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Clifford Chance advises many leading French and international companies on the setting up of Sapin II anti-corruption programmes. The practice is also assisting several high-profile corporations with internal investigations concerning market abuse, corruption and EU law issues, and advises large companies and financial institutions on Iranian sanctions matters. Pfizer, Pernod Ricard and Club Med are clients. Thomas Baudesson, Katrin Schallenberg and counsel Charles-Henri Boeringer are the key contacts.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides ‘good service’. The firm advises French and international companies on anti-corruption and antitrust compliance, as well as sanction-related and internal investigation work. The ‘outstanding’ Jonathan Mattout leads the compliance and investigations practice. Sergio Sorinas is also involved.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP combines French, US, UK and international anti-corruption and money laundering compliance and investigation expertise. Leading French and international companies are clients. The practice is assisting a prominent company with handling sensitive French and UK government investigations. The Paris team includes Bryan Sillaman, Michael Huneke, Marc Henry and new recruit counsel Nicolas Tollet, who previously served as Technip’s vice-president of compliance.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘highly availableNavacelle Avocats has ‘perfect knowledge of US and French law’ and great experience advising on anti-corruption and money laundering international investigations. The firm assists several high-level bank executives, as well as leading international companies and their executives, with conducting internal investigations and dealing with French, US, UK and Latin American governmental investigations. The ‘professional, very skilled and responsive’ Stéphane de Navacelle has ‘deep anti-corruption expertise’ and ‘heads an excellent and experienced team’. Also recommended are associates: Sandrine dos Santos, who has ‘excellent skills, experience and analysis abilities’, and the ‘serious, committed and efficient’ Julie Zorrilla.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘an excellent level of service including responsiveness, creativity and a reassuring approach’. The practice has particular experience in conducting internal investigations pertaining to corruption and money laundering allegations. Leading French and international corporations and banks are clients. The team is assisting Bombardier with an internal investigation into alleged bid-rigging and corruption practices. The practice also advises on the setting up of compliance programmes, risk assessment issues and in the context of international governmental investigations. Christian Dargham is noted for ‘his great knowledge of compliance, as well as his availability and discretion’.

Boutique firm Soulez Larivière et Associés has ‘a strong grasp of the ever-changing French legal landscape, provides business-oriented advice and drives clients to successful outcomes’. The team ‘understands cross-border criminal law issues faced by multinational clients and can work with lawyers from around the globe’. The practice has strong anti-corruption expertise and has rare experience for a French firm in negotiating global settlement agreements with international governmental entities, especially in the US. Leading French corporations and banks are clients. Daniel Soulez-Larivière is highly regarded. The ‘outstanding’ Astrid Mignon Colombet ‘thinks deeply about complex compliance issues faced by clients in France and around the globe: her advice is thoughtful and measured, but always displays an excellent grasp of the facts and law’.

White & Case LLP has ‘reliable human and material resources’. The ‘highly available’ team assists leading French and US companies, as well as leading French banks, with international sanctions, anti-corruption and money laundering and governance issues. It has been kept busy advising on France’s new anti-corruption legislation and also acts for companies or their executives in conducting internal investigations. Practice head Ludovic Malgrain, who heads the practice, and Jean-Pierre Picca, whose ‘ability to deal efficiently with complex matters’ is particularly valued, are the key contacts. Michel Beaussier has retired.

Brown Rudnick LLP provides ‘very good service’ and ‘a global approach and knowledge of compliance’. The Paris practice was set up in 2017 following the hiring of counsel Olivier Dorgans, who has ‘deep expertise and know-how’, and associate Paul Charlot, who both joined from DLA Piper. The team advises leading French insurers, financial services companies and leading French corporations, notably in the defence sector. Arkopharma, AXA, Bpifrance, SFIL and Cora are clients. The practice is a popular choice for advising on the establishment of anti-corruption programmes and international sanctions.

Cohen & Gresser LLP provides strong expertise, a balanced perspective and practical solutions’. The ‘very professional and accurate’ four-lawyer team has ‘cutting edge securities and regulatory expertise’ advising financial industry clients on compliance, internal investigations and French stock-market regulations. The practice is assisting a leading bank’s executives with a US Department of Justice investigation. It also advises on the set up of antitrust compliance programmes. Practice head Muriel Goldberg-Darmon is ‘extremely reliable and available’. Also recommended are counsels Guillaume Guérin and Lara Kroop Delamarre, who is ‘an exceedingly bright, tenacious and thorough attorney and an expert in the field of white-collar crime and criminal antitrust’ and further stands out for her ‘poise, pragmatism and excellent communication and client service skills’.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises leading French companies, banks and public sector entities on anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations following criminal investigations in France. The practice is very strong in the financial services sector and regularly advises on AMF and ACPR compliance issues and investigations. It is also noted for handling antitrust compliance matters. Bruno Quentin - Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville and Antoine Choffel are key contacts.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises on the implementation of anti-corruption, antitrust and other international compliance programmes, such as the World Bank’s. The practice also deals with French and international investigations and is assisting clients with separate French Competition Authority and World Bank investigations. Antonin Lévy and Eric Paroche are the main contacts.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has particular expertise advising on banking, financial and insurance regulatory issues and French disciplinary investigations and sanctions. The group assists leading French banks and insurers as well as international asset managers such as Lazard Frères and Société Générale Private Banking. The team also has expertise in anti-corruption matters and advises large corporations on the setting up of compliance programmes and staff training. Hubert de Vauplane, the ‘thorough, reliable and experienced’ Gilles Kolifrath, who ‘has a very good understanding of insurance law and regulations’, and Hugues Bouchetemble are the key contacts. The ‘highly experienced’ Noëlle Lenoir was recently appointed to Airbus’ independent compliance review panel.

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats has ‘very strong experience, especially in assessing and establishing anti-bribery and corruption compliance systems’, and ‘a very solid experience acting as an FCPA or World Bank monitor’. The French boutique is made up of French and US lawyers. Laurent Cohen-Tanugi, who is the only French lawyer who has ever served as an FCPA monitor, has ‘considerable experience and is well connected throughout France as well as the United States’. Senior counsel Emmanuel Breen is the other key name in the practice.

Linklaters advises several leading international companies on anti-corruption and whistle-blowing compliance matters. The practice is also highly sought out to advise on Iranian sanctions and is assisting a leading company’s board members with very sensitive bribery and embargo violation investigations. The firm is also strong in dealing with financial services sector and AMF investigations issues. Antitrust programmes are another strength. Arnaud de La Cotardière, Jean-Charles Jaïs, Paul Lignières, Pierre Zelenko and Marc Perrone are the names to note.

Taylor Wessing advises French and international companies on the setting up of anti-corruption compliance programmes. The firm is also acting as a United Nations expert in assisting a corporation with its compliance programme review and monitoring. Paul-Albert Iweins, Markus Asshoff, Gilles Amsallem and Evelyne Friedel are the main contacts.

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