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France: Business Crime Defence & Investigations 2017

Who’s Who Legal has identified 31 leading authorities on criminal law relating to business proceedings. These practitioners are pre-eminent in the French market and are renowned for their capabilities in white-collar criminal proceedings, investigations, civil law enforcement matters and compliance.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris
2. Eric Dezeuze Bredin Prat, Paris
3. Antonin Levy Hogan Lovells, Paris
4. Hervé Temime Cabinet Temime & Associés, Paris
5. Henri Leclerc Leclerc & Associés, Paris

With an impressive four practitioners included in this year’s listing, research identifies VEIL JOURDE as one of the top firms operating in the space.
François Esclatine, a prominent player in the French market, has been nominated for his revered litigation skills.
Skilled litigator and arbitrator Jean Veil stands out for his extensive experience in commercial and criminal disputes.
Peers do not hesitate to recommend Emmanuel Rosenfeld who, with over 30 years of legal experience, has a sterling reputation.
Pierre-François Veil is a longstanding fixture in the market and is known for his proficient handling of contentious cases.

LECLERC & ASSOCIÉS is a top French firm providing corporate clients with advice and representation across all manner of criminal investigations and judicial proceedings.
The highly accomplished Henri Leclerc is a strong inclusion in our listings. Sources endorse the high calibre of his corporate criminal defence practice.
The weight of nominations reflects the fine reputation of Frédérique Baulieu, who comes highly recommended by peers in this year’s research.

International law firm WHITE & CASE has a strong presence in the French market with two lawyers listed.
Michel Beaussier is a leading expert in business crime litigation, regulation and risk-management. He has an impressive roster of clients and is highly sought after in investigations cases.
Top business crime lawyer Ludovic Malgrain is known for the outstanding quality of his advisory and litigation practice. With extensive industry experience, he is a trusted representative of large corporate and financial clients.

Astrid Mignon Colombet of SOULEZ LARIVIÈRE & ASSOCIÉS is a seasoned expert in commercial criminal law. Her practice has a strong international focus and she demonstrates prowess in crisis management situations and criminal litigation.

Eric Dezeuze of BREDIN PRAT has a long-standing reputation for excellence in both business crime defence and investigations. His prestigious practice draws on broad expertise in corporate litigation.

At HOGAN LOVELLS Antonin Lévy’s “reactivity, great expertise and strong experience in criminal law” makes him a firm favourite among clients. He is praised for his ability to assist companies in multiple areas and his notable strength in criminal proceedings.

Hervé Temime, founder of CABINET TEMIME & ASSOCIÉS, stands out for his distinguished record of delivering results in complex and contentious criminal defence proceedings.

Pre-eminent lawyer Emmanuel Daoud of CABINET D'AVOCATS VIGO impresses peers with his wide-ranging experience in domestic and international white-collar criminal law.

At BONIFASSI AVOCATS, the “outstanding” Stéphane Bonifassi is a dominant name in the field, famed for his expertise in business crime matters and his superb litigation skills.

The immensely talented Denis Chemla of ALLEN & OVERY gains recognition for his international outlook and specialist expertise in white-collar and regulatory litigation.

Peers hold KIEJMAN & MAREMBERT’s founding partner Thierry Marembert in high esteem due to his expert handling of matters such as tax fraud, money laundering and corruption.   

Pierre-Olivier Sur of FISCHER, TANDEAU DE MARSAC, SUR & ASSOCIÉS possesses exemplary knowledge of criminal and business law and is a highly regarded name in the French market. 

Nicolas Huc-Morel at HUC-MOREL LABROUSSE ASSOCIÉS uses his exceptional litigation abilities and valuable expertise in criminal risk- avoidance to offer clients a comprehensive range of business defence services.  

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s Bruno Quentin comes highly recommended by peers for his wide-ranging experience in white-collar criminal proceedings such as fraud, corruption and stock market offences.

Investigations Forensic Experts

Five experts at the top of their profession are listed in this section.

DELOITTE FINANCE provides a range of advisory, dispute, and investigation services. The firm achieves an impressive three listings.
The revered Anthony Charlton possesses extensive expertise in commercial disputes, and is particularly well versed in calculating financial losses.
Elisabeth Avril impresses with her forensic accountancy prowess and skilful crisis management skills.
Karl Payeur has strong international experience in forensic accounting projects around the world.

The highly experienced Jean-Luc Guitera of KPMG is a pre-eminent name in the forensic field. He has an impressive record in fraud investigations and various other commercial disputes.

At FRA, Caroline Fagard is a stand out forensic accountant and e-discovery investigations expert in the French market.

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