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Covington Adds Leading Asia Practitioner


WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP is strengthening its growing international practice with the addition of Ellen R. Eliasoph, a senior lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in China and Japan. Ms. Eliasoph will be resident in Covington’s Washington office as senior of counsel, where she will help US and European clients navigate the complex regulatory, public policy, and cultural currents of the rapidly evolving Asia market.

Ms. Eliasoph, who has spent 16 years in Asia with Warner Bros. Entertainment, will continue to work for Warner Bros. to help manage its Chinese-language film production business. For the past four years, she has served as Warner Bros. Picture’s Managing Director in China, having previously served in corporate roles as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Business Affairs, Asia Pacific, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel/Asia Pacific.

Ms. Eliasoph’s extensive work in Asia for Warner Bros., and her previous work as a private practitioner in China and Japan, have given her a uniquely sophisticated understanding of the practical aspects of working with businesspeople, regulators, and policy makers to bridge legal and cultural boundaries and create new cross-border business structures. She is particularly experienced in the creation, management, and operation of joint venture enterprises and the creation, protection, and exploitation of products and services based on intellectual property of various types.

“Ellen Eliasoph has spent a quarter century working in Asia and, insofar as China is concerned, working to ensure the successful entry of foreign investors from all sectors into that market,” said Stuart Stock, chair of Covington’s management committee. “Her deep base of experience and knowledge of Asia’s leading business and legal cultures will be of great value to our US and European clients in establishing, managing, and expanding their businesses in the region, as well as to Asian companies that are new entrants to the global marketplace.”

“I am very pleased to be joining Covington & Burling to spearhead and accelerate the firm’s expanding reach into Asia,” Ms. Eliasoph remarked. “Covington’s regulatory practice is unparalleled, and I’m looking forward to working with a team I’ve admired for many years.”

Ms. Eliasoph, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, earned her law degree from Yale Law School. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Townsend Writing Prize. She also studied in the Law Department of Beijing University, where she was a member of the initial group of US government-sponsored exchange students in the People’s Republic of China.

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