Covington hires for Asia assault

US firm Covington & Burling has hired Warner Bros’ former general counsel for the Asia-Pacific region to ramp up its Asian capabilities.

The firm, which is in exploratory talks to launch an office in Beijing, has recruited Ellen Eliasoph from Warner Bros China to strengthen its knowledge and experience in Asian jurisdictions.

Eliasoph will be senior of counsel in the Washington DC office, advising US and European clients on Asian regulatory frameworks.

Chair of Covington’s management committee Stuart Stock said: “Ellen’s 25 years of experience in Asian markets is actually very rare for a Western lawyer. She’s a real asset to the firm.

“We’re having discussions about launching in Beijing. If we did go ahead with this, Ellen would be significant in the process.”

Covington has a significant Asian client base, but does not yet have an on-the-ground presence in any Asian jurisdiction.

Stock said: “We have very strong corporate and regulatory practice groups. We want to expand this in China and other Asian jurisdictions to advance the firm in these areas.”

As well as acting as general counsel, Eliasoph also served as managing director, executive vice-president and senior vice-president for Warner Bros.