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Covington offers one of the largest and most comprehensive life sciences industry-focused practices in the world. Our clients, spanning all industry sectors and ranging from startup ventures to multinational corporations and trade associations, trust us with their most challenging business problems. They know that they can rely on Covington for practical, efficient solutions rooted in a sophisticated knowledge of their business that only comes from deep immersion in the industry and decades of dedicated service.
We advise clients throughout a product’s life cycle, going beyond the traditional legal services offered by other firms to facilitate efficient and effective research and development, ensure successful launch and commercialization, and maximize the product’s franchise. Our multi-disciplinary "life cycle management" approach enables us to quickly assimilate our clients’ regulatory, intellectual property and commercial goals, identify potential issues and develop creative and novel approaches to maximize value for our clients.
Our team includes more than a hundred lawyers who devote substantially all of their time to work on behalf of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device clients. Many of our lawyers have previously served in leadership positions with the major industry regulatory bodies (including several high-ranking officials with the FDA), in-house with major manufacturers (including two former life sciences General Counsel), or within industry trade associations. Our broad background and depth of experience ensures that when clients come upon a problem that they have not seen before or anticipated, chances are that we have.
Represented investment funds affiliated with OrbiMed Advisors in connection with a $90 million senior secured credit facility to Iroko Pharmaceuticals to finance the commercial launch of a pharmaceutical product.
Represented OrbiMed Advisors in a number of proposed and completed debt financings, including a $25 million secured loan to, and synthetic royalty purchase from, Bacterin International Holdings, Inc.
We helped a major client negotiate contracts with state healthcare exchanges in Maryland and several other states, and navigate the procurement rules and risk areas unique to many state exchanges. We have also advised clients regarding intellectual property and other issues specific to state MMIS procurements.
Represented Northwestern University, and an inventor affiliated with Northwestern University, in a series of royalty monetizations (structured both as sales and as financings through special purpose vehicles), including Northwestern’s 2007 sale of a portion of its worldwide royalty interest in Lyrica for $700 million, the largest monetization of a royalty stream for a single pharmaceutical product.
Conducted a post-acquisition trade compliance review for a global pharmaceutical company that included a voluntary disclosure to the U.S. Commerce Department. We also provided related Iran sanctions advice.
Represented Procter & Gamble in the $3.1 billion sale of its global pharmaceuticals business to Warner Chilcott.
For pharmaceutical companies entering into R&D contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements with BARDA, NIH, and DTRA, we have successfully developed and implemented strategies for protecting our clients’ intellectual property. We have helped our clients limit or avoid government IP rights through the use of alternative contracting vehicles, specially negotiated contract clauses, properly drafted statements of work, and other means. We have also obtained waivers of U.S. manufacturing requirements under the Bayh-Dole Act.
Represented Pepco Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries as corporate and securities counsel for over 25 years, including representation in over $6.6 billion of securities offerings since 2002.
Advised a Fortune 50 company with respect to the proper classification of personal care products.
Represented Perseus LLC in connection with its convertible debt investment in PhotoMedex, Inc., a publicly traded medical devices company, to finance the acquisition of the operations of Photo Therapeutics Ltd.
Advised AstraZeneca as lead investor in a $20 million Series C funding round of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company.
Advised major pharmaceutical, consumer products, and energy companies, as well as universities, concerning IP rights under CRADAs for technology transfers at national laboratories.
Advised Imperial Innovations and SROne on a £25 million Series C funding round in portfolio company PsiOxus Therapeutics which is developing innovative oncolytic immuno-oncology treatments for cancer.
Represented Johnson & Johnson in a $2 billion registered public offering of its investment grade debt securities.
In 2014 and 2015 to date, we have represented issuers or underwriters in 22 initial public offerings, including IPOs for UniQure, Horizon Discovery Group, Bankwell Financial Group, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Kite Pharma, Indivior plc and Automobile Association.
Represented Jefferies, Credit Suisse and Cowen and Company, as underwriters, in a $127.5 million initial public offering by Kite Pharma, Inc. on Nasdaq and a $188 million follow-on public offering of common stock.
Represented Kit Check in the development of their service and customer agreements for hospitals and business partners relating to Kit Check’s pharmacy kit automation system and services.
Represented The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research (a UK charitable trust which currently funds a major research institute at Oxford University) in the structured sale of a portion of its worldwide royalty interests in Remicade and Simponi.
We helped a client navigate a range of issues unique to RAC contracts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
We have helped major contractors navigate the specific Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) rules and requirements imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Defense Health Agency, and other agencies. When CMS rolled out its new approach to OCIs, including its new standard clause and required forms, we helped a major CMS contractor comment on key aspects of the approach.
In the wake of the failed launch of healthcare.gov, we helped a major health IT company navigate compliance and other issues related to its healthcare.gov contract and efforts to remediate the website and related IT systems.
Represented Lombard Medical in its $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq and re-domiciliation.
Advised MedImmune Ventures as lead investor in the Series A Preferred Stock financing of G1 Therapeutics. G1 Therapeutics uses small molecule therapies that act by a novel mechanism to potentially prevent the hematological side effects of exposure to ionizing radiation and cancer chemotherapy, as well as other possible uses.
Represented a major global pharmaceutical company on negotiating arrangements with multiple suppliers for the development and operation of a complex state-of-the-art telehealth IT system.
When the federal government awarded a contract worth more than $2 billion for the development and delivery of a medical countermeasure, we protested at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). After many rounds of briefing, and a hearing before GAO, the agency agreed to cancel and re-compete the majority of the contract.
Assisted a life sciences company in connection with a substantial prior disclosure concerning the proper Customs valuation of certain R&D materials imported into the United States.
Represented Trinity Equity Investments I, LLC in its investment in, and recapitalization of, Ricerca Biosciences, LLC, which was completed in connection with Ricerca’s acquisition of the Discovery and Preclinical business of MDS Pharma Services.
Represent Fortune 100 companies in the consumer goods, health insurance, and technology industries with respect to sensitive, ongoing securities disclosure, and compliance matters.
Represented a major global biopharmaceutical company on information governance requirements of the UK’s National Health Service with respect to the use and transmission of patient information collected using internet-enabled compliance monitoring tools.
Represented University of Pennsylvania in the structured sale of a portion of its worldwide royalty interests in Juxtapid.
Provided foreign-origin and “Made in USA” marking advice to manufacturers in the life sciences, automotive, machine tooling, and consumer electronic industries.
Represented Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in its $2.6 billion tender offer acquisition of Santarus Inc.
Represented Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in its $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Inc.
Represented Salix Pharmaceuticals in its $1.95 billion acquisition financing and an additional $150 million revolving credit facility in connection with its acquisition of Santarus, Inc.
Represented Omthera Pharmaceuticals in its $443 million merger with AstraZeneca.
Reviewing and amending BCRs for a Swiss-based pharmaceutical company with the French data protection authority acting as the lead authority.
Representing Merck in one of the first “test” cases involving interoperability between BCRs and APEC’s Cross-border Privacy Rules (CBPR). The case will establish a precedent for cross-border transfers of personal data for both the EU and Asia-Pacific Region.
On behalf of a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, we renegotiated agreements with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concerning IP rights arising out of the development, manufacture, and use of experimental vaccine supplies for international clinical trials, and negotiated contract terms placing on the government the risk of the client’s use of contested IP developed by another contractor.
Represented a pharmaceutical company in outsourcing its recruitment and employee training functions.
Represented a global life sciences company with respect to selected securities disclosure and governance matters, including obtaining no-action relief allowing the exclusion of several shareholder proposals from its proxy materials. We also successfully defended and achieved favorable outcomes for this client in related litigation.
We routinely represented Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, and health insurance industries with respect to multibillion dollar share repurchase programs.
Advised Sanofi-Genzyme Bioventures in a Series C round for Immune Design Corp., a company developing innovative technologies to strengthen patient-specific immune responses to potentially fight cancer and other chronic diseases.
Represented Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in its $750 million offering of 6.00% senior notes due 2021.
Represent numerous Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, health insurance, home equipment, advertising, motor vehicles, network communications, and technology industries with respect to the resolution of shareholder proposals concerning executive compensation, majority voting, proxy access, the right to call special meetings, political spending and lobbying disclosures, and a host of other topics.
Represented AstraZeneca in its $4.3 billion acquisition of its diabetes collaboration from Bristol Myers Squibb.
Represented AstraZeneca on its up to $2.1 billion transfer of rights to Almirall’s respiratory franchise for an initial consideration of $875 million on completion, and up to $1.22 billion in development, launch, and sales-related milestones.
Represented AstraZeneca in a technology and data collaboration for the development of a new medical outcomes data research and analytics system with Healthcore.
Represented Investment Funds affiliated with Athyrium Capital Management in a $100 million senior secured credit financing transaction for Cipher Pharmaceuticals to fund acquisitions.
Represented Athyrium Capital in a structured debt facility and equity investment in Tria Beauty, Inc., a company that develops and sells personal laser skin care products.
Represented American Airlines in a sole-sourced outsourcing of all information technology services between American Airlines and Sabre, Inc. and its subsequent renegotiation with HP and Sabre.
Represented Allergan in its $2.1 billion acquisition of KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in its €1.15 billion registered public offering of investment grade debt securities, and a cash “waterfall” tender offer for $500 million aggregate principal amount of certain of its outstanding debt securities.
Life sciences companies are being negatively impacted as a result of patent practices in Canada that are leading to the premature invalidation of pharmaceutical patents. We represent a major life sciences company in a dispute under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) seeking compensation for losses suffered by Canada’s internationally inconsistent patent practices.
Assisting GSK plc in its adoption of Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) in order to permit the company to transfer personal data globally. We helped develop GSK’s privacy compliance program, obtain the UK data protection authority’s approval and continue assisting GSK during the subsequent implementation.
Represented Jefferies, Citi and Piper Jaffray, in the $140 million initial public offering by Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on Nasdaq and a $[TBD] million follow-on public offering of common stock.
Represented bidder in connection with Section 363 sale of substantially all of the assets of this Chapter 11 debtor.
We represented Abbott Laboratories in connection with its global spin-off of its pharmaceutical research business, and creation of a new global enterprise, AbbVie.
Advice to numerous clients regarding compliance with the statutory and contractual pricing obligations under the Veteran’s Health Care Act (VHCA), including performing gap analyses, providing policies and training, and assisting with investigations and disclosures.
Advised multiple clients on unique government contracting considerations in the sale or licensure of their life sciences portfolios to companies with a broad range of government contracting experience.
Advised multiple clients on matters arising from their negotiation and performance of manufacturing and research and development contracts relating to various pandemic and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats, including matters relating to government indemnification or liability protection for unusually hazardous risks, compliance with cost standards and principles, and protection of intellectual property.
Represented boards in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, health insurance, home equipment, advertising, motor vehicles, network communications, and technology industries as well as hedge funds, public pension funds, and other investors with respect to corporate governance developments regarding board and committee composition, crisis management, cybersecurity, internal controls, shareholder proposals, proxy access, political spending, and other sensitive disclosures and similar matters.
Represented Consort Medical plc on its £230 million acquisition, of Aesica Holdco Limited and its operating subsidiaries from Silverfleet Capital and management shareholders.
Represented a global pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of the IP assets of a medical devices and diagnostics company through a competitive auction administered by a U.S. bankruptcy court.
Advised a major pharmaceutical client on the collection and use of its employees’ biometric information and social security numbers for internal purposes.
Conducted a detailed review of the human resources operations of a large pharmaceutical company to assess compliance with data protection and privacy laws and regulations in both the U.S. and EU, in anticipation of possible certification under the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor regime. Our extensive written report described potential compliance issues and recommended specific remedial actions.
Represented Famy Care Limited in its $750 million sale of its women's health business to Mylan Laboratories Limited.
Advising distributors of prescription drugs and medical devices concerning compliance with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, FTC Act, and Lanham Act advertising standards.
Represented Indivior plc in its $1.6 billion demerger transaction from Reckitt Benckiser Group plc and listing on the LSE.
Successfully defended Capital Cities/ABC, GE, the NFL, Verizon, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in separate suits against claims that independent contractors were entitled to benefits under company plans.
Managing worldwide patent portfolio of Alkermes plc relating to sustained-release pharmaceutical formulations in products such as VIVITROL®, RISPERDAL® CONSTA®, and BYDUREON®. We obtained pivotal patents in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States covering the BYDUREON product, a sustained-release formulation indicated for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
Representation of Alkermes, Inc., the top patent owner of Orange Book listed patents in reexamination, in ex parte reexamination proceedings and worldwide opposition proceedings initiated by competitors. Six of the seven patents successfully emerged from reexamination and remain listable for the VIVITROL® and RISPERDAL® CONSTA® products.
Successfully defended Lilly against contract and antitrust claims brought by Amylin relating to an injectable diabetes treatment. We convinced the court to dissolve a TRO and deny a preliminary injunction, allowing Lilly to proceed with promotional activities for important medicine.
Representation of Roche in the ITC Section 337 Investigation: Recombinant Human Erythropoietin, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-568 (Respondent).
Representation of Q-Med Aktiebolag in the ITC Section 337 Investigation: Injectable Implant Compositions, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-515 (Respondent).
Representation of Meretek Diagnostics in the ITC Section 337 Investigation: Breath Test Systems for the Detection of Gastrointestinal Disorders, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-495 (Complainant).
Representation of Nidek in the ITC Section 337 Investigation: Excimer Laser Systems for Vision Correction Surgery and Components Thereof and Methods for Performing Such Surgery, Inv. No. 337-TA- 419 (Respondent).
Representation of Genentech in the ITC Section 337 Investigation: Recombinantly Produced Human Growth Hormone, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-358 (Complainant).
Assisted a leading life sciences company in the design and implementation of global trade compliance program.
Covington successfully represented Eli Lilly and Company in a major RICO class action involving the prescription drug, Zyprexa. After the District Court denied Lilly’s motion for summary judgment and certified a class of tens of thousands of “third party payor” plaintiffs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed those decisions, holding that the case could not proceed as a class action, and that Lilly was entitled to summary judgment on plaintiffs’ claim that the price of Zyprexa was too high.
Representing Schering-Plough (now Merck) in multi-district class action litigation challenging so-called reverse payment settlements of pharmaceutical patent litigation. Obtained denial of certification of indirect purchaser class, after which indirect purchasers voluntarily dismissed their case. The team previously defeated the FTC at trial in an action on the same facts, and will now have the opportunity to resolve the direct purchaser portion of the case under a recent Supreme Court decision.
We secured the reversal of a class certification order in a “stock drop” lawsuit claiming breaches of fiduciary duty in the administration of a company retirement savings plan.
Advised pharmaceutical companies in the United States and Europe on data privacy issues, including questions relating to genetic testing programs and the development of genomics databases, the sourcing and handling of human tissue and biological samples for research purposes, patient outreach, and marketing activities.
National counsel to Genentech defending claims related to its cancer medications, Rituxan and Avastin.
Illumina in a strategic alliance with Genomics England for a four-year project to decode 100,000 human genomes.
AstraZeneca in an FTC investigation and private antitrust class action litigation concerning settlements of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving Nexium.
We assisted the Government of Puerto Rico during debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its efforts to secure parity in federal funding of its Medicaid program.
Represented GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in resolving a complex criminal and civil investigation by the United States Department of Justice. The multi-faceted investigation had a broad focus, including issues relating to GSK’s sales and marketing practices for numerous products, its regulatory submissions relating to Avandia, and the company’s use of the nominal price exception under the Medicaid Rebate Program.
Represented GlaxoSmithKline in successfully resolving one of the largest criminal and civil investigations involving pharmaceutical industry marketing practices.
National coordinating counsel to Purdue Pharma defending scores of suits filed in state and federal courts around the country by plaintiffs who claim injury from having used – in most cases abused – the company’s OxyContin pain relief prescription medication.
Representation of Merck in ad hoc London arbitrations against various insurers that produced a disclosed recovery of approximately US$590 million, plus US$45 million in fees and interest, for prescription drug liabilities — reportedly one of the largest commercial awards in Europe in recent years.
Representation of Eli Lilly and Company in an international arbitration against Canada under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Lilly seeks $500 million in compensation for the expropriation of its patent rights under Canada’s unique promise utility doctrine and other treaty violations.
Assisted a life sciences company with international assignments, including relevant cross-border corporate and individual tax risks and immigration requirements.
Representation of Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Hatch-Waxman litigation against Lupin relating to the Ortho Tri-Cyclen® Lo patent. After a full trial on the merits, the court held that the patent was valid and enforceable. We subsequently obtained a highly favorable settlement for our client.
National Counsel to Eli Lilly and Co. defending products liability and consumer protection claims related to its antidepressant Cymbalta.
We assisted a pharmaceutical company on assessing which NGOs they should consider working with in Kenya to implement a corporate responsibility program aimed at improving public health.
Advise pharmaceutical manufacturer regarding listing of multiple generators of waste as “co-generators” for RCRA purposes.
A highly innovative pharmaceuticals company was concerned about the public debate and policy proposals made to address antimicrobial resistance, as these could seriously curtail its future business. Working together with external partners, we monitor and participate in discussions at the G7, WHO, EU and national levels (in the UK and Germany), with several successes already at proposing alternative solutions more favorable to our client.
We helped a trade association obtain congressional reversal of a crippling federal court decision that would have compelled removal of the USDA seal from approximately 90 percent of organic products and that would have likely resulted in a market loss of nearly $1 billion in the first year after the ruling.
Assisted pharmaceutical companies in developing global comprehensive privacy policies aligned with federal (HIPAA, Food & Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health) regulations, state and European law, and best practices.
Engaged by a Fortune 500 Life Sciences company to coordinate the investigation of suspected FCPA violations in various countries, including Brazil, and to advise the company’s Internal Audit Department on conducting FCPA audits to ensure compliance.
Successful defense of Pfizer in both the district court and the court of appeals on a series of claims by a relator concerning Genotropin.
Represented numerous food and cosmetics companies in responding to demand letters and class actions under the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law arising out of alleged false and misleading statements on labels and marketing materials.
Advised Consort Medical plc on employment and benefits issues arising from its £230 million acquisition of Aesica Holdco Ltd.
Provided international employment law advice to AstraZeneca in relation to its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s interests in the companies’ global diabetes alliance across 40 jurisdictions.
Represent an ad hoc consortium of U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical device companies concerned about data privacy issues in Europe, including the Eastern European Member States such as Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Covington scored a major victory for Hoffmann-La Roche when, for the second time, the firm convinced the New Jersey Appellate Division to reverse a 2010 state court verdict in a case regarding side effects of the manufacturer’s drug Accutane. Covington has prevailed in all thirteen appeals in the Accutane litigation and has obtained reversals of all six adverse jury verdicts that have received appellate review.
Representation of Amarin in the first known reversal of an FDA denial of a 5-year period of new chemical entity (NCE) exclusivity since the enactment of the Hatch-Waxman Amendments in 1984, in connection with Amarin’s Vascepa drug for lowering triglyceride levels.
Representation of sanofi aventis in a trademark infringement and false advertising suit involving its FERRLECIT product and Watson Pharmaceutical’s use and advertising of NULECIT.
We assisted several pharmaceutical manufacturers in reinstating Medicaid coverage for products dropped from the program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
We assisted the State of Louisiana in securing amendment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify federal matching funds to reflect impact of Katrina on the State’s per capita income.
Advising a multinational pharmaceutical company on state privacy issues relating to a vaccine outreach program.
Advise on cutting edge trademark strategies, domain name, social media, and keyword advertising issues, manage U.S. and global portfolios, and provided trademark advisory and prosecution services to leading US and global brand owners, including: American Automobile Association (AAA); AOL, Inc.; Astelllas US; Business Software Alliance; Dale & Thomas Popcorn; Expedia, Inc.; FeraDyne Outdoors; German American Chambers of Commerce; Lewis Bakeries, Inc.; Merck & Co. Inc.; Microsoft Corporation; National Basketball Association; National Football League; National Geographic Society; National Hockey League; Public Broadcasting Service; Phi Beta Kappa Society; Promontory Financial Group; and U.S. Soccer Federation.
Representation of GlaxoSmithKline in global settlement of three investigations relating to off-label promotion, safety reporting and price reporting.
Obtained dismissal with prejudice of two cases against pharmaceutical companies alleging false advertising, unfair competition, and fraud claims. Jarrett v. InterMune (9th Cir. 2011); Ostergard v. Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2008).
We advised an asset management firm on mitigating the impact of the Ebola crisis on its operations in Liberia.
We represented an alliance of medical colleges to affirm the validity of the medical student placement program that had been under attack in litigation and, after a successful legislative initiative, won dismissal of the lawsuit.
We assisted a pharmaceutical company in obtaining Medicare Part D coverage for its previously excluded product, using an integrated regulatory and legislative strategy.
We assisted a medical device company in its efforts to secure Medicare pass-through coverage of its innovative diagnostic device.
Counsel to Merck Animal Health defending purported class action claims related to its animal diabetes medication, Vestulin.
Representation of Merck & Co. before the ITC and in the Eastern District of Virginia in cases involving Merck’s blockbuster NuvaRing® contraceptive product. After the first day of the evidentiary hearing, the complainant dismissed their ITC complaint and subsequently dismissed their district court complaint as well. Certain Vaginal Ring Birth Control Devices.
Obtained more than $1 billion in recoveries for Dow Corning through a number of large settlements in court-appointed mediation related to breast implant liabilities.
Served as lead MDL counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim in the Pradaxa products liability litigation.
Assist the client in preparation of a position paper concerning potential amendments to anti-circumvention provisions of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and in preparation of comments to the Copyright Office on proposed exemptions to Section 1201.
Advising global pharmaceutical companies on HIPAA and state privacy issues relating to pharmaceutical marketing programs.
We advise a major pharmaceuticals and health care products company on a wide range of U.S. issues, including Medicare/Medicaid coverage and reimbursement matters related to medical devices, reauthorization of nutrition programs and food labeling policy and tax policy and assist them in advancing their domestic legislative and policy objectives. We also provide global public policy advocacy in countries around the world and in international regulatory bodies.
We represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer during debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with regard to Medicare payment reform provisions.
Won defense verdict for Salix following two-week jury trial in New York State Court. Collaboration partner Napo alleged failures to use “commercially reasonable efforts” to bring licensed drug to market. Despite seeking $260 million and contract termination, Napo recovered nothing.
Advise pharmaceutical companies regarding the regulations of pharmaceuticals as hazardous waste under RCRA.
We assisted a large trade association engage with the South African government on a number of issues, including IP and other issues related to the life sciences sector.
Represented Eli Lilly in a consumer fraud class action alleging that the labelling for one of its prescription medicines was inadequate and misleading.
Assisted another large pharmaceutical company in dealing with privacy issues resulting from the migration of patient data from a clinical study to a web based platform.
Assisted several large pharmaceutical companies with a variety of privacy issues relating to clinical trials, further use of data and pharmacovigilance reporting.
Representation of Purdue Pharma in class action litigation in multiple states alleging violations of consumer protection laws in the marketing of OxyContin.
Counsel to pharmaceutical and biotech clients defending individuals’ claims arising out of their participation in our clients’ clinical trial programs.
Covington successfully represented Eli Lilly and Company in a significant commercial dispute with a business partner. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s denial of Amylin’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have limited the medications that Lilly’s diabetes sale force could promote.
Representation of Merck in a class action alleging injuries from a product manufactured to regulate diabetes in animals.
Representation of Allergy Therapeutics plc, the AIM-listed specialty pharmaceutical company, in its acquisition of Alerpharma, S.A. a Spanish-based allergy immunotherapy company which previously spun out from Spanish biopharmaceutical company, Zeltia S.A. Covington also advised Allergy Therapeutics on its recent £20.8 million placing of ordinary shares with institutional investors. The proceeds of the placing are being used to progress the clinical development of the company’s lead product, Pollinex Quattro Grass, through to FDA approval and planned launch in the United States in 2019.
Covington obtained a ruling from the appellate court that Lilly was entitled to summary judgment on plaintiffs’ claims and that the “third party payor” plaintiffs’ claims related to Zyprexa pricing could not proceed as a class action, as initially certified by the district court.
Representation of Warner Chilcott in successfully defending Asacol®, the leading treatment for ulcerative colitis, against ANDAs seeking approval to market a generic version of the drug.
Secured trial, expert, adequacy, and appeals wins imperiling thousands product liability claims against client Hoffmann-La Roche involving the prescription medication Accutane.
Represented Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in defending mass tort claims involving the prescription acne medication Accutane. In addition to considerable trial level success, Covington has obtained thirteen consecutive appellate victories for Roche in the Accutane litigation.
Assisting AbbVie in structuring and negotiating a novel collaboration with the Google-backed life sciences start-up company Calico to form a $1.5 billion to fund a program focused on aging and age-related diseases.
Advising Abbott Laboratories in relation to all privacy aspects of its global de-merger, involving the division of the company into a research-based business, AbbVie.
Represented Johnson & Johnson and McNeil Consumer Healthcare in consumer class actions arising out of recall of children’s medicines.
Advising a leading multinational pharmaceutical company on its agreement with a Nasdaq-listed drug manufacturer to develop and market its linaclotide capsule in China.
Advising a U.S. biotech company on its sino-foreign joint venture with a Chinese life sciences company to focus on RNAi-based drug discovery, and related license agreement.
Advise ChemGen in its merger agreement with Eli Lilly. The client became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and an operating unit of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly.
Representing a leading U.S. pharmaceutical company to set up a joint venture in China with a Chinese biotech company to research, develop and commercialize a late-stage clinical product for the Asia market.
Advising a leading multinational pharmaceutical company on the acquisition of diabetes drug assets in China and the transfer of related employees from a multinational drug company.
Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in its response to a Chinese government commercial bribery investigation in China.
Conducting internal investigation on behalf of a multinational pharmaceutical company into whistleblower allegations of corruption at its Chinese subsidiary.
Representation of AstraZeneca in its strategic diabetes alliance with Bristol-Myers Squibb, including with respect to collaboration arrangements for the development and commercialization of Amylin Pharmaceuticals’ portfolio of diabetes products following BMS’s acquisition of Amylin in a deal valued at $7 billion (approximately half the cost of which was borne by AstraZeneca).
Representation of AstraZeneca in its $1.26 billion acquisition of Ardea Biosciences. Under the agreement, AstraZeneca will pay $32 per share for all of the outstanding shares of Ardea. AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious disease. Ardea is a biotechnology company based in San Diego, California, focused on the development of small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of serious diseases.
Representation of Bradley Pharmaceuticals in trademark litigation, including a preliminary injunction hearing, involving the KERALAC mark in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Secured a sweeping victory for our clients BMS and Eli Lilly. In 2006, BMS/Lilly hired Consumer Health Information Corporation (“CHIC”) to develop patient education materials for their injectable diabetes drug BYETTA. The contract expressly designated these as works made for hire and assigned CHIC’s interest in these materials to BMS/Lilly. BMS/Lilly later terminated CHIC, and CHIC sued for copyright infringement in D.C. district court in 2008, but voluntarily dismissed the action in 2009. Last July, CHIC sued again in the Southern District of Indiana. In an attempt to avoid the contractual ownership provisions, CHIC alleged “economic duress” and sought rescission. CHIC's infringement claim sought to recover our clients' profits, allegedly “in excess of several billions of dollars.” Judge Pratt dismissed the complaint with prejudice, ruling that two separate statutes of limitation barred CHIC’s infringement claim. First, the Court held that the claim was barred by the Copyright Act’s three-year statute of limitations. The Court accepted Covington’s argument that, because the case turned on ownership, not use, the continuing violation doctrine did not apply. The Court pointedly noted the inequity of allowing CHIC to wait while BMS/Lilly developed a market only to “pounce on the prize” years later. Separately, the Court held that the ownership provisions expressly assigned ownership to BMS/Lilly, and that CHIC’s attempted rescission was barred by California’s four-year statute of limitations. The Court also rejected CHIC’s outrageous attempt to invoke equitable tolling by arguing that its own (former) attorneys had dismissed its 2008 action without its consent and subsequently concealed the dismissal from CHIC.
Conducted an Iran sanctions investigation for a major pharmaceutical company.
Advised Imperial Innovations, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation in a £4 million funding round for Inivata, a clinical cancer genomics company spun out from Cancer Research UK.
Secured export licenses enabling leading pharmaceutical companies to sell millions of dollars’ worth of medical products to Iran and Sudan, and permitting consumer products companies to export agricultural commodities to those countries.
Represented HealthpointCapital in its minority investment in ScientX and subsequent acquisition of its France-based parent through a tender offer.
Represented Healthcare Services and Solutions in a collaboration agreement with MedCPU for the development of a new clinical-decision support system and related services.
Represented HealthSouth Corporation in its public offering of $300 million of its 5.125% senior notes due 2023.
Represented HealthpointCapital Partners as a selling shareholder in Alphatec Holdings, Inc.'s underwritten public offering of 18.4 million shares of common stock for total proceeds to HealthpointCapital and Alphatec of approximately $85 million.
Advised Kit Check, Inc. in its $10.4 million Series A financing led by New Leaf Ventures and in its Series B financing led by Kaiser Permanente.
Represented Illumina on a strategic alliance with Genomics England for a four-year project to decode 100,000 human genomes in the UK.
Represented Horizon Discovery Group plc in its £68.6 million initial public offering on AIM.
Advised Cell Medica Ltd. in its £50 million series B funding round. Cell Medica Ltd. is a cellular immunotherapy company which develops, manufactures and markets patient-specific products for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases.
Represented Colbeck Capital Management LLC, as the arranger of the secured debt financing for Kadmon Pharmaceutical’s acquisition of Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals.
Represented a Hospital Network in connection with the negotiation of a license and service agreement for an enterprise-wide Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.
Represented Eli Lilly and Company in its €2.1 billion notes offering consisting of €600 million 1.000% Notes Due 2022, €750 million 1.625% Notes Due 2026, €750 million 2.125% Notes Due 2030.
Represented Emory University in a ground-breaking sale of its royalty interests in Emtriva for $540 million, the first royalty monetization conducted by auction and IDD’s 2005 Healthcare Deal of the Year.
Represented Eli Lilly and Company in a $1 billion registered offering of notes, consisting of $600 million of 1.950% notes due 2019 and $400 million of 4.650% notes due 2044.
Represented Duke University in the sale of a portion of its worldwide royalty interests in Myozyme and Lumizyme.
Represented potential stalking horse bidder in bidding and auction process established for the Section 363 sale of substantially all of the assets of this Chapter 11 debtor.
Conducted a detailed review of the human resources operations of a large pharmaceutical company to assess compliance with data protection and privacy laws and regulations in both the US and EU, in anticipation of possible certification under the US-EU Safe Harbor regime. Our extensive written report described potential compliance issues and recommended specific remedial actions.
Representation of Horizon Discovery Group plc, an AIM listed international life science company supplying research tools and services to organizations engaged in genomics research and the development of personalized medicines, on the acquisition of Sage Labs Inc. for a total of approximately $48 million (£29 million), comprising up to $16 million in cash and up to $32 million in new ordinary shares. The acquired business will be known as Sage Labs Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Horizon Discovery Group plc. The acquisition creates a fully integrated translational genomics platform and significantly expands Horizon’s product, service and research offerings.
Advised a large pharmaceutical company in connection with litigation involving the alleged infringement of patient privacy by a pharmacy chain that collects personal information about prescription drug users.
Advised a multinational biopharmaceutical company operating in China on privacy and property ownership issues related to the collection and sharing of biological samples in clinical trials.
Successfully argued a whistleblower retaliation case arising under the False Claims Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of a pharmaceutical company after winning dismissal at summary judgment stage.
Won summary judgment and Ninth Circuit affirmance of a whistleblower/discrimination case brought against a major pharmaceutical company.
Representing Merck in two related London arbitrations involving insurance coverage for claims relating to Vioxx.
Represented Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l, Inc. in antitrust class action alleging wrongful exclusion of generic competition.
Represented Brussels-based UCB in the sale of its U.S. specialty generics subsidiary Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to Lannett Company, Inc., for an upfront cash payment of $1.23 billion.
Persuaded Third Circuit to vacate a district court's certification of a class of participants in a "stock drop" lawsuit against our client Schering Plough that alleged breach of fiduciary duty for imprudent retention of a company stock fund in a 401(k) plan. In re Schering Plough Corp. ERISA Litig., 589 F.3d 588 (3d Cir. 2009).
Counsel for AstraZeneca in the Seroquel litigation, including obtaining a defense jury verdict in the first case to go to trial.
Providing litigation counsel to several industry trade associations, including Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).
Counseling companies with rising volumes of asbestos and silica liability claims in the energy, automotive, construction, mining, respiratory protection, and railroad industries.
Representation of Merck in its $41 billion merger with Schering-Plough.
Representation of King Pharmaceuticals in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Pfizer.
Representation of Sanofi in connection with obtaining clearances from the European Commission and in China, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine for its collaboration with Google Life Sciences, Inc., now Verily, relating to diabetes management products and services.
Representation of AstraZeneca in relation to the creation of a $3.4 billion diabetes joint venture with BMS, and the subsequent acquisition of sole control over that venture; in its acquisition of the rights to Almirall’s respiratory franchise (for initial consideration of $875 million and up to $1.22 billion in development, launch and sales-related milestones); assisting in the acquisition of the Takeda respiratory portfolio; and in relation to the creation of an oncology joint venture with Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics (FKB).
Representation of Ariba, Inc. as patent owner in a CBM proceeding relating to operating resource management systems. Covington also represents Ariba in the co-pending litigation. The CBM proceeding was terminated following successful settlement of the patent infringement aspect of the litigation. We have also represented Ariba as requester in two inter partes reexamination proceedings relating to a business-to-business electronic clearinghouse. All original patent claims, as well as claims added during both reexamination proceedings, were rejected. Favorable settlement for Ariba was promptly obtained pursuant to filing of the reexamination requests.
Represented Salix Pharmaceuticals in antitrust issues related to its $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Inc., another specialty pharmaceutical company focused on gastrointestinal treatments and in its $300 million acquisition of Oceana Therapeutics, LCC.
Representation of Research Corporation Technologies, Inc., and licensees Harris FRC Corporation and UCB, as patent owner in an IPR proceeding, brought by a group of generic companies, challenging the patent claiming Vimpat®, UCB’s anti-epileptic drug. In January 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) rejected the generics’ petition in its entirety, finding that the petitioners failed to establish a “reasonable likelihood” of showing unpatentability of any claim of the Vimpat® Patent.
Representation of Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in its acquisition of Santarus, Inc. for a total value of approximately $2.6 billion. The transaction closed on January 2, 2014. According to Carolyn Logan, Salix President and Chief Executive Officer, “The acquisition of Santarus is a transformational event for Salix and an important milestone in our growth as the leading gastroenterology-focused specialty pharmaceutical company in the United States.”
Advised a global pharmaceutical company on the data breach notification requirements in more than 80 countries, following a security breach affecting employees in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
We represented Teva in its strategic partnership with IBM, which enabled it to become the first multinational pharmaceutical company to deploy IBM’s Watson Health Cloud as its global technology platform. As part of the partnership, a joint Teva-IBM research team will work together using “big data” and machine-learning tools to develop disease models and advanced therapeutic solutions, including solutions designed to collect and analyze real world evidence. The deployment of these models and solutions will enable Teva to provide insights and real-time feedback directly to care providers and patients via mobile devices in order to achieve treatment optimizations and improved patient outcomes.
Salix Pharmaceuticals in its licensing agreement with Alfa Wasserman S.p.A., by which Salix has licensed rights in the United States and Canada to an extended intestinal release (EIR) formulation of rifaximin.
Representation of Caliper Life Sciences in which we secured a $52 million jury verdict of trade secret misappropriation in California state court related to microfluidics technology. Two related patent infringement cases settled shortly thereafter on terms favorable to our client.
After being retained months prior to trial following nearly a decade of litigation, Covington obtained a complete defense verdict for a subsidiary of McKesson Corporation in a bench trial in New York Supreme Court. The plaintiff had alleged breach of a non-disclosure agreement and trade secret misappropriation related to a drug discount program. Plaintiff sought the assignment of certain McKesson patents and half a billion dollars: nearly $250 million in damages and 11.5 years’-worth of prejudgment interest. PSKW, LLC v. McKesson Specialty Arizona, Inc. (S. Ct. NY).
Representation of the former CEO of a medical device company in defeating claims of theft of trade secret and employment contract claims, and obtaining a multimillion dollar jury verdict on counterclaims based on a technology licensing agreement in which the CEO (who was also the inventor of a heart valve) licensed the technology to the company.
We achieved a significant legislative victory for a major retail corporation when Congress passed the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act with new authorities to expand patients’ access to retail pharmacies. Our objective was to overcome the exclusion of chain and local pharmacies from providing brand maintenance drugs under TRICARE at the same rates available for prescriptions filled at military treatment facilities or through mail-order pharmacies, which caused significant losses to chain and local pharmacy businesses and limited beneficiaries’ access to retail pharmacies. Our efforts led to the inclusion of a pilot program allowing pharmacies to provide brand maintenance drugs to TRICARE beneficiaries. The bill passed with overwhelming support in both the House (375-34) and the Senate (92-7).
We have advised clients in various sectors regarding the substantial manufacturing requirement under the Bayh-Dole Act, including securing waivers of the requirement and helping clients structure manufacturing obligations to maximize business efficiencies within the requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act. We also routinely advise clients regarding the Bayh-Dole Act’s requirements for perfecting title in intellectual property and avoiding potential march-in actions under the Act.
March 17, 2017
LONDON—Covington advised AstraZeneca on its strategic collaboration with Circassia Pharmaceuticals plc, a respiratory biopharmaceutical company, for the development and commercialisation of Tudorza and Duaklir* in the U.S.
Tudorza and Duaklir are inhaled respiratory medicines for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tudorza was ...
February 28, 2017, Covington Alert
On February 24, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order entitled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” (the “Executive Order” or the “Order”). The Order is one of several actions the Trump Administration has taken concerning regulatory reform since inauguration.
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 10, 2017, Law360
Law360 selected Covington’s Life Sciences practice as a “Practice Group of the Year,” highlighting the firm’s involvement in billion-dollar transactions, success in contentious litigation, and regulatory advice on cutting-edge technology. According to Michael Labson, “What we offer and bring to complicated, complex issues is a mixture of deep subject-matter ...
February 6, 2017, Law360
Beth Brinkmann is quoted in a Law360 article regarding her recent arrival to Covington’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. According to Brinkmann, “The teamwork and collaboration at Covington is incredible and the strength of its appellate practice attracted me to the firm.”
February 3, 2017, Global Investigations Review
Ian Hargreaves and David Lorello are quoted in a Global Investigations Review article regarding Hargreaves’ recent arrival to Covington. According to Hargreaves, the firm’s “pre-eminence in dispute resolution, and its immense strength and global recognition as a market-leader in white-collar crime matters and investigations” fueled his decision.
Lorello says, ...
February 2, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Beth Brinkmann and Robert Long are quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article regarding Brinkmann’s arrival to Covington’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. Citing “Covington’s long history litigating important cases in the Supreme Court,” Brinkmann says she looks forward to the opportunity to help expand the appellate practice.
According to ...
February 1, 2017, 21st Century Cures Act Webinar Series
January 31, 2017
WASHINGTON—Beth Brinkmann has joined Covington as a partner in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group in Washington. Ms. Brinkmann served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2016. She has argued 24 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Brinkmann is an ...
LONDON—Ian Hargreaves has joined Covington as a partner in the firm’s European Dispute Resolution practice resident in London. Mr. Hargreaves’ arrival follows that of litigation partners Craig Pollack, Greg Lascelles, Elaine Whiteford, and Louise Freeman over the past six months.
Mr. Hargreaves advises on major European white collar and related civil and ...
January 31, 2017, The National Law Journal
Beth Brinkmann is quoted by The National Law Journal in an article regarding her arrival to Covington’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. "Covington turned out to be just a really unique opportunity," Brinkmann says. The firm is "a longstanding presence in the legal community," she adds, praising the "culture of teamwork."
January 30, 2017
WASHINGTON—Covington represented India-based Piramal Enterprises and its wholly owned Critical Care subsidiary in the UK in its agreement to acquire a portfolio of intrathecal spasticity and pain management drugs from Mallinckrodt LLC.
The purchase price was $171 million, plus an earn-out of up to an additional $32 million. This is the third acquisition that ...
January 25, 2017, 21st Century Cures Act Webinar Series
January 24, 2017, Inside EU Life Sciences
Recently, the Council of State (i.e., the Italian supreme administrative court and consultative body) adopted an important advisory opinion, which allows for improved access to investigational medicines by patients in Italy. In particular, the Council of State found that patients may be enrolled in compassionate use programmes or supplied with a medicine listed ...
January 19, 2017, The Pink Sheet
Michael Labson is quoted by The Pink Sheet in an article regarding FDA’s draft guidance on payor communications. According to Labson, the draft guidance is consistent with changes from the 21st Century Cures Act and evolving case law on the First Amendment, and "provides additional important flexibility for manufacturers to communicate science-based information ...
January 18, 2017, 21st Century Cures Act Webinar Series
January 17, 2017, Law360
Law360 selected Covington’s Product Liability practice as a “Practice Group of the Year,” profiling the team’s defense of Takata in litigation over potentially explosive airbags and Bayer Healthcare in multidistrict litigation (MDL) over Mirena IUDs, among other matters. According to Paul Schmidt, the firm’s range of work showcases its diversity of ...
January 13, 2017, Medtech Insight
Wade Ackerman participated at the Medtech Showcase and is quoted in a Medtech Insight article regarding the launch of AdvaMed Digital and the increased focus on medtech and digital health. According to Ackerman, having the dedicated sector within AdvaMed will be a positive for future digital-health policy development.
January 11, 2017, The Pink Sheet
Denise Esposito is quoted by The Pink Sheet in an article regarding the difficulty of accelerating pandemic vaccine development. According to Esposito, further complicating the development is the frequent lack of a good human model, as it is typically unethical to expose humans to a disease to test the vaccine's efficacy. She adds that this issue has been a far ...
January 10, 2017, The Pink Sheet
Wade Ackerman participated at the Biotech Showcase and is quoted by The Pink Sheet in an article regarding the increased use of real-world evidence by FDA following the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. According to Ackerman, FDA will be running a pilot program to evaluate the potential of real-world evidence to support supplemental indications and satisfy ...
January 6, 2017, Inside EU Life Sciences
This article was originally posted on our sister blog Inside Medical Devices The term “industrial scale” appears twice in the draft EU Medical Devices Regulation (“MD Regulation”) in relation to so-called “in-house devices.” The term equally appears in the draft in-vitro diagnostic medical devices (“IVD”) Regulation. To provide perspective on the meaning of ...
January 6, 2017, Law360
Eric Blanchard is quoted in a Law360 article providing a roundup of top-of-mind questions at this year’s JPMorgan health care conference. According to Blanchard, “I think the real question is: Are people going to buy this year?” He adds, “Is there going to be investor demand?”
Commenting on mergers and acquisitions, Blanchard says, “By and large, if there is a ...
January 5, 2017, 21st Century Cures Act Webinar Series
January 3, 2017
WASHINGTON—Law360 has named six Covington lawyers as MVPs in their respective practice areas. The awards single out lawyers from across various practice areas based on their “success in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters, and record-breaking deals.”
The Covington lawyers recognized as Law360 MVPs are:
Shara Aranoff, International Trade. Ms. ...
December 21, 2016
SHANGHAI—China Business Law Journal has named Covington partner Weishi Li to its “A-List” of the top 100 private practice lawyers in China. Ms. Li is one of two life sciences lawyers recognized by the magazine.
China Business Law Journal’s inaugural A-list is based on interviews of in-house counsel in China and around the world, as well as partners at Chinese ...
December 20, 2016, Law360
Law360 selected Jessica O’Connell as a 2016 Food & Beverage MVP and profiled her involvement in FDA’s decision to review its “healthy” labeling regulations after convincing the agency to refrain from taking legal action against Kind LLC over allegedly misleading labeling of snack bars. According to O’Connell, her intimate understanding of the FDA was helpful as ...
December 8, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) imposed a £84.2 million (€99.7 million) fine on Pfizer yesterday. In addition, the CMA also fined distributor Flynn Pharma £5.2 million (€6.1 million). The CMA found that Pfizer and Flynn Pharma abused their dominant positions by charging excessive and unfair prices for phenytoin sodium capsules, drugs used ...
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 6, 2016, Covignton Alert
On November 8, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final guidance titled Medical Device Reporting for Manufacturers (“Final Guidance”). The guidance explains and clarifies FDA’s interpretations of its regulations under 21 C.F.R. Part 803 for adverse event and malfunction reporting and recordkeeping for manufacturers. On November 30, ...
December 2, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
On 11 November 2016, the German Parliament passed another new law amending different parts of the German Medicines Act (Arzneimittelgesetz) and the Act on Advertising for Healthcare Products (Heilmittelwerbegesetz). The law is titled “Viertes Gesetz zur Änderung arzneimittelrechtlicher und anderer Vorschriften“. The draft was deliberated in the health committee ...
November 30, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
On 28 November 2016, the Italian Chamber of Deputies approved the Draft Budgetary Law of 2017. Among other things, the Draft Law introduces new rules on the substitutability of biologics and the procurement of biosimilars. In particular, Article 59(11) of the Draft Law provides that: two products enjoy a biosimilarity relationship only where this has … Continue ...
November 25, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) upheld a broad interpretation of the concept of “information that relates to emissions into the environment” that EU and Member State authorities (e.g., ECHA, EFSA, Commission, national environmental agencies) must disclose to the public. According to the CJEU, the information that must be disclosed ...
November 23, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington is advising Cantor Fitzgerald as financial advisor to Signal Genetics in connection with Signal’s merger transaction with miRagen Therapeutics.
Signal is a commercial stage, molecular diagnostic company that provides innovative diagnostic services that help physicians make better-informed decisions concerning the care of cancer patients. ...
November 16, 2016, Health Law News and Commentary
Michael Labson spoke at an FDA public hearing on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and is quoted in a Health Law News and Commentary article regarding constitutional concerns surrounding manufacturer communication of information on off-label uses. According to Labson, the FDA should proceed in "a step-wise fashion that balances ...
November 14, 2016, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
Michael Labson spoke at an FDA public hearing on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and is quoted in a Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society article regarding regulations on off-label promotions for drugs and devices. According to Labson, safe harbors are needed for communicating certain types of information outside a drug's ...
November 11, 2016, FDA Week
Michael Labson spoke at an FDA public hearing on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America where he laid out a stepwise approach PhRMA believes FDA should take regarding off-label communication, and is quoted in an FDA Week article. According to Labson, FDA should create three safe harbors for different types of communication: first, ...
November 11, 2016, Drug Industry Daily
Michael Labson spoke at an FDA public hearing on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and is quoted in a Drug Industry Daily article providing key points from the meeting on off-label communication. According to Labson, communication should be rooted in scientifically-sound findings.
November 4, 2016, Politico Pro
Brian Kelly and Grant Castle are quoted in a Politico Pro “Morning Health Care” article regarding the High Court ruling that the UK government does not have the legal power to invoke Article 50 without Parliamentary approval. According to Kelly, “This presents an opportunity for individual companies and the industry to engage with members of Parliament to ensure ...
November 4, 2016, FDA Week
Michael Labson spoke at the FDLI Annual Advertising Conference and is quoted in an FDA Week article regarding communication between drug makers and payers under a section of the FDA Modernization Act. According to Labson, first amendment jurisprudence may make concerns over FDAMA 114 a non-issue. "If the first amendment idea that you have a constitutional right ...
November 4, 2016, EU Food Law
Brian Kelly is quoted in an EU Food Law article regarding the UK High Court ruling requiring its government to have Parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50. According to Kelly, the decision added uncertainty around Brexit, although it did also present a lobbying opportunity for the industry as well.
“The immediate impact of the judgment is that, as ...
November 4, 2016, FDAnews
John Balzano participated in an FDAnews webinar and is quoted in an article regarding China FDA’s proposed expanded requirements for medical device recalls and higher fines for manufacturers that fail to issue recalls. According to Balzano, to be eligible for the accelerated pathway for breakthrough medical devices, the intellectual property for the device needs ...
November 3, 2016, The Pink Sheet
Brian Kelly is quoted by The Pink Sheet in an article regarding the UK High Court’s ruling that its government does not have the right to trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval. According to Kelly, the judgment presented "an opportunity for individual companies and the [life sciences] industry to engage with members of Parliament to ensure that their ...
October 28, 2016, FDA Week
Wade Ackerman spoke at a DIA conference on October 24 and is quoted in an FDA Week article regarding combination product reform.
According to Mr. Ackerman, there has been strong bipartisan support for 21st Century Cures and Medical Innovation bills. However, if combination product language does not get passed in this Congress, Ackerman also pointed to the FDA ...
October 21, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
In its 18 October judgment the French Cour de Cassation upheld the €40.6m fine imposed on Sanofi-Aventis (“Sanofi”) by the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) in May 2013 and affirmed the judgment of the Paris Court of Appeal. The FCA found that Sanofi abused its dominant position in violation of Art. 102 of the Treaty on … Continue Reading
October 21, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington represented India-based Piramal Enterprises and its wholly owned Critical Care subsidiary in the UK in the acquisition of five anesthesia and pain management injectable products from Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, in an all cash deal for an upfront consideration of US$155 million, and up to an additional US$20 million.
The products to be acquired ...
October 17, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
The Italian Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (“AGCM”) has fined Aspen over €5 million for having abused its dominant position – in violation of Art. 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – by increasing prices of its anti-cancer drugs Alkeran (melphalan), Leukeran (chlorambucil), Purinethol (mercaptopurine) and Tioguanine ...
October 7, 2016
LONDON—Covington advised AstraZeneca on its agreement with Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson, for the divestment of the rights to Rhinocort Aqua outside the U.S.
Rhinocort Aqua is a nasal spray indicated for allergic and non-allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the inside of the nose), and for the treatment of nasal polyps (swelling of ...
October 6, 2016, EP Vantage
Grant Castle is quoted in an EP Vantage article regarding the effect of Brexit on life science funding and strategy. According to Castle, “Particularly if the UK heads for a ‘hard Brexit,’ the UK will be a less attractive venue for investment by pharma. It’s one of the sad side effects of all this.”
October 2016, Digital Health Legal
September 29, 2016, Inspection Insider
John Balzano participated in an FDAnews webinar and is quoted in an Inspection Insider article regarding China FDA’s proposed rules that increase penalties for devicemakers that fail to issue recalls. Commenting on the agency’s “accelerated pathway” for breakthrough medical devices, Balzano says that in order to be eligible for the pathway, the devices’ ...
September 28, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
On 19 August 2016, France adopted Decree No 2016-1137 introducing mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for dairy and meat in processed foods. The national measures strengthen the regulatory framework that exists at the EU level, which already imposes COOL requirements on specific foodstuffs, such as unprocessed and pre-packed swine, poultry, sheep and ...
September 22, 2016
WASHINGTON—Pamela Forrest has joined Covington in its Food, Drug, and Device practice, resident in Washington.
Ms. Forrest has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on a broad range of FDA regulatory issues. Her practice focuses on FDA medical device matters, including premarket review, product recalls, medical device reporting (MDR), Quality System ...
September 13, 2016, ABF Journal
Timothy Hester and Tom DeFilipps are quoted in an ABF Journal article regarding the arrival of DeFilipps to Covington. According to Hester, “Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California.”
DeFilipps says, “I am very pleased to join Covington’s growing California practice.” He continues, “I am ...
September 13, 2016, The Recorder
Tom DeFilipps and Doug Gibson are quoted by The Recorder in an article regarding DeFilipps’ recent move to Covington, where he will serve as chair of the West Coast corporate practice. According to DeFilipps, “Covington presented to me an opportunity to do something that sounded very interesting at this point in my career.” He continues, "I felt as though it was ...
September 13, 2016, Daily Journal
Tom DeFilipps and Doug Gibson are quoted in a Daily Journal article regarding DeFilipps’ move to Covington’s Silicon Valley office. Commenting on the draw to Covington DeFilipps says, “One of the more compelling aspects of the Covington platforms is the way it allows you to meld the strength of its regulatory practice in D.C. and non-U.S. jurisdictions, like ...
September 12, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Tom DeFilipps has joined Covington as a partner in the Silicon Valley office and will serve as chair of the West Coast Corporate practice.
“Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California,” said Timothy Hester, Covington’s chair. “Tom has built a successful Northern California ...
September 12, 2016, International Devices & Diagnostics Monitor
John Balzano participated in an FDAnews webinar and is quoted in an International Devices & Diagnostics Monitor article regarding China’s changing device regulations. According to Balzano, "Overall, they're going to want to make sure that they have a regulatory structure in place that facilitates the most innovative applications and the applications for devices ...
September 12, 2016, Law360
Timothy Hester and Tom DeFilipps are quoted in a Law360 article regarding DeFilipps’ recent arrival. According to Hester, “Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California.” He continues, “Tom has built a successful Northern California corporate practice over many years and has a demonstrated track ...
September 9, 2016, Law360
Wade Ackerman and Denise Esposito are quoted in a Law360 article regarding Ackerman’s recent arrival as a partner in the firm’s Food, Drug, and Device practice. According to Ackerman, he’d like to serve as bridge between Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles for the firm. For a food and drug attorney, Covington is the place to go, given its “long history of having a ...
August 31, 2016
LOS ANGELES—Wade Ackerman has joined Covington as a partner in its Food, Drug, and Device practice, resident in Los Angeles.
Until June 2016, Mr. Ackerman served as Senior FDA Counsel to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. In this role, he has been intimately involved in legislative initiatives, oversight hearings, and other Senate ...
August 25, 2016
Earlier this week, FDA released five chapters of a multi-chapter draft guidance on hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food. The long-awaited draft guidance is intended to help industry comply with certain requirements of the agency’s final rule for preventive controls for human food (PC rule) under the Food Safety Modernization Act ...
August 24, 2016, Law360
August 22, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—The Daily Journal has named Covington partner Kurt Calia to its list of the “Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California for 2016.” The list recognizes California lawyers who have “pushed technological progress forward.”
The Daily Journal highlighted Mr. Calia’s successful representation of Elbit Systems in a patent litigation involving the ...
August 5, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington advised Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its monetization of a portion of its interest in royalties related to its Programmed Death Ligand-1 (PD-L1) intellectual property. PD-L1 inhibitors are immuno-oncology drugs used for the treatment of various types of metastatic cancer.
CPPIB Credit Europe S.à r.l., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada ...
August 3, 2016, Inside EU Life Sciences
Recently, the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) has published a new Concept Paper on Biosimilars. The Concept Paper outlines the regulatory status of biosimilars in Italy as well as their importance for the Italian healthcare sector. The new Concept Paper constitutes a revision of AIFA’s Position Paper on Biosimilars of 13 May 2013. Overall, the Concept … ...
July 28, 2016, Food Dive
Jessica O’Connell spoke at the IFT expo and is quoted in a Food Dive article regarding medical food products. O’Connell, commenting on how companies have tried to develop medical food, said the most common warning letters sent out by the FDA since 2006 use the words no “distinctive nutritional requirement” for the disease or condition. She added that since 2009, ...
July 15, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington advised Medical Research Council Technology, a UK-based independent life science medical research charity, in its sale of a portion of the royalty stream associated with its cancer drug Keytruda® for $150 million (£115.6 million).
Keytruda® (pembrolizumab), is a new generation treatment which stimulates the body’s immune system to fight ...
On June 23, 2016, the UK voted in an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. The impact of Brexit in the medium-to-long term will very much depend on the form a post-Brexit UK will take, the relationship that the UK chooses to have with the EU, and the relationship that the EU is willing to accept. That will not become clear for some time as it will ...
July 1, 2016, Law360
Van Ellis and John Hurvitz are quoted in a Law360 article regarding Ellis’ arrival as a partner in the firm’s life sciences transactions practice. According to Ellis, who says he is drawn to how Covington deals with some of the largest and most complex transactions in the industry, “Every deal is different than the other deals. There are innovative aspects of ...
June 30, 2016, Politico
Grant Castle is quoted in a Politico article regarding Britain’s desire to continue its dominance in health research. Commenting on the possibility of having Britain stay in the single market, Castle says, “I don’t think that’s a practicality now.” He continues, “I would think that access to the country would be tightened…given the strength of feeling on ...
June 28, 2016, Bloomberg
Grant Castle is quoted in a Bloomberg article regarding the implications of Brexit on the future of the pharmaceutical industry and the drug approval process. According to Castle, the best that the UK regulator could hope for would be an observer status on European Medicines Agency committees. That loss of influence could make the UK less appealing, because it ...
June 27, 2016, The Legal Intelligencer
Grant Castle is quoted in a Legal Intelligencer article regarding the regulatory impact of Brexit. Commenting on the Food and Drug sector, Castle says, “The UK will inevitably diminish in significance when it comes to the regulation of pharmaceuticals and a venue where drug companies are going to want to be based. Historically, U.S. companies wanted to operate ...
June 27, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week, the UK voted in an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. The next steps are not yet clear, but the referendum may have significant implications for the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and for international companies operating in the UK. Its impact will very much depend on the form a post-Brexit UK will take, the relationship that the UK ...
June 24, 2016, Politico
Grant Castle is quoted in a Politico article regarding the effect of Brexit on the future location of the European Medicines Agency. Castle predicts that the EMA is inevitably going to leave the UK. “Given the strength of feeling on immigration,” it looked unlikely the country would opt for a European Economic Area relationship, since that would mean continuing ...
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 20, 2016
WASHINGTON—Van Ellis has joined Covington as a partner in its life sciences transactions practice, resident in Washington.
Mr. Ellis has extensive experience in a wide variety of technology-based transactions and corporate matters in the life sciences field, from billion-dollar global collaborations to daily commercial and operational matters. He also counsels ...
June 7, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington has again received top rankings from Chambers USA, with 60 practice rankings and 120 individual rankings for lawyers in the publication’s 2016 edition. The legal guide identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers’ researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.
The firm was ranked in ...
June 3, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington advised the underwriters in connection with Repligen’s $115 million debt offering. The senior convertible notes due in 2021 were placed at 2.125 percent.
Repligen is a bioprocessing company focused on the manufacture of Protein A ligands used by life science companies to purify biologic drugs such as monoclonal antibodies, recombinant ...
May 16, 2016, Covington Alert
Last week, FDA finalized its guidance for industry about medical foods, which it issued in draft form in August 2013. This guidance incorporates most of the principles that FDA articulated in the 2013 draft guidance regarding the agency’s position on the definition of medical foods, the scope of lawful uses of medical foods, and other labeling and safety ...
May 12, 2016, Webinar
May 11, 2016, This article was published in Scrip Regulatory Affairs
May 8, 2016, Financial Times
Peter Bogaert and Grant Castle are quoted in a Financial Times article regarding the effect Brexit would have on the UK pharma industry. According to Bogaert, commenting on the important relationship between the European Medicines Agency and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, “Brexit would be a loss for both sides.”
Castle adds that ...
April 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Covington partners Emily Henn, Robyn Polashuk and Sonya Winner have been named to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes 100 lawyers who “try complex commercial disputes and put together industry-transforming deals.”
Ms. Henn, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, co-chairs the firm’s Class ...
March 24, 2016
NEW YORK - Covington advised the underwriters in the $45 million initial public offering of common stock of Senseonics Holdings, Inc. The offering closed on March 23, 2016. Shares of Senseonics trade on the NYSE MKT under the ticker “SENS.”
Senseonics develops continuous glucose monitoring systems for patients with diabetes. Its Eversense product consists of ...
March 18, 2016, Law360
Donald Murray is quoted in this Law360 article regarding the SEC’s new streamlined review process. Murray says, “If you pick up a prospectus for an early-stage life sciences company, the piece that would get the bulk of staff comments in other industries, the financials, they’re very basic, not much to comment on.”
March 1, 2016
LONDON — Covington advised AstraZeneca on an agreement with ProStrakan Group, a subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co. Ltd., for the rights to Moventig (naloxegol) in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Moventig is the first once-daily, oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist (PAMORA) approved in Europe for the ...
February 26, 2016, Nutra Ingredients
Brian Kelly is quoted extensively in this Nutra Ingredients article discussing the UK Psychoactive Substances Act and its possible effect on the food supplements industry. According to Kelly, “Despite criticism and proposed amendments about unintended targets the law has been pushed through. It’s a poorly drafted law when it comes to food.” He continues, “You ...
February 17, 2016, Politico
Grant Castle and Robin Blaney are quoted in this Politico article discussing the potential impact of “Brexit” on the pharmaceutical sector in the UK and Europe. According to Castle, the “only rational alternative” to EU membership is for the U.K. to become a member of the European Economic Area, as this arrangement would make it so the practical and operational ...
February 8, 2016
BRUSSELS — Erika Mann, a former Member of the European Parliament and policymaker with over 20 years of experience, has joined Covington in its Brussels office as a senior European policy advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Ms. Mann served as Managing Director of Public Policy for Facebook in Brussels from ...
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 13, 2016
LONDON — Covington advised AstraZeneca, along with its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, on a new collaboration with Moderna Therapeutics to discover, co-develop and co-commercialize messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutic candidates for the treatment of a range of cancers. The collaboration is in addition to the agreement announced by the ...
December 22, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, December 22, 2015 - The American Lawyer has named Covington its “Litigation Department of the Year: Product Liability.” The magazine recognizes the firm for its “string of big victories in trial and appellate courts, major settlements, plus a creative strategic edge that sets it apart.”
In its profile of the firm in its January 2016 issue, The ...
December 17, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2015 - Mergers & Acquisitions magazine has named Catherine Dargan as one of “The Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.” The inaugural special report celebrates 25 of “the best and the brightest female dealmakers.” Among a group of corporate executives and investment bankers, Ms. Dargan is the only outside counsel recognized.
LONDON, 17 December, 2015 — Covington advised AstraZeneca on its acquisition of Takeda’s respiratory business. Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca will make a payment of $575 million, and approximately 200 staff will transfer to AstraZeneca upon completion.
The deal will include the expansion of rights to roflumilast (marketed as Daliresp in the ...
November 23, 2015
LONDON, November 23, 2015 — Covington represented Allergy Therapeutics, the AIM-listed specialty pharmaceutical company specializing in allergy vaccines, in the placement of ordinary shares raising approximately £11.5 million. The placement was conducted through an accelerated bookbuilding process with Panmure Gordon & Co acting as financial adviser, nominated ...
November 16, 2015, Law360
November 2, 2015
Paul Schmidt is featured in The National Law Journal’s special report on Top Litigators, where he shares some of his winning strategies. "The keys are to humanize the company and explain the science in a clear, understandable way," he says.
September 30, 2015
NEW YORK - Covington advised the underwriters in the $106.1 million initial public offering by Austrian-based Nabriva Therapeutics AG of 10,350,000 million American Depositary Shares, representing 1,035,000 shares of Nabriva’s common stock. This was the first U.S. initial public offering by an Austrian company. The ADSs are now listed on the NASDAQ Global Market ...
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 14, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, September 14, 2015 - The National Law Journal has named Phyllis Jones and Daniel Suleiman among its “D.C. Rising Stars.” The list recognizes Washington, D.C.’s “40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under.”
Ms. Jones focuses on complex legal issues facing clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Her wide-ranging litigation ...
September 14, 2015, Covington Alert
September 8, 2015, Covington Alert
September 3, 2015
NEW YORK, September 3, 2015 — UCB and Lannett Company, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement providing for the acquisition of UCB’s U.S. specialty generics subsidiary, Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc., by Lannett. UCB will receive upfront cash proceeds of US $1.23 billion upon closing, which is subject to regulatory approval and other ...
August 11, 2015, Covington Alert
August 2015, JUVE
Quoting Adem Koyuncu on anti-corruption issues in the pharma sector.
August 2015, An Extract from The European Antitrust Review 2016
7/30/2015, Covington Alert
July 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, July 29, 2015 – Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the field of immuno-oncology. Sanofi has committed to an initial investment of up to $2.17 billion in the exclusive collaboration, including $640 million in ...
7/27/2015, Covington Alert
July 15, 2015, Covington Alert
6/25/2015, Covington Alert
June 24, 2015
LONDON, June 24, 2015 — Covington advised Allergy Therapeutics plc, the AIM-listed specialty pharmaceutical company, on its recently announced acquisition of Alerpharma, S.A. a Spanish-based allergy immunotherapy company which previously spun out from Spanish biopharmaceutical company, Zeltia S.A.
Alerpharma’s principal operating subsidiary, Inmunal, markets ...
June 17, 2015, The New York Times
The firm is mentioned in this article regarding it's representation of Allergan in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals.
June 17, 2015, Life Sciences Essentials Webinar Series
6/16/2015, Covington Alert
6/15/2015, Covington Alert
June 9, 2015, Covington Alert
May 4, 2015, Covington E-Alert
April 21, 2015, Life Sciences Essentials Webinar Series
April 20, 2015
NEW YORK — Covington advised the underwriters in the $76.8 million initial public offering of common stock of Cidara Therapeutics, Inc. Shares of Cidara trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker “CDTX.”
Cidara is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of anti-infectives for treatment of diseases ...
April 10, 2015, Am Law's The Litigation Daily
Covington's Paul Schmidt and Michael Imbroscio were named "Litigators of the Week" by AmLaw for their successful representation of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.:
"Not so long ago, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. faced a grim reality in sprawling litigation over the acne medication Accutane."
"In 2007, New Jersey judge Carol Higbee handed an edge to plaintiffs lawyers at ...
April 7, 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 2015, Life Sciences Law Review
February 27, 2015
LONDON, February 27, 2015 — Covington advised Heptares Therapeutics Limited on its announced sale to Sosei Group, a Tokyo-listed Japanese biopharmaceutical company with operations in Japan and the UK. Consideration consisted of $180 million cash at closing and up to an additional $220 million contingent upon the successful progression of Heptares’ pipeline and ...
February 25, 2015, Covington’s Life Sciences Essentials Webinar Series
February 13, 2015, Covington E-Alert
February 5, 2015
LONDON, 5 February, 2014 — Covington advised AstraZeneca on its acquisition of the rights to Actavis' branded respiratory business in the US and Canada for an initial consideration of $600 million on completion and low single-digit royalties above a certain revenue threshold.
Upon completion of the transaction, AstraZeneca will own the development and ...
January 26, 2015
LONDON, January 26, 2015 — Covington has advised Horizon Discovery Group plc on the acquisition of Haplogen Genomics GmbH for an initial consideration of £6 million in cash and the issue of new ordinary shares, with potential earn-out payments based on future performance to be satisfied by the issue of further new ordinary shares having an aggregate value of up ...
January 15, 2015
LONDON, January 15, 2015 — Covington & Burling advised Laboratorios Esteve, S.A. (Esteve) in a global multi-programme discovery and development collaboration with Mundipharma Laboratories GmbH and its independent associated company, Purdue Pharmaceuticals LP, to bring to market important next generation products for the management of pain. Under the agreements, ...
January 13, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2015 — For the third consecutive year, Law360 named Covington’s life sciences practice one of the top “Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.” Law360 recognized Covington for its “significant litigation wins and helping clinch big deals between pharmaceutical companies.” Among the matters highlighted were Covington’s handling of ...
January 9, 2015, Law360
Covington's life sciences group is featured in this article regarding their being named a "Practice Group of the Year."
"The firm's life sciences group, which includes some 250 attorneys with deep knowledge of the industry, has been a cornerstone of Covington since its early days, according to John Hurvitz, co-chairman of the group. The group has been ...
January 6, 2015, Covington E-Alert
2015, Webinar, 24th Annual EU Pharmaceutical Forum
November 17, 2014
LONDON, 17 November, 2014 — Covington is advising Indivior, formerly RB Pharmaceuticals, in the demerger transaction announced today from Reckitt Benckiser, a global consumer products company. The demerger is subject to the approval of RB shareholders. Indivior PLC will be a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of addiction and closely ...
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 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 27, 2014, Covington E-Alert
October 16, 2014, Life Sciences Essentials Series Webinar
October 7, 2014
LONDON, 7 October, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised Horizon Discovery Group plc, an AIM listed international life science company supplying research tools and services to organizations engaged in genomics research and the development of personalized medicines, on the acquisition of Sage Labs Inc. for a total of approximately $48 million (£29 million), ...
October 6, 2014, Covington E-Alert
September 9, 2014, Covington E-Alert
September 2, 2014, Covington E-Alert
August 5, 2014
LONDON, 5 August, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised Illumina on its partnership with Genomics England to provide infrastructure and expertise for a four-year project that aims to make the UK the world leader in genetic research into cancer and rare diseases, through funding research to decode 100,000 human genomes - a patient's personal DNA code. The deal is ...
August 5, 2014, Covington E-Alert
July 30, 2014
LONDON, 30 July, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca on its agreement to transfer to the company the rights to Almirall’s respiratory franchise for an initial consideration of $875 million on completion, and up to $1.22 billion in development, launch, and sales-related milestones. AstraZeneca has also agreed to make various sales-related payments. ...
July 30, 2014, Bloomberg
July 30, 2014, Legal Business
Lucinda Osborne, Gregor Frizzell, Christopher Walter and Miranda Cole are mentioned regarding their representation of AstraZeneca on its £1.2bn acquisition of Spanish healthcare group Almirall’s respiratory unit.
July 29, 2014, Forbes
Covington's John Balzano writes on the safety issues with meat production in his blog for Forbes Asia.
"Safety issues with the meat and meat products in China are causing controversy again. Last year a group of diseased pig carcasses came floating into rivers near Shanghai, causing concern about black markets for meat spreading foodborne illnesses. This time ...
July 9, 2014
June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2014 — The Legal 500 U.S. has ranked Covington & Burling in its top tier in eight practice areas and recognized 23 individual attorneys as “Leading Lawyers” in the directory’s 2014 edition. Additionally, Legal 500 “recommended” 42 Covington practice areas and 153 Covington lawyers. The eight Covington practices given the top tier ranking ...
June 25, 2014, Forbes
Covington's John Balzano writes on Chinese pet food regulation for Forbes.
"Long-term, all-too-frequent, and severe safety issues with pet treats and pet food coming from China have led to serious questions about the state of China’s pet food regulations. The answer to those questions may be fairly simple: China does not have a significant body of pet food ...
June 4, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 30, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 28, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 25, 2014, Covington E-Alert
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 9, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 7, 2014, The Lawyer
Covington's Paul Claydon, Natalie Walter, Guy Dingley, and Sarah Hoult are mentioned regarding their representation of Horizon Discovery on their IPO.
April 1, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 4, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 3, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 2014, The Life Sciences Law Review
February 28, 2014, Covington E-Alert
February 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2014 —Covington & Burling secured a defense verdict for Salix Pharmaceuticals today after a jury rejected all of Napo Pharmaceuticals’ breach of contract claims related to Fulyzaq (Crofelemer).
Following a two-week trial before New York Supreme Court Justice O. Peter Sherwood, a jury rejected all of Napo’s claims against Salix, ...
February 5, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 29, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 22, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 16, 2014, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
LONDON, 13 January, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised Isarna Therapeutics GmbH on an agreement with Santaris Pharma A/S whereby Isarna gains access to Santaris' Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) technology to further develop its next generation oligonucleotide product candidates. Under the terms of the agreement, Isarna obtains rights to utilize Santaris Pharma's ...
January 10, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 9, 2014
LONDON, 9 January, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised Innovacell Biotechnologie AG on a collaboration and exclusive licensing agreement with Norgine BV. Under the terms of the agreement Innovacell and Norgine will co-develop, and Norgine will commercialise, ICEF15 - an innovative personalised cell therapy to treat faecal incontinence. The agreement territory ...
January 2014, Scrip Regulatory Affairs
December 31, 2013, Covington E-Alert
December 24, 2013, Covington E-Alert
December 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised Natrogen Therapeutics International in its agreement with Takeda Pharmaceuticals for the exclusive license for worldwide development of Natura-alpha, a synthetic small molecule oral compound that is believed to inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokine expression, as well as an option to acquire Natrogen. ...
December 19, 2013
NEW YORK, December 19, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca in its acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb's interests in the companies’ diabetes alliance for an initial consideration of $2.7 billion on completion and up to $1.4 billion in regulatory, launch and sales-related payments.
AstraZeneca has also agreed to pay various sales-related royalty ...
Brussels, 19 December, 2013 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Adem Koyuncu is joining its life sciences practice as a partner, along with associate Sabine Stute. Dr. Koyuncu and Ms. Stute will be resident in the firm’s Brussels office, and will focus on issues involving the law of the European Union and, in particular, of Germany.
Dr. Koyuncu, ...
December 2, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 20, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 12, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 8, 2013, Covington E-Alert
October 31, 2013, Covington E-Alert
October 18, 2013
LONDON, 18 October, 2013 — AstraZeneca announced that MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, has acquired Spirogen, a privately-held biotech company focused on antibody-drug conjugate technology for use in oncology. Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca on the transaction working alongside AstraZeneca’s in-house legal team. MedImmune has ...
October 1, 2013, Covington E-Alert
NEW YORK, September 27, 2013 — Covington & Burling received six awards at the inaugural LMG Life Sciences awards on September 25, including “FDA Pharmaceutical Firm of the Year” and Richard Kingham’s induction to the Hall of Fame.
The awards, which are selected based on a survey of peers and leading companies in the life sciences industry, “recognize and honor ...
September 26, 2013, Covington E-Alert
September 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
September 24, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 28, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 19, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 16, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 12, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 9, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 8, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 2013, Journal of Medical Device Regulation
July 31, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 30, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 26, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 22, 2013
LONDON, 22 July, 2013 — Covington & Burling acted for AIM listed stem cell therapy company, ReNeuron Group plc, on its £33 million fund raising.
ReNeuron today announced that £25.35 million (before expenses) will be raised through an oversubscribed placing of new shares to fund the company’s therapeutic programmes through Phase II trials, together with a £7.8 ...
July 19, 2013, Covington E-Alert
June 27, 2013, Covington E-Alert
June 26, 2013
LONDON, 26 June, 2013 — The UK Information Commissioner's Office has authorised GlaxoSmithKline’s 'Binding Corporate Rules' (BCRs) – a set of internal policies and procedures used to protect personal data across GSK’s operations globally. The privacy and data security team at Covington & Burling was instrumental in the development, implementation and ...
June 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
June 21, 2013
LONDON, 21 June, 2013 — Euromoney LMG awarded Covington partners Lisa Peets and Hilary Prescott the "Best in Copyright" and "Best in Investment Funds" awards at its Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2013 ceremony in London. The awards honour firms that set “the standard in terms of female-friendly work practices, and women leading the field in the legal sector ...
May 30, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 24, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 17, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2013 — Robert J. Trainor, former executive vice president and general counsel of Brussels-based UCB S.A., joins Covington & Burling today as senior of counsel in the firm’s New York City office. He will advise clients on a broad range of corporate, policy, and litigation matters affecting the pharmaceutical industry and other corporate ...
SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2013 — Covington & Burling partners Amy Toro and Sonya Winner have been named to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list, which includes 75 litigators and 25 corporate practitioners, recognizes “excellent lawyering and leadership skills among women attorneys.” Ms. Toro was recognized for her work ...
April 26, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 15, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 9, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 2013, The Life Sciences Law Review
March 28, 2013, Covington E-Alert
March 25, 2013
LONDON, 25 March, 2013 — AstraZeneca and Moderna Therapeutics announced an agreement to develop and commercialise pioneering messenger RNA therapeutics™ for the treatment of serious cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases as well as cancer. Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca on the deal, working alongside AstraZeneca’s in-house legal team. Under the ...
March 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
March 18, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 27, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 21, 2013, Law360
February 21, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 13, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 1, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 28, 2013, Covington E-Alert
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 10, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 7, 2013
NEW YORK, January 7, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised Illumina, Inc. on its announced acquisition of Verinata Health, Inc. for cash consideration of $350 million plus up to $100 million in milestone payments through 2015.
Upon completion of the acquisition, Illumina will have access to the Verinata’s verifi® prenatal test, the broadest non-invasive prenatal ...
December 28, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 11, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 10, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 7, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 3, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2012 — Law360 named five Covington & Burling lawyers today as “Most Valuable Players” in their respective practice areas. The award singles out lawyers from across 22 practice areas whose achievements in major litigation or transactional matters have “raised the bar” over the past year.
The Covington lawyers recognized as Law360 MVPs ...
December 3, 2012, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2012 — Covington & Burling received 97 first-tier practice rankings in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, placing Covington among the top 10 firms nationwide. Covington was also named “Law Firm of the Year” in both FDA Law and Corporate Compliance Law. The honor is presented to one law firm in each of the ...
November 2012, Regulatory Focus
October 31, 2012, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, October 23, 2012 — AstraZeneca and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today an agreement to develop and market Ironwood’s linaclotide in China. Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca on the deal.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved linaclotide last August, making it the first of its class of drugs approved in the United States. ...
October 22, 2012, Covington E-Alert
October 4, 2012, Covington E-Alert
NEW YORK, October 2, 2012 — Former federal prosecutor Lynn Neils joins Covington & Burling’s litigation group as a partner, strengthening the firm’s highly regarded white collar practice. She will be resident in Covington’s New York office. A prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of New York and the District of New Jersey for more ...
September 28, 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 27, 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 26, 2012, Covington E-Alert
September 17, 2012, Covington Advisory
September 6, 2012
LONDON, 06 September, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP acted as legal advisers to Meda in an agreement with Jazz Pharmaceuticals to acquire a portfolio of six pharmaceutical products for women for $95 million in cash.
The largest and most important product in the portfolio is Elestrin, a patented product with sales of almost 100 MSEK, that doctors prescribe for ...
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
August 31, 2012, Covington E-Alert
August 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 196 individual mentions in 57 areas of law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as ...
August 16, 2012, Covington E-Alert
August 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2012 — Covington & Burling advised AstraZeneca in its agreement with Pfizer for over-the-counter rights to sell a nonprescription version of Nexium, a medication prescribed to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The agreement gives Pfizer rights to sell a 20mg nonprescription version of AstraZeneca's Nexium ...
WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP has received a top tier ranking in six practice areas and 18 individual attorneys are named “Leading Lawyers” in the recently released Legal 500 US 2012 edition. Additionally, Legal 500 US also “recommended” 36 Covington practice areas and 123 Covington lawyers.
The six Covington practices given the top ...
August 10, 2012, Covington E-Alert
August 1, 2012, Covington E-Alert
July 26, 2012, Covington E-Alert
July 16, 2012, Covington Advisory
June 29, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 28, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 14, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 11, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 7, 2012, Covington Advisory
June 2012, Scrip Regulatory Affairs
May 31, 2012, Law360
May 29, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 25, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 24, 2012
BRUSSELS, 24 May, 2012 — Best Lawyers in Belgium has named Covington & Burling partner Peter Bogaert as the 2012 Brussels “Lawyer of the Year” in the regulatory category for his “abilities, professionalism and integrity.” Best Lawyers recognises one lawyer in each practice area and region.
Mr. Bogaert has a broad European life sciences practice. He has detailed ...
May 17, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 8, 2012, Covington E-Alert
April 30, 2012, Covington E-Alert
April 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling represented AstraZeneca in its $1.26 billion acquisition of Ardea Biosciences. Under the agreement, AstraZeneca will pay $32 per share for all of the outstanding shares of Ardea.
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and ...
April 16, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2012 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce the promotion of one lawyer to of counsel and five lawyers to special counsel, effective April 1, 2012.
Wendy Feng (San Francisco), the new of counsel, represents policyholders in insurance coverage cases in state and federal courts. She provides strategic claims-related advice and has ...
March 23, 2012, Covington E-Alert
March 22, 2012, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
February 29, 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, Covington E-Alert
BRUSSELS, 17 January, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Jean De Ruyt has joined the firm’s government affairs group as a senior European policy advisor in Brussels. Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is among the most experienced diplomats in Europe. Most recently, he served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and was ...
2012, Life Sciences Handbook
2012, PLC Life Sciences Handbook 2012
December 8, 2011
LONDON, 8 December, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Kristian Wiggert has joined the firm’s European corporate group as a partner in London.
Mr. Wiggert is a US-qualified lawyer with extensive experience in cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities. His practice covers a wide range of industries, ...
November 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2011 — For the second consecutive year, U.S. News-Best Lawyers awarded Covington & Burling the most first-tier practice rankings for Washington, DC in the “Best Law Firms” survey. The 2011-12 survey also awarded the firm 82 first-tier practice rankings, placing Covington among the top 20 firms nationwide.
Additionally, U.S. ...
November 2011, Journal of Medical Device Regulation
LONDON, 21 October, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is advising Axis-Shield plc on the recommended £235 million all cash public takeover offer from Alere, Inc., a US company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Axis-Shield is a Scottish-Norwegian company, listed on the London and Oslo Stock Exchanges, that develops and manufactures in vitro diagnostic tests for ...
October 5, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 5, 2011 — Best Lawyers named eight Covington & Burling lawyers as the “2012 Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and cities. According to Best Lawyers, the selected lawyers have received particularly strong ratings in the Best Lawyers' survey by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their “abilities, ...
September 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 184 individual mentions in 56 areas of law in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows: ...
August 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, August 15, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Ellen Flannery has been appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.
Ms. Flannery is co-chair of the firm’s food and drug law practice group. She will serve a three-year term as the Federal Circuit member of the committee. At the ...
June 15, 2011, Covington E-Alert
June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 123 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2011. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
LONDON, May 16, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP adds a top life sciences corporate team to its London office, further enhancing its comprehensive global life sciences practice. Covington is pleased to announce that Paul Claydon, Natalie Diep, James Gubbins and James Halstead are joining Covington & Burling LLP as partners. They complement Covington’s highly ...
May 11, 2011, Covington E-Alert
May 9, 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 2011, Clinica
February 22, 2011
NEW YORK, February 22, 2011 — Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) and Clinical Data, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDA) announced today that they have entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Forest will acquire Clinical Data, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of first-in-class and best-in-category therapeutics. Covington & Burling LLP ...
February 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2011 — For the seventh time, Practical Law Company has awarded Covington & Burling LLP its worldwide first place ranking in the Life Sciences Regulatory Super League category.
PLC also singled out Covington’s Antitrust/Competition, Corporate, and Insurance practices, along with lawyers from each group, in its practice-specific ...
January 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that it plans to establish a strategic risk and crisis management practice to assist national and international businesses and their managements and boards.
Senior members of the group include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat; former DC ...
2011, Life Sciences Handbook 2011
2011, Life Sciences Handbook
November 30, 2010, EuroWatch
November 10, 2010, Covington E-Alert
November 2010, Regulatory Affairs Pharma
October 25, 2010
NEW YORK, October 25, 2010 — Kadmon Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has acquired Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, a privately held specialty pharmaceuticals company based in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Three Rivers will serve as the commercial and operational cornerstone for Kadmon, a privately held biopharmaceutical company based in New York City. Terms of ...
SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2010 — Omeros Corporation today announced that it has received $20 million from Vulcan Capital as well as a grant award for $5 million from Washington State's Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) to support the advancement of the Company's G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) program. In return, Vulcan Capital and LSDF have a right to ...
October 14, 2010, The Lawyer
October 12, 2010
REDWOOD SHORES, CA, October 12, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP partner Kurt Calia received the Boston University School of Law Victor J. Garo Public Service Award.
Mr. Calia, a partner in Covington’s intellectual property litigation, technology, and life sciences practices, was honored for his representation of a death-row inmate in Alabama, a political asylum ...
NEW YORK, October 12, 2010 — King Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Pfizer to acquire all of the outstanding stock and stock equivalents of King for $14.25 in cash per share, or aggregate consideration of $3.6 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised King on the transaction.
King is a vertically integrated ...
October 6, 2010
LONDON, 6 October, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Walter as a partner in the European employment practice. He will be joined by special counsel Chris Bracebridge and associate Helena Laughrin. They will significantly enhance Covington's capabilities to meet the needs of the firm's growing European corporate ...
October 2010, Regulatory Affairs Journal
August 9, 2010
REDWOOD SHORES, CA, August 9, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that three partners from its Washington, D.C. office, Kurt Calia, Emily Henn, and Emily Leonard, have relocated to the Silicon Valley office. Their move will strengthen the link to the firm’s deep regulatory roots as well as further enhance the firm’s transactional and litigation ...
August 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 138 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
August 2010, Journal of Medical Device Regulation
June 25, 2010
NEW YORK, June 25, 2010 — Gilead Sciences, Inc. and CGI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement pursuant to which Gilead will acquire CGI. Under the terms of the agreement, Gilead will acquire CGI for up to $120 million, the majority as an upfront payment and the remaining based on clinical development progress. Covington & ...
June 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 112 individual mentions and 44 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2010. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
LONDON, 6 May, 2010 — Intercell AG today announced that it has signed an agreement with Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. to acquire Cytos’ platform technology for monoclonal antibody discovery. The technology is based on expression cloning of monoclonal antibodies from human B-cells and enables the identification of anti-infective antibodies to prevent and treat ...
April 30, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of three lawyers to of counsel.
The new of counsels are as follows:
Natalie Derzko (Washington) practices in the areas of intellectual property, strategic counseling, due diligence, patent prosecution, patent ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of three lawyers to of counsel.
The new of counsels are as follows:
Natalie Derzko (Washington) practices in the areas of intellectual property, strategic counseling, due diligence, patent prosecution, patent ...
February 24, 2010
LONDON, February 24, 2010 — Vernalis plc, the London main market listed pharmaceutical company, announced on 11 February the completion of a fully underwritten placing and open offer raising £30 million before expenses. Vernalis proposes to apply most of the proceeds of the fundraising to regain the right to the royalties from Menarini’s sales of frovatriptan by ...
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 ...
January 15, 2010
LONDON, January 15, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP advised Minster Pharmaceuticals plc, the AIM-quoted drug development company specialising in compounds for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions, in its recommended takeover by Proximagen Neuroscience plc. The terms of the all cash offer value Minster at £4.3 million. The Covington team ...
2009/10, PLC Life Sciences Handbook 2009/10
2009/10, Life Sciences Handbook
2010, In Vitro Diagnostics: The Complete Regulatory Guide (Chapter (8) with permission from FDLI )
December 18, 2009
LONDON, December 18, 2009 — Alphatec Holdings, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Scient’x Groupe SAS, a spinal implant company based in France. Alphatec Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., is a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders. ...
October 9, 2009, Covington E-Alert
NEW YORK, September 24, 2009 — Boehringer Ingelheim, and its US animal health business Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., has entered into an agreement with Pfizer to acquire certain assets of Wyeth’s Fort Dodge Animal Health business upon the closing of the global Pfizer-Wyeth merger. Covington & Burling LLP represented Boehringer Ingelheim on the ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that James O’Connell, who most recently served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of International, Policy, and Appellate matters in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in the firm’s Washington office and ...
September/October 2009, RAJ Devices
NEW YORK, NY, August 24, 2009 — Procter & Gamble today announced the sale of its global pharmaceuticals business to Warner Chilcott Ltd. Covington & Burling LLP advised Procter & Gamble on the transaction.
Procter & Gamble is a leading global branded products company, with one of the strongest portfolios of quality, leadership brands in consumer health and ...
August 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 131 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
June 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 100 individual mentions and 40 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2009. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
June 2009, Drug Litigation Conference: Pharmaceutical Law and Preemption in a Post-Levine World
NEW YORK, NY, May 22, 2009 — Johnson & Johnson and Cougar Biotechnology, Inc. announced a definitive agreement whereby Cougar Biotechnology will be acquired for approximately $970 million in a cash tender offer. Covington & Burling LLP advised Merrill Lynch, financial advisor to Cougar Biotechnology, on the transaction. Johnson & Johnson engages in the research ...
LONDON, May 19, 2009 — Vernalis plc, the London main market listed pharmaceutical company which is developing a pipeline of clinical and early stage programmes, today announced the completion of a placing and open offer raising £24 million before expenses. It proposes to apply the proceeds of the fundraising to fund its clinical development and discovery ...
LONDON, May 14, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Daniel Pavin, who joins the firm’s leading European life sciences practice as a partner in London.
Mr. Pavin is recognized as a leading life sciences transactional lawyer in the UK and Europe and brings extensive experience in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. He ...
WASHINGTON, DC, May 1, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP advised California-based biotech HepaHope, Inc. on its initial public offering in Germany and Luxembourg and its listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. HepaHope raised a total of $12.6 million from funding activities in connection with the IPO.
The offering had to be carefully structured and managed to ...
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, ...
April 2009, RAJ Pharma
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 17, 2009 — Sanofi-aventis U.S. and Æterna Zentaris GmbH have signed an agreement for the development, registration and marketing for cetrorelix for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) for the US market. Under the terms of the agreement sanofi-aventis will make upfront and future milestone payments, and Æterna Zentaris ...
2008/09, Life Sciences Handbook
WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2008 — Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. announced that it has acquired rights to crofelemer from Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Covington & Burling LLP represented Salix in the deal.
Crofelemer currently is being investigated in a Phase 3 study as an anti-diarrheal agent for the treatment of chronic diarrhea in people living with HIV. Salix ...
October 2008, EURALex
September 2008, Covington E-Alert
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 5, 2008 — Gilead Sciences and Merck & Co., Inc. have entered into an agreement through which Gilead will assume the lead role for the distribution of the HIV medication Atripla(R) in 12 countries located primarily in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Covington & Burling LLP advised Gilead in the agreement.
Atripla is the first ...
WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2008 — Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with AstraZeneca to promote and provide support in the United States for MERREM® I.V. Covington & Burling LLP advised AstraZeneca on the deal.
AstraZeneca, a major international healthcare business, is engaged in the research, development, ...
July 2008, RAJ Pharma
WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2008 — For the third 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. In honoring Covington, PLC states: “Known for its outstanding regulatory practice in Washington DC, the ...
NEW YORK, NY, March 3, 2008 — Pfizer Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Serenex Inc., a privately held biotechnology company. Covington & Burling LLP advised Pfizer on the transaction. Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company, discovers and develops innovative medicines to treat and help ...
March 2008, EURALex
WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2008 — Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Pfizer Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will make a cash tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of Encysive for $2.35 per share, representing an equity value of approximately $195 million. ...
NEW YORK, NY, January 2, 2008 — Pfizer announced on December 31 that it has completed the cash tender offer for the outstanding shares of common stock of Coley Pharmaceutical Group, Inc., a publicly-held biopharmaceutical company specializing in vaccine adjuvant technology and a new class of immunomodulatory drug candidates designed to fight cancers, allergy and ...
2008, PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook
LONDON, December 28, 2007 - The latest edition of Chambers Global has ranked Covington & Burling LLP’s expertise in 12 categories globally. “Sound knowledge of the industry” and “sheer breadth of experience“ are just some of the comments gathered by the research team from the firm’s clients. The firm has also achieved 10 individual rankings and a further 16 ...