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David B. H. Martin, Former SEC Division Director, Joins Covington & Burling

April 29, 2002

April 29, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. and NEW YORK - International law firm Covington & Burling announced today that David B. H. Martin has joined as a partner. Mr. Martin is the immediate past Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In that role, he had responsibility for overseeing public company disclosure to securities markets and investors. The projects Mr. Martin worked on included:

  • rules on the relationship between analysts and corporations
  • clarity of corporate disclosures
  • auditor independence rules
  • standards for corporate governance


Mr. Martin will head Covington’s Securities Practice and will have offices in both New York and Washington.

“David not only adds depth and leadership in our securities practice but also brings an intimate knowledge of the SEC’s practices and procedures. His experience will be of great value to our corporate and underwriter clients,” said Stuart Stock, Chairman of Covington’s Management Committee.

“Covington is one of the world’s great law firms, and I’m excited about working with the many excellent lawyers here,” Mr. Martin said.

Prior to his position at the SEC, Mr. Martin spent 15 years in private practice, specializing in securities and corporate law, corporate governance, finance transactions, and regulatory and disclosure requirements. He also worked at the SEC from 1980 to 1985 in a variety of positions, including special counsel to the Chairman, special assistant to the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Tender Offers and assistant branch chief in the Division of Corporation Finance.

Mr. Martin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School where he was Managing Editor of the Virginia Law Review.

For more information, please contact Scott F. Smith,, 212.841.1056 or Noël Decker,, 202.662.6361.

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