Novartis Lawyer Departs in Relation to Cohen Payments

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Novartis Lawyer Departs in Relation to Cohen Payments

Novartis AG said Wednesday its general counsel is retiring from the company in connection with its $1.2 million payments to a company owned by Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, as the Swiss drugmaker battles to contain the fallout from the arrangement.

Novartis made the payments of $100,000 a month to Mr. Cohen’s company, Essential Consultants, for insight into health-care policy in a one-year contract that ended in February. Novartis Chief Executive Vasant Narasimhan last week called…

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