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Dispute resolution: White-collar crime in France

Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I.

White-collar crime boutique Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I. acts for many leading French and international companies as well as their executives, elected officials and a range of other individuals. The firm stellar caseload includes several of the country’s most high-profile international corruption, bribery and money laundering cases, some involving parallel French and international investigations. The practice also has strong-know in dealing with industrial accidents, disasters and work injuries and is notably involved in a serious train accident-related investigation. The highly regarded Antonin Lévy and Ophélia Claude and the promising Joris Momin de Flaugergues, who made partner in July 2021, head the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Antonin Lévy; Ophélia Claude; Joris Momin de Flaugergues

Les références

‘The team led by Antonin Lévy knows how to quickly integrate business constraints and use new technologies in the service of files.’

‘This firm was built on white-collar defence and their international outreach is unique. They are focused, they stand out and produce very strong lawyers with international recognition.’

‘Antonin Lévy has a solid and proven reputation in white-collar defence matters. He is an undisputed practice and thought leader in the field. The concentration and breadth of his practice and his international outreach surpasses that of many lawyers of his level. In addition, his appointment in sensitive and highly publicised matters is testimony of his expertise. He is accessible, a quick thinker, strategic and determined to defend his clients.’

‘The team is very responsive, always available and in a good mood, and what takes nothing away, technically far superior to all the teams in the Parisian market, without showing the same arrogance.’

‘Antonin Lévy is unique because beyond the total mastery of his subject matter, he is above all a very endearing personality, with safe advice.’

‘Antonin Lévy combines all the qualities of a boutique practice, including, especially, hands-on attention from the most senior level attorneys, with the ability to handle the largest and most complex matters. Antonin personally stands out from all the competition in Paris: He is whip-smart, possesses fantastic litigation skills, common sense, wonderful personal qualities and the ability to hold clients hands, and an awesome reputation. He is already — at a relatively tender age — a leader of the Paris criminal bar and the edge he has over his competition will only continue to grow. He is the best.’

‘It is a unique team on the market through its concrete experience in criminal litigation. A very competent team from partners to associates.’

‘Antonin Lévy has great vision and provides strategic advice to his clients, while being an excellent lawyer before the courts. He has the qualities of the best criminal lawyers and of the best lawyers in business law. Ophélia Claude carefully analyses cases and helps manage litigation risks proactively.’

Principaux clients

Renault SA

SNCF Réseau

Mr. Patokh CHODIEV

Ms. Marie-Thérèse HERMANGE

Mr. François FILLON

Mr. Jean-Bernard LAFONTA

Mr. Gerald ARBOLA

Seves Group

LafargeHolcim Ltd

Mersen

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Renault in the context of its examination as part of the so-called ‘Dieselgate’ case.
  • Successfully defended Ms. HERMANGE in proceedings regarding influence peddling in the so-called healthcare ‘Mediator’ scandal.  
  • Advising former French Prime Minister François Fillon on the ‘Penelopegate’ political and financial scandal.

Bougartchev Moyne Associés

Bougartchev Moyne Associés is one of France’s leading white-collar crime boutiques. The highly experienced team acts for a prestigious client base comprising many leading corporations and banks, including key players from the defence sector, and offers experience in very sensitive high-profile cases, notably in the field of international corruption. The firm’s caseload is highly international and includes a number of top cases involving Asian countries. Additionally, the practice handles some of France’s largest tax fraud cases. White-collar matters regarding corporate criminal law and the political sphere are also handled. In recent work the practice has acted in an important case regarding criminal employment law issues and is increasingly in demand by clients who have become victims of sophisticated IT fraud. The highly experienced Kiril Bougartchev and Emmanuel Moyne co-head the practice alongside Geoffroy Goubin who made partner in January 2021. Senior associates Sébastien Muratyan  and Edward Huylebrouck  are other key names.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kiril Bougartchev; Emmanuel Moyne; Geoffroy Goubin

Autres avocats clés:

Sébastien Muratyan; Edward Huylebrouck

Principaux clients

Total Energies

Dassault Aviation

Generali

Banque Reyl/Reyl & Cie

Air France

Lagardère Ressources

McDonalds

Novartis

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a multinational company in the energy sector as victim of an attempted gang fraud and corruption from international arbitrators during a sham arbitration trial in Sweden.
  • Representing the interests of DCNI involved in the sale and export of naval vessels whose funds, entrusted to  two sales agents for the purpose of obtaining a contract with the government of Pakistan, were misappropriated for personal use.    
  • Representing the interests of Dassault Aviation in an alleged corruption case in the context of the sale of several military aircrafts to an Asian country.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat is home to one of France’s leading white-collar crime practices. The team, led by star partner Eric Dezeuze, is extremely versatile, acting in matters that span corruption, embezzlement, market abuses and tax evasion issues, as well as cases involving criminal offenses in employment and environmental law. The practice is notably handling a high volume of tax evasion and money laundering cases, acting in the most important cases in France, and has been retained by leading public sector operators in relation to industrial accidents. Uber chose the firm for matters that put its entire business model at risk. The practice has an exceptionally diverse client base consisting of leading French and international companies, leading banks and investment funds, as well as executives, bankers, and public sector representatives. Guillaume Pellegrin is the second key name in the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Dezeuze

Autres avocats clés:

Guillaume Pellegrin

Principaux clients

ADP

Google

Uber

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting different entities of the Uber group operating in France with several white-collar criminal cases, and notably Uber France in a pending criminal case that arose after the implementation of the peer-to-peer service named ‘UberPop’ in France and subsequent violent taxi strikes and protests.
  • Defending ADP in connection with a litigation procedure relating to an accident which occurred in 2012 at an airport.

Chemarin & Limbour

Chemarin & Limbour is adept at handling headline trials involving a high number of plaintiffs and victims. The practice has particularly strong know-how in the industrial sector where it regularly manages high-profile accident and criminal employment law cases. The defence of high-level executives facing international corruption and fraud investigations and proceedings is another mainstay. Additionally, the group assists with internal investigations and added a new major client in the press sector. Leading French energy companies increasingly instruct the firm, growing its prominent client base further. Paris bar superstar Claudia Chemarin heads the practice, supported by Matthias Guillou.

Responsables de la pratique:

Claudia Chemarin

Autres avocats clés:

Matthias Guillou

Les références

‘A very high level criminal law team that intervenes with great efficiency, but also humility in most important criminal cases concerning the telecommunications, air transport, transport etc. sectors.’

‘This firm closely supports its clients by establishing a constant dialogue with them; Claudia Chemarin in particular, while being a very great professional mastering criminal law and procedure, is also capable of showing great humility in the relationship with her clients.’

Principaux clients

Eram

PMU

Football Club Lorient

Loomis

TRANSDEV

Orange

Les Echos – Le Parisien

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier remains among the best white-collar crime firms. The practice stands out through its stellar caseload, often acting for leading companies and high-profile individuals that turn to the firm for their most challenging matters. The variety of the caseload illustrates the team’s extensive range of expertise, spanning embezzlement, international corruption, bribery, tax evasion, money laundering, regulatory offenses, press law, international investigations and compliance. Proceedings arisen from accusations of complicity of terrorism and crimes against humanity are also handled. The firm is very active in public sector cases, including matters concerning high-ranking public servants and elected officials. It acts in several landmark cases pertaining to the political sphere and was recently chosen by incumbent justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti to defend him in high-profile proceedings. Practice head Christophe Ingrain stands out as one of the finest experts in his field. He is supported by an excellent team including counsel Rémi Lorrain and associate Paul Mallet who are both highly praised. Founding partner Jean-Michel Darrois also contributes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christophe Ingrain

Autres avocats clés:

Rémi Lorrain; Jean-Michel Darrois

Les références

‘Christophe Ingrain is a top lawyer in business criminal law and an outstanding strategist. Rémi Lorrain, counsel, is an excellent lawyer with a surgical eye in analysing cases. A special mention to associate Paul Mallet, who is a very remarkable lawyer. available and with strong listening skills.’

‘This team is one of the best around. They have a perfect mastery of the legal and procedural issues specific to leading criminal cases.’

‘What sets the firm apart: the professionalism of the team; their understanding of digital and social media topics and their pragmatism.’

‘The lawyers who followed our case were particularly agile at understanding the context and the financial elements; they offered us a clear strategy with very well-argued points. We have felt confident and well supported since the start of the relationship. The case is still ongoing.’

‘The best team of the moment: very operational with at the same time a strong technical and prospective level.’

‘Christophe Ingrain has been able to combine his experience as a former magistrate and as adviser to the President of the Republic with his experience as a partner in the best business firm in the area. He remains attentive to colleagues and clients and leads with humanity and intelligence a fine team that includes the excellent Rémi Lorrain, a fine litigator.’

‘Christophe Ingrain, as a former magistrate, has a perfect knowledge of the judicial world. Rémi Lorrain (counsel) is one of the best business criminal lawyers of his generation, particularly on questions of criminal procedure where he excels.’

‘Paul Mallet is a top associate.’

Principaux clients

Eric Dupond-Moretti

UBS

LafargeHolcim & Lafarge SA

International Olympic Committee

Quadient

CCI Nice Côte d’Azur

EDF

La Banque Postale

Deloitte

Kering

Guillaume LAMBERT

Sanef

Mathieu GALLET (former CEO of Radio France)

Michèle ALLIOT MARIE (former Minister of Justice)

Nathalie Rheims

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Eric Dupond-Moretti in an investigation led by the French cour de justice de la République regarding alleged facts of illegal taking of interests.  
  • Representing LafargeHolcim and Lafarge SA in a criminal investigation launched for complicity of crimes against humanity, financing of terrorist enterprises and the endangering of lives regarding the Syrian activities of the construction group.
  • Defending the company contacted in the appeal proceedings of a high-profile tax evasion case.

Delecroix Gublin Associés

White-collar crime boutique Delecroix Gublin Associés is particularly excellent at managing highly sensitive international corruption and money laundering cases, often involving international elements from jurisdictions across the world. The team is acting in many of France’s most high-profile ongoing investigations and trials, with a particularly strong presence in the defence, aerospace and automotive sectors where it defends clients following industrial accidents. Public sector entities, leading companies and executives are clients. Practice head Alexis Gublin is well versed in managing crisis situations everywhere in the world.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexis Gublin

Les références

‘Me. Gublin perfectly knows his clients and the constraints linked to large industrial groups. He knows how to demonstrate agility and exceptional anticipation of risks. He is also a lawyer who is available to listen.’

‘Alexis Gublin is a brilliant and exceptional lawyer. His advice is tailored to the business and to his contacts, he knows how to always be available and put the client first.’

‘I can distinguish four main qualities in Maître Gublin. These qualities were essential in the understanding, the management and the resolution of a particular case: pedagogy (and psychology) with the client; empathy towards the client; responsiveness; and permanent and constant frankness concerning the perception which he had of the treated case.’

‘A truly client-focused law firm. Big enough to provide excellent support, not too big to become anonymous. As they work with international companies all over the world, they have an excellent understanding of foreign cultures and expectations, combined with great legal competence. The legal support is extreme professional, to the point, relevant and adapted to the case and the client’s profile.’

‘Alexis Gublin is a very smart, high-energy and authentic lawyer with a proven international track record. He combines a strategic approach to the legal defence set up with strong empathy for his client. Brilliant, eloquent, authentic.’

‘They are at the cutting edge of technology, both in the management of criminal evidence and in communication. The firm is the most responsive that I know, 24/7.’

‘Alexis Gublin is a solution maker and a formidable strategist. This is what defines him the best. He analyses the most complex situations and manages to find relevant and pragmatic solutions. Alexis masters to perfection the management of complex trans-national litigation. He has a remarkable capacity for listening and analysis. The more complicated it is, the higher the stakes, the more effective he is.’

‘Human-sized structure with a tailor-made service. Me Gublin is a very high-quality professional, with a real culture of efficiency and results. He always demonstrates remarkable responsiveness and availability. Its value for money is exceptional considering its speed of study of files in particular. Perfect mastery and knowledge of files. Ability to manage international proceedings and lead teams made up of several law firms in several countries.’

FTMS Avocats

FTMS Avocats stands out through its deep knowledge of the political scene and the public sector. Many French and African high-ranking elected officials turn to the firm for their most pressing issues, including political fraud, bribery or sexual harassment accusations. The firm is defending several former and incumbent ministers and members of parliament facing investigations or trials. The team is also regularly in charge of high-profile public health cases and was chosen for the defence of a high-ranking official civil servant facing investigations in relation to the political management of the Covid-19 crisis in France. The firm’s range of expertise also includes the representation of CEOs and executives facing international corruption accusations. Other areas of strength are matters involving the media sector and proceedings involving human rights and extradition issues. The high-profile Pierre-Olivier Sur and the excellent Mathias Chichportich co-head the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pierre-Olivier Sur; Mathias Chichportich

Les références

‘A strategic approach that sheds a different light on current issues.’

‘Pierre-Olivier Sur shows competence, responsiveness, availability and has a great reputation.’

Principaux clients

François Compaoré

Former President Blaise Compaoré

TF1

Bergerat Monnoyeur

Accor

BANQUE POSTALE

Banijay

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

ODDO

KEOLIS

ANSM

Pierre Lellouche

IFOP

Ligue de Football Professionnelle

Thierry Solère

Gérald Darmanin

One Point

BNP

SNCF

Lionel Zinsou

Isabelle Balkany

François de Rugy

MAGLOIRE NGAMBIA

Jérôme SALOMON

Vital KAMERHE

GROUPE FAYOLLE

CHAMBRE NATIONALE DES COMMISSAIRES DE JUSTICE

NAUSICAA

YOULONG HUANG

RIAD SALAMEH

JEAN-LUC BRUNEL

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting professor Jérôme Salomon, director general of health (DGS) with the parliamentary inquiry and judicial investigation opened by the Law Court of the Republic, regarding the management of the COVID-19 pandemic by the French authorities.
  • Representing the French Interior Minister (formerly Minister of Budget) Gérald Darmanin following allegations of rape and abuse of a state of weakness.
  • Assisting the governor of the Lebanese central bank Riad Salameh with a judicial investigation opened by the French National Financial Prosecutor following allegations of fraud, public funds embezzlement, money laundering and abuse of power.

SCP French Cornut-Gentille

SCP French Cornut-Gentille is one of France’s most highly regarded white-collar boutique firms. The practice is notably retained by CEOs and other high-ranking executives facing high-stakes investigations and trials, but also acts for companies. It is notably involved in several of the country’s headline political, tax fraud and financing of terrorism cases. Practice head Pierre Cornut-Gentille is a lead name in the market. Pauline Lambouroud is the second key contact at the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pierre Cornut-Gentille

Autres avocats clés:

Pauline Lambouroud

Principaux clients

Stéphane RICHARD

François BAYROU

Penelope FILLON

Kiejman & Marembert

Kiejman & Marembert is a go-to-firm for sophisticated international white-collar cases. The boutique firm is very active in the banking sector, notably defending a number of prominent private banks and investment banks, as well as top executives of international banks in high-profile tax fraud cases. It is currently involved in some of the largest cases on the market in that area. In addition, the team has recently been appointed by high-net-worth individuals for international tax fraud cases involving new issues. The firm’s caseload shows a good range of sector expertise, including in the retail and healthcare sectors. Highly regarded practice head Thierry Marembert and Paul Le Fèvre are the key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thierry Marembert

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Le Fèvre

Cabinet Maisonneuve

Cabinet Maisonneuve is one of France’s most renowned white-collar crime boutique firms. Led by the highly recognised Patrick Maisonneuve and up-and-coming partners Antoine Maisonneuve and Bérénice de Warren, the team handles a wide range of cases, spanning tax offences, money laundering, international corruption and bribery cases. It is retained by companies, corporate officers, employees and elected officials. The firm has a strong presence in the political sphere and public sector and regularly acts for public institutions, high-ranking public servants and elected officials. It is currently involved in several headline cases in relation to fraud, corruption and other various illegal allegations, including several political scandals involving France’s main political parties.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick Maisonneuve; Antoine Maisonneuve; Bérénice de Warren

Les références

‘Antoine Maisonneuve is always responsive and directly involved in his files, regardless of the issues. He knows his cases perfectly and deals with legal issues as well as client relations, which constitutes real added value with regard to the sensitivity of certain cases. I recommend him regularly in business criminal law.’

‘The team is structured and dynamic, both at the level of partners, two of whom are young partners, and at the level of associates.’

‘I was able to work with Antoine Maisonneuve who showed great creativity and exceptional availability. He knows his files remarkably. Endowed with a sense of hearing, he is also a great litigator.’

‘I appreciate the ability of the firm’s partners to support their client, define the right defence strategy, know and anticipate all the issues (economic, media policies) of a business and manage them. Common sense and rigour are always present. In addition, the firm’s partners have real human qualities.’

‘Bérénice de Warren has exhaustive knowledge of her files. Competent and reassuring.’

‘Great knowledge of the procedure, great experience of complex criminal cases. A leading firm in which the arrival of young partners allows a high quality practice to continue.’

‘Patrick Maisonneuve is a big name in the criminal bar and Bérénice de Warren is undoubtedly a rising star in business criminal matters.’

‘Antoine Maisonneuve in particular stands out from many of his peers by his immense technicality in business criminal law, a very good understanding of disputes and an ability to seek (almost) unlimited solutions.’

Principaux clients

Guy Alves

Sébastien de Montessus

Laurent Simonin

Jacques Moulin

Paris-Saint Germain Football Club

European Parliament

Bernard Squarcini

Université de Paris

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing has defended clients in several trials that made headlines in 2021, notably in the political and sport spheres. The firm is acting for a number of elected officials in addition to defending several lawyer peers who are being prosecuted in relation to corruption allegations. Its caseload also extends to other areas such as high-profile international corruption cases involving executives and a sensitive Covid-19 public healthcare-related case. The practice also has experience in advising clients who had become victims of data theft, securing very positive outcomes. Prominent practice head Paul-Albert Iweins and Benoît Goulesque-Monaux are the main contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul-Albert Iweins; Benoît Goulesque-Monaux

Principaux clients

Richard FERRAND (President of the French National Assembly)

Mathieu Valbuena

SANTE PUBLIQUE FRANCE

Thierry Herzog

Pierre Chassat

Banque des Etats d’Afrique Centrale

SAINT GOBAIN GLASS SOLUTION

Me Maurice Lantourne

Coface

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP ’s white-collar crime practice is a perfect fit for banks and other leading financial institutions as the team combines criminal law expertise and strong regulatory and compliance know-how in the field. The practice is defending banks in many of France’s recent tax fraud and money laundering scandals, some among the largest cases in Europe such as the landmark UBS tax fraud. The team also regularly defends banks facing criminal proceedings in relation to their financial products and other securities offenses in addition to assisting them when they have become victims of fraud. The practice also defends companies, CEOs and individuals from various other industry areas and is notably involved in several matters in the industrial and manufacturing sector. The practice is co-headed by Denis Chemla, Hippolyte Marquetty and Dan Benguigui.

Responsables de la pratique:

Denis Chemla; Hippolyte Marquetty; Dan Benguigui

Principaux clients

Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

EDF

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS)

HSBC

Imperial Tobacco

Natixis

Total

UBS

Wells Fargo BankN.A

Worldpay

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing BNP PF in its appeal against a decision issued by the French Criminal Court convicting BNP PF on grounds of unfair commercial practices in the context of the ‘Helvet Immo’ case.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy has grown its practice with a number of new high-profile matters from new and established clients, including a number of matters involving current hot topics, such as environmental issues. The practice is managing several crisis situations and proceedings raising highly serious charges, such as complicity of crimes against humanity and other ‘societal’ issues relating to their clients’ activity. The team has also strong know-how in internal investigations and settlement negotiations and is experienced in handling several fraud cases with major stock market and financial implications, as well as high-stakes tax fraud, misuse of corporate assets, money laundering and insider trading cases. In addition to its strong domestic caseload, the practice is also adept at handling cross-border matters. The arrival of counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons, who rejoined the firm from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in May 2021, bolstered the firm’s investigations capabilities. Astrid Mignon ColombetBenjamin van Gaver, who handles both complex litigation and criminal law work, and Basile Ader co-head the practice. Counsel Olivier Attias also contributes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Benjamin van Gaver; Astrid Mignon Colombet; Basile Ader

Autres avocats clés:

Olivier Attias; Valérie Munoz-Pons

Les références

‘Benjamin van Gaver is competent, available, responsive, result-oriented and at ease.’

‘Astrid Mignon Colombet is a stand-out lawyer. She is a pleasure to work with and extremely clever.’

‘The team is extremely available. In particular, and this is both innovative and very practical, the advice can be reached via instant messaging, allowing fast and secure exchanges.’

‘I know Astrid Mignon Colombet as a very dedicated and smart criminal lawyer.’

‘One of the best teams in the market, in terms of the settlement of legal disputes (in particular the negotiation and follow-up of CJIP). We can only recommend them. Very high professionalism, total availability and a very fine approach to relations with administrative and judicial authorities.’

‘I particularly recommend Astrid Mignon Colombet.’

Principaux clients

SOLUTIONS 30

NEXA TECHNOLOGIES

AIRBUS GROUP

SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE

MR. OLIVIER BARBEROT (FRANCE TÉLÉCOM)

MR. GEERT GEKIERE (FORMER CFO OF THOMAS COOK)

MR HUGH BAILEY (GENERAL MANAGER AT GE FRANCE)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Solutions 30 as victim of anonymous reports in December 2020 mentioning alleged links with mafia organisations and money laundering.
  • Assisting Airbus in the first coordinated resolution of foreign bribery case by US, UK and French authorities resulting from the first international investigation jointly conducted by the three prosecuting authorities (DoJ, SFO and PNF).
  • Assisting Société Générale with the first coordinated resolution of a foreign bribery case by US and French authorities.

Bochamp

At Bochamp, the team of practice heads François Gery and Nicolas Demard acts for a broad range of clients, including leading French and international executives and companies, as well as a a high number of high-net-worth individuals. In addition to a growing criminal tax caseload, the firm is also very active for industrial sector clients for whom it handles all types of matters, including proceedings relating to a major accident. The defence and military sector is another key sector for the firm. Other work includes corruption, money laundering and insider dealing allegations. The practice's experience in matters involving China and African countries is also noteworthy, with a busy caseload acting for Chinese banks, Yasong Lin is the key name here, and a number of matters involving African elected officials.

Responsables de la pratique:

François Géry; Nicolas Demard

Principaux clients

China Embassy

ICBC Bank

WILDENSTEIN

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's caseload includes high-profile fraud, corruption, criminal tax and securities cases. The team is increasingly in demand for sensitive criminal tax cases and dawn raids and was recently chosen for a new high-stakes human rights criminal case initiated by NGOs in relation to the selling of weapons and security material overseas. The team has strong know-how in negotiating judiciary settlements (CJIP) with the French national financial prosecution authority(PNF), notably in relation to international corruption. The client base includes leading financial institutions, companies and individuals, including several Russians oligarchs facing corruption, fraud and tax money laundering allegations. The team also stands out through its strength in international cases, often handling French criminal aspects linked to US enforcement cases. Jean-Yves Garaud and counsel Guillaume de Rancourt are highly recommended and co-lead the practice together with Delphine Michot, who made partner in 2021, and senior attorney Aude Dupuis.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean-Yves Garaud; Delphine Michot; Guillaume de Rancourt; Aude Dupuis

Les références

‘Very specialised team in business criminal law. The team has a huge network in this area, is very responsive and always anticipates. Its ability to be imaginative is appreciated in this fast-paced and complex field.’

‘Jean Yves Garaud is much appreciated.’

Principaux clients

Royal Bank of Canada

The Baupost Group

IDEMIA

Bondholders of Groupe Agripole

HSBC

Nissan

Innerworkings Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing National Westminster Bank plc (NatWest) and Crédit Lyonnais S.A.​ (Crédit Lyonnais) in a 16-years-long hard-fought, billion-dollar litigation under the US Anti-Terrorism Act and Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
  • Representing the Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company in its successful defence before the criminal section of the Paris court concerning inheritance tax fraud.
  • Representing Oberthur Technologies in an investigation by the World Bank’s integrity vice-presidency in relation to a Bangladeshi contract.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has high-level capabilities fit to handle complex, often multi-jurisdictional, cases. The team also has developed strong experience in negotiations of settlement agreements with French and foreign authorities in several landmark cases. It regularly handles international corruption cases acting for leading French or international corporations. The firm also shoulders a stellar caseload in the banking sector, acting for leading international banks or their CEOs, for example in high-profile French tax fraud cases. Other lines of work include industrial accidents and consumer fraud allegations. Thomas Baudesson and Charles-Henri Boeringer are in charge, with counsel Sophie Levy providing key support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Baudesson; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Autres avocats clés:

Sophie Levy

Les références

‘Very strong team with a complementary skillset. Global reach: ability to deliver first-class advice in cross-border situations. The team is used to leverage strong expertise in each jurisdiction and work seamlessly throughout time zones to deliver best-in-class advice.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer is extremely thorough and a thoughtful lawyer, completely engaged for the success of his client. Fully immersed in the case being able to deep dive into the smallest details while always keeping in mind the bigger picture. Very strong and creative problem solver with the ability to think ‘outside of the box’ to deliver first-class strategic advice in highly complex situations. His relationships and ability to work with regulators is very powerful.’

‘True experts in French and international business criminal law.’

‘Their collaborative and innovative thinking was second to none.’

‘This team is stellar. They are cool and clear-headed under pressure, have seemingly endless reserves of energy, and give smart, practical and wise guidance to their clients.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer is fantastically knowledgeable and wise beyond his years, and very practical and commercial. A killer combination. Sophie Levy is calm, clever and unflappable. The person you want on your side in a crisis.’

Principaux clients

Airbus

Bank of China

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully assisting Airbus SE with the negotiation of a French style DPA (‘Convention judicaire d’interet public’ – CJIP) with the PNF.
  • Assisting Bank of China with a criminal investigation for tax fraud money laundering.
  • Defending a commercial bank’s CEO in criminal proceedings relating to alleged money laundering and tax fraud offences.

Courrégé-Foreman

Courrégé-Foreman is a well established white-collar crime and litigation boutique popular with a number of leading industrial companies,  especially in the aeronautics sector where the firm has special industry know-how. The team is well versed in handling matters arisen from industrial accidents, from small-scale work accidents to major accidents such as plane and helicopter crashes. Criminal employment law issues are another mainstay, with the firm defending Uber drivers facing prosecutions in relation to their current status. The practice is also defending former high-ranking officers facing international corruption, fraud and tax money laundering accusations. Finally, the group acts for clients who have become victims of fraud or defamation claims. The strong team is co-led by Mauricia Courrégé and Simon Foreman, and also includes the promising Aurélie Girault. Counsel Aloïs Blin left the firm in May 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mauricia Courrégé; Simon Foreman

Autres avocats clés:

Aurélie Girault

Les références

‘A professional team, attentive and responsive. The subjects are dealt with in a quick and efficient manner and the educational aspect for clients with no legal expertise is not overlooked. Simon Foreman is a good adviser, courteous, available, attentive and pedagogical.’

‘Mauricia Courrégé is one of the most experienced criminal lawyers and one with whom it is easiest to work in the Paris bar. Despite her success, she  has been able to remain uncomplicated. She is rigorous and punctual in her work. She knows how to work as a team with her clients, which is rare for criminal lawyers. She does not suffer from an inflation of ego and never takes an initiative that she would not have had her client validated, which is also rare among criminal lawyers. In short, she is a serious criminal lawyer, to be used in cases which require serious work and not drama.’

‘Excellent knowledge of our sector of activity, relationship of great trust. The two partners (Simon Foreman and Mauricia Courrégé) are lawyers of very high level, mastering these subjects perfectly and knowing our activity very well. Work with confidence. Great availability. ‘

‘Highly professional. Efficient, proactive.’

Principaux clients

SAFRAN GROUP

TOTALENERGIES

AEROPORTS DE PARIS

UBER

LA REUNION AERIENNE

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Amnesty International France with the matter of the Pegasus Project in which the organisation and 17 media organisations revealed the use of the Pegasus spyware by dozens of states, among which Morocco which has issued a libel and defamation suit against Amnesty.
  • Assisting Uber with the launch of its UberPop and UberX services in France, in order to defend Uber drivers prosecuted for infringements to transportation law.
  • Defending ADP or its managers and employees in various proceedings before criminal courts and dealing with various matters.

Dartevelle Dubest Bellanca

Dartevelle Dubest Bellanca is an established white-collar crime boutique which welcomed Frédéric Bellanca (ex DS Avocats) in September 2021, strengthening its expertise in financial institutions, compliance, corruption, money laundering and stock market abuses. Bellanca now heads the white-collar crime practice alongside the very experienced Fabrice Dubest. The team also includes younger partners Philippe Rossignol and Vincent Blondeau. The firm’s diverse caseload features a good number of high-stakes matters pertaining to international corruption, financial scandals as well as sensitive criminal labour law files, an area where the firm has particular expertise. A wide range of clients trust the firm with their matters, including companies, banks and financial institutions as well as CEOs, and corporate officers. A good percentage of clients come from the Middle East.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fabrice Dubest; Frédéric Bellanca

Autres avocats clés:

Philippe Rossignol; Vincent Blondeau

Les références

‘I am very satisfied with the assistance and the results obtained by Vincent Blondeau thanks to his total involvement, meticulous work and clear summaries.’

‘The team is remarkable. The team members are exceptional. Everything is handled with intelligence, precision and very high efficiency. We can trust this firm completely. Clients will be treated with great efficiency and great kindness.’

‘Fabrice Dubest is an extraordinary lawyer, with great intelligence, great precision and great intuition, combined with great benevolence. He immediately gets to the point. He immediately knows the strengths and weaknesses of the adversary. His conclusions are extraordinary. His pleadings exceptional.’

‘All lawyers are extremely good and demonstrate very efficient and high level professionalism. I have never found such a level of expertise and dedication in defending cases, however difficult and technical they are. The team is always very responsive and knows how to take into account the complexity of situations and offer concrete and always relevant solutions to its clients. They are proactive and know all the details of a file.’

‘Fabrice Dubest is an excellent lawyer, very experienced, accessible, remarkable and knows our cases perfectly. He ensures constant questioning to always go further and respond as closely as possible to the interests of his clients. He is always very brilliant, including when presenting his oral argument which leads the judges to listen to him carefully  and to make decisions that are very favorable to our company.’

‘One of the most experienced firms in business criminal law with very specific expertise in resolving complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Members are proactive and have a decisive drive in building a comprehensive strategy designed to best serve the interests of their clients. They are very professional and are fully involved in the issues.’

‘Frédéric Bellanca has particularly extensive skills in financial criminal law and implemented them brilliantly in the context of an international financial scandal involving many jurisdictions.’

‘Frédéric Bellanca demonstrates great attention to details and availability whether at 7.00 am or 11.00 pm. – assistance is always available. He gets the job done, swift and efficient.’ 

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Muriel PENICAUD, minister of labour in France, who is suspected of favouritism when she was former head of Business France, in relation to an event organised in Las Vegas.
  • Advising the former financial director of IKEA FRANCE, accused of illegally inquiring about the criminal records of IKEA employees, job applicants and customers.
  • Assisting Landsbanki Luxembourg, a subsidiary of the Icelandic bank Landsbanki, prosecuted for fraud concerning mortgage loans.

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

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is increasingly involved in sensitive international corruption, international terrorism and other human rights-related cases. The team is notably retained by leading French oil and gas companies facing criminal investigations for their overseas operations, often in Africa, acting in several key matters and in particular in one case involving both the French (PNF) and US (DOJ) authorities. Sophie Scemla is the key contact. The firm’s caseload also includes the defence of companies, corporate executives, elected officials and banks in tax fraud, breach of trust and bankruptcy-related criminal investigations and trials. The firm is also acting in a matter regarding a major industrial accident and acts for clients in cyber attack matters. Bruno Quentin and Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry direct the practice alongside Scemla.

Les références

‘The team was perfectly structured to work on our case.’

‘Their specialisation and rigour of analysis impress.’

Principaux clients

Natixis

SNCF Mobilités

Former top manager of Business France

Mr Alexander Studhalter

Mr Georges Siffredi

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Natixis with criminal proceedings related to the publication in 2008 of allegedly false or misleading information regarding its situation within the framework of the subprime crisis.
  • Assisting SNCF Mobilités in criminal proceedings initiated further to a major TGV accident which occurred in Eckwersheim on November 14, 2015.
  • Assisting a former top manager of Business France, a public agency in charge of promoting French foreign investments, with criminal investigations of favouritism concerning the organisation of a ‘French Tech’ event during in Las Vegas in 2016, involving various top political executives.

Huc-Morel Labrousse Avocats

Boutique firm Huc-Morel Labrousse Avocats is retained by many of France’s biggest companies, including major transport, engineering and media players, as well as by several prominent international groups, high-profile executives and other individuals. The firm handles a wide array of cases, spanning transport, public health, fraud and corruption issues and notably acts in several headline industrial fraud and tax fraud cases. In recent work, the group acted in a high-stakes case concerning the activity of an online transport platform and defended arbitrators facing corruption allegations. Pollution-related cases and and compliance matters are also handled. Nicolas Huc-Morel and Cédric Labrousse co-head a practice, which also includes Julie Freal-Saison.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicolas Huc-Morel; Cédric Labrousse

Autres avocats clés:

Julie Freal-Saison

Principaux clients

THALES

ALSTOM

VOLKSWAGEN

SOCRI REIM

SOCIETE DE PARTICIPATION MINIERE DU SUD CALEDONIEN

LAFARGEHOLCIM

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Leading corporations turn to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP for their most challenging cases, both for defence work and when having suffered damages. The firm notably acts for blue-chip French corporations in the automobile and aeronautics fields, and also acts for individuals and high-profile international companies and prominent investment firms. The team handles a highly diverse range of cases, from purely domestic matters to large-scale international investigations. It is currently involved in several high-end cases, spanning several political scandals and international corruption allegations, as well as tax fraud and stock market investigations. The practice is co-headed by Kami Haeri and former French prosecutor Eric Russo who joined the firm early 2021. Associate Malik Touanssa also deserves a mention for his strong support. Counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons left the firm in spring 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kami Haeri; Eric Russo

Les références

‘Expert in criminal law.’

‘Kami Haeri is just exceptional.’

Principaux clients

Frank Attal

Renault

STAS & ASSOCIES

Litigation boutique STAS & ASSOCIES enjoys a solid reputation thanks to its prominent caseload. Often defending high-ranking French and foreign executives and individuals, the practice is notably involved in several of France’s top political and finance cases regarding accusations of corruption. It is also handling high-profile cases in relation to the sport sector. Strategic compliance advice and the representation of civil parties in high-profile common criminal law cases are other areas of strength. Practice co-heads Francis Szpiner and Caroline Toby are highly recommended. Also involved are Renaud Semerdjian and new recruit Vincent Nioré, formerly at his own firm Nioré Avocats, who joined as a partner in January 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Francis Szpiner; Caroline Toby

Autres avocats clés:

Renaud Semerdjian; Vincent Nioré

Principaux clients

Nasser al khelaifi

République du Gabon

VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats

VIGO Cabinet d’Avocats regularly acts for leading companies facing industrial scandals, notably in the food, healthcare and automobile sectors where the firm is a popular choice for highly sensitive cases. The firm’s caseload also includes a high-profile case in criminal employment law, international corruption and fraud cases. Finally, the practice also advises companies who have become victims of fraud schemes and offers experience in human rights matters, acting for NGOs and associations, for example in a major climate change case. Practice head Emmanuel DaoudEmmanuel MercinierCésar Ghrénassia and counsel Clarisse Le Corre are the key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuel Daoud

Autres avocats clés:

Emmanuel Mercinier; César Ghrénassia; Clarisse Le Corre

ABPA - Apelbaum Bendavid Poincloux Associés

Criminal law boutique ABPA – Apelbaum Bendavid Poincloux Associés is one of France’s most promising boutiques. Launched in January 2020, the firm already manages a substantial and highly varied caseload. The team is notably defending companies and executives in sensitive tax evasion and corporate and insolvency-related fraud cases in addition to acting in several sensitive industrial cases following large-scale train and plane accidents. Data theft, industrial secrets and employment law criminal proceedings, for example involving allegations of using illicit workforce, are also handled. The defence of elected individuals and high-net worth individuals in a range of proceedings is another busy line of work. Lately, the practice has received several mandates to act in white-collar cases involving Corsica. The healthcare sector is one of the firm’s core sectors. David Apelbaum, Michaël Bendavid and Margaux Durand-Poincloux co-head the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Apelbaum; Michaël Bendavid; Margaux Durand-Poincloux

Les références

‘Michaël Bendavid is an excellent lawyer, responsive and available. He first has an excellent technical mastery and a perfect knowledge of criminal procedure which he knows how to use in the interests of clients. He also has very good relations with the magistrates and a perfect analysis of the way in which they reason and of which they can be convinced. He also has a global vision of the issues of files and clients (reputation/risk management, etc.) and an ability to recommend long-term strategies.’

‘David Apelbaum’s know-how, his kindness and his extreme competence were very valuable in making my case a success.’

‘Margaux Durand-Poincloux demonstrates flawless technicality, mastery of her files as well as impressive calm and she has a remarkable pen. Her courtesy towards adversaries and magistrates goes hand in hand with the support and clarity she has with the clients she works alongside me. Rigour and great professionalism. It should be noted that she is as effective in criminal proceedings as in compliance procedures that she is familiar with due, among other things, to her background and where her criminal law technicality gives her a clear advantage over other compliance lawyers.’

‘David Apelbaum is an excellent, rigorous and imaginative criminal lawyer.’

‘Margaux Durand-Poincloux is attached to the defence of her client. No line of defense is ignored. Anticipation of provisional remedies in the management of the case. Does not hesitate to surround herself with an expert in other areas (financial for example) to support or test your argument.’

‘Very well-balanced team between the three outstanding partners and their young, but very knowledgeable associates. They are driven by their desire to win the case for their clients and – especially compared to larger units – not so much by economic considerations. This makes working with them always a pleasure. All three partners have a great feeling for cases with complex economic and often transnational backgrounds.’

‘Michaël Bendavid is a remarkable lawyer, who has a great legal culture and human values highly appreciated by clients who find complete support from him.’

‘Michaël Bendavid is excellent. A very good lawyer, he has a strong capacity for analysing issues and a perfect mastery of public speaking and each stage of the criminal trial. He is passionate and handles cases with great determination and humanity.’

Principaux clients

AdhexPharma group

Argenteuil

Baticampo & Mr Georges Corazzini

Mr Nadav Bensoussan

Mr Olivier Carvin (Maranatha Group President)

Mr Vincent Chauvet (city mayor)

Church of Scientology

Mr M’jid El Guerrab (Member of Parliament)

France Affiches

French National Bar Council

Geneva University Hospital

Hedios Patrimoine

Key Biscane Asset Management

Marval group – Club Pierre Charron

National Syndicate of Medical Junior Practicioners (Intersyndicale nationale des internes en médecine)

Mr David Noakes

Otis Elevator Company

Mr Sylvain Perlstein

PM SA

Pratt & Whitney

Saudi Supply

Selectour

Mr François-Xavier Susini

Mr Sergeï Pugachev

SNCF Réseau

SofiTVciné group – Media Finance Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing SNCF Réseau in a criminal case following a tragic train accident in Brétigny-sur-Orge in 2013.
  • Representing a hotel and real estate businessman accused of money laundering in relation to the Corsican Mafia.
  • Representing a Russian national, former billionaire and political opponent, in various criminal procedures in France including fraud, and illegal spying, relating to various attempts at depriving him of his international assets.

BG2V

BG2V is notably sought after for handling sensitive industrial accidents, notably in the food sector, and also has particular know-how in assisting leading internet companies with potential liability-triggering content posted on their platforms. The practice is also entrusted to deal with corruption and bribery cases, for example by foreign individuals facing high-profile proceedings for money laundering accusations in France. Increasingly, the group is retained for tax fraud proceedings, where it acts in close collaboration with the firm’s tax practice. Leading companies, especially in the digital sector, as well as individuals and corporate officers are clients. Karim Beylouni and Julien Vernet co-head the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Karim Beylouni; Julien Vernet

Les références

‘Very good business criminal team, particularly recommended for complex financial cases or data criminal matters.’

‘Karim Beylouni is an excellent lawyer, committed and tenacious.’

‘This is an excellent firm. Every attorney I have worked with has been excellent and they provide clear, crisp advice and understand the wider context and commercial issues. My go-to firm.’

‘Karim Beylouni is excellent and really at the top of his game. He makes the most complex, knotty legal issues straightforward. He is great with clients and able to see difficult cases to a conclusion.’

Principaux clients

HERTA

AN HEIRESS OF THE ART DEALER DANIEL WILDENSTEIN

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented food giant Herta in a delicate matter regarding an accident that caused the death of a 2-year-old boy.
  • Represented an heiress of the art dealer Daniel Wildenstein in the ‘Wildenstein case’ in a tax fraud case.

Coat Haut de Sigy de Roux

Coat Haut de Sigy de Roux specialises in white-collar crime and regulatory compliance. The firm is very active for French banks and their regional branches, acting in a wide range of matters, from harassment issues to fraud and money laundering accusations. It is also handling several mass claims with high financial amounts or reputational risks at stake. Julian Christen Coat and Claire de Haut de Sigy are the key contacts in that respect. They co-head the firm’s practice alongside Louis-Marie de Roux who handles a more diverse range of matters, including fraud and corruption matters, and acts in a major doping scandal.

Responsables de la pratique:

Julian Christen Coat; Claire de Haut de Sigy; Louis Marie de Roux

Les références

‘The firm is very responsive and versatile in criminal matters. The consultations are always clear and thorough. Members know their files.’

‘The members of the firm are competent and very accessible: exchanges concerning files are facilitated. Members are available, including during emergencies.’

‘Claire de Haut de Sigy provides us with a very high-quality service in business criminal law. Her advice and analysis are always excellent and her additional input is always judicious and goes beyond our expectations.’

‘Julian Coat is very conscientious,, with pleasant contact. He provides high-quality work with very competitive fees.’

Principaux clients

Mr. Habib Cissé

Bourbon

Crédit Agricole

Crédit Lyonnais

BNP Paribas

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB

France TV

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Led by the excellent Jonathan Mattout, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s practice combines high-level compliance and white-collar crime expertise. The firm is regularly retained by leading international banks as victims or suspects in often international cases. Leading corporations from a wide range of sectors, including the energy sector, choose the firm for high-stakes international investigations led by French or foreign institutions, often in relation to Africa. Terrorism complicity and corruption allegations are frequent investigation subjects covered by the practice. In recent work, the group acted for a sovereign entity in relation to a fraud committed during arbitration proceedings. The practice also handles domestic work, for example criminal investigations relating to an alleged cartel and several sensitive consumer-related matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Mattout

Les références

‘Very practical, knowledgeable and skilled team with great attitude and very responsive to client demands. Has been an absolute pleasure to work with them. Trusted and proactive.’

‘Jonathan Mattout is really excellent. A delight to work with. Fluent in English and extremely well versed in this practice area.’

‘An accomplished practice that combines extensive experience in white-collar defence and advisory work with global capabilities. I can find no better practice with its impressive global reach, which allows it to regularly act on cross-border investigations involving multiple governmental bodies. Led by Jonathan Mattout, they have a very strong team that is able to take on large, highly complex white-collar matters and work them in a strategic way, getting absolutely great results.’

‘Jonathan Mattout is clearly a leader for us in any advice related to French law. He is extremely street smart, credible and strategic. Add to that the fact that he is one of the easiest going, nicest lawyers, but also one of the toughest litigators behind that. To me, he strikes the right balance of being careful and thorough. In the matters I have worked with him on, he never fails to get deeply involved and is a very persuasive advocate who continually delivers outstanding results. I have the highest respect for him, his judgement, advocacy, and work ethic.’

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s practice head Félix de Belloy obtained a headline victory after his client, former Prime Minister Edouard Balladur, was acquitted by the court in proceedings relating to accusations of illegally financing his 1995 presidential campaign. The team is also involved in several investigations involving cross-border corruption issues in addition to managing sensitive tax fraud cases. It acts for major companies, executives, and several leading French banks. The Paris practice can also draw on the firm's US capabilities.

Responsables de la pratique:

Félix de Belloy

Les références

‘Remarkable team, able to handle massive files over a long term period, led by Félix de Belloy, an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Félix de Belloy is a recognised star, with high-level technique that is matched by his strong presence in courts.’

Principaux clients

E. Balladur

Cohen’s family

M. Gudmundsson (former President of the Landsbanki)

Société Générale

Tereos

Principaux dossiers

  • Won an acquittal decision for client Edouard Balladur, France’s former Prime Minister, before the Court of Justice of the Republic who was being tried over allegations of illegally financing his 1995 presidential campaign.
  • Acting on behalf of Société Générale in a cross-border litigation with the Libyan Investment Authority based on bribery allegations.
  • Defending M. Gudmundsson, the former President of Landsbanki, in proccedings relating to the collapse of the Islandic bank.  

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP  focuses on high-level investigations and criminal matters. The Paris practice is growing at full speed, notably adding a new leading internet platform to its portfolio. The practice is very experienced in highly international matters thanks to its bench of practitioners with international backgrounds and the ability to join forces with colleagues in the Washington and New York offices. Its work advising a country on conducting large-scale corruption internal investigations is a prime example of the group's cross-border strength as is its role in Carlos Ghosn’s criminal defence in a landmark international case. The team deals with a wide spread of matters, including criminal employment law issues, and is regularly involved in matters relating to the defence and military sectors. Sensitive human rights and geopolitical cases, defending victims of terrorisms and war crimes, are other areas of strength. Practice head Jean Tamalet, US lawyer and counsel Amy Madigan, and senior associate Aurélie Chazottes are the key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean Tamalet

Autres avocats clés:

Amy Madigan; Aurélie Chazottes

Les références

‘Jean Tamalet is a rising star within Paris’ criminal bar, mainly in the area of business criminal matters. He is very experienced, very available to his clients, quick, lively and confident in his advice. He has easy and pleasant contact.’

Principaux clients

Carlos Ghosn

Sea Shepherd global and France

Etablissement Public Palais de la Découverte

Lagardère Multimédia/Europe 1 Telecommunications SAS

Mediaschool

Minakem

SDW Group/Stanislas Dewynter

Ellipse (Dubai Papers)

Maison du caviar

Rewild

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting Carlos Ghosn with a very sensitive case, one among the more significant international white-collar and political matters of the past ten years.
  • Advising Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation, on over 40 different files.
  • Representing Etablissement Public Palais de la Découverte and its representatives in prosecution proceedings arisen from allegations of undeclared work.

Marsigny Gosset Avocats

Marsigny Gosset Avocats regularly handles highly sensitive cases in the political scene. The boutique is regularly retained by elected officials and high-ranking public servants for high-stakes issues, including accusations of favoritism, fraud and corruption as well as issues directly linked with political decisions made during their tenure. The firm also regularly handles cases in relation to public health and is notably acting in a high-profile matter directly linked to the Covid-19 crisis. The firm handles a varied body of work, including criminal financial cases and is also well known for its expertise in international and extradition procedures. The practice is co-headed by Emmanuel Marsigny, one of the market’s best known experts in the field, Louis Guesdon and Cyril Gosset.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuel Marsigny; Cyril Gosset; Louis Guesdon

Les références

‘Emmanuel Marsigny’s strategic vision puts things into new perspective and he has a good ability to convey key points.’

‘Mr. Marsigny and Mr. Guesdon are always available.’

Principaux clients

Blank

SNCF

Mr Frank Schneider – former head of Luxembourg intelligence

Mr Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue – VICE-PRESIDENT OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Mr Hongwei Meng and Mrs Grace Meng – FORMER PRESIDENT OF INTERPOL AND HIS FAMILY

WYND

COVEA

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI ‘s practice handles a wide range of cases, spanning defamation, anti-corruption, fraud, securities and corporate compliance matters. They have also notably assisted one of France’s blue chip companies which is facing corruption and fraud investigations in France and overseas. They are acting in several matters in the political sphere, such as the defence of a former public servant in a headline trial.

Les références

‘Very specialised team on matters such as compliance, internal investigations, and  criminal business law (corruption).’

Principaux clients

Crédit Immobilier de France (CIF-D)

Navacelle

Navacelle is a boutique specialising in white-collar crime compliance and investigations. The firm regularly assists companies and executives facing investigations from the French financial prosecutor (PNF) in relation to various fraud, bribery, securities, money laundering and corruption offenses. Founding partner Stéphane De Navacelle has longstanding experience in managing multi-jurisdictional investigations, often involving French, US and UK regulatory or prosecuting authorities. De Navacelle co-heads the practice with  Clémentine Duverne and Julie Zorrilla.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stéphane de Navacelle; Clémentine Duverne; Julie Zorrilla

Les références

‘I highly recommend the team. Stéphane de Navacelle and Julie Zorilla have been excellent in a range of matters. The team is strong on the technical areas of law particularly in regards to white-collar and criminal procedures, and also is effective in a range of regulatory areas.’

‘I give the firm very high marks on diversity – an issue of increasing importance as we consider local firms.’

‘Excellent. First-class legal knowledge underpinning excellent strategic thinking and a practical approach.’

‘Diverse and agile team – very competent.’

‘Sharp expertise; very specialised ability to understand the context of a file and in-depth coaching of the client; joint development of a defence strategy; availability at all times; and sound synthesis skills.’

Reinhart Marville Torre

Reinhart Marville Torre combines strong litigation skills with criminal law expertise to cover a wide range of matters. Jean Reinhart attracts leading companies and individuals facing challenging accusations such as international corruption, fraud and other corporate offenses, with a number of high-profile investigations in the current caseload. The firm also regularly handles matters pertaining to the political actors, the police and defence players, with Olivier Bluche as the key contact here. His expertise in defending executives in labour criminal law matters is another asset. Agathe Moreau regularly assists companies with matters involving industrial accidents, often regarding proceedings against employees. Litigators Louis-Marie Absil and Marc Susini complete the lead quintet.

Responsables de la pratique:

Louis-Marie Absil; Olivier Bluche; Agathe Moreau; Jean Reinhart; Marc Susini

Les références

‘Strong listening skills and a team availability that are not necessarily found elsewhere.’

Principaux clients

Rachida Dati

SOCIETE GENERALE

AREVA

KORIAN

PAYET

DINDAR

Schapira Associés

Thriving white-collar criminal law boutique Schapira Associés defends many prominent French companies and high-ranking executives, as well as some international clients and several prestigious French cultural institutions. The firm has a very diverse caseload, spanning financial, political, human rights and labour law criminal matters, as well as more general criminal law. The practice handles a high number of high-profile cases and has notably been retained to assist with cases dealing with France’s recently adopted 2017 duty of vigilance act that often raise major international issues. It is also acting in several highly sensitive money laundering and tax evasion cases and in a headline criminal securities case. Sebastien Schapira is the key name. Also recommended is the promising Dimitri Grémont who made partner in January 2022. Lorraine Delva, who directs the practice with Schapira, specialises in press and criminal family law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sébastien Schapira; Lorraine Delva

Autres avocats clés:

Dimitri Grémont

Principaux clients

CASINO

VEOLIA

SAINT-GOBAIN

COLAS

NATIXIS

Soulez Larivière Avocats

White-collar crime boutique Soulez Larivière Avocats has a proven track record in healthcare and industrial catastrophe-related proceedings, having been involved in high-profile matters such as several healthcare scandals. The French firm excels in international matters, acting for companies or individuals, for example discovery proceedings and seizures ordered by foreign authorities, especially US ones. The team is also a popular choice for corporate offenses, such as fraud and international corruption allegations, including internal investigations. It is currently acting in a very sensitive international investigation concerning allegations of terrorism financing. The practice's expertise in criminal labour law, including in harassment accusations, is also in demand by major companies. Aurélia Grignon and Capucine Lanta de Bérard co-head the boutique. Of counsel Daniel Soulez-Larivière remains a key member.

Responsables de la pratique:

Capucine Lanta de Bérard; Aurelia Grignon

Autres avocats clés:

Daniel Soulez-Larivière

Principaux clients

DGAC

Total

Visconti & Grundler

Visconti & Grundler's Benjamin Grundler is retained by top executives and CEOs of leading French and international companies to assist with high-profile international corruption and fraud cases. The practice is particularly experienced in matters in the energy sector. Grundler co-heads the team with Julien Visconti.

Responsables de la pratique:

Benjamin Grundler; Julien Visconti

Les références

‘Very sophisticated white-collar defence advice, with particular skills in handling complex cross-border investigations.’

‘Benjamin Grundler knows the law in and out, is savvy when it comes to handling investigations involving multiple jurisdictions, and has a manner that inspires confidence in his clients.’

‘Responsiveness and efficiency.’

‘Benjamin Grundler runs the internal anti-corruption training courses to our greatest satisfaction.’

‘Benjamin Grundler is tenacious in his dealings with clients. A keen eye for detail as well as the bigger picture. And a pleasure to work with.’

‘The firm is in our opinion one of the best business criminal law firms in Paris. We have worked with several firms in the past and the quality of the team’s work is in our opinion much higher. There is real tailor-made work by the two lawyers who work on our cases. We have both personalised service and great availability.’

‘Benjamin Grundler has excellent skills. He is very precise and rigorous. The quality of the work is impeccable. And he’s very responsive. He delivers a very high-end service. He anticipates ceaselessly and demonstrates very fine thinking. I particularly appreciate his perspectives. We have worked with several criminal lawyers and he is among the very best.’

Principaux clients

Sonia Artinian (former top executive of Lafarge)

Rifaat Al Assad (former Vice President of Syria)

Former CEO of McDonald’s France

Former top Executive of Technip

High-profile tax lawyer

Former VP of Alstom Transport

Algerian businessman

Samih Jammal

CIAM

Former city councilman of an important suburb of Paris

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for a former senior top executive of Lafarge in the context of on-going criminal investigations opened in France.
  • Acting for the former CEO of McDonald’s France in a tax fraud case opened by the Parquet National Financier.
  • Assisting Reefat Al Assad in an on-going proceeding in France concerning the Ill-gotten gains case.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP ‘s compliance and white-collar practice are closely connected as the team often advises clients on areas. The practice notably assists leading French banks with their most challenging matters, including French and cross-border money laundering, corruption and other major regulatory investigations. The team has strong know-how of fraud and corruption cases, often with major international dimensions for which the team can draw on the firm's offices abroad. Corporations and executives facing investigations, including high-profile US companies, rely on the firm, among others for high-stakes tax fraud proceedings. The practice has also been retained by a French corporation whose technology facilities were under attack. Practice head Ludovic MalgrainJean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha make up a strong team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ludovic Malgrain

Autres avocats clés:

Jean-Pierre Picca; Jean-Lou Salha

Principaux clients

BNP Paribas Group (including BNP Paribas Personal Finance)

Facebook

Crédit Agricole Goup

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting BNP Paribas Personal Finance in relation to criminal proceedings and complaints filed by hundreds of plaintiffs concerning a portfolio of real estate loans granted in Swiss Francs.

Delsol Avocats

Delsol Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Amico; Alexis Chabert

Les références

‘Thomas Amico is very available and solution-oriented.’

‘Extensive knowledge of criminal and business law, strong expertise in this field and perfect understanding of international issues.’

‘Thomas Amico does an outstanding job, advising his clients with great pragmatism and professionalism.’

‘The team led by Thomas Amico is very responsive and is appreciated for its pragmatic approach to cases. It always provides excellent advice and knows how to guide clients with the desired end result in mind while adopting a pragmatic and realistic approach to existing legal constraints.’

‘The team led by Thomas Amico has a 360 degree approach to litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods.’

‘I mainly work with Thomas Amico. I particularly appreciate his responsiveness, his availability and his business-oriented responses. Thomas Amico seeks practical solutions to the issues raised and provides synthetic analyses.’

‘I am yet to work with a legal team that has the level of mastery of criminal law and procedure in France that Delsol Avocats has. The network of Thomas Amico with judges and prosecutors has been extremely useful, allowing him to address sensitive cases in a discreet and efficient manner. It seems to me that the white-collar team has a unique and unrivaled understanding of its clients’ businesses and their commercial needs. We find this approach refreshing and unusual for French criminal lawyers. Besides speaking our commercial language, the team is absolutely fluent in English.’

‘Thomas Amico is honest and direct and able to deal with matters fast. – He is an excellent strategist. We find him very empathetic and motivated.’

Principaux clients

Aymeri de Montesquiou

Axel Kahn

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting former Senator Aymeri de Montesquiou with the ongoing ‘Kazakhgate’ criminal investigation..
  • Assisting French scientist Axel Kahn and geneticist with criminal defamations.
  • Successfully advising a client in the Hermès fake bags case.

Baro Alto

Baro Alto

Responsables de la pratique:

Caroline Joly; Géraldine Brasier Porterie; Pierrick Jupile-Boisverd

Les références

‘Very efficient team, technology-minded.’

‘Great involvement from each member of the team.’

Betto Perben Pradel Filhol

Betto Perben Pradel Filhol

Principaux clients

The Republic of Gabon

Gabonese Embassy in France

Paris Bar Council

French Member of the Parliament

Major French law firm

Middle Eastern diplomat

Méthode Sindayigaya

Conseil National des Barreaux (French Bar Council)

Cameroonian businessman

Families Bazana and Chebeya

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Republic of Gabon in the high-profile ‘Biens mal acquis’ case.
  • Defending a businessman involved in the alleged Libyan financing of the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • Representing a French industrial accused of a crime against humanity.

Boken

Boken

Responsables de la pratique:

Antoine Beauquier; Silvia Lepel

Les références

‘Perfect knowledge and great services and follow-up.’

I appreciate the great availability and responsiveness as well as the quality of the exchanges.’

Principaux clients

Airbus

Papa Massata Diack

BMW

Bolloré

BPCE Group

Caisse d’Epargne du Languedoc Roussillon

Caisse Nationale des Huissiers de Justice (CNHJ)

Economie d’Energie

Holdar

Liberty

MMA

Pacifica

Zurich Insurance

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending Airbus in criminal investigations led in relation to the crash of the Airbus AF447 during the travel Rio/Paris.
  • Defending one of the defendants in a major corruption case affecting the international athletics league.
  • Defending a French ‘promoteur’ following accidents on construction sites.

Chatain & Associés

Chatain & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Camille Potier; Antoine Chatain

Les références

‘Camille Potier provides excellent advice.’

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexandre Bisch

Autres avocats clés:

Antoine Kirry

Les références

‘Recommended to assist executives.’

‘Alexandre Bisch is of great value; he has excellent technical skills as well as an unparalleled client sense.’

‘Highly professional team.’

‘Alexandre Bisch is an amazing lawyer, who helps us bridge cultural, legal and political issues thanks to his clear and concise advice.’

Farthouat Avocats

Farthouat Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicolas Boulay; Nicolas Cassart; Christophe Llorca; Laurence Marot

Les références

‘Remarkable competence and great efficiency in handling cases. Added to this is an excellent sense of teamwork.’

‘Nicolas Boulay has a remarkable knowledge of business criminal law and criminal procedure to which is added a knowledge of business law which allows him to deal with different aspects of complex cases. Nicolas Boulay shows remarkable availability, an excellent sense of strategy and a real ability to understand clients’ problems.’

Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean Castelain; Stéphane Micheli; Anne Cousin; Juliette Felix

Principaux clients

FRANCE TELEVISIONS

Institut du Cancer de Courlancy-Reims

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending France Télévisions against defamation claims following the broadcasting of a programme.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Arthur Dethomas

Autres avocats clés:

Julien Martinet

Les références

‘Exceptional pragmatic team with very good legal knowledge.’

‘Arthur de Thomas is remarkable; he is very available, listens and provides good advice.’

Jones Day

Jones Day

Le 16 Law

Le 16 Law

Responsables de la pratique:

Samuel Sauphanor

Les références

‘Samuel Sauphanor is very rigorous and imaginative.’

‘Samuel Sauphanor is open, cordial, responsive and an astute strategist.’

Principaux clients

Antom Patrimoine’s French investors

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexandre de Konn; Pascaline Déchelette-Tolot

Les références

‘The business criminal law team is very responsive and available and works in relation with other teams.’

‘Alexandre de Konn is very professional, accessible and responsive.’

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi

Principaux clients

Faurecia

PBA LEGAL

PBA LEGAL

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuel Gouesse; Philippe Pech de Laclause; Stéphane Lataste

Seattle Avocats

Seattle Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Emmanuel Tordjman; François de Cambiaire; Maud Touitou

Principaux clients

ANTICOR

INVESTORS IN MARANATHA

INVESTORS IN BIOCBON

EMMAUS FRANCE

MEDIAN DIGITAL PARTNER

ADICS ASSOCIATION (FOREX VICTIMS)

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE (EDF SA)

CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT AND ENTERPRISE (CDE)

62 INVESTORS IN ARISTOPHIL

UNADEV (UNION NATIONAL DES AVEUGLES ET DEFICIENTS VISUELS)

SOS MEDITERRANEE

OFFICE FRANCAISE POUR LA BIODIVERSITE

INVESTORS IN APOLLONIA

SAMANTHA BUIGNE

SEMPAP (PARIS CITY)

MEDIAPART

METROPOLE DE ROUEN

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the interests of EDF as a civil claimant in the ‘Mallay’ corruption scheme.
  • Represented the Center for Development and Enterprise (CDE), a former European institution in charge of financing development projects abroad, in proceedings against its former director for corruption charges.

Seban & Associés

Seban & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Didier Seban; Matthieu Hénon; Corinne Herrmann

Les références

‘Very competent and available.’

‘They are  capable of intervening within very tight deadlines, even in a few minutes, in the event of a major emergency. Their legal consultations, notes, conclusions and oral pleadings are always very qualitative.’

Principaux clients

Département des Bouches du Rhône

SNCF

IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire)

DGAC (Direction Générale de l’aviation civile)

ANRU (Agence nationale pour la rénovation urbaine)

ANAH (Agence nationale de l’habitat)

APF – France Handicap

La Croix Rouge Française

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Grégoire Bertrou; Dominique Mondoloni

Principaux clients

SCAEL (Société Coopérative d’Eure et Loir)

Air France

Air France KLM