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

FTMS Avocats
75008 PARIS

Work Department

Criminal Business Law and Civil Liberties




Pierre-Olivier 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).


French, English


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


  • 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)



  • “L’ère de la transparence et le paradigme de l’avocat”, Revue des juristes de Sciences Po, janvier 2019
  • “Les prisons nécessitent cinq grandes réformes”, 10 octobre 2018
  • Interview de Pierre-Olivier Sur dans le Figaro du 4 mai 2018
  • « Une histoire des avocats en France », Editions Dalloz, janvier 2014 
  • « Dans les yeux du bourreau », Editions JC. Lattès, juin 2010 (nominé pour le prix Femina)
  • « Nul n’est censé ignorer la loi », Editions JC. Lattès, octobre 2004 
  • « Cours de Droit pénal général », Editions Dalloz, 2ème édition, 1997

Lawyer Rankings

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime

(Hall of Fame)

Pierre-Olivier Sur FTMS Avocats

FTMS Avocats has extensive experience defending senior executives, high-level ranking public servants and elected individuals, as well as companies facing sensitive matters. The team is regularly retained to advise on new emerging issues including defending online platforms accused of undeclared and concealed work and has a strong involvement in the political sphere where it frequently handles major cases linked to political scandals, illegal taking of interest and other related offences. Its work in the public healthcare and media fields are also to be noted, while its caseload also encompasses several major international corruption, tax fraud and money laundering cases. The team is jointly headed by Pierre-Olivier Sur and Mathias Chichportich, with associates Clara Gérard Rodriguez  and Agathe Blanc providing key support.