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Global Data Review Names Covington to The GDR 100 Elite

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTONGlobal Data Review has named Covington to The GDR 100 Elite. The ranking profiles the top 20 firms with a broad international presence and a consistent track record of delivering cutting-edge advice to household name clients around the world, who between them handle the lion’s share of cross-border work in data privacy.

The firms featured in The GDR 100 Elite were also recognized for performing exceptionally well within three specific categories of work – Advisory, Contentious, and Litigation. Covington was one of five firms recognized as an Advisory standout for its non-contentious and compliance work. Practice co-chairs Kurt Wimmer (Washington) and Dan Cooper (Brussels) were named on the list of Leading Individuals, which also included Nigel Howard (New York), Yan Luo (Beijing), Henriette Tielemans (Brussels), and vice-chair of the firm’s practice Lindsey Tonsager (San Francisco).

In its profile, Global Data Review noted that Covington “has one of the oldest dedicated privacy teams on the market.” It cited the firm’s “particularly impressive” volume and complexity of work while noting that the firm “has leveraged its market-leading regulatory reputation to become a key data adviser to some of the world’s most significant companies.” Global Data Review added that Covington “clearly has close relationships with the major data-rich companies that face the toughest data issues.”

Global Data Review also highlighted several notable matters Covington has worked on recently, including:

  • Lisa Peets’ (London) representation of BSA | The Software Allianceas in the European Court of Justice’s Schrems II proceedings.
  • Dan Cooper’s (Brussels) representation of AstraZeneca and Bristol Myers-Squibb in setting up binding corporate rules.
  • Lars Lensdorf (Frankfurt) conducting a privacy compliance project for BioNTech in its Nasdaq IPO.
  • Eric Bosset (Washington) and Simon Frankel’s (San Francisco) representation of Samsung Electronics in privacy litigation related to its Smart TVs.

The GDR 100 Elite is part of Global Data Review’s inaugural GDR 100, a global ranking profiling the capabilities, track record, and market reputation of the leading data law firms.

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