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Dianne Coffino and Ben Hoch Join Covington’s Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice; Jack Bodner Joins Covington’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice


NEW YORK, NY, December 19, 2006 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that Jack Bodner, Dianne Coffino, and Ben Hoch have joined the firm as partners. Ms. Coffino and Mr. Hoch join Covington’s corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practice group, and Mr. Bodner joins Covington’s mergers and acquisitions group. All three will be resident in the firm’s New York office.

Covington has a leading international corporate practice, including both bankruptcy and mergers and acquisitions practices. Covington’s mergers group recently advised on over $80 billion in mergers and acquisition transactions, including for Kerr-McGee, JLG Industries and Oregon Steel Mills. Covington has also advised on major bankruptcy matters, including UBS’s successful acquisition of the Enron power and gas trading business. The firm's corporate lawyers draw on Covington's deep regulatory and industry expertise in areas such as life sciences and health care, telecommunications, sports and media, transportation, energy, financial institutions, intellectual property, environmental regulation, antitrust, and international trade.

Mr. Bodner has extensive experience in advising acquirers, targets, investors, boards of directors, special committees, and investment banks in domestic and cross-border negotiated, and unsolicited mergers and acquisitions transactions. He recently represented Lottomatica S.p.A. in connection with its $5.0 billion acquisition of GTECH Holdings Corporation.

Ms. Coffino has considerable experience with in and out of court restructurings, both on the debtor and creditor sides, with an emphasis on bankruptcy litigation matters. Her clients have spanned a number of industries, including energy, airline, healthcare, telecommunications, retail, manufacturing, real estate, cable, and entertainment.

Mr. Hoch, co-chair of his former firm’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice, is experienced in all aspects of reorganization practice, having represented debtors, creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, agented bank groups, individual banks, debtor in possession lenders, acquirers, and investment banks in workouts, restructurings, recapitalizations, bankruptcies, and structuring of mergers and acquisitions of distressed assets in and out of bankruptcy. He was the lead restructuring lawyer for Trenwick Group Holdings and one of the lead restructuring lawyers for PG&E Corp. in the bankruptcies of its utility Pacific Gas & Electric and its merchant energy company, NEGT.

Stuart Stock, Chair of Covington’s management committee, said: “The addition of Benjamin and Dianne adds tremendous depth to our already strong bankruptcy practice, and Jack’s experience with investment banks and public mergers enhances the depth and strength of our accomplished mergers and acquisitions practice. We are very pleased to welcome them to the partnership."

Mr. Bodner is a graduate of New York University School of Law (J.D., 1994, Order of the Coif) and New York University (B.A., History, 1991). Ms. Coffino is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1988) and Lehman College (B.S., 1977). Mr. Hoch is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988) and Brooklyn College (B.S., Accounting, 1985). All three were previously partners with Dewey Ballantine LLP.

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