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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 ...

August 26, 2016, Bloomberg

Rob Kelner is quoted in a Bloomberg article regarding a loophole in the laws governing political spending limits, allowing the Democratic party to collect millions of dollars more in donations from Hillary Clinton’s wealthiest donors. According to Kelner, “I’m not aware of any case law or regulations that would prohibit a state party from transferring to a ...

August 25, 2016, PaymentsCompliance

Michael Nonaka is quoted in a PaymentsCompliance article regarding FinCEN’s renewed efforts to reissue anti-laundering (AML) controls on prepaid cards after abandoning original proposals two years earlier. According to Nonaka, “There are all these controls and existing tracking mechanisms that apply to cross-border movements of cash, but these aren't in place ...

August 23, 2016, The Wall Street Journal

Mark Plotkin is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article following CFIUS approval of ChemChina’s planned purchase of Syngenta. According to Plotkin, “Chinese investments in the United States often attract close scrutiny not only from CFIUS but also from the media, the Congress and industry competitors, all of whom have different agendas.”

August 23, 2016, WNYC

Rob Kelner appeared on "The Takeaway" discussing the legal and ethical issues that may arise from Donald Trump’s plan to have his children run his operations, if elected, which could be seen as a conflict of interest. “The whole concept of the blind trust really doesn’t work for Donald Trump even if he has his family take over his operations. He’s still, of ...

August 23, 2016, Federal Contracts Report

Roger Zakheim is quoted in a Federal Contracts Report article regarding the DOD acquisition overhaul. According to Zakheim, a better argument for defense reform is that the enemy has a vote. And the threats have evolved since the binary conflict of the Cold War. He continues by saying that today's military confronts a host of challenges and domains that didn't ...

August 22, 2016

SILICON VALLEY—The Daily Journal has named Covington partner Kurt Calia to its list of the “Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California for 2016.” The list recognizes California lawyers who have “pushed technological progress forward.” The Daily Journal highlighted Mr. Calia’s successful representation of Elbit Systems in a patent litigation involving the ...

August 22, 2016

WASHINGTON—Global Investigations Review has named Covington’s FCPA practice among Washington’s “elite,” the highest tier in its “Washington DC’s FCPA Bar” survey. In its profile, GIR notes Covington’s “deep bench of high-level former prosecutors,” including former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; the last two former heads of the Criminal Division at the ...

August 22, 2016, Market Talk

Mark Plotkin is quoted by Market Talk commenting on the CFIUS process following approval of the ChemChina-Syngenta deal. According to Plotkin, “At both the staff and political levels, CFIUS has been careful to separate simple China-bashing and economic self-interest from true national security considerations.” He continues, “There are many designated fora for ...