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Ranked among the top antitrust and competition firms in the world, Covington guides clients through the complex web of antitrust and competition laws to help them secure their most important business objectives. Our Antitrust Litigation, Cartel Defense and Investigations, and Antitrust Transactions practices help clients secure their most important business objectives.
Built upon a foundation of unsurpassed regulatory and policy insight from more than 120 former government officials as well as extensive litigation and investigatory experience and corporate deal work, Covington is a one-stop shop for global antitrust and competition concerns.
Describing us as “an antitrust team rich in former senior enforcement officials,” Global Competition Review ranked Covington among the best in the world. With former regulators and enforcement officials among our ranks, we are powerfully equipped to help clients anticipate potential issues, navigate merger reviews efficiently, respond to investigations and enforcement actions effectively, and develop compliance programs to reduce risks proactively. Our team includes:
Smart, Tough Response to Litigation and Investigations
Citing our “superb trial lawyers and outstanding legal analysts,” Chambers and Partners ranks Covington among the best firms in the world for antitrust and general litigation, and The American Lawyer listed us among its litigation departments of the year. With more than 400 litigators—six of whom are members of the American College of Trial Lawyers—Covington has decades of experience before U.S. courts, European courts, the EU Commission, and arbitral tribunals around the world.
We also represent clients through the full life cycle of civil and criminal cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, providing seamless management of parallel investigations in multiple jurisdictions and critical insight on agency goals.
Seamless Transaction Support
We assist clients of all sizes in obtaining timely transaction clearances, including complex transactions crossing jurisdictions and markets. From the Exxon/Mobil and Merck/Schering-Plough mergers to Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, Covington’s antitrust and competition team handles major cases for some of the biggest companies in the world.
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.
Representing the leading carriers of a major container shipping alliance as they expand, deepen and widen their global cooperation.
Representation of Microsoft Corp. in its purchase of substantially all of Nokia’s devices & services business and licensing of Nokia’s patents. Covington advised on IP, commercial and regulatory matters on the transaction.
Representing Union Pacific Railroad in a wide variety of regulatory, legislative, and antitrust matters, including ongoing rulemakings involving rail rates and access to customer facilities and a multidistrict class action litigation alleging price-fixing of fuel surcharges.
Advising on a development and production joint venture formed by two leading suppliers of components for automobiles, trucks, and commercial vehicles, and on a distribution joint venture of leading commercial truck manufacturers.
Representing American Airlines on a series of global ticket inventory distribution arrangements with Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport, and in information technology services agreements with Amadeus, Sabre, HP, and ITA Software (Google).
Advising retailers on pricing claims and practices, including the use of the word “free,” “two-for-one” offers, and trial periods with negative cancellation options.
Represent Alps Electric in putative class actions alleging price-fixing in the heater control panel market.
Represent Samsung in consolidated antitrust price-fixing and deceptive practice class actions involving liquid crystal displays. Won dismissal of claims valued at more than $3.5 billion, brought by Motorola Mobility against Samsung Electronics and several other manufacturers, shortly before trial.
Representing Schering-Plough (now Merck) in multi-district class action litigation challenging so-called reverse payment settlements of pharmaceutical patent litigation. Obtained denial of certification of indirect purchaser class, after which indirect purchasers voluntarily dismissed their case. The team previously defeated the FTC at trial in an action on the same facts, and will now have the opportunity to resolve the direct purchaser portion of the case under a recent Supreme Court decision.
Representing Pixar in multi-defendant federal antitrust class action litigation alleging an unlawful agreement among certain Silicon Valley firms to limit their recruiting of each other’s employees.
Representing S-Y Systems Technologies Europe, GmbH, the only defendant dismissed in its entirety from the wire harness price-fixing litigation, which is the lead case in the sprawling Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation pending in Detroit. The court granted motion to dismiss, on personal jurisdiction grounds and did not grant the plaintiffs’ request for jurisdictional discovery.
AstraZeneca in an FTC investigation and private antitrust class action litigation concerning settlements of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving Nexium.
Represented Bank of America in nationwide class actions challenging interchange fees paid on ATM and credit card transactions.
Represented JPMorgan Chase in numerous consumer class actions and attorney general representative actions on various practices relating to credit cards.
In obtaining the dismissal of an antitrust class action alleging that a number of credit-card issuers conspired to adopt arbitration clauses in their credit card agreements. 2006 WL 2685082 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 20, 2006).
Represented executives of various airlines in investigations in the air cargo and passenger industries in several jurisdictions.
Defending senior executives in auto parts-related investigations.
Defending a large European manufacturer of power cables in a criminal antitrust investigation by the DOJ.
Represent several Japanese and European manufacturers of automotive parts in investigations of alleged anticompetitive activity.
Represented Bertelsmann, Inc. in multi-district antitrust class action litigation alleging price-fixing and other violations of antitrust laws with respect to digital music.
Represented Expedia in multiple national antitrust class actions relating to hotel bookings.
Represented Union Pacific Railroad Company in multidistrict litigation alleging price-fixing of freight fuel surcharges.
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.
We have significant experience advising clients on all aspects of their European commercialization networks, including the design and operation of exclusive and selective distribution systems, pricing/rebates, sales and rental channels, supply chain management, customer loyalty programs, dealer financing, central warehousing, consumer warranties, dealer termination, etc.
We represent a major European carrier in the European Commission’s container liner shipping investigation into alleged collusion/abuse of dominance.
Represented Microsoft in connection with Cisco’s appeal against the European Commission’s decision to approve Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype.
Representation of Microsoft, Expedia, and Trip Advisor in the U.S. and Europe in connection with investigations regarding Google’s abusive search-related conduct.
Represented a global electronics manufacturer concerning all aspects of the European investigation into alleged collusion in TFT-LCD (1&2).
Represented a major financial services company in an investigation by the FTC of alleged exclusionary conduct with no action being taken against our client.
Represented a global electronics manufacturer in the European investigation into alleged collusion in DRAM.
Represented a major U.S. transportation company in a DOJ investigation with no action taken against our client.
Represented technology firm in connection with a FTC investigation of a standard setting organization.
Defending 49ers in class action antitrust challenge to its policies governing the printing of pdf copies of game tickets (Kazemzadeh v. San Francisco 49ers).
Represented Samsung in consolidated antitrust price-fixing and deceptive practice class actions involving liquid crystal displays.
Representation of Microsoft in connection with its complaint regarding the anticompetitive patent licensing practices of Motorola Mobility.
American Petroleum Institute as an amicus curiae in a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning an antitrust challenge to a refining and marketing joint venture.
Represented company in DOJ investigation of employee recruiting practices.
Defending NFL in class action and direct antitrust challenges to its trademark licensing arrangements (American Needle v. NFL and Dang v. NFL).
Defending NFL in multi-district class action antitrust challenges to its broadcast distribution arrangements for out-of-market games (In re Sunday Ticket Antitrust Litigation).
Won dismissal of a class action antitrust complaint alleging conspiracy to restrain market for “likenesses” of former NFL football players (Washington v. National Football League).
Represented the National Football league in a class action challenging the League’s licensing arrangements for the use of team marks and logos on apparel.
Represented the NFL in securing the dismissal of class action claims brought by retired players alleging a conspiracy to restrain a market for the sale of their images and likenesses.
Covington successfully represented Samsung in a massive set of antitrust price-fixing cases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that virtually all of the claimed damages were barred by the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act.
Represent the American Athletic Conference in a putative antitrust class action challenging NCAA and Conference rules on financial aid limits for student athletes. This lawsuit challenges the very existence of amateur collegiate athletics.
Represent Amyris, Inc. regarding antitrust and competition law, EU chemicals regulations (including “REACH”) and other European distribution arrangements and other areas where we have specialized expertise.
Representation of a technology company in antitrust litigation and a related arbitration concerning obligations to license technology.
ExxonMobil Corp. on antitrust aspects of its acquisition of XTO Energy, Inc.
Representation of a semiconductor manufacturer in antitrust licensing disputes.
Advising one of the world’s largest specialty chemicals companies regarding its manufacturing joint venture activities in China.
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.
Representation of AstraZeneca in its $1.26 billion acquisition of Ardea Biosciences. Under the agreement, AstraZeneca will pay $32 per share for all of the outstanding shares of Ardea. AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious disease. Ardea is a biotechnology company based in San Diego, California, focused on the development of small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of serious diseases.
In securing a stay of antitrust and related class-action claims in deference to arbitration clauses in credit-card agreements. 361 F.Supp. 2d 237 (S.D.N.Y. 2005).
Represented automotive parts suppliers in antitrust class actions alleging price-fixing for automotive wire harness systems and other parts.
Representing Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company in connection with the Container Shipping investigation in the EU.
Represented Wells Fargo Bank in consumer class actions under the laws of multiple states challenging fees, disclosures, and other banking practices.
Dismissing a purported class action antitrust suit brought by retired players alleging a conspiracy to restrain a market for the sale of their images and likenesses.
Represented Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l, Inc. in antitrust class action alleging wrongful exclusion of generic competition.
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.
Representation of ExxonMobil Corporation in numerous transactions, including its $41 billion acquisition of XTO Energy Inc., the largest transaction in the history of the natural gas industry.
Representation of Merck in its $41 billion merger with Schering-Plough.
Advised Newport Television LLC in connection with the sale of broadcast television stations to Sinclair Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, and Cox Media Group.
Representation of Prysmian S.p.A., a global manufacturer of power transmission and telecommunications cable, in its $1.2 billion tender offer for cable and optical fiber manufacturer Draka Holding N.V.
Counseling for joint ventures for a variety of clients in media and communications, including cable channel ventures, joint ventures for video programming and content, and satellite, wireless, and broadcast joint ventures.
Representation of King Pharmaceuticals in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Pfizer.
Representation of Qualcomm in connection with its acquisition of CSR plc, with filings in China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Representation of Sanofi in connection with obtaining clearances from the European Commission and in China, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine for its collaboration with Google Life Sciences, Inc., now Verily, relating to diabetes management products and services.
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 Salix Pharmaceuticals in antitrust issues related to its $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Inc., another specialty pharmaceutical company focused on gastrointestinal treatments and in its $300 million acquisition of Oceana Therapeutics, LCC.
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.
Advised the National Football League in numerous licensing and other transactions.
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.
Represented a global bank in class actions involving antitrust, commodities fraud, and RICO claims relating to alleged manipulation of financial benchmarks, including the London Interbank Offering Rate (LIBOR), foreign currency exchange benchmarks, and ISDAFIX®
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.
Counsel for Expedia in obtaining dismissal of all claims in MDL litigation.
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.
February 15, 2017
John Hall and Deborah Garza are quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article regarding likely litigation challenges in 2017. According to Hall, Covington’s workload is at historic highs, with “no sign of that upward trend abating,” noting that the changing legal and regulatory environment would continue to create demand.
Commenting on antitrust and the ...
February 10, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO—The BTI Consulting Group has named Covington lawyers John Nields and Clara Shin to its 2017 “Client Service All-Stars” list, which recognizes “remarkable attorneys and their ability to rise above all others with the most demanding clients.”
Mr. Nields, based in Washington, is a highly regarded trial lawyer and member of the firm’s litigation and ...
February 2017, Antitrust Source
January 31, 2017, Compliance Week
Michael Fanelli and Kevin Coates are quoted in a Compliance Week article examining how companies are navigating the global enforcement landscape. Commenting on global antitrust investigations, Fanelli says, “[Cooperation] involves a real thorough investigation to show you’re doing everything you can to root out the problem.” Applying for leniency may not always ...
January 30, 2017
WASHINGTON—Covington represented India-based Piramal Enterprises and its wholly owned Critical Care subsidiary in the UK in its agreement to acquire a portfolio of intrathecal spasticity and pain management drugs from Mallinckrodt LLC.
The purchase price was $171 million, plus an earn-out of up to an additional $32 million. This is the third acquisition that ...
January 23, 2017, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
January 19, 2017, The Litigation Daily
The Litigation Daily highlights a recent client alert on competition law enforcement trends by Johan Ysewyn, Thomas Barnett, and Deborah Garza. Under President Trump, Covington lawyers "expect enforcement policy to shift back to a more traditional conservative approach similar to that of the George W. Bush administration. We will also be watching the extent to ...
January 18, 2017, Covington Alert
2016 was another year of active enforcement globally. It was also a year of big changes of uncertain impact. June saw the dramatic vote by the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union—a development which we do not expect will have concrete antitrust implications in 2017, given that the UK government has not yet formally started the “Brexit process,” ...
January 17, 2017, Law360
Alex Leitch and Jeremy Wilson are quoted in a Law360 article regarding the arrival of Craig Pollack and Louise Freeman to the firm’s European Dispute Resolution practice. According to Leitch and Wilson, “The firm’s growing footprint in London is a reflection of client demand that is fueled by the increasingly challenging regulatory and compliance environment, ...
January 17, 2017, Global Competition Review
Louise Freeman and Johan Ysewyn are quoted in a Global Competition Review article regarding Freeman’s arrival to the firm’s European Dispute Resolution practice. According to Freeman, Covington is an exciting firm to join – especially as the firm is “expanding at a phenomenal rate.” She adds, “It’s going to be great fun educating the London market on what is ...
January 10, 2017, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Global Competition Review article regarding the EU General Court’s ruling ordering the EU to pay damages to Gascogne after finding that the court breached the company’s right to adjudication within a reasonable period. According to Ysewyn, despite the “precedent-setting” verdict, the General Court “gave itself an escape route by ...
January 3, 2017
WASHINGTON—Law360 has named six Covington lawyers as MVPs in their respective practice areas. The awards single out lawyers from across various practice areas based on their “success in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters, and record-breaking deals.”
The Covington lawyers recognized as Law360 MVPs are:
Shara Aranoff, International Trade. Ms. ...
December 21, 2016, Law360
Law360 selected Derek Ludwin as a 2016 Sports MVP and profiled his work over the past year, including his defense of the U.S. Olympic Committee against an antitrust challenge to its longtime ban on on-field advertising brought by Olympic runner Nick Symmonds through his company, Run Gum. “This is an organization that a lot of us grew up following. It’s the ...
December 16, 2016, Covington Alert
After a wait of nearly 15 months from the introduction of class actions in the UK for antitrust
damages claims, the first class certification hearing took place before the UK’s Competition
Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”) between December 12 and 14.
December 5, 2016
WASHINGTON—SportsBusiness Journal has named Doug Gibson and Gregg Levy to its list of the “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business.” Mr. Gibson and Mr. Levy are two of only four lawyers in private practice on the list, which also includes league commissioners and team owners, broadcast industry and sponsor company CEOs, and other high-profile executives in ...
December 2, 2016
LONDON—Global Competition Review has named two Covington partners to its Women in Antitrust list. Now in its fifth year, the report aims to identify and celebrate achievements of elite female antitrust professionals in private practice, as well as expert economists, in-house counsel, enforcers, and academics around the world.
Miranda Cole is a partner based in ...
November 18, 2016, The Litigation Daily
Sturgis Sobin, Derek Ludwin, and James O’Connell were named “Litigators of the Week” by The Litigation Daily for an initial determination at the ITC on behalf of Baosteel in the first price-fixing case in almost 40 years at the agency, terminating U.S. Steel’s antitrust claim. According to Sobin, the argument was as much about educating the judge about the ...
October 27, 2016, Global Competition Review
Deborah Garza participated in the GCR “Women in Antitrust Roundtable.” Among her many comments, Garza provided advice to young lawyers just beginning their careers: “I advise young lawyers to take control over their careers and their development as lawyers. That means not just waiting for whatever assignments are given to you, but seeking out assignments and ...
October 25, 2016, Society for Human Resource Management
Phillip Warren is quoted in a Society for Human Resource Management article regarding guidance released by the DOJ and the FTC alerting HR professionals to potential violations of antitrust laws stemming from nonpoaching or wage-fixing agreements with competing companies. According to Warren, “This is a major policy shift.” He continues, “The government has ...
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 19, 2016, Covington Alert
On September 15, 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the ongoing e-commerce sector inquiry. The report is based on the input from nearly 1,800 companies operating in e-commerce of consumer goods and digital content and has analyzed around 8,000 distribution contracts. The report confirms the fast growth of e-commerce in the EU and ...
October 18, 2016, Competition Law Insight
October 10, 2016
LONDON—Elaine Whiteford has joined Covington as a partner in the European Dispute Resolution practice resident in the firm’s London office.
Ms. Whiteford’s practice focuses on contentious competition law matters and follow-on damages litigation, challenges to regulatory decisions, cartel and other regulatory investigations, and other types of commercial ...
September 21, 2016
SHANGHAI—China Law & Practice has named Covington as “Regulatory & Compliance Firm of the Year” at its annual award ceremony. The leading Chinese legal publication also recognized Shanghai partner Eric Carlson as “Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year” and the firm for its role in the “Outbound Deal of the Year,” China National Tire & Rubber’s $7.8 billion ...
September 12, 2016, Covington Alert
The General Court (the “GC” or the “Court”) delivered its judgment in the Lundbeck ‘pay-for-delay’ case last Thursday (Case T-472/13 Lundbeck v Commission). In its judgment, the GC confirms the European Commission (the “Commission”)’s decision (the “Decision”), namely that the agreements between Lundbeck and the generic producers (Merck KGaA/Generics UK (“GUK”), ...
September 2016, Competition Law & Policy Debate
August 30, 2016, Inside U.S. Trade
Deborah Garza is quoted in an Inside U.S. Trade article regarding the U.S. Chamber’s newly-assembled group of experts which is expected to develop recommendations for how the next administration and Congress should approach issues related to trade and antitrust policy. According to Garza, due process and transparency obligations are necessary to ensure against ...
August 30, 2016, Global Competition Review
Deborah Garza is quoted in a Global Competition Review article regarding the formation of the U.S. Chamber’s bi-partisan group of leading antitrust and competition experts. According to Garza, there are “across-the-board” bipartisan views when it comes to the issues identified by the U.S. Chamber in the area of international antitrust. She continues, there is “a ...
August 26, 2016
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of a bi-partisan, independent group of leading antitrust and competition experts, which will be co-chaired by Covington’s Deborah Garza and Sidley’s Andrew Shoyer. The group will consider the challenges presented by globally divergent approaches to antitrust and the interplay between competition ...
July 26, 2016, Competition Law Insight
Kevin Coates discusses his career highlights and the legal landscape in this interview with Competition Law Insight.
July 20, 2016, Global Competition Review
Kevin Coates participated in the American Bar Association’s criminal antitrust conference and is quoted in a GCR article regarding the effects of Brexit on antitrust. According to Coates, the effects of Brexit on competition law will only be felt if the United Kingdom decides it wants an economic relationship with the European Union different from one created by ...
Phillip Warren participated in the American Bar Association’s bi-monthly criminal antitrust update and is quoted in a GCR article regarding the lower amount of criminal antitrust fines this year. According to Warren, “More than anything, the drop in numbers results from the winding down of the current financial sector and auto parts matters.” He continued, “It ...
July 19, 2016, PaRR
Kevin Coates spoke at an American Bar Association webinar entitled “Cartel and Criminal Practice Update” and is quoted in a PaRR article regarding the significance of the European Commission’s July truck cartel decision. According to Coates, this is the first case in which the EC issued a normal procedure statement of objections (SO) to parties, and then agreed ...
July 19, 2016, Global Competition Review
Alex Leitch and Jeremy Wilson are quoted in a GCR article regarding the arrival of Elaine Whiteford to Covington’s European dispute resolution practice. “We are thrilled with Elaine’s decision to join the firm. She brings a wealth of EU litigation experience, which we see as a real asset in the current market.”
July 18, 2016, Legal Business
Alex Leitch is quoted in a Legal Business article regarding the arrival of Elaine Whiteford to the firm’s European competition practice. According to Leitch “She brings a wealth of EU litigation experience, which we see as a real asset in the current market, impacted by many developments around Europe, including Brexit related disputes, and the new class action ...
July 18, 2016, Legal Week
Alex Leitch is quoted in a Legal Week article regarding the arrival of Elaine Whiteford to the firm’s European competition practice. According to Leitch, “[Whiteford] brings a wealth of EU litigation experience, which we see as a real asset in the current market, impacted by many developments around Europe, including Brexit related disputes, and the new class ...
July 13, 2016, Covington Alert
Yesterday, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it has settled its lawsuit against ValueAct Capital Management L.P. (“ValueAct”) for violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”). The settlement is noteworthy for two principal reasons: (i) the size of the civil penalty ($11 million); and ...
On July 1, 2016, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy published a proposed draft amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition, which would introduce a new merger control notification threshold based on transaction value. The draft (i) introduces a new merger control notification threshold based on transaction value, (ii) ...
June 30, 2016
BRUSSELS—With the latest addition of Ambassador Péter Balás, Covington has further enhanced its global Antitrust and Competition and Public Policy and Government Affairs practices. The firm’s strategic growth in Europe includes the addition of the following professionals in recent months:
Ambassador Péter Balás, the former Deputy Director-General of DG ...
June 30, 2016, Covington Advisory
This morning, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a 150% increase in the maximum daily penalty for premerger notification violations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”), from $16,000 to $40,000.
June 29, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article regarding the possibility that the UK could alter its tax code to entice businesses following the Brexit vote. According to Ysewyn, “The temptation will be very high to bail out of the EU state aid rules…It would be nice [for the UK] not to have to deal with the whole Brussels layer.”
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 ...
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. ...
May 6, 2016, Insight
May 4, 2016, Bloomberg
Deborah Garza is quoted in this Bloomberg article discussing the Justice Department’s recent merger investigations under Bill Baer. According to Garza, "The Justice Department is increasingly adopting the Nancy Reagan slogan: ‘Just say no.’"
April 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES — Covington partners Emily Henn, Robyn Polashuk and Sonya Winner have been named to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Women Lawyers” in California. The list recognizes 100 lawyers who “try complex commercial disputes and put together industry-transforming deals.”
Ms. Henn, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, co-chairs the firm’s Class ...
BRUSSELS — Sophie Bertin, a former senior official who served as Head of Unit in the “Financial Crisis” Task Force within the Directorate-General for Competition at the European Commission, has joined forces with Covington’s global antitrust and competition practice. Ms. Bertin will be working with the firm’s Brussels and London offices.
At DG COMP, Ms. Bertin ...
April 13, 2016, National Defense
Scott Freling is quoted in this National Defense article exploring the DOJ and FTC joint statement on preserving competition in the defense industry. According to Freling, the interagency truce should “provide some comfort” to defense contractors that mergers and acquisitions can go forward, albeit “under the right circumstances.”
Brown adds, the statement ...
April 7, 2016, ABA Section of Antitrust Law 64th Annual Spring Meeting “Hot Topics” Panel
April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Global Competition Review has selected Expedia’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide as its “Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas” at the GCR Awards 2016. Covington partners Thomas Barnett and Anne Lee served as lead antitrust counsel to Expedia during the transaction.
The acquisition triggered a U.S. Department of Justice ...
April 5, 2016, Global Competition Review
Eric Holder’s remarks from “GCR Live: Cartels” are quoted extensively in this GCR article. Holder said, “Regardless what the election holds in November, my strong belief is that the antitrust division will continue to focus on cartel enforcement. This is a priority for the Justice Department now, and will continue to be for the next attorney general.”
Robert Wick recently spoke at “GCR Live: Cartels” and was quoted extensively in an article about the event. Without government enforcers coordinating during cartel investigations and follow-on actions, Wick says there is a risk of disproportionate punishment, “whether it’s criminal sentences or whether it’s fines that could be disproportionate.”
April 4, 2016
BRUSSELS — Kevin Coates, a former senior official who served as Head of one of the Cartels Units at the Directorate-General for Competition at the European Commission between 2012 and 2016, has joined Covington’s antitrust and competition practice.
Over the last 16 years, Mr. Coates has held several senior positions within DG COMP and before that served as ...
April 4, 2016, Global Competition Review
Kevin Coates, Johan Ysewyn and Deborah Garza are quoted in this GCR article announcing the arrival of Coates as a partner in the firm’s European competition practice.
March 31, 2016, Global Competition Review
Peter Camesasca discusses private cartel actions in the European Union in this interview with GCR.
March 29, 2016, Global Competition Review
Robert Wick discusses important themes as they relate to antitrust enforcement in the US and abroad in this interview with Global Competition Review.
March 18, 2016, BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
March 15, 2016, Competition Law Insight
March 11, 2016, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in this GCR article covering Société Générale’s decision to drop its appeal after the European Commission agreed to reduce the penalty. According to Ysewyn, “If the reduction is substantial, the danger is that, in the future, this would be read as a precedent by other companies who settle and would try their luck in court.”
March 8, 2016, Global Competition Review
Alex Leitch and Kenny Henderson are quoted in this GCR article discussing the launch of the first opt-out class action in the UK.
According to Leitch, “If the case is not settled and the class is granted a collective proceedings order, this will be the trickle that may form into a steady flowing stream.” He continues by stating that the class seems to be ...
Spring 2016, Antitrust
February 22, 2016, The Law Society Gazette
Johan Ysewyn is quoted by The Law Society Gazette in an article discussing changes in competition policy and enforcement, and what these changes mean for lawyers. “The commission likes its fines, but I think it takes a balanced view that it also likes companies changing their trading behaviour,” says Ysewyn. Ysewyn continues by commenting on the changing nature ...
February 18, 2016, Law360
Robert Wick is quoted by Law360 in an article discussing DOJ appellate antitrust head Kristen Limarzi’s defense of the foreign reach of U.S. antitrust law. Disagreeing, Wick says, “It shows insufficient respect for foreign governments’ right to regulate their own economies.”
February 16, 2016, Competition Law Insight
Miranda Cole is showcased by Competition Law Insight in this feature.
February 10, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has chosen Covington partner Anne Lee to be a member of its 2016 class of Fellows. The program is designed to build relationships and leadership skills that can be passed down to future generations of leaders in the legal profession. Tammy Albarrán, Co-Chair of Diversity Initiatives at Covington ...
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 19, 2016, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in this GCR article discussing the recent judgments released by the European General Court, upholding penalties against Mitsubishi and Toshiba. According to Ysewyn, the case is an “illustration of the delicate and very complex fining issues facing the European Commission when companies change corporate structures in the course of a cartel.”
January 15, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Global Competition Review has again named Covington to its 2016 “Global Elite,” a list of the top 25 antitrust practices worldwide.
Each year, GCR undertakes extensive analysis of antitrust and competition law groups in 50 jurisdictions around the world. In its profile of the firm, GCR calls Covington’s antitrust and competition practice an ...
January 8, 2016, Covington Alert
December 10, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2015 - Global Competition Review has named Covington partner Anne Lee to its “40 Under 40” list, profiling 40 of the world’s top young antitrust lawyers, enforcers and in-house counsel.
Ms. Lee represents clients in complex commercial and antitrust litigation, including cases at the trial and appellate levels in both state and ...
December 9, 2015
NEW YORK, December 9, 2015 - Covington advised Grupo P.I. Mabe, the leading producer of hygienic products in Mexico, on its sale to Ontex Group NV, a publicly listed company based in Belgium. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
The transaction will require regulatory approvals in Mexico, the US and certain other countries, and has ...
December 8, 2015
NEW YORK, December 8, 2015 - Covington represented Ascension, the nation’s leading Catholic and non-profit health system, in a $200 million investment transaction with TowerBrook Capital Partners in Accretive Health, a leading provider of revenue cycle management services to healthcare providers. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of ...
November 16, 2015
Covington hosted a media roundtable with Brick Court Chambers to discuss the UK class action regime, and the effect of rule 119 of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s provision. The Times of London and Global Competition Review covered the discussion.
According to Alex Leitch, either “judicial common sense” would prevail to find a way round the limitation period ...
November 11, 2015, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Global Competition Review article discussing Belgium’s Competition Authority’s draft leniency guidelines that have been launched for public consultation. Ysewyn, who welcomed the guidelines, said the new draft policy is “definitely workable.” “Awarding natural persons being granted immunity regardless of the position in which they ...
November 5, 2015, Global Competition Review
Johan Ysewyn is quoted in a Global Competition Review article assessing Margrethe Vestager’s first year as European commissioner for competition. According to Ysewyn, “For the first time in quite a long while, [Europe has had] a combination of a commissioner who, I believe, understands the political nuances of competition law, and a director general who actually ...
October 7, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, October 7, 2015 – Covington partner Deborah Garza testified on Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights in support of the proposed Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (SMARTER Act) of 2015. The SMARTER Act is a draft bill that would equalize the merger ...
October 7, 2015, The National Law Journal
Co-chair of the Antitrust and Competition Law Practice Group Deborah Garza’s testimony before the Senate subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights is quoted in this National Law Journal article discussing antitrust authority in relation to the SMARTER Act. Garza has testified three separate times in support of this Act, born out of the ...
October 1, 2015, Covington Alert
September 14, 2015, Law360
September 14, 2015, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
September 14, 2015, The Law Society Gazette
September 2015, Korean Journal of Competition
Fall 2015, Antitrust
August 2015, Korean Journal of Competition
August 2015, An Extract from The European Antitrust Review 2016
July 20, 2015, Covington Alert
July 16, 2015, Politico
Quoting Peter Camesasca regarding the Innolux judgment.
July 11, 2015, De Tijd
Quoting Johan Ysewyn regarding the recent win in the PSA case.
July 9, 2015, Global Competition Review
July 9, 2015, Covington Alert
July 7, 2015, Competition Law Insight
July 2015, Competition Law Insight
Covington's Johan Ysewyn and Jiwon Choi wrote this Competition Law Insight piece.
July 2015, E-Commerce Law and Policy
June 23, 2015, Covington Alert
June 17, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, June 17, 2015 — Covington Partner Deborah Garza testified on Tuesday before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in support of the re-introduced Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (SMARTER Act), a draft bill that would equalize the merger enforcement authority of ...
June 4, 2015
NEW YORK, June 4, 2015 — Covington acted as U.S. M&A and antitrust counsel to Joy Global, Inc., a leader in high-productivity mining solutions, on its French-law governed acquisition of Montabert S.A.S. from Doosan Holding France S.A.S., an affiliate of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Global, for EUR 110 million.
Montabert specializes in the production and ...
June 3, 2015, LegalStudio
Summer 2015, Antitrust
May 15, 2015, Law360
May 6, 2015, Covington E-Alert
April 23, 2015
BRUSSELS, April 23, 2015 — Covington’s EU Competition practice was named Best Competition and Antitrust Law Firm at the Belgian Legal Awards 2015.
Covington’s team was praised for several successes, including acting for Brabomills, a flour producer, in a cartel investigation, prompting the Brussels Court of Appeal to annul the company’s fine on the basis of ...
April 21, 2015, Covington E-Alert
April 20, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, April 20, 2015 — Global Competition Review has selected matters led by Covington lawyers as winners of two 2015 GCR Awards.
Litigation of the Year, Cartel Defense was awarded for the defendants’ win in Motorola Mobility v AU Optronics, et al. Covington partners Robert Wick and Derek Ludwin in Washington, DC, and Jeffrey Davidson in San ...
April 9, 2015, Bulletin e-Competitions Leniency, Art. N° 72355
April 8, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2015 — Law360 named Covington partner Jeffrey Davidson one of five “Rising Stars” in the area of competition law. The award honors lawyers under the age of 40 whose “legal accomplishments belie their age.”
In its profile, Law360 highlighted Mr. Davidson’s role in Samsung Electronics’ victory in its high-profile antitrust litigation ...
March 20, 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 2, 2015, Law360
Spring 2015, Antitrust
February 23, 2015, Covington E-Alert
February 12, 2015
February 2, 2015, Private Equity News
January 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2015 — For the second consecutive year, Law360 named Covington’s antitrust and competition practice one of the top “Competition Practice Groups of the Year.”Law360 recognized Covington for securing the dismissal of separate antitrust suits against clients Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Expedia, Inc. The ...
January 16, 2015, Covington E-Alert
January 2015, Corporate Counsel
December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2014 — The Global Competition Review (GCR) has named Covington & Burling to its Global Elite, a list of the top 20 competition practices worldwide, ranking it among the top practices in both Brussels and Washington, D.C.
Each year, GCR undertakes extensive analysis of competition law groups in 50 jurisdictions around the world. In ...
WASHINGTON, DC, December 24, 2014 - Law360 named Covington partner Rob Wick a “most valuable player” in competition law. Law360’s “MVP of the Year” awards recognize lawyers who have had successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters, and record-breaking deals in the past year.
In its profile of Mr. Wick, Law360 highlighted his win on behalf of ...
December 9, 2014, Competition Law Insight
December 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, December 5, 2014 - For the second time this year, Am Law Litigation Daily named Covington & Burling’s Robert Wick as “Litigator of the Week.” Mr. Wick was honored for convincing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to reject Motorola's attempt to hold Samsung Electronics and several other of the world’s largest liquid crystal display ...
November 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, November 26, 2014 — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's attempt to hold Samsung Electronics and several other of the world’s largest liquid crystal display manufacturers liable under U.S. antitrust law for allegedly fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to Motorola’s foreign subsidiaries. ...
November 25, 2014, Covington E-Alert
November 12, 2014, GlobalPolicyWatch Blog
November 3, 2014, Law360
Covington partners Thomas Barnett, Miranda Cole and Anne Lee provided antitrust counsel to research firm Covance in this $6 billion deal in which Covance was acquired by Laboratory Corp of America Holdings.
November 3, 2014, Reuters
October 28, 2014, Law360
Andrea Zulli is featured in this article regarding his move to Covington:
"Andrea Zulli, who will join Covington's EU competition group as of counsel, advises clients in all aspects of EU, international and Italian competition law, including merger control, cartels and other restrictive practices, antitrust compliance and abuses of a dominant position."
October 27, 2014
Brussels, 27 October, 2014 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Andrea Zulli is joining the firm’s EU competition group. Mr. Zulli was previously head of the Italian antitrust and competition group at a leading international practice. Mr. Zulli will be resident in the firm’s Brussels office, and will play an important role in the firm’s EU ...
WASHINGTON, DC, October 27, 2014 —U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres recently granted summary judgment to Acorda Therapeutics in a nearly three-year-old antitrust and false advertising lawsuit brought by Apotex. Covington & Burling represented Acorda. Apotex alleged that Acorda Therapeutics had engaged in anticompetitive conduct to delay entry of Apotex’s ...
October 27, 2014, GCR
This article features Andrea Zulli, who recently joined Covington's EU competition group:
Zulli, 40, will work mainly in pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors in his new firm. He says it was a hard decision to leave Norton Rose – where he was local partner – but ultimately he wanted to return to Brussels – “the heart of antitrust in Europe”.
“Not only ...
SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2014 — The California State Bar’s Antitrust & Unfair Competition Section recognized Covington & Burling partner Phillip Warren as the 2014 “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Warren was honored at the 24th annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute & Antitrust Lawyer of the Year event on October 16 in San ...
October 9, 2014, Global Investigations Review
October 9, 2014, Global Competition Review
October 3, 2014, Covington E-Alert
October 1, 2014, Global Competition Review
Ashley Bass, Andrew Lazerow and Anne Lee are featured in this article on their recent promotion to the partnership:
"Covington & Burling has three new US antitrust partners this morning after voting to promote Ashley Bass, Andrew Lazerow and Anne Lee to the partnership in a meeting on Monday."
"Lazerow, 44, who fielded questions about abortion pills and ...
September 10, 2014, Covington E-Alert
September 9, 2014, Covington E-Alert
Fall 2014, Antitrust
2014, 79 Antitrust Law Journal No. 2
June 2, 2014, Global Competition Review
May 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, May 30, 2014 — Phillip Warren, former chief of the San Francisco office of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, has joined Covington & Burling as a partner. He will practice in the firm’s global antitrust and competition law practice and be resident in the San Francisco office. Mr. Warren has more than 30 years of antitrust ...
May 30, 2014, Bloomberg News
May 30, 2014, Law360
Phillip Warren, former chief of the San Francisco office of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has joined Covington as a global antitrust and competition law partner in San Francisco. Law360 writes, "Covington has been busy deepening its antitrust team of late. Warren's hire was announced roughly a month after the firm hired two new competition ...
May 30, 2014, The Am Law Daily
Spring 2014, The Antitrust Bulletin
Spring 2014, Antitrust
April 30, 2014, Law360
April 30, 2014, GCR
Covington partners Peter Camesasca and Johan Ysewyn are featured in the articles above regarding their move to the firm's Brussels office.
Brussels, 30 April, 2014 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that Johan Ysewyn and Peter Camesasca are joining the firm's Brussels office as partners, where they will play substantial roles in the firm’s global antitrust and competition practice. The additions of Mr. Ysewyn and Dr. Camesasca will strengthen the firm’s existing EU competition team in ...
April 7, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2014 — Covington & Burling partner Deborah Garza testified on Thursday before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in support of a draft bill that would equalize the merger enforcement authority of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice. “The premise of SMARTER ...
April 4, 2014, The AmLaw Litigation Daily
Timothy Hester, Robert Long, Derek Ludwin and Jonathan Gimblett are mentioned regarding their representation of Samsung.
February 20, 2014, Covington E-Alert
February 19, 2014, Law360
February 11, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2014 — Covington & Burling scored a major victory for several of the world’s largest liquid crystal display manufacturers by persuading a federal judge in Chicago to dismiss antitrust claims asserted by Motorola Mobility, Inc. U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the Northern District of Illinois found that U.S. antitrust law ...
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 ...
WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 — Covington & Burling advised Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in its $860 million acquisition of General Chemical Holding Company. The acquisition will expand Chemtrade’s North American water treatment chemicals and sulfuric acid businesses into new geographic areas and broaden the company’s specialty chemicals product portfolio. ...
November 8, 2013, Covington E-Alert
Fall 2013, Antitrust
October 27, 2013, Social Science Research Network
October 23, 2013, Law360
NEW YORK, September 27, 2013 — Covington & Burling received six awards at the inaugural LMG Life Sciences awards on September 25, including “FDA Pharmaceutical Firm of the Year” and Richard Kingham’s induction to the Hall of Fame.
The awards, which are selected based on a survey of peers and leading companies in the life sciences industry, “recognize and honor ...
September 3, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, September 3, 2013 — Covington & Burling is advising Microsoft Corp. in its purchase of substantially all of Nokia’s devices & services business. Under the transaction, Microsoft will also license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. The total transaction price is EUR 5.44 billion in cash — or more than $7 billion.
August 22, 2013, Corporate Counsel
July 19, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 2, 2013, Covington E-Alert
June 21, 2013, Covington E-Alert
June 19, 2013, Covington E-Alert
June 7, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 9, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, April 8, 2013 — Euromoney Legal Media Group has named Covington & Burling and Deborah Garza to its Americas Women in Business Law Awards shortlist. The firm was selected in the categories Best International Firm for Talent Management and Best Firm in the U.S. West Region. Ms. Garza, co-chair of Covington’s antitrust practice, was shortlisted in ...
March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2013 — Lanny A. Breuer, most recently the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, is returning to Covington & Burling as Vice Chair of the firm.
Mr. Breuer’s practice will encompass a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters, as well as governmental and internal investigations. ...
March 19, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2013 — The BTI Consulting Group has named Covington & Burling partners David Martin and Henriette Tielemans to its 2013 “Client Service All-Stars” list. The BTI “Client Service All-Stars” were singled out by general counsel and direct reports at large and Fortune 1000 organizations in one-on-one interviews.
Mr. Martin, based in ...
February 26, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 30, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 9, 2013, Covington E-Alert
2013, The Antitrust Review of the Americas
2013, Competition Law Insight
November 28, 2012
NEW YORK, November 28, 2012— Covington & Burling is advising Grupo Financiero Banorte S.A.B. de C.V., and its affiliate Afore XXI Banorte, S.A. de C.V., in a $1.6-billion acquisition of Afore Bancomer, S.A. de C.V. from the Spanish bank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., which would create Mexico’s largest pension fund.
Afore Bancomer is Mexico’s second ...
WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2012 — Covington & Burling received 97 first-tier practice rankings in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, placing Covington among the top 10 firms nationwide. Covington was also named “Law Firm of the Year” in both FDA Law and Corporate Compliance Law. The honor is presented to one law firm in each of the ...
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 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 ...
August 10, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 10, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that partner Theodore Voorhees has been named chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law for the 2012-13 term. Covington’s Katherine Sauser will serve as the chair assistant.
“It is exciting and a great honor to become chair at a time of historic proliferation ...
July 30, 2012, Law360
June 28, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 31, 2012, Law360
May 17, 2012, Covington E-Alert
May 15, 2012, Covington E-Alert
April 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling represented AstraZeneca in its $1.26 billion acquisition of Ardea Biosciences. Under the agreement, AstraZeneca will pay $32 per share for all of the outstanding shares of Ardea.
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and ...
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 ...
BRUSSELS, 3 April, 2012 — “Industrial Policy and European Merger Control: A Reassessment” won the Best Academic Mergers Article category in connection with the inaugural Antitrust Writing Awards presented by the Institute of Competition Law and the George Washington University Law School. The article was co-authored by Damien Geradin and Ianis Girgenson, both ...
LONDON, 2 April, 2012 — Global Competition Review has selected Microsoft Corp.’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l. as the winner in the “Merger Control Matter of the Year - Europe” category of the GCR Awards 2012. Covington’s Brussels competition team, led by partners Lars Kjølbye and Miranda Cole, advised Microsoft on competition-related aspects ...
March 29, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2012 — Euromoney Legal Media Group has named Covington & Burling and three of its partners to shortlists for the inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
Covington has been shortlisted as one of the Best Firms for Minority Women Lawyers, based on the Diversity at Covington program, and for the Work-Life Balance Award, for the ...
March 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2012 — Covington & Burling has been nominated for the 2012 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence in five national practice areas. On March 20th, Chambers released its shortlist of the law firms nominated based on their pre-eminence and recent achievements in 21 distinct practice areas. Covington was one of two firms receiving team ...
March 19, 2012
LONDON, 19 March, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP received 46 individual mentions and 20 practice mentions in the Chambers Global 2012 edition. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers globally by pan-regional and country practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
The Covington lawyers ...
March 12, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP has applied to open a new office in Seoul and tapped William H.Y. Park, a veteran corporate lawyer based in Korea, to help oversee the expansion.
Mr. Park will work closely with former Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Spiegel, senior of counsel at Covington, who will be the Foreign Legal Consultant ...
March 7, 2012
LONDON, 07 March, 2012 — Global Competition Review has selected Covington & Burling LLP to its shortlist for the “Merger Control Matter of the Year Award - Europe” for the firm’s work advising Microsoft Corp. in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l.
The Brussels competition team, led by partners Lars Kjølbye and Miranda Cole, advised on the ...
Spring 2012, Antitrust
February 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2012 — BTI Consulting Group named Tim Hester, chair of Covington & Burling’s management committee, as one of its 2012 “Client Service All-Stars.”
The BTI “Client Service All-Stars” are North American and European lawyers who have been identified based on the unprompted, unequivocal recommendations from corporate counsel for ...
February 6, 2012
BRUSSELS, 6 February, 2012 — The Global Competition Review has named Covington & Burling to the Global Elite, a list of the top 20 competition practices worldwide recognised in its annual GCR 100 rankings.
The 2012 edition of the publication’s GCR 100 provides extensive analysis of antitrust groups in 41 jurisdictions around the world. In honoring Covington, ...
February 1, 2012
New York, February 1, 2012 — Covington & Burling advised SandRidge Energy, Inc. on its announced acquisition of Dynamic Offshore Resources, LLC for $1.275 billion in cash and stock. Under the agreement, SandRidge will pay about $680 million in cash and approximately 74 million shares of SandRidge common stock valued at $8.02 per share. Covington also advised ...
January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP represented ChemGen Corp. in its definitive merger agreement with Eli Lilly and Company. Upon closing of the transaction, ChemGen will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and an operating unit of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly.
ChemGen, headquartered in Gaithersburg, ...
January 19, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 12, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 11, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, December 15, 2011 — Covington advised the National Football League in negotiating nine-year extensions of its Sunday broadcast television packages with CBS, FOX and NBC networks.
The NFL owners voted to approve the package of TV deals with FOX, CBS and NBC on Wednesday. The new agreements, announced yesterday, run through the 2022 season, and ...
December 5, 2011, Law360
November 30, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2011 — Washingtonian magazine has named 34 Covington & Burling attorneys as “Best Lawyers” in its December issue. The biennial list, compiled by the magazine’s editorial staff, identifies leading lawyers in the Washington area.
Of the approximately 800 “Best Lawyers” identified in the issue, Washingtonian included profiles of 31 ...
November 30, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 18, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2011 — Ireland has appointed Stephen Calkins, a widely respected of counsel with Covington & Burling’s antitrust practice, to lead the Mergers Division of its Competition Authority.
“I am delighted that such highly qualified personnel have agreed to serve as members of the Competition Authority,” said Richard Bruton, Ireland’s ...
November 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
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 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. ...
October 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that 10 of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective October 1. This group is comprised of diverse and talented individuals who have made their mark at Covington through exceptional work and the highest standards of client service. “We’re delighted to welcome these ...
September 16, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, September 16, 2011 — The American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law has selected Ted Voorhees as chair-elect for the coming year and eight additional Covington lawyers to its leadership team.
“It is exciting and a great honor to become chair-elect at a time of historic proliferation of competition law regimes throughout the world,” Mr. ...
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: ...
September 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, September 2, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented Microsoft Corp. in a patent monetization transaction involving the acquisition by MOSAID Technologies Incorporated of Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l., a Luxembourg company that holds a portfolio of 400 patent families, consisting of approximately 2,000 wireless patents and patent ...
August 31, 2011
NEW YORK, August 31, 2011 — Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, reported today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the drilling products business of its recently acquired LeTourneau Technologies, Inc. to Cameron International Corporation (NYSE: CAM) for $375 million in cash, subject to ...
August 18, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, August 18, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP partner Anita Stork has been named to the 2011 “Top 50 Women” list by Northern California Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and ...
July 19, 2011, Covington E-Alert
June 22, 2011, Covington E-Alert
June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 123 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2011. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
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 ...
May 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, SAN FRANCISCO, BRUSSELS, AND LONDON, May 10, 2011 —Covington & Burling LLP is advising Microsoft Corp. in its acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l., the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash.
Microsoft’s purchase of Skype from the investor group led by Silver Lake is expected to increase the accessibility of real-time ...
May 2011, The European Lawyer
April 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2011 — Three practices at Covington & Burling LLP have been nominated for the 2011 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence. The firm received team nominations in the antitrust, insurance, and international trade categories. The awards recognize the firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas and significant achievements over the past 12 months, ...
Spring 2011, Antitrust
March 11, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that four highly regarded and seasoned antitrust litigators are joining the firm.
John Nields, Alan Wiseman, Andrew Lazerow and Jason Raofield, all partners from Howrey LLP, will be resident in Covington’s Washington office effective Monday.
“This group significantly expands the depth and ...
February 25, 2011, Competition Law360
February 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2011 — For the seventh time, Practical Law Company has awarded Covington & Burling LLP its worldwide first place ranking in the Life Sciences Regulatory Super League category.
PLC also singled out Covington’s Antitrust/Competition, Corporate, and Insurance practices, along with lawyers from each group, in its practice-specific ...
January 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that it plans to establish a strategic risk and crisis management practice to assist national and international businesses and their managements and boards.
Senior members of the group include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat; former DC ...
December 14, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 22, 2010, Conference on Intellectual Property, Trade Regulation, and Competition Law, Renmin University Law School
October 12, 2010
NEW YORK, October 12, 2010 — King Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Pfizer to acquire all of the outstanding stock and stock equivalents of King for $14.25 in cash per share, or aggregate consideration of $3.6 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised King on the transaction.
King is a vertically integrated ...
October 8, 2010, Competition Law360
October 8, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 2010, The Antitrust Source
September 29, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that, after serving at the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General, former Covington partner Jim Garland will return to the firm on October 1. His practice will focus on complex commercial litigation, including matters involving ...
September 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 33 first-tier practice rankings in the 2010 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Covington’s first-tier national rankings place it among the top 10 firms nationwide and at the top of the first-tier rankings for Washington, DC.
The inaugural rankings presented in ...
September 15, 2010, Covington E-Alert
August 31, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 31, 2010 — The U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont has ruled in favor of HP Hood, the second largest dairy processor in the Northeast, in a class action antitrust lawsuit alleging a restraint of trade in the dairy industry. In a 41-page decision issued August 30, federal district judge Christina Reiss granted HP Hood’s motion ...
August 24, 2010, Covington E-Alert
August 20, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 20, 2010 — Competition Law360 has named Covington & Burling LLP partner Deborah Garza, co-chair of the firm’s global antitrust and consumer law practice, one of the “10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys.” The list was selected by a board comprised of lawyers and the editors of Law360 from hundreds of nominations submitted by lawyers at ...
August 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 138 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
August 2, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 2, 2010 — The Washington Post Company has today announced its agreement to sell Newsweek to a company owned by Dr. Sidney Harman, the founder and chairman emeritus of Harman International. Covington & Burling LLP advised The Washington Post Company on the transaction. The terms of the sale have not been announced.
The Washington and New ...
July 23, 2010, Competition Law360
July 21, 2010, Covington Advisory
July 20, 2010
NEW YORK, July 20, 2010 — SandRidge Energy, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Arena Resources, Inc., creating a combined company with an enterprise value of approximately $6.2 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised SandRidge Energy on the transaction.
The merger closed on July 16 following special meetings of the stockholders of each company. The ...
June 28, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 28, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP partner Deborah Garza has been named to the National Law Journal’s list of Washington’s Most Influential Women Lawyers. The list, published in the June 28 issue, honors what the editors call power players who “have taken a sledgehammer to the glass ceiling to grab their place among the elite of the ...
June 28, 2010, Antitrust & Trade Law Report
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 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 112 individual mentions and 44 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2010. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
May 26, 2010, Covington E-Alert
May 24, 2010, Competition Law360
April 27, 2010, Covington E-Alert
April 1, 2010, Covington E-Alert
March 9, 2010, Law360
February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy P. Stratford, who most recently served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for China Affairs, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in the firm’s Beijing office and will practice in the International Trade and Finance group. Mr. Stratford’s ...
NEW YORK, February 22, 2010 — Financial Federal Corporation and People’s United Financial, Inc. have completed the merger of Financial Federal with People’s United in a transaction valued at approximately $738 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised Financial Federal on the transaction.
Financial Federal is a financial services company providing collateralized ...
February 2010, Covington Report
January 26, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, January 26, 2010 — Over the span of eight days this month, Covington & Burling LLP lawyers presented oral argument before the Supreme Court in two significant business cases.
On January 13, Covington litigation chair Gregg Levy argued on behalf of the National Football League in American Needle v. National Football League, an antitrust case that ...
January 22, 2010, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, November 23, 2009 — Twenty-five Covington & Burling LLP attorneys are recognized as “Top Lawyers” in the December issue of Washingtonian magazine. The list, compiled by the magazine’s editorial staff, identifies leading lawyers in the Washington area.
Of the “Top Lawyers,” Washingtonian identified 30 as “stars of the bar.” Among them is Michael ...
October 6, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that James O’Connell, who most recently served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of International, Policy, and Appellate matters in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be resident in the firm’s Washington office and ...
August 13, 2009, Covington Advisory
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:
NEW YORK, NY, July 22, 2009 — Medarex and Bristol-Myers Squibb announced today that Bristol-Myers Squibb entered into an agreement for Bristol-Myers Squibb to acquire all of the outstanding stock and stock equivalents of Medarex for $16.00 in cash per share, or aggregate consideration of $2.4 billion. Covington & Burling LLP advised Medarex on the ...
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 ...
March 25, 2009, Panel Presentation, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Spring Meeting
WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Deborah Garza, who most recently served as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has joined the firm. Ms. Garza will co-chair, along with Thomas O. Barnett, the firm’s global antitrust and competition law practice. Ms. Garza ...
March 18, 2009, Covington E-Alert
February 27, 2009, Covington E-Alert
BRUSSELS, February 9, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Miranda Cole, who joins the firm’s EU competition practice in Brussels as special counsel. Ms. Cole practices competition and communications law and policy, and has some 15 years of experience in the field.
Ms. Cole’s expertise in the competition field encompasses merger ...
February 3, 2009, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas O. Barnett, who most recently served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, has rejoined the firm. Mr. Barnett began his career in private practice at Covington and was an antitrust partner at the firm until he joined the ...
January 16, 2009, Covington E-Alert
December 19, 2008, Covington E-Alert
November 25, 2008, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP today announced that 12 of its lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership. These new partners are resident in four of the firm’s offices and practice in the litigation, corporate/tax, and regulatory fields. Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee, commented: “These young and ...
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 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, ...
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2008 — On August 5, Intercell AG completed its acquisition of Iomai Corporation (now known as Intercell USA, Inc.) in a deal that will create a leading traveler’s vaccine portfolio. Covington & Burling LLP advised Intercell on the transaction.
Intercell is a growing biotechnology company which focuses on the design and development of ...
NEW YORK, NY, July 17, 2008 — Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, a division of Wyeth, announced that it signed an agreement to purchase ThermaCare, a leading over-the-counter heat wrap, from Procter & Gamble. Covington & Burling LLP advised Procter & Gamble on the transaction. Introduced in the United States in 2002, ThermaCare Heat Wraps use heat therapy to relieve ...
June 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 81 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in the newly released 2008 Chambers USA. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington ...
April 24, 2008, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, March 3, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that John Graubert has joined the firm’s antitrust and consumer law group as a partner. Mr. Graubert, who most recently served as Principal Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission, will be resident in the firm’s Washington office. At the FTC, Mr. Graubert managed all ...
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 ...
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 ...
LONDON, December 28, 2007 - The latest edition of Chambers Global has ranked Covington & Burling LLP’s expertise in 12 categories globally. “Sound knowledge of the industry” and “sheer breadth of experience“ are just some of the comments gathered by the research team from the firm’s clients. The firm has also achieved 10 individual rankings and a further 16 ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2007 — Mainfreight Limited has completed its acquisition of AMEX-listed Target Logistics, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Covington & Burling LLP advised Mainfreight on the transaction. Mainfreight is a global supply chain logistics provider with approximately 3,000 team members based in operations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and ...
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP is strengthening its growing international practice with the addition of Ellen R. Eliasoph, a senior lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in China and Japan. Ms. Eliasoph will be resident in Covington’s Washington office as senior of counsel, where she will help US and European clients navigate ...
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 ...
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 18, 2007
NEW YORK, NY, May 18, 2007 — The Procter & Gamble Company and Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. announced that they have completed their previously announced deal to form a 50/50 joint venture for the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of existing and to-be-developed consumer diagnostic products. Inverness contributed its related consumer ...
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 ...
November 6, 2006, Covington E-Alert
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 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 ...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 1, 2006 — Covington & Burling LLP announced that Anita Stork will join the firm as a partner in the Litigation and Antitrust and Consumer Law practice groups. She will be resident in the firm’s San Francisco office.
Ms. Stork’s practice focuses on antitrust litigation and counseling. She has experience advising clients on ...
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, D.C., June 5, 2006 - The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed today that a federal statute, enacted in April 2004 to protect the nation's graduate medical education system, barred allegations of a nationwide antitrust conspiracy to depress the compensation of medical residents. Based on the statute, District ...
May 15, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2006 - Covington & Burling partner David L. Meyer has been appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Meyer will oversee three of the Antitrust Division's civil sections.
The announcement of Mr. Meyer's new role was made earlier today by Thomas O. ...
April 14, 2006, Covington E-Alert
March 2006, Conference Board Program, New York
2006/2007, PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook
December 9, 2005
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 27, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 27, 2005 - Covington & Burling represented JLG Industries, Inc. in its global alliance with Caterpillar Inc., the Illinois-based manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. Under the multi-faceted alliance, JLG will purchase Caterpillar's telehandler assets located principally in Europe and develop and manufacture a full line ...
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 7, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 7, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced today that Alan P. Larson will join the firm as Senior Advisor. His practice will include providing clients with strategic, non-legal advice and counseling on international trade, finance, and antitrust/comity issues. He will be resident in the firm's Washington office.
Mr. Larson, who holds ...
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 27, 2005
Washington, D.C., June 28, 2005 - Twenty-nine Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in fourteen fields and in each of the firm's U.S. offices were recognized as "leaders in their field" in this year's edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. The 2005 edition of Chambers USA, which was released online earlier today, attempts to identify the ...
May 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised Coty Inc. on the acquisition of Unilever's global prestige fragrance business, Unilever Cosmetics International (UCI). According to the terms of the agreement, Coty will purchase the business for $800 million in cash at the closing.
Coty Inc. is one of the largest beauty companies in the world, with ...
May 4, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2005 - Covington & Burling partner Robert D. Wick was recognized as one of the top "40 Under 40" lawyers in this week's edition of The National Law Journal. Mr. Wick, resident in Washington, D.C., serves as vice chair of Covington's 200-strong litigation practice group.
Mr. Wick was noted for his role in several significant litigation ...
October 4, 2004, Association of Real Estate License Law Officials, Annual Meeting
March 5, 2004, Covington Report
March 4, 2004, Covington Report
2004, Legal Aspects of Selling and Buying (Tying Arrangements and Exclusive Dealing), Chapter 4 (Third Edition) and regular cumulative supplements
January 2004, The Antitrust Review of the Americas
January 2004, Law Seminars International Conference, Fort Lauderdale
December 17, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2003 - Covington & Burling represented Cysive, Inc. ("Cysive"), a provider of interaction server technology, in its going private transaction that was consummated on December 1, 2003. Cysive was acquired by Snowbird Holdings, Inc. ("Snowbird"), a newly formed entity owned by Nelson A. Carbonell, Jr., Chairman of the Board of ...
2003, E-Commerce Law & Business, Aspen Publishing
August 28, 2002
August 28, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling is pleased to announce Allan Moore's return to the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Moore was recently based in the firm's London office, where he managed litigation and arbitration matters and was identified as an "outstanding litigator" in the IP/IT area by a London legal trade publication. He has also ...
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 ...
August 5, 2002
August 5, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling represented privately-held Aegis Research Corporation, of Falls Church, Virginia, a leading provider of secrecy, security, intelligence, counterintelligence, computer forensics, intrusion analysis and other enterprise protection strategies and technical services to the national security community, in its ...
June 3, 2002
June 3, 2002 - NEW YORK, NY - Covington & Burling represented USA Interactive (NASDAQ: USAI) in its agreement announced on May 31 to acquire Interval International through the acquisition of its holding company, Interval Acquisition Corp., from Willis Stein & Partners, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm, and other investors. USA Interactive agreed to ...
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October 1993, American Conference Institute
1982, Antitrust Institute on Litigating Unfair Competition Cases, State Bar of Texas
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