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May 29, 2020, Covington Alert

In this update, we provide an overview of a number of recent international developments in the area of business and human rights ("BHR"). While public policy and corporate agendas have slowed in the past several months as a result of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been recent indications that key stakeholders—including governments, ...

May 29, 2020, Covington Alert

The UK Government has released the full details of its Future Fund scheme, including the application process, together with the template convertible loan agreement. The Future Fund, the headline terms of which were announced on 20 April 2020 (see our Alert of 22 April), launched on 20 May 2020 and will initially be open until the end of September 2020. The ...

Spring 2020, Covington Guide

As businesses across Europe prepare to reopen following the COVID-19 lockdown, Covington is providing practical resources and guidance on the broad array of issues companies face as employees return to the workplace, including employment, privacy, competition, policy, environmental and regulatory considerations at the EU level, with a focus on Germany and the ...

May 27, 2020, Covington Alert

The UK Government has tabled legislation to assist companies in financial difficulty and to make temporary changes to the law relating to the governance and regulation of companies. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill1 (the “Bill”), which commenced its passage through the UK Parliament on 20 May 2020, is relevant to public companies as it provides for ...

May 26, 2020, Covington Alert

On May 20, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) issued a final rule overhauling its regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (the “CRA”). The CRA, enacted in 1977, incentivizes banks to meet the credit needs of their entire communities, including low- and moderate-income (“LMI”) neighborhoods. The final rule makes the ...

May 26, 2020, Covington Alert

On May 22, 2020, FDA issued a temporary policy permitting manufacturers to use existing labels even if they need to make minor ingredient changes due to supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Limited shortages and other disruptions in the supply of food ingredients have already occurred, and manufacturers may experience ...

May 26, 2020, Covington Alert

As we reported in our prior client advisory on the wave of investigations to follow the pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act established three new bodies to conduct oversight and investigations on pandemic-related issues. Separately, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a special committee to conduct additional ...

May 22, 2020, Covington Alert

Earlier this week, FDA and USDA issued a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) establishing how the two agencies will communicate and collaborate with respect to the potential invocation of the Defense Production Act (“DPA”). The agreement outlines how the agencies will determine whether USDA will exercise its presidentially-delegated DPA authorities over ...