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Edward Britton Relocates to Support Growth of Covington & Burling's European Corporate Practice

September 10, 2003

September 10, 2003 - LONDON, U.K. - Multinational law firm Covington & Burling announces that Edward Britton, corporate partner, has relocated from the firm's Washington D.C. office to its London office as part of the firm's expansion of its European corporate law practice.

"Edward brings additional cross-border experience to our London corporate team, having worked on many important European transactions in the past." says managing partner of the London office John Rupp. "These include Bacardi's acquisition of Martini Rossi in 1992, its acquisition of the Dewar's whisky and Bombay Gin brands in 1998, and its bid for the Seagram drinks assets in 2000. More recently he has assisted the European-based Dunlop Slazenger group in the sale of its Maxfli brand to an American company. He is currently involved in various transactions, including advising on strategic partnerships and licensing for one of our European life sciences clients. He is a terrific addition to our office, with over twenty years experience of working on European and other cross-border deals. He typifies the quality of Covington's lawyers, who maintain rigorous standards of service, whilst meeting and we hope surpassing our clients' expectations."

"We are delighted that Edward has joined our London office, which is the hub of our European corporate practice" says Stuart Stock, Covington & Burling's chairman. "His re-location is part of our measured European growth, which recently saw the addition of former Associate General Counsel of Corporate Affairs for AOL Europe - Robert Stankey. Our European corporate practice continues to expand as a consequence of our European clients seeking to develop their presence in America and our American clients expanding into Europe. Our long-term strategy is to support our transatlantic capabilities in Europe, where we are seeing a gradual economic upturn, particularly in our focus sectors of life sciences, telecoms and technology. Last year we anticipated the upturn by expanding our European private equity and tax capabilities. Edward's re-location is a further step in the strengthening of our European corporate capability to support our clients' plans."

For more information, please contact Renagh Christopher, 44.(0).20.7067.2069.

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