John D. Werner - Fishman Haygood, L.L.P.

John D. Werner

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 504-586-5265

John Werner is a partner in our Business Section. John works primarily on financings, including private equity transactions, tax credit financings, and bank debt.

In private equity, John represents Jefferson Capital Partners, LongueVue Capital and Enhanced Capital Partners in their investments in various portfolio companies. In addition, he represents numerous portfolio companies that have received private equity investment. John represents the State of Louisiana when its funds are used in tax credit financings. He represents several lenders and allocatees in the New Markets Tax Credit program. John also represents several regional banks in large commercial loans.


  • J.D. from Tulane Law School, 1994
  • B.A. in History from Duke University, 1988


  • Clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Walter of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 1994-1995

Representative Matters

  • Continuing representation of the State of Louisiana in financing the mixed use commercial projects. Recent transactions include: the financing of a fresh food grocer in New Orleans, the development of a hospital in St. Bernard Parish, the development of a nursing and assisted living facility in New Orleans, the development of a charter school facility in Federal City, Louisiana, the redevelopment of a live performance venue in New Orleans, and the construction of the Campaigns Pavilion at the National World War II Museum
  • Continuing representation of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) as lender in new markets tax credits financings in which NORA loans city, state and federal grant funds into the tax credit structure. Recent transactions include the development of a commercial property including a Whole Foods Market, non-profit development company, and the construction of 28,000 square feet of commercial space to be occupied by a community health clinic, a social innovation workshop and other commercial tenants
  • $400 Million private equity based capital raising transaction for oil and gas exploration and production company
  • $29 Million sale and leaseback of certain software assets to a publicly traded software company
  • Continuing representation of regional bank financing of the redevelopment of a scattered site low income housing project and rehabilitation of multiple residential properties using low income housing and historic tax credits
  • Continuing representation of mezzanine lender takings equity interest and providing subordinated debt to middle market companies
  • Representation of investment firm investing in Louisiana state certified capital companies (CAPCOs)
  • Continuing representation of fund investing in accounts receivable participations
  • Continuing representation of allocatees of new markets tax credits from the U.S. Treasury Department to finance businesses located in low-income communities nationwide

Client Comments

"John Werner is proactive, knowledgeable, and practical. These are great qualities in a transaction and corporate attorney."

-Julius Kimbrough
Liberty Bank & Trust

"John has been invaluable in handling the recapitalization of our firm and helping us to set up strategy for a possible IPO."

Office Location

201 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 4600
New Orleans, LA 70170-4600
United States

Practice Areas

Securities / Capital Markets Law