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Covington Adds Two Corporate Partners in London

March 7, 2002

March 7, 2002 - LONDON, U.K. - Covington & Burling announced today that Simon Goodworth and Simon Currie, corporate partners, will be joining from Theodore Goddard. Covington recently announced that David Hinds, a senior tax partner, joined from SJ Berwin and James R. Beery, formerly General Counsel of GlaxoSmithKline, is joining as Senior Of Counsel.

Simon Goodworth, an m&a, private equity and investment fund, and corporate finance expert, will lead Covington’s UK and European private equity and m&a practice. Simon Currie specializes in financial services regulatory matters, with broad experience in advising investment funds and managers, banks, brokers and others in investment activity. Goodworth and Currie have extensive experience in the private equity and investment fund industry.

“Adding significantly to the London corporate presence is among our highest priorities,” said Stuart Stock, Chairman of Covington’s Management Committee. “We have need to expand to keep up with the needs of our US-based multinational clients and private equity clients’ for cross-border m&a and financial services advice within Europe. While we have been in London since the 1980s and already have a substantial corporate practice, adding four lawyers of this calibre and experience is a great benefit for our clients.”

Covington recently advised UBS Warburg in its high profile acquisition of Enron Online and Enron’s gas and power trading business from the bankrupt company. “Simon and I have been impressed by the depth of the corporate and financial institutions practice at Covington throughout the firm,” noted Simon Goodworth, “and by a first rate client list which includes not only UBS Warburg and other financial institutions, but also Computer Associates and Microsoft in the technology industry, and major pharma’s including Merck, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, as well as Exxon-Mobil, Procter & Gamble and the National Football League. Advising on UBS Warburg’s acquisition of the Enron business demonstrated the strength of Covington’s strategy of combining its corporate lawyers with other disciplines such as technology and bankruptcy.”

“Simon Goodworth’s 20 years of experience adds a depth in Pan-European mergers & acquisitions and private equity and investment funds that few U.S. based international firms have.” said Scott Smith, head of Covington’s Corporate practice. “Together with Simon Currie and David Hinds and our existing London lawyers, we have a complete m&a and private equity team in London to complement our New York, Washington and San Francisco groups. Theodore Goddard and SJ Berwin are highly regarded corporate and private equity firms, and we are lucky to have the combination of talents and experience that Simon, Simon and David bring.”

Kurt Wimmer, Head of Covington’s London office, said “Simon Goodworth and Simon Currie worked closely with our partner Hilary Prescott for many years and we know they will hit the ground running. David Hinds will not only add the depth we need in international tax, but his experience in Germany and elsewhere in Europe will be keenly valuable as our clients have increasingly focused on continental transactions.”

For more information, please contact Kurt A. Wimmer, KWimmer@cov.com, 44.(0).20.7067.2010.

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