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John Vogel

Senior Counsel

John Vogel is a senior counsel and member of the Corporate Group in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. John represents U.S. and foreign companies in conventional and Islamic equity and debt public and private financing transactions involving real estate investment, leasing and infrastructure projects, as well as restructurings, privatizations, project financings, and domestic and cross-border joint ventures and commercial contracts. He has represented sovereign wealth funds in the direct and indirect acquisition, management, and disposition of U.S. real property, and in connection with the liquidation in over 40 countries of one of the world's largest international banks following its collapse.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund in structuring and negotiating the acquisition of over $3 billion of U.S. real property.
  • Represented Farm Credit Banks in the issuance and sale of over $2 billion of debentures and preferred stock.
  • Represented a sovereign wealth fund as the largest shareholder and unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy of Bank of Credit and Commerce International, at the time the world's largest bank collapse.
  • Represented various U.S.-domiciled companies in the sale and purchase of tax credits and other tax benefits having an aggregate value in excess of $3 billion.
  • Represented electric utility cooperatives in the sale-leaseback of plants and equipment having a value exceeding $2 billion.
  • Represented an international agribusiness company and other transnational entities in the negotiation and drafting of joint venture/investment agreements in over 30 countries.

John is president and chairman of the board of the Fulbright Association, the U.S. alumni organization of over 100,000 Fulbright Scholarship recipients. He has taught Islamic finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Georgetown Law School, and he has spoken on international panels and written extensively on the subject of Islamic finance. John was recognized by the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2017 as Islamic finance lawyer of the year for the U.S.


  • Princeton University, A.B. (1965) cum laude
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1968)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, New York


  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law School (2013-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2011-2012)
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Union Internationale des Avocats
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Anciens Stagiares de la Communauté Européenne Economique
  • Fulbright Fellowship (Belgium), President and Member, Board of Directors, The Fulbright Association, Inc. (2010-2016)
Honors & Awards
  • Featured in "Leaders Across America" (September 2013)
  • International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers, Islamic Finance Chapter (2012-2014)
  • Named as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in Islamic Real Estate and Securitization & Structured Finance, Islamic Finance News (2009-2015)
  • Named as a "Leading Lawyer 50 Islamic Finance (2011-2015)," Lawyer Monthly
  • Bond Buyers' Guide (Redbook)
  • Men and Women of Distinction
  • Who's Who in Washington
  • Who's Who in the East, Dictionary of International Biography
  • International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievements
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders of America
  • The National Registry of Who's Who
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide
  • Sutton Who's Who in American Law
  • Biltmore and Covington's Who's Who Register of Executives and Professionals
  • Islamic Real Estate Advisor of the Year — International Global Awards (2014)
  • Who's Who Corporate Finance Advisor Network, Corporate International (2014)
  • Who's Who Legal in Capital Markets — Islamic Finance (2014-2015)
  • Who’s Who Legal 100 (2014)

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"Trading Western Solidities Against Emerging Liquidities - Attracting Investments from the Gulf and the U.S.," ISFIN (September 21, 2016). Speaker: John Vogel.
"Islamic Finance & Markets 2017: United States," Getting the Deal Through (August 2016). Author: John Vogel.
"Islamic Finance & Markets 2016: United States," Getting the Deal Through (August 2015). Author: John Vogel.
"Islamic Finance & Markets 2015: United States," Getting the Deal Through (September 2014). Author: John Vogel.
U.S. Islamic Economic and Financial Conference, American Islamic Economic and Financial Institute, Chicago, IL (June 14, 2014). Speaker: John Vogel.
"Spotlight: Islamic Finance in the U.S.," Finance Monthly (March 2014). Author: John Vogel.
"Islamic Finance: An Undiscovered Market in the United States," Malaysian-United States Chamber of Commerce Islamic Finance Panel, Washington, D.C. (November 2013). Panelist: John Vogel.
Islamic Finance Lawyers Panel, International Bar Association, Boston, MA (October 2013). Panelist: John Vogel.
"Risk Management in Islamic Finance," Finance Monthly (September 2013). Co-Author: John Vogel.
"Islamic Micro Finance Prospects and Challenges," Financier Worldwide (June 2013). Author: John Vogel.

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