Carl Valenstein focuses his practice on domestic and international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, project development, and transactional finance. He counsels extensively in the life science, telecom/electronics, and maritime industries, and has worked broadly in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He previously served as co-chair of the International Section of the Boston Bar Association and co-chairs the firm’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable business and Cuba initiatives. Carl is the leader of the Boston office corporate and business transactions practice.
Carl is a member of the Morgan Lewis Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) working group. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on a variety of international compliance and transactional topics.
In addition to his transactional practice, Carl advises clients on international risk management, including compliance with the foreign investment review process (Exon-Florio/CFIUS), export control and sanctions, anti-money laundering, antiboycott, and anticorruption (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)) laws and regulations. He also advises on internal investigations, enforcement cases, and dispute resolution proceedings relating to his transactional and regulatory practice.
Carl is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and also conversant in French and Italian. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Carl was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm, where he was also co-managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC, office, as well as co-chair of the firm’s life sciences practice.
He is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan and New York University Law Schools’ International Transactions Clinics, focusing on impact investing. He also serves on the board of advisors of the Michigan Social Venture Fund, the first student-led impact investment fund, and the newly formed NU Impact fund. He is a founding member of the Impact Investing Legal Work Group.
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019–2022)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)
Recognized, International Trade and Finance Law, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2018–2020, 2022, 2023)
Board member and pro bono counsel, Boston International Arbitration Counsel
Co-Chair, International Section, Boston Bar Association
Member, International and Business Law Sections, American Bar Association
Member, International Bar Association
Member, Maritime Law Association
Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award for Social Responsibility for representation of Habitat for Humanity International on the MicroBuild Fund (2016)
John J. Curtin Public Service Award for pro bono efforts, including representation of Habitat for Humanity International on the MicroBuild Fund