Anton Mertens, a partner in the law firm of Burr & Forman LLP, has been appointed Belgium’s adviser for economic diplomacy for Georgia with the responsibility of encouraging foreign investment from Belgium into the Southeast.
Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Didier Reynders, appointed Mr. Mertens, who is the first in the U.S. to hold this position. Previous advisers have been appointed from other areas including South America.
Mr. 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.
He is a fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia and an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 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.
In 2011, Mr. Mertens completed the Ford Ironman World Championship on Hawaii’s Big Island.
At Burr & Forman, he counsels clients on a wide variety of immigration matters and advises employers on compliance procedures regarding work eligibility.
“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,” Lee Thuston, managing partner of Burr & Forman, said in a news release.
Burr & Forman is a regional firm with almost 300 attorneys and nine offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Mr. Mertens may be reached by calling 404-685-4267 or sending an email to [email protected]