Rich is an international corporate lawyer with more than thirty years of experience assisting companies and individuals with their foreign commercial transactions.
Rich is chair of the International Group at Fredrikson & Byron and assists clients in international business transactions. His practice focuses on international joint ventures, partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, distributorships, licensing, franchising, contract matters, customs regulations and anti-corruption laws. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian and reads Portuguese.
Prior to joining Fredrikson, Rich worked in Puerto Rico, at an Italian firm in New York City and at an American firm in Brussels.
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- Rich has advised a large renewable fuels company in the design, manufacture, construction, installation and sale of equipment in renewable fuels plants in more than twenty countries around the world.
- Rich has advised a major Russian multinational energy company with its business dealings in the United States.
- Several of Italy’s largest international companies have called upon Rich to assist them in successfully establishing, developing and expanding their businesses in the United States.
- Rich has assisted a Fortune 100 company in the acquisition of a multinational corporation with subsidiaries in twelve countries around the globe.
- Rich has assisted a large South American grain company with its business dealings in the United States.
- Rich has advised a large restaurant franchise company with its expansion worldwide.
Articles & Presentations
September 21, 2016
Earlier this year, the United States Government (USG) eased certain nuclear-related sanctions against Iran pursuant to “Implementation Day” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ( JCPOA) between the “P5+1” countries (United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France and Germany), the European Union (EU) and Iran. The JCPOA’s purpose is to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be peaceful, and on January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran has fulfilled its initial obligations under the JCPOA.Read More
October 20, 2014
The Council of the European Union has recently enacted regulations which require the Member States of the European Union to impose sanctions against Russian individuals and companies in response to Russia’s military action in Ukraine. These new sanctions may have adverse consequences for European biofuels companies that wish to transact business in Russia. This article will describe these sanctions and will explain how European biofuels companies can determine whether these sanctions affect their business dealings in Russia or with Russian counterparties.Read More
October 8, 2014
By Richard E. Weiner & Sharon K. Freier
The U.S. federal government has recently imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and companies in response to Russia’s military action in Ukraine. These new sanctions may have adverse consequences for U.S. biofuels companies that wish to transact business in Russia or with Russian companies in various industry sectors. This article will describe these sanctions and will explain how U.S. biofuels companies can determine whether these sanctions affect their business dealings in Russia or with Russian counterparties.Read More
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Co-Presenter, “Conducting Business in Canada,” Fredrikson & Byron International Seminar, June 22, 2017
- Co-Presenter, “Key Issues in Cross-Border M&A,” Fredrikson & Byron Cross-Border M&A Seminar, April 11, 2017
- “Bright Future Ahead for Ethanol Exports,” Ethanol Producer Magazine, January 2017
- Co-Presenter, “Trends in Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management,” Fredrikson & Byron Foreign Manufacturing Seminar, January 19, 2017
- “New Mandatory Reporting Requirements Impact Biofuel Companies,” co-authored with Barbara Müller, Biodiesel Magazine, February 2, 2015
Honors & Education
- Stanford Law School, Fellow, 2013-2014
- University of Virginia, J.D., 1982
- Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Research for Doctoral Dissertation in Linguistics, 1978-1979
- University of Michigan, M.A., Linguistics, 1977
- Cornell University, B.A., Linguistics, 1976, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Minnesota, 1986
- New York, 1985
- California, 1983
- Minnesota Super Lawyer
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- California State Bar Association
- Director, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Minnesota