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Covington Boosts Global Arbitration Practice with Arrival of Stephen Bond

January 26, 2009

LONDON, January 26, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Stephen Bond has joined the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Bond, who has been recognised as one of the world’s leading international commercial arbitration practitioners, will be resident in the firm’s London office.

Mr. Bond has served as an advocate or arbitrator in dozens of international arbitrations, principally under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, but also under those of the London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Arbitration Institute, the Japanese Commercial Arbitration Association, the Vienna Centre, and UNCITRAL. He has been singled out for recognition by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, and other publications. Who’s Who Legal 2009 recognized Mr. Bond as one of the 20 “most highly regarded individuals” for commercial arbitration and Global Arbitration Review 2007 described him as the “crème de la crème.” In 2008, Mr. Bond was appointed General Editor of the Stockholm International Arbitration Review, a publication of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, which is a leading arbitral body for cases involving CIS countries and investment disputes.

In addition to his substantial accomplishments in private practice, Mr. Bond has also held a number of high profile positions that include a six-year term as Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), considered the world’s leading international commercial arbitration body. He later served as the U.S. Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and was Vice Chairman of the ICC Working Group charged with drafting the 1998 ICC Rules of Arbitration.

“Steve’s immense talent, and his reputation in international arbitration circles will be a most important addition to our global capability in international commercial arbitration,” said Thomas Johnson, co-chair of Covington’s arbitration practice.

Mr. Bond added: “Covington has a stellar reputation in the global arbitration market, and I am very excited about joining the practice. London is playing an ever increasing role in international dispute resolution, and it makes perfect sense for the firm to be boosting its London arbitration offering.”

Covington’s arbitration practice is well known for handling high-profile international disputes. The team’s work spans a number of industry sectors, including life sciences, media, energy and natural resources. The firm is consistently ranked as a leading practice in Chambers, Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review.

In announcing Mr. Bond’s arrival to Covington, Roger Enock, head of the London Litigation Group and managing partner of the London office commented: “Our London litigation and arbitration practice continues going from strength to strength with a varied and increasing case load, principally in the life sciences, high tech and energy sectors. I have no doubt that Steve’s appointment will further enhance our reputation in the market, and am delighted to welcome him on board.”

Mr. Bond, who will serve as a senior of counsel at Covington, is a member of the bars of New York and Paris.

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