Firms To Watch: Compliance

Public law boutique Fleurus Avocats assists with the implementation of compliance programmes in relation to anti-corruption and ethics mandates, with additional expertise in AFA-led audits.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP welcomed standout partners Jean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha from White & Case LLP in January 2024. The duo showcase considerable experience in representing multinational financial institutions in domestic and cross-border investigations, in addition to handling matters concerning fraud risk prevention and anti-money laundering.
Joining from Mayer Brown in January 2023, Nicolette Kost De Sèvres spearheads the team at McDermott Will & Emery AARPI, and brings considerable experience in international and internal investigations.
The team at Novlaw Avocats handles a broad scope of mandates, from compliance with a range of regulations, including Sapin II and related audits, to whistleblowing claims, internal investigations and data protection issues.
The team at Winston & Strawn LLP is led by Sara Susnjar, who covers a range of compliance mandates, from economic sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering to data protection and privacy.

Compliance in France

August Debouzy

August Debouzy maintains a robust compliance and investigations practice, acting for domestic and international clients on compliance audits and risk mappings, with demonstrable experience in corporate investigations led by French and foreign regulators. Key sectors of expertise include military and defence, aerospace, banking and finance, tobacco, pharmaceuticals and energy. The ‘top-class’ Bernard Cazeneuve, who handles business ethics issues, corporate governance matters and mandates concerning corporate duty of vigilance, leads the team alongside Astrid Mignon Colombet, who ‘stands out for her dynamism and knowledge of compliance’, and the ‘top-notchOlivier Attias. Senior associate Anaïs Coviaux, who ‘possesses an exceptional level of expertise in the nuances of French regulatory compliance, particularly in the realm of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering’, is another key contact in the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bernard Cazeneuve; Astrid Mignon Colombet; Olivier Attias

Autres avocats clés:

Anaïs Coviaux

Les références

‘A very responsive team, with precise, clear responses adapted to the client’s needs.’

‘Bernard Cazeneuve is top class. He has extraordinary mastery of the subject matter, and it is very reassuring to use his advice.’

‘Astrid Mignon Colombet stands out for her dynamism and knowledge of compliance.’

‘Olivier Attias is practical and business-oriented.’

‘Astrid Mignon Colombet’s expertise and perspective on the subject are appreciable.’

‘Anaïs Coviaux possesses an exceptional level of expertise in the nuances of French regulatory compliance, particularly in the realm of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Her ability to dissect complex legal frameworks and provide practical, actionable advice truly sets her apart.’

‘Olivier Attias is top-notch on sanctions advice.’

‘Exceptional, responsive and agile.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a pharmaceutical group on the implementation of its anti-corruption compliance programme under Article 17 of the Sapin II law, and on its preparation for a potential audit by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA).
  • Advising a financial institution on the preparation of a global benchmark of all anti-corruption legislation in jurisdictions where the company has cross-border activities.
  • Advising and assisting a leader in the energy sector with the day-to-day management of export-control and sanctions issues with its counter-parties, suppliers and intermediaries.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance assists clients with the development and implementation of compliance programmes relating to anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and anti-competitive behaviours, in addition to conducting due diligence reviews and international investigations. With additional experience defending companies and individuals in regulatory enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions, the team has seen an increase in matters concerning EU, UK and US sanctions. Thomas Baudesson, who handles domestic and cross-border litigation and enforcement cases in the financial services, automotive and aeronautical sectors, jointly leads the team alongside Charles-Henri Boeringer, who assists clients in criminal proceedings, as well as fraud, corruption, money laundering and market abuse offences. Of counsel Dominique Laymand is another key contact in the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Baudesson; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Autres avocats clés:

Dominique Laymand

Les références

‘A super-competent team, who always listen to the client.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer is just the best.’

Principaux clients




Dassault Systèmes

Teva Pharmaceuticals



Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Airbus SE with reaching a deferred prosecution agreement (CJIP) with PNE.
  • Assisting Pernod Ricard in the context of an AFA control and the implementation of anti-bribery requirements under the Sapin II law.
  • Assisting LVMH with a group-wide AML risk assessment and the drafting of AML guidelines in all jurisdictions in which the client operates.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The compliance and investigations practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has demonstrable experience in assisting CAC 40 companies with AFA-led inspections, in addition to advising on mandates concerning anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and sanctions issues. Other key areas of expertise include assisting with the implementation of internal compliance policies, such as codes of conduct, risk mapping and whistleblowing policies, as well as representing clients in internal and government-initiated investigations. Praised as ‘an excellent lawyer and highly recognised in this arena’, Jonathan Mattout leads the team and covers the full range of compliance matters and sanctions issues, in addition to white-collar crime litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Mattout

Autres avocats clés:

Rémi Jouaneton; Léonor Hennerick

Les références

‘A responsive team.’

‘A competent, available and responsive team.’

‘The lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills are particularly helpful with how businesses operate, particularly in terms of risk management, which is very valuable.’

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP handles the full range of mandates, from the development and implementation of compliance programmes to representing clients in regulatory investigations, in addition to domestic and cross-border matters concerning economic sanctions, export controls and anti-money laundering. Key clients include large-scale French and European companies spanning the energy, construction, transport, consumer and luxury goods sectors, among others. Managing partner Bryan Sillaman, who frequently advises clients on independent corporate monitorships, jointly leads the team alongside Jan Dunin-Wasowicz, who also co-chairs the firm’s sanctions, export controls and anti-money laundering practice. Michael Huneke is praised for his ‘knowledge of compliance, pragmatism and efficiency in handling cases’, while other key contacts in the group include ‘excellent compliance specialist’ Nicolas Tollet and Anne Gaustad.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bryan Sillaman; Jan Dunin‑Wasowicz

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Huneke; Nicolas Tollet; Anne Gaustad; Marie-Agnès Nicolas

Les références

‘The HHR team is pragmatic, fast and offers operational support with the compliance with and management of economic sanctions. They adapt to the needs of their clients.’

‘Michael Huneke stands out for his multi-jurisdictional knowledge of compliance, pragmatism and efficiency in handling cases.’

‘Nicolas Tollet is an excellent compliance specialist and he knows the authorities’ expectations extremely well, which he can transcribe in his advice in order to defend the interests of his clients.’

Principaux clients


Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright boasts ‘excellent expertise’ across a range of mandates, from business ethics, fraud prevention and anti-corruption to human rights, sanctions and export controls, compliance integrity programmes, whistleblowing and internal and government-led investigations, among others. Key sectors of expertise include financial services, energy, healthcare, transport and technology. Praised as ‘one of the top compliance lawyers in Europe’, Christian Dargham leads the team and has considerable experience in matters concerning business ethics, in addition to internal investigations. Solène Sfoggia, who advises on anti-corruption, human rights and fraud prevention matters, is another key contact in the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christian Dargham

Autres avocats clés:

Solène Sfoggia

Les références

‘Christian Dargham is one of the top compliance lawyers in Europe, with impressive capabilities to analyse risks.’

‘Excellent expertise.’

‘Christian Dargham is a star in this space.’

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman boasts a strong track record in white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations, covering fraud, market abuse, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering, in addition to tax evasion and sanctions issues. Counting multinational companies, financial institutions and corporate entities among its key roster of clients, the team stands out for its expertise in the financial services sector, regularly advising on financial regulatory matters. Leading litigator Denis Chemla leads the team alongside Dan Benguigui, who is praised for his ‘unrivalled knowledge and experience’ in white-collar crime and regulatory enforcement cases involving banking and financial institutions, and Hippolyte Marquetty.

Responsables de la pratique:

Denis Chemla; Dan Benguigui; Hippolyte Marquetty

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Fortin

Les références

‘The team were excellent.’

‘Paul Fortin is brilliant.’

‘Dan Benguigui is a great technician and strategist.’

Principaux clients

The Bolloré Group/MSC

The Bolloré Group/CMA-CGM

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting the Bolloré Group in relation to the compliance aspects of the sale of the Group Bolloré’s assets in Africa to MSC.
  • Assisting the Bolloré Group in relation to the compliance aspects of the sale of Bolloré Logistics to CGA-CGM.
  • Assisting the French branch of Imperial Tobacco with improving its ABC compliance programme.

Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I.

Praised as ‘responsive and technically impeccable’, Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I. specialises in all mandates concerning white-collar crime, compliance and investigations, with demonstrable experience in representing clients targeted by investigations by multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank. Other key areas of expertise include conducting audits of compliance programmes, anti-corruption matters, internal investigations and ethics-related issues. Antonin Lévy ‘shines for his ability to tackle complex subjects’, and jointly leads the team alongside Ophélia Claude, who focuses on anti-corruption, anti-laundering and human rights matters, and Joris Monin de Flaugergues, who handles internal investigations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Antonin Lévy; Ophélia Claude; Joris Monin De Flaugergues

Les références

‘A fantastic team. Very attentive and innovative. The entire team is also responsive and technically impeccable.’

‘An agile and proactive team.’

‘Antonin Lévy shines for his ability to tackle complex subjects, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a case and to propose solutions to build a solid and convincing defence. He is accessible, available, listens to his client and is an excellent speaker.’

Principaux clients

Seves Group

Ravinala Airports SA

ADP SA and its subsidiary ADP International SA

Bouygues Construction SA and its subsidiary Bouygues Bâtiment International SAS

Colas SA and its subsidiary Colas Madagascar SA



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Bouygues Bâtiment Sud Est and Linkcity Sud Est on reaching a CJIP with the Office of the National Financial Prosecutor related to allegations of corruption.
  • Representing TotalEnergies in the first case brought before French courts under the law on the duty of vigilance.
  • Co-advised TechnipFMC on reaching a CJIP with the Office of the National Financial Prosecutor over allegations of corruption.

Bougartchev Moyne Associés

Litigation boutique Bougartchev Moyne Associés has demonstrable experience of advising on matters concerning anti-corruption and anti-money laundering, in addition to implementing compliance programmes and assisting in compliance audits undertaken by the AFA. Kiril Bougartchev handles the implementation of anti-corruption programmes in relation to the Sapin II law, while Emmanuel Moyne has experience in internal investigations and conducts compliance due diligence audits during M&A transactions. Bougartchev and Moyne collectively lead the team alongside Geoffroy Goubin and Edward Huylebrouck, both of whom focus on white-collar crime matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kiril Bougartchev; Emmanuel Moyne; Geoffroy Goubin; Edward Huylebrouck

Les références

‘A balanced team in terms of personalities, experience and background.’

‘Kiril Bougartchev has a strategic vision.’

‘Edward Huylebrouck provides great analysis and has the ability to understand operational situations.’

Principaux clients


Saint Gobain

Lafarge Holcim

Dassault Aviation



Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by an industrial player to conduct a fast-track internal investigation following the publication in a foreign country of parliamentary reports and press articles alleging bribery of foreign public officials in connection with complex industrial contracts of which the client is one of the beneficiaries.
  • Assisting a leading industrial group in the context of an internal investigation and of due diligence procedures with respect to a business partner based in Qatar.
  • Defending the interests of a financial institution in the context of an audit by the AFA.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

The ‘friendly, creative and mobilised team’ at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is highly experienced in advising on the enforcement of anti-corruption mandates, in addition to designing and conducting risk assessments of anti-corruption compliance programmes. Counting financial institutions and multinational corporations among its key roster of clients, the team also advises on matters concerning anti-money laundering and economic sanctions, in addition to audits conducted by the AFA. Guillaume de Rancourt, who focuses on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and sanctions matters, leads the team alongside leading litigator Jean-Yves Garaud, financial regulatory specialist Amélie Champsaur and Delphine Michot.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Yves Garaud; Guillaume de Rancourt; Delphine Michot; Amélie Champsaur

Les références

‘Guillaume de Rancourt listens very closely to his clients and always presents pragmatic solutions.’

‘The team is certainly innovative, but it remains attentive to the client. A friendly, creative and mobilised team.’

‘Cleary Gottlieb is a trustworthy firm.’

Principaux clients


Crédit Lyonnais

Sixth Street

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised IDEMIA on the conclusion of a CJIP with the Office of the National Financial Prosecutor.
  • Represented Crédit Lyonnais S.A. in long-running, high-value litigation under the US Anti-Terrorism Act and Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
  • Advised Sixth Street on the compliance issues arising from its $272.5 million investment in Series F convertible, non-redeemable contractual preferred shares issued by Content Square S.A.S.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

The ‘dynamic and pragmatic team’ at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is noted for its expertise in conducting internal investigations involving issues such as anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, duty of vigilance and breach of international sanctions. The practice is also well placed to assist with the implementation of compliance programmes, in addition to advising on matters concerning cyber security and data protection regulations. The ‘remarkableSophie Scemla, who acts for domestic and international clients in compliance audits led by the AFA, and advises on the setting up of anti-corruption compliance programmes, jointly leads the group alongside Bruno Quentin and Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sophie Scemla; Bruno Quentin; Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry

Autres avocats clés:

Diane Paillot de Montabert

Les références

‘This team is responsive and available. It covers a wide range of compliance, including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions and protection of personal data.’

‘Sophie Scemla and Diane Paillot de Montabert stand out.’

‘Available, responsive and constructive.’

‘Sophie Scemla and Diane Paillot de Montabert are very attentive.’

‘The team is innovative and attentive. The investigations team offers a comprehensive service and our relationship is based on trust.’

‘Sophie Scemla is remarkable.’

‘A very dynamic and pragmatic team, with good knowledge of white-collar criminal law. They are proactive with their clients and have excellent compliance expertise.’

‘Sophie Scemla is an excellent lawyer.’

Principaux clients

Doris Group

Mediterranean Shipping Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented AXA Banque, a subsidiary of AXA that focuses on retail banking in France, in a disciplinary procedure initiated by the banking supervisor for alleged failure to comply with certain regulations related to AML/CFT matters.
  • Assisted insurance company Allianz in drawing up a risk map for its insurance and reinsurance business, and in setting up an AML compliance system.

Jones Day

The compliance team at Jones Day ‘continues to gain momentum on the Paris scene’, assisting with anti-corruption compliance programmes and international sanctions mandates, in addition to handling compliance audits led by the AFA. The practice is also well placed to leverage the firm’s international footprint when acting for domestic and multinational companies across the energy, technology and telecoms sectors. Bénédicte Graulle is praised for her ‘unrivalled commitment to protect and defend her clients’ in internal investigations involving issues such anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Graulle leads the team alongside Françoise Labrousse, the co-head of the firm’s global government regulation practice, Linda Hesse, Jean-Michel Bobillo and Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bénédicte Graulle; Françoise Labrousse; Linda Hesse; Jean-Michel Bobillo; Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont

Autres avocats clés:

Jérémy Attali

Les références

‘Responsive, competent and experienced.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is an experienced lawyer who combines knowledge of cases and strategic vision.’

‘They are innovative – they showed a great capacity to adapt to our needs and find technical solutions.’

Noëlle Lenoir Avocats

Noëlle Lenoir Avocats covers the full range of compliance mandates, from the design and implementation of anti-corruption programmes to conducting internal investigations, particularly concerning whistleblowing. The practice also boasts demonstrable experience in assisting clients with compliance audits led by the AFA as well as conducting pre- and post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence. The highly regarded Noëlle Lenoir is the key point of contact in the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Noëlle Lenoir

Les références

‘Very good knowledge of the legal issues related to CSR matters. An out-of-the-box mindset that is necessary to address new and complex issues. Very easy to work with. Extensive knowledge of case law as well as French, EU and international legal systems.’

‘Good knowledge of the client.’

‘Great expertise in ESG matters.’

Principaux clients

Airbus SE



FI Group


Principaux dossiers

  • Analysing the legal risks attached to the corporate duty of vigilance under French law and the common law duty of care and conducting a review of related case laws for Airbus.
  • Advising on the prevention of breach of duty of care related to the protection of human rights and the environment for TotalEnergies.
  • Advising Orano on the legal risks regarding investments and commercial relationships in and with certain countries.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP stands out for its experience in representing multinational financial institutions in domestic and cross-border investigations, in addition to assisting listed companies in administrative proceedings instigated by the AFA. Praised as ‘responsive, dynamic and solutions-focused’, the team also advises on matters concerning fraud risk prevention, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing. Jean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha left the practice in January 2024, while Kami Haeri, who has extensive experience in white-collar crime cases, investigations and compliance, joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in the same month.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Pierre Picca; Jean-Lou Salha

Autres avocats clés:

Kami Haeri

Les références

‘Expert team in international sanctions and the fight against money laundering. Highly responsive, available, versatile and solution-oriented.’

‘Responsive, dynamic and solutions-focused.’

Principaux clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Group



Adaltys Avocats

With significant experience across the telecoms, transport and energy sectors, the ‘pragmatic, clear and responsive’ team at Adaltys Avocats assists with the implementation of compliance programmes, spanning anti-corruption, ethics, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering, with additional capabilities in conducting internal investigations. Sylvie Le Damany, who regularly conducts governance audits, as well as mapping criminal and ethical risks, jointly leads the team alongside Edouard Lemoalle, who boosts the practice’s expertise in data privacy compliance issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sylvie Le Damany; Edouard Lemoalle

Autres avocats clés:

Martin Declosmenil

Les références

‘Pragmatic, clear and responsive.’

‘Highly skilled lawyers on compliance matters in France and internationally.’

‘A very involved, available and responsive team. Scrupulous compliance with timelines and commitments made. Great quality work maintained throughout the project.’

‘Sylvie Le Damany and Martin Declosmenil are present, available and attentive to their clients. Their advice is always of a very high quality and adapted to take into account the specificities of our company. Excellent expertise in their field.’

‘Great professionalism and responsiveness.’

Principaux clients

Vivendi SE


Canal +

Canal + International



Daily Motion

Prisma Media

Groupe Vivendi Africa (GVA)

Vivendi Village

Groupe Covéa (GMF, MMA, MAAF)

CERBA Health Care

Vinci Construction

La Française des Jeux (FDJ)


Legrand SA

Coface SA


SCC France





Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

Leon Cycle

Volvo Car France

Volvo Car Corporation

Aéroports de Paris (Hub One, Sysdream)

Auchan Retail International

Société Villeurbanaise d’Urbanisme

Océinde Zéop

Club de Football Lyon la Duchère

Fédération des élus des EPL



City and metropolis of Nice

Rigby Group PLC

Communauté d’agglomération du bassin de Brive

Luance – Tendance


Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Vivendi SE and its subsidiaries with the implementation and updating of a worldwide anti-corruption programme, in addition to compliance with European and French regulations on the protection of whistleblowers.
  • Advising Aéroports de Paris on compliance with the French Military Programming Law in terms of cyber security rules and certifications.
  • Advised Auchan Retail International on compliance matters and conducting executive committee seminars on directors’ and non-executive directors’ liabilities.

Ashurst LLP

Praised for its ‘great availability, responsiveness, and expertise’, Ashurst LLP advises on preventive and transactional compliance matters, in addition to pre-litigation issues such as compliance audits, internal investigations and the preparation of regulatory controls. With considerable experience across the financial services, energy and transport sectors, the team is led by ‘exceptional partnerOlivier Dorgans, who handles internal investigations concerning the extraterritorial application of US and UK anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions rules.

Responsables de la pratique:

Olivier Dorgans

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Charlot

Les références

‘Great availability, responsiveness and expertise in financial security issues.’

‘Paul Charlot stands out for his availability, attentiveness and expertise.’

‘High level of competence.’

Principaux clients

Banque Ouest-africaine de Développement (BOAD)

BGFI Holding Corporation

BGFI Bank Cameroon

BGFI Bank Congo Brazzaville

BGFI Bank Equatorial Guinea

BGFI Bank Gabon

BGFI Bank Ivory Coast

BGFI Bank Senegal

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Bpifrance Financement

Emeraude International





Kestrel Vision






Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a luxury products group on several international projects regarding compliance with economic sanctions and export control regulations.
  • Represented a joint venture in the retail sector throughout a control conducted by the French Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention Directorate (DGCCRF) regarding the compliance of its AML/CFT framework.
  • Represented a European group in the automotive industry in the context of a follow-up audit conducted by the AFA.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie demonstrates experience in domestic and multi-jurisdictional internal investigations, in addition to assisting with the implementation of compliance programmes spanning anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Other key areas of strength include advising on international sanctions and whistleblowing procedures. Eric Lasry leads the team and focuses on a range of compliance and corporate governance mandates, while Renaud Jaune, a former member of the AFA, is another key contact in the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Lasry

Autres avocats clés:

Renaud Jaune

Les références

‘Good responsiveness, ease of communication and flexibility.’

‘The members of the team have complementary professional backgrounds.’

‘I particularly appreciated Renaud Jaune’s approach. He has a good ability to make legislation accessible to people who are not lawyers.’

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat routinely assists clients with setting up procedures concerning the prevention of corruption and breach of the duty of integrity, duty of vigilance and internal anti-money laundering procedures, in addition to conducting internal investigations relating to internal control procedures. Éric Dezeuze, who advises companies on AFA controls, jointly leads the team alongside Guillaume Pellegrin, who acts for multinational corporations in litigation concerning the duty of vigilance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Éric Dezeuze; Guillaume Pellegrin

Principaux clients




De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has been kept busy with anti-corruption mandates, in addition to advising on the surge of international economic sanctions and export control regulations due to the EU, US and UK sanctions adopted in response to the Russo-Ukrainian War. Pierrick Le Goff advises corporations on the deployment and enhancement of compliance programmes, while Matthieu Dary assists clients with matters concerning anti-corruption under the Sapin II law and compliance with export control regulations. Le Goff and Dary lead the team alongside Thierry Titone and François Zocchetto.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthieu Dary; Pierrick Le Goff; Thierry Titone; François Zocchetto

Autres avocats clés:

Albane Lancrenon

Les références

‘A very organised team that dedicates itself to its cases with great rigour. It is easy and pleasant to work with an efficient team.’

‘Albane Lancrenon manages her team perfectly in order to tackle files that require technical skills.

Principaux clients


Apax Partners

Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte

Robert Bosch

DLA Piper

Demonstrating strength across the aviation, automotive, life sciences, IT and technology sectors, the ‘structured and united team’ at DLA Piper is noted for its expertise in cross-border investigations, in addition to assisting with the risk prevention and implementation of compliance programmes. Practice leader Fabien Ganivet advises clients on the assessment of compliance programmes, ranging from governance, code of conduct and risk mapping to whistleblowing and internal controls, and also represents companies and their executives in criminal and regulatory investigations. Sara Koski is another key contact in the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fabien Ganivet

Autres avocats clés:

Sara Koski

Les références

‘A structured and united team.’

Latham & Watkins

Noted for its expertise across the healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, financial services and telecoms sectors, the multidisciplinary team at Latham & Watkins conducts internal investigations involving issues such as anti-corruption and anti-bribery, in addition to implementing compliance programmes. ‘An iron fist in a velvet glove’, Fabrice Fages leads the team and assists domestic and international companies in cross-border internal investigations, with the support of the ‘extremely professional, creative and rigorousElise Auvray.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fabrice Fages

Autres avocats clés:

Elise Auvray

Les références

‘The team’s versatility, mastering compliance regulations, traditional litigation, data protection law and criminal defence, is its greatest asset for large-scale, international and highly technical investigations.’

‘Fabrice Fages is a great leader and can bring his team in to answer any question quicker than anyone.’

‘Elise Auvray is extremely professional, creative and rigorous.’

Principaux clients

Essilor International SAS

Essilor Luxottica

EssilorLuxottica SA

Ingram Micro

Nissan Motor

Orange SA


Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown ‘provides technical and practical advice’ to financial institutions when called upon to conduct internal investigations, with additional expertise in setting up compliance programmes and advising on sanctions issues. Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, who splits her time between Paris and Brussels, jointly leads the team alongside Joydeep Sengupta, who represents clients in internal investigations related to US and European anti-money laundering, in addition to economic sanctions and anti-corruption mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nathalie Jalabert-Doury; Joydeep Sengupta

Les références

‘The Mayer Brown team provides technical and practical advice promptly and efficiently.’

‘Joydeep Sengupta really knows the regulatory landscape. He is very personable, practical and pragmatic.’

Principaux clients




Crédit Agricole – Corporate Investment Bank


Kleinwort Hambros

Société Générale Luxembourg

Société Générale Switzerland

Société Générale S.A.


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Société Générale Private Bank in Switzerland on an internal investigation involving historic financial transactions in connection with a cross-border civil litigation matter.
  • Advised Société Générale Luxembourg on an internal investigation involving historic financial transactions in connection with a cross-border civil litigation matter.
  • Advised Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in Paris and London in connection with global sanctions compliance obligations.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Counting domestic and multinational companies among its key roster of clients, the team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is noted for its experience in conducting internal investigations, in addition to setting up anti-corruption compliance programmes. Eric Russo, who operates from the firm’s Neuilly-La Défense office, and leads on white-collar crime investigations, heads the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Russo

Principaux clients


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Renault on compliance issues relating to the Carlos Ghosn case, including on audits to be conducted and communication with the regulators.

UGGC Avocats

Praised for its ‘perseverance and excellent knowledge’, UGGC Avocats advises on compliance issues associated with public procurement contracts, in addition to matters concerning anti-corruption and ethical obligations. Thierry Dal Farra, who spearheads the firm’s public business law department, jointly leads the team alongside ‘elder statesmanMichel Ponsard and Corinne Khayat, who has ‘perfect knowledge’ of data protection issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thierry Dal Farra; Corinne Khayat; Michel Ponsard

Les références

‘UGGC covers all relevant areas and therefore can provide compliance advice covering the demands of companies. The team is also sufficiently big to manage bigger and complex cases.’

‘Michel Ponsard is an elder statesman and is very experienced.’

Corinne Khayat has extensive expertise, with perfect knowledge of regulations and local practice.’

‘The team is very strong and committed to the cases it deals with. This perseverance and excellent knowledge of the regulators allows them to provide a high-quality and efficient service.’

‘UGGC took the time, particularly through interviews with our employees, to fully understand our operation in order to know how it works in detail and to map the risks.’

‘Corinne Khayat is competent, both in terms of advice and writing and in pleadings, and easily reachable.’

‘The undeniable strength of UGGC is coming up with the legal strategy to implement in the face of disputes with administrations.’

‘Corinne Khayat has the vision to transform matters into strategy.’

Principaux clients

Sodexo Group


VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats

VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats assists with the implementation of compliance programmes, covering anti-corruption issues under the Sapin II law and the corporate duty of vigilance, with additional experience in conducting internal investigations and assisting clients in AFA-led compliance investigations. ‘A solid pillar in the event of a crisis’, Emmanuel Daoud leads the team and specialises in matters concerning criminal law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuel Daoud

Les références

‘A committed team, which puts its recognised expertise in white-collar criminal law and compliance at the service of its clients with great efficiency.’

‘Emmanuel Daoud is a committed lawyer who leads his colleagues to the top. His expertise and calm manner are reassuring and very valuable in white-collar criminal law cases. A solid pillar in the event of a crisis.’

‘A really pragmatic approach, in-depth knowledge of the applicable regulations, increased availability and a real capacity to adapt.’