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France: Business Crime Defence 2016

It’s been another busy year for business crime defence advocates in France, with those we spoke to noting a renewed focus from the government in relation to enforcement actions. The past year has seen an attempt to speed up the process and improve the efficiency of financial crime cases, as well as a general clampdown on financial corruption. We recognise 31 leading lawyers for their work in the field.

Veil Jourde leads the research in this chapter with three listings, including founding partner Jean Veil who is described as a “major player” in the field, with significant expertise in civil and criminal litigation. He is joined by the “terrific” François Esclatine who is a “definite inclusion in any list”. Emmanuel Rosenfeld is seen as “a talented litigator” in civil and criminal law matters arising from business activities.

Two leading lawyers at Allen & Overy are listed this year. The “immensely talented” Aurélien Hamelle is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution department, and is known for his “exceptional” work on very high-profile cases. Alongside him, Denis Chemla appears before criminal and civil courts on behalf of clients, who describe him as a “cut above the rest”.

Litigation specialists Leclerc Associés also achieves two nominations, including the “revered” Henri Leclerc who is admired for his “unsurpassed experience in criminal law procedure”. Frédérique Baulieu wins praise for her “careful handling of sensitive cases”.

Hervé Temime represents his own firm in this chapter and is a “very well-known” figure in the fields of general criminal law and criminal business law.

At Linklaters, the “sensational” Kiril Bougartchev has around 30 years of experience dealing with civil, commercial and AMF disputes, and is commended for the “astute” legal advice that he provides to clients.

Cabinet d’Avocats Vigo is represented by Emmanuel Daoud. He is known for his “distinguished” criminal law practice.

Eric Dezeuze is a “real star” at Bredin Prat, and is recognised for his “vast knowledge of white-collar crime”.

Daniel Soulez Larivière represents his own firm, and has a “prestigious reputation” in the business crime defence legal market.

At Fischer, Tandeau de Marsac, Sur & Associés, Pierre-Olivier Sur’s practice specialises in criminal law, and he is regarded as “a dean of the bar”.

At his own firm, Emmanuel Marsigny “leads a new generation of white-collar practitioners”. He deals with cases involving a range of criminal law and business criminal law issues on behalf of both French and international clients.

At Gutkès Avocats, Olivier  Gutkès is admired for his “intricate knowledge” of stock exchange-related criminal law.

Clients are impressed with Thierry Marembert at Kiejman & Marembert, who is “internationally renowned” for his work on money laundering and insider trading investigations.

White & Case is represented by Michel Beaussier, who possesses “unparalleled expertise” regarding white-collar crime, and banking and financial regulation.

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, the “fantastic” Bruno Quentin handles a broad range of business crime matters including misappropriation of corporate assets, national and international corruption, money laundering and breach of trust.

Antonin Levy at Hogan Lovells is a member of both the Paris and New York bars, and is admired by peers for his visibility in high profile cases in relation to white collar fraud, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption.

At Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Jean-Michel Darrois is described as a “top-notch” advocate by clients, who include businesses, boards of directors and high net worth individuals.

Kami Haeri at August & Debouzy delivers “intuitive” counsel to French and international clients, particularly when dealing with cases of compliance and international investigations.

At Cabinet Delecroix-Gublin, founding member Alexis Gublin runs a “brilliant” practice that encompasses financial, political, labour and environmental white-collar crime.

Jean-Alain Michel at Cabinet d’avocats: 10 Messine is recognised for his “excellent knowledge and experience” in AMF litigation.

The “remarkable” Jean Reinhart at Reinhart Marville Torre is highly recommended for experience of business crime litigation and enforcement actions. He has previously been involved in high-profile dealings such as the Kerviel case on behalf of Société Générale and the corporate espionage investigation at Renault.

At Altana, Philippe Goossens is commended by peers for his “deep understanding of business crime law”, particularly when assisting clients during the pre-litigation and litigation stages of cases.

Emmanuelle Kneusé is commended for her “dedicated” and “successful” practice.

The “superb” Thierry Dalmasso represents his own firm in this chapter, and is regarded as “one of the leading criminal lawyers in the country”.

At Huc-Morel Labrousse Associés, Nicolas Huc-Morel is regarded as a “real authority” on money laundering and cases of international corruption.

Vincent Asselineau represents his own firm in this chapter, and is commended for his “market leading expertise”.

At Lebray & Associés, Stéphane Bonifassi garners praise for his “sharp intellect” and “first-class” advice.

Thierry Lévy runs a “stellar” practice at his own firm, and is a “consummate expert” on criminal law proceedings.  

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