Gareth Rees, a partner in King & Spalding’s special matters and government investigations practice, defends clients facing investigations in the UK and abroad, and provides financial and corporate crime and regulatory advice.
Gareth spent five years as the executive director of enforcement and executive counsel at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK’s statutory audit regulator and corporate governance authority. He led high-profile investigations and prosecutions of accountants, auditors and actuaries in matters that affect the UK public interest.
Before his appointment to the FRC in 2012, Gareth spent more than 30 years in private practice. In particular, he specialised in corporate and financial regulatory defence as well as criminal investigations related to fraud, corruption, bribery, sanctions, money laundering and insider dealing. Gareth was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2003.
Gareth practised at the UK Bar as a trial lawyer in some of the highest-profile cases of the past 25 years including the earliest Serious Fraud Office (SFO) cases in 1992. He is recommended in several legal directories, which have described him as “simply fantastic to work with” and “dynamic and very astute” for fraud. In addition, he is sought after as a speaker at international seminars and has written widely on these matters.
As Queen's Counsel he was the leader on trial strategy and as the lead advocate. In other matters he gave advice at early stages to prevent matters from being litigated. His reputation has consistently placed him as a leader in the Bar directories and led to him being appointed to the FRC, resulting in the successful restructuring and expansion of the team responsible for the investigation and prosecution of accounting and auditing misconduct in the preparation and audit of financial statements.