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2301 Tower C Yintai Centre 2 Jianguomenwai Avenue
Chaoyang Dist., Beijing 100022
+86 10 5910 0591
With more than a dozen professionals in our growing Beijing office, we leverage the strength of our global practice and decades of experience at the center Sino-foreign relations, to address the most complex legal, regulatory and political challenges faced by foreign companies doing business in China and globalizing Chinese businesses.
Our capabilities in Beijing include corporate and commercial transactions, intellectual property, government affairs, trade policy, export controls, employment, privacy and data security, anti-corruption, global compliance, antitrust and competition, and food and drug law. We advise clients from a wide-range of industries, including life sciences, infrastructure, energy, natural resources, telecommunications, and IT, media and technology.
The vast majority of our professionals in China are proficient in Mandarin, several speak Japanese or Korean, and many of them speak Cantonese, Shanghainese, and other Chinese dialects.
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.
March 23, 2017, Global Times
Timothy Stratford participated in a discussion hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” and is quoted in a Global Times article providing highlights from the event, “Follow the Money 2017.” Commenting on President Trump’s Trade Agenda for 2017 and the need for freer and fairer trade, Stratford says, “I think, ideally, you have to have both of them. And you can only have ...
March 13, 2017, CGTN
Timothy Stratford participated in a discussion hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” on the future of China’s international economic role. Commenting on President Trump’s trade agenda which calls for freer and fairer trade, Stratford says, “I think ideally you have to have both of them. And you can only have a sustainable relationship if you have both of them.” He adds, ...
March 7, 2017, Compliance Week
Compliance Week references a Covington client alert on China’s draft regulation on cybersecurity review of network products and services. According to the alert, “As the draft measures come into force in the coming months, such companies will need to carefully assess the implications of the draft measures, including whether to voluntarily seek security reviews ...
March 2, 2017, Covington Alert
The Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) quietly released new guidance last month entitled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (the “Guidance”). While noting that “the Fraud Section does not use any rigid formula to assess the effectiveness of corporate compliance programs,” the eight-page Guidance outlines 11 “Sample Topics and ...
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 7, 2017, Covington Alert
This International Employment Update summarises recent international employment law developments in Austria, China, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
On February 4, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) released the draft Measures on the Security Review of Network Products and Services (“the draft Measures”) for public comment (official Chinese version available here; Covington’s translation of the draft Measures is here). The comment period ends on March 4, 2017.
January/February 2017, EuroBiz
Winter 2017, Covington Alert
Anti-corruption enforcement is at a crossroads. In many respects, global anti-corruption enforcement has never been more active. The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2016 collected a total of $2.41 billion through FCPA enforcement actions against 27 corporate defendants, including through their share ...
January 23, 2017, Covington Alert
On January 9, 2017, eight Chinese ministries announced a significant new policy that aims to reduce marked-up prices and corruption in multi-tier distribution chains. The policy effectively requires that under most circumstances, at most two invoices may be issued throughout the distribution chain, with one from the manufacturer to a distributor and another from ...
January 11, 2017, Covington Alert
Late last week, a group of technology industry leaders, researchers, and former policymakers comprising the President’s Council on Science and Technology (“PCAST”) issued a report entitled Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors. The report concludes that China is seeking to reshape the global semiconductor industry in a manner that threatens U.S. ...
January 3, 2017, Covington Alert
On December 29, 2016, General Cable Corporation (“GCC”), a global manufacturer of wire and cable products, agreed to pay approximately $75.8 million in connection with a non-prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and a cease and desist order with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to settle allegations that it violated the ...
December 28, 2016
BEIJING—Asian Legal Business has named Covington partner Ruixue Ran as one of its fifteen “Top IP Lawyers” in China. Ms. Ran is the only lawyer from a non-Chinese law firm on the list.
Ms. Ran is one of the few Chinese lawyers who specialize in cross-border intellectual property law and is often called upon to share her knowledge with Chinese companies and ...
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 15, 2016, Law360
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, Covington Alert
Acting on the recommendation of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on Friday, December 2, prohibiting the acquisition of the U.S. business of Aixtron SE (“Aixtron”) by a company ultimately owned by investors in China. This is the first time that a President formally has utilized ...
November 8, 2016, Covington Alert
On November 7, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (“NPC”) passed China’s first Cybersecurity Law (the “Law”), which will take effect starting June 1, 2017.
Described as China’s “fundamental law” in the area of cybersecurity, the new Law articulates the government’s priorities with respect to “cyberspace sovereignty,” consolidates ...
October 7, 2016, Covington Alert
On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued letters of declination to NCH Corporation (“NCH”) and HMT LLC (“HMT”). Both companies are Texas-based “domestic concerns.” The letter to NCH, an industrial supply and maintenance company, relates to an investigation into possible violations of the anti-bribery provisions of the U.S. Foreign ...
October 5, 2016, Covington Alert
The International Employment Update summarises recent international employment law developments in the United Kingdom, France, Poland, China and the United States of America.
September 21, 2016
SHANGHAI—China Law & Practice has named Covington as “Regulatory & Compliance Firm of the Year” at its annual award ceremony. The leading Chinese legal publication also recognized Shanghai partner Eric Carlson as “Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year” and the firm for its role in the “Outbound Deal of the Year,” China National Tire & Rubber’s $7.8 billion ...
September 19, 2016, Covington Alert
On September 13, 2016, Jun Ping Zhang (“Zhang”), former head of Harris Corporation’s (“Harris”) subsidiary in China, agreed to pay $46,000 to settle allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that Zhang knowingly authorized and facilitated bribes to Chinese government officials at state-owned hospitals and local health departments and ...
September 7, 2016, Covington Report
July 19, 2016, The Straits Times
Timothy Stratford participated in a panel discussion at the FutureChina Global Forum and is quoted in this Straits Times article regarding the growing appetite of the Chinese middle class for consumption despite fears of a spending slowdown. Noting the sky-rocketing growth of Chinese outbound investment, Stratford said that between 2002 and 2007, Chinese ...
July 18, 2016, Covington Alert
On July 11, 2016, Johnson Controls, Inc. (“JCI”) agreed to pay $14.4 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that JCI, through its subsidiaries in China, violated the books and records and internal controls provisions of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The SEC alleged that, from 2007 to 2013, nearly all of the ...
July 12, 2016, Covington Alert
On July 5, 2016, China’s National People’s Congress (“NPC”) released a new draft of the Cybersecurity Law for public comment (official Chinese version available here; unofficial translation from AmCham China available here). The revised draft contains a number of significant changes from the first draft, which was released in July 2015, but retains many of the ...
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 23, 2016, Covington Alert
China amended its Population and Family Planning Law in December 2015. It abolished the one-child policy and eliminated incentives for late marriage and late parenthood. Many provinces are announcing changes to local regulations to comply with the national amendment.
June 21, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Covington advised Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of internet service in China, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell from SoftBank. A consortium established by Tencent will acquire up to 84% of Supercell for $8.6 billion in a transaction valuing Supercell at approximately $10.2 billion.
Supercell is a ...
June 7, 2016, EURObiz
May 6, 2016, Insight
May 2, 2016, Law360
May 2, 2016, Covington Alert
China has just released its 13th Five Year Plan. This includes a mandate to encourage foreigners to work and reside in China by rolling out policies to relax entry, visa and residency requirements for qualified foreign talent.
As part of this focus, the Ministry of Public Security has issued, effective March 1, 2016, a number of preferential immigration ...
April 21, 2016, Covington Alert
On April 5, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”), through the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, announced a one-year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement pilot program (the “Pilot Program”) intended to motivate companies to voluntarily disclose FCPA-related misconduct and increase transparency around the Fraud Section’s approach ...
April 2016, Covington Alert
Right to Private Life v. Right to Monitor
On January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment in another case concerning an employee’s use of company information systems, once again highlighting the challenge of balancing an employee’s right to a private life against the right of an employer to monitor employees at work.
This article describes the attorney-client privilege under U.S. law and where care must be taken during internal investigations in China to maintain the privilege and avoid inadvertently waiving its protections.
On April 7, 2016, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (“LVSC”) agreed to pay $9 million to settle allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that LVSC, through its subsidiaries in China and Macao, violated the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The settlement resolves allegations that, from 2006 through at least 2011, LVSC and its subsidiaries ...
On April 18, 2016, the Chinese government released a judicial interpretation that clarifies certain aspects of the PRC Criminal Law with regard to bribery and corruption. The Interpretation provides additional clarity in understanding the amendments to the Criminal Law that took effect last year, most notably by (1) expanding the definition of bribes to include ...
March 25, 2016, Covington Alert
On March 23, 2016, Novartis AG (“Novartis”) agreed to pay $25 million to settle civil charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) alleging that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”) by paying bribes to healthcare professionals (“HCPs”) in China from 2009 to 2013 to increase sales. Employees and managers of its two ...
March 17, 2016, Law360
March 2016, Covington Alert
On March 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by hiring relatives of Chinese government officials to gain business advantages in the Chinese telecommunications market. The SEC also alleged that Qualcomm provided gifts, travels, and ...
February 29, 2016, Covington Alert
February 25, 2016, Law360
February 22, 2016, Covington Alert
February 21, 2016, Covington Alert
February 9, 2016, Covington Alert
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 8, 2016, Covington Alert
January 5, 2016, Covington Alert
2016, Covington Report
December 28, 2015, Covington Alert
December 16, 2015, Covington Alert
December 9, 2015, Covington Alert
December 8, 2015
BEIJING, December 8, 2015 - Tim Stratford, managing partner of Covington’s Beijing office, received the China Pioneer Award from the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China. The AmCham China Pioneer Award honors corporate leaders who made early and significant contributions to economic expansion and the business environment across ...
December 4, 2015, China Daily
Jason Goldberg was quoted in this article.
Jason Goldberg participated in a discussion at the Asia Leadership Roundtable forum titled "The Strategic Implications for Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong's Film Industry under the IP Era." China Daily quoted Goldberg, who said, "Movie companies should think long-term how IP protection can provide income in the future.” He continued, "The awareness of IP ...
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 ...
October 30, 2015, Covington Alert
October 29, 2015, Covington Alert
October 22, 2015
BEIJING, October 22, 2015 - Asian Legal Business has selected Covington intellectual property partner Ruixue Ran as one of the fifteen “Top Female Lawyers” in China. Ms. Ran is based in the firm’s Beijing office and is one of only three lawyers selected from non-Chinese law firms.
The annual award acknowledges the increasing influence of women in China’s ...
October 9, 2015, Covington Alert
September 17, 2015
SHANGHAI, September 17, 2015—China Law & Practice named Covington "International Firm of the Year - Life Sciences" at its annual awards ceremony. The leading Chinese legal publication also named Hui Xu a "Rising Star" in regulatory and compliance law and recognized the firm for its role in its "Deal of the Year," Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM's server ...
September 2015, Covington Alert
September 2015, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report
August 20, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, August 20, 2015 — Covington advised Tencent Holdings Ltd. on its US$50 million investment in Ontario-based Kik Interactive, Inc., a messenger application with more than 200 million registered users.
Tencent is a Chinese company that provides value-added Internet, mobile and telecom services and online advertising. Its messaging app WeChat has ...
August 2015, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report
August 2015, Privacy Laws & Business International Report
August 2015, An Extract from The European Antitrust Review 2016
July 29, 2015, Covington Alert
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 13, 2015, China Law & Practice
July 10, 2015, Covington Alert
7/10/2015, Covington Alert
July 7, 2015, Covington Alert
July 6, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, July 6, 2015 — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., is returning to Covington as a partner after more than six years of service as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
Mr. Holder will be resident in the firm’s Washington office and focus on complex investigations and litigation matters, including matters that are international ...
July 2, 2015, Law360
July 2, 2015, Covington Alert
July 2015, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report
6/25/2015, Covington Alert
June 23, 2015, Covington Alert
June 3, 2015, LegalStudio
June 2015, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report
May 21, 2015, Covington E-Alert
May 20, 2015, Covington E-Alert
April 21, 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 26, 2015
BEIJING, March 26, 2015 -- Covington announced today that Grace Chen has joined the firm’s international employment practice in its Beijing office.
Ms. Chen has more than 15 years of experience working at international law firms in China, advising multinational companies on a range of projects including matters relating to employment law and employee benefits. ...
March 26, 2015, The Lawyer
March 26, 2015, Legal Week
Covington's Grace Chen is featured in this article regarding her joining the firm's international employment practice.
March 26, 2015, Asian Legal Business
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 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 2015, Life Sciences Law Review
Winter 2015, Covington Advisory
February 2015, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report
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 ...
January 7, 2015
Beijing, January 7, 2015 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Ruixue Ran, one of Asia’s leading intellectual property lawyers, is joining the firm’s Beijing office as a partner. Ms. Ran is expected to further expand Covington’s ability to assist its multinational clients with their cross-border intellectual property issues involving China.
January 7, 2015, Law360
Covington partner Ruixue Ran is featured in this article regarding her joining the firm's IP practice in Beijing:
"Ran's practice has included assisting Chinese companies that appear in litigation in United States federal and state courts and that participate in commercial IP transactions. At her prior firm, Ran advised local and international clients regarding ...
January 7, 2015, The Asian Lawyer
Covington partner Ruixue Ran is featured in this article regarding her joining the firm's IP practice in Beijing:
"Ran Ruixue, who was most recently a partner at China's Jun He Law Offices, specializes in Section 337 investigations and is one of the first Chinese lawyers practicing in that area. Section 337 (of Tariff Act of 1930) investigations refer to the ...
January 5, 2015, State Administration for Industry and Commerce
December 22, 2014, Luxury Legal Post
December 18, 2014, Covington E-Alert
December 17, 2014, Covington E-Alert
December 1, 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 ...
November 13, 2014
Shanghai, November 13, 2014 — Covington & Burling has been named “Compliance / Regulatory Firm of the Year” by Asian-MENA Counsel magazine. Asian-MENA Counsel bases the award on a survey sent to over 21,000 in-house counsel and company directors across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Covington partner Eric Carlson, who leads the firm’s compliance practice in ...
November 6, 2014, Covington E-Alert
November 3, 2014
Shanghai, October 29, 2014 — Asia Legal Business has named Shaoyu Chen, a partner based in Covington & Burling’s Beijing and Shanghai offices, as one of the “Client Choice Top 20 Lawyers in China.” The award is given to 20 China-based lawyers who demonstrate strong client connections and recognition in the market. In-house counsel and business professionals are ...
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 17, 2014, Law360
Tim Stratford authored this article on China’s tightly regulated health care sector:
"The Chinese government has announced the launch of a pilot scheme allowing for the establishment of wholly foreign-owned hospitals (“WFOHs”) through greenfield investment or mergers and acquisitions in three centrally governed municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai), ...
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2014 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that it has elected 15 lawyers to its partnership effective today. “Our new partners come from six firm offices and practice in a variety of areas that are of great importance to the firm’s clients,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee. “These are all superb ...
September 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2014 — Covington & Burling has been named “International Firm of the Year for Trade” by China Law & Practice magazine. The award recognizes Covington’s “innovation, complexity, and market impact” and is “based on the extent to which their work has influenced the legal market and benefited the quality and development of China’s legal ...
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 ...
August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, August 22, 2014 — The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has cleared Lenovo Group’s bid to acquire International Business Machines’ x86-based server business in a $2.3 billion acquisition. Covington & Burling represented Lenovo in securing CFIUS approval. David Fagan, Mark Plotkin, Stuart Eizenstat and Jonathan Wakely ...
July 2014, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report
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 ...
April 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2014 — Mythili Raman, most recently Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining Covington & Burling as a partner. Ms. Raman will practice in the firm’s litigation and white collar groups and be resident in the Washington office. Ms. Raman joined the Justice Department in ...
April 20, 2014, Forbes
Covington's John Balzano writes about a recent announcement by the China FDA and the Ministry of Public Security that China is creating a special police unit for food and drug law violations.
April 2, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2014 — Global Investigations Review magazine has named Covington & Burling partners Tammy Albarrán and Eric Carlson to its inaugural list of 40 leading investigations lawyers under the age of 40. The list recognizes the “next generation that will lead the global investigations bar.” Ms. Albarrán, 39, is based in Covington’s San Francisco ...
March 6, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 3, 2014, Covington E-Alert
February 20, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 24, 2014, Covington Advisory
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, Covington Advisory
December 31, 2013, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
December 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 20, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 6, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 2013, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report
October 24, 2013, Covington E-Alert
October 24, 2013, Ethisphere
October 21, 2013, Covington E-Alert
October 2013, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
September 23, 2013, Covington E-Alert
September 6, 2013, Law360
August 20, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 14, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 19, 2013, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
May/June 2013, Update (Reprinted with Permission of FDLI)
May 17, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 9, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 2013, Data Protection Law & Policy
Released April 2013, Acore US-China Market Review 2012 Year-End Edition
March 28, 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 13, 2013, Covington E-Alert
March 6, 2013, Covington E-Alert
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 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 15, 2013, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
January 11, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 10, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 9, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2013 — Covington & Burling has launched its Shanghai office, its third in Asia, following the opening of offices in Beijing in 2008 and Seoul in late 2012.
The firm will now have a total of 20 lawyers resident in these three offices, placing it among AmLaw’s Top 50 U.S. firms with a presence in Asia. The move strengthens the firm’s ...
January 4, 2013, Covington E-Alert
2013, Food and Drug Law Journal (re-printed with permission of The Food and Drug Law Institute)
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 10, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 2012, Covington E-Alert
November 27, 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 4, 2012, Covington E-Alert
October 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 25, 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 13, 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 5, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, September 5, 2012 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce the addition of Weishi Li as a partner to its corporate team, further bolstering the firm’s global transactional and IP capabilities in the life sciences and technology sectors. Ms. Li will be based in Shanghai when that office opens.
Ms. Li’s practice covers a wide range of ...
September 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 2012, Scrip Regulatory Affairs
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 19, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 29, 2012
BEIJING, 29 June, 2012 — Variety magazine has named Beijing-based Covington & Burling of counsel Jason Goldberg one of “50 Game-Changing Attorneys” in its 2012 Legal Impact Report. The special feature recognizes the world’s top entertainment lawyers whose deals and court battles over the past 18 months have changed the shape of the business.
In a June 25 ...
June 14, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 15, 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 2012, Covington E-Alert
March 29, 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 2012, Covington E-Alert
Spring 2012, Antitrust
February 17, 2012, Covington E-Alert
February 8, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, February 8, 2012 — Covington & Burling is adding a highly regarded corporate team to its Beijing and Silicon Valley offices, bolstering Covington’s global transactional capabilities in the technology and life sciences sectors.
The firm is pleased to announce that Michelle Edwards, Eva Wang and Scott Anthony have joined the firm as partners; ...
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 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 ...
January 19, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 11, 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 ...
December 8, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 30, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
October 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
August 31, 2011, Covington E-Alert
June 21, 2011, Covington E-Alert
May 11, 2011, Covington E-Alert
May 5, 2011
BEIJING, May 5, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Shaoyu Chen has joined the firm as managing director of the firm’s China food and drug practice.
Mr. Chen’s experience in food and drug law includes serving as assistant chief counsel in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel, as senior counsel at ...
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, ...
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 10, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 1, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 28, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
January 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 9, 2010, Covington Advisory
November 5, 2010
BEIJING, November 5, 2010 — As the 2010 Shanghai World Expo drew to a close, Covington & Burling LLP hosted a group of disabled Chinese orphans at the Expo for a memorable day of Expo pavilion visits and other activities. The children hailed from social welfare institutions located in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, and ranged in age from 7 to 23. Covington ...
September 23, 2010
BEIJING, September 23, 2010 — A range of attendees from the media, sports, and entertainment industries were on hand as Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office co-hosted “The Big Event: The New Technologies of Media and Sports” symposium. The half-day event, held on September 21, focused on the use of cutting-edge production, broadcasting, exhibition, and home ...
September 2010, Anti-Corruption South and Southeast Asia Summit
August 3, 2010
BEIJING, August 3, 2010 — More than 1,000 attendees were on hand as Covington & Burling LLP co-hosted a major entertainment industry event, the first ever “3D China Summit.” The event, held on July 16 and 17, attracted an unprecedented cross-section of leading film and television producers, film and television technology and effects companies, film and ...
July 21, 2010, Covington E-Alert
June 25, 2010, Covington E-Alert
April 2, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 2, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP has been nominated for two 2010 Managing Intellectual Property awards. In North America, the firm is a finalist for the ITC Litigation award. In Europe, the firm is on the shortlist for the New Media/Internet award.
Covington’s IP litigators have appeared in more than 65 Section 337 cases before the U.S. ...
February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy P. Stratford, who most recently served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for China Affairs, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in the firm’s Beijing office and will practice in the International Trade and Finance group. Mr. Stratford’s ...
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 2, 2010, Covington E-Alert
August 17, 2009, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
April 14, 2009, Covington E-Alert
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, ...
March 30, 2009, Covington E-Alert
February 4, 2009, Covington E-Alert
December 15, 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 ...