Juan-Pablo Crespo (John)


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Juan-Pablo Crespo

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John P. Crespo is a partner in King & Spalding’s Houston office. He is a member of the firm’s Global Transactions Practice Group.  Mr. Crespo has a broad multidisciplinary practice that includes extensive experience in domestic and international transactions, including the formation and structuring of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, development of infrastructure projects, and general corporate and contract matters. He serves as a regular adviser to a wide array of clients comprising public and privately held corporations, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and financial institutions.  His work includes drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements, domestic and cross-border acquisition and sales agreements, shareholder agreements, joint bidding and cooperation agreements and project related agreements.  Much of his experience is related to the energy industry.  He was born in La Paz, Bolivia and speaks Spanish and English and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Mr. Crespo received his B.A. from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law where he served as Articles Editor for the South Texas College of Law Journal of International Trade Law. He was judicial intern to the honorable David Hittner in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

In the News


  • Kenneth S. Culotta & John P. Crespo, Mexican Methane, Energy Magazine, Winter 2007

  • King and Spalding Client Alert: The Sun Sets on the Texas Business Corporation Act (2010).

  • Kenneth S. Culotta & John P. Crespo, Mexico’s Latest Step Towards Energy Liberalization, Energy Law 360, Portfolio Media, Inc., March 13, 2007.

  • K&S Energy Law Exchange: Opportunities in Distressed Markets, Insights into the Acquisition and Divestiture Process, co-authored with Mark Wege, Kathryn Marietta and Edward Ripley.

  • Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Fiduciary Duties of Directors in Latin America, co-authored with Rodrigo Morales, March 17, 2015.

Speaking Engagements

  • Infocast’s Distressed Gas Asset Acquisition Symposium: Navigating the Bankruptcy Courts in an Acquisition, JW Marriott, Houston, Texas, November 10, 2009

  • Fundamentals of Mergers and Acquisitions, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Houston Branch, April 15, 2010;

  • Here to Stay Latin Lawyer Roundtable on Houston’s energy practice, July 16, 2010.

  • Moderated a panel on “Newly Enacted Mexican Antitrust Laws”, a King & Spalding co-sponsored conference in Mexico City, which included the participation of a former Mexican Minister of Finance, the Commissioner of the Mexican competition authority (CFC) as well as general counsel and compliance officers from major international companies, November 2012

  • State of the M&A Market: Latin America/US M&A Trends, Trade, and Regulation Forum 2013, American University Washington College of Law. Washington DC, June 20-21, 2013.

  • K&S Quarterly Energy Forum: Distress in the Oil Patch: Opportunities and Traps in a Low Price Environment, The Houstonian Hotel, September 23, 2015.


  • State Bar of Texas

  • State Bar of Texas-- International Law Section

  • American Bar Association--Business Law Section

    • Mergers & Acquisitions, Committee Member

    • International M&A,  Committee Member

    • Model Stock Purchase Agreement, Editorial Committee Member

  • American Bar Association-- International Law Section

  • International Investment and Development, Committee Member

  • Latin America and the Caribbean, Committee Member

  • Houston Bar Association

  • AngelPool (The world's largest angel association)-- Southern Region Advisory Board