Steve’s practice centers on domestic and international business transactions for both U.S. and international companies.
In the United States, Steve represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, complex contract negotiations, and other collaborative business transactions. These range from private equity investments to multi-party procurement contracts to acquisitions and sales valued at more than $1 billion.
Steve represents U.S. companies in their international business, including acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, construction and sales contracts, and distribution arrangements, as well as operational issues such as international tax planning, entity formation, financing, employment, intellectual property, and compliance matters, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and export control regulations. Steve has represented many companies in doing business in China and throughout Asia, as well as in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Canada.
Steve also assists international companies in establishing and operating in the United States, primarily in the Midwest. This includes tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, economic development incentives, real estate, construction, financing, contract drafting and negotiation, employment, intellectual property, and compliance.
Steve serves as an appointed member of the Minnesota District Export Council (DEC), an organization comprising experienced, international business leaders appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Minnesota DEC is closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Center in Minnesota and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. He is frequently quoted in the press on various funding- and business-related issues in publications that include The Wall Street Journal, Independent Retailer, and Glossy.
Steve is a leader of Cozen O’Connor’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) team and has advised dozens of companies on PPP issues. He has also spoken and written extensively on the PPP, including more than a dozen client alerts, webinars for national industry groups, and interviews with the publications listed above.