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:
- Anti-money laundering laws and regulations
- 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
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."
Miriam González's move to Cohen & Gresser is featured in the following articles:
- “Cohen & Gresser Takes on Another High-Profile Lawyer,” Global Investigations Review
- “Ex-Dechert Trade, EU Law Pro Joins Cohen & Gresser,” Law360.com
- “Ex-Dechert Int’l Trade Co-Chair Lands at Cohen & Gresser,” The American Lawyer
- “Miriam González Durántez on Leaving London for Future-Facing California,” The Evening Standard
- “Dechert’s Miriam González Finds a New Home After Exiting Firm," The Lawyer
- “Clegg’s Wife Connects With Cohen & Gresser,” The Times
- “González Brings Star Quality to Transatlantic Firm,” The Times
- “Miriam González se incorpora al despacho Cohen & Gresser,” Expansión
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.
- 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.