Jim Hackney has been involved in the world of International trade, investment and finance for the past 39 years as a corporate lawyer, government official, investment banker, global business consultant and business entrepreneur. Currently, he is an owner and co-founder of the Inergix Corporation, an energy infrastructure development and trading firm with offices in Washington, DC, London and Geneva.
Previously, Mr. Hackney was a Principal at Fieldstone Private Capital, an international project finance advisory firm with offices around the globe. While at Fieldstone, Mr. Hackney managed the firm’s business development activities in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, focusing his efforts on South Africa, Brazil and Egypt.
As a government official, Mr. Hackney served in the Administrations of President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Counselor to the secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown. As one of the Secretary’s closest advisers, Mr. Hackney helped to devise and implement the Commercial Diplomacy Program. This globally highly-regarded program was principally responsible for the awarding of $28 billion in contracts to U.S. firms in the major emerging markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
As a lawyer in the State Department during the Carter years, Mr. Hackney negotiated bilateral investment agreements with China, Egypt, Morocco, Jamaica, Panama and Malaysia. His portfolio also included advising the Department’s policy officers on legal matters involving the World Bank, IMF, U.S. EximBank, OPIC and the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.
During his career, Mr. Hackney has also been a member of two highly-respected and highly-recognized international law firms. During his tenure at White and case, he was a member of the firm’s Sovereign Practice Group. In this capacity, he advised the Governments of Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey and Indonesia on their financial transactions with the U.S. and European governments, the World Bank and IMF and global banking institutions. In addition, Mr. Hackney provided legal counseling and advice on a range of infrastructure project financings and privatizations.
Mr. Hackney’s career began at the DC firm of Steptoe and Johnson. As a young associate, he was a part of the firm’s International Trade Group which advised major domestic and foreign corporations on a range of international trade disputes and litigation, U.S agency investigations and U.S. congressional legislation.
Mr. Hackney holds a B.A. in Political History and a J.D. law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the boards of public and private companies and nonprofits. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Bethesda, Maryland and have three adult children and one grandchild, all of whom reside in the Washington, D.C. area.