Regulatory and Government Affairs

WilmerHale’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Department comprises approximately 150 lawyers and other professionals whose practices focus on advising clients and litigating matters where governmental regulation, public policy and business intersect. The Department’s capabilities are global, extending from the United States to Europe to Asia and beyond.

We have lawyers admitted to practice in 10 countries. Our clients include major multinational corporations and financial institutions, trade associations and government entities across a range of industries, with particular focus on the aviation, defense, communications, education, energy, financial services, high tech and pharmaceutical sectors.

The Department’s professionals have an intimate knowledge of how government works in the countries where we practice. Not surprisingly, more than 100 of our lawyers have served in senior government positions in the United States, in Europe and in multilateral organizations. These include the White House, independent agencies and Departments of the Federal Government, the United States Congress, the European Commission, the German Federal Government and the World Trade Organization. Click here to see a detailed list of all firm professionals with government service.

Clients turn to us to handle complex, visible and critically-important controversy and counseling matters, whether to achieve a particular business objective, such as merger or other regulatory agency approvals or licensing authority; to ensure regulatory compliance and manage governmental investigations, often when the client’s reputation is at stake; to devise and implement policy and political strategies in anticipation of future government activity or to litigate before agencies, the courts and international institutions in the United States, the EU and elsewhere. Recent representative matters include:

  • Advise major pharmaceutical companies and major trade and business associations about Justice Department and HHS enforcement policies in the area of the False Claims Act and FDCA enforcement;
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in a House Energy and Commerce Committee investigation related to the passage of the Affordable Care Act;
  • Secured for Lucent approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for its merger with Alcatel;
  • Representing the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in its application to the Federal Reserve Board and New York State Banking department to open a branch in New York;
  • Secured approval for Statoil’s merger with Norsk Hydro’s petroleum business, a merger that created the world’s largest offshore production group;
  • Obtained for The Hartford Financial Group dismissal of all antitrust claims in the Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Multidistrict Litigation;
  • Obtained a grant of immunity from US antitrust laws from the US Department of Transportation for alliance agreements among nine members of the Star Alliance, including United Airlines and Lufthansa German Airlines;
  • Representing The Boeing Company in the United States’ challenge to EU subsidies to Airbus before the World Trade Organization;
  • Secured for United Airlines from the Department of Transportation authority to introduce non-stop service between Washington, DC and Beijing;
  • Representing Verizon in its suits arising out of the National Security Wiretap program;
  • Represented an international consortium of telecommunications carriers in negotiating a sensitive national security agreement with the FBI and the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense, concerning the operation and ownership of a new, undersea cable between the United States and several Asian countries;
  • Advised PhRMA during negotiations and Congressional passage of landmark FDA reform legislation;
  • Negotiated on behalf of Textrona first-in-the-nation settlement simultaneously resolving environmental and government contract claims relating to contamination at an active military base; and
  • Advised Cisco and Google in House International Relations Committee hearings on Chinese internet censorship.

While the Department is organized along the nine listed Practice Groups, our clients benefit from the diverse capabilities, perspectives and nationalities of professionals across Practice Groups and across Departments.

WilmerHale’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Department comprises approximately 150 lawyers and other professionals whose practices focus on advising clients and litigating matters where governmental regulation, public policy and business intersect. The Department’s capabilities are global, extending from the United States to Europe to Asia and beyond.

We have lawyers admitted to practice in 10 countries. Our clients include major multinational corporations and financial institutions, trade associations and government entities across a range of industries, with particular focus on the aviation, defense, communications, education, energy, financial services, high tech and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Moss, Randolph D.

Randolph D. Moss

Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

+1 202 663 6640 (t)

randolph.moss@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Over 100 of our lawyers have served in senior government positions in the United States, in Europe and in multilateral organizations. These include the White House, independent agencies and Departments of the Federal Government, the United States Congress, the European Commission, the German Federal Government and the World Trade Organization. Please click here to see a detailed list of our lawyers' experience in government services.

Publications & News

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October 28, 2014

What is the Statute of Limitations for a UDAAP Claim Under the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Act?

An article by Matt Martens, Jamie Dycus and Daniel Kearney, published in the October 28, 2014 edition of Bloomberg BNA's Banking Report, Vol. 103, No. 891.

October 24, 2014

Partner Mary Jo Johnson Recognized Among Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has named Partner Mary Jo Johnson to its annual list of Top Women of Law, which honors women in the legal industry who have made inspiring contributions in their fields.

October 20, 2014

The Uncertain Utility Of A CFPB No-Action Letter

An article by Eric J. Mogilnicki and Eamonn K. Moran, appearing in the October 20, 2014, edition of Law360’s Consumer Protections and Public Policy sections.

October 18, 2014

A National Journal Profile on Partner Debo Adegbile

Debo Adegbile, who joined WilmerHale from the Senate Judiciary Committee and prior to that was acting president and director-counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., was profiled by National Journal on October 18, 2014.

October 16, 2014

Stephanie Evans Recognized Among Diversity Journal's Women Worth Watching

Diversity Journal has recognized Partner Stephanie Evans to its 13th annual list of Women Worth Watching, which honors executive trailblazers for their passion, potential and positive influence both inside and outside the workplace.

October 15, 2014

Restrictions Governing International Trade in Genetic Resources Enter Into Force

On October 12, 2014, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits from their Utilization entered into international force. The Protocol establishes a new legal framework to govern access to and utilization of genetic resources, including genetic material and any naturally occurring derivative compound.

October 15, 2014

EU Proposals to Regulate the Acquisition of Minority Shareholdings

The EU is currently planning to introduce a new merger control-based filing requirement for acquisitions of minority shareholdings.

October 8, 2014

Light at the End of the Tunnel: Litigating Access to Cartel Leniency Documents in the EU

A chapter by Frédéric Louis, published in the seventh edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Competition Litigation 2015.

October 7, 2014

Boston Business Journal Again Recognizes WilmerHale As Top Charitable Contributor

The Boston Business Journal again named WilmerHale to its annual list of Top Charitable Contributors, meant to showcase the region's top corporate community contributors by 2013 Massachusetts cash and in-kind contributions. Seventy-three companies were ranked and out of the four law firms listed, WilmerHale was number one.

October 2, 2014

Crain's New York Names WilmerHale Among City's Best Places to Work

The firm's New York office has been named as a Best Place to Work by Crain's New York in its annual survey of the city's employers. WilmerHale is one of only eight law firms on this year's list, which includes a total of 100 winners.