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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.
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.
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.
A global air cargo company wanted to enhance its political influence as a respected industry voice on public policy issues in order to advance its global business objectives. We helped the company resolve difficult regulatory disputes in several countries, including a fast-moving dispute in China that endangered its business model. We also achieved legislative success for the company in the U.S. Congress on defense policy matters in the authorization bill (NDAA).
Advising the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo to undertake a legal environment evaluation project for philanthropy in the Arab World.
One of the world’s largest global mass media companies needed support on a range of issues that intersect law and policy. We helped the client:
We assisted a pharmaceutical company on assessing which NGOs they should consider working with in Kenya to implement a corporate responsibility program aimed at improving public health.
We have advised leading consumer electronics companies in the in EU in proceedings to consider possible reform of national rules on copyright levies.
A highly innovative pharmaceuticals company was concerned about the public debate and policy proposals made to address antimicrobial resistance, as these could seriously curtail its future business. Working together with external partners, we monitor and participate in discussions at the G7, WHO, EU and national levels (in the UK and Germany), with several successes already at proposing alternative solutions more favorable to our client.
A Korean infrastructure company has asked us for assistance in recovering a substantial arbitral award in Mexico, which the Mexican government is challenging.
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.
When the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights issued a report criticizing the effect of strong copyright protection, we secured a forceful response from the U.S. government and helped ensure that no action was taken on the report by the U.N. Human Rights Council.
We have served as secretariat to several informal coalitions working on telecommunications issues and intellectual property protection.
We have designed and executed campaigns on behalf of U.S. producers seeking to avoid EU trade retaliation measures.
We have worked with coalitions of consumer product manufacturers on product liability and product safety legislation in the EU, France, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
We have assisted on the government affairs aspects of various EU competition law issues, including individual cases, proceedings to adopt Article 82 guidelines and sector and cartel investigations.
We have represented software companies on EU and national legislation concerning software standards, copyright infringement, electronic commerce, data protection, and other issues.
We assisted an environmental services company seeking to reform various aspects of the EU’s Emissions Trading System.
We advised chemical producers and downstream users on emerging rules with respect to the registration, testing, and classification of chemicals (REACH).
A company facing a criminal investigation in Latin America turned to us for legal and policy advice.
Several companies and individuals facing complex legal issues in jurisdictions abroad sought our help securing the U.S. government’s involvement in support of our clients’ positions. The bilateral, government-to-government engagement by senior U.S. officials with their counterparts in foreign governments has significantly strengthened our clients’ ability to influence outcomes in the foreign legal processes. Our activities have included efforts to ensure fair and unbiased regulatory decisions and initiatives to address unwarranted judicial or prosecutorial actions.
A global U.S. manufacturing company asked us to develop a range of strategies to protect its investment in Venezuela.
Regulatory and strategic advice to a large manufacturer of electronic equipment on EU procedures for adoption of energy efficiency requirements on sound and imaging equipment under the ErP Directive.
We advised and represented an agro-industrial client dealing with possible expropriation in Colombia of significant portions of its land-holdings.
We advised a large trade association with respect to the Nigerian position on an IP issue before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
We advised an asset management firm on mitigating the impact of the Ebola crisis on its operations in Liberia.
We advised a young exploration and production company on mitigating above-ground risk, preserving $4 billion in value in a Western African company, and navigating legal and policy issues surrounding hydrocarbon exploration and development in a non-self-governing territory.
We assisted a large trade association engage with the South African government on a number of issues, including IP and other issues related to the life sciences sector.
A major U.S.-based infrastructure company turned to us for help bidding for contracts on major infrastructure projects in Bahrain and Egypt. Through our contacts with high-ranking embassy officials, we ensured our client’s bids received fair and equal treatment and consideration in the tender process, and we helped the client secure the contracts it was pursuing.
Advocacy assistance on issues related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and lobbying on behalf of clients with respect to climate change legislation in the United States, in various states of the United States and in the European Union.
When a newly formed government ministry in the Middle East was charged with developing “best-in-class” regulations, they turned to our policy experts and senior international advisors to design a regulatory system that would not only surpass global benchmarks, but would comport with the local legal system. Combining decades of government experience, key regulatory development, and local insight, our team delivered practical, implementable rules that are still in force today.
We assisted Microsoft Corporation in its establishment as a founding implementing partner to the Young African Leaders Initiative, one of the Obama administration’s flagship initiatives in Africa.
A major energy drinks producer faced a major threat to its market access in an Eastern European country as a result of a legislative proposal. Using local resources, we collected intelligence on both the content of the proposal and its status, as well as on the relevant stakeholders.
A global food and beverage company faces a variety of challenging legal and policy issues around the world, including international trade, market access, NGO activism, and multiple proposed restrictions to its ability to operate in the marketplace. We provide both domestic and global strategic counsel and advice and assist them in advancing their legislative and policy objectives.
A global chemical company is facing a World Health Organization (WHO) classification of one of its key products as “probably carcinogenic.” Recognizing that this finding is based on limited evidence and is in conflict with the conclusions of many national regulatory bodies that have analyzed this product and found it to be safe, the company asked us to help them develop a strategy to seek a public clarification from the U.N. organization.
We provided policy advice to the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi on how the Embassy in Washington, DC could be most effective in representing the UAE’s interests. In a follow-on project, we advised on factors to consider in establishing a business-oriented consulate on the West Coast of the United States.
January 24, 2017, Covington Alert
Today, the UK Supreme Court held (by a majority of 8:3—an unprecedented 11 Justices heard the case) that the UK Government does not have the power to trigger the process of withdrawal from the EU (“Brexit”) without first obtaining Parliamentary approval in the form of an Act of Parliament. The decision is largely aligned with the Divisional Court’s ruling on ...
November 3, 2016, Covington Alert
Today, the High Court of England and Wales held that the UK Government does not have the power to trigger the process of withdrawal from the EU without first obtaining Parliamentary approval. The High Court’s decision will likely be the subject of an appeal heard by the UK Supreme Court in December this year.
April 6, 2016, Politico
February 8, 2016, Louvain University Press
January 5, 2016, Covington Alert
December 17, 2015, Global Atlanta
Stuart Eizenstat’s keynote address at Cedric Suzman’s retirement dinner is quoted extensively in this Global Atlanta article. Eizenstat offers a panoramic view of global politics, focusing on both the “dark side of globalization” as well as the opportunities it brings the United States. According to Eizenstat, “We’re all in this together. There is a remarkable ...
December 17, 2015, Covington Alert
October 1, 2015, Covington Alert
September 24, 2015, Covington Alert
August 25, 2015, Covington Alert
July 15, 2015, Covington Alert
6/25/2015, Covington Alert
May 6, 2015, Covington E-Alert
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 ...
December 5, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington partner Stuart Eizenstat is mentioned in this article regarding an agreement between the U.S. and France that will provide $60 million for payment of survivors deported by the French state railway to concentration camps, their spouses and heirs of survivors who have died between 1948 and today, in the United States, Israel and other countries outside ...
December 2014, White Collar Crime
Bruce Bennett, Keir Gumbs and David Lorello have authored an article on draft legislation in the U.K. titled “Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014,” that would require mining, quarrying and logging companies registered in the U.K. to report payments they make to governments in all countries where they operate.
August 8, 2014, Roll Call
Witney Schneidman writes on how extending the African Growth and Opportunity Act will enable the U.S. to maintain a competitive edge against China in the African market in this op-ed for Roll Call:
"In the competition for African opportunities, job creation is the U.S. strategic advantage. We are not going to finance infrastructure the same way that China does, ...
August 6, 2014, The Hill
Witney Schneidman is quoted regarding expanded U.S. foreign policy in Africa and the U.S.- Africa Business Forum:
"Witney W. Schneidman, senior international adviser for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP, said some of the main issues that could come up include the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is set to expire next ...
August 6, 2014, The Washington Post
Witney Schneidman is quoted regarding the African Summit that took place this week in Washington, D.C.:
"Witney Schneidman, who served as deputy assistant secretary of State for African affairs and is now a senior international adviser for the law firm Covington & Burling, said the fact that so many leaders came to the event shows it was ...
August 5, 2014, Law360
Marney Cheek, Jonathan Gimblett and David Pinsky have authored this article on Russia's threats to retaliate against U.S. and European companies in response to new sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union:
"Russian lawmakers’ recent threats to retaliate against U.S. and European companies in response to new sanctions imposed by the United ...
August 5, 2014, The Washington Post
Covington's senior international advisor for Africa, Witney Schneidman, is quoted regarding business growth in Africa and the African Summit taking place in Washington D.C. this week:
“It’s a bit of an outdated perception to think of Africa as a continent of value for natural resources because now it’s of value for human resources,” said Witney Schneidman, a ...
July 18, 2014, National Journal
Howard Berman was interviewed by The National Journal on Iran sanctions.
June 16, 2014, Bloomberg
International public policy professional Sebastian Vos is joining Covington & Burling LLP to lead the European division of the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice in Brussels. Vos, who works for Fipra International, will focus on competition and technology-related public policy issues and continue his public policy work involving emerging ...
June 12, 2014, Politico
"The law firm Covington & Burling has brought on European public policy expert Sebastian Vos as a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. In his new role, he’ll lead the European division of the firm’s global public policy and government affairs practice. He’ll lead a team that includes former Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, former EU Parliament member Wim van Velzen ...
June 12, 2014, The Lawyer
Sebastian Vos is feautured in this article regarding his recent move to Covington in the firm's Brussels office.
June 4, 2014, Bloomberg TV
Covington's Stuart Eizenstat appeared on Bloomberg TV's Bottom Line to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's goals for Ukraine.
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 8, 2014, Voice of America
Covington's Witney Schneidman, senior international advisor for Africa, speaks with Voice of America about the conflict in South Sudan.
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.
April 22, 2014, Wall Street Journal
Covington partner Tim Stratford is quoted regarding visa requirements and press freedom in China. The article states:
"An apparent broadening of restrictions on the media also has the group worried. Journalist visas are becoming more difficult to get, it said, adding that a lack of information about issues such as financial data raises suspicions in the West ...
December 2, 2010, Covington E-Alert
June 23, 2009, Covington E-Alert
June 11, 2009, European Voice
June 10, 2009, Covington E-Alert