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COVID-19 Client Resource Center

As a significant number of cities and states across the country start the process of relaxing stay-at-home orders and plan for reopening, our COVID-19 Legal Task Force is closely monitoring each state’s specific guidance. 

To help you stay abreast of these developments, we have created a state-by-state reopening tracker with links to each state’s government orders, plans, guidance, and press releases.  We are updating this page regularly with new information as it becomes available. 

Updates to our current perspectives and guidance on specific COVID-19 legal issues in the areas noted below are added daily and are featured in the New Today section for easy review. 

COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE LEADERSHIP
Jonathan Birenbaum
New York Managing Partner 
Corporate, U.S.

Jennifer Kurtis
Corporate, U.S.

Tom Walsh
Litigation, U.S.

View the full COVID-19 Legal Task Force here.

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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE LEADERSHIP
Jonathan Birenbaum
New York Managing Partner 
Corporate, U.S.

Jennifer Kurtis
Corporate, U.S.

Tom Walsh
Litigation, U.S.

View the full COVID-19 Legal Task Force here.

COVID-19 State Reopening Tracker

Find daily updates to each state’s reopening guidelines including relevant government orders, plans, guidance, and press releases.  We are updating this information daily so come back often to check for developments in the states relevant to your operations.
View COVID-19 State Reopening Tracker

Antitrust/Competition

Federal agencies are taking steps to make it easier for businesses—especially those in the health care sector and those working to produce COVID-19 supplies—to collaborate to combat the virus. At the same time, times of crisis can be a slippery slope to antitrust violations. Companies should take care to mitigate antitrust risks, including anti-competitive labor market behaviors like unlawful wage-fixing and no-poach agreements against essential workers.
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Aviation

The aviation sector is always somewhat of a bellwether for other industries in times of crisis, and the same rings true during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lessors, financial institutions, airlines, and other parties must stay abreast of newly promulgated legislation, regulations, and policies pertaining to aviation financing and leasing matters and the practicalities of disputes or restructurings in the aviation sector.
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Capital Markets & Securities

COVID-19 is changing the landscape for capital and debt raising activities in the public and private markets.  Issuers must consider the inclusion of specific disclosures in their offering and reporting documents pertaining to the actual or prospective adverse impacts which may result from COVID-19-related market fluctuations and uncertainty.
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Consumer Products

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on the consumer products industry. Many companies in this sector are operating as essential businesses and have been faced with extraordinary workforce safety challenges, while also navigating rapidly evolving government orders, store closures, supply chain disruption, and decreased demand. As the country begins to recover, companies in the consumer products industry should stay abreast of reopening guidelines, government plans, and related guidance.
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Data Security & Privacy, HIPAA

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for cybercrimes—phishing attacks, spoofed emails and texts—making the protection of personal information and data more critical than ever.  Businesses should stay updated on new protocols waiving penalties for HIPAA violations, follow recent CISA guidance on malicious cyber activity, and consider implementing our recommended remote work strategies to reduce data privacy and cyber-risks.
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Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Guidance on regulatory actions and executive orders impacting employee benefits and executive compensation plans and programs.
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Energy

As market conditions continue to drive down demand for crude oil, the drastic decline of commodity prices has raised unprecedented challenges in the oil and gas sector. Institutions in the power and transmission sector need to stay informed about the latest mandates and guidance issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “FERC”), which may impact critical energy infrastructure.
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Environmental

The Environmental Protection Agency and states continue to issue guidance and rulemakings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of this changing regulatory landscape, we are helping companies stay informed about their environmental compliance obligations.  
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Finance & Credit

Guidance for companies experiencing or anticipating significant constraints on cash and working capital and general potential liquidity challenges.
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Financial Services

With limited ability to predict the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions across the financial services industry face continued uncertainty around market volatility, regulatory and policy updates, and risk and compliance implications.  Institutions across the financial services industry should stay informed on rapidly evolving developments in the financial services sector.
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Health Care & Life Sciences

In a time of dramatic change, the health care and life sciences sector is facing unprecedented challenges. As health care workers battle the COVID-19 virus at the front lines, others in the industry must also adjust to a “new normal.”  A number of governmental institutions have announced new regulatory standards, while the launch of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) presents significant implications for providers, suppliers, and manufacturers.
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International Trade

From exploring how virtual technology will impact international arbitration to outlining regulatory response and considerations, our international trade team discusses key issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Labor & Employment

From adjusting to the realities of a remote workforce to keeping up with the flurry of new laws and guidelines coming out of Washington and statehouses across the country, navigating a global pandemic is unchartered territory for employers. We are helping employers navigate the uncertainty by advising on whether employees are essential, whether employees’ temperature can be taken, and whether employees are entitled to supplemental paid sick leave.
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Litigation

As lawsuits arising from COVID-19 begin to get filed, our litigation team examines force majeure clauses, securities litigation lawsuits, issues related to remote arbitration and mediation proceedings during the pandemic, and recent DOJ enforcement actions targeting COVID-19 fraud.
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M&A

The pandemic has significantly slowed mergers and acquisitions activity, as market uncertainty and unpredictability has led to a drop in valuations and the number of transactions consummated.  Ongoing deals are now including specific representations and warranties regarding the uncertainties presented by a global pandemic. Going forward, other key provisions, including interim covenants and indemnities, may also be modified.
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Maritime

Guidance for vessel owners, operators and charterers, shippers, logistics providers, maritime investors, and port operators on IMO and Coast Guard policies, crew health and safety, Jones Act waivers, safe port/berth, free pratique, and demurrage need to be addressed and followed.
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Private Equity

As the COVID-19 pandemic complicates and poses challenges for transactions, many funds are struggling to raise capital for future transactions and are preparing their existing portfolio companies for the worst.  Accordingly, funds are looking to obtain as much liquidity as possible, through existing credit facilities and recently enacted federal programs.
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Real Estate

Which transactions and institutions are affected by the New York State executive order mandating certain financial institutions to grant loan forbearances to certain borrowers?  What does France’s order relating to the payment of rents and utilities by businesses affected by COVID-19 require?  Our real estate team answers these questions and more.
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Regulatory

As federal and state laws and executive orders continue to evolve, so does the landscape within which businesses may operate.  Government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, Small Business Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, are regularly revising their rules and regulations, while courts and legislators work to understand and administer these modifications.  Now more than ever, it is vital for companies to stay up to date on regulatory changes brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Restructuring/Bankruptcy

The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be seen, but some industries are already suffering from financial distress and/or seeking bankruptcy relief. Our attorneys are leveraging their experiences in corporate finance, restructuring, private equity, and bankruptcy to offer key insights.
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Supply Chain Disruption
Guidance for companies and enterprises that have had their supply chains interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including impacts and changes to how goods and supplies are imported and updates relating to cross-border litigation continues to evolve.  With businesses around the world slowing, shuttering, or shifting operations to produce much-needed medical equipment and supplies, companies should adapt and rethink the ways in which they do business.  
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Tax

What tax actions should companies consider taking now?  How does the CARES Act apply to non-profit organizations?  Our tax team is tackling these and other challenging questions created by the COVID-19 crisis.
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White Collar & Investigations

Our white collar team addresses key and timely issues that are arising during this global pandemic, including the challenges of conducting corporate compliance monitoring during COVID-19, new DOJ enforcement priorities and task forces to combat COVID-19 fraud, and the expanding risk of False Claims Act liability result from COVID-19 initiatives.
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