Charles is a highly skilled regulatory and financial crime barrister. He joined Hickman & Rose in 2013 and handles a caseload of financial regulatory and criminal issues for companies and senior executives. He became a partner in 2015.
Before joining Hickman & Rose Charles was part of the FCA Enforcement and Financial Crime Division for three years and prior to that he worked at the CPS. At the FCA he liaised closely with foreign regulators and prosecutors such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Department of Justice, and the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). He draws on this experience for his defence work at Hickman & Rose where he deals with complex financial crime, Bribery Act and regulatory matters.
Charles played a major role in the team that secured the acquittal of former Barclays’ trader Ryan Reich on criminal charges of conspiracy to defraud, and successfully defended Panagiotis Koutsogiannis before the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee. Both were cases involving serious allegations regarding the fixing of LIBOR.
As well as his involvement in many of the major investigations of recent years into hedge funds, banks, insurance companies and individuals for insider dealing, market abuse and regulatory offences, he was previously Group Legal Counsel for EFT Group, a large Swiss-based energy trading and power generation group.
Charles now acts as non-executive director for EFT Group and is a contributing author at LexisWeb for financial services.
He is dual-qualified as a Rechtsanwalt (German lawyer), speaks fluent German and Serbian/Croatian and speaks regularly at international events. He has been described as "having a wide range of experience in his subject areas allowing him to drill quickly into the heart of complex matters".
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