Miriam González Durántez

Of Counsel, London, Washington, D.C.

Miriam González Durántez advises clients on international trade and regulation, with a particular focus on European Union law and more recently issues arising globally from the possible departure of the UK from the EU (Brexit). Her practice also includes international sanctions, export control, and cross-border investigations. Miriam will work in Cohen & Gresser’s London and Washington, D.C. offices.

Miriam has been recognized by The Legal 500 UK for her work related to international trade law policy, Brexit, and investigations. The European Women in Business Law Awards 2017 named Miriam “Best in International Trade,” and she was recognized as one of the Financial Times & HERoes “Top 100 Female Champions” in 2018. Miriam was also listed in Euromoney’s Expert Guides in the Women in Business Law and International Trade categories.

Miriam is a frequent writer for British and Spanish publications including The Financial Times, the Times, The Independent, and El Confidential. She is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and former Honorary President of Canning House.

Prior to joining C&G, Miriam served as co-chair of the International Trade and Government Regulation practice at Dechert in London. Previously, she spent seven years at the European Commission as a Senior Member of the Cabinet for EU External Relations Commissioners Chris Patten and Benita Ferrero-Waldner and as an EU negotiator to the World Trade Organization.

Miriam graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Valladolid in Spain and received a master’s degree in European Policy from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She is the founder of Inspiring Girls International, a global organization which connects girls with female role models. Miriam is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Miriam González Durántez advises clients on international trade and regulation, with a particular focus on European Union law and more recently issues arising globally…

Education

University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College (Senior Associate Member, 2006); College of Europe, Brügge, Belgium (M.A., 1993); University of Valladolid, Spain (Law, 1991)

Bar Admissions

England & Wales (Solicitor); Spain;
Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia, license pending

Activities and Affiliations

Member, European Council on Foreign Relations

Independent Member of the Supervisory Board and Vice Chair of the Board, UBS Europe SE

Member of the International Advisory Board, Instituto de Empresa

Member of the Board, ESADE Centre for Economic Policy and Political Economy

Member of the International Advisory Board, Duesto World Affairs and Strategic Issues

Member of the Editorial Board, Política Exterior

Chair, Founder, and Leader, Inspiring Girls International

 

Miriam González is quoted in Law360 regarding the latest Brexit developments, noting that "sympathy appears to be growing in the EU for a longer postponement."

Cohen & Gresser announces the expansion of its White Collar Defense & Regulation group with the appointment of leading international trade and sanctions attorney, Miriam González Durántez. Miriam will work in the London and Washington, D.C. offices and advise clients on international trade, with a particular focus on European Union regulation, including the departure of the UK from the EU (Brexit).  Miriam’s practice also includes international sanctions, export controls, and cross-border investigations.
Following several years of negotiations and political posturing, the United Kingdom left the European Union at the end of 2020. Throughout the negotiations, two issues, in particular, proved the most complicated:  First was the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and second was the treatment and recognition of regulations in the Financial Services industry. So what’s next for Financial Services in the UK? This C&G client alert examines the phrase “Brexit means Brexit” and explores its implications to answer what’s next for Financial Services firms operating in both the UK and EU. The authors look at the requirements for both international and UK-based firms and offer guidance for potential next steps.
Although a detailed Brexit agreement has been reached between the UK and the EU on trade in goods and certain services, further work remains on the treatment of financial services.  The EU must determine which UK financial rules and their applications will be deemed “equivalent” to EU rules, and therefore to what extent UK-based financial services firms will be able to operate in Europe.

In this article for the Financial Times, Miriam González Durántez explains how the Brexit trade agreement could serve as a powerful catalyst for the European Union to become an accelerator of European businesses, not just a regulator of them, as it looks to compete with the United Kingdom post-Brexit. (Subscription required.)

On December 24, 2020, the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom (UK) reached a Brexit trade and partnership agreement after months of negotiations. The agreement avoids the possibility of a ‘chaotic Brexit’, but falls well short of ensuring the continuity of frictionless trade between the EU and the UK. In this C&G client alert, we briefly consider the regulatory impact this deal will have on various industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, energy, education, and security and defense.

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez explores the current state of Brexit and the impact that the upcoming U.S. and French elections could have on a trade agreement between the UK and the EU.

In an article for The Times, Miriam González Durántez argues that Brexit trade talks between the UK and the EU risk resulting in a lose-lose game. She notes that, while most trade negotiations typically benefit both sides, both parties in this case will unavoidably end up with worse market and regulatory access than they currently have.

Miriam González Durántez writes about the upcoming Spanish election in an article for the Financial Times.

Miriam González Durántez and John W Gibson discuss the deal and no-deal implications for finance and sanctions following a “Brexit” in The Law Society Gazette.

John W Gibson and Miriam González Durántez discuss the parallels between the early enforcement of the Bribery Act 2010 and the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation's first monetary penalty.

Miriam González Durántez and Jeffrey M Bronheim discuss current Brexit developments in their latest C&G Client Alert.

Miriam González Durántez examines UK trade deals following a "Brexit" in her latest C&G Client Alert.

Miriam González Durántez hosted a roundtable discussion titled "Brexit 2.0" at Cohen & Gresser's London office.