Covington raids Herbies for European corporate dept

Covington & Burling has hired Herbert Smith’s former Paris corporate head Mike Kingston to head its European corporate practice.

Kingston, who will be based in the firm’s London office, worked in Herbert Smith’s Paris office between 1998 and 2004, and has also spent time working in Hong Kong and Singapore.

His wide-ranging practice covers listed companies across Europe and in Asia.

Kingston said he was attracted to Covington because of its international reach, adding: “It fits comfortably with my experience in a wide range of business areas, such as the international sports arena and leisure and media sectors.

“I believe the firm is well positioned to expand its practice further in Europe and in Asia, as well as in the US. Covington’s life sciences practice is the acknowledged leader globally – an area of particular interest to me and an excellent opportunity for our corporate group to develop further in Europe.”