Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Stephen A. Oxman is a senior advisor at Morgan Stanley. He has over 40 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. 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 & Co. 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 is former chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, of which he is an emeritus trustee. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Corporation of New York, he also serves on the Advisory Council of the Hastings Center and on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the International Commission of Jurists. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Robertson Foundation, on the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and on the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Services.
Mr. Oxman holds a Bachelor of Arts 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 and his wife, Patricia, have three sons (Stephen, Gavin, and Matthew), three daughters-in-law (Sarah, Megan, and Sarah), and four grandchildren. They live in Short Hills, New Jersey.