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K&L Gates Lawyers Provide Insights on Impact of COVID-19 Across Various Industries

August 2020

K&L Gates lawyers have contributed to a number of articles and commentaries regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its legal implications on industries around the world. Below are some of the published articles that have captured our lawyers’ insights in this area (with links provided where accessible without a subscription) in addition to the extensive collection of client alerts, podcasts, webinars, and other materials provided by our team through the firm’s own COVID-19 resource center.

The Miami Herald; Bankruptcy code changes offer lifeline to small businesses; 14 August 2020
An article by Miami partner Jeffrey Kucera and associate Javier Roldán Cora regarding bankruptcy code changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puget Sound Business Journal; Why General Microsystems pursued a merger during the pandemic; 12 August 2020
Seattle partner Annette Becker is quoted in this article regarding the effects of COVID-19 on the mergers and acquisitions market.

SHRM.org (Society for Human Resource Management); Remote Work and ‘Partial Activity’ in France; 12 August 2020
Paris partner Christina Artus is quoted in this article regarding remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Illinois Health and Hospital Network; IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 5; 5 August 2020
This article notes K&L Gates among the hosts of a CARES Act program. 

July

SNL Financial Extra, As virus crisis persists, PPP recipients lay off thousands, 30 July 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in this article regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.

Healthcare Business Today, How Nursing Home Operators Can Stay Atop Shifting Coronavirus Regulations, 28 July 2020
An article by Miami partner Myla Reizen regarding COVID-19 regulations on nursing homes. 

Law360; Coronavirus Q&A: K&L Gates' Digital Crisis Response Team; 27 July 2020
A Q&A with Miami partner Elisa D’Amico and Chicago partner Desiree Moore on the firm’s digital crisis planning and response team. 

Puget Sound Business JournalWelcome to your new office. A lot has changed here due to COVID-19, 10 July 2020
Seattle partners Shannon Skinner and Stephanie Wright Pickett are quoted in this article regarding changes at offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Florida Business Journal, The Road Toward Reopening, 10 July 2020
Miami partner April Boyer is cited in this article regarding legal tips for companies reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ExecutiveMedia.com.au, COVID-19 case study: US long-term care facilities, 10 July 2020
An article by Dallas partner Jacqueline Hoffman, Miami partner Myla Reizen, and associates Adam Cooper and Cheryl Choice regarding COVID-19 considerations for nursing and long-term care facilities.

ABAJournal.com, Understanding liability waivers in the age of the novel coronavirus, 2 July 2020
Pittsburgh partner Melissa Tea is quoted in this article regarding liability waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June

Pittsburgh Business TimesRecent visa suspension could deter foreign students and workers, 26 June 2020
Austin partner Brian Graham is quoted in this article from a recent Pittsburgh Technology Council Business As Usual webinar on the effect of COVID-19 travel bans on international students.

Hedge Fund Law ReportNavigating Prime Brokerage Agreements, Swaps and Repos During the Coronavirus Crisis, 25 June 2020
This article notes Dubai partner Barry Cosgrave, Boston partner Kenneth Holston, New York partners Brian Koosed and Anthony Nolan, and counsel Robert Honeywell among the participants in a recent program on fund manager issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IndustryToday.comWhat You Need to Know About COVID and Biometric Privacy, 22 June 2020
An article by Chicago partner Molly McGinley regarding COVID-19 and biometric privacy.

Law360COVID Crimes: Feds Set To Boost White Collar Crisis Cases, 19 June 2020
Washington partner David Rybicki is quoted in this article regarding investigations and enforcement actions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Law360Tips For Prenegotiation Letter Agreements In Lease Workouts, 19 June 2020
An article by New York partner Heather Horowitz, counsel Aaron Taishoff, and associate Shabana Baksh regarding tips for prenegotiation letter agreements in lease workouts.

ForbesConsider These Three Strategies When Second Stimulus Funds Arrive, 19 June 2020
New York partner Robert Sichel is quoted in this article regarding a second COVID-19 stimulus bill.

SPGlobal.comMurky PPP guidance has some participants facing troubled waters, 19 June 2020
Washington government affairs counselor Mary Baker is quoted in this article regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.

Diritto24.com (Italy), First post COVID-19 jurisprudential guidelines on commercial leasing, company rental and company branch, 15 June 2020
An article by Milan partner Arturo Meglio and associates Pierluigi Vingolo and Luca Nardello regarding real estate guidelines after the COVID-19 pandemic.

FSRMagazine.com5 Tips for Protecting Your Restaurant’s Online Reputation During Reopening, 11 June 2020
An article by Chicago partner Desiree Moore regarding how restaurants can protect their online reputation when opening after the COVID-19 crisis.

Class Action Reporter, K&L Gates Attorneys Discuss Class Action Refund Case Defense, 10 June 2020
Story outlines an earlier alert by Boston partners Thomas Holt, Brian Forbes, Robert Sparkes, and John Blessington, and associates Michael Creta and Nicholas Perkins regarding a class action case involving colleges that have closed in response to COVID-19.

Bloomberg.comZoom Deals Put Barbarians at the Virtual Gate, 9 June 2020
This article cites K&L Gates regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the M&A market.

AWB.org (Association of Washington Business), Webinar on COVID-19 liability and risk mitigation, 9 June 2020
This article notes a K&L Gates webinar on COVID-19 liability and risk mitigation.

SNL Insurance DailySenate passes PPP Flexibility Act; acting OCC chief finalizes 'Madden fix', 8 June 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in this article regarding the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.

Law360How To Prep For Investor-State Disputes Related To COVID-19, 8 June 2020
An article by London partner Ian Meredith, Singapore partner Matthew Weldon, and New York partner Robert Houston regarding investor-state disputes related to COVID-19.

SNL Financial ExtraCongress set to stretch PPP loan forgiveness period, impacting fees, interest, 2 June 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in an article regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.

Puget Sound Business JournalWith rent due, tenants, landlords turn to Bellevue-based bartering platform, 2 June 2020
Seattle partner Shannon Skinner is quoted in this article regarding the impact of COVID-19 on commercial rent payments.

ForeignPolicy.comAs Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers, 2 June 2020
An article cites K&L Gates regarding employers’ liability after opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Law360The Past Holds Lessons For COVID-19 Mortgage Cases, 2 June 2020
An article by Boston partners Brian Forbes and Robert Sparkes regarding the impact of COVID-19 on mortgage cases.

WESA.com (PA), AI Helps College Students Manage Housing Risks, Propels The ‘Wave Of The Future’ In Legal Services, 1 June 2020
Pittsburgh partner Susan Altman is quoted in this article regarding how artificial intelligence can help college students with housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May

Diritto24.com (Italy), COVID-19 - The possible consequences on commercial leases, 29 May 2020
An article by Milan partner Stefano Bardella and associate Valeria Giorgetti regarding the impact of COVID-19 on commercial leases.

Law360Aquaculture, Fishing Cos. Stand To Net Big Gains From Aid, 28 May 2020
An article by Seattle partners Robert Smith and Tim Hobbs and associate Natalie Reid regarding the Trump administration’s recent actions to assist the U.S. commercial aquaculture and fishing industries.

NPR.orgD.C.'s Clinics Have Taken A Financial Hit During The Pandemic, 27 May 2020
An article regarding Washington, D.C., clinics that have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic notes and links to a K&L Gates alert on the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal.

Law360Pandemic Elevates Cos.' Compliance Risks In Latin America, 27 May 2020
An article by Pittsburgh partner William Semins, Research Triangle Park partner David Peet, and associate Megan Moore regarding compliance risks in Latin America due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NewEnglandCouncil.comMay 27 Daily Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response, 27 May 2020
This article notes K&L Gates’ Triage health care podcast on COVID-19 related topics.

Law360DOD Cybersecurity Rollout May Be Delayed By COVID-19, 22 May 2020
Seattle partner David Yang is quoted in this article regarding the delay of the U.S. Department of Defense cybersecurity program due to COVID-19.

Diritto24.com (Italy), The recapitalization of companies between benefits and pitfalls, 21 May 2020
An article by Milan partners Arturo Meglio and Vittorio Salvadori di Wiesenhoff, and associates Luca Nardello and Pierluigi Vingolo regarding the country’s corporate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian Financial ReviewJobKeeper payments being 'gamed', 19 May 2020
Sydney partner Matthew Cridland is quoted in this article regarding a COVID-19 stimulus program.

Australian Financial Review,Post pandemic economic reform must include GST, 18 May 2020
Sydney partner Matthew Cridland is quoted in this article regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s goods and services tax.

South Florida Business JournalLiability lawsuits: What should businesses worry about as they reopen?, 13 May 2020
Miami partner April Boyer is quoted in this article regarding how Florida businesses can prepare to return to work after COVID-19.

DailyBusinessReview.com'My Employer Forced Me to Return to Work': 3 Tips From Lawyers as South Florida Businesses Prepare to Reopen, 13 May 2020
Miami partner April Boyer is quoted in this article regarding how Florida businesses can prepare to return to work after COVID-19.

S&P GlobalBanks have PPP protection but still must identify clear fraud, lawyers say, 12 May 2020
Singapore partner Lian Yok Tan is quoted in this article regarding the effects of oil trader Hin Leong's collapse.

PYMNTS.comWhy Larger Firms May Soon Face The Same (Cash) Pressures As Main Street SMBsLOANSReport Says SBA Erred In Providing PPP Loan Guidance, 11 May 2020
New York partner Judie Rinearson is quoted in articles regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.

Law360Inside 2 Strategies For Schools Hit With Refund Class Actions, 8 May 2020
An article by Boston partners Thomas Holt, Brian Forbes, John Blessington and Robert Sparkes regarding universities involved in refund class action suits after the COVID-19 crisis.

Law360Tax Credit Delay May Be Life Saver For Wind Projects, 8 May 2020
Washington partner Elias Hinckley is quoted in this article regarding the extension of eligibility deadlines for renewable energy tax credits.

PYMNTS.comWill PPP’s Lack Of Clarity Fail To Protect SMBs And Paychecks?, 8 May 2020
New York partner Judie Rinearson is quoted in this article regarding the paycheck protection program.

Real Trends BlogCOVID-19: A Summary of Recent Federal Laws, Rules and Orders, 5 May 2020
A K&L Gates alert regarding recent federal real estate finance laws and regulations related to COVID-19.

Triangle Business Journal,NC investors watch, weigh options – and worry – as coronavirus continues, 5 May 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in this article regarding how North Carolina investors are reacting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNL Financial Extra, Legal, headline risk growing for banks in popular SBA program, 5 May 2020
Washington, D.C., partner David Rybicki is quoted in this article regarding potential Bank Secrecy Act violations resulting from a small business loan program.

Law360Pa. Bill Offers New Approach To COVID-19 Business Insurance, 5 May 2020
An article by Pittsburgh partner John Sylvester regarding a proposed Pennsylvania bill on COVID-19 business insurance.

BloombergLaw.comWorkers’ Comp, Liability Next Up for Virus Insurance Disputes, 5 May 2020
Raleigh partner Leann Walsh is quoted in this article regarding coronavirus-related insurance disputes and litigation.

SNL Coal Report, More than 100 public companies tap SBA aid program for loans totaling $550M, 4 May 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in this article regarding the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program.

SHRM.comNew Tax Credit Helps Small Businesses Keep Staff During Pandemic, 4 May 2020
Washington, D.C., government affairs counselor Mary Baker is quoted in this article regarding the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program.

Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate GovernanceStock Option Repricing Considerations During the Pandemic, 2 May 2020
An article by San Francisco partner Ali Nardali regarding stock option repricing considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Banker Magazine, An industry's shot at redemption, 1 May 2020
Boston partner Stanley Ragalevsky is quoted in this article regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the banking industry.

Puget Sound Business JournalOpinion: New reality is an opportune time to review your estate plan, 1 May 2020
An article by Seattle partner Sarah Bowman regarding reviewing real estate plans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GreenBiz.comWhat Engie's tax equity deal tells us about financing renewables, 1 May 2020
Seattle partner Elizabeth Crouse is quoted in this article regarding recent renewable energy tax equity deals, including the impact of COVID-19 on such financing.

April

ProfessionalMariner.com,Legal firm details COVID-19 risk mitigation when entering US ports, 30 April 2020
A K&L Gates client alert regarding COVID-19 risk mitigation for ship owners and operators.

MedCityNews.comWill Covid-19 kill HIPAA? No, but…, 27 April 2020
Research Triangle Park partner Steve Pine is quoted in this article regarding the future of HIPAA rules after the COVID-19 pandemic.

S&P GlobalMore than 100 public companies tap PPP for loans totaling $550M, 24 April 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in this article regarding the COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program.

South China Morning PostCoronavirus means cheap oil isn't good news for energy-hungry Southeast Asia, 24 April 2020
Singapore partner Lian Yok Tan is quoted in this article regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the oil industry and Southeast Asia’s economy.

Australian Financial ReviewProperty employers fight to access JobKeeper payments, 23 April 2020
Sydney partner Matthew Cridland is cited in an this article regarding the Australian government’s COVID-19 JobKeeper allowance.

Law360Fintech To Play Central Role In Small Biz Lending Efficiency, 21 April 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in this article regarding how the federal government is leveraging fintech to support small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Bloomberg.comWhat Companies Need to Disclose on Coronavirus Infections: Q&A, 21 April 2020
Charlotte partner David Lindsay is quoted in this article regarding what COVID-19 risks companies need to disclose in quarterly filings.

Journal of Commerce Online, CBP reopens chance for importers to defer duties, 20 April 2020
Washington, D.C., partner Stacy Ettinger is quoted in this article regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection deferring duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puget Sound Business JournalOpinion: Distressed supply chains uniquely impact renewable energy, 20 April 2020
An article by Seattle partner Elizabeth Crouse and Washington government affairs counselor Darrell Conner regarding how distressed supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting renewable energy.

Law360Pa. COVID Insurance Bill Differs From Other States' Proposals, 19 April 2020
An article by Pittsburgh partner John Sylvester regarding Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Insurance Relief Act.

Law3604 Ways Associates Can Be Invaluable To Partners Right Now, 17 April 2020
Research Triangle Park managing partner Mary Beth Johnston is quoted in this article regarding how associates can make valuable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BusinessLawToday.orgCOVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Stakeholders to Be Considered, 14 April 2020
An article by Seattle partner Jessica Pearlman regarding responsibilities of corporations to stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Lothian NewsFirst Read, 14 April 2020
This column notes an upcoming K&L Gates webinar on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected cryptocurrency.

401kSpecialistMag.com2 Ways Furloughs and Layoffs Could Impact 401k Plans, 13 April 2020
This article cites a K&L Gates alert on how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect 401k plans.

SpokaneJournal.comPreparing for CARES: Businesses line up for Paycheck Protection Program loans, 9 April 2020
Washington, D.C., partner John ReVeal is quoted in this article regarding the CARES Act.

S&P Global, Legal risks in small biz program mean banks must walk tightrope, 8 April 2020
Charlotte partner Rick Giovannelli is quoted in this article regarding Small Business Administration loans during the COVID-19 outbreak.

GreenTechMedia.com, Coronavirus Unnerves US Wind Market During a Record Year for Construction, 7 April 2020
This article cites a recent K&L Gates webinar on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the U.S. wind energy market.

Asset Securitization Report, More CLO managers take on risk retention to meet market demand, 6 April 2020
This article cites K&L Gates regarding effects of the COVID-19 crisis on collateralized loan obligation managers.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, CDLB People, 6 April 2020
This article notes Chicago associate Anisha Mehta hosted a webinar on remote working during the COVID-19 crisis.

Lawyerly.com, Innovation in the time of COVID-19: How the legal industry is helping clients in a global pandemic, 3 April 2020
This article regarding law firm innovations during the pandemic cites K&L Gates on its Virtual GC Roundtables.

LeMondeDuDroit.fr (France), Covid-19: Focus on the "Macron premium", 2 April 2020
This podcast features Paris partner Christine Artus on the “Macron premium” bonus issued to employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

AmericanBanker.com, Can banks help rescue country without undercutting themselves?, 1 April 2020
Boston partner Stanley Ragalevsky is quoted in this article regarding the banking industry’s response to COVID-19.

March

SpokaneJournal.com, Spokane-area small businesses look to benefit from CARES Act, 31 March 2020
Washington, D.C., partner John ReVeal is quoted in this article regarding the CARES Act.

Law360, Mitigating Antitrust Risks With DOJ-FTC Pandemic Guidance, 31 March 2020
An article by Boston partner Chris Finnerty, Chicago partner Lauren Donahue, and associates Brian Smith and Jack Brodsky regarding antitrust risks during the COVID-19 crisis.

BusinessWest.com, Construction Slows During Pandemic, But Long-Term Outlook Is Unclear, 31 March 2020
This article cites Boston partner Steven Wright and associate John Gavin regarding the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on the construction industry.

AWB.com (Association of Washington Business), Employers have new obligations for paid leave under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act, 31 March 2020
This article cites and links to a K&L Gates alert on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

TrailerBodyBuilders.com, NATM takes steps to educate members on COVID-19, 30 March 2020
This article notes an upcoming K&L Gates webinar for members of the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers on COVID-19 federal relief packages available.

AAPC.com, COVID-19 Prompts Telehealth Expansion to Home-bound Patients, 27 March 2020
This article cites an alert by Research Triangle Park partner Rebecca Schaefer and Pittsburgh associate Cheryl Choice regarding HIPPA updates during the COVID-19 crisis.

Daily Business Review, Business Lawyers Look to Amended Bankruptcy Provision in $2 Trillion Stimulus Package, 27 March 2020
This article cites Miami partner Jeff Kucera regarding the bankruptcy provision of the COVID-19 stimulus package.

Bloomberg.com, Banks Poised for Big Win on Loan Losses in Senate’s Virus Bill, 26 March 2020
Washington, D.C., partner Dan Crowley is quoted in this article regarding the COVID-19 stimulus package. 

AWB.org (Association of Washington Business), Washington's Small Businesses to Have Access to $377 Billion, Nationwide Relief Package, 26 March 2020
This article cites a K&L Gates alert regarding the COVID-19 stimulus package and notes Washington, D.C., government affairs counselor Mary Baker’s participation in an association CARES Act webinar.

S&P Global, India lockdown: Domestic natural gas demand set to plummet, 26 March 2020
Singapore partner Lian Yok Tan is quoted in this article regarding India’s gas demand in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Bunnell Idea Group, An Interview With Craig Budner, 24 March 2020
Video interview with global strategic growth partner Craig Budner on managing relationships, opportunities, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GreenTechMedia.com, How to Give Certainty to US Renewables Regardless of a Stimulus Package, 24 March 2020
Seattle partner Elizabeth Crouse is quoted from a K&L Gates webinar in this article concerning the renewable energy sector and a possible COVID-19 stimulus package.

Agri-Pulse.com, Daybreak March 24: Advice to industry: Let workers know they’re essential, 24 March 2020
Washington, D.C., partner Jonathan Cohen is cited from a webinar in this column regarding business’ insurance policies relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Portland Business Journal, Why some Oregon economic sectors could bounce back quickly, 23 March 2020
Portland partner Brendan Gutierrez McDonnell is quoted in this article regarding Oregon’s economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Communications Daily, Telemarketing Banned During New York State of Emergency, 23 March 2020
This brief cites K&L Gates regarding the ban of telemarketing in New York during the COVID-19 outbreak.

LexGo.be (Belgium), COVID-19: Can Directors’ and Shareholders’ Meetings Be Held Remotely in Belgium?, 23 March 2020
An article by Brussels partners Jeroen Smets and Patrice Corbiau and associate Charlotte Stynen regarding remote meeting during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Australian Financial Review, 'It's a fireball': Solly Lew's stimulus plea, 20 March 2020
Sydney partner Sam Brown is quoted in this article regarding the effects of COVID-19 on the Australian rental market.

Project Finance International, Americas: US – Virus-linked supply improving, panelists say, 18 March 2020
Discusses a K&L Gates webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on solar supply chain.

Ignites, Special Webcast: Bracing Your Business for Coronavirus, 17 March 2020
Article notes Washington partner Lori Schneider among the presenters at an upcoming webinar on how brokers and advisors can navigate COVID-19.

Freight Waves, Relief possible for government freight delayed by COVID-19, 17 March 2020
Washington, D.C., associate Amy Conant Hoang is quoted in this article regarding relief for trucking companies under federal contracts due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Mutual Fund Directors Forum, K&L Gates Attorneys Suggest Oversight Strategies Amid Virus Crisis, 17 March 2020
Discusses a K&L Gates alert regarding the SEC’s guidance on COVID-19.

Daily Business Review, Coronavirus in the Workplace: Seven Things For Employers to Do Now, 9 March 2020
An article by Miami partner April Boyer and Charleston associate Claire Flowers regarding how employers can prepare for COVID-19 in the workplace.

NC Bar Blog, The Legal Consequences of COVID-19 on Your Contracts: Force Majeure in Different Jurisdictions and Industries, and Some Practical Guidance, 6 March 2020
An article by Hong Kong partner Christopher Tung regarding the legal consequences of COVID-19 on contracts.

Law360, It's All Practice Groups On Deck To Tackle Coronavirus, 4 March 2020
Notes K&L Gates among firms that have formed dedicated coronavirus task forces.
 
Natural Gas World, Editorial: Coronavirus Threatens Long-Term SPAs, 3 March 2020
Cites a K&L Gates alert regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the LNG market.

K&L Gates’ COVID-19 center has also been listed as a resource for businesses on pages from the Portland Business Journal; the Charlotte Business Journal; Greater Portland Inc.; The News Register (OR); and the Association of Corporate Counsel, among others.

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