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Covington’s Competition Law Practice Named to GCR Global Elite

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 honoring Covington, GCR reported: “Covington advised on some stellar mergers last year,” noting the firm’s work in acquisitions by Microsoft and Facebook. On the antitrust litigation front in 2014, Covington secured defense victories in two high-profile U.S. cases, dismissal for Samsung Electronics of more than $3 billion in claimed damages sought by Motorola and dismissal for JP Morgan of aluminum warehousing class actions. “By virtue of both the antitrust group’s work and its immense talent, Covington & Burling has entrenched itself among the top competition practices” in Washington and is one of only a few highly recommended practices in Brussels.

“We are pleased GCR has recognized Covington as a premier global competition practice,” said Thomas Barnett and Deborah Garza, co-chairs of the firm’s practice group. “We strive to provide our clients with the advice they need to succeed, helping them to navigate competition issues in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and throughout the world.”

GCR noted the strengthening of Covington’s antitrust practice with the recent additions of Johan Ysewyn, who heads the firm’s EU competition group and is based in Brussels, and “big hitter” Philip Warren, who headed the Justice Department’s San Francisco antitrust office for more than a dozen years; the return of Peter Camesasca to the Brussels office after serving as special counsel to Samsung Electronics, and the promotions of Ashley Bass, Andrew Lazerow and Anne Lee to partnership in Washington.

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