Ms Karen Coppens > Dechert LLP > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
PARIS 75008
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Work Department

Anti-Corruption Compliance and Investigations


National Partner


Karen Coppens is a white collar crime and investigations lawyer who has been practicing for 13 years advising governments, multinational organizations (including boards and audit committees) and individuals under investigation by authorities including the Parquet National Financier, French investigating judges, the UK Serious Fraud Office and the UK National Crime Agency (and their international counterparts). She focuses on complex multi-agency and cross-border investigations involving international fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Ms. Coppens’ work has a strong international focus, with a particular emphasis on Europe (particularly France and the UK), the Middle East, Africa and the United States. She has substantial experience of managing expectations and demands in complex multi-jurisdictional investigations. She has also advised senior executives who have been accused of, arrested or interviewed about various alleged crimes such as perverting the course of justice, fraud and corruption, money laundering, sanctions breaches and tax evasion.


  • Le Cercle de la Compliance
  • Institut du Risk et Compliance
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Women in Compliance 
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association

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France > Compliance

Dechert LLP has strengthened its compliance practice with arrival of the very experienced Karen Coppens who relocated from the London to the Paris office in September 2019 where she played an instrumental role in the high-profile Airbus corruption case. Recently, the team has been busy assisting clients with compliance due diligence work in relation to corporate M&A transactions. It is also increasingly solicited to provide strategic advice on environmental, social and corporate governance issues. Additionally, the firm provides training for clients. Several French companies have entrusted Africa-related corruption allegations to the firm. Finally, the Paris team, often working in close collaboration with international colleagues, also advises on data privacy and whistleblowing issues. The practice is co-headed by Karen Coppens, litigator Jacques Sivignon  and employment law expert Philippe Thomas.