John Niehuss is a lawyer/investment banker specializing in international financial issues. He is currently a director of the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C., where he teaches courses on project finance and public private partnerships and is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.
He previously served as general counsel of the Inter-American Development Bank (1992 to 1999) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (1999 to 2001). Other professional experience includes 11 years as an international investment banker at Merrill Lynch concentrating on project finance, emerging market equity funds, and international bond issues; six years working on international economic and financial matters for the U.S. government at the Treasury Department and the White House Council on International Economic Policy; and five years in the development-lending field at the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance of Zambia. Niehuss began his career practicing law at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland and at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, where he concentrated on corporate and securities law.
He has written articles and papers on international project finance and related subjects and lectured frequently on the same subjects. Niehuss graduated from Amherst College with a degree in economics and from Michigan Law School. He also attended the London School of Economics and the Faculte Internationale de Droit Compare at the Universite Internationale de Sciences Comparees in Luxembourg.