Miller & Chevalier this year notified Congress that it is no longer lobbying for Singapore after the country hired White & Case to advocate for it in the United States, according to U.S. government records.
White & Case this week filed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) paperwork with the U.S. Justice Department showing that the Asian republic and the firm in January signed a one-year contract that took effect on Feb. 1, two months before the lobbying relationship between the country and Miller & Chevalier ended.
Miller & Chevalier hadn’t done any government advocacy work on behalf of Singapore since the first three months of 2011, according to congressional records. During those months, the firm lobbied the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and the Treasury Department on “[i]nternational tax issues of interest,” receiving $20,000, congressional paperwork shows. Miller & Chevalier started lobbying for the country in 2009.
Miller & Chevalier’s last lobbyists on the account – members Marc Gerson and Rocco Femia, as well as senior international trade adviser P. Welles Orr – didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. White & Case associate Geoffrey Lanning, who has registered to represent Singapore, firm partner Linda Carlisle, who signed the contract with the country, and Jerome Lee, a spokesman for the Singapore embassy in Washington, also didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
White & Case has had an office in Singapore since 1983. More than three dozen firm lawyers work there.