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Former Carlyle Group executive David Marchick is rejoining Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

Marchick, who joins Covington as senior of counsel, announced late last year that he planned to leave Carlyle, where he served most recently as managing director and global head of external affairs and was a management committee member.

In his 12 years at Carlyle, Marchick was one of several executives that oversaw its transformation from a relatively low-key private-equity firm to a global, publicly traded asset management group.

“I am excited to rejoin Covington and work with colleagues across the firm’s practices to help clients manage a range of legal, reputational, business, and policy issues,” Marchick said in a statement. “Covington is an incredible firm with a client-first orientation.”

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Marchick was not immediately available for an interview.

A former deputy assistant secretary of state for transportation affairs in the Clinton administration, Marchick first joined Covington in 2002, advising clients on regulatory and strategic matters that included international trade, national security and legislative issues.

Before joining Covington, Marchick worked on then-Gov. Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign and served in four departments over seven years in the Clinton administration, including as the former deputy assistant secretary of state for transportation affairs.

At the firm, Marchick served as the vice chairman of its international practice group and co-chaired its national security practice group before leaving in October 2007 to join Carlyle in a newly created position as managing director of regulatory affairs.

Marchick led Carlyle’s regulatory and government affairs efforts as the firm expanded overseas, and he managed its communication strategy as its faced government and public scrutiny, including amid its initial public offering in 2012.

In announcing his hire, Covington touted Marchick’s expertise representing multinational companies on investment and national security issues. The firm also highlighted his expertise in national security reviews handled by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and his experience advising on matters involving corporate social responsibility.

“Dave has a well-earned reputation for helping Carlyle and its global portfolio companies navigate difficult legal, policy and reputational issues around the world,” Covington chairman Timothy Hester said in a statement. “Dave’s strategic thinking, superb judgment, and deep knowledge are critical to clients as they navigate their most complex business problems, deals, and disputes.”

Marchick is just the latest lateral addition to the Covington’s ranks in recent months. Last week the firm added former Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner Teena Sankoorikal, who joined Covington from New York litigation boutique Levine Lee.

In San Francisco, Covington added Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati M&A partner Denny Kwon, as well as longtime Morrison & Foerster class actions attorney William Stern as senior counsel.