Cozen O’Connor: International

International

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, products 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 products, 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.

Experience

Publications

English Court Considers if U.S. Controlled Marine Insurers Must Pay Claim in Light of Sanctions [Alert]

December 03, 2018

Andrew Tobin and Marli Wildchut discuss a recent marine insurance case wherein London based but U.S. controlled insurers were ordered by an English court to pay a cargo insurance claim concerning Iran, under a policy governed by English Law, because the standard London Market sanctions exclusion clause did not provide them with a defense.

U.S. Companies with Foreign Ownership Face Reporting Deadline [International Alert]

March 14, 2018

Barbara Müller discusses the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) requirement that all U.S. entities with 10 percent or more foreign ownership file a mandatory benchmark survey called Form BE-12 by May 31, 2018 (June 30, 2018, if the survey is filed via the BEA’s online system).

Federal Tax Legislation: Major Changes to International Taxation [Tax Alert]

January 04, 2018

Josh Weinberger discusses how the Trump administration's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts U.S. persons with foreign income earned by foreign corporations.

The New EU Privacy Law, General Data Protection Regulation — What A Non-EU Company Should Know [Intellectual Property Alert]

December 07, 2017

Ude Lu summarizes some key terms of GDPR. It is of utmost importance for any company conducting businesses in the EU to comply with the GDPR, because violations come with heavy penalties.

Hurricane Maria Highlights the Peril of Puerto Rico’s Colonial Status

September 28, 2017

Evan Berquist, a member of Cozen O'Connor's International practice, discusses Hurricane Maria in on The Hill.

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.

P5+1 Nations Reach Nuclear Deal with Iran [Transportation & Logistics Alert]

July 16, 2015

Under the JCPOA, Iran will reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium, limit the number of centrifuges it operates for uranium enrichment, and allow monitoring of its nuclear program by IAEA inspectors and the U.S. and E.U. nuclear-related sanctions against Iran will be eased and ultimately phased out.

U.S. and Cuba Reestablish Diplomatic Relations [Transportation & Logistics Alert]

July 06, 2015

President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba had reached agreement on the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and that the two countries would soon reopen embassies in each other’s capitals for the first time since 1961.

White House Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela [Transportation & Logistics Alert]

March 12, 2015

On March 9, 2015, pursuant to authority contained in the recently enacted Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act (Act), President Obama issued an executive order (EO) declaring a national emergency with respect to Venezuela. The EO cites ongoing public corruption, oppression of political opponents, curtailment of Venezuela’s free press, and violent human rights abuses in Venezuela that pose a threat to U.S. security and foreign policy and directs the imposition of targeted economic sanctions.

U.S. Ukraine-Related Sanctions: Another List to Check and What It Means [Transportation & Logistics Alert]

July 23, 2014

On July 16, 2014 in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control announced that it was adding several individuals and entities to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. As with previous designations, most of the individuals appear to be high ranking members of Russia’s political or military establishment, while the entities appear connected to Russia’s energy and defense sectors.

Anti-suit Injunctions and Anti-arbitration Injunctions in the US Enjoining Foreign Proceedings [Practical Law Litigation]

July 17, 2014

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon, members of Cozen O’Connor’s International Arbitration Practice Group, authored a Thomson Reuters Practical Law practice note that examines the legal and procedural requirements counsel must consider when seeking to enjoin international litigation or arbitration.

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2014 (7th Edition)

April 30, 2014

Martin Gusy and Matthew Weldon, members of Cozen O’Connor’s International Arbitration Practice Group, authored the New York chapter of the 7th edition of “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2014,” published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk). The Guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive overview of litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices across the globe.

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.

In The 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.

Lt. Governor Tina Smith to Lead Bipartisan Delegation of Minnesota Elected Officials and Business Leaders to Cuba

June 16, 2017

Minnesota governor Tina Smith issued a press release about the trade mission to Cuba, which begins Monday, June 19th.

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.

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 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.

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.

Contacts

Steven J. Dickinson

Co-Chair, International Practice

sdickinson@cozen.com

(612) 260-9051

Jeffrey F. Lawrence

Chair, Transportation & Trade, Co-Chair, International Practice

jlawrence@cozen.com

(202) 463-2504

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