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August Debouzy
7 rue de Téhéran
75008 Paris
France

Work Department

Litigation Arbitration White-Collar Crime

Position

Partner

Career

Basile Ader joined August Debouzy in 2018. He is a Former Vice President of the Paris Bar (2018/2019), former member of the Paris Bar Council (2010-2012), former member of the Paris Bar Debating Society (Secrétaire de la Conférence) (1993), former President of the OIAD (Observatoire international des avocats en danger – International observatory for endangered lawyers), former President of Barreau de Paris Solidarité (Paris Bar association of volunteer lawyers) and Managing Editor of Légipresse (magazine on communication law published by Dalloz). Basile Ader also teaches at EFB (Paris Bar School).

Basile Ader is involved in all types of criminal, civil or business disputes pertaining to white-collar crime, media law, art market law, and intellectual property. He has a specific expertise in press criminal law, as managing editor of the French monthly magazine Légipresse since its creation in 1987.

He has created the “Lawyer representing artists and authors” status (avocat mandataire d’artistes et d’auteurs).

Languages

French | English

Memberships

Admitted to the Paris bar in 1988

Education

  • General Private Law Degree (Maîtrise de droit privé général) (University of Paris II)
  • Information and Communication Degree (Licence d’information et de communication) (Institut Français de Presse)
  • Post-graduate degree (DESS) in Law and Communication Management
    (University of Paris I)

Lawyer Rankings

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime

August Debouzy has grown its practice with a number of new high-profile matters from new and established clients, including a number of matters involving current hot topics, such as environmental issues. The practice is managing several crisis situations and proceedings raising highly serious charges, such as complicity of crimes against humanity and other ‘societal’ issues relating to their clients’ activity. The team has also strong know-how in internal investigations and settlement negotiations and is experienced in handling several fraud cases with major stock market and financial implications, as well as high-stakes tax fraud, misuse of corporate assets, money laundering and insider trading cases. In addition to its strong domestic caseload, the practice is also adept at handling cross-border matters. The arrival of counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons, who rejoined the firm from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in May 2021, bolstered the firm’s investigations capabilities. Astrid Mignon ColombetBenjamin van Gaver, who handles both complex litigation and criminal law work, and Basile Ader co-head the practice. Counsel Olivier Attias also contributes.

France > Intellectual property: Copyright

(Leading individuals)

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France > Media and entertainment: Newspapers

(Leading individuals)

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August Debouzy‘s team acts for many of France’s leading newspapers. The firm also has a strong practice representing individuals in litigation against newspapers and magazines, primarily in cases involving libel and defamation. Basile Ader has made the firm a top choice for litigation involving media companies, and particularly press law issues. Counsel Amélie Tripet has developed a strong practice in press law and libel matters. Mahasti Razavi, Florence Chafiol, and Alexandra Berg-Moussa lead the practice alongside Ader.

France > Media and entertainment: Art

August Debouzy handles an wide array art law matters. Basile Ader is a respected litigator and has spent a significant part of his career advising and defending clients in the culture and art sector in sensitive high-stakes disputes. The team has extensive experience in disputes relating to auctions, art forgery, the challenging of expert opinions. Negotiations with the French Ministry of Culture and the obtention of passports are also part of the caseload.

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Droit pénal des affaires

August Debouzy handles a consistently growing corruption and money laundering-related caseload. The firm is regularly involved in cross-border corruption cases involving French and foreign judicial authorities or regulators and offers first-hand experience in handling US OFAC requests and in assisting clients with French and US settlement agreements with various authorities. The firm also defends major companies or their top executives in a range of other criminal corporate and fraud investigations and trials. Lately, the firm has also been appointed to act on matters directly linked to the Covid-19 pandemic; such as assisting retirement homes and nursing homes with investigations on involuntary manslaughter grounds. Astrid Mignon Colombet, who arrived in December 2019 from Soulez Larivière Avocats, is particularly recommended, as is Benjamin van Gaver. They both co-head the practice alongside Basile AderMarie Danis and counsel Olivier Attias also contribute.

August Debouzy a été récemment mandaté pour intervenir dans des affaires emblématiques par de nouveaux clients importants. Le cabinet traite notamment un nombre croissant de dossiers de droit pénal soulevant de nouvelles problématiques sensibles du moment. Il gère plusieurs situations de crise et des affaires soulevant de sérieuses accusations ; complicité de crimes contre l’humanité et atteintes « sociétales » et environnementales. L’équipe possède également un solide savoir-faire en matière d’enquêtes internes et de « justice négociée ». Elle est aussi capable de traiter des affaires de fraude présentant d’importants enjeux boursiers et financiers, ainsi que des affaires de fraude fiscale, d’abus de biens sociaux, de blanchiment d’argent et de délit d’initiés. Le volant d’affaires comprend des dossiers de dimension nationale et internationale. A noter, le retour au cabinet de la counsel  Valérie Munoz-Pons (ex Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP ) en mai 2021, qui renforce l’expertise de la pratique en matière d’enquête. La pratique est codirigée par Astrid Mignon ColombetBenjamin van Gaver (qui traite des dossiers contentieux et de droit pénal), et Basile Ader . Contribue aussi le counsel l Olivier Attias .

Paris > Médias, culture, sport et loisirs: Art

August Debouzy traite de nombreuses problématiques juridiques liées au droit de l’art. Avocat de contentieux réputé, Basile Ader a défendu de nombreux clients spécialisés dans les secteurs de la culture et de l’art dans des litiges sensibles au cours de sa carrière. L’équipe dispose notamment d’une forte expertise dans la gestion des contentieux de vente aux enchères, de contrefaçon et de contestation d’expertises. Elle assiste aussi ses clients dans leurs négociations avec le Ministère de la culture ou pour l’obtention de passeports.

Paris > Médias, culture, sport et loisirs: Presse et magazines

August Debouzy conseille de nombreux grands titres de presse français. Le cabinet assure aussi la représentation de personnes physiques dans des procédures en diffamation ou pour dénonciation calomnieuse dirigées contre des journaux et des magazines. Basile Ader est un expert en droit de la presse. L’avocate counsel Amélie Tripet dispose d’une forte connaissance du droit de la presse et des procédures en diffamation. La pratique est codirigée par Basile Ader,Mahasti RazaviFlorence Chafiol, and Alexandra Berg-Moussa  .

Paris > Propriété intellectuelle > Droits d’auteur

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