Cozen O’Connor: Corporate

Corporate

Cozen O’Connor has been providing sophisticated counsel to a diverse set of businesses and entrepreneurs for more than 40 years. We advise individuals, family businesses, public and private companies, government entities, corporate boards and committees, directors and officers, investors and investment funds, nonprofits, and trade associations in a wide range of industries. Our corporate experience includes regulatory compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, securities, finance, bankruptcy, and health law.

A truly outstanding corporate attorney must be a trusted advisor and an aggressive dealmaker. The members of Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group understand this dual responsibility better than most and have the requisite skills to excel in both roles.

As advisers, we provide highly individualized counsel on a full range of corporate matters. Our priority is to develop a thorough knowledge of each client’s business, the marketplace in which a client competes, and a client’s long-term goals. With an understanding of a client’s operations, we are then able to craft tailored approaches that satisfy a client’s immediate tactical needs and further the overall mission. Having a clear sense of the core business also facilitates more candid and effective communication. We do not tell our clients what they want to hear — we tell them what they need to know.

As dealmakers, we represent clients in their most important corporate negotiations. Whether trying to finance development, license technology, acquire a competitor, or restructure debt, our legal advice is based on incisive analysis of the needs and goals of partners, targets, and adversaries. Dealmaking is not a zero-sum game, but an attempt to reach a mutually beneficial agreement as quickly as possible. This requires respect for other parties, skillful negotiation, and an instinctive understanding of when to take and when to give. Adversaries may indulge in outbursts or false machismo, but bluster is no substitute for artful persuasion. We make sure that even the toughest negotiations remain productive and collegial.

Cozen O’Connor has long been known as an entrepreneurial firm, one that attracts lawyers with a competitive zeal and willingness to break new ground. Indeed, the attorneys in our Corporate Practice Group are recognized as among the most creative and tenacious corporate practitioners in the country. This is useful because the path from point A to point B is rarely a straight line. Instead of getting mired in the details of why a particular approach is unworkable, we simply find another way. That personal commitment to reaching the goal is what differentiates Cozen O’Connor attorneys. We are not spectators. We are closers.

 

SERVICES

  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Emerging Business & Venture Capital
  • Health Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Client Services
  • Public & Project Finance
  • Securities
  • Tax

 

CLIENTS

  • Individuals
  • Closely held businesses
  • Public and private companies
  • Investors and investment funds
  • Startups
  • Corporate boards and committees
  • Directors and officers
  • Nonprofits and trade associations
  • Governmental entities

 

TEAM

Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group includes some of the nation’s leading practitioners in their fields. They are members of prestigious invitation-only professional organizations, chairs of state and federal bar association sections, and nationally ranked by Chambers and Partners USA. In many cases, our attorneys not only have decades of experience as top counsel, they also have direct corporate or governmental experience. The practice includes former executives and directors of major corporate and nonprofit organizations, general and in-house counsel to multinational companies, and former senior officers in key governmental bodies. Our attorneys are thought leaders in their respective fields and regularly teach, publish, and lecture.

This practice serves a broad range of companies from family-owned to Fortune 500. We have a particularly impressive track record serving so-called “middle-market” firms, businesses that gross between $50 million and $1 billion in annual revenue. The middle market is growing faster, producing more jobs and attracting more capital than any other segment of the U.S. economy. As a result, middle-market companies deserve top corporate lawyers who understand their potential, are attuned to their specific needs and challenges, and are willing to make a long-term commitment to their growth.

Experience

Publications

Increasing Scrutiny on Franchise “No Poach” Clauses [Intellectual Property Alert]

August 22, 2018

Tom Dye discusses the increasing momentum in the ranks of legislators, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state attorneys generals to investigate and take action against companies who enter into agreements between two or more employers not to hire the other’s employees.

SEC Adopts New Smaller Reporting Company and XBRL Rules [Securities Alert]

July 11, 2018

Chris Bellini discusses the SEC's final rules and rule proposals that broaden the definition of “smaller reporting company” and require the use of the Inline XBRL format in certain operating company and mutual fund filings.

SEC Proposes Disclosure Requirements and Name Restrictions for Broker-Dealers & Investment Advisers [Corporate/Securities Alert]

June 18, 2018

In a series of three proposed regulations with requests for comments, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seeks to enhance communications by broker-dealers and investment advisers to their customers and clients.

SEC Charges 13 Private Fund Advisers for Repeated Filing Failures [Securities Alert]

June 12, 2018

Christopher Bellini and Ingrid Welch discuss the SEC's focus on policing even the most technical of violations and warn advisers to private funds that they should timely file their Form PF and that the information contained in their Form PF is accurate and complete.

SEC Proposed Regulation Best Interest Regarding Duties Of Broker-Dealers [Securities Alert]

June 11, 2018

Ingrid Welch and Greg Patton discuss Release No. 34-83062 (Best Interest Release) proposed under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; the SEC's attempt to make clear that a broker-dealer may not put its own financial interests ahead of its retail customers when making recommendations.

SEC Proposes Clarification Regarding Fiduciary Duties Owed by Investment Advisers [Securities Alert]

May 08, 2018

Ingrid Welch and Greg Patton discuss three proposed regulations made by the SEC to enhance and clarify the standards of conduct and duties owed by brokers-dealers and investment advisers to their customers and clients.

SEC Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings [Securities Alert]

July 28, 2017

The report stems from an SEC inquiry of a “virtual” organization known as “The DAO” and looked into whether The DAO and associated entities and individuals violated federal securities laws with unregistered offers and sales of DAO Tokens in exchange for ether.

SEC Expands Confidential Review Process for Draft Registration Statements [Securities Alert]

July 11, 2017

Christopher Bellini and Ellen Grady discuss an SEC announcement allowing issuers to submit draft registration statements on a nonpublic basis for an IPO, as well as for most securities offerings made within 12 months after the issuer first becomes a reporting company.

Comprehensive Revisions to Pennsylvania Law Mean Big Changes for LLCs and Partnerships

April 25, 2017

Joseph C. Bedwick and Larry P. Laubach discuss the extensive amendments that govern everything from the contents of the certificate of organization to the ability to alter fiduciary duties.

SEC Disclosure Updates — Exhibit Hyperlinks, Industry Guide 3 and Inline XBRL [Securities Alert]

March 13, 2017

Christopher J. Bellini and Ellen Canan Grady discuss the March 1, 2017, SEC vote to adopt final rule and form amendments to require issuers to include hyperlinks to each exhibit included in SEC filings.

Rollback of SEC Regulations Promulgated Under Dodd-Frank Has Begun [Securities Alert]

February 15, 2017

Ellen Grady and Richard Busis discuss the uncoordinated actions of the Trump administration that has begun the dismantling of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations promulgated under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

The Sports Law Review

January 18, 2017

Steve Silton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice, discusses the United States in The Sports Law Review.

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.

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.

SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Require Issuers to Include Hyperlinks to Exhibits in Filings [Securities Alert]

September 07, 2016

Christopher J. Bellini discusses recent SEC proposed amendments to its forms and rules that would require issuers that file registration statements and periodic and current reports to include in these filings a hyperlink to each of the exhibits listed in the exhibit index.

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.

SEC Settles with Private Equity Fund Adviser Charged with Acting as an Unregistered Broker [Private Equity Alert]

June 20, 2016

Christopher J. Bellini discusses a recent SEC settlement order that highlights the importance the SEC has placed on the issue of broker-dealer registration for the private equity industry.

EB-5 Reform: What To Expect After SEC Jay Peak Enforcement [Law360]

June 09, 2016

Roy Carrasquillo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, and Scott Bettridge, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discuss EB-5 reform in Law360.

SEC Issues New C&DIs on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures [Corporate/Securities Alert]

May 24, 2016

Christopher J. Bellini and Ellen Canan Grady discuss the 12 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations regarding the use of non-GAAP financial information issued by the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Crowdfunding: SEC Publishes C&DIs and Small Entity Issuer Compliance Guide [Corporate/Securities Alert]

May 17, 2016

Ellen Canan Grady and Richard J. Busis discuss the SEC's Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs), which provide interpretive guidance on Regulation Crowdfunding.

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.

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016 [Corporate/Securities Alert]

January 19, 2016

Ellen Canan Grady provides a brief description of the most important initiatives in securities law and corporate governance during 2015, and provides links to the related Cozen O’Connor client Alerts.

The Benefits Of Permanently Authorizing EB-5 [Law360]

January 11, 2016

Roy Carrasquillo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, and Scott Bettridge, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discuss the benefits of permanently authorizing EB-5 in Law360.

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.

SEC Adopts “Regulation Crowdfunding” [Corporate/Securities Alert]

November 09, 2015

“Regulation Crowdfunding,” which was approved by a three to one vote of the Commissioners, sets forth rules under which small businesses and startups can raise equity or debt in a crowdfunded securities offering conducted through a funding portal using the Internet.

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 147 and Rule 504 [Corporate/Securities Alert]

November 09, 2015

The proposed amendments to Rule 147 are designed to facilitate capital formation and, in part, to assist issuers seeking to raise capital under state intrastate crowdfunding rules. The proposed amendments to Rule 504 under Regulation D increase the amount of securities that may be sold in any 12-month period to $5 million and add certain “bad actor” disqualification provisions.

SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Regulation, Implementing Dodd-Frank Mandated Disclosure [Corporate/Securities Alert]

August 10, 2015

The final CEO pay ratio rule amends Item 402 of Regulation S-K, and requires public companies to disclose (1) the median annual total compensation of all employees of the issuer (other than the CEO), (2) the annual total compensation of the CEO of the issuer, and (3) the ratio of those two amounts.

SEC Proposes Clawback Rules for Listed Companies [Corporate/Securities Alert]

July 08, 2015

The proposed rules would direct the exchanges to develop listing standards requiring listed companies to implement a policy to recover from executive officers, in the event of an accounting restatement, incentive-based compensation that would not have been paid under the restated financial statements.

SEC Proposes Concept Release On Audit Committee Disclosure Requirements [Corporate/Securities Alert]

July 06, 2015

The SEC is seeking comments on whether the SEC’s current rules governing disclosure of audit committee activities permit investors to understand and evaluate audit committee performance.

Crowdfunding Is Causing Creative Disruption to Real Estate Transactions [UCLA Economic Letter]

October 01, 2014

Paul Rutter, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses crowdfunding in the UCLA Economic Letter.

Director Vacancies Can Be Filled Using Stockholder Vote [Delaware Court Business Insider]

October 09, 2013

The Delaware General Corporation Law, like the business corporation law of most states, provides in Section 223(a) that vacancies on a corporate board can be filled through appointment of new directors by the existing directors unless the certificate of incorporation or bylaws provide otherwise. However, unlike the corporation law in other states, Section 223(c) of the DGCL allows stockholders in certain circumstances to petition the Court of Chancery to direct that a special stockholders' meeting take place in order to fill the vacancies through a stockholder vote. Section 223(c) commits the decision to grant the petition to the discretion of the court.

Delaware LLC Act Amended to Confirm Fiduciary Duties Exist Absent Express Agreement to the Contrary [Corporate Alert]

August 19, 2013

Effective August 1, 2013, Section 18-1104 of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the Act) was amended to confirm that, absent a provision in the limited liability company agreement to the contrary, the managers and controlling members of a limited liability company owe the fiduciary duties of care and loyalty to the limited liability company and its members.

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Enforcement of Agreement to Negotiate in Good Faith [Corporate Alert]

June 06, 2013

In a recent case before the Delaware Supreme Court, SigaTechnologies v. PharmAthene, the court upheld a Delaware Chancery Court’s ruling that an express agreement between parties to negotiate in good faith, even if the subject of the negotiation is embodied in a non-binding term sheet, is enforceable.

Benefit Corporations - A New Type of Corporation - Are Now Authorized in Pennsylvania [Business Law Alert]

March 14, 2013

On January 23, 2013, the Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation Act (the Act) became effective. The Act authorizes a new type of for-profit business corporation known as a benefit corporation. Pennsylvania is now one of 12 states that have passed laws creating benefit corporations.

Summer 2012 [Business Law Observer]

July 01, 2012

This issue of the Business Law Observer covers several areas of business activity, anticipating problems, and how to deal with them before they become insurmountable, including: Venture Capital, Intellectual Property, Governmental Risks, China Practice and Public and Project Finance.

Fall 2011 [Business Law Observer]

October 01, 2011

Fall 2011 - Business Law Observer - We welcome your inquiries on these topics and any other questions you may have, and trust that we can provide you with the counsel you need to steer clear of the impediments to successfully running your business.

3d Circuit Permits Pennsylvania Minority Shareholder to Sue Majority Shareholders for Breach of Fiduciary Duty After Completion of Cash-Out Merger [Corporate Alert!]

September 26, 2011

3d Circuit Permits Pennsylvania Minority Shareholder to Sue Majority Shareholders for Breach of Fiduciary Duty After Completion of Cash-Out Merger - Corporate Alert! - In August, 2011, the U.S. 3d Circuit Court of Appeals held that the fact that the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law gives appraisal rights to minority shareholders “squeezed out” by a merger does not preclude other remedies, including a breach of fiduciary duty claim. In so doing, the 3d Circuit overruled the lower court, which had dismissed the fiduciary duty claim of a minority shareholder (Mitchell) on the basis that appraisal rights are the exclusive remedy

Don't Ask And Don't Tell: How to Avoid GINA Liability [The Corporate Counselor]

July 11, 2011

Don't Ask And Don't Tell: How to Avoid GINA Liability - The Corporate Counselor -

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.

Other Lender Protections besides Waiver of Security Interest in Contaminated Real Property [Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins]

June 01, 2011

Donald Nanney and Duane Montgomery discuss this topic in Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins.

Lender’s Right to Waive Its Real Property Security Interest in Environmentally Impaired Property [Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins]

April 01, 2011

Paul Rutter, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, discusses a lender's right to waive in Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins.

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Use of Net Operating Loss Poison Pills [Corporate Law Alert!]

February 07, 2011

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Use of Net Operating Loss Poison Pills - Corporate Law Alert! - In the recent case, Versata Enterprises, Inc. and Trilogy, Inc. v. Selectica, Inc., the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Delaware Chancery Court’s ruling that the use of a net operating loss poison pill was valid. This holding is significant because it is the first time the court has examined the validity of a net operating loss poison pill and, further, the first time the court has ruled on any pill that was actually triggered.

HSR Filing Threshold Increases to $66 Million ... and Other Facts that May Impact Whether You Have to File [Corporate Law Alert!]

January 31, 2011

HSR Filing Threshold Increases to $66 Million ... and Other Facts that May Impact Whether You Have to File - Corporate Law Alert! - The Federal Trade Commission has released the annual jurisdictional adjustments for premerger notification filings made pursuant to the HSR Act, which take effect for transactions closing on or after February 24, 2011. But while the thresholds should be the first step in determining whether or not you have to file, there are other important considerations as well.

Fall 2010 [Business Law Observer]

November 23, 2010

Fall 2010 - Business Law Observer - Since our Spring 2010 Observer was published, significant new legislation has been enacted
by Congress, affecting tax planning and securities transactions, among other areas. We have summarized two of the new acts, in addition to a review of existing legislation as it affects doing business abroad. Imbedded in the Health Care Act is a new provision in the Internal Revenue Code, codifying the “economic substance doctrine.”

FCC Offers ‘Third Way’ On Authority Over Internet Service [New York Law Journal]

July 21, 2010

FCC Offers ‘Third Way’ On Authority Over Internet Service - New York Law Journal - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently ruled that the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) lacked jurisdiction over Comcast’s
Internet service. Comcast Corp. v. FCC, Docket No. 08-1291 (D.C. Cir. April 6, 2010). Therefore, the FCC lacked authority to impose upon Comcast nondiscriminatory obligations regarding such
services.

‘Where was the board?’ Where was I? [Directors & Boards]

May 15, 2009

‘Where was the board?’ Where was I? - Directors & Boards - Former directors of Bear Stearns Companies Inc. won a rare early litigation victory in December,
a summary judgment motion exonerating them from liability for their hasty decision to sell Bear
Stearns to JP Morgan Chase in March 2008. Before they got to trial, class action plaintiffs were defeated in their claims that the directors violated their fiduciary duty, despite expert testimony that there were better options than a fire sale price of $10 per share

Summer 2007 [Business Law Observer]

July 10, 2007

Summer 2007 - Business Law Observer -

Fall 2006 [Business Law Observer]

November 06, 2006

Fall 2006 - Business Law Observer -

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

The Women, Diversity & Change Summit: Philadelphia

March 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Ingrid Welch, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice will be speaking at this event in Philadelphia.

Past Events

Health Law 2019

December 05, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Corporate Venture Capital and Strategic Investments

October 16, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

The Contract Law 50

August 15, 2018 -

ACC Greater Philadelphia - Corporate Counsel University

February 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Legal Guide to PA Medical Marijuana Act

October 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

ACCGP's Health, Biotech & Pharma Law CLE Institute

May 18, 2017 - King of Prussia, PA

Techvibe Radio

May 12, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA

Cocktails and Capital

May 04, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

EB-5 Legislative Update

May 01, 2017 - Webinar

Big Changes Coming for LLCs, LPs and GPs

March 07, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

4A Healthcare Data Security & Privacy Symposium

October 04, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI's 19th Annual Real Estate Institute

December 11, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

2015 Health Law Year in Review

December 08, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

21st Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop

June 12, 2014 - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

DELVACCA 6th Annual In-House Counsel Conference

April 03, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

The Life Settlements Conference 2012

September 10, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV

CCAP County Administration Conference

June 01, 2011 - State College, PA

The GFOA-PA 25th Annual Statewide Meeting

May 03, 2011 - State College, PA

Legal Aspects of Aircraft Lease Agreements

December 10, 2010 - Washington, D.C.

DELVACCA 2010 InHouse Counsel Conference

May 06, 2010 - Philadelphia, PA

Small Business Solutions Forum Breakfast

October 22, 2009 - Philadelphia, PA

6th Insurance Linked Securities Summit

July 15, 2009 - Southampton, Bermuda

In The News

Cozen O’Connor Represents FNCB Bancorp, Inc. in $20 Million Common Stock Offering

February 11, 2019

The public offering of 3,285,550 shares includes 428,550 shares of common stock issued upon the exercise in full of the option to purchase additional shares granted to the underwriters, at a public offering price of $7.00 per share.

Cozen O’Connor Oversees Bankruptcy Acquisition of New York-based Luxury Coffee Chain FIKA

January 22, 2019

Attorney Frederick E. Schmidt, Jr. Guides Senior Secured Lender Through a Complex Chapter 11 Section 363 Sale

6 Fundamentals of Structuring a Multi-Million-Dollar Cannabis Deal

January 17, 2019

Joe Bedwick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice, was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing how companies can be prepared to negotiate their terms.

Cozen O’Connor Advises Cannabis Industry Leader, Acreage Holdings, Inc., in $160 Million Acquisition of Form Factory, Inc.

January 02, 2019

Acreage will issue approximately 6.4 million Subordinate Voting Shares to Form Factory shareholders at a deemed price of $25 (USD) per share. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

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.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Ford’s new AV Unit, including Argo AI, opens door to all kinds of investors

July 25, 2018

Jeremy Garvey, a member in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, is quoted in an article in the Pittsburgh Business Times on Ford Motor Company’s self-driving business, Ford Autonomous Vehicles, LLC, and the auto company’s stake in Argo AI, LLC.

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.

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

May 21, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

General Counsel to Cumberland Packing Corp Joins Cozen O'Connor

January 18, 2018

Gregg M. Kander joins Pittsburgh office and will concentrate his practice on corporate and partnership taxation and business planning

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.

Utz Quality Foods Acquires Inventure Foods

December 15, 2017

Hanover, PA-based Utz Quality Foods completed its acquisition of Inventure Foods in a deal valued at $165 million. Larry Laubach, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate Practice Group, assisted Utz in the transaction.

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’s Melinda Rudolph named a 2017 "Women of Distinction" by the Philadelphia Business Journal

November 02, 2017

Melinda Rudolph, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, has been selected as a 2017 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Corporate Attorney Ira Gubernick Named Among “Best of the Bar” by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 17, 2017

Ira C. Gubernick, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Corporate Practice Group, was selected for the Philadelphia Business Journal’s inaugural “Best of the Bar.”

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Benjamin A. Bomrind to its Corporate Practice

September 07, 2017

Bomrind is part of an overall expansion of the firm’s Corporate Practice in New York City.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Strengthens Life Sciences Offerings with New Addition to Corporate Practice Group

July 11, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome Melinda Rudolph to the firm as a member. Rudolph joins the firm’s Corporate Practice Group and is resident in the Philadelphia office.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Six More Attorneys from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

May 17, 2017

Cozen O’Connor has announced the following attorneys have joined the firm: employee benefit/ERISA attorneys John H. Wilson, Lynn Brehm and Matthew Clyde, labor and employment attorney Brian A. Casal, and commercial litigators William J. Moorhead and Gabrielle Lee.

Cozen O’Connor Adds 17 Lawyers from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

May 08, 2017

The new attorneys add depth in Pittsburgh across Commercial and Corporate practices and continues to expand its national Labor & Employment Department

Cozen O’Connor Launches Full-Service Pittsburgh Office With Three Former Leaders of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

May 03, 2017

Cozen O’Connor has launched a full-service Pittsburgh office with three former leaders of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: labor and employment attorney Thomas Giotto, corporate attorney Jeremy Garvey, and complex commercial and health care litigator Gene Giotto.

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.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Potato Chip Giant Utz Quality Foods To Buy Golden Enterprises for $135M

July 21, 2016

Cozen O’Connor attorneys represent Pennsylvania-based Utz Quality Foods Inc. in its recently announced $135 million acquisition of Golden Enterprises Inc.

NHL Team Calls Fantasy Sports Co.'s Dismissal Bid Improper

June 23, 2016

Steve Silton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, discusses the recent Minnesota Wild case against daily fantasy sports on Law360.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA Rankings

May 27, 2016

Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

SEC Case Pushes EB-5 Focus to Oversight, Compliance

May 23, 2016

Roy Carrasquillo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, discusses the SEC case that is pushing EB-5 focus in the Daily Business Review.

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.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2014 Chambers USA Rankings

May 30, 2014

Chambers USA recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; six attorneys were recognized nationally and eight were ranked in the top band. Stanley Sher was named a “Senior Statesman” in the “Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)” industry, for the pivotal role Sher plays in the firm’s continued success in the transportation industry.

Steve Silton Mentioned on MinnPost Regarding Unionization in the NCAA

May 15, 2014

Steve Silton, of the Corporate Practice Group, was recently quoted on MinnPost.com in an article titled, "Kline on College Sports: Unions Not the Answer." The article examines unions among student-athletes and the NCAA as college administrators and legal experts prepare to convene on Capitol Hill to warn Rep. Kline and his Education and the Workforce committee against the ill effects of unionized college athletes.

Steve Silton Discusses the Sale of the Buffalo Bills on Bloomberg Radio

May 05, 2014

Steve Silton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate Department, was on Bloomberg Radio’s “Morning Bloomberg Law Brief” on Monday, May 5, 2014, discussing the retention by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration of a key sports and business lawyer to assist in the state’s bid to prevent the Buffalo Bills football team from relocating.

Contacts

Larry P. Laubach

Chair, Corporate Practice Group

llaubach@cozen.com

(215) 665-4666

Ira C. Gubernick

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

igubernick@cozen.com

(215) 665-5545

Martin T. Schrier

Chief Strategy Partner

mschrier@cozen.com

(305) 704-5954

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The Women, Diversity & Change Summit: Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 03/20/2019

Ingrid Welch, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice will be speaking at this event in Philadelphia.

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