Stephen A. Oxman is a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley. He has over 30 years of professional experience in business, government, and law. At Morgan Stanley he focuses on investment banking relationships with certain key clients of the Firm.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1999, Mr. Oxman was a Senior Partner in Wolfensohn & Co., a private investment banking firm founded by James D. Wolfensohn in 1981. Mr. Oxman headed the firm’s practice in the telecommunications sector and took a leading role in its European practice. Upon Bankers Trust’s acquisition of Wolfensohn in 1996, Mr. Oxman became a founding Senior Managing Director of BT Wolfensohn, the worldwide mergers, acquisitions, and corporate advisory arm of Bankers Trust.
In 1993, Mr. Oxman was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs by President Clinton and served in that capacity in 1993-1994. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on U.S. foreign policy concerning Europe and Canada and had the lead responsibility within the U.S. Government for the day-to-day implementation of that policy. His responsibilities covered 38 countries as well as NATO and the European Union.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Oxman was a Managing Director of the investment banking firm of Wasserstein Perella & Co. and Deputy Chairman of Wasserstein Perella International. He was head of the firm’s telecommunications group and was one of the senior officers responsible for the firm’s work in Europe.
From 1980 to 1988, Mr. Oxman was a Litigation Partner in the law firm of Shearman & Sterling specializing in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, securities, antitrust, tax, and trade. He represented many leading U.S. and foreign corporations and foreign government-owned entities and was counsel to the investment bankers on a variety of major mergers and acquisitions.
During the Carter Administration, Mr. Oxman was Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, and subsequently a consultant to the Secretary of State concerning the Iran hostage crisis. From 1973 to 1977, he was an associate with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Mr. Oxman holds a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Princeton University, a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Mr. Oxman is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University of which he is a Charter Trustee. Mr. Oxman also serves on the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Association for the International Commission of Jurists. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Oxman and his wife, Patricia, have three grown sons (Stephen, Gavin, and Matthew) and live in Short Hills, New Jersey.