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Covington Advises Goldman Sachs and UBS in AbitibiBowater Deal

January 29, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2007 — Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and Bowater Inc. announced today they will combine in an all-stock deal that would create the third largest publicly traded paper and forest products company in North America. Covington & Burling LLP represented Goldman Sachs and UBS in the deal. Goldman Sachs and UBS served as financial advisors to Bowater.

The combined company would be known as AbitibiBowater and would rank as the world’s eighth largest publicly traded paper and forest products company. The transaction is expected to close by the third quarter of 2007.

The Covington corporate team included corporate partner J. D. Weinberg and corporate associate Andrew Ment of the firm’s New York office.

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