05.29.2013 | Firm News
Burr’s Anton Mertens Appointed Belgium’s Advisor for Economic Diplomacy for State of Georgia
The designation was made by Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders. Mertens is the first in the U.S. to hold this position, while previous advisors have been appointed from other areas such as South America.
The position was created to open the doors to foreign investment from Belgium in the Southeast. Mertens was born in Brussels, Belgium and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce’s Atlanta Chapter.
“With more and more foreign companies targeting Atlanta as a center of growth for U.S. investment opportunities, we are proud to have formed this partnership to promote exchange of resources and knowledge,” said Lee Thuston, managing partner of Burr & Forman. “Anton is well respected in the Atlanta business community, and we know his reputation and dedication will serve him well in this new position.”
At Burr & Forman, Mertens counsels investors, managers, executives and technical personnel with immigration matters, including business and professional visas, labor certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation and citizenship for foreign executives, managers and professionals. He advises employers on compliance procedures regarding work eligibility under I-9 workplace compliance provisions of the federal law. His clients include international companies, technology firms, and U.S. subsidiaries of companies in a range of industries, including communications, technology and engineering, among others. He is a frequent author and speaker on immigration-related issues.
Mertens is a fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia and an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Atlanta Chapter, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Global Commerce Council, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the State Bar of Georgia’s Immigration Law Section, of which he is a former chair.