Cozen O’Connor: Dickinson, Steven J.

Steven J. Dickinson

Co-Chair, International Practice

Minneapolis

(612) 260-9051

(612) 260-9080

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.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Guides Eurofins Scientific in $670 Million Acquisition of Covance Food Solutions

May 04, 2018

The Corporate and International practices at Cozen O’Connor represented Eurofins Scientific SE in the acquisition of Covance Food Solutions from Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp).

Dickinson appointed to Minnesota District Export Council

February 15, 2018

Steven J. Dickinson, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s International Practice, has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Minnesota District Export Council.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Midwest Presence and International Practice with Addition of Two Transactional Partners in Minneapolis Office

July 18, 2016

Steven Dickinson and Barbara Müller join the firm’s International Practice Group. Their addition to Cozen O’Connor expands the firm’s international offering for U.S. companies investing or operating in other countries as well as international companies investing or operating in the United States.

Publications

Developments in Reporting Requirements for Foreign Investors in the United States

February 08, 2017

Steve Dickinson discusses recent developments in reporting requirements for foreign investors in the ABA Section of International Law’s M&A and Joint Ventures Committee Newsletter.

New IRS Reporting Rule Could Bite Unwary Foreign Investors [Corporate Alert]

January 05, 2017

Steven Dickinson discusses the IRS's new reporting requirements for wholly foreign-owned limited liability companies and other disregarded entities, which is a significant change from past practice.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Going Global? Resources Today

May 24, 2018 - Des Moines, Iowa

Going Global: Thinking Beyond the Domestic Market

July 10, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN

ExporTech

November 17, 2016 - Fargo, ND

41st IATTO Forum

November 02, 2016 - Des Moines, IA

Iowa and China: Business at the Crossroads

September 07, 2016 - Des Moines, IA

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, 1979
  • University of Northern Iowa, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa

American Bar Association, Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions 

Iowa State Bar Association, Business Law Section 2005-2011

Iowa State Bar Association, International Law Section, 2001-2005, 2011-Present 

Minnesota State Bar Association

U.S.-China Business Connections, Board of Directors