Cozen O’Connor: Berquist, Evan

Evan Berquist

Associate

Minneapolis

(612) 260-9063

(612) 260-9080

Evan is a business lawyer who advises clients on a wide range of commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, real estate transactions, and general corporate matters. Evan works with entrepreneurs, investors, and company management on all aspects of a company’s life cycle, including formation, governance, compliance, and commercial matters. He serves as outside general counsel to a number of emerging or closely held companies.

Evan also maintains an active international practice and is familiar with the legal and business issues that companies face when doing business abroad. Evan helps businesses expand abroad using a variety of vehicles, including mergers, acquisitions, and investments as well as distribution, license, and agency agreements.  

Before returning home to Minnesota, Evan lived and worked in Latin America for several years, where he became fluent in Spanish. Evan has presented and written about international business topics in professional forums, and has published pieces in The Hill, National Review Online, and the Star Tribune, among others. He graduated from Stanford Law School. Recently Evan was selected by Minnesota Lawyer magazine as a 2018 "Up & Coming Attorney."

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Advises Eurofins Scientific in $175 Million Acquisition of TestAmerica Environmental Services

October 04, 2018

The Corporate and International practices at Cozen O’Connor represented Eurofins Scientific SE in the acquisition of TestAmerica Environmental Services LLC (TestAmerica) from JSTI Group. The transaction is valued at $175 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, subject to the fulfillment of regulatory and customary closing conditions.

Federal judge blocks St. Paul from imposing conditions on church-based homeless shelter

July 03, 2018

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice, is quoted in the Star Tribune on a federal judge’s ruling to block the city of St. Paul from enforcing restrictions on a church-based homeless drop-in center.

Evan Berquist Named Among 2018 Up & Coming Attorneys by Minnesota Lawyer

June 20, 2018

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice, has been named to Minnesota Lawyer’s 2018 Up & Coming Attorneys.

Cozen O’Connor Advises Wilco Electronic Systems in Sale of Cable Assets to Comcast Corporation

December 18, 2017

The national corporate practice group at Cozen O’Connor represented Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc., a provider of communication services to educational, government, and low-income communities throughout Philadelphia, in the sale of its cable assets to Comcast Corporation, one of the largest internet providers in the United States.

Eurofins Scientific Acquires EAG Laboratories for $780 Million

December 05, 2017

The national corporate practice and international practice at Cozen O’Connor represented Eurofins Scientific SE in the acquisition of EAG Laboratories from affiliates of Odyssey Investment Partners. The transaction is valued at $780 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis, and closed on December 1, 2017.

Lt. Governor Tina Smith to Lead Bipartisan Delegation of Minnesota Elected Officials and Business Leaders to Cuba

June 16, 2017

Minnesota governor Tina Smith issued a press release about the trade mission to Cuba, which begins Monday, June 19th.

The Skill You Should Acquire To Land Your Next Job

March 19, 2017

Evan Berquist is quoted in a Forbes article about the growing importance of foreign language skills.

Here’s How to Make Sure Your Small Business is ADA Compliant

February 13, 2017

Evan Berquist discusses Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance issues for small businesses on the National Federation of Independent Business’s website, NFIB.com.

Notes on Cuban Chocolate & Responsible Tourism in Baracoa

January 17, 2017

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, discusses Cuba’s food-rationing system and responsible tourism on the travel blog, Epicure and Culture.

PROFILE: Cuba Attorney Evan Berquist

April 23, 2016

Evan Berquist of the Corporate Law Practice Group was profiled by DoingBusinessInCuba.news for his niche Latin American practice.

Publications

Hurricane Maria Highlights the Peril of Puerto Rico’s Colonial Status

September 28, 2017

Evan Berquist, a member of Cozen O'Connor's International practice, discusses Hurricane Maria in on The Hill.

President-Elect Trump Proves A Quick Study – Now He Needs A Lesson On TPP

November 27, 2016

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, discusses President-elect Trump’s evolution from candidate to future president.

7 Ways the Trump Administration Will Affect Businesses

November 18, 2016

This analysis provides insight into some of the most pertinent business issues President-elect Trump will likely address during his term, and what the election could mean for your industry and your business.

Understanding the Brazil Beyond the Olympics

August 29, 2016

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, discusses the 2016 Rio Olympics and Brazil’s future.

Time to Get Serious About Puerto Rico

April 26, 2016

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, discusses Congress’s upcoming decision on PROMESA.

Business in Cuba Promises Rewards, But There Is Risk, Too

April 10, 2016

Evan Berquist, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, discusses the Obama administration’s opening to Cuba.

U.S. Eases Cuba Sanctions, Opening New Opportunities for U.S. Businesses

November 17, 2015

Evan Berquist discusses the significant changes to the U.S. sanctions regime that regulates commerce with Cuba.

An Introduction to International Law for Afghanistan [Afghanistan Legal Education Project ]

June 01, 2011

Evan Berquist co-authored the International Law for Afghanistan, 1st ed. This publication gives a detailed view of international law as it relates to Afghanistan.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

The Contract Law 50

August 15, 2018 -

Globalism and Managing Risk

October 05, 2017 - Des Moines, IA

Going Global: Thinking Beyond the Domestic Market

July 10, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN

Education

  • Stanford University Law School, J.D., 2011
  • Colorado College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2004

Awards & Honors

2018 Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer 

Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2015

Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado College

  • California
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court -- Puerto Rico
  • U.S. District Court -- Minnesota

Judicial Clerkship: U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 2011-2013

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association