Mr Pierre-Olivier Sur > FTMS Avocats > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

FTMS Avocats
67 BOULEVARD MALESHERBES
75008 PARIS
France

Work Department

Criminal Business Law  and Civil Liberties

Position

PARTNER

Career

He was sworn in in 1985, elected “Secrétaire de la Conférence” in 1990, member of the Paris Bar Council in 1998, and Head of the Paris Bar in 2014. He was an associate of Olivier Schnerb firm and became Partner at FTMS in 2000.

His reputation in the Criminal Law field and his experience as Head of the Paris Bar, conjugated with the supervision of the hyper-specialised lawyers of his team, led by Mathias Chichportich, have conducted FTMS to intervene in leading criminal cases which require a total commitment to procedure and when necessary, to crisis communication.

Pierre-Olivier Sur began his career by pleading before the Assize Courts and directed his practice towards the most complex cases. In France, he is regularly appointed by major groups or their CEOs to represent them in political and financial cases and cases addressing public health issues and major accidents. He also appears before international courts and frequently pleads abroad, particularly in Africa.

He distinguishes himself by an acute knowledge of the functioning of political and diplomatic institutions and of the media sector and developed a recognised expertise in the most sensitive cases.

In addition, he participates in major debates on the progress of justice through the lobbying of the legal profession before public authorities and the publication of numerous articles or columns. He is at the origin of the first Compliance Officer Diploma in France (University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas).

Languages

French, English

Memberships

Pierre-Olivier Sur is a member of the Paris and Phnom Penh Bars, and Associate Member of Temple Garden Chambers (London).

Education

  • Graduate degree in Political Studies with a major in Public Service Careers (Sciences Po Paris)
  • Master of Laws (Maîtrise) in General Private Law (University of Paris II – Panthéon Assas)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Literature (Licence ès lettres) (University of Paris IV – Panthéon Sorbonne)

Lawyer Rankings

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime

(Hall of Fame)

Pierre-Olivier Sur FTMS Avocats

FTMS Avocats stands out through its deep knowledge of the political scene and the public sector. Many French and African high-ranking elected officials turn to the firm for their most pressing issues, including political fraud, bribery or sexual harassment accusations. The firm is defending several former and incumbent ministers and members of parliament facing investigations or trials. The team is also regularly in charge of high-profile public health cases and was chosen for the defence of a high-ranking official civil servant facing investigations in relation to the political management of the Covid-19 crisis in France. The firm’s range of expertise also includes the representation of CEOs and executives facing international corruption accusations. Other areas of strength are matters involving the media sector and proceedings involving human rights and extradition issues. The high-profile Pierre-Olivier Sur and the excellent Mathias Chichportich co-head the practice.

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Droit pénal des affaires

(Les grands avocats de demain)

Pierre-Olivier Sur FTMS Avocats

(Hall of Fame)

Pierre-Olivier Sur FTMS Avocats

FTMS Avocats is a leading name for high-profile cases in the French and African political scenes. The firm defends several current and former French ministers and high-level civil servants as well as current and former Presidents and ministers of various African countries. The group has been involved in most of France’s headlines cases, dealing with a wide range of accusations such as corruption, involuntary manslaughter and sexual abuse. Headline cases from the healthcare sectors account for another significant portion of the caseload, including investigations looking into the governmental response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The team also defends companies and acts as special advisor to the CEOs of several of France’s leading companies. It is involved in several international corruption and bribery cases and frequently handles sensitive cases in the media, sport and entertainment sectors. Pierre-Olivier Sur and Mathias Chichportich are in charge.

FTMS Avocats intervient fréquemment dans des affaires intéressant le monde politique et le secteur public. De nombreux élus et dignitaires français et africains font appel au cabinet pour la gestion de leurs problématiques les plus sensibles, portant notamment sur des accusations de fraude, de corruption ou de harcèlement sexuel. Le cabinet défend plusieurs anciens et actuels ministres et parlementaires en exercice visés par des enquêtes pénales ou assignés en justice. L’équipe se voit aussi régulièrement confier des dossiers emblématiques relevant du domaine de la santé publique ; elle assure ainsi la défense d’un haut fonctionnaire visé par une enquête pénale concernant la gestion politique de la crise de la Covid-19. Le cabinet défend aussi de hauts dirigeants confrontés à des accusations de corruption internationale. Enfin, le cabinet est reconnu pour sa forte expertise dans le secteur des médias et dans le domaine des droits de l’homme (notamment sur les sujets d’extradition). Le très réputé  Pierre-Olivier Sur et l’excellent Mathias Chichportich codirigent la pratique.