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In recent years, we have handled 500 completed mergers and acquisitions, with an aggregate value of more than $500 billion.
We represent Global 100 companies, private equity firms and investment banks as well as venture-backed companies in public and private transactions worldwide, including public acquisitions and divestitures, “going private” transactions, proxy contests and unsolicited bids, spin-offs, acquisitions and divestitures of venture-backed and other private companies, private equity transactions, joint ventures and cross-border acquisitions, and divestitures.
Covington’s approach to M&A combines our corporate expertise with our deep understanding of regulated industries and our commercial approach. This combination enables our clients to structure their transactions most advantageously and with a view towards meeting their legal and business objectives.
Our M&A experience covers a range of industry sectors, in particular life sciences and healthcare, sports, financial institutions, energy (including clean tech and renewable energy), aerospace, defense and national security, industrials, hospitality and leisure, media, Internet, telecommunications, electronics and information technology.
Each client has access to Covington’s full resources, including industry expertise and substantive due diligence areas such as intellectual property, environmental, benefits, and tax with lawyers experienced in M&A processes and time demands.
Represented Allergan in its $2.1 billion acquisition of KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Represented Altice in its $9.1 billion acquisition of Suddenlink.
Represented Steve Ballmer in his $2 billion acquisition of the Los Angeles Clippers from The Sterling Family Trust.
Represented Grupo Financiero Banorte, the Mexican financial group, and its affiliate Afore XXI Banorte in the $1.6 billion acquisition of Afore Bancomer from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria to create Mexico’s largest pension fund.
Represented AstraZeneca in its $4.3 billion acquisition of its diabetes collaboration from Bristol Myers Squibb.
Represented BBVA in its $114 million acquisition of Simple Technology Finance Corp.
Represented Oplink Communications in its $445 million acquisition by Koch Industries.
Represented the NFL in the $1.4 billion sale and related $200 million financing of the Buffalo Bills franchise to Terry and Kim Pegula.
Represented OCP in its R$145 million acquisition of an approximately 10% stake in Fertilizantes Heringer S.A.
Drafted privacy-related provisions for use in data processing and outsourcing arrangements and advised on state and tort-based employee privacy laws in connection with a proposed acquisition.
Represented the trustee for the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as part out the workout of its debt crisis to monetize and transfer certain city assets to the private sector to help satisfy the city’s debt obligations.
Advised major airline in relation to data ownership, privacy and security provisions in sales and distribution agreements with online travel agencies and global distribution systems.
Represented Procter & Gamble in the $3.1 billion sale of its global pharmaceuticals business to Warner Chilcott.
Represented Pepco Holdings in its $1.7 billion sale of electric generation assets to Calpine Corporation.
Represented Lightbridge Communications in its $240 million acquisition by Tech Mahindra Ltd.
Represented private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg and PAE as regulatory counsel in six different M&A transactions that have grown PAE to a defense contractor with annual revenue in excess of $2 billion. Our work began in 2011 with Lindsay Goldberg’s acquisition of PAE from Lockheed Martin, and continued through to PAE’s acquisitions of Defense Support Services, CSC’s Applied Technology Division, USIS’s Global Security and Solutions Business, and A-T Solutions and to Lindsay Goldberg’s 2016 sale of PAE to Platinum Equity. Our work in each of these deals has included government contracts, national security, trade controls, and anti-corruption due diligence and advice on transaction structuring, novations, and regulatory approvals.
Represented JLG in its $3.2 billion merger with Oshkosh Truck.
Represented Joy Global Inc. in its $1.1 billion acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies from Rowan Companies, Inc. and the subsequent $375 million sale of LeTourneau's drilling systems business to Cameron International.
Represented Joy Global in its $1.5 billion acquisition of International Mining Machinery Holdings Ltd.
Represented Kamylon Capital and its portfolio company, Forgitron Technologies LLC, in the sale of substantially all of Forgitron’s assets to Accuride Corporation.
Represented Kerr-McGee Corporation in its $18 billion sale to Anadarko Corporation.
Advised Microsoft in relation to the data protection aspects of the purchases of Nokia’s device and services business and Skype.
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 Microsoft, as IP, commercial, and regulatory counsel, in its $7 billion purchase of substantially all of Nokia’s devices & services business.
Represented Telular Corporation in its $253 million acquisition by Avista Capital Partners.
Represented TouchTunes Music Corporation in its acquisition of White Rabbit Game Studio, LLC.
Represented The Walt Disney Company in its $455 million acquisition of India's UTV Software Communications Limited, an integrated media and entertainment company involved in broadcasting, motion pictures, games content, interactive, and television content.
Represented private equity firm Veritas Capital as regulatory counsel during its pending acquisition of Alion Science & Technology Corporation, a leading provider of engineering services to the Department of Defense. We handled government contracts, trade controls, and national industrial security due diligence.
Represented contractors in negotiating and administering contracts to design, build, finance, own, and operate energy and water and wastewater facilities on U.S. military bases, leaving the military to perform its core functions.
Represented WSFS Financial Corporation in its acquisition of First Wyoming Financial Corporation.
Served as communications regulatory counsel to Tribune Company in its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings, LLC.
Successful representation of CBS Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., Time Warner Inc., Univision Communications Inc., and Viacom Inc. Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in connection with the disclosure of programming contracts with pay-TV providers as part of the FCC’s review of pending cable and satellite mergers.
Represented Procter & Gamble in its sale of Noxema skin care brand in the US, Canada, and certain portions of Latin America to Alberto Culver.
Represented Incline Equity Partners in the sale of portfolio company Portec Group to The Interroll Group.
Represented Coty, Inc. in its $380 million sale of the Orajel brand and other brands of Del Pharmaceuticals to Church & Dwight.
Represented Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in its $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Inc.
Represented Omthera Pharmaceuticals in its $443 million merger with AstraZeneca.
Represented ThreatGRID, Inc. in its sale to Cisco Systems, Inc.
Represented Procter & Gamble in its sale of ThermaCare to Wyeth Consumer Healthcare.
Represented Simmons First National Corporation in a number of transactions, including in its $206.9 million acquisition of Liberty Bancshares, $243.4 million acquisition of Community First Bancshares, Inc., and $66 million acquisition of Delta Trust & Bank Corporation.
Represented Hanesbrands Inc. in its $2.4 billion spin-off from Sara Lee, Inc. and listing on the NYSE.
Represented SandRidge Energy in its $2.1 billion sale of oil and gas assets in the Permian Basin to Sheridan Production Partners.
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 The Special Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. in its $5.8 billion merger with Targa Resource Partners LP.
Represented Aristocrat Leisure Limited in its $1.28 billion acquisition of Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
Representation of European telecommunications company Altice S.A. (Euronext ATC) in a $9.1 billion deal to acquire a controlling stake in Suddenlink, a top ten cable operator in the U.S.
Represented Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in its $860 million acquisition of General Chemical Holding Co.
Represented Charlesbank Capital Partners in the formation of Blacksmith Brands and its acquisition of five OTC consumer products brands, Efferdent, Effergrip, Luden’s, Nasalcrom and PediaCare, from McNEIL-PPC and subsequent $190 million sale of Blacksmith Brands to Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc.
Represented BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited in its $151 million acquisition by Diodes, Inc.
Represented Giorgio Armani in its acquisition of the retail and wholesale business from long-term retail partner Club 21.
We represented Abbott Laboratories in connection with its global spin-off of its pharmaceutical research business, and creation of a new global enterprise, AbbVie.
Represented Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in connection with the acquisition of commercial rights to Pelé’s name and likeness.
Advised client on structuring employee secondment agreements so as to permit reimbursement of costs of shared employees and associated indirect costs under a secondment agreement during a contractual novation process in connection with an M&A transaction, enabling the client to orderly transfer employees and facilities to the purchaser and ensure continued reimbursement up to the point of final transfer.
Represented Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, in his acquisition of the New Orleans Hornets NBA franchise.
Represented Coty, Inc. in its $800 million acquisition of Unilever’s global prestige fragrance business.
Represented Consort Medical plc on its £230 million acquisition, of Aesica Holdco Limited and its operating subsidiaries from Silverfleet Capital and management shareholders.
Represented GHL Acquisition in its $591 million acquisition of Iridium Holdings.
Represented Christopher Cohan in his $450 million sale of the Golden State Warriors NBA franchise.
Represented Grupo Suramericana de Inversiones, through its subsidiary AFP Integra, together with Profuturo AFP S.A., the Peruvian pension fund manager of Scotiabank, in their $516 million acquisition of AFP Horizonte, the Peruvian pension fund manager, from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria.
Represented Famy Care Limited in its $750 million sale of its women's health business to Mylan Laboratories Limited.
Advised Facebook, in connection with its acquisitions of Instagram, Oculus, WhatsApp and other entities.
Assisted in the structuring of multi-billion dollar bank facilities to finance the manufacture and delivery of major defense systems to foreign governments under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts.
Advised a publicly-traded investment company on government contracts and national industrial security matters related to a debt financing arrangement involving a contractor with significant classified operations.
Representation of the Walt Disney Company in its $7 billion acquisition of Infoseek Corporation.
Representation of Microsoft in negotiating reseller agreements for interactive voice recognition cloud services between Microsoft subsidiary Tellme and various partners, initially Juma Technology Company and its subsidiary Nectar Services Corp.
Representation of Altice N.V. in its $18 billion acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which will make Altice the 4th largest U.S. cable operator with approximately 4.5 million customers.
KKR and Texas Pacific Group in securing the necessary FERC and NRC approvals for the successful acquisition of TXU Corp. for $45 billion, the largest leveraged buyout in history. The acquisition of TXU included its large fleet of generation assets in Texas as well as transmission and distribution facilities. We also provided counsel on energy regulatory, climate change, government affairs, and public policy matters. The acquired company is now Energy Future Holdings.
Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Vivint Solar, Inc. in its $2.2 billion acquisition by SunEdison, Inc.
Borrego Solar Systems Inc. in connection with the sale of its residential solar division to groSolar Inc.
HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles, in the acquisition of all its technology and assets by Qualcomm Incorporated.
Advise government contractor regarding acquisition of another government contract with significant environmental-related contracts.
Represented Time Warner Cable Inc. in a joint venture with the Los Angeles Dodgers to create a regional sports network that now carries the team’s games and in connection with the related distribution and license agreements.
Represented Linzor Capital Partners, the Latin American private equity fund, in the merger of the retail operations of its portfolio company Moda en Distribución, S.A.P.I. de C.V., into Devlyn Holdings, S. de R.L. de C.V., to create Mexico’s largest eyewear retailer.
Inquam Limited in its acquisition of Telemobil S.A., the Romanian wireless telecommunications operator, and on Telemobil’s subsequent vendor financing facility with Lucent Technologies.
Advised Consort Medical plc on employment and benefits issues arising from its £230 million acquisition of Aesica Holdco Ltd.
Advised Giorgio Armani S.p.A. on employment and benefits aspects of the acquisition of its retail and wholesale UK business from Club 21.
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.
Electronic Arts in its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in French game company Ubisoft Entertainment, in a transaction requiring the participation of multiple Covington offices on various corporate, antitrust and international issues.
Represented Weyerhaeuser Company on the $2.65 billion acquisition and subsequent integration of an LLC that held a controlling interest in another timber REIT, including multiple associated stock and debt issuances totaling over $2 billion by Weyerhaeuser and subsequent integration of operations. Tax advice included structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements, and disclosure. U.S. tax issues included REIT qualification, tax basis step-up, and tax consequences for non-U.S. shareholders of the target.
Advised Weyerhaeuser Company on the U.S. tax aspects of its $2.7 billion distribution of its home building business and merger of that business with Tri Point. Provided all U.S. tax advice including structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements and disclosures.
SandRidge Energy, Inc., a crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company, in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Arena Resources, Inc.
SandRidge Energy, Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration and production company in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Dynamic Offshore Resources, LLC.
SandRidge Energy, Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration and production company, in its $2.6 billion sale of Permian Basin properties in West Texas to Sheridan Production Partners.
Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., in its acquisition of Canadian cloud-printing firm PrinterOn.
Qualcomm in acquisitions and investments including its joint venture with Omnia, a subsidiary of Saudi Oger, to create a UK-based company to deploy CDMA-based technology; its acquisition of UK-based Elata (Holdings) Limited, which provides content delivery and device management software systems; and its acquisition of Trigenix Limited, a European mobile content delivery software producer.
Advised The Timken Company on the U.S. tax aspects of its $1.7 billion spin-off of its steel business. Advice included structuring, drafting agreements and disclosure, U.S. tax issues included spin qualification and attribute allocation.
Represented One Equity Partners (OEP), the private equity fund, in connection with the acquisition of a minority interest in Grupo Phoenix, a consumer goods packaging company with operations in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States.
Representation of clients in the semiconductor industry in securing U.S. government national security approvals for investments and acquisitions, including e2v Technologies’ acquisition of QP Semiconductor.
Advised Microsoft in relation to expatriate issues arising from post-acquisition integration with Nokia’s global mobile phone business.
Ovonic Battery Company in intellectual property and litigation matters pertaining to Cobasys, a joint venture with Chevron to develop, license, and manufacture NiMH batteries for transportation and stationary storage applications.
OptiSolar Inc. in the sale its project development business to First Solar, Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $400 million.
Representing a very large Korea multinational company in its acquisition of an IT company located in North America.
Represented Pandora Media, Inc. in its acquisition of Next Big Sound, Inc.,
Represent Pepco Holdings, Inc. on the negotiation and sale of its 3800 MW Conectiv Energy wholesale power generation business to Calpine Corporation, including securing the necessary FERC approval under the Federal Power Act.
Advised Pepco Holdings in its $6.83 billion sale to Exelon Corp.
ExxonMobil Corp. on antitrust aspects of its acquisition of XTO Energy, Inc.
Advised Giorgio Armani Group on the acquisition of its retail and wholesale business from long-term retail partner Club 21. The transaction involved the acquisition of a significant premium real estate portfolio.
Advised Wanxiang America’s purchase of substantially all of the non-government business assets of U.S. battery maker A123 Systems, Inc. On Jan. 28, 2013, CFIUS approved that transaction, valued at $256.6 million. Covington represented Wanxiang America in securing CFIUS approval. A123 makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars.
Advise multiple pharmaceutical manufacturers and developers regarding acquisitions and sales of manufacturing facilities.
Advise European telecommunications company regarding acquisition of US telecommunications company.
Representation of Fairfield Language Learning, the developer of Rosetta Stone software, in a leveraged buyout transaction by ABS Capital and Norwest Equity Partners.
Represent China Investment Corporation in successfully obtaining orders from FERC and the New York PSC approving its acquisition of a 15% interest in AES Corporation.
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.
Representation of Check Point Software Technologies in its acquisition of NFR Security and proposed acquisition of Sourcefire.
Representation of a client in connection with obtaining UK merger clearance for the sale of a UK cable business.
Representation of a client in the EU opposing the merger of two, U.S.-based global telecom service providers -- a matter that involved complex issues under EU competition law.
Conducting due diligence on China device regulatory matters for a large multinational device company’s acquisition of a large Chinese device company.
Barrington Broadcasting in a novel four-station shared services/joint-sales arrangement with Granite Broadcasting for coordinated television station operations in two markets.
Calpine and its subsidiaries in a $600 million acquisition of SkyGen Energy, and a $450 million acquisition of Cogeneration Corporation of America, each a developer, owner, and operator of independent power projects.
Represent a number of multinational companies in various industries on the tax aspects of collaboration agreements.
Represented Indian Energy Limited, an independent power producer operating wind farms in India, in a recommended all-share takeover by Infrastructure India plc.
Represented HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles, in Qualcomm’s acquisition of its assets and technology.
Represented Contech Engineered Solutions in its acquisition of Filterra Bioretention Systems from Americast, Inc.
Represented CVG, Inc. in its sale to Integral Systems, Inc.
An independent power producer on potential acquisition of hydroelectric facilities.
Advised on employment and variable compensation aspects of dual US/UK employment contract for senior executive of FTSE 100 company.
Representation of Qwest Communications International Inc. in a number of strategic transactions and proposed transactions, including its merger with CenturyLink (as local counsel in the District of Columbia and Maryland).
Representation of Qualcomm in numerous European acquisitions and investments including its $200 million joint venture and private equity investment with Omnia, a subsidiary of Saudi Oger, to create a UK-based company to deploy CDMA-based technology.
Assisted various financial and strategic investors in conducting due diligence reviews of PanAmSat, Hughes Network Systems, and Intelsat in connection with the sale of such companies.
Representation of Ontario Teachers Pension Fund, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners in their $33 billion acquisition of BCE, Inc., the parent of Bell Canada.
Represented Citigroup in connection with the disposition of its 16% ownership stake in Grupo Aeroméxico SAB and in the sale of its controlling interest in AFP Confía, a pension management company in El Salvador, to Inversiones Atlántida, S.A., a financial holding company in Honduras. We also advised Citigroup and its Mexican affiliate, Grupo Financiero Banamex, in the sale to an affiliate of EVO Payments International of Banamex’s merchant acquiring business. All three transactions were completed in 2015.
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.
Smart grid technology company in connection with its acquisition by a Fortune 200 company.
Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. in its acquisition of Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., an AIM-listed leading provider of building integrated photovoltaic roofing systems.
Representation of Verizon Communications in several transactions, including its $3.89 billion acquisition of AOL. Also advised the company in connection with its purchase of UK-based Vodafone’s 45 percent ownership of Verizon Wireless, as well as Vodafone’s purchase of Verizon’s interest in Vodafone Italy, which was valued at $124.1 billion.
Representation of Altice N.V., in its $18 billion acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corp. and its $9.1 billion acquisition of Suddenlink.
Advised Joy Global in connection with several transactions, including its acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies from Rowan Companies and its sale of LeTourneau’s drilling systems and offshore products businesses to Cameron International.
Representation of China National Tire & Rubber Co., in its $7.7 billion acquisition of Pirelli.
Advised Newport Television LLC in connection with the sale of broadcast television stations to Sinclair Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, and Cox Media Group.
Representation of Facebook, Inc. in many transactions, including its $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, and $1 billion acquisition of Instagram.
Representation of Qualcomm in connection with its acquisition of CSR plc, with filings in China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Secured a significant victory for Expedia (and consumers) in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz. The DOJ closed its “second request” investigation without taking any enforcement action.
Representation of Microsoft Corp. in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Communications S.à.r.l., the largest acquisition in the company’s history, in connection with its $4.5 billion acquisition of certain Nortel patents, in its $7.2 billion acquisition of the handset division of Nokia, and its $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang, the developer of Minecraft.
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 Electronic Arts in its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in French game company Ubisoft Entertainment, in a transaction requiring the participation of multiple Covington offices on various corporate, antitrust and international issues.
Represented oilfield services company Ameron International in obtaining antitrust clearance for its acquisition by National Oilwell Varco.
Representation of Chemtrade Logistics Inc. in obtaining merger review clearance for its $860 million acquisition of General Chemical Corp.
Represented Grupo P.I. Mabe, the leading producer of hygienic products in Mexico, in its $425 million sale to Ontex Group NV, a publicly listed company based in Belgium.
Represented private equity firm Veritas Capital as regulatory counsel during its acquisition of EMCORE’s Space Photovoltaics business, and represented the business, which is now known as SolAero Technologies Corp., during its subsequent acquisitions of Alliance Spacesystems and Vanguard Space Technologies. We handled government contracts, trade controls, anti-corruption, and other regulatory due diligence, and also assisted with contract novations.
Acted for De Persgroep as a complaining third party in the Mediahuis merger. The case was unprecedented as it resulted in a 3 to 2 merger in the newspaper sector. The merger was conditionally cleared by the new Belgian competition authority.
Representing Michelin in its acquisition of IHLE Holding AG. The transaction involved six national European merger notifications, namely in France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic. This was the first time that an upstream tire manufacturer and supplier took control over a wholesale tire distributor in Europe creating substantial questions about the effects of this vertical integration.
Covington advised Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Video Games Technology Inc. (VGT). Aristocrat is a leading seller of Class III slot machines and video games bought by casinos around the world and VGT is the leading seller of Class II slot machines and video games to Native American-owned casinos in the United States. Covington regularly advises Aristocrat on antitrust transactional and other matters.
Representation of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, an international financial group based in Spain, in its acquisition of financial technology company Simple. The $117 million acquisition is part of BBVA's strategy to lead the technology-driven change that is transforming the financial services industry. According to Francisco González, Chairman and CEO of BBVA, Simple will reinforce BBVA’s “global digital transformation while BBVA will provide the means to help Simple maximize its outstanding growth potential.”
Advised Baltic Oil Terminals plc, an oil and gas infrastructure business with operations in Russia, on its $10.8 million acquisition of Petroval Bunker International B.V., a fuel oil storage business based in Rotterdam, and on a placing to fund the consideration for the acquisition.
In connection with the purchase of a mobile phone business, advised a large manufacturer of electronic equipment on issues relating to electromagnetic compatibility and radio frequency requirements and related certifications in Russia and Ukraine.
Represented Oregon Steel Mills in its acquisition by Evraz, a steel and mining company with operations in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.
Represented Media-Most, a company founded by Russian businessman Vladimir Gusinski, in the sale of its interests in the NTV broadcasting group to Gazprom.
Represented Dr. George Jokhtaberidze in connection with various transactions and shareholder arrangements relating to his 51 percent ownership interest in leading Georgian telecommunications company Magticom Ltd.
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.
Advising a financial services company in connection with its acquisition of blockchain assets.
February 1, 2017, Covington Alert
The Delaware Court of Chancery earlier this week ruled that the protection of the business judgment rule afforded to directors involved in a change of control transaction that is approved by a majority of fully informed, disinterested stockholders—as reinforced by the Delaware Supreme Court last fall in Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC (discussed in our ...
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 ...
December 21, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington was honored at the Americas M&A Atlas Awards ceremony held in New York on December 6.
The firm was recognized for Cross Border Deal of the Year in connection with its representation of Grupo P.I. Mabe S.A., a Mexican manufacturer of disposable hygienic products, in its sale to Ontex, Ltd., a publicly traded international producer of personal ...
November 23, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington is advising Jefferies as financial advisor to CNL Lifestyles Properties in connection with the sale of 34 ski and attraction assets to EPR Properties and Ski Resorts Holdings for approximately $830 million in cash and shares of EPR common stock.
CNL is a REIT focused on investing in lifestyle activities and whose portfolio includes ski and ...
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. ...
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 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 5, 2016
NEW YORK—David Schwartzbaum has joined Covington as a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice resident in New York.
Mr. Schwartzbaum represents buyers, sellers, and financial advisors in public and private M&A transactions.
“David has a strong reputation for representing investment banks and financial advisors in M&A transactions, and he will play an ...
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, 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 ...
August 12, 2016, Law360
Scott Anthony is quoted in a Law360 article that offers advice to associates from established M&A partners. According to Anthony, “Presentations need to be crisp. What that really means is that you need to memorize some of these legal standards that we use on a regular basis.” He continues, “The point is really that if you can do that, you still have to be able ...
July 12, 2016, Covington Alert
In its recent In re Volcano Corporation Stockholder Litigation decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery extended the “cleansing effect” of the majority vote of fully informed, uncoerced, and disinterested stockholders in favor of a merger not subject to the entire fairness standard—as reinforced by the Delaware Supreme Court last fall in Corwin v. KKR Financial ...
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 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 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 17, 2016
LONDON—Euromoney Legal Media Group has selected four Covington lawyers for its annual “Europe Women in Business Law Awards.” The awards honor women in the legal sector across Europe.
The Covington lawyers recognized are:
Louise Nash, Best in Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Nash focuses on M&A and other transactional matters for clients in the consumer brands, ...
June 13, 2016, Covington Alert
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 ...
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. ...
NEW YORK—Covington is advising MagtiCom Ltd., the leading mobile operator in the Republic of Georgia, on its definitive agreement to acquire retail and corporate ISP cable assets from Caucasus Online LLC. The deal is expected to close on or around August 1, 2016.
Following the successful conclusion of the transaction, MagtiCom will be the first and only operator ...
May 6, 2016, Covington Alert
New York’s highest court, in an opinion1 issued yesterday, adopted as New York law the test established by the Delaware Supreme Court in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (“MFW”)2 for applying the business judgment rule to the review of going-private transactions by controlling shareholders. This important decision clarifies the standards applicable to directors of ...
April 28, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington advised Jefferies LLC as financial advisor to Cash America International, Inc. in connection with its merger with First Cash Financial Services, Inc. The pro-forma market value of equity of the transaction is valued at approximately $2.4 billion.
Following the close of the transaction, First Cash shareholders will own approximately 58% of ...
March 10, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington represented MidFirst Bank in its acquisition of 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. 1st Century is a publicly traded bank-holding company of 1st Century Bank of Los Angeles.
Simultaneously with the closing of the acquisition, 1st Century Bank will be merged into MidFirst Bank. Following these transactions, the business of 1st Century Bank will ...
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 ...
January 29, 2016
NEW YORK — Latinvex has named Covington partner Gabriel Mesa among its “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” for the third year in a row.
Resident in the firm’s New York office, Mr. Mesa counsels corporations in joint ventures and private mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and other emerging markets, as well as in the United States. His work spans venture ...
January 27, 2016, Global Competition Review
Deborah Garza is quoted by GCR discussing mergers that are left pending for antitrust review for more than a year. According to Garza, “Going into a deal, companies should ensure they are fully aware of regulatory and timing risks so that they can try to protect themselves against the risk of change in market conditions.”
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 23, 2015, Bloomberg Business
Louise Nash was interviewed by Bloomberg Business television for a live segment featured on “Countdown,” discussing the 2015 M&A market and its high volume of transactions.
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 ...
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 ...
November 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, November 16, 2015 - Covington advised Graham Holdings Company, a diversified education and media company, in its acquisition of Group Dekko, a manufacturer of electrical solutions for workspace, architectural lighting, and electrical components. The financial terms of the deal were not announced.
According to Timothy O’Shaughnessy, president and ...
October 8, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, October 8, 2015 — Covington advised Prosper Marketplace, a leading online marketplace that connects borrowers and investors, in its acquisition of BillGuard, a personal finance analytics company. The financial terms of the deal were not announced.
According to the company’s press release, the acquisition will enable Prosper Marketplace to offer ...
October 7, 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 ...
July 21, 2015
NEW YORK, July 21, 2015 — Covington advised Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC as financial advisor to Vivint Solar, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by SunEdison, Inc.
The transaction consideration, valued at $2.2 billion, will be paid to Vivint stockholders in a combination of cash, SunEdision common stock and a convertible promissory note.
Vivint Solar sells, ...
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.
May 18, 2015, Covington E-Alert
May 8, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2015 — Catherine Dargan, co-chair of Covington’s mergers and acquisitions practice, was named one of The National Law Journal’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers.”
The award recognizes 75 of the most accomplished women in the legal profession today, including judges, corporate counsel, law firm partners, and public interest lawyers. Among the ...
February 5, 2015, Law360
"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."
February 3, 2015, Covington E-Alert
REDWOOD SHORES, CA, November 20, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised Oplink Communications, Inc. in its sale to Koch Optics, Inc., a wholly owned Koch Industries subsidiary. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $445 million.
Under the terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, Koch Optics will commence a tender offer and subsequent merger for all of ...
October 17, 2014, The Lawyer
Partners Louise Nash and Simon Amies are mentioned in this article regarding their representation of Qualcomm:
"Covington & Burling advised US mobile phone chipmaker Qualcomm and Slaughter and May advised tech firm CSR on the US company’s £1.6bn takeover of the British company, which will increase Qualcomm’s presence in the UK."
September 19, 2014
REDWOOD SHORES, CA, September 19, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of Canadian cloud-printing firm PrinterOn. The acquisition is expected to enhance Samsung’s mobile cloud services to the business-to-business market.
Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung purchased all outstanding stock from the current ...
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 14, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2014 — Covington & Burling has been recognized as an honoree of two American Lawyer Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe/Finland and Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Human Rights Litigation. Covington’s mergers & acquisitions practice represents companies, investment banks and private equity firms in public and ...
July 8, 2014, Bloomberg
Catherine Dargan, Mike Riella, Deb Garza, John Gourary, Andrea Reister, Rob Heller, Mike Francese and Kerry Burke are mentioned regarding their representation of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd.
"Covington & Burling LLP advised Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. (ALL), which agreed to buy Video Gaming Technologies Inc. for about $1.3 billion to triple its North American business ...
May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, May 30, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised Graham Holdings Company in its acquisition of Joyce/Dayton Corp., an Ohio-based manufacturer of screw jacks and other linear motion systems. The acquisition was announced earlier today. Graham Holdings is an education and media company whose principal operations include educational services, television ...
May 30, 2014, Law360 - 5 Must-Know Facts About Ballmer's $2B Clippers Bid
Covington advised Steve Ballmer on his agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers from The Sterling Family Trust for $2 billion. The firm is mentioned in the above articles regarding the deal. Law360 writes, "Steve Ballmer is represented in the latest deal by a Covington & Burling LLP team led by Doug Gibson, Scott Roades and Peter Zern, including Rob ...
NEW YORK, February 24, 2014 — Covington & Burling advised American Tire Distributors in the acquisition of Terry’s Tire Town from Talisman Partners for up to $365 million. American Tire, a portfolio company of TPG, is a wholesale distributor of replacement tires throughout the United States and Canada. The acquisition is expected to close at the end of March, ...
December 20, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, December 20, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised Emeryville, Calif.-based Aspera, Inc. in its sale to IBM. Aspera’s high-speed transfer technology helps clients securely speed the movement of massive data files around the world. Aspera's technology, licensed to clients and partners either in the cloud or on premises, reduces transmission times for ...
December 19, 2013, Covington Advisory
October 2013, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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 ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 13, 2013 — Catherine Dargan, co-chair of Covington & Burling’s mergers and acquisitions practice, was named one of The National Law Journal’s “D.C. Deal Makers of the Year.” The award was presented last night at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Washington lawyers who tackled some of the most notable transactions ...
SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, 2013 — Covington & Burling partners Bruce Deming and David Goodwin have been named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes “the tremendous legal talent” in the state, according to the publication’s editors.
Mr. Deming was recognized for his work representing Microsoft Corp. in major ...
September 2013, The M&A Lawyer
August 21, 2013, Covington Advisory
July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, July 12, 2013 — Covington & Burling has been recognized as an honoree with two American Lawyer Global Legal Awards: Global Dispute of the Year, Investment Arbitration and Global M&A Deal of the Year, Canada. Covington’s International Arbitration Group, comprised of more than 50 lawyers, handles cases under the rules of every major arbitration ...
WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2013 — Thomson Reuters has ranked Covington & Burling among the Top 20 legal advisers worldwide in completed M&A transactions in emerging markets during the first half of 2013. Covington ranked among the top 10 for deals involving China and the Asia Pacific region, and among the top 15 for deals involving Latin America. “We have made a ...
May 31, 2013, Law360
May 28, 2013
NEW YORK, May 28, 2013 — Omthera Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca announced today that the companies entered into a merger agreement under which AstraZeneca will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Omthera for an upfront payment of $12.70 in cash per share, approximately $323 million aggregate value ($260 million after subtracting cash), plus a contingent ...
NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised Sura Asset Management S.A. and AFP Integra S.A., affiliates of the Latin American financial group Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana, in a joint acquisition with Profuturo AFP S.A., an affiliate of The Bank of Nova Scotia, of 100 percent of the shares of AFP Horizonte, S.A., the Peruvian pension fund manager, ...
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 19, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2012 — SandRidge Energy, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell Permian Basin properties to Sheridan Production, a private operator, for $2.6 billion in cash. Covington & Burling, along with Texas-based Locke Lord, advised SandRidge on the transaction.
SandRidge will use the proceeds to reduce debt ...
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 ...
November 12, 2012
NEW YORK, November 12, 2012 — Covington & Burling represented UBS Securities LLC, financial advisor to Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK), in its announced $3.6 billion acquisition of Jefferies Group, Inc. (NYSE: JEF).
Under the terms of the agreement, Leucadia will issue to shareholders holding the 71.4 percent of outstanding common stock of Jefferies ...
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 1, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2012 — Covington & Burling opens its Seoul office today after securing final approval from the Korean Ministry of Justice and the Korean Bar Association.
The new office will be located in the Meritz Tower, at 825-2, Yeoksamdong in the heart of Seoul’s Gangnam business district.
“We are honored to be among the first U.S. law firms to ...
October 1, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2012 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that it has elected 15 new lawyers to its partnership.
This group is comprised of diverse and talented individuals from five offices who have made their mark at the firm through exceptional work and the highest standards of client service.
“We’re delighted to welcome these 15 lawyers to ...
September 24, 2012
NEW YORK, September 24, 2012 — New York Super Lawyers selected 27 Covington & Burling lawyers for its 2012 list of top legal talent. Super Lawyers selects only five percent of the total lawyers in the state based upon peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Nineteen Covington lawyers were named New York Super Lawyers:
Jack Bodner, Mergers & ...
SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2012 — Covington & Burling partner Bruce Deming has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes “lawyers who moved the needle, had an impact on the legal industry, our state, the nation and the world,” said the publication’s editors, who considered more than 1,000 attorneys from ...
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 13, 2012
NEW YORK, June 13, 2012 — Covington & Burling is strengthening its transactional capabilities in Latin America with the addition of Gabriel Mesa, a senior corporate lawyer with in-depth experience in the region.
Mr. Mesa joins the firm’s New York office as of counsel in the firm’s corporate practice where he is expected to advise corporations in joint ventures ...
June 4, 2012
NEW YORK, June 4, 2012 — Covington advised UCB S.A. in the acquisition of a majority interest in Meizler Biopharma, S.A., a Brazilian pharmaceutical company that commercializes a portfolio of in-licensed specialty products.
The transaction agreements foresee performance related milestone payments in the coming years as well as an option to purchase the ...
May-June 2012, Deal Lawyers
May 6, 2012, Covington Advisory
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 ...
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 ...
April 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2012 — Covington & Burling advised Tom Benson, the longtime owner of the New Orleans Saints, in his purchase of the New Orleans Hornets for an undisclosed sum. The purchase and related agreements were finalized this week. Closing is expected before the end of June.
“I am very grateful to Bruce Wilson and the Covington team,” Mr. ...
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 23, 2012
LONDON, 23 February, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP represented IMS Consulting Group Limited in its agreement to acquire HedgeOp Compliance, LLC.
HedgeOp is the leading provider of specialised compliance software and consulting services for investment advisers in the United States. IMS is a leading European governance, risk and compliance services group.
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; ...
February 2, 2012
NEW YORK, February 2, 2012 — Covington & Burling represented Moelis & Company, financial advisor to Amgen, in its cash acquisition of Micromet, Inc. in a deal valued at approximately $1.16 billion.
The acquisition, reported on Jan. 26, includes blinatumomab, a Bispecific T cell Engager antibody in Phase 2 clinical development for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. ...
2012, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions
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 21, 2011
LONDON, 21 November, 2011 — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) has acquired substantially all of the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles. Covington & Burling LLP advised HaloIPT on the transaction. HaloIPT's financial adviser was Innovator Capital, the London based cleantech ...
November 14, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 14, 2011 — Law360 named five Covington & Burling lawyers today as “Most Valuable Players” in their respective practice areas. The inaugural award singles out lawyers whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactional matters have “raised the bar” over the past year. The 92 lawyers awarded this honor focus their work in 16 ...
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 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, November 2, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented Microsoft Corporation in the sale of its minority interest in ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. to Pendrell Technologies LLC. ContentGuard, based in El Segundo, Calif., is a leading inventor, developer and licensor of digital rights management (DRM) and related content distribution patents and ...
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. ...
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 ...
September 27, 2011
NEW YORK, September 27, 2011 — Twenty Covington & Burling LLP lawyers are recognized in the 2011 edition of New York Super Lawyers. The annual list by Super Lawyers selects only five percent of the total lawyers in the state based upon peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Sixteen Covington lawyers were named New York Super Lawyers:
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: ...
LONDON, 5 July 2011 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Lisa Peets was named as “Best in Copyright” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Women in Business Law Awards 2011. Natalie Diep was also shortlisted in the “Best in M&A” category. Covering 21 jurisdictions and 26 business areas, the Awards look to celebrate those firms setting the ...
June 20, 2011
NEW YORK, June 20, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented Morgan Stanley, financial advisor to Atlantic Power Corporation, in its acquisition of Capital Power Income L.P. in a deal valued at approximately C$1.1 billion. The transaction will create a leading North American contracted power generation platform with over 2,100 megawatts of capacity.
Under the ...
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 9, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 92 individual mentions and 32 practice mentions in the Legal 500 US 2011 edition. Legal 500 reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in more than 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean. Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
WASHINGTON, DC, May 16, 2011 — Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership interest in LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. (“LeTourneau”) from Rowan Companies, Inc. (“Rowan”) (NYSE: RDC) for $1.1 billion in cash. LeTourneau designs, ...
NEW YORK, May 10, 2011 — CKx, Inc., an owner of premium entertainment content, today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, a leading global alternative asset manager. Covington & Burling LLP advised Gleacher & Company, Inc., financial advisor to CKx, on the transaction.
March 15, 2011
NEW YORK, March 15, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP advised ClaimTrust, Inc. in the company’s recent sale to Craneware PLC (AIM: CRW.L).
Craneware PLC is the market leader in automated revenue integrity solutions for the U.S. healthcare market. ClaimTrust, Inc. is a software-as-a-service revenue cycle technology provider to hospitals in the United States.
March 7, 2011
NEW YORK, March 7, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented BofA Merrill Lynch, financial adviser to TomoTherapy Incorporated, in its sale to Accuray Incorporated for $277 million.
Under terms of the agreement, TomoTherapy will be sold to Accuray for $4.80 per share in cash and Accuray stock.
TomoTherapy is a creator of advanced radiation therapy solutions ...
March 3, 2011
NEW YORK, March 3, 2011 — Resource Capital Corporation (RSO) has announced that it has completed its purchase of 100 percent of the ownership interests in Churchill Pacific Asset Management LLC (CPAM) from Churchill Financial Holdings LLC. CPAM is the collateral manager to five Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) totaling approximately $1.9 billion in assets. ...
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 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 15, 2011
NEW YORK, February 15, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented Perella Weinberg Partners, as financial advisor to NYSE Euronext, in its merger with Deutsche Börse AG announced today, forming the premier global exchange group. Under the terms of the agreement, NYSE shareholders will own 40 percent of the newly merged company, and Deutsche Börse shareholders ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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 23, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 85 individual mentions and 23 practice mentions in the Legal 500 US 2010 edition. Legal 500 reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in more than 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
June 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 17, 2010 — Arginetix, Inc. and Immune Control Inc. today announced their merger to form Corridor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which will develop novel treatments for vascular diseases with an initial focus on pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Corridor, which will be based in Baltimore, Maryland, will develop treatments based on the ...
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 ...
June 14, 2010
NEW YORK, June 14, 2010 — GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plc has announced its acquisition of Laboratorios Phoenix S.A.C.yF., a leading Argentine pharmaceuticals business, for approximately $253 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised GSK on the deal.
By acquiring Phoenix, GSK gains access to a broad portfolio of branded generic pharmaceutical products, as well as a ...
June 1, 2010
NEW YORK, June 1, 2010 — Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced today that it has acquired UK-based RespiVert. Covington & Burling LLP advised Johnson & Johnson on the deal.
Johnson & Johnson embraces research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Johnson ...
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 ...
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 23, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2010 — The NCAA has announced a new 14-year television and new media rights agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., to present the Division I Men's Basketball Championship beginning in 2011 through 2024 for total rights fees of approximately $10.8 billion. As part of the agreement, all games will be shown live ...
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 ...
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 Advisory
January 21, 2010
January 21, 2010, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, November 5, 2009 — IMS Health today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by investment funds managed by TPG Capital (TPG) and the CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) in a transaction with a total value of $5.2 billion, including the assumption of debt. Covington & Burling LLP advised Foros Securities LLC, which acted as ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 2, 2009 — Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC has announced the formation of Blacksmith Brands Inc. with the acquisition of five over-the-counter consumer products brands from McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Covington & Burling LLP advised Charlesbank on the transaction. The brands acquired by Blacksmith include: Efferdent denture cleaner; Effergrip ...
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, August 27, 2009 — NYSE Euronext announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire, through its wholly-owned subsidiary NYSE Technologies, Inc, NYFIX, Inc. The total value of the all-cash deal is approximately $144 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised the NYFIX Special Committee on the transaction, which is expected to ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, NY, August 24, 2009 — Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc., a leading mall-based specialty retailer for young women, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired and taken private by investment funds managed by Advent International Corporation. Covington & Burling LLP advised the Charlotte Russe Special Committee on the ...
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 9, 2009 — Validus Holdings, Ltd. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IPC Holdings, Ltd. for approximately $1.65 billion in cash and Validus voting common shares. The combination will create a leading Bermuda carrier in the short-tail reinsurance and insurance market with $3.4 billion in shareholders’ ...
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 ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, NY, April 10, 2009 — First Solar, Inc. has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of OptiSolar’s project development business. Covington & Burling LLP advised OptiSolar on the deal.
OptiSolar is a California-based independent power producer committed to delivering clean, competitively priced electricity to the power grid from ...
March 2, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 2, 2009 — Borrego Solar Systems Inc. and groSolar Inc. announced that they have completed the sale of the residential solar division of Borrego to groSolar. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Covington & Burling LLP advised Borrego on the transaction.
Following the sale, Borrego Solar will continue its focus on ...
LONDON, October 29, 2008 — MPS Global, LLC, a US-based provider of high-tech engineering, design and IT talent, has acquired UK-based Talascend Group. The Talascend business includes EPCglobal, an international engineering staffing company, which operates exclusively in the engineering and construction industries in the UK, the US, India and Abu Dhabi. Covington ...
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:
NEW YORK, NY, September 16, 2008 — Getinge AB announced today that it will purchase Datascope Corporation for $53 per share or $865 million in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised Merrill Lynch, financial advisor to Getinge, on the transaction. Getinge is a global medical technology company with operations in the cardiac surgery and vascular surgery markets. ...
NEW YORK, NY, September 8, 2008 — UST Inc. and Altria Group, Inc. today announced an agreement pursuant to which Altria Group will acquire UST. Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of UST will receive $69.50 in cash for each share of common stock held. The transaction is valued at approximately $11.7 billion, which includes the assumption of ...
NEW YORK, NY, September 8, 2008 — Alberto-Culver Company announced today that it signed an agreement to acquire the Noxzema skin care brand from The Procter & Gamble Company. The agreement includes the existing business in the United States, Canada and portions of Latin America. Procter & Gamble will continue to operate its existing Noxzema shave care, ...
LONDON, August 19, 2008 — International Specialty Products, Inc. (ISP) has completed its previously announced sale of its hydrocolloids ingredients business to FMC Corporation. The London office of Covington & Burling LLP advised ISP on the transaction. ISP is a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and performance-enhancing products for a wide variety ...
NEW YORK, NY, August 6, 2008 — General Maritime Corporation and Arlington Tankers Ltd. jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby the two companies will combine in a stock-for-stock combination. The combination will create a leading publicly traded tanker company with a value of approximately $2 billion. Covington & ...
NEW YORK, NY, July 9, 2008 — Coty Inc. has completed its previously announced sale of the Orajel brand and other brands of Del Pharmaceuticals to Church & Dwight Co., Inc. for $380 million in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised Coty on the transaction. Coty is the world’s largest fragrance company with annual sales in excess of $3.5 billion. Church & Dwight ...
NEW YORK, NY, June 30, 2008 — Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd. and Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc. announced today a definitive merger agreement whereby Allied World will acquire Darwin for approximately $550 million in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised UBS Investment Bank, financial advisor to Darwin, on the transaction. Allied World is ...
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 ...
May 19, 2008
NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 2008 — Resource America, Inc. has announced that its subsidiary, Apidos Capital Management, LLC ("Apidos"), has successfully been assigned the management contracts of four Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) totaling approximately $1.3 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised Resource America and Apidos on the transaction. Resource ...
NEW YORK, NY, April 22, 2008 — Grey Wolf, Inc. and Basic Energy Services, Inc. have approved a definitive agreement to combine the two businesses in a “merger of equals.” Based upon closing prices for each company’s common stock as of April 18, the estimated value of the combined company would be $2.9 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised UBS Investment Bank, ...
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 28, 2008 — LX Networks LLC, a leading producer of local television and broadband video programming under the LX.TV name, has been acquired by the NBC Local Media Division of NBC Universal. The announcement was made today. Covington & Burling LLP advised LX Networks in the deal. Founded in 2006 and based in New York, LX’s programming ...
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 ...
December 31, 2007, Covington Advisory
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 ...
December 18, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, December 18, 2007 — BUPA today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Health Dialog. Covington and Burling LLP represented BUPA, Health Dialog’s largest shareholder, in the $775M transaction, which is expected to close in January. BUPA is a global provider of healthcare services and is the largest private health insurer in the ...
November 29, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, November 29, 2007 — US BioEnergy Corp. and VeraSun Energy Corp. announced today they will combine in an all-stock deal. Under the agreement, 0.81 shares of VeraSun stock will be issued for each outstanding share of US BioEnergy, and the combined company is projected to have a market capitalization of approximately $1.5 billion. Covington & Burling ...
November 20, 2007
LONDON, November 21, 2007 - This autumn Chambers and Legal 500 UK have recognised the London office of Covington & Burling in a combined 20 categories, praising the firm’s experts for “creative and commercial thinking” and “outstanding expertise” as well as “diversity of skills.” The firm’s London office has also achieved seven individual rankings and a further ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 19, 2007 — Celgene Corporation and Pharmion Corporation announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Celgene will acquire Pharmion for approximately $2.9 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, financial advisor to Celgene, on the transaction, which is expected to ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 16, 2007 — Technisource, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Spherion Corporation for total consideration of $140 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised Technisource on the transaction. Spherion Corporation is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions to meet the ...
November 15, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, November 15, 2007 — Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A., the Greek landline telephone company known as OTE that is listed on the Athens, London, and New York stock exchanges, has announced its tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications S.A., the Greek wireless carrier listed in Athens and ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, NY, October 30, 2007 — Fiber Composites has completed its previously announced acquisition of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation’s (LP’s) WeatherBest decking and railing business and manufacturing and distribution facility in Meridian, Idaho. Covington & Burling LLP advised Fiber Composites on the transaction. Fiber Composites is a leading manufacturer of ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, NY, October 1, 2007 — PerkinElmer, Inc. and ViaCell, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which PerkinElmer will acquire ViaCell for approximately $300 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised Merrill Lynch & Co., financial advisor to PerkinElmer, on the transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007. ...
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 ...
NEW YORK, NY, August 17, 2007 — Lamson & Sessions announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Thomas & Betts Corporation for approximately $450 million in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised Perella Weinberg Partners, financial advisor to Lamson & Sessions, on the transaction. Perella Weinberg Partners is an independent, ...
NEW YORK, NY, August 1, 2007 — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and The Carlyle Group announced today that The Carlyle Group has completed its acquisition of Goodyear’s engineered products division for $1.475 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised Goodyear in the transaction, which was announced on March 23, 2007.
Goodyear is the world's largest tire ...
NEW YORK, NY, July 24, 2007 — Ryerson Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Platinum Equity, a leading private equity firm, in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of Platinum Equity will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Ryerson common and ...
NEW YORK, NY, July 19, 2007 — Moscow CableCom Corp. and Renova Media Enterprises Ltd. jointly announced today that they have completed the previously announced merger under the terms of which Renova Media, the largest holder of Moscow CableCom’s voting securities, has acquired all of the equity securities of Moscow CableCom that it did not previously own. ...
June 26, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, June 26, 2007 — The GSI Group, Inc. announced that its parent company, GSI Holdings Corp., which is controlled by Charlesbank Capital Partners, has entered into an agreement pursuant to which affiliates of Centerbridge Partners, L.P. will acquire a majority stake. Covington & Burling LLP advised The GSI Group and Charlesbank Capital Partners on the ...
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 ...
May 31, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, May 31, 2007 — Ceridian Corporation, Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. ("THL Partners") and Fidelity National Financial, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ceridian will be jointly acquired by THL Partners and FNF in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $5.3 billion. Covington & Burling LLP ...
May 21, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, May 21, 2007 — Atlas Energy Resources, LLC announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire DTE Gas & Oil Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy Company, for $1.225 billion in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised UBS Investment Bank, financial advisor to Atlas Energy, on the transaction, which is expected to close ...
NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2007 — Teekay Shipping Corporation, A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM, and OMI Corporation announced that Teekay and TORM have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OMI for $2.2 billion or $29.25 per share in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised Perella Weinberg Partners, financial advisor to OMI, on the transaction. Teekay and TORM ...
NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2007 — Innkeepers USA Trust announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Apollo Investment Corporation for $1.5 billion or $17.75 per share in cash. Covington & Burling LLP advised UBS Investment Bank, financial advisor to Innkeepers, on the transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of ...
NEW YORK, NY, April 16, 2007 — Sallie Mae announced today its $25 billion sale to private equity firms, JC Flowers and Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe who combined for the acquisition with JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. Covington & Burling LLP represented Greenhill & Co., financial advisor to the Special Committee of Sallie Mae, in the deal. The Covington team ...
NEW YORK, NY, April 16, 2007 — The Thomson Corporation closed the sale of its Thomson Medical Education business to ABRY Partners, a Boston based private equity firm. Covington & Burling LLP advised The Thomson Corporation on the transaction. The Thomson Corporation is a leading global provider of integrated information-based solutions to business and ...
April 3, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the promotion of four new Of Counsel and six new Special Counsel.The four new Of Counsel are Daniel P. Cooper, Christian Neira, Matthew J. O’Connor, and Kevin J. Shortill.Daniel P. Cooper advises on European privacy and data protection matters, as well as on contentious and non-contentious ...
March 20, 2007, Covington Advisory
February 26, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2007 — Private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) announced today that they have agreed to acquire Texas power company TXU Corp. for $45 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised KKR and TPG on environmental, regulatory, and other governmental and public policy aspects of the transaction, ...
February 16, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, February 16, 2007 — Equifax Inc. and TALX Corporation announced on February 14, 2007 that Equifax will acquire TALX in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion, including the assumption of debt. Covington & Burling LLP advised Bear Stearns & Co. in the deal, which is expected to close in the late second or early third ...
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 22, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, January 22, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP advised Coty Inc. in its $125 million sale of the Calgon® and healing garden® brands, the number one and two brands respectively in the specialty bath sector, to Ascendia Brands, Inc. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2007.Coty Inc. is the world’s largest fragrance company with ...
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 ...
January 10, 2007
Covington & Burling LLP recently advised The New York Times Company on the sale of its broadcast media group. For more information, please click here.
NEW YORK, NY, December 19, 2006 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that Jack Bodner, Dianne Coffino, and Ben Hoch have joined the firm as partners. Ms. Coffino and Mr. Hoch join Covington’s corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practice group, and Mr. Bodner joins Covington’s mergers and acquisitions group. All three will be resident in the firm’s New ...
WASHINGTON, DC, December 8, 2006 — The Washington Post Company and 1105 Media, Inc. announced today that they have reached an agreement under which 1105 Media will acquire The Post’s government publishing and events group, which is known as Post Newsweek Tech Media. Post Newsweek Tech Media includes Government Computer News, Washington Technology, Government ...
WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2006 — An affiliate of Diamond Castle Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of BlueStone Television LLC for $230 million. Covington represented and advised Diamond Castle with respect to the FCC and broadcast industry aspects of the transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2007. Diamond Castle is a New York based ...
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 — 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. ...
NEW YORK, NY, September 26, 2006 — Covington & Burling LLP represented financial investors Olmeca Investments B.V. and Nautilus Gibraltar, SPRL in connection with their agreement to sell their stake in Cablemás, S.A. de C.V., the second largest cable television operator in México, to the founding family of Cablemás. The transaction is expected to close by ...
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 ...
July 10, 2006
NEW YORK, NY, July 10, 2006 - Covington & Burling LLP advised Société Générale and SG Cowen & Co., LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SG, in the private sale of the portfolio companies in the SG Merchant Banking Fund to a new fund sponsored by Paul Capital Partners. The Covington team included Scott Smith, J. D. Weinberg, Peter Bognadow, Rob Heller (tax), ...
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 ...
May 17, 2006
NEW YORK, NY, May 17, 2006 - Covington & Burling advised AudioCodes in its agreement to acquire Nuera Communications. The transaction will consist of payment of $85 million in cash to the stockholders of Nuera, subject to reduction for certain expenses, plus an earn out arrangement under which AudioCodes has agreed to pay up to an additional $5 million if ...
May 15, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2006 - Covington represented Perseus, LLC in SeaMobile's acquisition of Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (MTN). MTN was a portfolio company of Perseus, LLC, a private equity fund management company based in Washington, DC and New York City.
SeaMobile, based in Seattle and founded in 2005, provides wireless voice, data and ...
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 22, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, December 22, 2005 - Covington represented Perseus LLC, in Workflow Management Inc.'s acquisition of The Relizon Company. Workflow is a portfolio company of Perseus, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company.
Workflow Management Inc. is the parent company of WorkflowOne, United Envelope, and Freedom Graphics. Its acquisition of ...
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 14, 2005
LONDON, UK, October 14, 2005 - Covington & Burling assisted Medarex, the biopharmaceutical company focused on human antibody-based therapeutics to treat life-threatening and debilitating diseases, on the acquisition by its subsidiary Celldex Therapeutics Limited of privately held biotechnology company, Lorantis Ltd.
Celldex will acquire Lorantis for 6.8 ...
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 15, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 15, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented the Board of Directors of Certegy, Inc. in its merger agreement with Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. The transaction will combine operations to form a single publicly traded entity.
According to the terms of the agreement, ...
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 ...
September 1, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 1, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company, in the acquisition of Dallas-based clothing maker Haggar Corp. Perseus, along with Infinity Associates LLC and Symphony Holdings Limited, acquired Haggar in a transaction valued at approximately $212 million.
According to ...
August 22, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, August 22, 2005 — Covington & Burling advised Grupo Editorial Expansión (GEE) and its parent, Grupo Editorial Medcom (Medcom), in connection with the acquisition of GEE by Time, Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
GEE is the premier publisher of high-end consumer and business magazines in Mexico. Its portfolio of 15 titles ...
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 11, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Mobile Satellite Ventures and TerreStar Networks Inc. in connection with a recently announced private equity deal. According to the terms of the transaction, Motient Corp., an owner of MSV, purchased $200 million of TerreStar's common stock. After the deal, Motient Corp. will own approximately 61% ...
May 10, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, May 10, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented UBS as financial advisor to Duke Energy Corp. in its recently announced merger agreement with Cinergy Corp. The all stock transaction is valued at about $9 billion, with each common share of Cinergy converting to 1.56 shares of Duke Energy. The newly formed company, called Duke Energy Corporation, ...
March 14, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Reliance Infocomm Limited in connection with its $750 million financing from the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Export Development Canada. The financing was provided to assist Reliance Infocomm in building a state of the art telecommunications infrastructure for India -- the largest ...
February 25, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, February 25, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented Pfizer, Inc. in its agreement to acquire Idun Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The acquisition of Idun, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of therapies to control apoptosis, is expected to close during the second quarter of the year.
"The acquisition of Idun is a further ...
February 9, 2005
NEW YORK, NY, February 9, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised American Tire Distributors, Inc. and its majority shareholder, Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC, in an agreement under which Investcorp, a global investment group, will purchase ATD from Charlesbank.
American Tire Distributors is the leading national distributor of tires to the replacement tire ...
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December 22, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 2004 - Covington & Burling advised The Washington Post Company on its agreement with Microsoft Corp. to acquire Slate, the pioneering online magazine. Slate Magazine, which appears on the MSN webpage, has been owned and operated by Microsoft since its launch in 1996.
Under the terms of the deal, Washingtonpost.Newsweek ...
July 7, 2004
NEW YORK, NY, July 7, 2004 - Covington & Burling represented The Thomson Corporation ("Thomson"), a global leader in information solutions, in its merger agreement with Information Holdings Inc. ("IHI"). The merger with IHI, a company that specializes in intellectual property and regulatory information, will strengthen Thomson's Scientific and Healthcare ...
June 29, 2004
NEW YORK, NY, June 29, 2004 - The stockholders of Kerr-McGee Corp. (NYSE: KMG) and Westport Resources Corp. (NYSE: WRC) approved the merger of the companies on June 25, 2004 during special meetings of the stockholders of each company. The transaction now has been completed.
Covington & Burling represented Kerr-McGee Corp., an Oklahoma City-based oil and ...
October 2, 2003
October 2, 2003 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced the election of five new partners, effective October 1, 2003. "These fine individuals and lawyers, who very much represent the future of our firm, reflect the firm's strengths and diversity, coming as they do from four of the firm's five offices and ranging across our corporate, life sciences, ...
October 3, 2002
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 21, 2002
August 21, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C - Covington & Burling represented Riptech, Inc., a leading provider of scalable, real-time managed security services, in its sale to Symantec, Inc. which was consummated on August 19, 2002. Symantec paid an aggregate of $145 million in cash for privately-held Riptech. The combination of Symantec and Riptech will create a global ...
June 24, 2002
June 24, 2002, WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling today announced that it represented Bacardi Limited and its subsidiaries in their acquisition of trademarks and other intangible and tangible assets from Tequila Cazadores, S.A. de C.V. and its affiliates. A long-term supply agreement for blue agave, the cactus-like plant from which tequila is made, was also ...
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 ...
May 8, 2002
May 8, 2002 - WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO - Covington & Burling has promoted seven attorneys to counsel positions effective April 1, 2002. The new counsel are Dennis B. Auerbach, Wendy L. Feng, Marie A. Lavalleye, John B. Maclay, Lucinda Osborne, Lisa Peets and Elaine W. Stone.
Mr. Auerbach is Of Counsel in the Washington office. His ...
March 7, 2002
March 7, 2002 - LONDON, U.K. - Covington & Burling announced today that Simon Goodworth and Simon Currie, corporate partners, will be joining from Theodore Goddard. Covington recently announced that David Hinds, a senior tax partner, joined from SJ Berwin and James R. Beery, formerly General Counsel of GlaxoSmithKline, is joining as Senior Of Counsel.
February 12, 2002
February 12, 2002 – NEW YORK – Covington & Burling announced today that it assisted UBS Warburg in the completion of UBS Warburg’s acquisition of Enron Online and its natural gas and power trading business from the bankruptcy estate. The new business has been branded www.UBSWenergy.com and is expected to commence trading this month.
The transaction required ...
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, ...
February 5, 2001
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