International

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Cozen O’Connor Adds Up and Coming Litigator and International Arbitration Practitioner Michael A. Fernández to its Award-Winning Commercial Litigation Practice

Fernández is a fast-rising international business litigator with a strong track record of successfully resolving high-value cross-border business disputes originating in Latin America and other regions.

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We advise foreign clients with interests in the United States, U.S.-based clients with interests abroad, and foreign and domestic partners in cross-border trade and joint ventures. More specifically, our clients include foreign corporations, international subsidiaries, U.S. firms, foreign and domestic governments, venture funds and emerging businesses, investment funds, tax-exempt organizations, corporate boards, executives, and entrepreneurs. The firm provides sophisticated counsel on corporate and regulatory law, as well as on all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.

In addition to first-hand experience with and detailed knowledge of foreign legal and regulatory regimes, attorneys in Cozen O’Connor’s International Practice are knowledgeable about foreign cultures and languages. Our attorneys have studied, lived, and practiced in countries around the world, which greatly enhances the firm’s capacity to operate effectively abroad.

SERVICE AREAS

Corporate. Cozen O’Connor attorneys complete major international corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and sales, joint ventures, “going private” transactions, public auctions and tender offers, technology and licensing agreements, secured and unsecured loans, and dealership, franchise, partnership agreements as well as other cross-border deals.

Securities. Cozen O’Connor represents clients in capital-raising activities in the U.S. and abroad, including initial and alternative public offerings, private equity and debt offerings, offerings of high-yield debt and rated securities, private placement of debt, equity and hybrid securities, shelf takedowns, secondary underwritten offerings, ATM offerings, PIPEs, and other offerings. We also advise clients on compliance matters with respect to registration, stock exchange listings, periodic filings, proxy statements, securities arbitrations, and investigations.

International Trade & Customs. Cozen O’Connor represents U.S. and foreign companies in trade matters involving a range of issues from customs compliance and export controls to economic sanctions and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. We appear regularly before the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury, Homeland Security, State, and Defense, as well as in various trade and international courts.

Immigration. Cozen O’Connor advises clients on immigrant and non-immigrant visas, permanent residency, work permits, intra-company transfers, hiring procedures for foreign nationals, citizenship, and immigration law compliance. We resolve immigration issues as they pertain to individuals, families, or groups of workers; assess compliance programs; and evaluate corporate transactions.

Government Relations. Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, the firm’s bipartisan government relations agency, offers the full complement of government affairs services, including legislative and executive branch advocacy, policy analysis, government procurement assistance, and crisis management. Members of the group have held high-level positions in both Republican and Democratic administrations, worked for members of Congress, and staffed presidential and gubernatorial transition teams.

Litigation. Cozen O’Connor is a renowned business litigation firm. Our members have successfully represented domestic and international clients for more than 40 years and appear in courts around the world on a daily basis. We handle disputes in areas such as antitrust, intellectual property, product liability, securities, professional liability, government investigations, criminal defense, tax, and bankruptcy. We also have extensive experience with global insurance coverage and subrogation/recovery.

Intellectual Property. Cozen O’Connor helps clients acquire, manage, and protect their intellectual property to compete effectively in a global economy. We maintain an up-to-the-minute knowledge of international patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright law; advise clients on procurement, prosecution, enforcement, asset management, monetization, licensing and litigation; and protect clients from infringement, deceptive trade practices, counterfeiting, misappropriation of trade secrets, and publicity and privacy violations.

Insurance. Cozen O’Connor represents leading insurance and reinsurance companies in coverage and bad faith litigation involving many different lines of insurance product, including professional liability, financial lines, directors and officers liability, commercial property, builders risk, life and health, cyber risks, environmental, energy, food contamination, surety, policyholder bankruptcy, and financial guaranty. Our attorneys regularly serve as lead trial or coordinating counsel on behalf of major insurers and reinsurers across the globe.

Private Client Services.  Cozen O’Connor assists high net worth individuals and families with connections to multiple jurisdictions with all aspects of their cross-border income, estate, and gift tax planning. We help clients create structures to achieve their personal wealth transfer objectives while maintaining privacy and minimizing taxes. 

Transportation & Logistics. Cozen O’Connor supports a premier international transportation practice. From Marad protocols and maritime competition laws to government contracts and international arbitrations, our attorneys help clients operate in the international marketplace. We are knowledgeable about foreign treaties and competition law, enjoy good rapport with foreign counterparts, and often advise foreign organizations and law firms on relevant U.S. laws.

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Experience

Publications

New York Enacts LLC Transparency Act, Requiring LLCs to Disclose Beneficial Owners [Alert]

January 22, 2024

Beatrice Bottini and Larry Laubach discuss the new New York LLC Transparency Act, which is modeled after the Federal Corporate Transparency Act and is aimed at pursuing unlawful activity, including wage theft, money laundering, and tenant mistreatment.

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.

With Signs of Enforcement on Horizon, CFIUS Releases Penalty Guidelines

October 24, 2022

CFIUS' new set of guidelines point to a potentially heightened enforcement environment in their efforts to protect U.S. national security interests.

USTR Invites Comments in Four Year Review of Section 301 Duties [Alert]

October 19, 2022

USTR is seeking public comments relating to Section 301 duties on Chinese goods. The comment period will end on January 17, 2023.

Section 301 Petition Concerning Mexican Agricultural Products Filed [Alert]

September 15, 2022

On Sept. 8, Florida lawmakers filed a petition with USTR seeking relief for an alleged Mexican export targeting scheme.

USTR Annual Report to Congress on China’s Compliance with WTO: Request for Public Comments [Alert]

August 23, 2021

T. Wallrich, H. Marx, and K. Zentner discuss the USTR’s Trade Policy Staff Committee soliciting public commentary regarding China’s compliance with its obligations to the WTO.

Antitrust Enforcers Lodge First Criminal Indictment for Violation of No-Poach Agreement [Alert]

January 13, 2021

Stephen Miller and Casey James discuss the DOJ's indictment charging Surgical Care Affiliates LLC of colluding with two companies not to solicit each other’s senior-level employees.

U.S. Companies with Foreign Affiliates Face Reporting Deadline in 2020 [Alert]

March 26, 2020

Barbara Muller reminds U.S. persons that control at least 10 percent or more of the ownership interests in a foreign business enterprise must file a mandatory benchmark survey called Form BE 10 by May 29, 2020.

U.S. Companies with Foreign Affiliates Face Reporting Deadline In 2020

November 13, 2019

Barbara Muller discussed the various requirements for any U.S. person who controls, directly or indirectly, at least 10 percent or more of the ownership interests in a foreign business enterprise.

Sixth Circuit Finds Discovery Under 28 USC § 1782 Is Available in Foreign Arbitrations

September 24, 2019

David Loh and Chris Raleigh discuss the Sixth Circuit' decision in Abdul Latif Jameel Transportation Company Ltd. v. FedEx Corp., that relies on the Supreme Court decision in Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

ESG In The International Trade And Supply Chain

March 21, 2024 - Washington, D.C.

Micah Myers will speak on the “ESG In The International Trade And Supply Chain” panel at the International Bar Association International Commerce and Distribution Committee’s Conference on “The International Commerce and Distribution Landscape: New Tensions and Restrictions Along the Global Supply Chain."

Cross-Border Practice

March 07, 2024 - Tokyo, Japan

Christian Moretti, Neil Quartaro, and Edward Weisz will present on cross-border practice at the Dai-Ichi Bar Association and New York State Bar Association’s 2024 Tokyo Regional Meeting.

INCA Seminar on Cross-Border Practice

March 06, 2024 - Tokyo, Japan

Christian Moretti and Neil Quartaro will speak at the International Corporate Counsel Association (INCA) Seminar on Cross-Border Practice.

Past Events

59th Annual Inter-American Bar Association Conference

December 01, 2023 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mexican Labor and USMCA’s Rapid Response Mechanism

October 20, 2023 - Cleveland, OH

Labor Rights and the USMCA

September 20, 2023 - Mexico City, Mexico

"Introduction to Exporting"

May 16, 2023 - Minneapolis, MN

Latest Cross-Border Legal Strategies In The U.S

February 14, 2023 - Osaka, Japan

Recent Developments in Antitrust Law

October 12, 2022 - Webinar

Updates on U.S. Trade Remedies

December 14, 2020 -

What the Stimulus Means for Your Company

March 31, 2020 - Webinar

In The News

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.

Jason Domark Appointed Co-Chair of the ABA Commercial and Business Litigation Committee International Litigation Subcommittee

November 17, 2023

Jason Domark, a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been appointed co-chair of the International Litigation Subcommittee for the American Bar Association Commercial and Business Litigation Committee.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Continues its Canadian Expansion, Adding Another Three Attorneys to Its Vancouver, B.C. Office

March 21, 2022

Elizabeth Holden, Gosia Piasecka, and Nicholas Krishan will reunite with former colleagues Rory Godinho, Kathy Tang, Lucy Schilling, Brian Fast, and Iain Mingo — five corporate attorneys who moved to Cozen O’Connor from the same Canadian firm earlier this month.

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.

The Rock Report

September 27, 2021

Steve Dickinson discusses Cozen O’Connor, its recent growth, and how he assists international companies doing business in the United States and domestic companies in their international opportunities during the Rock Report segment of It’s Your Agri Business.

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

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

Contacts

Steven J. Dickinson

Co-Chair, International Practice

sdickinson@cozen.com

(612) 260-9051

Christian Moretti

Chair, Global Mergers & Acquisitions

cmoretti@cozen.com

(212) 883-2238

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Awards

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 Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

Related Practice Areas

Upcoming Event:

INCA Seminar on Cross-Border Practice

Tokyo, Japan 03/06/2024

Christian Moretti and Neil Quartaro will speak at the International Corporate Counsel Association (INCA) Seminar on Cross-Border Practice.

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