Dispute resolution: White-collar crime in France

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat manages a large and outstanding caseload. The firm is appointed by France's largest companies, as well as leading international corporations and banks. The sizeable team is notably handling landmark tax fraud cases and defending leading US internet platforms facing proceedings in which their business model and ability to operate in France are directly at stake. The firm is also involved in various international corruption, bribery, fraud and securities-related matters. Practice head Eric Dezeuze is one of the country's most highly regarded white-collar defence lawyers. Guillaume Pellegrin is the other key member, while litigator Jean-Daniel Bretzner also regularly contributes.

Practice head(s):

Eric Dezeuze

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Pellegrin

Work highlights

  • Acting for Airbnb in handling judicial recourse initiated by a number of players in the hotel industry attempting to restrain Airbnb’s activities.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier's dedicated team manages an impressive caseload and has recently been instructed to handle and coordinate the appeal proceedings of one of France's most important cases in the country's history. The highly able team acts for many leading companies, as well as public and private sector companies' CEO, agents and executives. It also represents political figures and former governmental ministers. The practice handles a wide variety of matters and has particular expertise dealing with public and private sectors' agents' corruption, criminal tax, labour law and other corporate-related accusations. It is acting several highly sensitive domestic and international corruption and money laundering investigations. The firm is also handling top political and tax money laundering cases. Christophe Ingrain heads the practice. Jean-Michel Darrois and counsel Rémi Lorrainare also noted.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Ingrain

Other key lawyers:

Rémi Lorrain

Key clients

EDF

Oberthur Technologies

Sanef

La Banque Postale

Danone

Casino

Work highlights

  • Acting for LafargeHolcim and Lafarge SA in criminal investigations regarding the latter’s Syrian activities launched in relation to accusations of complicity of crimes against humanity, financing of terrorist enterprises and endangering of lives.
  • Representing the International Olympic Committee, as a civil party, in two judicial investigations relating to corruption and money laundering accusations regarding the award of the Olympic Games in Rio and Tokyo, and the doping within the Russian Athletic Federation.
  • Assisting Veolia with ongoing Romanian authorities’ investigations for alleged corruption regarding water supply contracts.

TEMIME

TEMIME is regularly involved in some of the market’s most high-profile white-collar cases and has a very impressive track record. The firm is currently acting in the landmark UBS tax fraud appeal case. Hervé Temime is highly regarded. Other key individuals include Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, Julia Minkowski, Martin Reynaud and Léon del Forno.

Veil Jourde

Veil Jourde has more than 30 years of experience handling top criminal law cases in France. The firm is currently involved in many of the country's landmark cases, dealing with various matters ranging from international corruption and tax fraud to industrial accidents and criminal employment law issues. It is also dealing with several highly publicised cases involving the political sphere. The firm is appointed by leading companies and high-profile individuals. It represented Société Générale in signing France’s first judicial settlement on grounds of international corruption allegations. The firm is also defending UBS in France’s largest ever prosecuted tax fraud laundering trial, as well as Orange’s former CEO in the landmark Orange suicides case. Jean Veil and Georges Jourde co-chair the practice. Also involved are the highly regarded Emmanuel Rosenfeld, Pierre-François Veil and François Esclatine.

Practice head(s):

Jean Veil; Georges Jourde

Key clients

Société Générale

Total

Lagardère

Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company Limited

UBS AG

Didier Lombard

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Work highlights

  • Representing Société Générale in signing France’s first judicial settlement for international corruption allegations in relation to the Libor and Libya cases.
  • Defending UBS in a high-profile tax fraud laundering trial.
  • Defending Orange’s former CEO in the Orange suicides trial.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP handles a high volume of criminal tax-related matters including several headline cases, defending leading banks, companies and their corporate officers. The group also manages a large variety of cases, spanning corruption, industrial issues and asbestos-related matters. The team is also assisting clients with conducting internal investigations and is advising several major pharmaceutical companies. The firm has a leading banking criminal regulatory expertise and is active in several cases in the art sector. Denis Chemla and Hippolyte Marquetty co-chair the practice. Also recommended is counsel Dan Benguigui, who has strong criminal banking regulatory expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Dan Benguigui

Testimonials

A very dynamic, highly responsive and available team.’

‘The firm provides practical advice and good insight in the actual functioning of the different French authorities.’

‘Hippolyte Marquetty is extremely skilled, responsive and practical. He perfectly understands his clients’ goals and knows how to put together a well adapted and perfectly suited strategy.’

Key clients

BNPP

Credit Suisse

Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

EDF

HSBC

McDonald’s

Natixis

SEITA

Total

UBS

Vaillant Group

Worldpay

Mr Sergey Bubka

Work highlights

  • Defending UBS in high-profile tax fraud proceedings before French courts.
  • Representing UBS Luxembourg in criminal investigations led by the French criminal authorities in relation to the Madoff fraud.
  • Defending Danske Bank in criminal investigations led by the Financial division of the Paris Criminal Court in relation to money-laundering and tax evasion accusations.

Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I.

White-collar criminal law boutique Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I. is retained by leading international, US and French companies, their CEOs and executives and high-profile individuals to assist in the context of sensitive cases. The practice manages a strong caseload, including high-profile corruption, tax fraud, industrial accidents and other fraud-related matters. It recently acted for Google in the negotiation of France’s first judicial settlement for tax fraud allegations with the National Financial Prosecutor. It was also involved in the Uramin and Kazakhgate corruption cases. The highly regarded Antonin Lévy and Ophélia Claude also advise companies on setting up compliance programmes and on dealing with compliance audits. They are also sought out to help with conducting internal inquiries and have experience handling World Bank-led investigations.

Practice head(s):

Antonin Lévy; Ophélia Claude

Work highlights

  • Acted for Google in the negotiation of France’s first judicial settlement for tax fraud allegations with the National Financial Prosecutor.

Bougartchev Moyne Associés

White-collar criminal cases are a speciality of litigation boutique Bougartchev Moyne Associés. The firm receives a high amount of instructions from leading foreign law firms and is particularly adept at handling sophisticated and cross-border matters. It manages a diverse caseload for high-profile individuals, including Middle Eastern clients and oligarchs, as well as leading industrial, defence and aerospace companies, banks and investment funds. The practice is involved in many top cases, spanning international corruption, criminal tax, money laundering, criminal banking law and bribery accusations. Kiril Bougartchev and Emmanuel Moyne jointly head the practice. Senior associates Sébastien Muratyan, Geoffroy Goubin and Edward Huylebrouck provide strong support.

Chemarin & Limbour

Chemarin & Limbour's team defends companies and individuals. It is involved in several high-profile cases, dealing with various issues including labour law, industrial accidents, public sector procurements and international corruption-related matters. The firm was notably selected by key client Orange to defend it in first instance proceedings relating to a headline case concerning a past wave of employee suicides. The firm also recently secured the dismissal of charges for a number of clients facing investigations or trial proceedings. Practice head Claudia Chemarin is highly praised. Matthias Guillou is also involved.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Chemarin

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Guillou

Testimonials

‘The firm provides high-level quality services.

‘The firm has excellent skills and in-depth experience.

‘Claudia Chemarin is a very high-level lawyer who wins a lot of her cases. She has extended knowledge and a very good track-record. She has also the ability to have a 360 degree vision and she is very good at anticipating issues well ahead.

Key clients

Areva

Loomis

Orange

Work highlights

  • Defended Orange in a first instance trial relating to a past wave of employee suicides at the company.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is at the front line in the market's groundbreaking Airbus case in which the firm is acting for the aerospace constructor in facing criminal investigations jointly conducted by French, UK and US authorities. The team is also defending several leading French, US and Chinese banks as well as private banks in a range of matters, including a high-profile tax fraud case and a French Ponzi scheme. The firm is also handling various fraud cases for companies and investment funds, and managing a long-running and high-profile drug product liability case. Thomas Baudesson and Charles-Henri Boeringer head the practice.

Testimonials

‘An outstanding team that brings together top-notch specialists. The firm always leads the way and is at the forefront of shaping legal developments.’

‘Thomas Baudesson has outstanding professional skills and is very experienced.’

‘Charles-Henri Boeringer is a phenomenal lawyer, combining strategic thinking with care for all details. He is extremely knowledgeable. He is able to think outside the box and connects with other areas of laws. He is one of the most talented criminal law specialists and compliance lawyers on the French legal scene.’

Key clients

Airbus

Work highlights

  • Acting for Airbus Group in a corruption-related criminal investigation jointly conducted by French Parquet National Financier, the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice.

Courrégé-Foreman

White-collar and litigation boutique Courrégé-Foreman manages an impressive caseload and is entrusted by many leading companies. The firm has a strong presence in the aviation and industrial sector where it acts for high-profile corporations including Safran. It regularly handles cases following engine issues and helicopter crashes and accidents. The firm is also defending Total in long-running proceedings concerning an explosion at the AZF chemical plant in Toulouse in 2001. In other work, it is handling high-profile international corruption investigations, as well major fraud and money laundering cases. Founding partners Mauricia Courrégé and Simon Foreman are highly regarded. Of counsel Hugo Lévy is also noted.

Other key lawyers:

Hugo Lévy

Testimonials

‘The firm has experience handling complex criminal cases, is able to work well together with other teams, is rigorous and discreet.’

‘Mauricia Courrégé is a superb strategist, realistic and thoughtful, and able to master all the details of a case. She is organised and thorough.’

Key clients

SAFRAN

TOTAL

AEROPORTS DE PARIS

UBER

DIRECTION GENERALE DE L’AVIATION CIVILE

Work highlights

  • Defending Total in long-running proceedings concerning an explosion at the AZF chemical plant in Toulouse in 2001.
  • Defending Uber’s drivers in various proceedings launched across the country for violation of transport law provisions.
  • Successfully defended an executive of Bank SA Landsbanki Luxemburg in the first instance Landsbanki trial pertaining to a loan offer and life insurance contracts.

Delecroix Gublin Associés

Delecroix Gublin Associés fields a highly flexible and international team that advises clients in every part of the world. Practice head Alexis Gublin is entrusted by top French and foreign companies, their executives, and high-profile individuals and state institutions to handle highly sensitive matters. He works on case management: designing worldwide case strategies and handling issues having strong geopolitical ties. The firm is regularly involved in top matters in the defence, armament, aeronautics, automobile and naval sectors. The boutique is also involved in the high-profile Carlos Ghosn and Dieselgate cases.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Gublin

Testimonials

The firm shows remarkable responsiveness and total availability. The very well performing team demonstrates rare creative ability to find solutions where others see problems.

‘Alexis Gublin provides unique and exceptional services. He is able to put together a defence team across various countries. He has excellent corporate criminal law expertise and a very strong knowledge of the peculiarities of the defence sector. He shows high ability to extract the most important pieces of information out of an enormous pile. His oral pleading skills are also remarkable in terms of clarity, conviction and legal demonstration.

Key clients

Airbus

Oilprom

DCNS’ CEO

Work highlights

  • Defended Orange’s general manager in the Orange suicides trial at first instance.

FTMS Avocats

FTMS Avocats handles white-collar and public civil liberties cases. The firm is involved in many of the market’s leading cases tied to the political sphere, defending politicians, ministers and elected individuals. The team is also involved in the media, culture and sport industries and has strong knowledge of press law issues. The firm is notably acting for former French Ecology Minister François de Rugy who resigned following various accusations released by online newspaper Mediapart. The firm also handles other types of white-collar cases, including significant international corruption case, as well as managing several cases for former African presidents and high-ranking officials. Pierre-Olivier Sur and Mathias Chichportich are the practice heads.

Key clients

Accor

TF1

Tereos

French National Football League

Work highlights

  • Acting for former French Ecology Minister François de Rugy who resigned following various accusations released by online newspaper Mediapart.
  • Defended Isabelle Balkany, as former Deputy President of the Hauts-de-Seine Departmental Council and wife of Mayor Patrick Balkany, in a high-profile tax fraud laundering first-instance trial.
  • Acting for the French drug regulator agency in the Mediator drug trial.

SCP French Cornut-Gentille

SCP French Cornut-Gentille handles an impressive range of cases of the highest importance, including headline tax fraud and international corruption cases, including the UBS and Lafarge cases. The boutique firm was also at the forefront in the Orange suicides first-instance trial. Pierre Cornut-Gentille is highly regarded. Pauline Lambouroud is the other key name.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Cornut-Gentille

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Lambouroud

Haïk & Associés

Haïk & Associés is regularly entrusted with major political and financial cases, including defending former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a high-profile matter. The firm represents French and international companies, CAC 40 executives and high-profile individuals, as some well as some African states. The firm also handles media law and international criminal matters. Pierre Haïk and Jacqueline Laffont have extensive experience. François Artuphel is also highly recommended.

Huc-Morel Labrousse Avocats

Boutique firm Huc-Morel Labrousse Avocats has a core focus on general and white-collar criminal law. The firm is retained by leading French and international companies, as well as high-ranking corporate officers and CEOs and high-profile individuals. The firm is involved in several landmark cases notably pertaining to tax fraud, international corruption and bribery investigations. The practice is jointly headed by the highly regarded Nicolas Huc-Morel and Cédric Labrousse. Julie Freal-Saison was promoted to the partnership.

Other key lawyers:

Julie Freal-Saison

Key clients

Alstom

Volkswagen AG

Thales

Former CEO of ALTRAN

Senior partner of Baupost

SOCIETE PROTECTRICE DES ANIMAUX

Françoise BETTENCOURT

Work highlights

  • Successfully filed charges on behalf of Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, the daughter of Liliane Bettencourt and heiress of the L’Oréal company,  and her family, against several individuals convicted for taking advantage over Liliane Bettencourt’s mental vulnerability in order to receive expensive gifts and large amounts of money.
  • Acting for Volkswagen in the Dieselgate case.
  • Defending Altran’s former CEO prosecuted for forgery and use of forged documents and  dissemination of misleading financial information.

Kiejman & Marembert

Kiejman & Marembert acts on behalf of companies and high-ranking executives facing international corruption investigations and trials. The firm is also representing several major banks, as well as tax lawyers, in sensitive tax fraud cases and is also handling high-profile money-laundering cases. Thierry Marembert is highly regarded.

Cabinet Maisonneuve

Boutique firm Cabinet Maisonneuve is handling many high-profile files, touching upon sensitive international and domestic corruption and financial issues, acting for high-ranking executives. The firm is also very active in the political sphere; it defends former high-level public agents, elected officials and other individuals facing investigations in relation to the public sector. It has been retained by the European Parliament to help launch charges against three French political parties accused of diverting European funds to finance their own political parties. It was also recently active in a headline case in the healthcare sector. Patrick Maisonneuve is very well regarded. Other key members are Antoine Maisonneuve and new recruit Bérénice de Warren, who joined as partner from Veil Jourde where she was formerly senior associate and bolsters the firm's ability to handle financial crime cases.

Key clients

Paris-Saint Germain Football Club

LVMH

European Parliament

Work highlights

  • Representing the European Parliament in launching charges against three French political parties accused of diverting European funds to finance their own political parties.
  • Defended a former HR executive in the Orange suicides first instance trial.
  • Defending Orano’s former head of the BU Mines in high-profile investigations.

Marsigny Gosset Avocats

White-collar and criminal law boutique Marsigny Gosset Avocats fields a team of specialised criminal lawyers. The firm is handling many high-profile investigation and trial cases, spanning diverse issues and sectors, on behalf of companies, executives as well as political and private individuals. It is notably involved in several headline matters in relation to international corruption and  healthcare, and the political sphere. Emmanuel MarsignyLouis Guesdon and Cyril Gosset are the practice heads.

Testimonials

‘Emmanuel Marsigny is available, takes initiatives, shows great listening skills, is very involved and knows well his clients.’

Key clients

SNCF

The family of Mr Hongwei Meng

Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue

Former French Ministry of Justice Jean-Jacques Urvoas

CARREFOUR

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of Interpol’s former president in relation to his disappearance in China in 2018.
  • Defending SNCF Mobilité in criminal investigations following the derailment of a train in Brétigny-Sur-Orge.
  • Defending Jean-Pierre Aubry in the high-profile Balkany money-laundering case.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing acts for leading companies, as well as national, private and international banks, in addition to individuals such as company officers, politicians, lawyers and bailiffs. Practice head Paul-Albert Iweins is handling high-profile cases, notably in the political sphere and in relation to corruption, money laundering and tax fraud allegations. He is currently active in a very sensitive corruption case. The firm also regularly handles matters in the sport, film and media sectors. Benoît Goulesque-Monaux is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paul-Albert Iweins

Work highlights

  • Representing Thierry Herzog, as lawyer to France’s former President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, in several criminal investigations into potential breach of professional secrecy, violation of professional confidentiality, active bribery and traffic of influence.
  • Representing the Central Bank of central African States regarding funds embezzlement acts committed by its employees and staff.
  • Acting for Swiss Banque Reyl in money laundering and tax fraud investigations.

Altana

Altana’s Philippe Goossens is highly regarded and is regularly instructed to act on sensitive cases, including money-laundering, international corruption and criminal labour law matters.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy is handling a vast array of cases ranging from money laundering and securities issues to tax fraud and matters involving the public and the private sectors. The firm is instructed by leading French and international companies or their CEOS, as well as by individuals. It is involved in several top cases; it defended Orange’s former head of human resources in the Orange suicides and moral harassment case at first instance. Benjamin van Gaver, Marie Danis and Basile Ader jointly head the practice which further strengthened its ranks by hiring the highly regarded Astrid Mignon Colombet from Soulez Larivière Avocats. Counsel Olivier Attias is another key name in the team.

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Attias

Key clients

Philip Morris Group

Work highlights

  • Defended Orange’s former head of human resources in the Orange suicides and moral harassment first instance case trial.
  • Assisting a former senior manager of Areva in the Uramin investigations.

BG2V

The team at BG2V handles a broad array of cases. The group is notably defending companies or executive officers involved in alleged fraud, money laundering and corruption cases for acts committed in France or overseas. It is also defending high-profile foreign citizens entangled in sensitive investigations in France. Other work includes representing several leading French and international companies, including a blue-chip internet corporation, in dealing with various matters including blackmail and defamation issues. The group also represents sport federations, clubs and athletes and was recently involved in a major corruption case in the sport sector. Karim Beylouni and Julien Vernet are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Karim Beylouni; Julien Vernet

Bird & Bird

Since publication of the ranking, Jean Tamalet left the firm.

Boken

Litigation boutique Boken represents major financial institutions and corporations, along with leading companies' directors, before criminal courts. The firm is handling several landmark cases dealing with international corruption, tax fraud, money laundering and securities issues. The firm is also involved in a major industrial disaster. Antoine Beauquier is noted.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Beauquier

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is currently acting in several high-profile cases, notably in relation to tax fraud and international corruption allegations. The team is representing Nissan in a case involving its former CEO Carlos Ghosn. It is also a popular choice for issues relating to criminal securities law. Leading corporations and asset management companies as well as their management and some private individuals are clients. Jean-Yves Garaud is the key contact. Counsel Guillaume de Rancourt is also active in the space.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Yves Garaud

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume de Rancourt 

Key clients

Nissan

Rothschild

Royal Bank of Canada

Managers of Baupost Group

IDEMIA

Iskander Makhmudov

Work highlights

  • Representing Nissan in dealing with claims relating to Nissan’s former CEO Carlos Ghosn.
  • Representing Rothschild in civil and criminal proceedings brought by Scor against Covea, its former CEO, Thierry Derez, and Rothschild further to the takeover bid made by Covea for Scor’s shares.
  • Defending a manager of US investment Baupost in a tax fraud trial.

Coat Haut de Sigy de Roux

White-collar criminal law boutique firm Coat Haut de Sigy manages a strong caseload. The team is regularly retained by leading French banks to handle complex and sensitive files, notably involving a high amount of claimants and relating to financial products and investments. The firm's caseload also extends beyond the banking world and it is defending several politicians and elected individuals. It is also representing major companies or their high-ranking executives in several corruption cases. Julian Christen Coat, Claire de Haut de Sigy and Louis-Marie de Roux jointly head the practice. Senior counsel Michel Beaussier also provides support.

Other key lawyers:

Michel Beaussier

Key clients

Mr. Habib Cissé

 

Work highlights

  • Defending Mr. Habib Cissé as former adviser to the International Association of Athletics Federations in connection with French investigations into bribery accusations related to the Russian doping scandal.

Farthouat Avocats

White-collar criminal law boutique firm Farthouat Avocats acts for major French companies and their corporate officers in dealing with various matters, including corruption and money laundering cases, misuse of company assets, securities, tax fraud and labour offences. The firm is also handling several cases in the industrial and healthcare sectors, notably one case dealing with major pollution accusations and another concerning the aftermath of a plant explosion. The team also acts for clients as victims of data and document theft. Jean-René Farthouat, Nathalie Roret, Nicolas Boulay and Nicolas Cassart are recommended.

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

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. acts for banks, companies and high-level officers. The practice manages a broad range of cases, spanning sensitive corruption issues as well as matters relating to public tenders or involving the criminal liability of public officials, in France and overseas, notably in Africa. It is also dealing with tax fraud and abuse of companies’ assets cases, as well as matters linked to major industrial accidents. The practice is jointly headed by Bruno Quentin, Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry and new arrival Sophie Scemla, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP.

Key clients

SNCF

Top manager of Business France

Mr. Alexander Studhalter

AhTop

Work highlights

  • Acting for SNCF Mobilités in criminal proceedings initiated following a major train accident that occurred in Eckwersheim in November 2015.
  • Representing a top manager from public sector agency Business France in the course of criminal investigations conducted on favouritism grounds and relating to the organisation of a “French Tech” event during the CES in Las Vegas in 2016.
  • Acting for Swiss businessman Alexander Studhalter in facing tax fraud laundering accusations in relation to real-estate transactions (Kerimov case).

Gutkès Avocats

Headed by Olivier Gutkès, Gutkès Avocats has a particular focus on cases related to the health sector, employment and various industrial sectors. The seven-lawyer boutique also deals with fraud, corruption and financial crime cases. Major international companies and executives are clients.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Gutkès

Key clients

TÜV RHEINLAND

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI handles handling fraud, corruption and doping cases, as well as matters related to the political sphere. Practice head Alexis Werl represents major financial institutions, corporations, former members of the French government, top executives and private investors.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Werl

Key clients

Crédit Immobilier de France

Work highlights

  • Advising Crédit Immobilier de France in the Apollonia real estate fraud investigations.

Navacelle

Boutique firm Navacelle has particular expertise in defending foreign and domestic companies, banks or their employees facing investigations carried out by French and international authorities (including the DoJ, SEC, SFO and FCA regulators). The firm is involved in several corruption, tax fraud and money laundering investigations led by the French, UK and US authorities regarding acts committed in France and overseas, notably in Africa, South America and Asia. Stéphane De Navacelle heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane de Navacelle

Pech de Laclause Bathmanabane & Associés

Pech de Laclause Bathmanabane & Associés has a varied caseload, encompassing trade secrets and spying issues, national and international corruption and other types of fraud and corporate asset abuse-related allegations. The practice is notably involved in several sensitive cross-border corruption cases. The firm also has strong know-how in dealing with criminal employment law files. It is notably defending leading contractors and major international companies facing accusations of employment concealment. The group also has expertise representing accounting firms and officers charged in civil and criminal liability cases and is also involved in sensitive product liability cases, notably in relation to the food industry. Philippe Pech de Laclause and Emmanuel Gouesse are key names. Arnaud Péricard is also involved.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is involved in several landmark cases. The firm is representing Renault in the Carlos Ghosn case and is also acting for a high-profile company facing coordinated international investigations from various countries on international corruption grounds. The team is equally strong at handling domestic and large-scale international files. It is notably acting in several high-profile French political cases. The firm also advises key clients in the aerospace sector. Practice head Kami Haeri is highly regarded, as is counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons.

Practice head(s):

Kami Haeri

Other key lawyers:

Valérie Munoz-Pons

Reinhart Marville Torre

Reinhart Marville Torre is defending several leading French companies and banks facing criminal investigations. The firm also represents companies and insurers involved in criminal employment law cases as well as professional or product liability disputes. Jean Reinhart is the key name in the practice. Also involved are Agathe Moreau and Olivier Bluche.

Practice head(s):

Jean Reinhart

Schapira Associés

White-collar criminal law boutique Schapira Associés acts for leading companies and individuals. The team is notably involved in several of France's leading international corruption and money laundering cases. It is also dealing with several domestic investigations and trials, notably launched over fraud and corruption accusations relating to public procurement. The firm has been entrusted by Casino to act for the company in a high-profile investigation led by the Parquet National Financier. The group is also involved in the Dubai and Panama Papers cases, and in several political cases. Sebastien Schapira and Marion Grégoire are key names.

Work highlights

  • Representing Casino in a high-profile investigation led by the Parquet National Financier.
  • Defending one of LafargeHolcim’s former employees following high-profile investigations conducted into terrorism financing regarding the multinational’s past operations in Syria.

VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats

VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats' sizeable team manages a various caseload. The firm is involved in several landmark cases and is notably defending a foreign businessman in a high-profile international corruption case. In addition, the firm is also involved in two separate high-profile health and safety-related cases pertaining to food poisoning and a fraud committed in the food sector. The practice is handling numerous fraud, bribery and money laundering cases for companies and their high-ranking officers and businessmen. Emmanuel Daoud chairs the practice. Emmanuel Mercinier and César Ghrénassia are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Daoud

Visconti & Grundler

White-collar crime and financial litigation boutique Visconti & Grundler's team is involved in many high-profile international corruption cases, involving the US and other parts of the world, including Brazil. It is also handling several significant political and tax laundering cases at a domestic level. The firm is often retained by current or former executives of leading French companies, including Société Générale, Technip and Alstom for high-profile investigations. It also assists various individuals, including Syria’s former Vice President in the Ill-gotten good case. Major French and US companies are also clients. Benjamin Grundler and Julien Visconti jointly head the practice.

Work highlights

  • Defending Syria’s former Vice President in the Ill-gotten good case.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is regularly retained by leading French banks to act in the context of domestic and international investigations in relation to money laundering and tax fraud accusations. The firm is also assisting leading corporations facing French and international corruption investigations. It also represents clients in dealing with a large variety of matters. Ludovic Malgrain and Jean-Pierre Picca are the key names behind the practice. Also involved are counsels Jean-Lou Salha and Anastasia Pitchouguina.

Testimonials

The team is available and highly proficient.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Bourbon

Crédit Agricole

Facebook

Oberthur

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is defending several leading French and US companies, or their executives, in the context of international corruption investigations launched by French, US and other international authorities. The practice is involved in highly sensitive cases, dealing with corruption and fraud allegations. It also assists French companies in the setting up of compliance programmes. The team successfully represented a multinational telecoms company which was prosecuted on charges of corruption of foreign public officials in South America. Dominique Mondoloni and Grégoire Bertrou are key names.

Work highlights

  • Represented a multinational telecoms company which was prosecuted on charges of corruption of foreign public officials in South America.

DS Avocats

Testimonials

‘Guillaume Selnet is responsive and flexible, both specialised and versatile.’

Alerion

Practice head(s):

Jacques Bouyssou

Testimonials

‘Jacques Bouyssou is an immensely talented litigator with a wide breadth of international experience and expertise.’

Key clients

QATAR AIRWAYS

FERROGLOBE

Antès Avocats

Baro Alto

Practice head(s):

Caroline Joly

Testimonials

‘The team has great legal knowledge and perfectly understands matters at stake.’

‘The team provides relevant analysis and shows great determination in defending clients’ interests. It shows great creativity in dealing with issues.’

‘Caroline Joly shows great expertise and responsiveness. She is very professional and accessible. She also has excellent understanding of the banking sector. Clients feel confident in her hands.’

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Practice head(s):

Loïc Henriot

Testimonials

‘Loïc Henriot thinks outside the box and tries innovative legal approaches. He is pragmatic and combines business sense with thorough technical knowledge.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Alexis Kuperfis in an insider trading case.
  • Acting for shipping company Sat Nui and its chairman following deaths of employees.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Practice head(s):

Antoine Kirry; Frederick Davis

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Bisch

Testimonials

‘Antoine Kirry has great experience and a good view of both sides of the Atlantic. His approach is truly international without missing the national context. He is a pleasure to work with in cross-border cases.’

‘International counsel Alexandre Bisch has high potential. His ability in spotting risks within un-reviewed information is remarkable, so is his gift of managing and coordinating teams from different jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Société Générale

American Express

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Mattout

Testimonials

‘The team shows quick understanding of issues at stake.’

‘The team is expert, responsive and available.’

‘The team has very good forensic experience and produces high-quality standard work. It is capable of facing and dealing with difficult situations.        

‘Jonathan Mattout cares to get to know the person he is dealing with to best adapt his advice.’

‘Associate Nicolas Pol is thorough and responsive.’

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Practice head(s):

Dominique Penin

Testimonials

‘The firm provides good assistance in finding solutions to white-collar crime issues.’

Lantourne & Associés

Testimonials

‘A hardworking team which has an excellent network and great ability to come up with innovative solutions in ongoing criminal proceedings.’

‘A professional team that delivers well-researched and spot-on arguments. Lawyers take time to listen to their clients.’

‘Maurice Lantourne understands perfectly the underlying business world and more specifically its financial aspects.’

LPA-CGR avocats

Testimonials

‘The team is highly available and shows great professionalism.’

‘Alexandre de Konn demonstrates an exceptional personal commitment, a rare knowledge of the cases he is dealing with and is completely adept at representing his clients before the French courts and at dealing with important procedural issues.’

Key clients

BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE (BNF)

SOCIÉTÉ FONCIÈRE LYONNAISE (SFL)

CONSEIL RÉGIONAL DES NOTAIRES DE LA COUR D’APPEL DE PARIS

LINDT & SPRÜNGLI

PIETRASANTA

BUTIN – SEDIC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Société Foncière Lyonnaise as the victim of blackmailing and extortion acts in relation to a large real estate project in Paris.

Nério Avocats

Practice head(s):

Eric Deprez; Alain Salgado

Testimonials

‘Alain Salgado provides fine analysis of cases and situations.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

Practice head(s):

Christian Dargham

Key clients

Emerisque Group (MCS)

UBS

Work highlights

  • Representing UBS/Les Docks Lyonnais in handling and coordinating 30 civil and criminal proceedings subsequent to the termination of an asset management agreement and a shareholders’ dispute with Shaftesbury.

Paul Hastings LLP

Practice head(s):

Philippe Bouchez

Seban & Associés