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Covington's Daniel Mandil Appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Sony BMG

February 4, 2005

NEW YORK, NY, February 4, 2005 -  Covington announced today that partner Daniel M. Mandil has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel and Secretary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.  He will be responsible for establishing overall legal policy for the company and its worldwide operations, as well as for overseeing all aspects of operations within the SONY BMG Law Department.  He will also serve as SONY BMG's liaison to domestic and international music industry trade groups on a wide variety of legal issues, and will play a key role in the company's government relations initiatives.

Andrew Lack, Sony BMG's Chief Executive Officer, observed:  "Daniel is a gifted lawyer, and his broad-based knowledge and experience speak directly to the key issues currently facing the music industry.  He has a remarkable track record as a legal strategist and proven abilities as a team leader, making it a genuine pleasure to announce this key appointment."  Sony BMG encompasses many of the world's leading record labels, including Arista, Columbia, Epic, Jive, RCA and Sony Classical.

"During his career at Covington, Daniel has made outstanding contributions to the firm and its clients," said Stuart Stock, chair of Covington's management committee. "While we are very sorry to see him go, we look forward to working with him in his new role at Sony BMG.  Daniel's appointment is a tribute to our outstanding media and communications practices."

Mr. Mandil's practice at Covington included handling litigations, arbitrations and internal investigations on a wide array of commercial and regulatory matters, including intellectual property, outsourcing, and licensing disputes as well as the negotiation of commercial transactions in the entertainment, technology, and other business sectors.

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