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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Loïc Henriot has been recognized by Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires (LJA) and Forbes Magazine as a “Rising Star” in their inaugural listing of the Top 40 lawyers advising CAC 40 public companies.

The CAC 40 is an index made up of the 40 largest public companies listed in France. The final survey is the result of extensive interviews with the primary consumers of legal services within the CAC 40 and spotlights the top lawyers who stand out for their ability to advise Euronext’s CAC 40 companies. (Subscription required).

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.
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 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.

Earlier this summer, the Group of Seven (G7) held their annual summit to coordinate global policy and devise a plan to help the world build back better from COVID-19. The G7 discussed several priorities and initiatives, including a global minimum tax, international trade agreements, and other spending priorities that might significantly impact business operations across all industries and jurisdictions. So how can you prepare for potential changes to global policy, regulation, and the law? Join Cohen & Gresser on September 28 for an international webinar that will offer practical solutions and discuss immediate steps businesses can take to develop and shape their global legislative strategy moving forward. C&G’s Adam BramwellMiriam González DurántezJeffrey Bronheim, and Melissa Maxman will discuss some of the G7’s top priorities and how the individual member nations are implementing them, with a particular focus on the U.S. budget process and spending priorities and global tax and trade regulations. Date: September 28, 2021 Time: 5 PM BST / 12 PM EST Topics will include:
  • An overview of the G7 summit and top priorities moving forward
  • Tax and spending priorities, including:
    • U.S. fiscal policy and the budget process
    • The global minimum tax
    • International investment
  • International trade policy, including:
    • Priorities of the European Union
    • The impact of Brexit on global trade policy
    • The U.S. trade agenda
  • Steps that companies can take right now to craft and strengthen their legislative/policy strategy.

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