Christian Moretti

Chair, Global Mergers & Acquisitions

Recent News:

Christian Moretti Spotlight by MAG

Christian Moretti was spotlighted by MAG, shedding light on his journey from his Italian legal background to becoming a lawyer in New York City. He discusses the importance of mentoring, inclusivity, and collaboration in the legal profession, given the complexity of the U.S. legal market and the skills required to navigate diverse legal systems and mitigate risks for Italian clients.

Christian focuses his practice on corporate and M&A and serves as chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Christian also serves as vice chair of the International Practice and chair of the Italy Practice. For more than 20 years, Christian has advised domestic and foreign companies and private equity firms on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and sophisticated cross-border transactions.

His primary focus is supporting inbound M&A deals and complex corporate transactions on behalf of global companies and private equity funds. Christian routinely structures, negotiates, and closes deals ranging in value from several million to several billion dollars. He was lead counsel on one of the largest retail M&A transactions consummated in the United States in 2022, and he has been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 as a key lawyer in the New York middle market M&A category.

Christian’s educational background, legal training, and professional experience are key differentiators in the legal marketplace. He grew up in Italy, fluent in English and Italian, and graduated from law school in Padua, Italy, before matriculating at Columbia Law School. Christian has practiced exclusively at Am Law 100 firms for more than two decades, serving major clients in diverse sectors, including manufacturing, life sciences, technology, food and beverage, fashion, and retail.

Clients benefit from Christian’s deep knowledge of U.S. and foreign legal regimes and from his understanding of cross-jurisdictional differences in legal philosophy, corporate culture, and social norms. He provides both technical legal guidance and fosters the cross-border relationships that are key to closing transactions and creating lasting partnerships.

As a compliment to his sophisticated M&A practice, Christian serves as outside U.S. legal counsel global businesses and private equity funds, from publicly-traded conglomerates to middle-market players. He handles day-to-day commercial contracting and licensing, corporate governance, and strategic business advising — and assembles and oversees multidisciplinary teams of colleagues who focus on complex commercial litigation, international arbitration, employment law, class action defense, IP issues, and OFAC and privacy law compliance. 

Christian is well-known in the international legal community and often invited to speak at legal industry conferences and seminars. He is a longtime senior officer of the International Bar Association (IBA), current chair of the IBA’s Financial and Tax Aspects of International Sales Subcommittee of the International Commerce and Distribution Committee, and former chair of the IBA’s Government Procurement Subcommittee.

Christian is also a permanent member of the Board of Advisors to the Columbia Law School Association (CLSA), having served as its president, first-vice president, and director for several years, and was, notably, the first L.L.M.-alumnus ever elected president of the CLSA.

 

Experience

News

Christian Moretti Spotlight by MAG

December 14, 2023

Christian Moretti was spotlighted by MAG, shedding light on his journey from his Italian legal background to becoming a lawyer in New York City. He discusses the importance of mentoring, inclusivity, and collaboration in the legal profession, given the complexity of the U.S. legal market and the skills required to navigate diverse legal systems and mitigate risks for Italian clients.

Corporate Transparency Act: anche gli USA impongono l’obbligo di comunicare i titolari effettivi

December 01, 2023

Christian Moretti and Beatrice Bottini offer their thoughts on the Corporate Transparency Act, in the Norme & Tributi section of the Italian publication Il Sole 24 Ore.

Cozen O’Connor Launches Global M&A Practice; Appoints Christian Moretti as Chair

November 29, 2023

The firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice is a leading player for transactions involving European, Asian, and South American companies and private equity funds.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 27 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 22, 2023

Thirteen attorneys were recognized as Super Lawyers and 14 were named “Rising Stars.”

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 16 Attorneys in its 2023 Guide

July 10, 2023

Cozen O'Connor's Aviation (Litigation/Regulation), Construction, L&E, M&A (Midmarket), Shipping (Finance and Litigation/Regulation) practices were ranked by the Legal 500.

Cozen O'Connor Awarded TopLegal's Italian Desk of the Year 2022

November 29, 2022

TopLegal Awards, which recognizes Italian legal excellence, has awarded Cozen O'Connor its Italian Desk of the Year award for 2022.

Cozen O’Connor Represents Leger in Purchase of 360 Market Reach, Its First U.S. Acquisition

November 22, 2022

Cozen O’Connor represented Leger, the largest Canadian-owned market research and analytics company, in its acquisition of 360 Market Reach, an American market research company based in New York City.

Investindustrial’s Agreement to Purchase Majority Stake of Eataly S.p.A

October 17, 2022

Cozen O’Connor served as U.S. and Canadian counsel in Investindustrial’s acquisition of a majority stake in Eataly S.p.A., the global chain of upscale Italian marketplaces. A team led by M&A attorney and Italy Practice chair Christian Moretti conducted significant due diligence of more than 20 Eataly businesses in the United States and Canada, in collaboration with Deloitte Legal Italy and Studio Legale Chiomenti. For nearly two decades, Eataly has been operating high-quality Italian food markets and restaurant concepts in prestigious locations across the globe, including flagship stores in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, and Silicon Valley.

Private Equity Threads Merger Enforcement Needle

July 14, 2022

Christian Moretti is quoted in an article in The Deal that discusses the complicated relationship between the private equity (PE) field and the U.S. government as the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice investigate PE deals. The article also analyzes the politics behind PE and how the criticism of PE firms continues to heighten.

Cozen O’Connor Serves as U.S. Counsel to the Owners of HEYDUDE® in Definitive Agreement on Its Sale to Crocs, Inc.

December 24, 2021

Cozen O’Connor acted as lead U.S. counsel to the owners of HEYDUDE®, a privately-owned casual footwear brand, in their definitive agreement to sell the companies comprising the HEYDUDE business to Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) for $2.5 billion. The consideration for the $2.5 billion acquisition will be $2.05 billion in cash and $450 million in Crocs shares.

Italy Practice Featured by Italian Press for Critical Role in Assisting Leading Companies Achieve Expansion during COVID-19 Challenges

April 26, 2021

Christian Moretti and Cozen O’Connor’s Italy Practice were featured in Top Legal magazine in an article discussing legal developments and market trends as well as opportunities for Italian companies in the United States and China.

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Ramp up its Corporate Practice, Adding Leading Cross-Border Corporate Attorney Christian Moretti to its New York Office

June 02, 2020

Moretti is the 12th Attorney to Join the Corporate Practice Group in the Last Two Months

Publications

Important Information Regarding U.S. Corporate Transparency Act

December 12, 2023

Christian Moretti and Eric Huang discuss (in English and Chinese) how the U.S. CTA will require disclosure of information about all U.S. formed corporations, LLCs and LPs.

Corporate Transparency Act: anche gli USA impongono l’obbligo di comunicare i titolari effettivi [Alert]

September 28, 2023

Italian Alert: Christian Moretti and Beatrice Bottini discuss the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), a new regulation to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit activities.

Education

  • University of Padua School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 2001

Awards & Honors

Legal 500, Recommended for Mergers & Acquisitions (Middle Market), 2018-2019, 2022-2023

New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2023

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013

  • New York
  • Italy

Columbia Law School Association, Inc. – Permanent Advisor (current); LLM Co-Chair of Annual Fund (current); President (2010-2012); Vice President; (2006-2010); Director (2004-2006) 

American Bar Association, M&A Committee

International Bar Association, Chair of the Financial and Tax Aspects of International Sales Subcommittee (2022-2023); Chair of the Government Procurement Subcommittee (2020-2022)