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Covington Expands Global Reach with Beijing Office


WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in Beijing.  The office is the first in Asia for Covington, which also maintains offices in Brussels, London, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.

“Covington has been advising its international clients on legal and business matters in Asia for decades,” said Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee.  “But after study, we concluded that opening an office in China was the logical next step to serve our clients.”

Covington’s new Beijing office will draw on the firm’s strength in regulatory and policy matters to advise clients in the following areas:

Covington partner, Stuart Stock, who served as chair of the firm’s management committee for six years until stepping down in January, has relocated to Beijing to head the new office.  Joining him as resident senior lawyers in the Beijing office are Ellen Eliasoph and Cao Yu.  Ms. Eliasoph, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, has more than a quarter century of legal experience in China and Japan as a private practitioner and as a top executive for Warner Bros. Entertainment.  Mr. Cao, a former partner at Haiwen & Partners in the PRC, has a broad range of experience in transactional matters, particularly with media, sports, and entertainment organizations.

Covington received a license from the Chinese government to open an office in Beijing on June 5.

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