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Bredin Prat is involved in the market’s most strategic and sensitive cases in the financial services, stock market, commercial and tax spaces. The firm represents several banking institutions, leading companies and their executives. Eric Dezeuze ranks among France’s most brilliant criminal lawyers.

Temime’s Hervé Temime represents high-profile names in high-end cases. Julia Minkowski and Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt are other names to note.

Veil Jourde has one of the market’s most renowned teams and caseloads. The firm is involved in many of the market’s current top mandates, including the AZF case (concerning a chemicals factory explosion in Toulouse in 2001) as well as the Cahuzac, Bettencourt, Oil for Food, Wildenstein, and Karachi cases. Jean Veil, Emmanuel Rosenfeld, Georges Jourde, Pierre-François Veil and François Esclatine are remarkable practitioners.

Allen & Overy LLP has ‘the resources to staff large matters’, with its global presence being helpful in cross-border matters. The practice is particularly strong in the financial services sector and is currently involved in two ground-breaking criminal tax cases. Leading financial institutions and corporations are clients. Practice head Denis Chemla is able to ‘handle large and complex matters without being scared to debate difficult and untested issues, and is not afraid to move out of his comfort zone to explore out-of-the-box solutions’. Counsel Dan Benguigui is another name to note. Aurélien Hamelle recently joined Total.

Courrégé-Foreman combines ‘excellent response times and very high level appropriateness of advice’. The practice is involved in several high-profile matters. It is notably defending Total in the AZF case and is also handling key matters in the criminal tax area. The firm is also recognised for its aviation practice, where it deals with commercial, industrial and criminal disputes. The five-lawyer team is led by Simon Foreman and the ‘responsive, trustworthy and extremely smart’ Mauricia Courrégé.

Delecroix Gublin Associés has ‘a global perspective on matters and risks at stake’ in a case, providing ‘tailor-made advice’. The boutique is handling many top cases and is the go-to-firm for sensitive defence industry cases. The practice is led by Fabienne Delecroix and Alexis Gublin, who is ‘a great pleading lawyer, always right and efficient’, with ‘a perfect mastery of complex international matters’; he is ‘always very discreet’ and his ‘remarkable strategic vision is a valuable asset’.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés is a top firm for high-profile financial services and stock market criminal matters. The seven-lawyer team is involved in many top cases pending in the area. It successfully defended Wendel at first instance in a case concerning insider dealing, market manipulation and fraud, and is currently involved in the UBS tax evasion and Altran cases. BNP Paribas, Deloitte and Chanel are also clients. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are reliable and well regarded.

The ‘excellent’ team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has ‘great experience’ and is representing many leading French and international corporations and individuals facing high-stakes proceedings concerning corruption, tax fraud and industrial accidents charges. It is defending Gecina’s former CEO and SNCF Réseau, Airbus and Renault Trucks are also clients. Practice head Antonin Lévy is ‘a first-class lawyer who is very calm and practical’.

Jeantet has a prominent role in several high-profile political and financial services cases, including representing top banking institutions in very sensitive litigation. Yves Repiquet and Martine Samuelian are recommended.

Soulez Larivière et Associés has strong know-how of international anti-corruption compliance and investigation issues. The firm is notably defending Total in a case linked to the signing of oil and gas contracts with Iranian companies in the 1990s and 2000s, which raises the non bis in idem principle. The practice also deals with a wide range of criminal cases including top industrial matters. It is notably acting in the AZF case. Daniel Soulez-Larivière is a leading figure in the market. Astrid Mignon Colombet and recently promoted partners Aurélia Grignon and Capucine Lanta de Bérard are other names to note.

Taylor Wessing’s Paul-Albert Iweins is involved in some of the market’s most sensitive cases in the politico-financial arena. Iweins is defending former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s lawyer regarding investigations for potential breach of professional secrecy and active bribery, as well as acting for Bernard Tapie’s lawyer in criminal investigations into an arbitration case. Press law is another specialism.

The ‘very professional and efficient’ White & Case LLP has particular experience of representing banks before French courts or in the context of international and multi-jurisdictional investigations. The practice’s varied caseload includes defending a European aircraft manufacturer in the Rio-Paris crash proceedings. Michel Beaussier heads the practice. Ludovic Malgrain is ‘an astute lawyer with a practical approach to resolving complex white-collar crime issues effectively’. Jean-Pierre Picca is another name to note.

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