John Hewko

John Hewko



  • Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine – Member – Board of Trustees
  • Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio – Member - Board of Visitors
  • Was named a Commandeur de l’Ordre National by the Government of Burkina Faso.  This is the country’s second highest civilian award.


  • Represented Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka, a.s. (CSOB) in connection with its acquisition of Investicni a Postovni banka (IPB).  It was reported widely that the acquisition created what was then the largest bank in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Represented KBC Bank N.V. (Belgium) as the winning bidder in the privatization of CSOB (at the time it was reported that this was the largest privatization transaction in the history of the Czech Republic and one of the largest in Slovakia).  The transaction took the form of the acquisition of the shareholdings of the Czech National Bank, the Czech National Property Fund and the National Bank of Slovakia in CSOB.
  • Represented KBC Bank N.V. (Belgium) in the acquisition of LBS Bank - New York from Nova Ljubljanska banka (Slovenia).
  • Represented AT&T and PTT Telecom Netherlands in creating UTEL, the Ukrainian long distance phone carrier.  Other partners in the joint venture included Deutsche Telekom and the Ukrainian Ministry of Communications.
  • Represented PepsiAmericas (formerly Whitman Corporation) in the acquisition of Toma, a.s., a major Czech soft drink, juice and bottled water producer.
  • Represented EBRD and Iveco (Fiat) in connection with a joint venture with AvtoKraz, a major Ukrainian truck manufacturer.
  • Represented EBRD on several project finance transactions in the Czech Republic and Ukraine.
  • Represented Ceska sporitelna (a Czech bank), as underwriter, in connection with a 2 billion CZK bond issue by CKD Praha Holding, a.s.
  • Represented Otis in establishing a joint venture in Ukraine to produce elevators. Represented Deutsche Bank in the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Ceske Radiokomunikace, a.s. (one of the major Czech telecommunication providers).
  • Represented Orange plc in the tender for the 1800 GSM mobile operator license in the Czech Republic.


Foreign Assistance Agreements Totaling $6.3 Billion:

  • Armenia.  $236 million for irrigation and rural road construction
  • Benin.  $307 million for reconstruction of the port of Cotonou, land tenure, access to justice and  access to credit.
  • Burkina Faso.  $481 million for irrigation infrastructure, road construction and rehabilitation, land tenure and rural agricultural development.
  • Cape Verde.  $110 million for port construction, irrigation and private sector development.
  • El Salvador.  $461 million for water and sanitation infrastructure, energy, highway construction, financial services and rural electrification.
  • Georgia.  $295 million for road construction, energy infrastructure rehabilitation, rural development and municipal infrastructure.
  • Ghana.  $547 million for irrigation infrastructure, land tenure, road construction, improved access to credit and agricultural technical assistance.
  • Honduras.  $215 million for highway construction, access to credit and crop diversification.
  • Lesotho.  $362 million for construction of the Metolong Dam, rural water supply and irrigation infrastructure, health infrastructure and access to credit.
  • Madagascar.  $110 million for land tenure, strengthening the financial sector and rural agricultural development.
  • Mali.  $460 million for reconstruction of the Bamako airport and irrigation and rural agricultural infrastructure.
  • Mongolia.  $285 million for refurbishment of the country’s rail system, property rights, vocational education and health infrastructure.
  • Morocco.  $697 million for fruit tree productivity, small scale fisheries, artisan development, small enterprise support and financial services.
  • Mozambique.  $506 million for water and sanitation infrastructure, roads, land tenure and rural development.
  • Namibia.  $304 million for education, agricultural development and tourism.
  • Nicaragua.  $175 million for property rights, road construction and rural business development.
  • Tanzania.  $698 million for road and airport construction, energy infrastructure and water and irrigation infrastructure.
  • Vanuatu.  $65 million for roads and other infrastructure.

 SELECTED PUBLICATIONS“Foreign Direct Investment – Does the Rule of Law Matter?”, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Working Paper No. 26, April 2002 “Keep the US English Speaking”, The Christian Science Monitor, December 3, 2002          “Lessons for Cuba after Communism”, The Christian Science Monitor, June 24, 2002 “O’Neill/Bono Road Show Offers Golden Opportunity”, The Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2002 (Letter to the Editor) “Private Sector vs. Foreign Aid”, The Washington Times, June 1, 2002 (Letter to the Editor) “Development Role of the Private Sector”, The Times of London, May 14, 2002 (Letter to the Editor) “Good Catholics, Good Priests – and Married”, The Washington Post, March 23, 2002 “No Need to Cry for Argentina”, The Boston Globe, February 26, 2002 "Soviets' Nuclear Question", The Christian Science Monitor, June 12, 1991 "The Fire of Ukrainian Unity Starts to Spread", The Wall Street Journal (Europe), August 23, 1990 "Bolivia's Restructuring Deserves More Than a Pat on the Back", The Wall Street Journal, April 28, 1989 “A Yankee Attorney Shakes His Booty at Carnival", The Wall Street Journal, February 23, 1989 "The Economic and Political Awakening of Argentina's Peronists", The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 1988 "Brazil on Argentina's Heels", The Christian Science Monitor, January 21, 1988 "Peronist Reformers Keep the Focus on Democracy", Los Angeles Times, September 11, 1987Participated in numerous talks, academic programs, and television and radio interviews on political and business issues throughout the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Africa and Central Europe.



Investment in emerging markets ▪ International development ▪ Public and private sector management and operations ▪ International government relations ▪ Academic experience ▪ Strong foreign language skills ▪ Experienced international corporate lawyer


Seeking a senior management or non-executive board position with a private sector or non-profit entity with activities in emerging markets

Work History

Work History

Founding and Managing Partner

  • Negotiated and structured many of the precedent-setting transactions in the newly-independent Ukraine
  • Developed the Kyiv office into the largest foreign law firm in Ukraine
  • Frequent speaker at conferences on doing business in the former Soviet Union
May 2004 - Present

Vice President Operations/Compact Development

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Senior manager for the largest department of a US government agency established in 2004 to deliver significant US foreign assistance in a new and innovative manner

  • Principal United States negotiator for foreign assistance agreements to 26 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union
  • Completed negotiation of assistance agreements totaling $6.3 billion to 18 countries for infrastructure, agriculture, water and sanitation, health and education projects
  • Hired, supervised and managed the Operations Department staff of over 135; helped develop MCC’s operational policies and procedures
  • Extensive foreign travel and dealings with senior foreign government officials
  • Significant domestic and international public speaking and outreach activities
2002 - 2004

International Partner

  • Specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions - focus on Central and Eastern Europe
2001 - 2003

Adjunct Professor

Georgetown University Law Center
  • Taught a practical course on international mergers and acquisitions
2001 - 2002

Visiting Scholar

  • Published paper: Foreign Direct Investment – Does the Rule of Law Matter?
  • Published several op-eds in prominent US publications
1996 - 2001

Managing Partner

  • In less than two years, turned one of the firm’s poorest performing offices into one of the most profitable
  • As the sole equity partner, managed all aspects of office operations: advising clients, structuring and negotiating transactions, quality control, hiring and training associates, client development and billing, office administration and regulatory compliance
  • Member of the firm’s Policy Committee and European Regional Council
1991 - 1992

Executive Secretary to the International Advisory Council to the Ukrainian Parliament

Ukrainian Parliament
  • Helped draft the Ukrainian Constitution and was a member of the working groups that drafted the initial Ukrainian laws on foreign investment, anti-competition and corporations
  • Managed the activities of a council of prominent Western politicians and academics created to provide economic and political advice to the Ukrainian Parliament and Government
  • Advised members of Parliament on a range of legal, economic and political issues
1989 - 1991


  • Specialized in joint ventures, privatizations and general corporate matters
1987 - 1989


  • Specialized in project finance and international corporate transactions throughout Latin America
1987 - 1987

Foreign Associate

Pinheiro Neto Advogados
1985 - 1986

Foreign Associate

Klein & Mairal


1982 - 1985


1979 - 1981

M. Litt.

1975 - 1979


Hamilton College



Language Skills

English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Russian and Czech

Top Secret

Millennium Challenge Corporation