Kenneth Beale is a partner at the London office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner. His practice focuses on the resolution of international disputes, both civil and criminal. He has particular expertise representing clients in international arbitrations (commercial and investor-state), cross-border disputes, multinational criminal investigations, and corporate internal investigations; he is recognised by Euromoney as a “rising star” of international arbitration.
Ken has represented clients in numerous multibillion-dollar international arbitrations and cross-border disputes, in areas such as financial services, oil and gas, manufacturing, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, and defence.
In particular, Ken has experience representing clients in disputes involving Russia, eastern Europe and Asia. He also has represented clients in numerous disputes involving Africa, Europe and the Americas. He has served as counsel in disputes before most major arbitral institutions (ICC, LCIA, VIAC, etc), sited at multiple seats, and governed by a wide variety of laws. Among other matters, he has represented several of the largest companies in Europe and North America in investor-state disputes, one of the world’s largest natural gas producers in multiple multibillion-euro arbitrations, and one of the world’s largest telecommunication companies in a dispute over the ownership of one of eastern Europe’s largest mobile telecommunications operators.
Ken also has extensive experience representing clients in multinational criminal investigations and corporate internal investigations, in particular clients in the financial services industry. He has represented companies and individuals in white-collar matters involving allegations of accounting fraud, bribery and corruption (eg, alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), money laundering, insider trading and tax fraud made by the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of the Treasury and various foreign investigative and regulatory agencies.
Ken has taught international arbitration law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and previously served as an adjunct professor at several other law schools in America and Europe. He has also taught international arbitration advocacy to students at the University of Geneva and in New York as part of the Foundation for International Advocacy in Arbitration’s advocacy programme. In addition, Ken has written and spoken extensively on international arbitration law.
Ken holds a JD from the Yale Law School, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and a BA from Pomona College (valedictorian, summa cum laude). He clerked for the Honorable Carolyn King of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Peter J Messitte of the US District Court for the District of Maryland.
WWL says: Kenneth Beale is a "terrific, conscientious and smart lawyer with unique insight". Says one source: "In 10 years you'll be seeing him among the top five practitioners in the City."
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