International Trade

Attorneys in C&G’s international trade group guide our clients through the often fraught intersection of global law, policy, and regulations. Our cross-border and multidisciplinary team collaborates efficiently to understand our clients’ needs, challenges, and risks in order to provide culturally sensitive and strategically-tailored solutions.

The head of our international trade practice, Miriam González Durántez, has over a decade of experience leading world-class international trade practices and spent seven years at the European Commission as a Senior Member of the Cabinet for two EU External Relations Commissioners, focusing on trade policy and EU relations with the U.S., Middle East, and Latin America. She also served as the EU negotiator for the World Trade Organization (WTO) telecoms agreement and led negotiations for EU bilateral and WTO accession agreements on e-commerce and energy, postal, and construction services.

Our team also includes highly experienced former U.S. federal and state prosecutors, former UK and French prosecutors, and defense counsel. Attorneys in our European and U.S. offices work closely together in assisting clients in cross-border investigations, and have extensive experience advising clients on international cooperation, anti-bribery laws, and U.S. and EU economic sanctions.

Some of the areas in which we advise clients are:

  • Antidumping
  • Anti-money laundering laws and regulations
  • Brexit
  • EU internal market regulations and infringement proceedings
  • Export controls
  • Foreign investment proceedings
  • International and EU trade policy
  • International cooperation and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws
  • International trade agreements
  • Trade compliance and investigations
  • U.S. economic/OFAC sanctions and EU economic sanctions
  • WTO and EU internal market regulations

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John W Gibson is quoted in an article by The Daily Telegraph, which highlights the impact of the rare-earth metals industry on U.S. – China trade relations, noting “China has a ‘notional advantage’ in this area, by using relatively toothless regulation on African-based mining projects.”

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.

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

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.