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January 10, 2007
BRUSSELS, January 10, 2007 — International law firm Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Wim G. van Velzen as Senior European Policy Advisor in the firm’s Brussels office. Mr. van Velzen, a leading expert on European affairs, served with distinction as a Member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 2004, where he was vice president of the European Peoples Party (EPP) and European Democrats Political Group. Prior to his tenure in the European Parliament, Mr. van Velzen was President of the Dutch Christian Democratic Party from 1987 to 1994 and served as a senator in the Dutch Parliament from 1987 to 1995. Mr. van Velzen, who is not a lawyer, will provide clients with strategic advice on their relations with the European institutions, and on the EU’s policy-making and legislative processes. He will also advise on issues relating to the new EU Member States and other markets in the region, an area where he developed deep expertise during his service in the European Parliament. He joins Covington from the Brussels office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP effective 1 January 2007. Mr. van Velzen will work closely with the firm’s Government Affairs, Information Technology, Life Sciences, and Intellectual Property Groups. He has broad experience assisting companies in areas where Covington already enjoys a strong profile globally, including the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, computer hardware and software, and chemical sectors, among others. Mr. van Velzen currently serves as member of the independent external review panel of the Commission concerning the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Programme. He has been widely recognized for his contributions to public service in Europe, and is the recipient of the Order of Merit of Hungary; l´Ordre de Mérit de Luxembourg; Grosse Bundesverdienstkreuz, Deutschland; Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw, the Netherlands; L´Ordre national de la Légion d´honneur de France; the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and the Order of the Rumanian Star. Stuart Eizenstat, Head of Covington’s International Practice Group, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union (1993-1996), Under Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, welcomed Mr. van Velzen to the firm. Ambassador Eizenstat commented, “Wim brings over a decade of experience at senior levels of the European decision making process that is hard to match. He greatly enhances our ability to serve our clients in Europe, not only with respect to the European Parliament, but also the Commission and other key European institutions.” Mr. van Velzen noted, “Covington is an outstanding firm and a great fit for my professional background and interests. Together, we can offer superb international policy advice to clients on both sides of the Atlantic, and indeed globally.”