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April 12, 2017, Covington Alert
On April 11, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) released a draft of the Measures on Security Assessment of Cross-border Data Transfer of Personal Information and Important Data (“the Draft Measures”) for public comment (official Chinese version available here; Covington’s translation of the Draft Measures is appended at the end of this alert).
April 7, 2017, Covington Alert
The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”) has handed down its first class certification judgment in relation to the class actions regime introduced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”). The result? The hearing has been adjourned, with the proposed representative allowed to file and serve an amended Claim Form and revised expert evidence, if so ...
March 29, 2017, CNBC
Following the triggering of Article 50, Sebastian Vos was interviewed by CNBC to discuss the Brexit negotiation process. According to Vos, “It’s a very compressed timeline.” He adds, “The aim is to achieve a mutually beneficial post-Brexit relationship between the EU and UK, but…the various member states have to take account of differing national interests.”
March 28, 2017, Covington Alert
On March 16, 2017, following a lengthy legislative process, the European Parliament approved a final regulation implementing a new due diligence and reporting regime for “conflict minerals” (i.e., tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold) imported in the EU. The regulation will enter into force 20 days after formal approval by the Council of Ministers ...
March 10, 2017, MLex
Nicoleta Tuominen is quoted in an MLex article regarding SolarWorld’s challenge of the deal between the EU and China on the price of imported modules. According to Tuominen, who represents the EU governments, “Converting partial imposition of duties into complete imposition changes the scope of the measure.”
February 27, 2017
WASHINGTON—Law360 has named four Covington practice groups among its “Practice Groups of the Year.”
The practice groups recognized by Law360 are as follows:
February 22, 2017, Covington Advisory
Selections of Covington’s Intellectual Property Rights Practice Group for the “Top Ten” most significant and interesting developments in U.S. and European copyright law during 2016.
February 14, 2017, Competition Law Insight
Andrea Zulli discusses his career, interests, and competition law in an interview with Competition Law Insight.
February 7, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Péter Balás is quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article regarding forthcoming Brexit negotiations and the impact on tax and customs duties. Commenting on Theresa May’s signal of a changed relationship with the EU’s customs union, Balás says that such a relationship made the application of customs controls “unavoidable,” with the United Kingdom aiming ...
February 2, 2017, Covington Alert
Today, the UK Government published its strategy in a White Paper regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (“Brexit”). The UK Government is clear that it “will make no attempt to remain in the EU by the backdoor” nor will there be a second referendum on UK membership of the EU.
January 31, 2017, Compliance Week
Michael Fanelli and Kevin Coates are quoted in a Compliance Week article examining how companies are navigating the global enforcement landscape. Commenting on global antitrust investigations, Fanelli says, “[Cooperation] involves a real thorough investigation to show you’re doing everything you can to root out the problem.” Applying for leniency may not always ...
January 30, 2017, The Law Society Gazette
Lord Francis Maude and Carl Bildt are quoted by The Law Society Gazette in an article regarding post-Brexit mutual recognition arrangements. According to Maude, it would be “very surprising if mutual recognition arrangements” could not be sorted out relatively easily. He adds that continuation is likely because the “benefits on both sides” are now ...
January 19, 2017, The Litigation Daily
The Litigation Daily highlights a recent client alert on competition law enforcement trends by Johan Ysewyn, Thomas Barnett, and Deborah Garza. Under President Trump, Covington lawyers "expect enforcement policy to shift back to a more traditional conservative approach similar to that of the George W. Bush administration. We will also be watching the extent to ...
January 18, 2017, Covington Alert
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now confirmed the government’s view that the United Kingdom must leave the European single market in order to give effect to the outcome of the EU referendum held on June 23, 2016. In light of that statement, the UK government’s promise to guarantee the status of EEA nationals already residing in the UK as soon as ...
January 17, 2017, Webinar
January 16, 2017, Medtech Insight
Cándido García Molyneux is quoted in a Medtech Insight article regarding an expected amendment to the Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS2). According to García Molyneux, if proposed, non-RoHS compliance electronic medical devices, IVDs and control instruments may be further supplied in the distribution chain or resold after July 22, 2019 ...
January 16, 2017, International Devices & Diagnostics Monitor
Cándido García Molyneux is quoted in an International Devices & Diagnostics Monitor article regarding the European Commission’s plan to allow certain second-hand and refurbished devices that contain hazardous substances to continue to be marketed in the EU beyond July 22, 2019. According to García Molyneux, the ban would greatly restrict the availability of ...
January 10, 2017, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Global Competition Review article regarding the EU General Court’s ruling ordering the EU to pay damages to Gascogne after finding that the court breached the company’s right to adjudication within a reasonable period. According to Ysewyn, despite the “precedent-setting” verdict, the General Court “gave itself an escape route by ...
January 6, 2017, Law360
Sebastian Vos is quoted in a Law360 article regarding the launch of a Global Blockchain Business Council at this year’s World Economic Forum by Covington and The Bitfury Group. “Blockchain has the potential to be the next great technological innovation, revolutionizing areas from cross-border payments, trade finance and land registries to government records,” ...
December 21, 2016
WASHINGTON—The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has awarded Covington a perfect score of 100 percent for the ninth consecutive year on its Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Covington is among 517 major U.S. businesses that earned a perfect score this ...
December 19, 2016, Law360
December 16, 2016, Covington Alert
After a wait of nearly 15 months from the introduction of class actions in the UK for antitrust
damages claims, the first class certification hearing took place before the UK’s Competition
Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”) between December 12 and 14.
December 14, 2016, Covington Alert
Those who track investment policy issues will have noticed an important theme emerging in recent years of Western economies evaluating their foreign investment regimes, in particular in light of the outflow from China into technology, infrastructure and natural resource assets. The UK is now considering, and is expected to adopt, a new foreign investment regime ...
December 12, 2016, The Guardian
Jean De Ruyt is quoted by The Guardian in an article regarding a proposal to allow British nationals to keep EU citizenship after Brexit. According to De Ruyt, “This proposal is absolutely not serious.” He continues, “It is very vague and for the distant future, it is not something which is made for Brexit. Maybe it can be discussed 10 years from now if member ...
December 8, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week the European Commission presented an extensive package of legislative proposals (“Clean Energy Package”) that are intended to achieve and implement the European Union’s climate change and clean energy targets for 2030: a 40 percent cut of CO2 emissions, a share of 27 percent for renewable energies, and energy savings of 30 percent.
December 7, 2016, Covington Alert
In October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol entered into force. It created a new international regulatory system affecting all life science companies that conduct R&D on biological material such as animals, seeds, flowers, viruses, fragrances, flavonoids, essential oils, enzymes, yeasts, and so on. So far, compliance by companies is progressing slowly due to ...
December 5, 2016, Law Society Gazette
December 2, 2016
LONDON—Global Competition Review has named two Covington partners to its Women in Antitrust list. Now in its fifth year, the report aims to identify and celebrate achievements of elite female antitrust professionals in private practice, as well as expert economists, in-house counsel, enforcers, and academics around the world.
Miranda Cole is a partner based in ...
November 28, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) upheld a broad interpretation of the concept of “information that relates to emissions into the environment” that EU and Member State authorities (e.g., ECHA, EFSA, Commission, national environmental agencies) must disclose to the public.
November 28, 2016, Politico
Cándido García Molyneux and Bart Van Vooren are quoted in a Politico article regarding the recent European Court of Justice rulings which interpreted elements of a global chemical safety protocol. According to García Molyneux, “The EU Court’s rulings of this week are not that surprising in light of the [safety protocol] Aarhus Convention and the EU’s ...
November 23, 2016, Politico
Peter Bogaert is quoted in a Politico article regarding the broader impact of a decision by the European Court of Justice in favor of disclosing confidential safety tests by pesticide companies. According to Bogaert, “There is a very serious concern about the dangerous broadening of the definition of what constitutes an emission into the environment.”
November 16, 2016, MLex
Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is quoted in an MLex article regarding the appointment of Didier Seeuws as the leader of the Council of the European Union’s taskforce on Brexit. According to De Ruyt, Seeuws is a “good technician with a political mind.” De Ruyt adds that “[Seeuws is] a fixer; he wants to find solutions.”
November 16, 2016, European Healthcare Industry Training: Compliance Certification Program, Seton Hall and Sciences Po, Barcelona
November 3, 2016, Covington Alert
Today, the High Court of England and Wales held that the UK Government does not have the power to trigger the process of withdrawal from the EU without first obtaining Parliamentary approval. The High Court’s decision will likely be the subject of an appeal heard by the UK Supreme Court in December this year.
October 21, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington represented India-based Piramal Enterprises and its wholly owned Critical Care subsidiary in the UK in the acquisition of five anesthesia and pain management injectable products from Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, in an all cash deal for an upfront consideration of US$155 million, and up to an additional US$20 million.
The products to be acquired ...
October 19, 2016, Covington Alert
On September 15, 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the ongoing e-commerce sector inquiry. The report is based on the input from nearly 1,800 companies operating in e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content and has analyzed around 8,000 distribution contracts. The report confirms the fast growth of e-commerce in the EU and ...
October 18, 2016, Competition Law Insight
October 17, 2016, 6th Semi-Annual European Device and Diagnostic Regulation Conference, Q1 Productions, Brussels
October 11, 2016, Webinar
October 7, 2016
LONDON—Covington advised AstraZeneca on its agreement with Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson, for the divestment of the rights to Rhinocort Aqua outside the U.S.
Rhinocort Aqua is a nasal spray indicated for allergic and non-allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the inside of the nose), and for the treatment of nasal polyps (swelling of ...
October 3, 2016, The Guardian
Ambassador Jean de Ruyt is quoted in an article by The Guardian regarding the European Commission’s rejection of Theresa May’s call for preparatory talks on Brexit before the UK’s formal resignation from the EU. de Ruyt suggests there was a “grey area” where informal talks could happen, but governments will not start negotiations with the UK without notification ...
October 2016, Bio-Science Law Review
September 21, 2016, Covington Alert
On September 21, 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its judgment in Case C-592/14 European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients v UK Secretary of State for Business. The Court has ruled that animal tests performed outside the European Union (EU) to comply with non-EU rules should not be used for the product safety assessment to gain access to ...
September 12, 2016, Covington Alert
The General Court (the “GC” or the “Court”) delivered its judgment in the Lundbeck ‘pay-for-delay’ case last Thursday (Case T-472/13 Lundbeck v Commission). In its judgment, the GC confirms the European Commission (the “Commission”)’s decision (the “Decision”), namely that the agreements between Lundbeck and the generic producers (Merck KGaA/Generics UK (“GUK”), ...
July 26, 2016, Competition Law Insight
Kevin Coates discusses his career highlights and the legal landscape in this interview with Competition Law Insight.
July 20, 2016, Global Competition Review
Kevin Coates participated in the American Bar Association’s criminal antitrust conference and is quoted in a GCR article regarding the effects of Brexit on antitrust. According to Coates, the effects of Brexit on competition law will only be felt if the United Kingdom decides it wants an economic relationship with the European Union different from one created by ...
July 19, 2016, PaRR
Kevin Coates spoke at an American Bar Association webinar entitled “Cartel and Criminal Practice Update” and is quoted in a PaRR article regarding the significance of the European Commission’s July truck cartel decision. According to Coates, this is the first case in which the EC issued a normal procedure statement of objections (SO) to parties, and then agreed ...
July 14, 2016, Covington Alert
At a joint press conference on July 12, 2016 in Brussels, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, presented the Privacy Shield (see Press Release here, Adequacy Decision text here, Annexes here, Communication here, and Q&A factsheet here). The press conference followed the ...
July 13, 2016, Covington Alert
On July 1, 2016, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy published a proposed draft amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition, which would introduce a new merger control notification threshold based on transaction value. The draft (i) introduces a new merger control notification threshold based on transaction value, (ii) ...
July 11, 2016, Covington Alert
The UK recently voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. The impact of Brexit on medical devices regulation in the medium-to-long term will very much depend on the form a post-Brexit UK will take, the relationship that the UK chooses to have with the EU, and indeed the relationship that the EU is willing to accept. That will not become clear ...
July 5, 2016, CDR News
Peter Camesasca and Alex Leitch are quoted in a CDR article regarding the long-term effects of Brexit on the courts, including uncertainties over enforcement. According to Camesasca, “This will not be immediate. Companies are not making any immediate decisions about litigation in the wake of the Brexit vote. Most are in ‘wait and see’ mode.” He continues, “But ...
Our Brexit Task Force is staffed by senior lawyers and advisors across London, Brussels, and Washington to monitor events and to keep clients apprised of legal, regulatory, and policy developments. We are advising clients across a wide range of businesses and industries on the impact and implications of Brexit, including on strategic policy and regulatory ...
July 2016, BNA’s World Data Protection Report
June 30, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week, the UK voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. The impact of Brexit on food and drink regulation in the medium-to-long term will very much depend on the form a post-Brexit UK will take, the relationship that the UK chooses to have with the EU, and indeed the relationship that the EU is willing to accept. That will not become clear ...
June 30, 2016
BRUSSELS—With the latest addition of Ambassador Péter Balás, Covington has further enhanced its global Antitrust and Competition and Public Policy and Government Affairs practices. The firm’s strategic growth in Europe includes the addition of the following professionals in recent months:
Ambassador Péter Balás, the former Deputy Director-General of DG ...
June 29, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article regarding the possibility that the UK could alter its tax code to entice businesses following the Brexit vote. According to Ysewyn, “The temptation will be very high to bail out of the EU state aid rules…It would be nice [for the UK] not to have to deal with the whole Brussels layer.”
June 27, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week, the UK voted in an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. The next steps are not yet clear, but the referendum may have significant implications for the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and for international companies operating in the UK. Its impact will very much depend on the form a post-Brexit UK will take, the relationship that the UK ...
June 24, 2016, Covington Alert
The UK has voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. 52% leave - 48% remain.
Were the UK to leave the EU, this would have significant implications for the UK and for international businesses operating in the UK. The longer term impact of the decision on the regulatory framework for the UK will depend, in part, on the relationship that the UK ...
June 6, 2016
BRUSSELS—Ambassador Péter Balás, the former Deputy Director-General of DG Trade at the European Commission between 2005 and 2014, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor. Recently Ambassador Balás also held the position of Head of the Support Group for Ukraine at the European Commission. He was previously Ambassador and Permanent Representative of ...
May 23, 2016, CDR News
Timothy Hester, Carl Bildt, and Sebastian Vos are quoted in a CDR News article regarding the arrival of Carl Bildt as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. According to Vos, “In ever more complex regulatory regimes, the implementation of such regulation will often be very important. In this context, what the ...
May 19, 2016
BRUSSELS — Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Mr. Bildt served as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2014.
As Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Bildt led the government that negotiated and signed ...
May 12, 2016, Webinar
May 8, 2016, Financial Times
Peter Bogaert and Grant Castle are quoted in a Financial Times article regarding the effect Brexit would have on the UK pharma industry. According to Bogaert, commenting on the important relationship between the European Medicines Agency and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, “Brexit would be a loss for both sides.”
Castle adds that ...
April 20, 2016
BRUSSELS — Sophie Bertin, a former senior official who served as Head of Unit in the “Financial Crisis” Task Force within the Directorate-General for Competition at the European Commission, has joined forces with Covington’s global antitrust and competition practice. Ms. Bertin will be working with the firm’s Brussels and London offices.
At DG COMP, Ms. Bertin ...
April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Global Competition Review has selected Expedia’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide as its “Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas” at the GCR Awards 2016. Covington partners Thomas Barnett and Anne Lee served as lead antitrust counsel to Expedia during the transaction.
The acquisition triggered a U.S. Department of Justice ...
April 4, 2016, Global Competition Review
Kevin Coates, Johan Ysewyn and Deborah Garza are quoted in this GCR article announcing the arrival of Coates as a partner in the firm’s European competition practice.
April 4, 2016
BRÜSSEL — Kevin Coates, ehemals hoher EU-Beamter, der von 2012 bis 2016 eines der Referate zur Kartellbekämpfung bei der Generaldirektion Wettbewerb der Europäischen Kommission leitete, ist ab sofort für die Antitrust- und Wettbewerbspraxis von Covington tätig.
In den letzten 16 Jahren hat Coates mehrere leitende Stellungen in der Generaldirektion Wettbewerb ...
April 1, 2016, Covington Alert
Strict EU rules enforce compliance with the principles on access and benefit sharing under the Nagoya Protocol. The rules affect all companies doing research on genetic resources, such as plants, bacteria and viruses, and related traditional knowledge. They in particular are relevant for the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, biocides and foods ...
March 31, 2016, Global Competition Review
Peter Camesasca discusses private cartel actions in the European Union in this interview with GCR.
March 15, 2016, Competition Law Insight
March 14, 2016, Law360
March 11, 2016, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in this GCR article covering Société Générale’s decision to drop its appeal after the European Commission agreed to reduce the penalty. According to Ysewyn, “If the reduction is substantial, the danger is that, in the future, this would be read as a precedent by other companies who settle and would try their luck in court.”
March 8, 2016, Covington Alert
February 22, 2016, The Law Society Gazette
Johan Ysewyn is quoted by The Law Society Gazette in an article discussing changes in competition policy and enforcement, and what these changes mean for lawyers. “The commission likes its fines, but I think it takes a balanced view that it also likes companies changing their trading behaviour,” says Ysewyn. Ysewyn continues by commenting on the changing nature ...
February 18, 2016, Covington Alert
February 17, 2016, Politico
Grant Castle and Robin Blaney are quoted in this Politico article discussing the potential impact of “Brexit” on the pharmaceutical sector in the UK and Europe. According to Castle, the “only rational alternative” to EU membership is for the U.K. to become a member of the European Economic Area, as this arrangement would make it so the practical and operational ...
February 16, 2016, Competition Law Insight
Miranda Cole is showcased by Competition Law Insight in this feature.
February 8, 2016
BRUSSELS — Erika Mann, a former Member of the European Parliament and policymaker with over 20 years of experience, has joined Covington in its Brussels office as a senior European policy advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Ms. Mann served as Managing Director of Public Policy for Facebook in Brussels from ...
February 8, 2016, Louvain University Press
February 1, 2016, The Guardian
Henriette Tielemans is quoted by The Guardian in an article discussing the missed Safe Harbor deadline. According to Tielemans, companies faced “enormous uncertainty” about what European regulators would deem adequate privacy protection.
January 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - Law360 has named six Covington practice groups among its “Practice Groups of the Year.”
The practice groups recognized by Law360 are as follows:
January 27, 2016, Covington Alert
January 26, 2016, The Policy Advisor
Ms. Kuschewsky was quoted in this article that discusses a new law that will allow consumer associations to sue them over perceived data protection violations in their commercial practices.
January 19, 2016, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in this GCR article discussing the recent judgments released by the European General Court, upholding penalties against Mitsubishi and Toshiba. According to Ysewyn, the case is an “illustration of the delicate and very complex fining issues facing the European Commission when companies change corporate structures in the course of a cartel.”
January 17, 2016, Covington Alert
January 15, 2016, Law360
Henriette Tielemans is quoted in a Law360 article discussing the recent European Court of Human Rights’ decision allowing employers in the EU to monitor their employees’ online activities for business purposes. “This decision is important,” according to Tielemans. “It will bring much needed legal certainty in an area that many companies are struggling with.”
January 15, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Global Competition Review has again named Covington to its 2016 “Global Elite,” a list of the top 25 antitrust practices worldwide.
Each year, GCR undertakes extensive analysis of antitrust and competition law groups in 50 jurisdictions around the world. In its profile of the firm, GCR calls Covington’s antitrust and competition practice an ...
January 8, 2016, Covington Alert
January 6, 2016, Le Soir
Jean De Ruyt was interviewed for this article.
December 28, 2015, Covington Alert
December 21, 2015, Covington Alert
December 17, 2015, Covington Alert
December 17, 2015
LONDON, 17 December, 2015 — Covington advised AstraZeneca on its acquisition of Takeda’s respiratory business. Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca will make a payment of $575 million, and approximately 200 staff will transfer to AstraZeneca upon completion.
The deal will include the expansion of rights to roflumilast (marketed as Daliresp in the ...
December 3, 2015, Law360
November 23, 2015
LONDON, November 23, 2015 — Covington represented Allergy Therapeutics, the AIM-listed specialty pharmaceutical company specializing in allergy vaccines, in the placement of ordinary shares raising approximately £11.5 million. The placement was conducted through an accelerated bookbuilding process with Panmure Gordon & Co acting as financial adviser, nominated ...
November 18, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2015 - The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has awarded Covington a perfect score of 100 percent for the eighth consecutive year on its Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Covington is among 400 major US businesses that ...
November 11, 2015, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Global Competition Review article discussing Belgium’s Competition Authority’s draft leniency guidelines that have been launched for public consultation. Ysewyn, who welcomed the guidelines, said the new draft policy is “definitely workable.” “Awarding natural persons being granted immunity regardless of the position in which they ...
November 5, 2015, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Global Competition Review article assessing Margrethe Vestager’s first year as European commissioner for competition. According to Ysewyn, “For the first time in quite a long while, [Europe has had] a combination of a commissioner who, I believe, understands the political nuances of competition law, and a director general who actually ...
October 13, 2015, Bloomberg BNA
Henriette Tielemans is quoted in this BNA article that explores the idea of finding alternative means for the transfer of data with the elimination of Safe Harbor. Countries that require national data protection authority approval may find even more issues arise when trying to formulate new ways to navigate data transfer laws. Tielemans notes that the process ...
October 6, 2015, Fortune
Brussels-based partner Henriette Tielemans is quoted in this Fortune article that discusses the effects of the highest E.U. court eliminating the U.S.-E.U. data transfer agreement known as the Safe Harbor Act. “Hindsight is a beautiful thing,” said Tielemans. “We must all remember that in 2015 things are different than they were in 2000.”
October 6, 2015, Covington Alert
October 1, 2015, Covington Alert
September-October 2015, CDR News
Brussels-based partner Peter Camesasca offers insight on how lawyers are advising claimants and defendants on the new UK class action regime in an article featured in the CDR News September-October 2015 issue. Camesasca says, “What we clearly do see is that there are a number of law firms who are touting this new regime very aggressively…these firms are seeing ...
September 30, 2015, Covington Alert
September 30, 2015
NEW YORK - Covington advised the underwriters in the $106.1 million initial public offering by Austrian-based Nabriva Therapeutics AG of 10,350,000 million American Depositary Shares, representing 1,035,000 shares of Nabriva’s common stock. This was the first U.S. initial public offering by an Austrian company. The ADSs are now listed on the NASDAQ Global Market ...
September 29, 2015, Law360
September 24, 2015, Covington Alert
September 23, 2015, InsidePrivacy Blog
September 14, 2015
BRUSSELS, September 14, 2015 — Ambassador Karel Kovanda has joined Covington’s global public policy and government affairs practice as a Senior European Policy Advisor. He will be based in the firm’s Brussels office.
Ambassador Kovanda served as Deputy Director General of External Relations (now the European External Action Service) at the European Commission ...
September 7, 2015, SCRIP Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Tosoni was quoted in this article.
September 3, 2015
NEW YORK, September 3, 2015 — UCB and Lannett Company, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement providing for the acquisition of UCB’s U.S. specialty generics subsidiary, Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc., by Lannett. UCB will receive upfront cash proceeds of US $1.23 billion upon closing, which is subject to regulatory approval and other ...
September 2015, Korean Journal of Competition
September 2015, Arbitration World, Co-author
August 25, 2015, Covington Alert
August 2015, Data Protection Law & Policy
August 2015, Privacy Laws & Business
Article written by Covington's Lisa Peets and Ezra Steinhardt.
August 2015, JUVE
Quoting Adem Koyuncu on anti-corruption issues in the pharma sector.
July 27, 2015, The Daily Deal
Quoting Johan Ysewyn on the Innolux case.
July 23, 2015
LONDON, July 23, 2015 — Covington has launched a new app designed specifically for smart phones and tablets called ‘The Arbitration Handbook’.
The app compiles over 90 resources (arbitral rules, treaties, national laws and guidelines) commonly used in international arbitration into one convenient electronic resource, while enabling users to bookmark and ...
July 20, 2015, Covington Alert
July 16, 2015, Politico
Quoting Peter Camesasca regarding the Innolux judgment.
July 15, 2015, Covington Alert
July 11, 2015, De Tijd
Quoting Johan Ysewyn regarding the recent win in the PSA case.
July 9, 2015, Global Competition Review
July 9, 2015, Covington Alert
July 7, 2015, Competition Law Insight
July 6, 2015
LONDON, July 6, 2015 — Euromoney Legal Media Group selected four Covington partners Louise Nash, Lucinda Osborne, Lisa Peets and Hilary Prescott for its annual European Women in Business Law Awards. The awards honor women who are leading the field in the legal sector across Europe.
Louise Nash won the award for Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Nash is a member of ...
July 2015, E-Commerce Law and Policy
July 2015, Tijdschrift voor Belgische Mededinging/Revue de la Concurrence Belge
July 2015, Competition Law Insight
Covington's Johan Ysewyn and Jiwon Choi wrote this Competition Law Insight piece.
July 1, 2015
BRUSSELS, July 1, 2015 - Covington’s Brussels office is hosting Missing Children Europe’s photo exhibition: “Missing Children: Out of Focus” an important exhibition that raises awareness of missing children. The exhibition will feature work by photographer Natalie Hill, which portrays three real-life stories about runaways, parental abductions and missing ...
July/August 2015, Legal Business
25. Juni 2016, Intellectual Property & Technology Journal
June 24, 2015
LONDON, June 24, 2015 — Covington advised Allergy Therapeutics plc, the AIM-listed specialty pharmaceutical company, on its recently announced acquisition of Alerpharma, S.A. a Spanish-based allergy immunotherapy company which previously spun out from Spanish biopharmaceutical company, Zeltia S.A.
Alerpharma’s principal operating subsidiary, Inmunal, markets ...
June 23, 2015, Covington Alert
June 11, 2015
BRUSSELS, June 11, 2015 — Covington has received 20 leading practice group rankings in the 2015 editions of Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA. The legal guides have recognised the firm’s expertise in the following areas:
Europe-wide - Regulatory - Agro/Food
Europe-wide - Regulatory - Environment
Europe-wide - Regulatory - ...
June 4, 2015
NEW YORK, June 4, 2015 — Covington acted as U.S. M&A and antitrust counsel to Joy Global, Inc., a leader in high-productivity mining solutions, on its French-law governed acquisition of Montabert S.A.S. from Doosan Holding France S.A.S., an affiliate of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Global, for EUR 110 million.
Montabert specializes in the production and ...
June 1, 2015, Law360
May 15, 2015, Law360
May 6, 2015, Covington E-Alert
April 23, 2015
BRUSSELS, April 23, 2015 — Covington’s EU Competition practice was named Best Competition and Antitrust Law Firm at the Belgian Legal Awards 2015.
Covington’s team was praised for several successes, including acting for Brabomills, a flour producer, in a cartel investigation, prompting the Brussels Court of Appeal to annul the company’s fine on the basis of ...
23. April 2015, Clinica
April 20, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, April 20, 2015 — Global Competition Review has selected matters led by Covington lawyers as winners of two 2015 GCR Awards.
Litigation of the Year, Cartel Defense was awarded for the defendants’ win in Motorola Mobility v AU Optronics, et al. Covington partners Robert Wick and Derek Ludwin in Washington, DC, and Jeffrey Davidson in San ...
April 17, 2015, 2015 Annual Conference on European Environmental Law, ERA Academy of European Law
April 9, 2015, Bulletin e-Competitions Leniency, Art. N° 72355
April 1, 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 27, 2015
LONDON, 27 March, 2015 — Covington received 56 individual mentions and 29 practice mentions in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers globally by pan-regional and country practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
The Covington lawyers selected as ...
March 24, 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 6, 2015
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2015 — Covington will open a new office in Los Angeles on March 9. The office will be staffed by current firm lawyers and three new senior lawyers and will focus initially on insurance coverage, media and content distribution, patent litigation, public policy/government affairs and white collar defense.
"We believe there is a strong base ...
March 2, 2015, Law360
March 2015, Life Sciences Law Review
February 25, 2015, Global Competition Review
Covington'sPeter Camesasca is quoted regarding a Düsseldorf court confirming that the funding model used by Cartel Damage Claims (CDC) in its case against cement cartelists is illegal.
"Peter Camesasca, at Covington & Burling in Brussels, says while the ruling is good news for defendants in that it makes group actions in Germany more difficult, it goes against ...
February 12, 2015, Covington E-Alert
February 2, 2015, Private Equity News
January 27, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2015 — Covington was named one of the top 2014 “Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year” by Law360.Law360 highlighted the practice for its involvement in “the most-talked-about sports media rights deals last year,” including the NFL's Sunday Ticket agreement with DirecTV, Steve Ballmer’s bid for the Los Angeles Clippers, ...
January 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2015 — For the second consecutive year, Law360 named Covington’s antitrust and competition practice one of the top “Competition Practice Groups of the Year.”Law360 recognized Covington for securing the dismissal of separate antitrust suits against clients Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Expedia, Inc. The ...
2015, Webinar, 24th Annual EU Pharmaceutical Forum
December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2014 — The Global Competition Review (GCR) has named Covington & Burling to its Global Elite, a list of the top 20 competition practices worldwide, ranking it among the top practices in both Brussels and Washington, D.C.
Each year, GCR undertakes extensive analysis of competition law groups in 50 jurisdictions around the world. In ...
December 9, 2014, Competition Law Insight
December 1, 2014, Covington E-Alert
November 25, 2014, Covington E-Alert
November 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, November 19, 2014 — For the seventh consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has awarded Covington & Burling the top rating of 100 percent in the 2015 Corporate Equality Index. Covington’s rating reflects its support for same-sex partners of employees through health insurance, bereavement and family leave policies, as well as its ...
October 28, 2014, Law360
Andrea Zulli is featured in this article regarding his move to Covington:
"Andrea Zulli, who will join Covington's EU competition group as of counsel, advises clients in all aspects of EU, international and Italian competition law, including merger control, cartels and other restrictive practices, antitrust compliance and abuses of a dominant position."
October 27, 2014
Brussels, 27 October, 2014 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Andrea Zulli is joining the firm’s EU competition group. Mr. Zulli was previously head of the Italian antitrust and competition group at a leading international practice. Mr. Zulli will be resident in the firm’s Brussels office, and will play an important role in the firm’s EU ...
October 27, 2014, GCR
This article features Andrea Zulli, who recently joined Covington's EU competition group:
Zulli, 40, will work mainly in pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors in his new firm. He says it was a hard decision to leave Norton Rose – where he was local partner – but ultimately he wanted to return to Brussels – “the heart of antitrust in Europe”.
“Not only ...
October 20, 2014, The Washington Post
"Covington & Burling of the District appointed Ashley Bass, Robin Blaney, Krista Carver, Jeffrey Davidson, Nicole Duclos, Shankar Duraiswamy, Scott Freling, David Garr, Jason Goldberg, Andrew Lazerow, Michael Lechliter, Anne Lee, Scott Schrader, Nathan Shafroth and Ranganath Sudarshan partners."
October 9, 2014, Global Investigations Review
September 29, 2014, Luxury Legal Post
September 22, 2014, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Covington's Peter Camesasca, Johan Ysewyn, Melissa Van Schoorisse, Jennifer Boudet, Miranda Cole, Henriette Tielemans, Sebastian Vos, and Jean De Ruyt are mentioned in this article on the growth of Covington's Brussels office:
"April was a busy month for Covington & Burling’s competition lawyers, marking, as it did, the welcome return of Peter Camesasca – who ...
August 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, August 25, 2014 — Covington & Burling has been named to Latinvex’s “Legal 50,” a list of top international law firms doing work in Latin America. The firm ranked seventh among the top 15 firms doing international arbitration work in Latin America and 27th overall. Latinvex evaluated more than 100 international law firms and selected the top 50 ...
July 30, 2014
LONDON, 30 July, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca on its agreement to transfer to the company the rights to Almirall’s respiratory franchise for an initial consideration of $875 million on completion, and up to $1.22 billion in development, launch, and sales-related milestones. AstraZeneca has also agreed to make various sales-related payments. ...
June 16, 2014, Bloomberg
International public policy professional Sebastian Vos is joining Covington & Burling LLP to lead the European division of the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice in Brussels. Vos, who works for Fipra International, will focus on competition and technology-related public policy issues and continue his public policy work involving emerging ...
June 12, 2014
Brussels, June 12, 2014 — Sebastian Vos, an international public policy professional, is joining Covington & Burling to lead the European division of the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice. Mr. Vos joins the firm as a partner in its Brussels office where he will focus on competition and technology related public policy issues and ...
June 12, 2014, Politico
"The law firm Covington & Burling has brought on European public policy expert Sebastian Vos as a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. In his new role, he’ll lead the European division of the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice. He’ll lead a team that includes former Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, former EU Parliament member Wim van Velzen ...
June 12, 2014, The Lawyer
Sebastian Vos is feautured in this article regarding his recent move to Covington in the firm's Brussels office.
June 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, June 3, 2014 — The National Law Journal has named Covington & Burling to its 2014 “Intellectual Property Hot List,” which recognizes 20 firms that have “become leaders on the latest trends in intellectual property law.” This is the second time since 2012 that Covington has been named to the list. In naming Covington to the list, the NLJ cited the ...
May 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, May 27, 2014 —Covington & Burling was named the “Transfer Pricing Advisory Firm of the Year - Washington D.C.” by Corporate LiveWire, a global news resource for corporate finance professionals. The Corporate LiveWire Global Awards honor law firms, individuals and businesses who have demonstrated distinction in corporate finance, and consistently ...
May 2, 2014
LONDON, 1 May, 2014 — Euromoney Legal Media Group have shortlisted nine Covington lawyers for the annual ‘Europe Women in Business Law Awards’ 2014. Those shortlisted for “Best in” their respective practice areas are:
Competition and Antitrust - Miranda Cole
Copyright - Lisa Peets
Financial Regulation - Charlotte Hill
Life Sciences - Lucinda Osborne ...
April 30, 2014, Law360
April 30, 2014, GCR
Covington partners Peter Camesasca and Johan Ysewyn are featured in the articles above regarding their move to the firm's Brussels office.
Brussels, 30 April, 2014 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Johan Ysewyn and Peter Camesasca are joining the firm's Brussels office as partners, where they will play substantial roles in the firm’s global antitrust and competition practice. The additions of Mr. Ysewyn and Dr. Camesasca will strengthen the firm’s existing EU competition team in ...
March 2014, Pharma Recht
January 22, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 13, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2014 — For the second consecutive year, Law360 has named Covington & Burling’s life sciences practice as one of the top five “Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.” In a profile of the firm, Law360 noted that Covington “delivered for drugmakers on three continents in 2013, spearheading a momentous investment by U.K.-based ...
January 7, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2014 — For the second consecutive year, The National Law Journal has named Covington & Burling to its “Pro Bono Hot List.” This year’s list recognizes nine firms and one corporate law department for their strong commitment to public service. In the profile of Covington, the NLJ features the pro bono efforts of the firm’s New York ...
January 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2014 — Law360 named Covington & Burling’s energy practice as one of the top five “Energy Practice Groups of the Year.” In giving this award, Law360 recognized the breadth of Covington’s practice capabilities (including litigation, transactions, regulatory and government policy) in both the traditional and emerging energy sectors and ...
January 2014, Scrip Regulatory Affairs
December 19, 2013
NEW YORK, December 19, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca in its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb's interests in the companies’ diabetes alliance for an initial consideration of $2.7 billion on completion and up to $1.4 billion in regulatory, launch and sales-related payments.
AstraZeneca has also agreed to pay various sales-related royalty ...
Brussels, 19 December, 2013 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Adem Koyuncu is joining its life sciences practice as a partner, along with associate Sabine Stute. Dr. Koyuncu and Ms. Stute will be resident in the firm’s Brussels office, and will focus on issues involving the law of the European Union and, in particular, of Germany.
Dr. Koyuncu, ...
December 9, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2013 — For the sixth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has awarded Covington & Burling the top rating of 100 percent in the 2014 Corporate Equality Index. Covington’s 100 percent rating reflects its written non-discrimination policy, sexual orientation and gender identity training, and support for same-sex ...
October 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
October 24, 2013, Covington E-Alert
October 23, 2013, Law360
October 22, 2013, Covington E-Alert
September 3, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, September 3, 2013 — Covington & Burling is advising Microsoft Corp. in its purchase of substantially all of Nokia’s devices & services business. Under the transaction, Microsoft will also license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. The total transaction price is EUR 5.44 billion in cash — or more than $7 billion.
August 30, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, August 12, 2013 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce the promotion of three lawyers to special counsel, effective August 1, 2013. Michael Clancy (Brussels) focuses his practice on EU competition law, and has extensive experience advising clients in regulated industries such as life sciences (pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical devices) ...
July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, July 12, 2013 — Covington & Burling has been recognized as an honoree with two American Lawyer Global Legal Awards: Global Dispute of the Year, Investment Arbitration and Global M&A Deal of the Year, Canada. Covington’s International Arbitration Group, comprised of more than 50 lawyers, handles cases under the rules of every major arbitration ...
July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2013 — For the third consecutive year, Covington & Burling has received a Gold Standard Certification from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), a leading organization dedicated to assisting women in law to assume leadership roles in private law firms, corporate legal departments, and the legal community at large. The certification ...
WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2013 — Thomson Reuters has ranked Covington & Burling among the Top 20 legal advisers worldwide in completed M&A transactions in emerging markets during the first half of 2013. Covington ranked among the top 10 for deals involving China and the Asia Pacific region, and among the top 15 for deals involving Latin America. “We have made a ...
June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, June 28, 2013 — Covington & Burling’s international arbitration practice has been shortlisted for a Chambers Latin America Award for Excellence. The awards recognize notable achievements over the past year, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service. The Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence ...
June 26, 2013, REACH: Legal Implications and Supply Chain Strategies 2013 Conference, Brussels
June 7, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 24, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 3, 2013, Covington E-Alert
March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2013 — Lanny A. Breuer, most recently the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, is returning to Covington & Burling as Vice Chair of the firm.
Mr. Breuer’s practice will encompass a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters, as well as governmental and internal investigations. ...
March 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 14, 2013 — Congressman Howard Berman, a widely respected leader in the U.S. Congress, is joining Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice.
The addition of Rep. Berman, the former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, comes a week after Sen. Jon Kyl joined Covington’s public policy and government ...
March 6, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 6, 2013 — Senator Jon Kyl, who recently left Congress as the second-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, is joining Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice.
“Senator Kyl’s deep knowledge and extraordinary legislative skills from his years as a senior leader in Congress make him ideally suited to ...
February 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2013 — The BTI Consulting Group has named Covington & Burling partners David Martin and Henriette Tielemans to its 2013 “Client Service All-Stars” list. The BTI “Client Service All-Stars” were singled out by general counsel and direct reports at large and Fortune 1000 organizations in one-on-one interviews.
Mr. Martin, based in ...
February 26, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 25, 2013
London, February 25, 2013 — Global Arbitration Review has named Covington & Burling to its list of the world’s top 30 international arbitration practices.
In announcing the GAR 30 list, the publication notes Covington’s major arbitral victories last year, including the award for Spanish investors in Yukos Oil Company in Quasar de Valores SICAV S.A., et al. v. ...
February 5, 2013
BRUSSELS, 5 February, 2013 — The International Association of Privacy Professionals, the world’s largest association of privacy professionals, has appointed Covington & Burling’s Henriette (“Jetty”) Tielemans to its executive committee. “I am thrilled to welcome Jetty to our executive committee,” said J. Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of IAPP. “Her expertise ...
January 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2013 — For the second straight year, Law360 named Covington & Burling’s global privacy and data security practice as one of the top five “Privacy & Consumer Protection Practice Groups of the Year.”
In a profile highlighting the firm’s privacy-related work, Law360 noted the group’s recent litigation win for LinkedIn Corp. In that case, ...
WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2013 — Law360 named Covington’s life sciences practice as of one of the top five “Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.”
In a profile highlighting Covington’s life sciences practice, Law360 noted that the group has “grown to develop an increasingly global reach that has made it a go-to for complex transactions, high stakes ...
2013, Competition Law Insight
December 28, 2012
BEIJING, December 28, 2012 — Chambers has named Covington & Burling as a finalist for the 2013 Chambers China Awards for Excellence in the International Trade category.
The awards recognize preeminence in key practice areas and significant achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client ...
December 11, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 10, 2012, Covington E-Alert
November 1, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2012 — Covington & Burling opens its Seoul office today after securing final approval from the Korean Ministry of Justice and the Korean Bar Association.
The new office will be located in the Meritz Tower, at 825-2, Yeoksamdong in the heart of Seoul’s Gangnam business district.
“We are honored to be among the first U.S. law firms to ...
October 23, 2012, Covington E-Alert
October 19, 2012, Covington E-Alert
October 1, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2012 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that it has elected 15 new lawyers to its partnership.
This group is comprised of diverse and talented individuals from five offices who have made their mark at the firm through exceptional work and the highest standards of client service.
“We’re delighted to welcome these 15 lawyers to ...
September 26, 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 10, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2012 — Witney Schneidman, a former senior State Department official with more than 30 years of experience in Africa, is joining Covington & Burling, strengthening the firm’s ability to advise corporate clients on entering and expanding their presence in the African market.
Dr. Schneidman joins the firm’s Washington office as a ...
September 2012, European Pharmaceutical Contractor
August 1, 2012, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP’s international arbitration practice has been nominated for a Chambers Latin America Award for Excellence. The awards recognize notable achievements over the past year, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service.
The Chambers Latin America Awards for ...
July 5, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 28, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 26, 2012, REACH: Legal Implications & Supply Chain Strategies 2012
June 2012, Scrip Regulatory Affairs
May 25, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 24, 2012
BRUSSELS, 24 May, 2012 — Best Lawyers in Belgium has named Covington & Burling partner Peter Bogaert as the 2012 Brussels “Lawyer of the Year” in the regulatory category for his “abilities, professionalism and integrity.” Best Lawyers recognises one lawyer in each practice area and region.
Mr. Bogaert has a broad European life sciences practice. He has detailed ...
May 17, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 8, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2012 — The National Law Journal has named Covington & Burling to its inaugural Intellectual Property Hot List, which recognizes 20 top firms that have “demonstrated creative strategies for litigation, patent prosecution, licensing and other transactional work” in the intellectual property field. In naming Covington to the list, the NLJ ...
April 23, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling advised Microsoft Corp. in negotiating a definitive agreement with Facebook that assigns the social networking company the right to purchase a portion of a patent portfolio that Microsoft recently purchased from AOL Inc. Under the agreement, announced today, Facebook will pay $550 million in cash.
NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling represented Thomson Reuters in a definitive agreement to sell its Healthcare business to an affiliate of Veritas Capital for $1.25 billion in cash.
The sale, expected to close in the next few months, is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of ...
BRUSSELS, 3 April, 2012 — “Industrial Policy and European Merger Control: A Reassessment” won the Best Academic Mergers Article category in connection with the inaugural Antitrust Writing Awards presented by the Institute of Competition Law and the George Washington University Law School. The article was co-authored by Damien Geradin and Ianis Girgenson, both ...
LONDON, 2 April, 2012 — Global Competition Review has selected Microsoft Corp.’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l. as the winner in the “Merger Control Matter of the Year - Europe” category of the GCR Awards 2012. Covington’s Brussels competition team, led by partners Lars Kjølbye and Miranda Cole, advised Microsoft on competition-related aspects ...
March 27, 2012, Covington E-Alert
March 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling has been nominated for the 2012 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence in five national practice areas. On March 20th, Chambers released its shortlist of the law firms nominated based on their pre-eminence and recent achievements in 21 distinct practice areas. Covington was one of two firms receiving team ...
March 19, 2012
LONDON, 19 March, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP received 46 individual mentions and 20 practice mentions in the Chambers Global 2012 edition. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers globally by pan-regional and country practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
The Covington lawyers ...
March 12, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP has applied to open a new office in Seoul and tapped William H.Y. Park, a veteran corporate lawyer based in Korea, to help oversee the expansion.
Mr. Park will work closely with former Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Spiegel, senior of counsel at Covington, who will be the Foreign Legal Consultant ...
March 7, 2012
LONDON, 07 March, 2012 — Global Competition Review has selected Covington & Burling LLP to its shortlist for the “Merger Control Matter of the Year Award - Europe” for the firm’s work advising Microsoft Corp. in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l.
The Brussels competition team, led by partners Lars Kjølbye and Miranda Cole, advised on the ...
March 1, 2012, Law Society Gazette
February 13, 2012, Covington E-Alert
February 9, 2012, Covington E-Alert
February 6, 2012
BRUSSELS, 6 February, 2012 — The Global Competition Review has named Covington & Burling to the Global Elite, a list of the top 20 competition practices worldwide recognised in its annual GCR 100 rankings.
The 2012 edition of the publication’s GCR 100 provides extensive analysis of antitrust groups in 41 jurisdictions around the world. In honoring Covington, ...
January 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2012 — Law360 named Covington’s life sciences practice as of one of the top five “Health Practice Groups of the Year,” recognizing its substantial strengths across multiple practices in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Covington’s life sciences practice history dates back to the founding of the firm nearly a century ago. The ...
January 25, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 20, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 20, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2012 — Law360 named Covington & Burling’s white collar defense and investigations practice as of one of the top five “White Collar Practice Groups of the Year.”
In a profile about the firm’s practice published on Jan. 19th, Law360 noted the breadth of Covington’s clients and matters in the white collar practice area as a key reason ...
BRUSSELS, 17 January, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Jean De Ruyt has joined the firm’s government affairs group as a senior European policy advisor in Brussels. Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is among the most experienced diplomats in Europe. Most recently, he served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and was ...
January 12, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 9, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2012 — Law360 named Covington & Burling’s global privacy & data security practice as one of the top five “Privacy & Consumer Protection Practice Groups of the Year.”
In a profile about the firm published on Jan. 5th, Law360 pointed to Covington’s broad practice in assisting clients in transactions, on advisory matters, in social ...
2012, Life Sciences Handbook
December 2011/January 2012, Intellectual Property Magazine
December 5, 2011, Law360
October 15, 2011, EuroWatch
October 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that 10 of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective October 1. This group is comprised of diverse and talented individuals who have made their mark at Covington through exceptional work and the highest standards of client service. “We’re delighted to welcome these ...
September 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, September 2, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented Microsoft Corp. in a patent monetization transaction involving the acquisition by MOSAID Technologies Incorporated of Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l., a Luxembourg company that holds a portfolio of 400 patent families, consisting of approximately 2,000 wireless patents and patent ...
September 2011, European Lawyer
August 1, 2011, Covington E-Alert
July 5, 2011
NEW YORK, July 5, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented Microsoft Corp. in the $4.5 billion winning bid in the auction of Nortel Networks Corporation’s 6000 patents and patent applications. A consortium of Microsoft and several other technology companies will share Nortel’s 4G wireless, data networking, optical, voice, Internet, service provider, ...
LONDON, 5 July 2011 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Lisa Peets was named as “Best in Copyright” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Women in Business Law Awards 2011. Natalie Diep was also shortlisted in the “Best in M&A” category. Covering 21 jurisdictions and 26 business areas, the Awards look to celebrate those firms setting the ...
LONDON, May 16, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP adds a top life sciences corporate team to its London office, further enhancing its comprehensive global life sciences practice. Covington is pleased to announce that Paul Claydon, Natalie Diep, James Gubbins and James Halstead are joining Covington & Burling LLP as partners. They complement Covington’s highly ...
WASHINGTON, DC, May 16, 2011 — Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership interest in LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. (“LeTourneau”) from Rowan Companies, Inc. (“Rowan”) (NYSE: RDC) for $1.1 billion in cash. LeTourneau designs, ...
May 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, SAN FRANCISCO, BRUSSELS, AND LONDON, May 10, 2011 —Covington & Burling LLP is advising Microsoft Corp. in its acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l., the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash.
Microsoft’s purchase of Skype from the investor group led by Silver Lake is expected to increase the accessibility of real-time ...
May 9, 2011, Covington E-Alert
May 2011, The European Lawyer
April 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2011 — Three practices at Covington & Burling LLP have been nominated for the 2011 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence. The firm received team nominations in the antitrust, insurance, and international trade categories. The awards recognize the firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas and significant achievements over the past 12 months, ...
April 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 22, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, March 22, 2011 — The Global Arbitration Review has named Covington & Burling LLP to its prestigious list of the world’s top 30 international arbitration practices.
Published by GAR, the international journal of commercial and treaty arbitration, the GAR 30 is part of a larger survey of the world's leading arbitration practices commonly known as ...
March 15, 2011, EuroWatch
March 11, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 10, 2011, Covington Advisory
March 8, 2011, Covington Alert
March 4, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 24, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 22, 2011
NEW YORK, February 22, 2011 — Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) and Clinical Data, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDA) announced today that they have entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Forest will acquire Clinical Data, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of first-in-class and best-in-category therapeutics. Covington & Burling LLP ...
February 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2011 — For the seventh time, Practical Law Company has awarded Covington & Burling LLP its worldwide first place ranking in the Life Sciences Regulatory Super League category.
PLC also singled out Covington’s Antitrust/Competition, Corporate, and Insurance practices, along with lawyers from each group, in its practice-specific ...
February 10, 2011, Covington Advisory
February 10, 2011, Covington E-Alert
January 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2011 — Law360 has named Covington & Burling LLP’s employment practice as one of five “Employment Groups of the Year.”
“The key to Covington's success has been its laser focus on a select number of vital cases with major implications for the future of ERISA, while other firms may focus on handling a greater volume of routine ERISA ...
2011, The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: The Law and Politics of Sustainability
2011, Life Sciences Handbook 2011
2011, Rev. Lamy de la Concurrence
2011, Life Sciences Handbook
December 24, 2010, Covington Advisory
December 21, 2010, Covington Advisory
December 2, 2010, Covington E-Alert
November 17, 2010, Covington E-Alert
November 2010, Regulatory Affairs Pharma
October 28, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 12, 2010
NEW YORK, October 12, 2010 — King Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Pfizer to acquire all of the outstanding stock and stock equivalents of King for $14.25 in cash per share, or aggregate consideration of $3.6 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised King on the transaction.
King is a vertically integrated ...
October 2010, Covington E-Alert
September 15, 2010, Covington E-Alert
August 15, 2010, Eurowatch
July/August 2010, The European Lawyer
July 28, 2010, Covington E-Alert
BRUSSELS, July 1, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP has received a dozen practice nods in the 2010 editions of Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA. The legal guides have recognised the firm’s expertise in the following areas: CHAMBERS EUROPE Competition/European Law - Belgium (including individual rankings for Georg Berrisch, David Hull and Lars Kjølbye) ...
June 15, 2010, Covington Advisory
May 24, 2010, Competition Law360
May 19, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2010 — Against the backdrop of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and on the eve of the upcoming round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the US and China, Covington & Burling LLP will co-host a day-long event, “Shaping the US-China Business Relationship” on Friday, May 21. The event will be held at the USA National Pavilion, which ...
April 27, 2010, Covington E-Alert
March 1, 2010, Covington Advisory
February 9, 2010, Covington E-Alert
February 9, 2010
LONDON, February 9, 2010 — BioPharm Insight has ranked Covington & Burling LLP as the top legal advisor for biotech and pharma licensing agreements by value. Along with leading the 2009 league tables by value globally and in North America, Covington was ranked first by volume and second by value in Europe, and in Asia, the firm topped both the value and volume ...
February 1, 2010, Global Competition Review
February 2010, The European Lawyer
January 22, 2010, Real Deals
2009/10, PLC Life Sciences Handbook 2009/10
2009/10, Life Sciences Handbook
2010/2011, PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook
January 2010, World Data Protection Report
January 2010, Food Packaging Bulletin
December 2, 2009, Covington Advisory
November/December 2009, The European Lawyer
November 23, 2009, Covington Advisory
November 20, 2009, Covington Advisory
November 2009, Trademark World
October 9, 2009, Covington E-Alert
October 7, 2009
BRUSSELS, October 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP successfully represented the European steel pipe industry in the anti-dumping investigation against Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes into the EU. On September 24, the Council of the European Union adopted a regulation imposing final anti-dumping duties of up to 39.2%. The Covington team succeeded in ...
October 2009, European Venture Capital Journal
October 2009, The Privacy Advisor
October 2009, Chemical Watch European Business Briefing
September 30, 2009, EuroWatch
September 22, 2009, Covington Advisory
September 2, 2009, Covington Advisory
September 2009, Privacy & Data Protection Journal
September 2009, Trademark World
NEW YORK, NY, August 24, 2009 — Procter & Gamble today announced the sale of its global pharmaceuticals business to Warner Chilcott Ltd. Covington & Burling LLP advised Procter & Gamble on the transaction.
Procter & Gamble is a leading global branded products company, with one of the strongest portfolios of quality, leadership brands in consumer health and ...
July 2009, Utilities Law Review
June 23, 2009, Covington E-Alert
June 22, 2009, AmCham EU
June 11, 2009, European Voice
June 10, 2009, Covington E-Alert
LONDON, June 9, 2009 — An enhanced version of the world’s first data protection standard for athletes took effect on June 1, 2009. The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information took effect on January 1, 2009, and an enhanced version was unanimously approved in early May 2009 by the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the formation of a Clean Energy and Climate industry group designed to enhance the firm’s ability to help clients navigate the business challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly transforming energy and transportation infrastructures and by developments in climate change policy, both ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2009 — For the fourth consecutive year, Covington & Burling LLP has been awarded worldwide first place firm rankings by the Practical Law Company in both the Life Sciences Industry and Life Sciences Regulatory Super League categories. The rankings are published in PLC’s Cross-border Quarterly for April-June 2009.
In honoring Covington, ...
April 2009, RAJ Pharma
Spring 2009, Cosmetic and Personal Care Ingredients
April 2009, Privacy & Informatie
BRUSSELS, February 9, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Miranda Cole, who joins the firm’s EU competition practice in Brussels as special counsel. Ms. Cole practices competition and communications law and policy, and has some 15 years of experience in the field.
Ms. Cole’s expertise in the competition field encompasses merger ...
February 2009, Covington E-Alert
January 2009, Covington E-Alert
2008/2009, PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook
December 2008, Covington Advisory
November 24, 2008, Covington E-Alert
BRUSSELS, November 12, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP partner Henriette Tielemans has been appointed to the Data Protection expert group (GEX PD) by the European Commission.
The Data Protection expert group will assist the Commission in identifying challenges for the protection of personal data in the EU, and putting forward proposals for addressing those ...
November 2008, Covington E-Alert
October 2008, Covington E-Alert
October 2008, EURALex
September 2008, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in Beijing. The office is the first in Asia for Covington, which also maintains offices in Brussels, London, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.
“Covington has been advising its international clients on legal and business matters in Asia for ...
July 23, 2008, Covington Advisory
July 2008, RAJ Pharma
July 2008, Covington E-Alert
June 3, 2008, Covington E-Alert
June 2, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, June 2, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Ambassador Daniel Spiegel has joined the firm as senior of counsel. Mr. Spiegel will be resident in the firm’s Washington office.
At Covington, Mr. Spiegel will continue to build and manage large coalitions of global food, alcohol, and medical device companies who are working to ...
May 2008, Covington E-Alert
LONDON, April 14, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received the “US IP Firm in Europe” award for the firm’s EU and regulatory work. The award was presented at the Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards 2008 ceremony on April 9 at Claridge’s in London. Covington’s European intellectual property practice, based in the firm’s Brussels and London offices, ...
April 10, 2008, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2008 — For the third consecutive year, Covington & Burling LLP has been awarded worldwide first place firm rankings by the Practical Law Company in both the Life Sciences Industry and Life Sciences Regulatory Super League categories. In honoring Covington, PLC states: “Known for its outstanding regulatory practice in Washington DC, the ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the promotion of four new of counsels and five new special counsels in the firm’s five offices. The new of counsels are as follows:
Christopher Denig (Washington) focuses on representing clients in complex federal civil litigation (including class actions), internal corporate ...
April 2008, Covington E-Alert
March 2008, Covington E-Alert
March 2008, EURALex
WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2008 — Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Pfizer Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will make a cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of Encysive for $2.35 per share, representing an equity value of approximately $195 million. ...
February 4, 2008, Covington E-Alert
January 17, 2008, Covington E-Alert
LONDON, December 28, 2007 - The latest edition of Chambers Global has ranked Covington & Burling LLP’s expertise in 12 categories globally. “Sound knowledge of the industry” and “sheer breadth of experience“ are just some of the comments gathered by the research team from the firm’s clients. The firm has also achieved 10 individual rankings and a further 16 ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2007 — For the second consecutive year, Working Mother magazine has named Covington & Burling LLP to its “100 Best Companies” list. The list identifies the top one hundred companies in the United States based on a survey of all areas of work life, including company culture, family-friendly policies, and compensation. Most of the ...
September 2007, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2007 — Working Mother magazine, the authoritative source for career mothers, and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a national consulting firm advising attorneys and legal employers on work-life balance and the retention and advancement of women, have named Covington & Burling LLP a 2007 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women. ...
May 18, 2007
LONDON, 18 May, 2007 — This year’s editions of Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA recognize the firm’s expertise in the following nine areas: CHAMBERS EUROPE • Regulatory and Public Affairs - Europe-wide • Regulatory: Pharma/Life sciences - Europe-wide • WTO/International Trade - Europe-wide In addition, Georg Berrisch was also ranked as a leading individual in ...
NEW YORK, NY, May 18, 2007 — The Procter & Gamble Company and Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. announced that they have completed their previously announced deal to form a 50/50 joint venture for the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of existing and to-be-developed consumer diagnostic products. Inverness contributed its related consumer ...
April 5, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today it was awarded worldwide first place firm rankings by the Practical Law Company in both the Life Sciences Industry and Life Sciences Regulatory categories for the second consecutive year. The Life Sciences Industry Super League and Life Sciences Regulatory Super League law rankings, ...
April 3, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the promotion of four new Of Counsel and six new Special Counsel.The four new Of Counsel are Daniel P. Cooper, Christian Neira, Matthew J. O’Connor, and Kevin J. Shortill.Daniel P. Cooper advises on European privacy and data protection matters, as well as on contentious and non-contentious ...
January 10, 2007
BRUSSELS, January 10, 2007 — International law firm Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Wim G. van Velzen as Senior European Policy Advisor in the firm’s Brussels office. Mr. van Velzen, a leading expert on European affairs, served with distinction as a Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2004, where he was vice president ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2006 — Working Mother magazine today announced that Covington & Burling LLP is a 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Company. For 21 years, Working Mother has celebrated employers whose groundbreaking benefits—from flexible schedules and child care to innovative leave policies for new parents—are helping redefine workplace standards across ...
October 27, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 27, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented JLG Industries, Inc. in its global alliance with Caterpillar Inc., the Illinois-based manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. Under the multi-faceted alliance, JLG will purchase Caterpillar's telehandler assets located principally in Europe and develop and manufacture a full line ...
October 13, 2005
LONDON, U.K., October 13, 2005 - International law firm Covington & Burling announced the successful conclusion of its defense of Transparency International, a non-governmental organization fighting corruption, in connection with a libel claim brought by Slobodan Milosevic in the Berlin Regional court.
Milosevic sued Transparency International under German ...
May 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Coty Inc. on the acquisition of Unilever's global prestige fragrance business, Unilever Cosmetics International (UCI). According to the terms of the agreement, Coty will purchase the business for $800 million in cash at the closing.
Coty Inc. is one of the largest beauty companies in the world, with ...