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Covington to open South Africa office

Covington and Burling, the global law firm headquartered in the USA, is opening a new office in Johannesburg as part of its expansion of its Project Development and Finance practice, significantly enhancing the depth of its capabilities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The new office will be led by Ben Donovan who joins Covington from Chadbourne and Parke, which is soon to complete a merger with Norton Rose Fulbright. He is one of several Chadbourne lawyers joining the practice, who include Agnieszka Klich, Richard Keenan, David Miles and Chadbourne’s Dubai head, David Greenwald.

“The team’s reputation in project finance is absolutely first class, and we are delighted with their decision to join the firm,” said Graham Vintner who leads the expansion Covington’s Project Finance capabilities. “Not only is Covington’s strength in policy-facing matters and diplomacy a huge asset for clients involved in complex project finance transactions, the firm’s reputation and capability in corporate and regulatory law will also prove invaluable to our clients.”

Donovan, who will split his time between Covington’s London and Johannesburg offices, represents client across all sectors in the development, acquisition, financing, restructuring and divestiture of global energy and infrastructure projects with a particular emphasis on Africa, Turkey, Central Asia and the Middle East.

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