Ex-Skadden Atty's Plea Raises Specter Of Foreign Lobbying

By Andrew Strickler (February 23, 2018, 5:45 PM EST) -- The sudden guilty plea of a now-former Skadden lawyer who helped write a legal analysis commissioned by Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian president puts further scrutiny on the firm's role in the controversial report and whether Skadden crossed into the legally precarious position of unregistered lobbying for a foreign government, experts said.

London attorney Alex van der Zwaan, formerly of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, pled guilty Tuesday to a single charge of lying to U.S. investigators amid questions about his contribution to the 2012 report and more recent communications with Manafort's partner, Rick Gates. Both Manafort and...

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