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Bredin Prat is one of the must sought-after firms for domestic sensitive cases, especially in the stock market, corporate and financial sectors. The practice is involved in a series of landmark tax, fraud, money-laundering and corruption cases for the world's largest French and international companies and banks. Highlights included representing Gecina in a dispute with its former CEO Joaquín Rivero, Mr Wildenstein in the famous eponymous tax estate case, and Airbnb following claims initiated by hotels and travel industry players. It also successfully defended a former member of Altran Technologies’ board in the Altran case. Eric Dezeuze is viewed by many as the very best litigator in town. Also highly recommended are Sébastien Prat and Jean-Daniel Bretzner; Guillaume Pellegrin made partner.

Temime often acts for high-profile individuals. The firm is notably defending businessman Bernard Tapie who is facing trial for embezzlement and misuse of public funds, and Lafarge former's president Bruno Lafont following highly sensitive French investigations regarding the French group's past operations in Syria. It also successfully defended Guy Wildenstein. Hervé Temime ranks among the very best white-collar crime litigators in France and Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, the particularly recommended Julia Minkowski, Martin Reynaud as well as Léon del Forno are other names to note.

Veil Jourde stands out for its high concentration of many of the market's leading figures under one roof: Jean Veil, Emmanuel Rosenfeld, Georges Jourde, Pierre-François Veil and François Esclatine are all among the Paris’ Bar finest. The firm is managing a large high-profile political and financial caseload including top sensitive tax, corruption and money-laundering files. It recently achieved that charges against its client were dropped: the trust was facing prosecution in the high-profile tax fraud Wildenstein cases. The team was also recently involved in the Fillon, Bettencourt, Oil for Food, Karachi and AZF cases, and was called for assistance by Kim Kardashian after she was robbed in Paris.

One of the go-to-firms for financial institutions, Allen & Overy LLP is advising on complex matters such as fraud, market abuse, corruption and money-laundering related offenses. The firm is involved in two of France and Europe’s largest ever money-laundering cases, and is dealing with several high-profile tax fraud investigations and proceedings in France. The eight-lawyer team also completed landmark work in negotiating France’s first judiciary settlement following the recent adoption of Loi Sapin II. Finally, the group is well equipped to assist clients with compliance matters and internal investigations. CDC, BNP Paribas, Daimler, HSBC, Oberthur Fiduciaire, McDonald’s, UBS, Total and Vitol are clients. Practice head Denis Chemla ranks among the best for contentious matters while counsel Dan Benguigui has ‘great knowledge of the banking sector and is of great assistance to clients’.

Founded in January 2017, Bougartchev Moyne Associés’ ‘always available and responsive’ ten-lawyer team ‘shows great knowledge of how companies operate and of the financial industry’ and has ‘a modern approach to criminal law’. Not least because of its strong understanding of the banking and defence sectors, the group rapidly grew its client base and caseload with high-profile instructions and now frequently acts for leading companies, high-level executives, investment funds, banking institutions and family offices. It is involved in several leading cases dealing with fraud, corruption and misuse of corporate assets, but is also called upon to advise in the context of international investigations. The practice is led by two former members of Linklaters: Kiril Bougartchev whose ‘high tactical vision is a great asset in complex cases’, and the ‘astute’ Emmanuel Moyne who ‘is dedicated to his clients regardless the time of the day, is fully committed to assist with every singly detail of a case and whose acute analysis makes him a key adviser for strategic cases’.

Fischer, Tandeau de Marsac, Sur & Associés’ ‘highly technical, responsive, available and flexible’ team shows ‘great writing and pleading abilities’ and provides ‘valuable and high quality support’. It is involved in several leading political, financial and industrial cases including the carbon tax case and also represented former minister Pierre Lellouche in the Bygmalion case. The French Professional Football league is another key client. Finally, the firm has strong know-how in dealing with African-related cases, where it regularly represents African presidents and acted in the Abidjan Novotel Captives case. Former Paris Bar president Pierre-Olivier Sur is highly regarded and recently promoted partner Mathias Chichportich is also involved. Nathalie Schmelck founded Chabert Lastelle Schmelck. Clémence Witt left the firm.

French Cornut-Gentille’s ‘immense’ Pierre Cornut-Gentille ranks among the country’s very best and is retained by high-level executives and leading French corporations to assist in sensitive cases, especially in the political and financial areas. The firm is defending Pénélope Fillon in the eponymous case and successfully defended François Pérol, President Nicolas Sarkozy's former adviser, during his presidential mandate whose subsequent appointment as head of French banking group BPCE's president drew judicial charges.

Haïk & Associés ranks among the top specialised firms for white-collar crime matters in France and benefits from longstanding experience. The firm notably defended Patrick de Maistre in the high-profile Bettencourt case and is advising former President Nicolas Sarkozy on judicial investigations. Pierre Haïk and Jacqueline Laffont are highly praised.

The ‘excellent’ Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is ‘responsive, provides good advice in English and French and is a safe pair of hands’. The five-lawyer team is managing a prominent caseload including sensitive political, tax fraud, corruption and financial services matters; it also regularly deals with international issues and has particular experience in advising on compliance issues, and in the context of external or internal investigations for leading French companies. It is representing Google France in a tax fraud case, former Prime Minister and former presidential candidate François Fillon in the Penelopegate case, as well as LVMH’s security director. Bouygues, SNCF Réseau, Airbus and Renault are other key clients. Antonin Lévy is highly recommended.

Kiejman & Marembert represents many leading international and Anglophone clients, including high-level executives, banks and investment funds, in landmark tax fraud and money-laundering cases. It is also dealing with stock market-related criminal files and has particular experience in handling multijurisdictional cases. Georges Kiejman is a well-established leading Paris Bar figure. Thierry Marembert and Paul Le Fèvre are recommended.

Six-lawyer boutique firm Cabinet Maisonneuve handles high-profile cases, particularly often in the political, healthcare and sports sectors. It is involved in the leading Bygmalion, Médiator and Uramin cases and defended former economy minister Christine Lagarde during her trial before the Cour de Justice de la République regarding her past involvement in the Tapie arbitration case. Patrick Maisonneuve is an established leading name and Antoine Maisonneuve is one to follow.

Marsigny Gosset Avocats (previously Marsigny Avocats) fields an ‘excellent’ six-lawyer team that represents leading French and international companies, their executives as well as private individuals in contentious financial services, political, tax fraud, money-laundering and international corruption matters. The team is notably defending Equatorial Guinea‘s former Vice-President against money-laundering claims in the famous Biens mal acquis case, and SNCF Mobilité following the Brétigny-Sur-Orge train accident. The ‘genius’ Emmanuel Marsigny is highly regarded, while Louis Guesdon is also a strong adviser.

Taylor Wessing is frequently handling high-profile financial and political matters: the group notably defended Swiss Banque Reyl in the Cahuzac tax fraud case as well as several key members of the Paris Bar who are facing criminal proceedings, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Bernard Tapie’s defence lawyers in two landmark cases. The practice is also active in the entertainment and media sectors and represented professional football player Mathieu Valbuena in a litigious matter. Banque de France, Coface, Mondadori Magazine, IBM and Chambre Nationale des Huissiers de Justice are clients.¬¬¬ Practice head and former head of the Paris Bar Paul-Albert Iweins is highly regarded and Benoît Goulesque-Monaux is also involved.

Altana’s Philippe Goossens represents leading companies facing proceedings for fraud, employment law and work accidents-related issues. The firm is particularly involved in the engineering sector.

Bochamp handles a diverse range of cases concerning corruption, favouritism, breach of trust, money laundering and tax fraud charges for companies, banks, public-sector entities, high-level executives and private individuals facing proceedings in France or abroad, especially in Africa and Asia. It is notably active in sensitive cases in the political and defence areas. Chinese and Asian clients also turn to the firm. François Géry and Nicolas Demard are in charge. Yasong Lin regularly assists Chinese clients, while Olivier Steck and Jérôme Piton add complementary public law expertise; Corentine Tourres is the key contact for employment-related issues.

Boken is frequently involved in leading political, financial and international corruption cases and notably defended former Prime Minister Edouard Balladur in the financial Karachi case, and the former bank’s president in the Landsbanki bank case. Félix de Belloy shows ‘high expertise, availability, as well as listening and diplomatic abilities’; Antoine Beauquier is another key contact.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is ‘extremely good at dealing with market abuse cases and sophisticated financial criminal cases’ and recently managed several sensitive fraud and corruption cases. It represented Royal Bank of Canada Trust in the landmark Wildenstein tax fraud case, and defended HSBC Holdings in the high-profile Swissleaks tax fraud case. Jean-Yves Garaud ‘is probably one of the market's smartest white-collar litigators, able to fight cases tooth and nail while being respected by judges and prosecutors’. Counsel Delphine Michot is also recommended.

Five-lawyer boutique Courrégé-Foreman is particularly strong in the industrial and aviation sectors and regularly involved in outstanding matters in those areas. It is notably representing Total in the groundbreaking AZF chemical-plant explosion case, and Safran Helicopter Engines following a helicopter crash. The practice is also defending Uber drivers. Mauricia Courrégé and Simon Foreman are highly recommended. New of counsel Hugo Lévy previously worked at Thierry Lévy law firm.

Delecroix Gublin Associés ‘combines international standards services with a tailored boutique spirit’. The firm is handling many sensitive cases raising fraud, corruption and money laundering charges in France and abroad, and has particularly strong know-how in the defence sector for strategic matters. Many leading industrial companies are clients. The team is led by Fabienne Delecroix and ‘real mastermind’ Alexis Gublin, who brings ‘high added value, always keeps his temper’, is ‘great at pleading and has perfect knowledge of complex international cases’; he is also able to ‘put a defence team together anywhere in the world’ and ‘designs innovative solutions that take into account both the international and local environment’.

Dethomas Peltier Juvigny & Associés’ seven-lawyer practice is strongly adept at dealing with financial and stock-market criminal cases and recently secured several victories for its clients: notably, the group obtained the dismissal of all charges against its client Altran Technologies in a high-profile market-abuse criminal case and also successfully challenged the constitutionality of some French regulations in the context of CGG and Airgas’ alleged insider trading investigations. Other work included obtaining the dropping of all charges against its client, the regional manager of UBS East of France, in the most talked-about UBS tax evasion case. Arthur Dethomas and Frédéric Peltier are top litigators.

Farthouat Avocats delivers ‘excellent, swift and precise work’ and demonstrates ‘constant and perfect availability and listening ability during cases’. The ten-lawyer team, which ‘quickly grasps the key issues of a file’, is particularly strong at dealing with cases connected to the healthcare, environment and employment law sectors and is also involved in several sensitive financial services, corruption and abuse of corporate asset cases. Other areas of expertise include assisting companies with anti-corruption programmes. Jean-René Farthouat, Nathalie Roret who shows ‘a perfect mastering of her files and brings great interpersonal skills and fine analysis abilities’, Nicolas Boulay and Nicolas Cassart jointly head the practice.

The ‘available, responsive and efficient’ Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is notably involved in several high-profile public sector cases and represented one of SNCF’s top-managers following the Bretigny train accident in 2013, and SNCF Mobilités following a major train accident which occurred in Eckwersheim in 2015. Other recent work includes defending one of public agency Business France’s top managers regarding favouritism investigations linked to the organisation of a French tech event in Las Vegas in 2016 and advising on several fraud and corruption issues in Africa. Bruno Quentin is highly recommended. Also involved are Michel Pitron and the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, who is also a ‘great listener’.

Henri Leclerc & Associés’s Henri Leclerc ranks among the market’s most renowned leading figures, while Frédérique Baulieu is another strong name.

Huc-Morel Labrousse Associés's Nicolas Huc-Morel is a safe pair of hands who is regularly involved in leading cases.

Jeantet is regularly called upon by leading French and international banks facing high-stakes criminal charges. The firm also represents companies, an African state and private individuals. Senior counsel Yves Repiquet, who is now based in Luxembourg, is a renowned figure and Martine Samuelian is also involved in banking and financial services cases. Julien Martinet joined Jeantet.

Lantourne & Associés ‘always provides quality work’ and regularly defends high-level executives facing financial, fraud, corruption or abuse of corporate assets accusations. It also deals with insolvency-related cases. Maurice Lantourne is ‘brilliant’.

Lysias Partners is involved in several high-profile financial services, fraud, corruption and cybercrime cases in the private and public sectors. The firm is representing some 60 victims in the Aristophil fraud case and The City of Paris and the Republic of Ivory Coast are other key clients. Jean-Pierre Mignard, Emmanuel Tordjman and Pierre-Emmanuel Blard are the main contacts.

MI2 Avocats is the result of Thibault de Montbrial and Ingouf Avocats’ merger in January 2017. The newly combined five-lawyer team has particular strong expertise in the defence and security sector and is involved in several sensitive financial and political cases, including the Bygmalion case. It also acts for victims of collective accidents including the Brétigny-sur-Orge train accident. Thibault de Montbrial is well known and the ‘responsive and available’ Marie-Laure Ingouf has ‘great knowledge of the Paris tribunal financial division’ and is ‘capable of pronouncing decisions in a clear and committed manner, notably on subjects where doctrine and jurisprudence are silent’.

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI is active in some of the country’s most talked-about fraud litigation as well as political and financial corruption cases. Headed by Alexis Werl, the five-lawyer team represents major financial institutions, corporations, former members of the French government, top executives and private investors. The practice also manages work-accident matters.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘highly available’ Navacelle Avocats has ‘great knowledge of the financial sector’, ‘perfect knowledge of US and French law’ and great experience in advising on anti-corruption and money laundering international investigations. The firm assists several high-level bank executives, as well leading international companies and their executives with internal investigations and in dealing with French, US, UK and Latin America 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 shows ‘excellent skills, experience and analysis abilities’, and the ‘serious, committed and efficient’ Julie Zorrilla.

Headed by Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi, Paul Hastings LLP's team is involved in several high profile financial, political and employment law criminal cases. It is notably defending former minister Claude Guéant in a series of sensitive matters and also assists leading French companies with the establishment of compliance programmes. Faurecia, Monoprix, Rhodia, Sodexo, Total and Ubisoft are clients.

Pech de Laclause Bathmanabane & Associés ‘efficiently commits itself to win its clients' cases’ and represents high-level executives, leading French companies and accounting firm professionals. It is notably skilled at dealing with criminal employment law matters and regularly handles sensitive international corruption cases. Finally, the firm also assists clients with compliance work. The practice is led by the highly experienced Philippe Pech de Laclause, who has ‘cutting edge tactical and pleading skills’, Emmanuel Gouesse, whose ‘high level in-depth argumentative and investigations abilities’ are particularly praised, and Arnaud Péricard.

The ‘user-friendly, performing and dynamic’ Schapira Associés shows ‘absolute availability’. The four-lawyer boutique is dealing with high-profile international corruption, tax fraud and embezzlement cases, and was notably involved in the most talked-about Cahuzac, Balkany and Dassault cases. Sébastien Schapira and Marion Grégoire are ‘both very high-level professionals’.

Soulez Larivière et Associés is a ‘safe bet’ and ‘extremely influential within France, but also in the international white-collar community’. The firm ‘understands the cross-border criminal law issues multinational clients face and can work with lawyers from around the globe to protect its clients' interests in disputes that span outside of France’. The ten-lawyer team has strong anti-corruption know-how and outstanding expertise in dealing with major industrial accident cases. It is notably representing Société Grande Paroisse and AZF chemical plant's director in the groundbreaking AZF case. Leading French and international companies and banks are also among the group’s clients. Daniel Soulez-Larivière ‘is essentially the father of high-end white collar practice in France’ and the ‘outstanding’ Astrid Mignon Colombet is praised for her ‘thoughtful and measured advice and always displays an excellent grasp of the facts and law’. Aurélia Grignon and Capucine Lanta de Bérard are also involved.

Tamalet Associés is ‘particularly committed to its clients’ who appreciate the firm's ‘ability to defend their interests in complex cases’. The ‘independent, available and agile’ team is handling several high-profile financial and corruption criminal cases, but is also assisting victims in terrorism and state security cases. Jean Tamalet shows ‘perfect mastering of criminal and litigation disciplines’.

Vigo Cabinet d'Avocats’ ‘efficient, responsive and timely’ 12-lawyer team represents leading groups and private individuals in money laundering, tax fraud and corruption cases, thereby exhibiting ‘high professionalism’ and ‘technical and practical expertise’. The group represented Finestim's management team following its commercialisation of a fraudulent financial product created by Aristophil, and the World Anti-Doping Agency following investigations in the athletics area. Aditionally, the firm has ‘real compliance expertise’. Emmanuel Daoud, Julie Ferrari, Emmanuel Mercinier and César Ghrénassia are the key contacts.

White & Case LLP provides ‘a clear strategy and great flexibility’ as well as ‘great knowledge of the banking sector’, where it is recommended for handling ‘complex cases with high financial stakes’. It frequently defends leading French financial institutions facing major French proceedings and deals with highly sensitive international investigations, especially led by US and UK authorities. Recent highlights include representing BNP Paribas Personal Finance in the Helvet Immo loan-related case which concerned around 4,000 potential plaintiffs. Ludovic Malgrain and Jean-Pierre Picca are recommended. Michel Beaussier has retired.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP represents individuals as well as high-profile French and international companies facing fraud, corruption and other criminal charges. The practice notably handles French corruption cases while also advising in the context of US international investigations and assisting with compliance programmes. It is defending Nokia before the French courts following corruption of foreign public officials charges. Air France, Agence Française de Développement, Nokia and Fiducial are clients. Dominique Mondolini is highly recommended and Grégoire Bertrou is another name to note.

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