Talk about eager dealmakers.

When banking attorneys Rusty Conner and Michael Reed decided to join the law firm Covington & Burling, they wanted to jump right in. So they gave themselves just one weekend between their last day at law firm DLA Piper and their new gig as partners in Covington's Washington office.

"We love working with our clients," Reed says. "Why take a vacation?"

Conner and Reed are set to start at Covington on Monday, bringing a wealth of experience in mergers, acquisitions and capital markets. The lawyers, who have worked together for nearly 15 years, have handled more than 500 deals involving banks and other financial institutions.

The pair was drawn to Covington because it has "one of the preeminent financial services regulatory teams in the country," Reed says. "It also has an extremely strong corporate practice."

Conner and Reed look forward to working closely with former Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan, who chairs Covington's financial institutions practice. Conner and Reed will also team up with Covington partner Edward Yingling, who previously served as president and chief executive of the American Bankers Association.

"Their experience and their knowledge and of course their contacts in the banking world are just amazing," Reed says of Dugan and Yingling. "They'll provide a tremendous amount to our clients."

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.