Stephen Olson’s practice focuses on M&A, private equity investments, capital markets, and corporate governance matters for U.S. and non-U.S. clients. He counsels clients in connection with public and private acquisition and divestiture transactions, complex corporate transactions such as joint ventures and major capital projects, registered offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, as well as corporate governance and other general corporate matters. His representations range from private to mature public companies to private equity firms. Stephen has worked with global consulting, engineering, energy, and financial services firms in transactions with a combined value of more than US$9 billion in the past three years. He has guided clients through each step of complicated and multistage transactions as well as directed efforts of international local counsel. Stephen maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly serves as outside legal advisor to one of the largest NGOs in the world. He works with international financial institutions, such as The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on projects related to oil and gas concessions, including bid and auction processes, financing related to natural resource assets, oil wealth safeguarding and stewardship, and foreign compliance issues for Western companies doing business in Africa. He regularly travels and meets with national ministries and other government officials in efforts to help facilitate use of hydrocarbon and mining wealth to build sustainable infrastructures and improve basic living conditions in various African nations. Stephen is a senior advisor to the Ghana Oil Club (Accra, Ghana) and a member of the Young Professionals in Energy (New York, Houston, and London chapters).