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NEW YORK, NY, May 12, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Nigel Howard has joined the firm’s technology transactions practice as a partner. Mr. Howard will be resident in Covington’s New York office. Mr. Howard’s practice focuses on information technology, outsourcing, and intellectual property issues. He represents clients in complex technology transactions, including outsourcing, licensing, joint venture, and strategic alliance transactions. Mr. Howard also has experience representing clients during IP property purchases and sales, and in reviews of IP portfolios in relation to corporate financing and merger and acquisition transactions. “Nigel is a leader in IT transactions,” said Scott Smith, co-chair of Covington’s corporate group. “His background and experience working at firms both in the US and in London will be an asset to our growing global corporate practice and our international client base.” Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee added, “Covington has a broad depth of global transactional, intellectual property, data protection, and IT expertise. Nigel is an excellent addition to the wealth of talent in our technology transactions group.” “I have long admired Covington and am really looking forward to the opportunity to play a key role in the corporate group’s continued growth,” said Mr. Howard. “I am very impressed by Covington’s sophisticated technology transactions practice which combines many of the firm’s core strengths, including life sciences, communications and media, and internet and e-commerce.” Mr. Howard is a graduate of Lancaster University and the University of London, where he received a masters degree in IP law.