Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of partner Aurélien Hamelle to the Paris dispute resolution practice. Hamelle specialises in financial and business criminal law, international criminal law as well as defamation, slander and privacy law.
He joins from Metzner Associés, together with associates Léonor Hennerick and Ophélia Claude, by the end of May 2014.
Hamelle is well known for having acted on some of the most high-profile cases in France during recent years, including the representation of various foreign and national firms in French criminal procedures in relation to the UN oil-for-food programme, the EADS insider trading case and the defence of Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, in the Clearstream case.
He has been involved in numerous money laundering, corruption, embargo and international sanction cases for corporate clients in France and the rest of Europe. He assists clients in extradition cases as well as on European arrest warrants. Hamelle has also represented the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their breach-of-privacy case against Closer magazine.
A member of the Paris bar, Hamelle started his career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris and London before joining Metzner Associés in 2005, where he became partner in January 2009.
He is in charge of the criminal litigation teaching programme at the École du Barreau de Paris and was formerly a lecturer at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris in ‘transnational criminal law’.