Novartis Lawyer Departs in Relation to Cohen Payments

ZURICH—A top executive at Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG is stepping down as the global fallout widens from the recent disclosure of payments to a company owned by U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer.

Novartis said Wednesday that general counsel Felix Ehrat, 61 years old, is retiring from the company in connection with $1.2 million in payments it made over the course of a year to Michael Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants LLC.

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