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2701 Two ifc, Shanghai ifc No. 8 Century Avenue
Pudong New District
+86 21 6036 2500
From our growing office in Shanghai, Covington advises Chinese clients doing business in markets around the world. Our lawyers represent a unique group of professionals with decades of China experience as outside counsel and in-house counsel in leading companies, and in government.
Our capabilities in Shanghai include corporate and commercial transactions, intellectual property, anti-corruption, employment, regulatory, and food and drug law for a number of sectors, including health care, energy, life sciences, IT, media and technology.
The vast majority of our professionals in China are proficient in Mandarin, several speak Japanese or Korean, and many speak Cantonese, Shanghainese, and other Chinese dialects.
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 28, 2016, The FCPA Report
Eric Carlson is quoted in an FCPA Report article regarding China’s data privacy and cybersecurity laws and how they apply to companies doing business in China. Commenting on performing due diligence while avoiding data privacy issues, Carlson says, “For due diligence purposes, it is still safe and appropriate to gather corporate information such as whether a ...
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 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 13, 2016, Covington Alert
On June 7, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a non-prosecution agreement (“NPA”) with Akamai, Inc., an internet cloud services company, in connection with an investigation of possible violations of the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) based on payments by ...
On June 7, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a non-prosecution agreement (“NPA”) with Nortek, Inc., a manufacturer of construction and remodeling products, in connection with an investigation into possible violations of the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) ...
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
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 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 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 29, 2015, Covington Alert
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
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
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 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 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 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 ...
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 ...
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
August 20, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 14, 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 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
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 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 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 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 27, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 15, 2012, Covington E-Alert
Spring 2012, Antitrust
January 11, 2012, Covington E-Alert
November 30, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert