Mr Eric Dezeuze > Bredin Prat > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Bredin Prat
53 QUAI D'ORSAY
75007 PARIS
France
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Work Department

Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Éric Dezeuze, Partner, is a member of the Litigation team. He specialises in corporate litigation and white-collar criminal defence, advising companies and their senior executives in connection with criminal proceedings before the courts and market authorities.

He is a visiting professor at the University of Paris V Descartes and has written numerous articles on criminal and corporate law.

Languages

French, English, Italian.

Memberships

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1987

Education

He is a graduate of the University of Aix-en-Provence Law School (DEA in criminal studies, 1986).

Lawyer Rankings

Paris > Résolution des litiges > Contentieux boursier

(Les grands avocats du marché: AMF contrôles)

Eric DezeuzeBredin Prat

(Les grands avocats du marché: AMF contrôles)

Eric DezeuzeBredin Prat

Bredin Prat dispose d’une grande renommée en matière de contentieux boursier et de litiges portant sur des sociétés cotées. Ainsi, le cabinet a récemment assuré la défense d’une  entreprise de premier plan dans le cadre de procédures engagées par des actionnaires minoritaires, visant à remettre en cause une opération de fusions-acquisitions approuvée par l’Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). Il agit également en défense de plusieurs sociétés ou de leurs dirigeants dans le cadre d’enquêtes menées par l’AMF, relativement à des accusations de délits d’initiés ou de communication d’informations trompeuses. Eric Dezeuze, Didier Martin et Sébastien Prat, ainsi que Jean-Daniel Bretzner et Ève Duminy sont les principaux intervenants.

Bredin Prat has extensive experience in stock market and listed companies’ litigation. Among the group’s high-profile cases are defences of leading companies facing proceedings launched by minority shareholders challenging a significant M&A transactions approved by the French securities regulator (AMF) and a number of matters involving the defence of companies or their high-level executives facing AMF investigations pertaining to insider trading and communication of misleading information allegations. Eric Dezeuze, senior partner Didier Martin and Sébastien Prat as well as litigators Jean-Daniel Bretzner and Ève Duminy are the key contacts.

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Droit pénal des affaires

(Les grands avocats du marché)

Eric DezeuzeBredin Prat

(Les grands avocats de demain)

Eric DezeuzeBredin Prat

Bredin Prat est mandaté par une clientèle de premier plan, comprenant de grandes entreprises françaises et internationales ainsi que leurs dirigeants, qui lui confient leurs dossiers les plus sensibles ; accusations de corruption, de prise illégale d’intérêt, de détournement de fonds, soupçons d’abus de marché, ou encore infractions de droit pénal du travail et de l’environnement. Le cabinet gère plusieurs des grandes affaires pénales emblématiques du pays. Il défend notamment des banques et de grandes entreprises dans des dossiers de blanchiment de fraude fiscale à très forts enjeux. A la tête de la pratique, Eric Dezeuze est l’un des meilleurs pénalistes du marché. Il est fortement recommandé, ainsi que Guillaume Pellegrin.

A high-profile client base, made of top French and international companies or their executives, turns to Bredin Prat for its most sensitive cases in relation to various matters: corruption, bribery, embezzlement, market abuse allegations, criminal employment law and environmental law issues. The practice is in charge of many of France’s most outstanding current white-collar crime cases. It notably defends banks and leading corporations in high-stakes tax money laundering cases. Practice head Eric Dezeuze is one of the country’s top white-collar crime lawyers. Also recommended is Guillaume Pellegrin.

Paris > Compliance: enquêtes et conformité

Bredin Prat conseille de grandes entreprises françaises en matière de conformité anticorruption et anti-blanchiment, ainsi que relativement aux dispositifs de lanceur d’alerte et au devoir de vigilance. Le cabinet a assisté plusieurs entreprises récemment faisant l’objet d’audits AFA ; il a notamment assisté Imerys et son ancien PDG devant la commission des sanctions de l’AFA – ce qui était seulement la deuxième affaire portée devant la commission des sanctions de ladite institution. Les avocats pénalistes Eric Dezeuze et Guillaume Pellegrin codirigent la pratique.

France > Compliance

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.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime

(Hall of Fame)

Eric DezeuzeBredin Prat

Bredin Prat is home to one of France’s leading white-collar crime practices. The team, led by star partner Eric Dezeuze, is extremely versatile, acting in matters that span corruption, embezzlement, market abuses and tax evasion issues, as well as cases involving criminal offenses in employment and environmental law. The practice is notably handling a high volume of tax evasion and money laundering cases, acting in the most important cases in France, and has been retained by leading public sector operators in relation to industrial accidents. Uber chose the firm for matters that put its entire business model at risk. The practice has an exceptionally diverse client base consisting of leading French and international companies, leading banks and investment funds, as well as executives, bankers, and public sector representatives. Guillaume Pellegrin is the second key name in the practice.

France > Dispute resolution: Stock market litigation

(Leading individuals)

Eric DezeuzeBredin Prat

Bredin Prat ’s practice needs little introduction. The firm defended its position as one of the most established firms in the market with its lead role in the Suez-Veolia headline stock market battle and its involvement in Covéa’s failed bid on Scor. The practice is also a reference for high-level listed company governance issues and for stock market abuse investigations. It is currently defending many listed companies as well as companies’ directors and investment funds in investigations led by the French stock market regulator (AMF) concerning false information and insider trader accusations. The team unites top litigators Jean-Daniel Bretzner, Florian Bouaziz  and Ève Duminy with white-collar experts Eric Dezeuze and Guillaume Pellegrin.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

Leading French business firm Bredin Prat is a staple name on the market for litigation work. Building on the firm’s first-class M&A capabilities, the litigation team naturally handles the largest M&A-related disputes, especially in the field of high-profile publicly listed transactions. The practice notably played a front role in the handling of the Suez-Veolia M&A battle. The team’s impressive credentials also earns it mandates in highly sensitive shareholder and governance conflicts pertaining to top companies. Besides corporate litigation, the practice is retained by the largest French and international corporations to assist with their most strategic cases, handling commercial and liability litigation, as well as proceedings mixing civil, criminal, regulatory or major international aspects. For instance, the practice successfully defended a client before French courts in a strategic liability case relating to the use of the ‘agent orange’ chemical gas during the Vietnam war. The practice is co-headed by Jean-Daniel BretznerFlorian BouazizSébastien Prat and Eve Duminy; as well as by Didier Martin, who primarily acts in stock-market litigation, and by white-collar crime star Eric Dezeuze. Calmann Bellity, Aurélie Patrelle and Tom Vauthier made counsel in January 2021.