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As companies have developed their global footprint, the relevance of international trade and investment law has expanded.
Described as a “preeminent trade group with market-leading strength in a broad range of areas of international trade,” by Chambers and Partners, Covington offers full-service international trade services to the world’s leading companies.
Our lawyers and policy experts have held senior positions in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce.
We have a strong trade practice in Europe, where members of our team have held senior positions in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade, in the European Parliament’s Trade Committee, in the Council, and as UK Trade Minister.
Described as “the leading firm for export control issues,” Covington advises on U.S. and EU trade controls, including export controls, economic sanctions, and anti-boycott laws and regulations.
With trade control lawyers based in Asia, Europe, and North America, we help clients navigate compliance with trade control laws and regulations around the world. Our work includes:
Trade Law, Policy, and Disputes
Through various international agreements, countries have made commitments to open their markets to foreign suppliers. We assist clients in pursuing these commitments in negotiations. We also assist clients in enforcing commitments that have been made. Our clients benefit from our extensive senior level government experience in trade policy and market access issues, including as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department, Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and Senate Finance Committee staff—and, in Brussels, as Deputy Director-General for Trade in the European Commission, a senior member of the European Parliament’s International Trade committee, President of the Council, and UK Trade Minister.
We help clients respond to violations of trade commitments through both formal and informal mechanisms, and we regularly assist private companies, trade associations, and governments in disputes arising under the WTO Agreements, NAFTA, EU Free Trade Agreements, and other international instruments.
We have also assisted numerous private companies and a number of governmental entities in successfully navigating the U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty (CVD) laws, including appeals of these cases to the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Our practice includes the former Chair of the U.S. International Trade Commission.
In Brussels, we have assisted clients in litigating EU anti-dumping matters before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Our team has also advised clients on the negotiation of every important U.S. free trade agreement of the past decade, helping our clients achieve objectives in such diverse areas as technical standards, intellectual property, e-commerce, government procurement, and competition policy. Our team has extensive experience with EU free trade agreements, and is in a position to help clients engage in the negotiation and implementation of such instruments.
Covington advises on a range of U.S. customs compliance matters, including:
We also help clients develop and implement customs compliance programs and represent clients in audits conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
For a diversified U.S.-based manufacturing company, we developed compliance manuals covering its global operations that addressed export controls, sanctions, and antiboycott compliance, as well as anti-corruption compliance.
Led more than a dozen internal investigations for a military aircraft manufacturer, including drafting voluntary disclosures filed with the Departments of State and Commerce that were successfully resolved. Also developed export compliance plans for several of the company’s high-profile international projects.
When the U.S. government announced changes to its Cuba policy, major global companies in the consumer products, travel, and entertainment sectors turned to us for advice on policy and trade matters. We advised these clients on export controls and sanctions, legislative proposals, Helms-Burton restrictions, expropriations and certified U.S. claims, and market access issues.
Advised several leading U.S. companies in responding to existing and proposed Chinese trade barriers, including in the areas of intellectual property, technology standards, and competition law, and helped our clients succeed in raising the profile of these issues in U.S. bilateral negotiations with China.
Life sciences companies are being negatively impacted as a result of patent practices in Canada that are leading to the premature invalidation of pharmaceutical patents. We represent a major life sciences company in a dispute under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) seeking compensation for losses suffered by Canada’s internationally inconsistent patent practices.
Assisted a life sciences company in connection with a substantial prior disclosure concerning the proper Customs valuation of certain R&D materials imported into the United States.
Represented major U.S. and European financial institutions in advisory and enforcement matters before the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on the impact of U.S. asset-blocking measures.
Extensive advice to U.S. and non-U.S. oil and gas companies on the scope and application of sanctions and retaliatory measures targeting Iran, including advice on pending U.S. enforcement matters.
Conducted a post-acquisition trade compliance review for a global pharmaceutical company that included a voluntary disclosure to the U.S. Commerce Department. We also provided related Iran sanctions advice.
Advised a sovereign state and other stakeholders regarding a WTO dispute with respect to China’s restrictions on the export of commodities and “rare earth” minerals.
Advised a Fortune 50 company with respect to the proper classification of personal care products.
Prepared ruling requests for a major Japanese electronics company and its U.S. subsidiaries with respect to classification, government procurement, and foreign-origin marking issues.
For a U.K.-based company in the aerospace sector, we drafted a Technology Control Plan taking into account the applicable EU, Member State, and U.S. trade controls.
Represented AT&T in antidumping proceedings related to telephone systems for small businesses.
Represented the largest U.S. sugar importer in an antidumping and countervailing duty investigation.
Conducted a due diligence review of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic sanctions, and anti-boycott compliance in connection with the acquisition of a U.S. defense subcontractor by a foreign buyer.
Represented a coalition of U.S. and foreign textile and apparel producers in the CITA safeguards petition process related to imports of Chinese textile and apparel products to the United States.
Successfully represented a client’s intellectual property interests and achieved a successful resolution of a WTO trademark dispute.
Counseled clients on WTO and NAFTA disputes on a wide range of matters, including sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, anti-dumping and countervailing duties, agricultural subsidies, and intellectual property issues, including the FSC and Byrd WTO disputes against the United States. Our lawyers have argued cases before the WTO and have negotiated solutions related to implementation, compliance, and retaliation in trade disputes.
Assisted leading multinational companies and industry associations in developing and implementing strategies to counter foreign regulations restricting intellectual property rights in violation of the WTO TRIPS Agreement and other regional and bilateral trade agreements.
Advised a leading information technology company and represented them before the U.S. and EU governments in the WTO debate on e-commerce.
Prepared for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce a framework for analyzing WTO consistency of China’s approval process for inbound foreign direct investment.
Represented a major U.S. textile manufacturer and its European parent company in connection with a proposed Section 592 penalty in excess of $500,000, arising from various alleged classification and valuation errors.
Represented Electricité de France in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings related to low enriched uranium.
We advised an international energy company on a U.S. Treasury Department investigation of transactions with certain U.S.-sanctioned markets, and assisted the company with interactions with the U.S. State Department on sanctions-related policy matters. The Treasury Department closed its investigation without taking any enforcement action against our client.
Represented a Fortune 100 company in a multi-million dollar dispute with the customs authority in a foreign country with respect to the proper valuation of U.S. goods exported to that country.
Provided foreign-origin and “Made in USA” marking advice to manufacturers in the life sciences, automotive, machine tooling, and consumer electronic industries.
Represented a major retailer in a criminal investigation and Section 592 penalty proceeding with respect to the posting of antidumping cash deposits.
Represented Procter & Gamble in antidumping investigation related to diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled steel products.
Represented SolarCity Corporation in solar cells and modules antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
Assisted financial services client in investigation of potential sanctions compliance issues in UK affiliate; represented client before UK Financial Conduct Authority (the matter was ultimately resolved with the authorities taking no enforcement action).
We are representing a non-U.S. financial institution in connection with an investigation by federal and state civil and criminal enforcement authorities into the bank's processing to or through the United States of U.S. dollar payments involving U.S.-sanctioned parties.
Represented a major automobile manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiaries in connection with a transfer pricing inquiry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and an associated audit.
We represented a freight railroad company in an antidumping and countervailing duty proceeding at the International Trade Commission covering certain intermodal containers from China. We assisted the company in successfully opposing the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on the Chinese containers.
Analyzed boycott requests received by U.S. companies and their foreign subsidiaries and reporting boycott requests to the U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments.
We assisted one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural equipment in establishing and strengthening relationships with key constituencies in the United States, Africa, and South America, including with relevant government officials and international NGOs. With our knowledge of global development programs and agricultural initiatives, we helped identify future markets and consumers through relationships with U.S. and non-U.S. government officials as well as international NGOs.
Advised a client in its international efforts to remove discriminatory regulatory barriers threatening to keep its product from the market in South Africa, the EU, India, and elsewhere.
One of the world’s largest manufacturers of civilian aircraft wanted to promote its foreign direct investment and expand access to government procurements in the United States and Latin America. We supported the company’s increased engagement in Washington, achieving notable recognition by U.S. policymakers at the most senior levels of government. We also advised on U.S. trade policy, export credit programs, and market access issues.
Represented companies in obtaining favorable product jurisdiction rulings on aircraft parts, materials, and other items.
Assisted global high-technology and financial sector companies with U.S. and other export controls affecting encryption items and high-performance computers.
Developed a comprehensive export controls compliance program to assist a U.S.-based oilfield services company in securing approval under the Commerce Department Special Comprehensive Licensing program.
Advised companies on deemed export requirements and the completion of export-related visa certifications for non-U.S. workers.
Conducted an investigation for a major international financial institution with regard to possible breaches of UK and EU financial sanctions and wire transfer regulations by the client’s UK branch.
Assisted a leading life sciences company in the design and implementation of global trade compliance program.
Advised companies regarding U.S. and EU sanctions on the Qaddafi regime in Libya and the Assad regime in Syria, including obtaining licenses to permit certain ongoing business activities in Libya.
Conducted internal investigation relating to customs clearance practices for automotive parts in various Latin American countries.
Have helped companies understand U.S. retaliatory sanctions directed at Iran (through the Iran Sanctions Act as recently amended by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, or CISADA) and counterpart EU measures.
Represented CSC Sugar LLC in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
Advising a major petrochemical company regarding its establishment of an integrated compliance program, with particular focus on the areas of U.S. and European trade controls, anti-corruption, and data privacy. Our representation includes assistance with establishing a corporate compliance office, assessing risks in these areas, drafting the necessary policies and procedures tailored to company risks and operations, and implementing the program through training and assessment.
A government entity needed to purchase a large number of military vehicles. The procurement required contractors and technology from several jurisdictions and a long-term supply arrangement. From international trade controls and U.S. and EU military sales advice to commercial terms, Covington provided strategic direction as we simultaneously ensured that the documents met local and international requirements.
When a major Latin-American government’s procurement financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) appeared to lock out foreign competitors, a private company turned to us for advice and discreet action. With our knowledge of the country, and of IDB and other multilateral procurement regulations, and relationships with key officials, we were able to persuade the IDB to take quick remedial action which ensured the company a new opportunity to compete fairly in a new procurement with no damage to their relationships in Latin America.
Representing the Economic Cities Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the development of legal and regulatory infrastructure for the Kingdom’s Economic Cities project.
Representation of a major manufacturer of semiconductor equipment in providing regulatory advice on applicable pan-European WEEE and RoHS requirements.
A global U.S. manufacturing company asked us to develop a range of strategies to protect its investment in Venezuela.
A multinational oil and gas company in advising on the impact of Middle East trade sanctions programs on technology licensing arrangements and the broader operation of affiliates and joint ventures incorporated outside the United States.
Advising a major multinational aerospace company regarding the application of European export controls to its operations at multiple sites across 10 countries.
Advising Lenovo in securing approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on its U.S. $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM's server business.
Represented a multinational financial services provider in strategic matters relating to potential Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) litigation pursuant to the EU sanctions against Iran.
Conducted an Iran sanctions investigation for a major pharmaceutical company.
Secured export licenses enabling leading pharmaceutical companies to sell millions of dollars’ worth of medical products to Iran and Sudan, and permitting consumer products companies to export agricultural commodities to those countries.
Retained by a WTO member to assess the consistency of certain Chinese requirements affecting the licensing of intellectual property rights with its obligations under WTO/TRIPS.
Assisted a European telecommunications company in protecting its interests with the European Commission in a bilateral EU-U.S. regulatory dispute.
Represented ExxonMobil in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings related to crude oil.
Developed a compliance program for the Asia-Pacific offices of a global energy and industrial company that covers trade controls and anti-corruption laws and regulations and includes guidance on restricted party and embargoed country screening, U.S. export licensing, and recordkeeping requirements.
Developed a major defense company’s comprehensive export controls compliance best-practices manual covering a range of export control topics. We seconded one of our associates to the company’s core export compliance organization to work on this project, which required synthesizing existing company compliance material and standardizing export compliance practices across a diverse group of businesses.
Advised major U.S. television program suppliers in enforcing Canada’s market access commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Represented numerous U.S. defense and aerospace companies in enforcement investigations before the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the Department of Justice.
Advised major international oil and gas companies concerning the application of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Syria, and other U.S.-sanctioned countries to their businesses.
Counseling a major U.S. company on the operations of its Russian subsidiary in the wake of U.S. and EU sanctions, including advising it on the application of financial and energy sector sanctions to a range of ongoing and future projects.
Advised a U.S. company on export controls, sanctions, and other issues associated with its acquisition of a U.S. company with space-related business activities in Russia.
Advising companies in the oil and gas sector on U.S. and EU export control regulations as relevant to doing business in Russia.
Working with various EU and U.S. regulators to obtain licenses, interpretive rulings, and guidance concerning business activities restricted under the recent EU and U.S. sanctions.
Advice to leading U.S. and international energy companies on the scope and application of U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia in the context of new and existing projects and investments.
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.
April 21, 2017, Covington Alert
On April 20, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum announcing that the Secretary of Commerce had initiated an investigation to determine the effects of imported steel on national security. The investigation was initiated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. While it remains to be seen what actions the Administration might ...
April 8, 2017, South China Morning Post
Timothy Stratford is quoted in a South China Morning Post article regarding plans between China and the U.S. to tackle trade disputes over a three month period. According to Stratford, concrete results such as greater China access for U.S. companies could be short-lived and reversed if relations soured. One option for attaining something of far-reaching ...
April 7, 2017, CGTN
Timothy Stratford participated in a roundtable hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” discussing President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
March 31, 2017, Los Angeles Times
John Veroneau is quoted by the Los Angeles Times in an article regarding the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to Veroneau, the draft hardly qualifies as “protectionist and the first shots of a trade war. People may take issue with different items in the letter, but there’s nothing alarmist or ...
March 30, 2017, The Washington Post
John Veroneau is quoted by The Washington Post in an article regarding the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Compared to some of the campaign rhetoric, the letter [to Congress] seemed quite reasonable and measured,” says Veroneau. “It didn’t strike me as suggesting a departure from the status quo in any ...
March 29, 2017, Global Taiwan Brief, Vol 2, Issue 13
March 23, 2017, Global Times
Timothy Stratford participated in a discussion hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” and is quoted in a Global Times article providing highlights from the event, “Follow the Money 2017.” Commenting on President Trump’s Trade Agenda for 2017 and the need for freer and fairer trade, Stratford says, “I think, ideally, you have to have both of them. And you can only have ...
March 13, 2017, CGTN
Timothy Stratford participated in a discussion hosted by CGTN’s “The Point” on the future of China’s international economic role. Commenting on President Trump’s trade agenda which calls for freer and fairer trade, Stratford says, “I think ideally you have to have both of them. And you can only have a sustainable relationship if you have both of them.” He adds, ...
March 10, 2017, MLex
Nicoleta Tuominen is quoted in an MLex article regarding SolarWorld’s challenge of the deal between the EU and China on the price of imported modules. According to Tuominen, who represents the EU governments, “Converting partial imposition of duties into complete imposition changes the scope of the measure.”
February 28, 2017
WASHINGTON—Covington represented semiconductor manufacturer Intersil Corporation in its $3.2 billion sale to Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corporation. The firm advised Intersil on aspects of the transaction involving Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI), trade controls, and government ...
February 28, 2017, Politico
Politico references a Law360 article by John Veroneau and Catherine Gibson uncovering Section 338 of the Trade Act of 1930 in a roundup of “hidden trade weapons” that can be used by President Trump. According to Veroneau and Gibson, they have “uncovered no public record relating to Section 338” since a telegram from Secretary of State Dean Acheson mentioned it ...
February 27, 2017
WASHINGTON—Law360 has named four Covington practice groups among its “Practice Groups of the Year.”
The practice groups recognized by Law360 are as follows:
February 27, 2017, Financial Times
John Veroneau is quoted in a Financial Times article regarding exploration by the Trump Administration to circumvent the World Trade Organization’s dispute system. “There is growing frustration that this [WTO] system alone is not enough to get countries to honour their trade commitments,” says Veroneau. “It is clear that the Trump administration is sympathetic ...
February 7, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Péter Balás is quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article regarding forthcoming Brexit negotiations and the impact on tax and customs duties. Commenting on Theresa May’s signal of a changed relationship with the EU’s customs union, Balás says that such a relationship made the application of customs controls “unavoidable,” with the United Kingdom aiming ...
February 3, 2017, Inside U.S. Trade
John Veroneau was a panelist at the Washington International Trade Association’s “Border Adjustment Taxes: Tax Reform and Trade” event and is quoted in an Inside U.S. Trade article examining the tax proposal. According to Veroneau, the WTO-consistency of the tax plan could influence its fate in the Congress, adding that a loss at the WTO would cut into any of ...
January 27, 2017, Law360
Law360 selected Covington’s International Trade practice as a “Practice Group of the Year,” profiling the team’s involvement in billions of dollars worth of transactions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, and sensitive national security trade reviews. “Our practice in general is distinguished by the sheer number of former senior enforcement officials ...
January 23, 2017, The Washington Post
John Veroneau is quoted by The Washington Post in an article regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). According to Veroneau, the Trump administration could still pursue bilateral deals with individual countries, particularly Japan and Vietnam, that mirror the deals negotiated under the TPP. But he pointed out ...
January 18, 2017, Voice of America
Witney Schneidman is quoted in a Voice of America article regarding U.S. trade and investment in Africa. "I think the key to [Barack Obama’s] legacy is that he has brought trade and investment to the forefront of the U.S.-Africa policy agenda.” Schneidman adds, "When you look at the totality of this, not only does it say that the U.S. has interests in Africa ...
January 15, 2017, South China Morning Post
South China Morning Post references a Law360 article by John Veroneau and Catherine Gibson uncovering Section 338 of the Trade Act of 1930 which gives the president the ability to impose tariffs of up to 50 per cent and then, if escalation was required, block imports completely.
South China Morning Post highlights the re-discovery of Section 338 of the Trade Act of 1930 by John Veroneau and Catherine Gibson in an article regarding Donald Trump’s ability to affect trade with China.
January 13, 2017, Covington Alert
Over the past few months, the agencies responsible for criminal and civil enforcement of U.S. export control and economic sanctions laws have implemented a number of important changes in their enforcement practices. In October 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), National Security Division (“NSD”) published guidance on voluntary self-disclosures of ...
In response to “positive actions” taken by the Government of Sudan over the past six months, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced today an amendment to the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (“SSR,” 31 C.F.R. Part 538) that effectively suspends virtually all of the U.S. sanctions against Sudan by authorizing ...
January 9, 2017, Covington Alert
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) recently amended the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR,” 31 C.F.R. Part 560) to expand the scope of general licenses for the export and reexport to Iran of medicine, medical devices, and agricultural commodities. The changes are particularly significant for ...
January 6, 2017, Law360
Sebastian Vos is quoted in a Law360 article regarding the launch of a Global Blockchain Business Council at this year’s World Economic Forum by Covington and The Bitfury Group. “Blockchain has the potential to be the next great technological innovation, revolutionizing areas from cross-border payments, trade finance and land registries to government records,” ...
January 5, 2017, Financial Times
The Financial Times highlights a statute uncovered by John Veroneau and Catherine Gibson allowing presidents to impose tariffs on imports from countries found to “discriminate” against the U.S. in an article regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for trade policy. Veroneau and Gibson’s article on Section 338 of the Trade Act of 1930 can be found here.
January 4, 2017, Covington Alert
President Obama announced several actions on December 29 to respond to Russian cyber operations that the U.S. intelligence community previously had concluded were intended to influence the U.S. presidential election. Specifically, the President revised and expanded an earlier executive order that blocks the property and interests in property of persons that ...
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. ...
January 3, 2017, New York Law Journal
John Veroneau is quoted in a New York Law Journal article regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Robert Lighthizer to serve as the next U.S. trade representative. “As a practicing attorney, Bob has a concrete sense of the problems facing U.S. importers and exporters," Veroneau says. “And as someone who has grappled with trade policy for a long ...
December 9, 2016, Law360
Law360 selected Shara Aranoff as a 2016 International Trade MVP and profiled her work over the past year, including her representation of South32 and Union Pacific Railroad Co. at the ITC. Law360 also highlights Aranoff’s ongoing defense of China’s Baosteel Group in a Section 337 case, the first antitrust-based investigation at the ITC in more than 25 ...
November 28, 2016, Lexpert
Catherine Gibson is quoted in a Lexpert article regarding cultural protectionism claims against Canada by investors abroad. According to Gibson, “My impression is that Canada cycles between encouraging foreign investment and its nationalist concerns.”
She adds that “[t]he U.S. government remains concerned about the discriminatory broadcasting policies that ...
November 26, 2016, Asia Times
Marney Cheek is quoted in an Asia Times article regarding the use of a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) to defuse Sino-U.S. tension over acquisitions. According to Cheek, “Successful negotiation of a U.S.-China BIT has never been more important.” She continues, “An agreement would provide legal certainty for foreign investors from both countries at a very ...
October 17, 2016, Covington Alert
Effective today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) and the U.S. Commerce department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) to expand permissible dealings involving Cuba, further easing the longstanding U.S. ...
October 10, 2016, PR Week
Timothy Hester and Lord Francis Maude are quoted in a PR Week article regarding Maude’s recent arrival. According to Hester, “The results of the Brexit referendum will continue shaping the commercial and regulatory realities of the global economy for some time to come. As the world’s businesses, diplomats and regulators grapple with the new landscape across ...
October 4, 2016, Council on Foreign Relations
October 3, 2016
WASHINGTON—Robert Wang has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Public Policy and Government Affairs practice resident in Washington.
Mr. Wang previously worked at the U.S. Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer for more than 30 years, with postings in Mainland China (Beijing and Shanghai), Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, ...
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 2, 2016, Inside U.S. Trade
Gina Vetere is quoted in an Inside U.S. Trade article regarding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce report that details the potential impact of ICT security regulations on trade. According to Vetere, overly broad government policies requiring that ICT products be produced domestically potentially violate most-favored nation and national treatment provisions included in ...
July 19, 2016, The Straits Times
Timothy Stratford participated in a panel discussion at the FutureChina Global Forum and is quoted in this Straits Times article regarding the growing appetite of the Chinese middle class for consumption despite fears of a spending slowdown. Noting the sky-rocketing growth of Chinese outbound investment, Stratford said that between 2002 and 2007, Chinese ...
June 21, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Covington advised Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of internet service in China, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell from SoftBank. A consortium established by Tencent will acquire up to 84% of Supercell for $8.6 billion in a transaction valuing Supercell at approximately $10.2 billion.
Supercell is a ...
June 14, 2016
WASHINGTON—The National Law Journal has named Covington to its “2016 IP Hot List,” recognizing it as one of 15 firms that “set the bar in intellectual property law in 2015, scoring big wins for clients.” Covington was also one of only two firms last month to receive the highest rating from Chambers USA in its nationwide categories for Intellectual Property and ...
June 9, 2016, Covington Alert
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) yesterday published new Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) that help clarify the scope of certain measures taken by the United States in January to ease its sanctions against Iran in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), the multilateral agreement signed in ...
June 7, 2016, EURObiz
June 6, 2016
BRUSSELS—Ambassador Péter Balás, the former Deputy Director-General of DG Trade at the European Commission between 2005 and 2014, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor. Recently Ambassador Balás also held the position of Head of the Support Group for Ukraine at the European Commission. He was previously Ambassador and Permanent Representative of ...
June 3, 2016, Financial Times
John Veroneau is quoted in a Financial Times article regarding Donald Trump’s plans to disrupt current trade agreements by imposing punitive tariffs on exports from China and Mexico. According to Veroneau, “There is no standing authority for a [US] president to raise tariffs.” He continues, “Tariffs are revenue measures and Congress has the power of the purse.”
May 31, 2016
WASHINGTON—Chambers USA has selected Covington for its 2016 Award for Excellence in International Trade.
The Award for Excellence in International Trade is presented at Chambers USA’s annual awards dinner and awarded to one law firm. The award coincides with the release of the Chambers USA 2016 guidebook, in which Covington received a top-tier ranking nationally ...
May 19, 2016
BRUSSELS — Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Mr. Bildt served as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2014.
As Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Bildt led the government that negotiated and signed ...
May 4, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
David Addis is quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article discussing technology exports to Iran, and how the Iran nuclear deal may pave the way for those exports. According to Addis, “Companies that were allowed to do trade in Iran found that even though they were able to sell devices, they had difficulty finding a financial actor” to facilitate the action. ...
April 20, 2016, Covington Alert
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) recently announced a significant change in policy that will allow it to purchase drug products that were previously unavailable due to the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) because they were manufactured in countries with whom the United States does not have a procurement agreement in place. The VA has issued a ...
April 8, 2016, Law360
Marney Cheek’s remarks made at the American Bar Association’s Annual Intellectual Property Conference are quoted in this Law360 article discussing the overbearing rules that “claw back” food names. According to Cheek, geographical indications often serve as “trade barriers” to geographically descriptive foods that have become generic to consumers, such as ...
April 6, 2016, Politico
March 17, 2016, Covington Alert
March 8, 2016, Covington Alert
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 18, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Mark Plotkin is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article discussing the scrutiny that Chinese acquisitions will receive from U.S. regulators. According to Plotkin, "Given the amount of state ownership of Chinese companies, together with the history of espionage between our countries and U.S. concerns about the potential appropriation and proliferation of ...
January-February 2016, CDR News
Marney Cheek is quoted extensively in a CDR article offering a US perspective of TTIP. According to Cheek, “even though the US and EU represent the world’s largest trade and investment relationship, the TTIP has not, to date, received the same level attention in the United States as it has in Europe.” She points out that the “debate over investor-state ...
January 28, 2016, Covington Alert
January 17, 2016, Covington Alert
January 13, 2016, Law360
John Veroneau is quoted by Law360 in an article discussing President Obama’s call for lawmakers to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership during his final State of the Union address. According to Veroneau, “Most of the business statements are qualified so far as they acknowledge there are some things that Congress is looking to have addressed in some way, shape or ...
2016, Covington Report
December 30, 2015, BNA's International Trade Daily
December 16, 2015, The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, Vol. 48, No. 22
December 3, 2015, Law360
November 9, 2015, The Lawyer
London’s managing partner Christopher Walter discusses the allure of the London legal market to international law firms and how firms in London collaborate with other law firms on the continent in The Lawyer. Walter, who argues in favour of collaboration opportunities with key firms, states that “working with local firms gives us the resources and flexibility ...
October 16, 2015, Zimbabwe Daily News
Dr. Witney Schneidman was quoted extensively in a ZimDaily article discussing the extended Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Zimbabwe’s inclusion. “I have always seen Zimbabwe as a country of great potential. We should look for new ways to communicate and understand each other,” he said, citing the country’s educated population, natural resources and ...
September 21, 2015, Covington Alert
August 5, 2015, Law360
July 15, 2015, Covington Alert
July 10, 2015, Covington Alert
June 23, 2015, Covington Alert
6/12/2015, Covington Alert
May 28, 2015, Covington Alert
April 22, 2015, The Hill
Covington's Marney Cheek and John Veroneau wrote this article on Investor-state dispute settlement:
"Recent calls by anti-trade groups to abandon investor-state arbitration (often referred to as “investor-state dispute settlement,” or ISDS) ignore the modern reality of the global economy and conjure images of Chicken Little’s warnings that the sky is falling. ...
April 3, 2015, Covington E-Alert
January 23, 2015, The Hill
Covington's Anne Pence has authored this piece on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
"In Davos, titans of business, government and society confront a near tidal wave of anxiety-provoking events and trends which seem only to highlight the failure of sufficient vision, creativity and cooperation to prevent catastrophes. And while the U.S. ...
January 16, 2015, Covington Alert
January 10, 2015, European Voice
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat has authored this piece on the transatlantic trade agreement:
"We are at an important inflection point in the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the United States and the European Union."
"TTIP has the prospect of being the most economically important trade agreement in ...
January 2015, Corporate Counsel
December 24, 2014, Covington E-Alert
December 17, 2014, Law360
December 17, 2014, Covington E-Alert
Covington's Shara Aranoff authored this article on the top ITC cases for the year:
"This has been another eventful year for litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. While the ITC refined the domestic industry standard in cases involving nonpracticing entities, newly introduced legislation might ...
December 11, 2014, African Law & Business
Covington's Ashwin Kaja authored this piece on the implications of the Ebola crisis on international businesses:
Although headway has been made in curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, more than 16,000 people to date have contracted the virus and nearly 7,000 have died in what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the ...
November 14, 2014, Law360
Covington's Shara Aranoff has written this article for Law360 on ITC trends:
"Over the past 20 years, the number of patent infringement disputes filed annually at the U.S. International Trade Commission has more than tripled. Although typically associated with smartphones and semiconductor chips, the ITC has also seen quite a few disputes involving medical ...
October 2014, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
Covington's Witney Schneidman authored this piece on US-Africa relations and the Africa Leaders Summit, held in Washington in early August:
"The transition in US-Africa relations began with the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in 2000. AGOA, which reduced US tariffs to zero on 6,400 products for 40 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, was ...
October 10, 2014, Covington Advisory
September 22, 2014, Covington E-Alert
September 13, 2014, Covington E-Alert
September 2014, Money Laundering Bulletin
Peter Flanagan and David Lorello have co-authored this piece on US and EU sanctions targeting Iran:
"On 19 July 2014, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China (the “P5+1”) and Iran mutually consented to extend the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), reached by the parties on 24 November 2013, for an additional four-month period, to 24 ...
August 21, 2014, Women's Wear Daily
Covington's Shara Aranoff is quoted in this article regarding the U.S. International Trade Commission patent infringement case aimed at 17 American and European brands and retailers, the largest ever against apparel retailers and brands:
Shara L. Aranoff, a former ITC chair who is an international trade attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, said there have been ...
August 15, 2014, Covington E-Alert
August 12, 2014, Covington E-Alert
August 12, 2014, Money Laundering Bulletin
August 4, 2014, Covington E-Alert
August 1, 2014, Law360
John Veroneau is quoted in this article regarding the news that WTO members have failed to convince a group of developing countries led by India to budge from their demands that enactment of a trade facilitation agreement over agricultural subsidies run in parallel with efforts to shield their domestic food security programs from legal challenges:
“The fact ...
July 30, 2014, Covington E-Alert
July 29, 2014, Bloomberg
Covington's Witney Schneidman is quoted in this article in advance of his testimony before the House Subcommittee on Trade in support of extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
"Part of the challenge involves reorienting Africa as a continent of opportunity,” said Witney Schneidman, senior international adviser for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP, a ...
July 23, 2014, Covington E-Alert
July 17, 2014, Covington E-Alert
July 11, 2014, Law360
Al Larson is quoted regarding the U.S.-China Bilateral investment pact.
"Laying down a starting point for the exchange of market access offers on investment between two of the globe's largest economies sends a strong message to investors that have been dissatisfied with the lack of access in China ever since the country acceded to the World Trade Organization ...
July 10, 2014, Covington E-Alert
June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2014 — The Legal 500 U.S. has ranked Covington & Burling in its top tier in eight practice areas and recognized 23 individual attorneys as “Leading Lawyers” in the directory’s 2014 edition. Additionally, Legal 500 “recommended” 42 Covington practice areas and 153 Covington lawyers. The eight Covington practices given the top tier ranking ...
June 26, 2014, Covington E-Alert
May 28, 2014, Investment Policy Central
Covington's Marney Cheek has authored a blog post for Investment Policy Central regarding the U.S. - China Bilateral Investment treaty.
"A U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT) will serve as the cornerstone for the bilateral economic relationship between these two economic powerhouses for years to come. It puts in place important rules that protect U.S. ...
May 23, 2014, Covington E-Alert
May 13, 2014, Covington E-Alert
May 12, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 29, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 28, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 15, 2014, Covington E-Alert
April 1, 2014, Vanity Fair
Stuart Eizenstat, co-chair of Covington’s international trade and finance practice and special adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry on Holocaust issues, is mentioned in this article regarding the 650,000 works of art looted from Europe by the Nazis during World War II, "Stuart Eizenstat, Secretary of State John Kerry’s special adviser on Holocaust issues, ...
March 21, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 18, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 6, 2014, Covington E-Alert
March 5, 2014, Covington E-Alert & Advisory
March 4, 2014, Covington E-Alert
January 31, 2014, Covington Advisory
January 22, 2014, Covington E-Alert
December 16, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 27, 2013, Covington E-Alert
November 25, 2013, Covington E-Alert
September 30, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 26, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 20, 2013, Covington E-Alert
August 14, 2013, Covington E-Alert
July 24, 2013, Covington Advisory
WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2013 — Covington & Burling is pleased to announce that partner Kimberly Strosnider has been named co-chair of the Aerospace and Defense Industries Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law for the 2013-14 term. “It is exciting and a great honor to become co-chair,” said Ms. Strosnider, who has served as a ...
June 13, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 31, 2013, Covington E-Alert
May 3, 2013, Covington E-Alert
April 25, 2013, Law360
March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC, March 27, 2013 — For the second straight year, Covington & Burling has been nominated for the 2013 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence in five national practice areas. Chambers released its “shortlist” of the law firms nominated based on their pre-eminence and recent achievements in 21 distinct practice areas.
Covington is a finalist in each of ...
March 13, 2013, Covington E-Alert
February 21, 2013, Law360
January 9, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 4, 2013, Covington E-Alert
January 3, 2013, Covington Advisory
December 27, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 10, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 3, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2012 — Law360 named five Covington & Burling lawyers today as “Most Valuable Players” in their respective practice areas. The award singles out lawyers from across 22 practice areas whose achievements in major litigation or transactional matters have “raised the bar” over the past year.
The Covington lawyers recognized as Law360 MVPs ...
November 5, 2012, Covington E-Alert
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 19, 2012, Covington E-Alert
October 15, 2012, Covington E-Alert
August 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 196 individual mentions in 57 areas of law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as ...
August 24, 2012, Covington E-Alert
August 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP has received a top tier ranking in six practice areas and 18 individual attorneys are named “Leading Lawyers” in the recently released Legal 500 US 2012 edition. Additionally, Legal 500 US also “recommended” 36 Covington practice areas and 123 Covington lawyers.
The six Covington practices given the top ...
August 14, 2012, Covington E-Alert
August 9, 2012, Covington E-Alert
July 26, 2012, Covington E-Alert
July 12, 2012, Covington E-Alert
June 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, June 15, 2012 — In testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Thursday, June 14, Covington & Burling partner David Fagan identified key issues slowing investment by China in the U.S. Mr. Fagan also addressed the nation’s evolving trade and investment relationship with China, focusing on bilateral investment issues ...
May 16, 2012
LONDON, 16 May, 2012 — Covington & Burling is strengthening its anti-corruption and trade control practices by adding lawyer David Lorello as a partner in its London office. Mr. Lorello is a US lawyer, and has been practicing in London for the last five years, with a broad practice spanning US, UK, and European international regulatory issues. This is ...
May 7, 2012, Covington E-Alert
April 27, 2012, Covington E-Alert
March 19, 2012
LONDON, 19 March, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP received 46 individual mentions and 20 practice mentions in the Chambers Global 2012 edition. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers globally by pan-regional and country practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
The Covington lawyers ...
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 ...
February 9, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 25, 2012, Covington E-Alert
BRUSSELS, 17 January, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Jean De Ruyt has joined the firm’s government affairs group as a senior European policy advisor in Brussels. Ambassador Jean De Ruyt is among the most experienced diplomats in Europe. Most recently, he served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and was ...
January 6, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 4, 2012, Covington E-Alert
January 3, 2012, Covington E-Alert
December 2011/January 2012, The European Lawyer
December 5, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 22, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 15, 2011, Covington E-Alert
November 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2011 — For the second consecutive year, U.S. News-Best Lawyers awarded Covington & Burling the most first-tier practice rankings for Washington, DC in the “Best Law Firms” survey. The 2011-12 survey also awarded the firm 82 first-tier practice rankings, placing Covington among the top 20 firms nationwide.
Additionally, U.S. ...
October 18, 2011, Covington E-Alert
October 17, 2011, Covington E-Alert
October 15, 2011, EuroWatch
October 4, 2011, Covington E-Alert
September 29, 2011, Covington E-Alert
September 20, 2011, Covington E-Alert
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 7, 2011, Covington E-Alert
September 2, 2011, Covington E-Alert
August 31, 2011, Covington E-Alert
August 30, 2011, Covington E-Alert
August 19, 2011, Covington E-Alert
July 29, 2011, Covington E-Alert
July 28, 2011, Covington E-Alert
July 20, 2011, Covington E-Alert
June 21, 2011, Covington E-Alert
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — In presenting Covington & Burling LLP with the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in International Trade on June 9th, Chambers noted how the firm’s “comprehensive team covers the complete spectrum of international trade matters and clients benefit from the close-knit and interdisciplinary approach of the department's various ...
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 25, 2011, Covington E-Alert
May 16, 2011, Covington E-Alert
May 6, 2011, Covington E-Alert
April 29, 2011, Covington E-Alert
April 19, 2011, Covington E-Alert
April 14, 2011, Covington E-Alert
April 12, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 28, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 11, 2011, Covington E-Alert
March 4, 2011, Covington E-Alert
February 28, 2011, Covington E-Alert
December 23, 2010, Covington E-Alert
December 16, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 28, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 8, 2010, Covington E-Alert
August 17, 2010, Covington E-Alert
August 13, 2010, Covington E-Alert
July 28, 2010, Covington E-Alert
July 6, 2010, Covington E-Alert
June 25, 2010, Covington E-Alert
June 18, 2010, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
April 27, 2010, Covington E-Alert
March 15, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, March 15, 2010 — CVG, Incorporated (“CVG”) has announced its merger with Integral Systems, Inc. in a deal valued at $34.675 million. Covington & Burling LLP advised CVG on the transaction.
CVG and its subsidiary, Avtec systems, Inc., based in Chantilly, Virginia, provide secure satellite-based communication solutions to government and commercial ...
February 2, 2010, Covington E-Alert
October 7, 2009
BRUSSELS, October 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP successfully represented the European steel pipe industry in the anti-dumping investigation against Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes into the EU. On September 24, the Council of the European Union adopted a regulation imposing final anti-dumping duties of up to 39.2%. The Covington team succeeded in ...
September 16, 2009, Covington E-Alert
August 17, 2009, Covington E-Alert
July 27, 2009, The National Law Journal
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 ...
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP has announced the promotion of four new of counsels and five new special counsels in the firm’s five offices. The new of counsels are as follows:
Christopher Denig (Washington) focuses on representing clients in complex federal civil litigation (including class actions), internal corporate ...
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 ...
March 15, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2005 - Covington & Burling advised IBM during its national security review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in connection with the sale of its Personal Computing Division to Lenovo Group Limited, one of the leading IT companies in the People's Republic of China.
The transaction between IBM and ...
April 2004, Law Seminars International Conference, Houston
February 18, 2004, Covington Advisory
December 2002, Pharmaceutical International Lawyers Legal Seminars (PILLS)
May 2, 2002, Boston Globe
March 2002, The Conference Board's Council of Senior International Attorneys, Miami
1992, Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Volume 20, No. 1, p. 35 and No. 2, p. 167
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