Cozen O’Connor: Berquist, Evan

Evan Berquist

Member

Minneapolis

(612) 260-9063

(612) 260-9080

Recent News:

First Lutheran Church Reaches Settlement with City of Saint Paul in Religious Liberty Suit

In the settlement, the city acknowledged that RLUIPA is an important and central aspect of its land use decisions and is a primary consideration in processing and responding to land use applications made to the city.

Evan is a business lawyer advising clients on a wide range of transactional matters. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Evan works with entrepreneurs, investors, and company management on all aspects of a company’s life cycle, including entity formation, financings, governance, and commercial transactions. Evan works for clients big and small, including startups, middle market companies, private equity investors and large multinational corporations. He serves as outside general counsel to a number of emerging or closely held companies. 

A significant portion of Evan’s practice involves cross-border transactions. He helps U.S. and foreign clients with their international business projects, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and sales, agency, and distribution agreements. Evan is familiar with the legal issues that arise when doing business abroad. He frequently advises clients with respect to anti-corruption laws, export controls, and sanctions regimes. He routinely works with local counsel in a variety of foreign jurisdictions and has completed multiple cross-border deals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.   

A Minnesota native, Evan also lived and worked for several years in Latin America, 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." Evan is a board director of New Vision Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches coding skills to disadvantaged youth in Minnesota and East Africa.

Experience

News

First Lutheran Church Reaches Settlement with City of Saint Paul in Religious Liberty Suit

February 06, 2019

In the settlement, the city acknowledged that RLUIPA is an important and central aspect of its land use decisions and is a primary consideration in processing and responding to land use applications made to the city.

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