08:52, April 10 488 0

2018-04-10 08:52:06
A&O boosts white-collar team with Kingsley Napley hire

Allen & Overy (A&O) has expanded its white-collar group in London with the hire of Kingsley Napley partner Eve Giles.

Giles was made a partner at Kingsley Napley in 2009, having been with the firm since 2000.

She has worked on many high-profile investigations involving the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority and Competition & Markets Authority, as well as regulators in the US such as the Department of Justice.

Recent mandates include acting for ICAP broker Darrell Read who was acquitted of libor-rigging in 2016.

She also acted for Rebekah Brooks in Operation Elveden, the investigation launched the Metropolitan Police into inappropriate payments made to public officials. Giles worked alongside former Kingsley Napley partner Angus McBride, who went on to join News UK as its general counsel.

A&O has vowed to increase its litigation capabilities, making a number of hires in this space. Just last week, the firm announced that Hippolyte Marquetty would be joining A&O’s white-collar group in Paris from local firm Chatain & Associés.

A&O’s head of corporate and commercial litigation Lawson Caisley said: “The investigations group has great growth potential as both the criminal risks for UK corporates increase and the wave of global criminal investigations show no signs of abating.

“This makes Eve an ideal fit for the practice and we very much look forward to working with her.”

The news also comes amid the revelation that A&O has entered merger talks with West coast firm O’Melveny & Myers.

The talks are understood to be in early stages, but could create a £2bn global law firm.