John has more than 25 years advising on M&A and private equity transactions in New York, London and Paris, most recently as a partner at Hogan Lovells, where he headed the US corporate securities practice, and was co-head of equity capital markets, in Europe. John has advised acquirors and targets on some of the largest and most complex cross-border M&A transactions and has written extensively on the subject. Before joining Hogan Lovells, he practiced at Freshfields and Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells. Over the course of his legal career, John advised on more than 200 M&A, finance and capital markets transactions, valued in excess of $170 billion.
John is General Counsel and Secretary of Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp, a SPAC listed on the NYSE focusing on the TMT and FinTech sectors in Europe, Israel, the Middle East or North America.
John has been an active angel investor for a number of years, with a focus on fintech and other disruptive technologies. He co-founded an angel investing network in London, which has invested in over 50 companies.
John graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa, and has graduate degrees from both Oxford University and Columbia University. He completed an executive leadership course at Stanford University School of Business.
John is actively engaged in a number of charities, including Chineke!, an orchestra that provides career opportunities to young black and minority ethnic classical musicians in the UK and Europe.