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King & Spalding LLP
75008 PARIS

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Special matters and governement investigations 


Jean Tamalet is a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters & Government Investigations practice. Highly experienced with sensitive cases, Jean has assisted major corporations and corporate executives in several large litigation cases over the past decade. He has extensive experience in many areas related to criminal liability of companies and their executives, and regularly assists environmental protection associations.

After running his own firm for seven years, Jean joined Bird & Bird as a partner and co-head of their white-collar crime practice. Sensitized to economic intelligence issues, he advised corporate executives on crisis management, both in France and abroad.

Jean is the author of the “criminal procedure” section of the Practical Guide for Lawyers, and is a lecturer at the Bar School and the Economic Warfare School. He has taught business criminal law at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University and provides training courses.


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France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime

(Leading individuals)

Jean Tamalet  – King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP  focuses on high-level investigations and criminal matters. The Paris practice is growing at full speed, notably adding a new leading internet platform to its portfolio. The practice is very experienced in highly international matters thanks to its bench of practitioners with international backgrounds and the ability to join forces with colleagues in the Washington and New York offices. Its work advising a country on conducting large-scale corruption internal investigations is a prime example of the group’s cross-border strength as is its role in Carlos Ghosn’s criminal defence in a landmark international case. The team deals with a wide spread of matters, including criminal employment law issues, and is regularly involved in matters relating to the defence and military sectors. Sensitive human rights and geopolitical cases, defending victims of terrorisms and war crimes, are other areas of strength. Practice head Jean Tamalet, US lawyer and counsel Amy Madigan, and senior associate Aurélie Chazottes are the key contacts.

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Droit pénal des affaires

(Les grands avocats de demain)

Jean Tamalet  – King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP  launched its Parisian white-collar crime practice in August 2020 after hiring a team from Bird & Bird led by Jean Tamalet, one of France’s most promising criminal lawyers. The team also includes US lawyer and counsel Amy Madigan, who was already at the firm, and senior associate Aurélie Chazottes. The firm, a well-established heavyweight in the field in the US, has quickly became a major player in France, too. The practice benefits from the firm’s strong international platform which makes it particularly suited to handle complex cross-border cases. The team is notably one of Carlos Ghosn’s defense representatives in the eponymous case. The team acts for many leading French and international corporations as well as high-profile individuals. It is involved in several high-profile fraud and corruption cases and several highly significant domestic cases, notably in relation to bankruptcy proceedings.

La pratique de King & Spalding LLP est axée sur le traitement des enquêtes et des affaires pénales de premier plan. La pratique parisienne connaît une forte croissance ; elle attire régulièrement de nouveaux clients de haut calibre dans son portefeuille dont récemment une grande plateforme internet. L’équipe parisienne est particulièrement expérimentée dans la gestion des dossiers présentant une forte dimension internationale grâce à un effectif présentant un fort parcours international et la possibilité de s’appuyer sur les bureaux de Washington et de New York. Le cabinet assiste notamment un état étranger sur la conduite d’enquêtes internes en lien avec l’émergence de sérieuses accusations de corruption. Il joue aussi un rôle de premier plan dans la défense pénale de Carlos Ghosn. Le volant d’affaires est très varié, et comprend notamment des sujets de droit pénal du travail, et des dossiers relatifs aux secteurs de la défense ou aux droits de l’homme. L’équipe assure enfin la défense de victimes d’actes de terrorisme et de crimes de guerre. L’équipe compte dans ses rangs : le responsable de la pratique Jean Tamalet , l’avocate américaine Amy Madigan,et et la collaboratrice senior  Aurélie Chazottes .