  • "Shedding Light on China's Massive Shadow Banking Market – Regulations: For Better or Worse," The Banking Law Journal, January 2015
  • "Open Sesame? Not for now, Alibaba," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, May 12, 2014
  • "Hong Kong's Role in China's Financial Reform – Punching Above Its Weight," The Banking Law Journal, November/December 2014
  • "China's First Onshore Corporate Bond Default and Its Implications for the Country's Debt Capital Market", Bloomberg BNA World Securities Law Report, April 2014
  • "U.S. Requires Care over Forward-looking Statements," International Financial Law Review, 1998