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Covington has one of the country’s leading employee benefits and executive compensation practices. Our clients cover the spectrum from emerging companies to the largest global employers.
Our lawyers have served in senior positions in the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.
We advise on all areas of law relevant to employee benefits and executive compensation, including ERISA, taxation, fiduciary responsibility, plan investments, employment discrimination, securities regulation, health care, international equity, and global mobility. Our practice covers a full range of services, including the following:
We have helped a number of employers restructure the committees that oversee their benefit plans, to streamline process, ensure compliance, and reduce risk. In addition to governance generally, we have helped plan fiduciaries manage company stock funds in their 401(k) plans, manage fees, and improve communications with plan participants and regulators.
Prepared comments and testified at hearings on behalf of industry groups and individual clients on a number of proposed regulations that would significantly affect the design and administration of large employers’ employee benefit plans, including regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, U.S. Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services. In recent years, we have advised clients on rulemaking related to health reform, hybrid and other retirement plans, and fiduciary responsibility.
We have helped employers comply with a range of laws that affect wellness programs, and we have represented clients in meetings with senior officials at the EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor, IRS, and U.S. Treasury Department on agency regulations affecting wellness programs.
We recently helped a number of companies restructure their retiree medical benefit programs to reduce costs and volatility. We are also advising employers on related litigation.
We have advised a number of employers on a range of complex issues related to the Affordable Care Act, including “shared responsibility” obligations, new mandates, and the upcoming excise tax on “Cadillac” plans.
We have advised a number of multi-national employers on compensation and benefits issues around the world, ranging from global equity plans to pension issues in India and severance in Brazil.
Represented MidFirst Bank in its acquisition of Steele Street Bank and Trust from Steele Street Bank Corporation and in its acquisition of Presidential Financial Corporation.
Represented Steve Ballmer in his $2 billion acquisition of the Los Angeles Clippers from The Sterling Family Trust.
Represented Hanesbrands Inc. in its $2.4 billion spin-off from Sara Lee, Inc. and listing on the NYSE.
Represented Allergan in its $2.1 billion acquisition of KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Represented Altice in its $9.1 billion acquisition of Suddenlink.
Represented BBVA in its $114 million acquisition of Simple Technology Finance Corp.
Represented Indivior plc in its $1.6 billion demerger transaction from Reckitt Benckiser Group plc and listing on the LSE.
Advising companies based in the U.S., UK, and other parts of Europe on cross-border tax and employment aspects of senior executive assignments in Europe and China.
Assisted a Fortune 50 company in a ground-breaking transaction to add a guaranteed minimum withdrawal investment option to its $15 billion section 401(k) plan.
The U.S. Supreme Court held that a participant stated a colorable ERISA fiduciary breach claim for losses stemming from the alleged failure to implement investment directions for his 401(k) plan account. In a concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts cited our amicus brief for The ERISA Industry Committee in stating that such actions might need to be brought as benefits denial claims and subjected to exhaustion of administrative remedies.
Developed an international benefits plan for employees in Dubai, the U.S., and the UK.
Developed innovative plan language to insulate plan sponsors from a wide range of litigation risks, including drafting errors, administrative errors, and allocation of fiduciary responsibility.
We filed extensive comments on behalf of a number of clients related to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, helping to shape the requirements for deferred compensation arrangements. We have also advised clients on a number of correction and compliance issues related to these arrangements.
Drafted and advanced legislation that became the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Since passage of the Act, we have been leading discussions with the US Treasury and the US IRS to resolve significant issues affecting hybrid pension plans and sponsors of those plans.
Co-ordinated U.S., Dutch and German tax, employment, immigration and benefits advice in relation to a U.S. listing of a Dutch company and relocation of senior managers.
Assisted with employment and variable compensation aspects of the hire of a European CEO for a FTSE-listed company.
Successfully handled important ERISA litigation in the Supreme Court, including Conkright v. Frommert, 130 S. Ct. 1640 (2010) (requiring deference to the plan administrator’s interpretation of a plan, even though the administrator had previously relied on provisions that were not properly added to the plan), and Kennedy v. Plan Adm’r for Dupont Sav. & Invt. Plan, 129 S. Ct. 865 (2009) (applying ERISA’s “plan document” rule to affirm unanimously a plan administrator’s decision to follow a beneficiary designation that gave rights to a participant’s former spouse, even though a divorce decree had stated that the former spouse gave up her rights).
Resolved tax and fiduciary issues in connection with the proposed consolidation of more than $1 billion in assets held in separate voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations.
Represented a U.S. public company in the sale of its pension fund’s $128 million portfolio of private equity interests.
Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., in its acquisition of Canadian cloud-printing firm PrinterOn.
With our colleagues in Covington’s securities practice, we have helped a number of companies disclose their executive compensation arrangements to investors. We have helped companies prepare their “Compensation Discussion & Analysis” disclosures and other filings, and we have counseled them when responding to follow-up requests from SEC staff.
Advised a public company on the addition of new investment options under a section 401(k) plan covering more than 250,000 participants, and a Fortune 50 company on a ground-breaking transaction to add a guaranteed minimum withdrawal investment option to its $15 billion section 401(k) plan.
Negotiating and implementing employment, separation, and consulting agreements on behalf of employers and executives. We have also designed and adapted executive retirement and other deferred compensation programs to comply with Section 409A and other complex tax rules in a practical way.
Represented Pandora Media, Inc. in its acquisition of Next Big Sound, Inc.,
Advised Pepco Holdings in its $6.83 billion sale to Exelon Corp.
We have advised a number of companies on securing deductions for compensation paid to senior executives, and on potential adverse tax consequences from golden parachute payments.
Advising plan sponsors and fiduciaries on potential tax and fiduciary issues raised by premium stabilization reserves, retired lives reserves, and other reserves held under group insurance policies issued to employee welfare benefit plans.
Advising several of the largest in-house investment managers, with combined assets under management exceeding $150 billion, on fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, including compliance with the INHAM class exemption and related audit requirements.
Advising Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity fund management group, with over $2 billion in investments and investment capital, in all aspects of the management equity and employment arrangements for their portfolio companies.
Advising an employee benefit investment manager and mutual fund advisor with more than $115 billion of assets under management on a wide range of fiduciary, prohibited transaction, disclosure, and investment issues in connection with its discretionary asset management services.
Representation of Applied Security in Fairfax County Circuit Court in a trade secret and employee agreement contract dispute.
Advised a leading global fund-of-funds sponsor in connection with its acquisition of large portfolios of private equity interests in Europe and the United States.
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.
Advising several large employers on significant changes to the design of retirement plans with billions of dollars in liabilities, including conversions to cash balance, pension equity, and floor-offset arrangements, and plan freezes and terminations.
Represented Verizon Communications with respect to its pension plan’s $7.5 billion annuity purchase (one of the largest pension annuitization transactions in US history), and successfully defending Verizon against an attempt by retirees to block the transaction in court.
Resolved contentious investigations by the US Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service, in which the government took positions that exposed our clients to many millions, and in some cases over $1 billion, of potential liability. In several of these cases, we replaced counsel that was unable to reach agreement with the government, when litigation appeared to be imminent.
Representation of Huawei Technologies in trade secret lawsuits against Motorola Solutions involving wireless base station technology; obtained a preliminary injunction preventing the transfer of confidential information in the context of a corporate acquisition and an award of licensing fees.
Young v. Verizon’s Bell Atl. Cash Balance Plan, __ F. Supp. 2d __, 2009 WL 3677350 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 2, 2009). For Verizon, we secured a court order reforming a $1.7 billion drafting error in a pension plan formula. This was the first court order correcting a scrivener’s error in an ERISA plan.
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.
Taylor v. United Technologies Corp., 2009 WL 4255159 (2d Cir. Dec. 1, 2009), aff’g 2009 WL 535779, 46 Empl. Ben. Cas. (BNA) 1935 (D. Conn. Mar. 3, 2009). The Second Circuit affirmed the summary judgment entered in favor of our client United Technologies in a 401(k) plan expense class action lawsuit. The court upheld the rejection of all of plaintiffs’ claims concerning a variety of fiduciary decisions over more than a decade, for which plaintiffs had calculated alleged damages of $230 million.
Resolved tax and fiduciary issues in connection with the proposed consolidation of more than $1 billion in assets held in separate voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations (“VEBAs”).
Helped a leading global fund-of-funds sponsor with benefit plan investors acquire several large portfolios of European private equity interests. Working with corporate lawyers in our London and New York offices, we designed tax-efficient acquisition vehicles that complied with ERISA and avoided potential fiduciary and plan asset concerns.
Advised many companies on tax-efficient executive compensation arrangements. We have helped companies avoid adverse millions of dollars in tax liability related to golden parachutes, deferred compensation, and other executive compensation arrangements.
Represented Tencent Holdings Limited in its $8.6 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell Oy, developer of Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Boom Beach and Hay Day, from SoftBank.
December 23, 2016, Inside Compensation
A new post on Covington’s eHealth blog discusses HIPAA-related provisions in the Twenty-First Century Cures Act, signed by President Obama on December 13. These provisions direct HHS to consider HIPAA’s effects on mental health treatment and the availability of health data for research purposes. Read the full post here.… Continue Reading
November 4, 2016, Inside Compensation
Our colleague Jason Levy recently published an article in The Actuary Magazine on the Department of Labor’s fiduciary conflict rule. More than six years in the making, this rule represents perhaps the most significant regulation from the DOL during the Obama Administration. The fiduciary conflict rule expands the definition of fiduciary to cover, with certain … ...
November 1, 2016, Inside Compensation
Existing rules in Europe require, and proposed rules in the U.S. would require, companies and financial institutions to have in place effective clawback policies. Under such policies, employers have the ability to recover compensation paid to employees when certain events occur or information comes to light that could have an adverse effect on the employer. … ...
September 30, 2016, Covington Alert
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to aggressively pursue companies using severance and other employment agreements that could be perceived to discourage employees from reporting possible securities law violations. Three enforcement actions this past summer demonstrate the need for companies to proactively review and give consideration ...
September 15, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington advised WestRock Company in its transfer of $2.5 billion of pension liabilities to Prudential Insurance Company of America. WestRock’s pension plan will purchase a group annuity contract from Prudential covering approximately 35,000 retirees and beneficiaries. This is one of the largest pension transfer transactions to have occurred in the ...
August/September 2016, The Actuary Magazine
June 21, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Covington advised Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of internet service in China, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell from SoftBank. A consortium established by Tencent will acquire up to 84% of Supercell for $8.6 billion in a transaction valuing Supercell at approximately $10.2 billion.
Supercell is a ...
June 21, 2016, Webinar
June 3, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington advised Beltone Financial Holding, a leading Egyptian investment bank, in its acquisition of 51 percent of Auerbach Grayson & Company, a New York brokerage firm specializing in global trade execution and research on developed, frontier, and emerging markets for U.S. institutional investors.
This acquisition marks Beltone Financial’s entry into ...
June 1, 2016, Inside Compensation
Long considered to be at the forefront of providing benefits to employees who take family and medical leave, California recently enacted a new law aimed at increasing the benefits paid out to employees who take time off to care for an ill or injured family member or for new child bonding. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Board … Continue Reading
May 31, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington advised Graham Media Group in its definitive agreement to purchase WCWJ, the CW affiliate serving Jacksonville, FL and WSLS-TV, the NBC affiliate serving Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA, from Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Media General.
The Covington team included corporate partners Paul Rogers and Michael Cutler, with associate Adina Lord. ...
April 27, 2016, Covington Alert
In late April 2016, federal financial regulators began the process of re-proposing rules (the “Proposal”) to implement restrictions on incentive-based compensation required by Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Section 956 directs a number of federal regulators (the “Agencies”) to jointly issue ...
April 8, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington advised Emmy and Golden Globe-winning producer Ben Silverman on the creation of Propagate Content, a media production and distribution company. A+E has agreed to fund the company with $30 million in equity and has committed to buy $15 million in scripted or unscripted projects in a five-year deal.
Propagate has already signed Will.i.am and ...
February 8, 2016, Inside Compensation
On January 20, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued new guidance on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The guidance marks the third time in recent years that WHD has stressed the broad definition of “employment” under the FLSA, following June 2014 guidance on joint employment in the … Continue Reading
January 26, 2016, Inside Compensation
As noted in our earlier blog post, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer made clear that participants bringing stock-drop cases are subject to heightened pleading standards to help “divide the plausible sheep from the meritless goats.” In its first substantive ruling in a post-Dudenhoeffer stock-drop case, the U.S. Supreme ...
December 9, 2015
NEW YORK, December 9, 2015 - Covington advised Grupo P.I. Mabe, the leading producer of hygienic products in Mexico, on its sale to Ontex Group NV, a publicly listed company based in Belgium. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
The transaction will require regulatory approvals in Mexico, the US and certain other countries, and has ...
December 8, 2015
NEW YORK, December 8, 2015 - Covington represented Ascension, the nation’s leading Catholic and non-profit health system, in a $200 million investment transaction with TowerBrook Capital Partners in Accretive Health, a leading provider of revenue cycle management services to healthcare providers. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of ...
November 25, 2015, Bloomberg BNA
Richard Shea is quoted by Bloomberg BNA in an article discussing whipsaw calculations in light of the final regulations being released giving hybrid defined benefit retirement plans more time to bring their plans into compliance. According to Shea, although the IRS and Treasury made plans in the past to eliminate whipsaw calculations, it was never finalized. ...
November 16, 2015, Bloomberg BNA
Partners Richard Shea and Robert Newman are quoted in a BNA article discussing new rules governing hybrid pension retirement plans.
More transitional guidance is needed, according to Shea. “The rules finalized today only address how to transition from a noncompliant market rate of return. They do not address how to transition from plan provisions that do not ...
November 5, 2015, Bloomberg BNA
Richard Shea is quoted in a BNA article covering employee benefit plans and how plans can practice “good compliance.” According to Shea, good compliance happens when documentation is consistent, but, he notes, it's rare to find a plan with consistent documentation across the board.
August 20, 2015, Inside Compensation
As people head off on their summer breaks, regulators in Europe, particularly Germany, are increasingly focused on the breakdown of the division between home and work life and how this division is changing as mobile devices become used for work-related emails. Regulators are considering new rules that would limit an employer’s ability to require employees … ...
August 17, 2015, Inside Compensation
Several legal developments affect the designs of group health plans in 2016. This brief refresher of those developments may be helpful to employers whose open enrollment is just around the corner. New preventive care services. Starting in 2016, calendar year plans must cover additional preventive services that were recommended in 2014. Employers must offer a … ...
August 10, 2015, Inside Compensation
On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted, by a three-to-two vote, a rule that will require most public companies to disclose, annually, the ratio of the median of the annual total compensation of the company’s employees to the annual total compensation of the company’s principal executive officer. Companies must comply with the … ...
August 10, 2015, Covington Alert
July 30, 2015, Inside Compensation
The federal government has been encouraging employers to adopt best practices to address both external and internal threats to critical business information and infrastructure. These best practices have included an important human resources element, including policies and programs covering current and former employees. For example, the Obama Administration ...
July 17, 2015, Webinar
July 6, 2015, InsideCompensation Blog
May 19, 2015
NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 — Covington is advising Pandora Media, Inc., an Internet radio service, in its acquisition of Next Big Sound, Inc., a provider of online music analytics. The acquisition is expected to provide Pandora with a powerful analytics tool used by tens of thousands of music makers, labels and marketers looking for data and insights about artists ...
April 1, 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 5, 2015, InsideCompensation Blog
January 28, 2015, InsideCompensation Blog
October 23, 2014, Bloomberg BNA
Covington's Jeffrey Huvelle is quoted regarding his representation of Verizon:
“Verizon is pleased that the Fifth Circuit agreed with Judge Fish's well-reasoned decision that Verizon's spinoff complied with ERISA,” Huvelle told Bloomberg BNA on Oct. 15. He added that the document disclosure claims at issue “related to SuperMedia, not Verizon.”
September 29, 2014, Pensions & Investments
Richard Shea and Robert Newman are quoted in this piece on regarding the recently released rules on hybrid defined benefit plans:
The regulations, adopted Sept. 18, “make possible a type of retirement plan our country sorely needs,” said Richard Shea, a Washington attorney with law firm Covington and Burling, who chairs the employee benefits and executive ...
September 23, 2014, Bloomberg BNA
Robert Newman and Richard Shea are quoted in this article regarding the recently released rules on hybrid defined benefit plans:
"The final rules open up a new world for employers wanting to offer retirement plans to their employees and could eventually slow the migration from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, Robert Newman and Richard C. ...
July 30, 2014, InsideCompensation Blog
May 14, 2014, Bloomberg BNA
Covington partner Richard C. Shea is quoted in this Bloomberg BNA article regarding final regulations the Treasury Department recently released providing guidance on the taxation of retirement plan payments for health and accident insurance, including disability coverage.
“The Treasury Department guidance included more provisions than what the employee benefits ...
May 2, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2014 — Public confidence in retirement systems is shakier than ever. Covington & Burling’s Richard Shea is co-hosting an international conference to address both the reasons and potential solutions to the growing gap in public confidence. Titled “Reimagining Pensions: The Next 40 Years,” the conference will bring together leading ...
April 27, 2014
NEW YORK, April 28, 2014 — Covington & Burling represented Forest Laboratories in a definitive agreement to acquire Furiex Pharmaceuticals, a drug development collaboration company, for up to $1.46 billion.
The acquisition of Furiex expands Forest’s offerings in gastroenterology. Forest agreed to pay $95 per share in cash, or approximately $1.1 billion in the ...
April 24, 2014, Bloomberg BNA
Covington partner Robert Newman spoke during an April 24 webinar, De-risking: Tradeoff Between Reduction in Volatility and Retirement Security, sponsored by the American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, regarding the Internal Revenue Service working on additional private letter rulings that cover lump-sum offers to retirees who are receiving ...
February 20, 2014
NEW YORK, February 20, 2014 — Covington & Burling represented Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, an international financial group based in Spain, in its acquisition of financial technology company Simple.
The acquisition is part of BBVA's strategy to lead the technology-driven change that is transforming the financial services industry. According to Francisco ...
June 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2013 — Mike Francese, a partner in Covington’s employee benefits practice, testified on Tuesday before the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Speaking on behalf of the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), Mr. Francese raised concerns regarding PBGC’s proposal to modify rules governing reportable events. “PBGC has proposed ...
March 14, 2013, InsideCompensation Blog
February 21, 2013, Law360
January 18, 2013, Covington Advisory
November 28, 2012
NEW YORK, November 28, 2012— Covington & Burling is advising Grupo Financiero Banorte S.A.B. de C.V., and its affiliate Afore XXI Banorte, S.A. de C.V., in a $1.6-billion acquisition of Afore Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. from the Spanish bank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., which would create Mexico’s largest pension fund.
Afore Bancomer is Mexico’s second ...
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 ...
October 22, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, October 22, 2012 — Covington & Burling served as ERISA counsel to Verizon Communications Inc. on its transfer of $7.5 billion in pension liabilities to The Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Many sponsors of defined benefit plans, especially frozen plans, are considering ways to “de-risk” by reducing or eliminating the volatility ...
October 17, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, October 17, 2012 — Richard Shea, a Covington & Burling partner and leading pension authority, has been appointed to the Pension Research Council Advisory Board at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Wharton’s dean appoints the board from leaders in the employee benefits field, including academics, government policymakers, ...
September 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, September 13, 2012 — Best Lawyers in America named seven Covington & Burling lawyers today as “2013 Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and cities. The selected lawyers received strong ratings from their peers for their “abilities, professionalism and integrity,” in the publication’s annual survey. Best Lawyers recognizes only ...
September 7, 2012, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
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 ...
June 22, 2012
NEW YORK, June 22, 2012 — Covington & Burling advised Ascom Holding AG in its acquisition of GE Healthcare’s nurse call medical device business.
The acquisition gives Ascom access to the North American nurse call market and creates opportunities to combine GE Nurse Call systems with Ascom’s existing mobility offering. With this acquisition, Ascom further ...
June 4, 2012
NEW YORK, June 4, 2012 — Covington advised SandRidge Energy, Inc. on the sale of its non-core tertiary recovery business for $130 million to Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity portfolio company Trinity CO2 Investments. The divested properties are located in West Texas and currently produce approximately 1,100 barrels of oil per day.
SandRidge Energy is an oil ...
May 24, 2012
LONDON, 24 May, 2012 — Covington & Burling advised SeaChange International, Inc., on the sale of its UK-based media services company, On Demand Group Limited, to Avail-TVN, a company backed by Carlyle Group. The sale is part of SeaChange’s strategy to transform the company into a pure-play software company.
SeaChange is a leading global multi-screen video ...
May 15, 2012, BNA Pensions & Benefits Reporter
May 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2012 — Covington & Burling partners Richard Shea and Robert Newman and associate Katherine Mineka have been named recipients of the “2012 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.” Their article, “Hybrid Plans at the Crossroads,” won in the legal writing for law firms category. The article, which was originally published in BNA Pensions & ...
May 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2012 — D.C. Super Lawyers selected 64 Covington & Burling lawyers for its 2012 list of top legal talent. Super Lawyers selects no more than five percent of the total lawyers who practice in Washington based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Deborah Garza and Robert Long have been named among the “Top 100” for ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling represented Thomson Reuters in a definitive agreement to sell its Healthcare business to an affiliate of Veritas Capital for $1.25 billion in cash.
The sale, expected to close in the next few months, is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of ...
March 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling has been nominated for the 2012 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence in five national practice areas. On March 20th, Chambers released its shortlist of the law firms nominated based on their pre-eminence and recent achievements in 21 distinct practice areas. Covington was one of two firms receiving team ...
February 24, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2012 — Top policy experts joined with government officials to examine new retirement options for private-sector workers at a conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. These new options will allow risks to be shared to produce optimal outcomes for both employers and employees.
“The nation is caught in a retirement trap of its own ...
January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP represented ChemGen Corp. in its definitive merger agreement with Eli Lilly and Company. Upon closing of the transaction, ChemGen will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and an operating unit of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly.
ChemGen, headquartered in Gaithersburg, ...
2012, N.Y.U. Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
November 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling represented Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in its agreement to acquire Oceana Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held global provider of gastroenterology and urology therapeutics, for $300 million in cash.
“The acquisition of Oceana expands our product portfolio of innovative products, furthers the ...
November 7, 2011, BNA's Health Care Policy Report
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. ...
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 31, 2011
NEW YORK, August 31, 2011 — Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the drilling products business of its recently acquired LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. to Cameron International Corporation (NYSE: CAM) for $375 million in cash, subject to ...
July 22, 2011
NEW YORK, July 22, 2011 — Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Amira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have reported that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire privately held Amira Pharmaceuticals. Covington & Burling LLP represented Bristol-Myers Squibb in the transaction.
Under the terms of the agreement, ...
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 ...
June 3, 2011, BNA, Inc. Pension & Benefits Daily
April 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2011 — John Vine, a longtime Covington & Burling partner and senior counsel, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. Mr. Vine, one of the nation’s leading employee benefits lawyers, is being recognized as a winner in the legal writing for law firms category for his article, “ERISA Rights and ...
April 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of two lawyers to of counsel and three lawyers to special counsel.
The new of counsel are as follows:
Alex Chinoy (Washington) focuses his practice on the resolution of international intellectual property disputes, with an emphasis on Section 337 unfair import ...
March 7, 2011, Covington Advisory
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 ...
January 26, 2011, Covington Advisory
January 11, 2011
NEW YORK, January 11, 2011 — Scout Partners LLC has announced that it has made a growth capital investment in The Hinckley Company. Terms of the transaction, which closed on December 30, 2010, were not disclosed. Covington & Burling LLP advised Scout Partners on the deal.
Scout Partners, a partnership between David Howe and Peterson Capital LLC, was created ...
January 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2011 — Law360 has named Covington & Burling LLP’s employment practice as one of five “Employment Groups of the Year.”
“The key to Covington's success has been its laser focus on a select number of vital cases with major implications for the future of ERISA, while other firms may focus on handling a greater volume of routine ERISA ...
NEW YORK, January 6, 2011 — Charlesbank Capital Partners has announced that it has acquired Peacock Engineering Company, LLC, a leading provider of outsourced food packaging and supply chain management services to many of the nation’s largest branded consumer products companies, from Behrman Capital. The terms of the transaction, which closed on December 21, ...
December 2, 2010, Covington Advisory
December 2010, Covington E-Alert
November 9, 2010
NEW YORK, November 9, 2010 — Atlas Pipeline Holdings L.P. and Atlas Energy, Inc. announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Atlas Holdings to acquire from its parent, Atlas Energy, all of Atlas Energy’s partnership management business and certain producing oil & gas assets for total consideration of $250 million, consisting of $220 million in ...
October 20, 2010, Covington Advisory
October 12, 2010
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, Covington E-Alert
September 21, 2010
NEW YORK, September 21, 2010 — Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the stock of Blacksmith Brands Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners, for $190 million in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised Charlesbank on the transaction, which is expected to close in ...
September 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 33 first-tier practice rankings in the 2010 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Covington’s first-tier national rankings place it among the top 10 firms nationwide and at the top of the first-tier rankings for Washington, DC.
The inaugural rankings presented in ...
September 3, 2010, Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal, 38 CPJ 235
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 2, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 2, 2010 — The Washington Post Company has today announced its agreement to sell Newsweek to a company owned by Dr. Sidney Harman, the founder and chairman emeritus of Harman International. Covington & Burling LLP advised The Washington Post Company on the transaction. The terms of the sale have not been announced.
The Washington and New ...
July 21, 2010, Covington Advisory
July 20, 2010
NEW YORK, July 20, 2010 — SandRidge Energy, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Arena Resources, Inc., creating a combined company with an enterprise value of approximately $6.2 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised SandRidge Energy on the transaction.
The merger closed on July 16 following special meetings of the stockholders of each company. The ...
July 15, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, July 15, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the signing of a Purchase Agreement for the sale of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA franchise based in Oakland, California, to an investor group led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Managing Partner Joe Lacob and Mandalay Entertainment Group Chairman Peter Guber. The sale price ...
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 ...
May 24, 2010, Covington E-Alert
May 21, 2010
NEW YORK, May 21, 2010 — Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC and Cedar Creek Lumber have announced a recapitalization whereby Charlesbank will acquire majority ownership of Cedar Creek. The transaction, which is structured as an asset purchase, will provide the Cedar Creek business with capital to grow organically and expand within the wholesale building materials ...
April 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2010 — In a statement released today, Pepco Holdings, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the power generation assets of its Conectiv Energy segment to Calpine Corporation for approximately $1.7 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised Pepco Holdings on the transaction.
Pepco Holdings, headquartered in ...
April 12, 2010
NEW YORK, April 12, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP’s Scott Smith has been named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily. Mr. Smith, chair of the firm’s M&A and private equity practices, was recognized for advising SandRidge Energy in its acquisition of Arena Resources, a deal that was announced April 4.
The other members of the New York and Washington ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 8, 2010 — Three partners at Covington & Burling LLP have been selected as “Rising Stars” by Law360. The online legal publication describes each of the partners as one of the 10 best lawyers under the age of 40 in his respective practice area. Named as “Rising Stars” are David Fagan in international trade, Seth Safra in employment, and Paul ...
March 15, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010 — CVG, Incorporated (“CVG”) has announced its merger with Integral Systems, Inc. in a deal valued at $34.675 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised CVG on the transaction.
CVG and its subsidiary, Avtec systems, Inc., based in Chantilly, Virginia, provide secure satellite-based communication solutions to government and commercial ...
March 8, 2010, Covington E-Alert
NEW YORK, February 22, 2010 — Financial Federal Corporation and People’s United Financial, Inc. have completed the merger of Financial Federal with People’s United in a transaction valued at approximately $738 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised Financial Federal on the transaction.
Financial Federal is a financial services company providing collateralized ...
January 1, 2010, Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal
December 17, 2009
NEW YORK, December 17, 2009 — Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company and a worldwide leader in surgical care, and Acclarent, Inc., a privately held medical technology company dedicated to designing, developing and commercializing devices that address conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat, have announced a definitive merger agreement whereby Ethicon ...
October 23, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP today announced that ten of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective today. The new partners practice in the corporate, litigation, and regulatory fields.
The ten new partners and their practices are as follows:
Marney Cheek (International) represents companies and trade ...
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 ...
September 2009, The European Lawyer
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:
WASHINGTON, DC, July 22, 2009 — Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), a NASDAQ-listed leading global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building integrated and commercial rooftop markets, and Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc. (SIT), an AIM-listed leading provider of building integrated photovoltaic roofing systems, today ...
NEW YORK, NY, July 22, 2009 — Medarex and Bristol-Myers Squibb announced today that Bristol-Myers Squibb entered into an agreement for Bristol-Myers Squibb to acquire all of the outstanding stock and stock equivalents of Medarex for $16.00 in cash per share, or aggregate consideration of $2.4 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised Medarex on the ...
NEW YORK, NY, July 16, 2009 — Snow Phipps Group, LLC, a private equity firm, announced on July 7 that it had completed the acquisition of ITS Holding Company (ITSolutions), a leading information technology services provider to US government civilian, national security, and intelligence agencies, along with Mr. Stefan Lalos, co-founder and CEO of ITSolutions. ...
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 10, 2009, Covington E-Alert
January 29, 2009, Covington E-Alert
2005/2009, Media Law Resource Center, 50-State Survey of Employment Libel and Privacy Law
November 21, 2008, Covington E-Alert
October 10, 2008, Covington E-Alert
September 29, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 124 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2009 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:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 18, 2008 — BioMérieux announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held AviaraDx, Inc. for $60 million. BioMérieux plans to keep AviaraDx as an independent legal entity called bioTheranostics, Inc. Covington & Burling LLP advised bioMérieux on the transaction.
BioMérieux, based in France, specializes in the in ...
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2008 — On August 5, Intercell AG completed its acquisition of Iomai Corporation (now known as Intercell USA, Inc.) in a deal that will create a leading traveler’s vaccine portfolio. Covington & Burling LLP advised Intercell on the transaction.
Intercell is a growing biotechnology company which focuses on the design and development of ...
NEW YORK, NY, July 17, 2008 — Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, a division of Wyeth, announced that it signed an agreement to purchase ThermaCare, a leading over-the-counter heat wrap, from Procter & Gamble. Covington & Burling LLP advised Procter & Gamble on the transaction. Introduced in the United States in 2002, ThermaCare Heat Wraps use heat therapy to relieve ...
June 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 81 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in the newly released 2008 Chambers USA. 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 ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the promotion of four new of counsels and five new special counsels in the firm’s five offices. The new of counsels are as follows:
Christopher Denig (Washington) focuses on representing clients in complex federal civil litigation (including class actions), internal corporate ...
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 ...
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. ...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 2, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP advised Schwab Performance Technologies in its acquisition of RIA back office outsourcing provider Etelligent Consulting, Inc. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Founded in 1985, Schwab Performance Technologies is a subsidiary of The Charles Schwab Corporation and a leading ...
WASHINGTON, DC, January 8, 2008 — Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the stock of NES Investment, Co., the parent holding company of Continental Global Inc. Continental designs, manufactures, installs and services highly engineered bulk material ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, NY, January 2, 2008 — Coty Inc. has completed its acquisition of DLI Holding Corp., the parent company of Del Laboratories, Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of nail care, cosmetics, personal care, and OTC products. Covington & Burling LLP advised Coty on the transaction.Coty Inc. is the world’s largest fragrance company and a recognized leader in ...
NEW YORK, NY, December 18, 2007 — Pfizer Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire CovX, a privately-held biotherapeutics 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 ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2007 — Mainfreight Limited has completed its acquisition of AMEX-listed Target Logistics, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Covington & Burling LLP advised Mainfreight on the transaction. Mainfreight is a global supply chain logistics provider with approximately 3,000 team members based in operations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and ...
WASHINGTON, DC, October 15, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP advised The Washington Post Company in its acquisition of CourseAdvisor, Inc. The Washington Post Company is a diversified media and education company whose principal operations include newspaper and magazine publishing, educational and career services, television broadcasting, cable television systems, ...
NEW YORK, NY, October 12, 2007 — TouchTunes Music Corporation, the largest on-location digital entertainment network, has announced its acquisition of White Rabbit Game Studio, creators of PlayPorTT and developers of portable, on-location game systems. Covington & Burling LLP advised TouchTunes on the transaction. White Rabbit executives and employees will form ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2007 — In its inaugural year, The Legal 500 US has recognized Covington & Burling LLP’s practice excellence in 23 fields. Compiled in four volumes published in 2007, the Legal 500 US singles out the following practices:
Broadcasting and Digital
Copyright - regional
Copyright Litigation - regional
September 6, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, September 6, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 115 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2008 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 recipients are as follows:
Administrative: E. Edward Bruce and ...
LONDON, 7 August, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP announces its role in advising US biotechnology company Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. on its admission to AIM and £15 million placing, which valued the company at approximately £68 million on a fully-diluted basis. The transaction was particularly complex due to Northwest's quotation on the OTC Bulletin Board in ...
August 6, 2007, Covington Advisory
June 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 44 practice mentions and 74 individual mentions in the newly released 2007 Chambers USA guidebook. The 2007 edition of Chambers USA attempts to identify the most skilled legal practitioners throughout the country based on the qualities most valued by clients. Covington attorneys have been ...
June 8, 2007
May 1, 2007, Covington E-Alert
NEW YORK, NY, April 12, 2007 — Boart Longyear Group announced that it has completed its Australian initial public offering for A$2.75 billion, which was Australia’s largest IPO in nine years. The final price of shares was A$1.85. Boart Longyear expects normal trading of its shares to commence on April 16, 2007. Covington & Burling LLP advised the management ...
February 1, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, February 1, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP advised Pfizer in the acquisition of BioRexis, a privately held biopharmaceutical company. The transaction is expected to close in the first or second quarter of 2007. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.BioRexis is developing long-acting GLP-1 receptor agonists for the potential ...
January 17, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, January 17, 2007 — Evraz Group S.A. announced that it successfully completed its tender offer for Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. (NYSE: OS) common stock for $63.25 per share, with approximately 91.5% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Oregon Steel Mills tendered into the offer. The tender offer was the first step of the previously announced ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 6, 2006 — Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) announced the acquisition of Kos Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KOSP) through a cash tender offer of $78.00 per common share, or $3.7 billion. Covington & Burling LLP represented Abbott in the transaction. Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, ...
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2006 — Covington & Burling LLP announced that Thomas L. (“T.L.”) Cubbage will be returning to the firm as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, focusing on ERISA and employee benefits litigation. He will be resident in the firm’s Washington office. “We are thrilled to have T.L. return to Covington,” said partner Jeffrey ...
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2006 — The board of directors of JLG Industries, Inc. (NYSE: JLG) has approved an all cash offer of $28.00 per common share to merge with, and become, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE: OSK). According to JLG’s press release, the $3.2 billion merger is dependent on the approval of JLG shareholders. The transaction is ...
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2006 — Covington represented Hanesbrands Inc. in its recent spin-off from the Sara Lee Corporation. Hanesbrands began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HBI on September 6. ...
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2006 — Covington represented both Eisai Co., Ltd. and Eisai Inc. in the recent $205 million product acquisition agreement with Ligand Pharmaceuticals. Eisai obtained exclusive global rights to four products, including ONTAK®, Targretin® capsules, Targretin® 1% gel and Panretin® 0.1% gel.
This acquisition will help to ...
August 23, 2006, Covington Advisory
August 7, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2006 - The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that IBM's pension plan formula is both lawful and age-neutral. The decision was the first by a federal appeals court to address the closely-watched question of whether hundreds of "cash balance" pension plans across the country are unlawful under an age ...
August 2006, Buck Consultants Webcast
June 23, 2006
NEW YORK, June 23, 2006 - The board of directors of Kerr-McGee Corp. (NYSE: KMG) has approved an all cash offer of $70.50 per common share to merge into Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC). According to Kerr-McGee's press release , the $18 billion merger is dependent on the approval of Kerr-McGee stockholders. It is expected to be finalized by the end of ...
June 5, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2006 - Fifty Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in 27 fields and in each of the firm's US offices were recognized as "leaders in their field" in this year's edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. The 2006 edition of Chambers USA, which was released June 2, 2006, attempts to identify the most skilled legal ...
April 18, 2006
NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2006 - Covington advised Pfizer Inc. in the acquisition of Rinat Neuroscience Corp., a privately held biotechnology company. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Rinat discovers, develops, and commercializes protein therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Rinat is working on a potential new ...
March 15, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2006 - Covington advised the independent directors of Beverly Enterprises, Inc. (BEI) in its $2.2 billion acquisition by Pearl Senior Care, an affiliate of Fillmore Capital Partners, LLC. Pearl Senior Care replaced North American Senior Care (NASC), a company formed by a group of private investors, in November 2005, when NASC could ...
February 20, 2006
LONDON, UK, February 20, 2006 - Covington & Burling announced today that Peter Cooke has joined the firm as of counsel and will lead Covington's European Employment Law Group. Mr. Cooke is resident in the firm's London office. Mr. Cooke has experience advising on the employment law aspects of acquisitions, outsourcing and other corporate transactions, employee ...
December 9, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 9, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC, a leading middle-market private equity investment firm, on its acquisition of Zenith Products from Masco Corporation. Zenith is a leading designer and manufacturer of bathroom storage products and accessories for the retail market. The transaction was funded ...
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 9, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented Tronox Inc. in the completion of its initial public offering and related debt financings valued at approximately $800 million. Tronox's IPO involved 17,480,000 shares of its Class A common stock and approximate gross proceeds of $245 million.
Covington also advised on related debt ...
October 3, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced the election of ten new partners, effective October 1. Stuart Stock, chair of the firm's management committee, commented: "These exceptional lawyers reflect the strength, excellence and diversity of the firm, and the continuing growth of our practices across the firm." Covington's newest partners ...
September 19, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised British United Provident Association (BUPA) in its acquisition of AMEDEX Insurance Company, a US-based insurer with headquarters in Miami and operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. AMEDEX insures over 100,000 people in 42 countries. The terms of the transaction, which closed ...
September 13, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2005 - Forty-six Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in 27 fields were recognized in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The number of Covington lawyers listed increased by over 40% from the last edition. This biennial compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide ...
July 21, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, July 21, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Emory University in the sale of its emtricitabine royalty interest to Gilead Sciences and Royalty Pharma for $540 million. The royalty interest was sold through means of an auction run by Citigroup Global Markets, financial advisor to Emory University, and is the largest known sale of a royalty stream ...
May 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Coty Inc. on the acquisition of Unilever's global prestige fragrance business, Unilever Cosmetics International (UCI). According to the terms of the agreement, Coty will purchase the business for $800 million in cash at the closing.
Coty Inc. is one of the largest beauty companies in the world, with ...
May 4, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2005 - Covington & Burling partner Robert D. Wick was recognized as one of the top "40 Under 40" lawyers in this week's edition of The National Law Journal. Mr. Wick, resident in Washington, D.C., serves as vice chair of Covington's 200-strong litigation practice group.
Mr. Wick was noted for his role in several significant litigation ...
January 2005, The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin
Spring 2004, Annual Conference, Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
Spring 2004, Annual Conference, Institutional Investors Institute
Fall 2003, Southern Employee Benefits Conference
September 2003, Covington Report
July 2003, Covington Report
May 19, 2003, Legal Times
May 2003, Covington Report
Spring 2003, Annual Conference, Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
January 2003, Covington Report
October 3, 2002
October 3, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling represented privately-held Decision Systems Technologies, Inc. (DSTI), of Rockville, Maryland, an information technology, engineering, and science solutions provider to federal government clients, in its sale to STG, Inc., an information technology, engineering and professional services firm also serving ...
October 3, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced that eight attorneys have been elected to the partnership, effective October 1, 2002. New partners in Covington's Litigation Practice include Georgia Kazakis and Edward H. Rippey. Michael S. Labson is a new partner in the firm's Food and Drug and Life Sciences Practices. Erin M. Egan and Jennifer ...
August 5, 2002
August 5, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling represented privately-held Aegis Research Corporation, of Falls Church, Virginia, a leading provider of secrecy, security, intelligence, counterintelligence, computer forensics, intrusion analysis and other enterprise protection strategies and technical services to the national security community, in its ...
June 3, 2002
June 3, 2002 - NEW YORK, NY - Covington & Burling represented USA Interactive (NASDAQ: USAI) in its agreement announced on May 31 to acquire Interval International through the acquisition of its holding company, Interval Acquisition Corp., from Willis Stein & Partners, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm, and other investors. USA Interactive agreed to ...
April 2002, Covington Report
January 14, 2002
January 14, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. and NEW YORK, NY - Covington & Burling represented Ocular Networks, Inc., a leading next-generation optical solutions company, in its sale to Tellabs Inc., which was consummated today. Tellabs paid an aggregate of $355 million in cash and stock options for privately-held Ocular Networks. Tellabs will retain Ocular’s Reston, ...
Winter 2001, Spring 2000, Fall 1999, American Law Institute - American Bar Association
November 21, 2000, Covington Report
Spring 2000, 19 Va. Tax. Rev. 763
April 20, 1999, Covington Alert
Spring 1999, ERISA Industry Committee
Spring 1999, Spring 1997, Annual Conference, Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
Fall 1998, American Society of Pension Actuaries
October 26, 1998, Covington Alert
August 21, 1998, Covington Alert
Winter 1997, Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance
November 30, 1997, The Washington Post
Summer 1997, Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance
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