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We advise a number of Japan’s largest corporations as well as trade associations and governmental agencies on their most sensitive and complex legal challenges in the United States, Europe, China and elsewhere. Our Japanese clients include major trading companies and financial institutions, and leading companies in the technology, heavy machinery, automotive, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Our work for these clients includes advice on regulatory issues including trade sanctions and controls, anti-corruption and antitrust compliance; transactional matters, including M&A, licensing arrangements and collaborations; internal, Congressional and criminal investigations; and disputes in arbitration and litigation, including intellectual property and energy-related disputes.
In addition, we regularly assist our non-Japanese clients with regulatory issues and transactional matters relating to their businesses in Japan, drawing on our strong relationships with leading Japanese law firms.
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.
Managing worldwide patent portfolio of Alkermes plc relating to sustained-release pharmaceutical formulations in products such as VIVITROL®, RISPERDAL® CONSTA®, and BYDUREON®. We obtained pivotal patents in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States covering the BYDUREON product, a sustained-release formulation indicated for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
Represent Alps Electric in putative class actions alleging price-fixing in the heater control panel market.
Represent Keihin Corporation in putative class actions alleging price-fixing in the fuel injection systems business.
Represent several Japanese and European manufacturers of automotive parts in investigations of alleged anticompetitive activity.
Advised a Japanese technology client on the international employment, pensions and incentives aspects arising on the formation of a joint venture with operations in the US, Asia and Europe.
Representation of Kyocera Corporation, successfully obtaining a summary judgment dismissing over US$150 million in damages claims and then successfully defending that award in a set-aside action in the U.S. federal courts.
Representation of Qualcomm in connection with its acquisition of CSR plc, with filings in China, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
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).
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 ...
June 24, 2016, Covington Alert
The UK has voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. 52% leave - 48% remain.
Were the UK to leave the EU, this would have significant implications for the UK and for international businesses operating in the UK. The longer term impact of the decision on the regulatory framework for the UK will depend, in part, on the relationship that the UK ...
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. ...