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Boies, Schiller & Flexner Adds International Disputes Partner in London

June 15, 2015

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Boies, Schiller & Flexner has hired international dispute resolution lawyer Kenneth Beale as a partner in its international disputes and regulatory practice in London. 

Mr. Beale joins Boies, Schiller & Flexner after a 10-year career at WilmerHale in London and Washington, D.C. He has represented clients in several multibillion dollar international arbitrations, cross-border disputes, complex criminal investigations, and corporate internal investigations, in areas such as oil and gas, manufacturing, financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and defense. He has particular experience in disputes involving Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia, and also has represented clients in numerous disputes involving Africa, Europe and the Americas.

"In today's globalized world, clients increasingly require international arbitration and global investigations services," said Jonathan Schiller, a Managing Partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. “We are pleased to able to offer our clients Ken’s considerable expertise in these fields,” he said.

Mr. Beale’s arrival follows the opening of the firm’s London office with litigator Natasha Harrison, followed by the hire of international arbitration lawyer Wendy Miles QC last year.  It forms part of the firm's strategy of serving clients facing increasingly international disputes.

“Ken is a valuable and important addition to our growing London office.  His expertise in investigations and international arbitration will add further resource and depth to the office as we continue to build the international disputes practice,” said Ms. Harrison, Managing Partner of the firm’s London office.

Mr. Beale has represented clients before most major arbitral institutions (e.g., ICC, LCIA, SCC, and VIAC).  His recent work includes representing one of the world's largest manufacturers in a multibillion dollar ICC arbitration and representing one of the world's largest state-owned producers of natural gas in a multibillion dollar price review arbitration.  He has served as an adjunct faculty member at several law schools, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he taught international arbitration law this year.  He also has written extensively on international arbitration law.  Euromoney has named him a "rising star" in international arbitration.

“Our International Arbitration practice is very busy and I am greatly looking forward to Ken’s arrival, along with three new associates joining at the same time,” said Ms. Miles, who leads the firm’s International Arbitration practice.  “Ken is someone I have worked closely with for many years.  He is smart, talented, hard-working and enormously collegial, making him an ideal additional partner to join the London anchor of our global practice and help us to meet our ever increasing client demand.”

Mr. Beale also has extensive experience representing clients in multinational criminal investigations and corporate internal investigations, in particular clients in the financial services industry, work that he will continue at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in London.  He has represented companies and individuals in white collar matters involving allegations of accounting fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, insider trading, and tax fraud made by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and various foreign investigative and regulatory agencies.

"Boies, Schiller & Flexner has an unparalleled reputation in the United States,” said Mr. Beale.  “I am excited to help the firm continue to build its international profile and serve clients facing international disputes.  The International Arbitration and Global Investigations and White Collar Defense teams that Boies, Schiller & Flexner has assembled are second to none, and I am thrilled to be joining them.  I am particularly pleased to be working again with Wendy Miles, who was my colleague at WilmerHale for nearly a decade."

Mr. Beale holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. from Pomona College (summa cum laude).  He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Peter J. Messitte of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Ms. Miles joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner last year as head of the firm's International Arbitration practice, and Ms. Harrison, a highly experienced financial services litigator, joined the firm in 2013 to spearhead its London office.  Earlier this year, Boies, Schiller & Flexner launched its Global Investigations and White Collar Defense practice and hired Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Schwartz, Peter Skinner, John Zach, and Randall Jackson from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York to help build this new practice and to bolster the firm's existing white collar and regulatory capabilities.

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