Mrs. Giles is a highly experienced international banker, with particular strengths and expertise in corporate restructuring and transaction management. Mrs. Giles has accumulated her experience over a twenty-year career in international corporate and investment banking in Australia, Europe and the United States.
Prior to co-founding Mountmill Partners, Mrs. Giles was a Managing Director of Violy, Byorum & Partners (VB&P), a New York based investment bank focused on Latin America. She was responsible for the firm's Buenos Aires office and for the management of several mandates by leading Argentine companies to carry out mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions. Before opening the Buenos Aires office of VB&P, she worked in New York, responsible for marketing the firm throughout Latin America and for special transaction management. Among other responsibilities, Mrs. Giles managed the firm's relationship with the Cisneros Group of Companies, which culminated in the 2001 merger of the Cisneros' media interests in Argentina and Chile (jointly held with Hicks, Muse) with El Sitio, Inc. to create Claxson Interactive Group Inc.
Prior to joining VB&P, Mrs. Giles had a seventeen-year career with Citibank in New York and Melbourne, most recently as a Vice President and senior banker in the Workout and Restructuring Department of Citibank in New York with responsibility for a portfolio of corporate restructurings and workouts in the United States and Latin America. In the United States, Mrs. Giles' work included the debt restructuring of Paramount Inc., the bankruptcy of El Paso Electric and the reorganization of the Bibb Group. In Latin America, she represented Citibank on the board of directors of BAESA Argentina and led the out-of-court restructuring of more than $700 million of debt of BAESA, which culminated in the sale of the company to Cervecerías Quilmes. She also managed the restructuring of banking facilities to GTE's Argentine affiliate CTI, and to Comcel in Colombia.
In addition to her restructuring experience, Mrs. Giles also has expertise in the financing of highly leveraged companies. As a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance Division of Citibank, New York, she was responsible for managing and structuring bank financings for acquisitions, mergers, recapitalizations and management buy-outs, including Paramount's bid to acquire Time Inc., the recapitalization of Promus Inc., an acquisition by Beazer Plc in the United States, and the management buy-out bid for Macmillan Inc.
Mrs. Giles began her banking career in Australia where she had responsibility for Citibank's relationships with some of Australia's largest corporations. She arranged acquisition financings for Elders IXL in the U.S. and Australia, including its £1.0 billion takeover bid for Allied Lyons and its £700 million acquisition of Courage Plc.
From 1976 until 1982, Mrs. Giles was a member of the Diplomatic Service of Australia, representing her country in Wellington, New Zealand and at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law, with Honors, from the University of Melbourne and was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Victoria. In addition to English, she is fluent in Spanish and French.