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Eve Giles

Partner

London

Giles Eve
Eve Giles

Partner

London

Eve is a white collar crime specialist with almost 20 years of experience advising on high profile criminal investigations.  Eve acts for both individuals and domestic and multinational corporations in a broad range of sectors including financial services, mining, energy, infrastructure, commodities, construction and engineering.

She specialises in corporate crime cases including international and domestic corruption, cartels, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud, money laundering and extradition. She is an experienced criminal trial litigator and has defended a number of cases at trial against the SFO, FCA, CPS and the UK Competition Regulator (now the CMA).

Eve's notable cases include:

  • the acquittal of a broker in the Libor II trial;
  • the acquittal of a senior executive in the phone hacking / Operation Elveden trial;
  • the acquittal of a senior executive in the British Airways / Virgin Atlantic Airlines passenger fuel surcharge price fixing case.
  • Internal investigations

Eve’s experience includes acting for corporates in internal investigations into overseas corruption, fraud and money laundering. She has a particular interest in the issues around privilege in criminal investigations and conducting interviews of key witnesses. She regularly interacts with the regulators on behalf of her clients, including the SFO, CMA, FCA and overseas regulators, such as the DoJ.

Corruption / extradition advice

Eve provides anti-bribery advice to corporations and has advised an overseas government on its review of its money laundering and corruption legislation. Eve has regularly acted for senior individuals in the majority of the SFO's overseas corruption investigations into multinational corporations. Her work has included acting in cases relating to parliamentary privilege and misconduct in a public office. She has successfully defended extradition requests from the US, South Africa and EU countries and advises in respect of Interpol Red Notices.

Contentious financial services advice

Eve works closely with our employment and regulatory teams in advising clients on #MeToo allegations. She has acted in a variety of insider dealing, money laundering, market abuse, Libor and FX investigations by the FCA. She acted for an individual in the (then) FSA's first criminal prosecution under FSMA for misleading the market. She has acted for MLROs in dual track criminal and regulatory investigations and she is also acting for a Senior Manager under investigation by the FCA under their Senior Managers Certification Regime. She also advised an FCA individual in the Davis Inquiry.

Criminal cartel advice

Eve is one of only a handful of criminal practitioners who are ranked in Band 1 in Chambers for her criminal cartel expertise. She acted in the first contested criminal cartel case (BA / Virgin) and has been involved in nearly all of the CMA's subsequent criminal investigations. She has also advised and represented individuals in a number of the CMA’s civil investigations, including the first online retail case. She regularly advises in respect of immunity application interviews, compelled interviews and interviews under caution.

Fraud, tax, money laundering, sanctions and other matters

Eve regularly provides POCA advice to corporates and regulated firms. She has acted for individuals in money laundering and fraud investigations and trials, and her work includes acting in HMRC and sanctions investigations. She historically advised a number of individuals in respect of an SFO investigation into a dual Ofwat / SFO investigation.

Legal directories recognition

Commentators say: “she is excellent in sensitive situations” and also praise her as “very knowledgeable, straightforward and easy to deal with.” (Chambers UK 2019, Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory)

Eve is “rated very, very highly” for her experience in defending high net worth individuals (Chambers 2019, Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals – UK)

Sources comment that “she is a phenomenal lawyer,” adding that “she’s a very clear-eyed strategist; she sees deep into the field very quickly.” (Chambers UK 2019, Financial Crime: Individuals: Cartel Investigations – UK-wide and Financial Crime: Individuals

Recognised as one of the top 100 female white collar practitioners from across the Globe. (GIR Women in Investigations 2018)

"Eve Giles at Allen & Overy wins widespread praise from sources for her impressive work defending both corporates and individuals in an array of matters including, corruption, insider dealing, market manipulation and regulatory investigations". (Who's Who Legal, Business Crime Defence 2018 (corporates and individuals)

Commentators describe Eve as "somebody you want on your side", praising her as "very effective and committed to clients". (Chambers UK 2018, Ranked in Band 1 for Financial Crime (Individuals): Cartels, and recognised as a Financial Crime and Contentious regulatory expert)

Blessed with "extraordinary emotional intelligence", Eve Giles has a true "dedication to her clients' cause" and is also appreciated for her "mastery of interview tactics". (Legal 500 2018, Financial Services)

"Eve stands out as extremely attentive and very efficient with a pleasant but clear and firm style". (Who's Who Legal, Business Crime Defence 2017)

A “clever, charming” lawyer who is “on top of her game.” (Chambers UK 2017)

Eve Giles is a prominent figure in the sphere of corporate crime. Commentators note that "she understands the bigger picture and has excellent interpersonal skills." She regularly takes on multi-jurisdictional cases, with a broad range of regulatory investigation expertise. (Chambers UK 2016)

Experience highlights

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Academic

Inns of Court School of Law - Bar Vocational Course (1998-1999)

University College London - LLB Law with French Law (1994-1998)

Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II - Diploma in French Law (1996-1997)

Recognition

Published work

  • Lexis PSL: Legal Professional Privilege in criminal proceedings (July 2018)
  • Lexis PSL: Maintaining privilege during criminal proceedings ( July 2018)
  • Lexis PSL: Professional Privilege - the crime-fraud exception (July 2018)
  • Lexis PSL: Privilege against self-incrimination (July 2018)
  • Lexis PSL: LPP and corporate internal investigations, a commentary on Lord Neuberger’s speech
  • Lexis PSL: Sanctions breaches ( July 2018)
  • Lexis Nexis: Fraud Law, Practice and Procedure: chapter on corruption law
  • Lexis PSL: The criminal investigation process for the cartel offence
  • Lexis PSL: The UK criminal cartel offence
  • The Times: SFO now has the stomach to prosecute (May 2013)

News & insights

High rise buildings from the bottom

Blog Post: 08 JULY 2021

UK corporate criminal liability reform

The UK Government has asked the Law Commission to review the law on corporate criminal liability and propose options for reform. Supporters of reform will use recent failures of the UK Serious Fraud…

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Blog Post: 28 JUNE 2021

A decade of the UK Bribery Act - lessons for companies from enforcement actions so far

The UK Bribery Act 2010 (UKBA) turns ten years old on Thursday.  What can companies learn from concluded UKBA enforcement actions in the past decade?

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Corporate buildings with office lights

Blog Post: 16 OCTOBER 2020

Future challenges in economic crime: a view from the SFO

“Future challenges in economic crime: a view from the SFO” was the title of a speech that Lisa Osofsky, Director of the SFO, gave on 8 October 2020. The speech, which touches upon new challenges as…

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Publications: 25 JUNE 2020

The latest on anti-corruption efforts and prosecutions in the UK

Washington, D.C. partner Billy Jacobson speaks with London partner Eve Giles about anti-corruption efforts and prosecutions in the UK, including the standards for corporate liability and the SFO’s…

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