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April 20, 2018, Global Policy Watch

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament. Interesting votes, discussions and events will take place. On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (“INTA”) will debate the draft parliamentary report on the Commission’s proposal for macro-financial assistance to Ukraine.  The Commission proposes that the EU ...

April 20, 2018, Inside Tech Media

On April 17, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broke new ground in the agency’s role in national security policy by voting unanimously to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking captioned “Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications Supply Chain Through FCC Programs” (the “NPRM”). The deadlines for filing comments and reply ...

April 20, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Washington Business Journal has honored Covington partner D. Jean Veta with the 2018 LGBTQ Business Leader Award. This award is given to 20 business leaders in the Washington area who are “blazing the trail for diversity and inclusion in the corporate world.” Ms. Veta, Covington’s first openly gay partner and a member of the firm’s Financial ...

April 20, 2018

LONDON—Covington advised BenevolentAI on an £80 million equity investment by new and existing investors, including Woodford Investment Management, at a pre-money valuation of £1.4 billion. The firm also recently advised BenevolentAI on its acquisition of Proximagen Limited, a Cambridge, UK-based drug discovery and development company, for an undisclosed ...

April 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO—The Daily Journal has named Covington partner Michael Plimack to its 2018 list of the “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California. Mr. Plimack, co-chair of Covington’s Patent Litigation Practice Group, represents leading technology companies that are faced with complex patent infringement cases. In its profile, the Daily Journal highlighted ...

April 20, 2018, Covington Alert

On March 27 2018, the UK Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a report, Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work, in which it makes a number of recommendations for legal changes to better protect the victims of sexual harassment at work.

April 20, 2018, Covington Alert

On April 15, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) lifted its suspension of a denial order against two companies, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation of Shenzhen, China (“ZTE Corporation”) and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (“ZTE Kangxun,” and together with ZTE Corporation, ...

April 20, 2018, Covington Alert

On April 10, 2018, the Federal Reserve issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement a stress capital buffer ("SCB") into its capital requirements; revise its capital planning rule for bank holding companies with $50 billion or more in total consolidated assets and U.S. intermediate holding companies of foreign banking organizations established pursuant to ...

April 19, 2018, Inside Government Contracts

On April 2, 2018, GAO issued a final rule revising its existing regulations to implement a number of changes to its bid protest process.  The new rule becomes effective on May 1, 2018. Several of these changes implement requirements in Section 1501 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2014 (“Act”), which directed GAO to institute...… Continue Reading The ...

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