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Founded nearly a century ago in Washington, DC, Covington & Burling LLP today is recognized as a leading international law firm, with more than 850 lawyers practicing in Beijing, Brussels, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington.  The firm has a reputation for the quality of its work, its sophistication in complex regulatory, corporate and litigation matters, deep loyalty to its clients, and its commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards.  We advise and represent major companies of all types, including leading software and high-technology companies, major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, firms operating in the oil and gas sector, defense contractors, manufacturing and consumer products entities, financial institutions, and media companies as well as foreign governments and international organizations. 

Covington has long been highly regarded for the global scope and breadth of its international practice, including its work for clients in China and throughout Asia.  The firm has decades of experience in the region, and we frequently serve as advisors or advocates on projects and transactions presenting novel and complex issues of pan-Asian scope and importance.  We are honored to represent leading Asian, American, and other companies operating in Asia, including companies active in virtually all sectors of Asia’s economy that range from established multinational corporations to smaller firms in the initial stages of operations.

In China

Our lawyers in Beijing are able to assist US and European companies in Asia in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Market entry and brand maintenance/extension strategy, including business structure considerations, analysis of potential partners and of Chinese governmental policies as they may relate to the industry and contemplated business (including “encouraged,” “permitted,” “restricted,” and “prohibited” industries, and government industrial policies related to technology platforms);
  • Inbound investment, including through wholly foreign-owned enterprises, equity and contractual joint ventures, and acquisitions, as well as business registration, tax, employment, environmental, and other requirements related to doing business in China;
  • Creation, production and distribution of media content, including film, television, online, wireless and other content, and formation of content production entities;
  • Formation, registration and activities of foreign not-for-profit and NGO entities doing business in China;
  • Securing intellectual property rights in the areas of trademark and copyright;
  • Licensing of technology and other intellectual property rights (including patents, trademarks and copyrights);
  • Due diligence with respect to Mainland China companies and firms;
  • Antitrust law matters;
  • Anti-piracy investigation and enforcement with respect to intellectual property rights;
  • Analysis of Chinese government public policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting industries in which our clients operate, and related government liaison work;
  • Crisis management and prevention, and related communications; and
  • U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters and other compliance matters, including investigations and enforcement actions and development of compliance programs, as well as equivalent domestic Chinese anti-corruption laws.

Outside China

For Chinese and other Asian clients active in the United States or Europe, our lawyers worldwide are able to provide expert and specialized assistance in a wide range of areas, including:

  • US and European regulatory and compliance issues and transactions in a series of highly regulated industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food and cosmetics, telecommunications, transportation, energy and utilities, insurance, media, and banking and financial services, as well as environmental and natural resource law and regulation;
  • Corporate and securities transactions and issues, including cross-border M&A, private equity, venture capital, securities, finance, and capital markets transactions, as well as related tax, employment and bankruptcy matters;
  • U.S. CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) review and regulation of foreign investments in the U.S. potentially affecting national security;
  • US and European trade law and policy, including customs and anti-dumping regulation, and export control matters, as well as US and European public law related to matters such as bilateral and multilateral trade and investment treaties;
  • US and European competition law review and enforcement;
  • Securing and enforcement of patents in the US and Europe;
  • Securing and enforcement of copyrights and trademarks in the US and Europe, not only in traditional media but also in online and wireless platforms, as well as issues involving online data security and user privacy;
  • US and European regulation of foreign banks’ (and their affiliates’) operations and investments in the US and Europe;
  • US and European regulation of consumer products;
  • Litigation, dispute resolution and administrative proceedings in the US and Europe, including disputes involving commercial agreements, insurance, patents, product liability, environmental law, employment law, libel, and white collar crime; and
  • Analysis of US and European public policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting the industries in which our clients operate, and related government liaison work.


  • Chambers Global
    • Asia-Pacific Region - International Trade (2012-2014)
    • China - International Trade (2011-2014)
    • China - Corporate/M&A (2012-2013)
  • Chambers Asia
    • Asia Pacific Region - International Trade (2012-2014)
    • China - International Trade (2012-2014)
    • China - Life Sciences (2011-2014)
    • China - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (2011-2014)
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific
    • Beijing - Corporate and M&A (2013)
    • Beijing - IP - Foreign Firms (2009-2013)
    • Beijing - TMT - Foreign Firms (2009-2013)
  • Variety named Jason Goldberg, a member of our Asia media practice, as one of “50 Game-Changing Attorneys” in the world for his representation of major U.S. studios in landmark film production and financing deals in China (2012).

In the News

Covington Awarded Top HRC Rating for Eighth Consecutive Year

Ruixue Ran Named One of Top 15 Female Lawyers in China

Covington Multiple Winner at 2015 China Law & Practice Awards

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