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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.
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.
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.
Advising one of the world’s largest specialty chemicals companies regarding its manufacturing joint venture activities in China.
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 Facebook, Inc. in many transactions, including its $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, and $1 billion acquisition of Instagram.
Representation of Qualcomm in connection with its acquisition of CSR plc, with filings in China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, 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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...