Firms To Watch: Compliance

KPMG Avocats, France, which launched its compliance practice in September 2020, is recommended for the setting up of Sapin II compliance programmes.
Osborne Clarke shows solid expertise in the field of whistleblowing policies and internal investigations through practice head Lucie Mongin-Archambeaud  , who was promoted to partner in 2021.
Squair’s recently launched practice shows strong expertise in the field of compliance and sanctions thanks to a trio of partners whose experienced was gained working in-house within major companies.

Compliance in France

August Debouzy

August Debouzy’s high-level know-how in the field has earned the firm a large and highly prominent client base, including leading French companies in the military and defence, aerospace, banking and finance, tobacco, pharmaceutics and energy sectors. The practice regularly assists clients with the setting up of their anti-corruption and other compliance programmes in addition to assisting with compliance controls led by the French Anti-corruption Agency (AFA). The team also has excellent expertise in conducting internal investigations during crisis situations, notably linked to new emerging issues such as non-compliance with environmental, human rights and other duty of vigilance requirements. The team has strong international expertise and is often appointed to advise on cross-border investigations and international sanctions. The return of counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in May 2021 further strengthened the firm’s capabilities in that area. Former French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, Astrid Mignon Colombet and Benjamin van Gaver co-head the team, with counsel  Olivier Attias providing key support.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Cazeneuve; Benjamin van Gaver; Astrid Mignon Colombet

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Attias; Valérie Munoz-Pons


‘The firm combines legal expertise with a strategic global vision.’

‘Olivier Attias stands out for his pragmatism and his listening skills. He helps his clients in decision-making. Olivier is very available and committed to his clients.’

‘Very responsive, available, efficient team. The practice adapts to the client’s needs and shows pragmatism in their responses.’

‘The compliance team is among the most competent in the market and demonstrates great professionalism and more than appreciable availability.’

‘I particularly recommend Astrid Mignon Colombet, who not only demonstrates very valuable expertise on all the subjects she covers (corruption, LCB-F, embargoes, internal investigations, etc.), but also a very valuable sense of risk management. The relationship is very fluid with her and her contribution is always of great added value. Her colleagues are also very appreciated, namely Valérie Munoz-Pons. They know very well how to combine their respective areas of expertise.’

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance assists a prominent client base of French and international companies from a wide range of sectors, including the luxury goods, retail, aeronautics and defence sectors. The practice advises on the setting up of French anti-corruption programmes and risk assessment work, as well as on the design of anti-money laundering and whistle-blowing policies. The Paris practice, which can also rely on the firm’s large international capabilities, also acts for clients facing AFA-led controls and in assists with internal investigations, both in a national or international context. Key client Airbus has entrusted the practice with a groundbreaking multi-jurisdictional corruption case and with the negotiation of settlements with the French, US and UK authorities. The practice is co-headed by Thomas Baudesson and Charles-Henri Boeringer. Counsel Sophie Levy is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Baudesson; Charles-Henri Boeringer

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Levy


‘True experts.’

‘Innovative thinking.’

Key clients




Dassault Systèmes

Teva Pharmaceuticals



Work highlights

  • Assisting with the resolution of the Airbus corruption case with the French enforcement authority (the PNF).
  • Advising LVMH on a group-level anti-money laundering risk assessment and the drafting of guidelines covering all jurisdictions in which the client operates.
  • Assisting Pernod Ricard with the anti-corruption control conducted by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA).

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP‘s deep and highly experienced Paris bench frequently joins forces with the firm’s experts in Washington DC. The firm is highly recommended for anti-corruption and bribery matters, both on national scale and in a cross-border context. Among the large client base are many leading French IT, aeronautics, engineering, energy and luxury goods companies which enlist the practice with the setting up and review of compliance programmes, ranging from domestic to global in scale. The practice also has extensive experience in AFA-led audits. The excellent practice is led by Bryan Sillaman and includes the strongly recommended Michael HunekeAnne GaustadNicolas Tollet and Marie-Agnès Nicolas who was promoted to partner early 2022. Former counsel Olivier Dorgans  left the firm in April 2021. Jan Dunin-Wasowicz made counsel in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Sillaman

Other key lawyers:

Michael Huneke; Anne Gaustad; Nicolas Tollet


‘Rare experts in compliance investigations.’

‘The Paris office has significant experience accompanying companies that are under review by the French Anti-Corruption Agency, which is reassuring when one is going through the process for the first time.’

‘Nicolas Tollet is very intelligent, bi-lingual and pragmatic. He has a lot of experience in all aspects of an anti-corruption compliance program and is very generous with his advice. His extensive international experience working on compliance programs in Brazil, the US and France gives him a useful breadth of experience. He is extremely responsive and approachable, making it easy to go to him for advice.’

‘Remarkable availability. Ditto in terms of responsiveness. A dedicated team that fully understands our needs. Reassuring legal advice and perfect technical mastery.’

‘Availability, responsiveness, constant inventiveness of partners and collaborators.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus in relation to Airbus’ January 30, 2020 resolution of criminal investigations led jointly by the US, UK and French authorities.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright assists an impressive client base that includes many CAC 40 companies and international groups. The team deals with a broad range of issues, with anti-corruption, sanctions and human rights-related matters as core parts of the caseload. World Bank compliance work, day-to-day strategic guidance and AFA audits are other areas of strength. The practice also regularly assists French clients with the conduct of internal investigations. Christian Dargham, whose expertise includes commercial and white-collar litigation, is a leading name in the field.

Practice head(s):

Christian Dargham


‘The team is united, responsive, professional and knows how to make itself available.’

‘My contacts are pragmatic and understand the business context.’

‘Real expertise by Christian Dargham and his team.’

‘Christian Dargham is an excellent professional, responsive and competent.’

‘Very good compliance team. Particular competence in corruption prevention and internal investigations.’

‘It was a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Christian Dargham has a wealth of experience in internal investigations. His subtlety and professionalism are matched only by his kindness.’

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP‘s versatile team is experienced in advising a wide range of clients, including investment funds, major US companies, and several of France’s leading banks which turn to the firm for strategic work. The practice is also developing its French corporate client base. Money laundering and anti-corruption are key areas for the team, including in cross-border matters for which the practice can draw on the firm’s international capabilities. The team assists clients with compliance reviews, audits and investigations led by relevant French and international authorities, and is increasingly solicited by clients to advise on the prevention of illegal work issues, notably in relation to the Covid-19 restrictions on working conditions. Lately, the compliance team has also being offering monitoring assistance and collaborated with the corporate team for criminal due diligence during M&A transactions. Finally, the team has been retained by a public sector entity handling international operations to assist with sensitive compliance and sanction issues. Practice head Ludovic MalgrainJean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ludovic Malgrain

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Pierre Picca; Jean-Lou Salha


‘Jean-Lou Salha is proactive and comes up with solutions.’

Key clients


BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole Group


Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP is retained by banks, financial institutions and international companies to assist with the setting up of their compliance programmes, notably in the field of French anti-corruption. The practice, which is led by the white-collar litigation team, also has extensive experience in assisting clients with carrying out internal investigations when facing various corruption and money-laundering allegations in connection with their international operations. The practice also advises banks on dealing with the French banking regulator concerning anti-financial crime compliance programmes. Denis Chemla, Hippolyte Marquetty and Dan Benguigui co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Denis Chemla; Hippolyte Marquetty; Dan Benguigui

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Suisse

Danske Bank A/S

Deutsche Bank AG

Imperial Tobacco

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)

Suntory Group



Nomura International plc

Royal Bank of Canada

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

Natixis Investment Managers

Wells Fargo BankN.A


Work highlights

  • Assisting Imperial Tobacco Suntatory with improving its ABC compliance programme.
  • Assisting HSBC with the set-up of its French outsourcing programme.

Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I.

White-collar crime boutique Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I. is an excellent address for high-level compliance work. The firm is retained by many of France’s leading companies, notably from the engineering, transport and energy sectors. The practice provides guidance on the setting up of compliance programmes and on dealing with AFA-led controls. Its ability to advise on sensitive compliance issues raised in the context of projects conducted abroad, and notably in Africa where multinational banks are providing funding, is another asset. The practice has assisted several companies facing investigations by the World Bank and other multilateral banks. Additionally, the team has been retained by leading French companies which are among the first ones to be sued by NGOs on the basis of non-compliance with France’s 2017 Duty of Vigilance law regarding allegations of human rights abuses overseas. The highly recommended Antonin Lévy, Ophélia Claude and Joris Momin de Flaugergues direct the team.

Practice head(s):

Antonin Lévy; Ophélia Claude; Joris Momin de Flaugergues


‘The firm brings together young, dynamic and very high-level skills in this demanding field. Antonin Lévy is able to immerse himself in our structure to allow us to successfully manage an AFA control.’

‘Height of view, professionalism, responsiveness.’

‘A high-performance team, always providing good advice, inventive and attentive to their client. Very accessible partners perfectly mastering the different environments in which they must operate.’

Key clients

Total Energies

Seves Group

VMD Participacoes

Work highlights

  • Assisting glass insulators manufacturer Seves Group with the settlement of extensive World Bank investigations and follow-up negotiated resolution agreement.
  • Assisting VMD Participacoes, a large Angolan Conglomerate, with the set-up and deployment of a compliance programme.
  • Representing Total Energies in the first litigation based on the 2017 Duty of Vigilance Law.

Bougartchev Moyne Associés

Compliance is an area of strong growth for litigation boutique Bougartchev Moyne Associés. The firm advises an already large and prominent, continuously growing client base, including many leading French corporations and banks. The practice's high-level anti-corruption expertise and extensive international network make the firm a popular choice for compliance issues in all parts of the world. Anti-money laundering and banking regulations compliance matters are also handled. The firm helps with the setting up and reviewing of compliance policies and programmes as well as with compliance audits conducted by the relevant independent authorities, notably advising several clients facing AFA-led controls. The firm was also recently retained to carry out compliance due diligence work in the context of a major acquisition. Several members of the team act as compliance officers for clients. The highly experienced Kiril Bougartchev and Emmanuel Moyne co-head the practice alongside Geoffroy Goubin who made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kiril Bougartchev; Emmanuel Moyne; Geoffroy Goubin

Key clients


Saint Gobain

Lafarge Holcim

Dassault Aviation



Work highlights

  • Representing an asset management company before the AMF Enforcement Committee for failing to comply with professional obligations.
  • Representing the interests of a leading financial institution in the context of an ACPR inspection and obtaining the renouncement of a sanction procedure.  
  • Advising a French shipbuilding group on the anticorruption, criminal law and Loi Sapin 2 due diligence conducted for the acquisition of an international group.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton assists leading corporations and French and international banks and financial institutions, with the firm's longstanding experience in the financial sector a clear asset. Lately, the practice has been increasingly solicited to advise on anti-money laundering (AML) work, notably completing high-profile work on behalf of a US bank regarding a sensitive AML investigation led by French banking regulator ACPR. Many French banks have also turned to the firm for assistance with the establishment of a new French regulatory framework authorizing US authorities to conduct banking compliance audits directly in France. European banking regulatory expert Amélie Champaur is particularly recommended on those aspects. The Paris team also has a wealth of experience advising on anti-corruption and US sanctions issues. It assists clients during AFA and World Bank’s audits and investigations, and is increasingly conducting anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance reviews in the context of M&A transactions. Counsel Guillaume de Rancourt co-heads the practice alongside litigation partner Jean-Yves Garaud and Champsaur. Senior attorney Caroline Hailey is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Yves Garaud; Amélie Champsaur; Guillaume de Rancourt

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Hailey


‘Excellent team in terms of investigations and compliance. The team, very responsive and operational, provides its clients with tailor-made work, and shows high availability.’

‘Great added value advice and great availability. The service provided is not standard service, it is ‘tailor-made’ for the client. This is appreciated.’

Key clients

NatWest and Le Crédit Lyonnais


Royal Bank of Canada

The Baupost Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted NatWest and Crédit Lyonnais with ending a 16-years billion-dollar litigation under the US Anti-Terrorism Act and Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
  • Assisting the client with an investigation led by the World Bank’s Integrity Vice-Presidency in relation to a Bangladeshi contract.
  • Advising Alstom on compliance aspects concerning the completion of its €4.4bn acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP has strengthened its compliance practice with arrival of the very experienced Karen Coppens who relocated from the London to the Paris office in September 2019 where she played an instrumental role in the high-profile Airbus corruption case. Recently, the team has been busy assisting clients with compliance due diligence work in relation to corporate M&A transactions. It is also increasingly solicited to provide strategic advice on environmental, social and corporate governance issues. Additionally, the firm provides training for clients. Several French companies have entrusted Africa-related corruption allegations to the firm. Finally, the Paris team, often working in close collaboration with international colleagues, also advises on data privacy and whistleblowing issues. The practice is co-headed by Karen Coppens, litigator Jacques Sivignon  and employment law expert Philippe Thomas.

Practice head(s):

Karen Coppens; Jacques Sivignon; Philippe Thomas


‘I have worked most closely with Karen Coppens, formerly of the London office and now in Paris.  Karen is whip-smart, practical, and client-focused.  Her advice is consistently not just correct, but useful.’

‘Excellent team of specialists. Karen Coppens is a go-to-person.’                      

‘They have extensive contentious experience having worked on some very significant matters which give them a real sense as to what happens when the authorities get involved. Very practical, hands-on and they give clear practical advice.’                        

‘Karen Coppens is an excellent lawyer with strong strategic vision of matters and excellent understanding of matters at stake.’

Key clients

Airbus SE

Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus SE on a multi-jurisdictional investigation further to allegations of fraud and corruption, and on the coordinated settlement agreements with the French Parquet national financier, the UK Serious Fraud Office, and the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State.

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

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. offers the full range of expertise. The firm has a strong practice advising French and international companies on the conduct of internal investigations, often in the framework of international bribery, fraud and terrorism financing allegations. Banks and companies regularly instruct the practice to advise on the setting up of French anti-corruption programmes and on AFA-audits. Finally, the team has strong know-know in anti-money laundering, an expertise widely used by French and international banks. The practice is co-headed by Bruno QuentinJean-Philippe Pons-Henry, Sophie Scemla and Olivier Bernardi.


‘An important asset of the firm’s practice is the way in which the compliance and corporate teams were able to work together in a very coordinated and efficient manner on a complex file. There were not two teams, but only one.’

‘Precise knowledge of GDPR constraints and precautions to be taken in the context of internal investigations (Sophie Scemla).’

‘Outstanding team, authoritative guidance on compliance matters in France, the EU and several other jurisdictions.’

‘Sophie Scemla is recognised globally.’

‘Competent team in banking regulation, with good expertise in anti-money laundering, economic sanctions. I recommend them both in advice and in ACPR litigation.’

‘Olivier Bernardi is an available, reliable, attentive partner who knows how to work constructively with his clients and guide them towards effective strategies. He respects all the deadlines in a calm and good mood. Very honest billing, in accordance with what was initially agreed.’

‘Great understanding of  problems, pragmatism and professionalism.’

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is retained by leading companies to assist with the setting up of anti-corruption programmes and with AFA-led compliance audits. The practice also advises companies on compliance reviews, notably in the context of M&A and international projects. Its range of expertise also spans anti-money laundering and bribery matters as well as whistle-blowing issues. The practice is equally at ease handling domestic or cross-border matters and is well versed in the conduct of internal investigations. Competition law compliance matters are also handled. Jonathan Mattout heads the practice. Of counsel Raphaël Coeurquetin left in April 2021 for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Mattout


‘Good availability, great expertise and high relevance of the advice delivered by Jonathan Mattout with whom we very much appreciated working.’

Jones Day

Jones Day’s Bénédicte Graulle has extensive experience advising French and international companies on the setting up of anti-corruption programmes and on AFA compliance audits. She is also frequently called upon to help conduct internal investigations in the context of  whistle-blowing and other bribery and anti-corruption allegations, often involving foreign subsidiaries. Graulle co-heads the practice alongside Françoise LabrousseLinda HesseJean-Michel Bobillo and Emmanuelle Rivez-Domont who respectively provide assistance with product safety, corporate and employment law compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

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


‘Bénédicte Graulle’s team is very dynamic and always attentive.’

‘Very good “white collar crime ” practice with a very pragmatic and spontaneous approach.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is remarkable; experienced, humble, close to her client and advising with tact!’

‘Expert team in litigation and fraud, very available.’

‘Bénédicte Graulle is a great expert, who is pragmatic and above all always available. We also work with her collaborators who are also experts and know how to make themselves available. It is very pleasant to work with this team.’

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins has recognised expertise in the field of anti-corruption and sanctions, spanning French law as well as US FCPA and the UK bribery act. The team assists clients with the setting up of compliance programmes and during AFA compliance audits. The conduct of audits during M&A transactions led by the firm and assisting clients with sensitive internal investigations are other areas of strength. In addition, the firm offers complementary compliance expertise in other areas, such as ethics, governance, data privacy and healthcare. Fabrice Fages  is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Fages


‘Excellent analyses and strategic advice.’

‘Fabrice Fages is highly responsive and has great listening skills.’

Key clients

Nissan Motor

Work highlights

  • Advising Nissan Motor and its board members on internal investigations and civil and criminal proceedings as well as on investigations by regulators concerning the legal claims led against the former chairman.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown Paris is entrusted by leading French and international corporations and banks to assist with French anti-corruption and ethics compliance work. The practice also advises on banking requirements. Its international capabilities allow it to provide assistance with sanctions and compliance matters involving North America. The Paris practice is headed by Nicolette Kost De Sèvres and includes counsel Joydeep Sengupta.

Practice head(s):

Nicolette Kost de Sèvres


‘A truly international team (which is very rare) and offering profiles whose experience is very rich and is not limited to the practice of law in a firm, a real strength.’

‘A great openness of mind as well as strong values.’

Key clients




Bourse Direct

Demathieu Bard




Les Mousquetaires


Kiwi Wealth

Red Cross (Croix Rouge Française)


Société Générale


Work highlights

  • Advising Mousquetaires on Loi Sapin II requirements.
  • Advising Accenture on the implementation of Loi Sapin II.
  • Advising HSBC on payment services compliance matters in France.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP assists clients with the setting up of compliance policies, including anti-corruption, anti-bribery and data privacy procedures. The practice is also well versed in advising clients on conducting internal investigations in relation to their overseas operations when fraud, whistle-blowing and other allegations are being raised. The practice is co-headed by Kami Haeri and Eric Russo. Counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kami Haeri; Eric Russo

Key clients


Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP launched its compliance practice in April 2021 after hiring Olivier Dorgans who joined from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP  where he was a counsel. Dorgans has gained extensive experience working with leading American firms in the field and his practice covers preventive compliance advisory work and internal investigations spanning a broad range of issues: anticorruption, anti-money laundering and terrorism regulations, as well as economic sanctions and new pressing human rights issues. The team also assists clients with audits conducted by national authorities such as the French Anticorruption Agency (AFA), in the context of corporate transactions or in litigation, joining forces with the firm's other departments.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Dorgans


‘The  team shows availability at all times. The firm provides easily affordable and adaptable tools to clients to support the practice. We particularly appreciate the collaboration with Olivier Dorgans and Paul Charlot, with whom communication is easy and pleasant, and who have a great sense of professionalism while knowing how to show great kindness.’

‘Very expert team, always available and responsive.’

Key clients

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Bpifrance Financement



BGFIBank Gabon

BGFIBank Côte d’Ivoire



BGFIBank Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted GFIBank RDC with the obtention of the AML 30 000 certification designed to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.
  • Assisting a French defense company as part of a control of the French Anticorruption Agency (AFA).
  • Assisted a French-based international oil & gas company with a global economic sanctions and export controls risk mapping.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat provides assistance with the setting up of French anti-corruption, duty of vigilance, code of conduct and whistle-blowing programmes and policies. It is also very experienced in assisting clients with French AFA’s audits, while also assisting companies with carrying out internal investigations. The practice advises a wide range of clients from a high number of different sectors. White-collar crime partners Eric Dezeuze and Guillaume Pellegrin are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Eric Dezeuze; Guillaume Pellegrin

Key clients


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has strong experience in the setting up of Sapin II anti-corruption programmes and reviewing existing programmes, as well as in providing guidance during AFA-conducted audits. The firm has also been retained by the AFA to provide expert advice, notably for conducting extensive compliance programme assessment monitorings. The team also conducts compliance audits in the context of M&A transactions and assists with investigations conducted by various regulators. Constantin Achillas heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Constantin Achillas

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés assists companies, notably leading names in the aviation sector, with the setting up of French ethics and anti-corruption programmes. The practice also has experience in advising on projects led overseas and can act as monitoring counsel following breach of international sanctions. The range of compliance expertise also spans data and payment services issues. Matthieu Dary, Pierrick Le Goff , Thierry Titone and François Zochetto co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

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


‘The firm sets a very high standard in the field of compliance with a solid and efficient team. Pierrick Le Goff has a unique profile offering a combination of in-house practice, teaching and outside counsel experience. This makes his input and advice extremely valuable and always close to the realities of the corporate world while offering a high level of reliability of the legal advice.’                                                        

‘Available, pragmatic and responsive, Pierrick Le Goff anticipates our needs perfectly and advises us in a very pragmatic way. His memos are of high quality.’

‘Very appreciable versatility and multidisciplinary  team. The team showed a perfect knowledge of the decision-making processes within companies, and of the interactions between the stakeholders in charge of the deployment and control of a compliance program and vigilance plan.’

The associates aren’t exclusively assigned to a specific department or partner related to their specialty. They can diversify their activities and skills by working on other areas of business law for specific needs on files or during secondment missions in companies. This versatility and multidisciplinarity is very appreciated.

Key clients

Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte

Robert Bosch

APAX Partners



DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides assistance to many French and global corporations from various sectors, including the luxury goods, food, pharmaceutical, automotive and aeronautics industries. The practice assists with the setting up and review of compliance programmes, including French anti-corruption policies. It also advises clients on conducting internal investigations and on data and securities compliance issues. Practice head Fabien Ganivet and counsel Sara Koski are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Fabien Ganivet

Other key lawyers:

Sara Koski


‘In addition to the global footprint of the firm, which becomes a real advantage in cross-border litigation and investigations, its compliance practice in Paris has a wealth of domestic expertise and experience, for instance the fact that Fabien Ganivet has worked both as a judge and as a senior compliance executive within a large French multinational. The entire team is very well versed in the intricacies of French criminal and corporate law and have done a good job advising French companies on the implementation of new Sapin II  anticorruption. Diversity, effective cross-team collaboration and the ability of young lawyers to get directly involved with complex cases are among the key strengths.’

‘I have been mostly in contact with counsel Sara Koski who is a very knowledgeable, experienced, multi-lingual lawyer who always puts the client first and is ready to go the extra mile to help the client achieve an optimal or even better end result. She is among the best connoisseurs of French compliance legislation and regulations and has repeatedly helped large corporations and mid-sized companies to navigate their way out of the labyrinth of often conflicting legal obligations in several countries and continents. I also want to highlight the excellent work that has been done by Fabien Ganivet since he joined the firm as a partner. His combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience are unrivalled within the Paris marketplace.’

‘Good team.’

‘Dedication, engagement and knowledge of the regulations and authorities’ practices.’

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats

Boutique firm Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats‘ extensive experience in US and French compliance work earns it mandates from French and international companies as well as recently from the French AFA authority. The practice was also retained by another law firm to intervene as a compliance expert in an international arbitration. The boutique is led Laurent Cohen-Tanugi and includes senior counsel Emmanuel Breen.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi


‘Highly competent in anti-corruption compliance, knowing how to support and providing sound advice when carrying out a public service mission. The members of the firm are very available, discreet, efficient, knowing how to adapt and respond quickly to the needs.’

‘A very specialised and responsive team. Laurent Cohen-Tanugi has extensive experience in the fight against corruption and compliance.’

Key clients

French anticorruption agency (AFA)

Work highlights

  • Advising the French anti-corruption agency on a compliance control concerning an international company.


Boutique firm Navacelle combines strong French and international compliance and litigation expertise. The firm has extensive experience in advising companies and their employees in the context of US investigations. It also provides assistance with the review and setting up of compliance programmes. Additionally the practice regularly advises clients on internal review and investigations of their compliance programmes in the context of corruption and other criminal law allegations, often with a strong cross-border component. Stéphane de Navacelle is highly recommended and co-heads the practice alongside Julie Zorrilla and Clémentine Duverne.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane de Navacelle; Clémentine Duverne; Julie Zorrilla


‘We have found the firm excellent to work with: first-class technical skills underpinning a strategically-sound, practical approach. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Diverse and competent team; very responsive.’

‘Strong legal skills. Practical approach.’

‘Stéphane Navacelle is always available. Clear advice.’

Noëlle Lenoir Avocats

Noëlle Lenoir Avocats is a new boutique firm launched in 2021 by the highly experienced Noëlle Lenoir (ex Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP). She has notably played a prestigious role as external monitor to Airbus’ compliance programme in the past years. A high-level adviser, Lenoir is solicited by leading companies to assist with a wide range of compliance issues, including matters pertaining to the duty of vigilance law. Lenoir also well versed in international and EU law matters.

Practice head(s):

Noëlle Lenoir

Key clients


Airbus Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on the drafting of ‘Expert and Master Report’ on the application of the French Law No 69-678 of July 26, 1968.
  • Acting as a Commissioner appointed on the request of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the French ministry of Justice under Article 17 of the Hague Evidence Convention to take evidence in France in relation to proceedings before the above mentioned court related to the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Acting for Airbus as an external monitor of the compliance programme implemented by a company during the corruption investigations conducted by the DOJ, the SFO and the PNF.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is well known among leading French banks for its high-level US sanctions and financial compliance expertise. The firm has been involved alongside several of them in landmark US investigations and is building a practice in assisting with the implementation phases of US compliance remedies. Although the firm’s main compliance expertise is located in its Washington and London offices, the practice has a solid relay in Paris with counsel Sidne Koenigsberg and associate Margot Sève. The Paris team also assists companies with the setting up of French compliance programmes and with compliance reviews during corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sidne Koenigsberg


‘Margot Sève provided very professional work and clear and pragmatic opinions and recommendations. Excellent structuring, preparation and coordination of the project in collaboration with a consultant in charge of monitoring and setting up the project.’

‘Diverse team.’

‘Speedy responses.’

‘Very good team, at the same time very responsive, competent and very professional. A benchmark firm for major remediation programmes, particularly with regard to US procedures.’

‘I particularly recommend Margot Sève.’

Key clients

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole CIB (CACIB)

Crédit Agricole SA (CASA)

Crédit Agricole



Work highlights

  • Advised Société Générale on investigations which led to settlements in 2018 with various French and US authorities concerning high-profile economic sanctions, corruption and market-fraud civil and criminal matters.
  • Advising a major global payment company a multijurisdictional voluntary internal investigation concerning the company’s compliance with US economic sanctions laws.
  • Advised Lhoist, a minerals and lime producer, on corruption risk assessment and a Sapin II compliance programme.

VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats

VIGO Cabinet d’Avocats has extensive expertise assisting major French companies as well as local public law entities and several international groups with the setting up of Sapin II anticorruption, ethics and duty of vigilance programmes. The firm also assists clients facing AFA-led audit investigations, as well as with the conduct of internal investigations. Criminal law partner Emmanuel Daoud is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Daoud


‘A team of experts who provides great support, with transparency and sincerity, and does not hesitate to question in order to fully understand issues at hand. Great availability, integrity and exemplarity. The team knows how to adapt to different audiences, from the CEO to the factory employee. Respect and ethics are the hallmarks of this team.’

‘Very high listening skills and adaptation of services as close as possible to the needs and the culture of the companies. Very high level of ethics and compliance know-how. Strong commitment; rigour and professionalism.’

‘Pragmatic approach which makes complex subjects accessible. Very high availability. The firm also provides clients with high-quality analyses and legal monitoring. Emmanuel Daoud is one of the best specialists in business criminal law and compliance matters in the Paris market. He is very available, present on cases, and maintains a very fluid dialogue with his clients. Capable of offering innovative and pragmatic solutions’.