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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Kiril Bougartchev is “very knowledgeable on international cross-border cases” and is “great to work with” according to impressed peers in the space.

Questions & Answers

With 30 years of experience, Kiril Bougartchev has a leading market reputation in fraud/white-collar crime. He is also involved in civil, commercial and regulatory disputes. His areas of expertise include, notably, the energy, aerospace, defence, real estate, pharmaceutical, IT, retail and luxury sectors, as well as the insurance and banking industries. Kiril also advises clients in the implementation of efficient anti-corruption programmes and assists them in connection with the controls undertaken by the French Anti-corruption Agency.

What inspired you to pursue a career focusing on white-collar crime and investigations?

During my studies, I hesitated between working in finance, chartered accountancy and business law. The internships I did in these different fields convinced me that it would be more fulfilling for me to be a lawyer. In particular, the internships that I had the chance to do in the US convinced me that the French legal market was very much behind the times and would necessarily undergo significant changes, while the accounting and finance trades were already much more mature in France.

What do you enjoy most about running your own firm?

Firstly, the cases we work on are complex matters, combining numbers and law, meaning that defining the best strategy necessitates an understanding of these two aspects.

Next, the stakes of such cases have become colossal, whether in monetary terms or for our clients’ image. Moreover, this is an area where defending companies, banks or financial institutions does not exclude the possibility of very high stakes on a human level.

Finally, the cases that we deal with systematically have an international dimension, which means educating oneself in foreign legal systems. Taken together, it is a fascinating subject.

And, of course, running your own firm gives you a great flexibility regarding both conflicts of interests and fee structuration, allowing us to accept cases we would have refused in the past.

As a boutique firm, how do you ensure you are well equipped to handle large cross-border investigations?

Our team of 15 lawyers includes, in addition to the two partners, nine highly trained and bilingual associates, and four legal interns, capable of dealing with the same issues to the same exacting standards and responsiveness as in large firms, but with greater flexibility with respect to our clients.

We work like the litigation department of an international law firm, and therefore share the same standards.

Moreover, we have noticed that some clients prefer to work with French boutiques (rather than foreign international law firms). Also, it goes without saying that we are less exposed to conflicts of interests and much more flexible regarding price policy, especially with historical clients.

Finally, even if we are a boutique, we are quite a large team in Paris compared to the litigation departments of international law firms.

What impact has the increased scrutiny from regulators around the world had on the practice of white-collar crime and investigations over the past few years?

Today, cases we deal with systematically have an international dimension. A few years ago, only a few of our cases had an international dimension. So this is a big change.

It is important to develop relationships all around the world. This is the reason we are currently building a very strong “best friends” network, primarily in the US (NYC, DC) and the UK, but with the ambition to expand it all around the world (Russia, Brazil, Singapore, Middle East, etc). In this respect, law firms of all sizes continue to be our main source of work.

How have you seen the introduction of Sapin II affect the nature of client demands?

Clients used to call a white-collar crime lawyer at the end of the decision-making process. To put it clearly: they used to call us when the bad news had already started to spread to either the press or the court.

The approach is very different today – our clients call us at a much earlier stage to make sure that their practices are compliant with the legal framework.

What key qualities make for an effective white-collar crime lawyer?

Great availability, key contacts, and, of course, in-depth expertise of our client, our client’s market and the law are key to becoming an effective white-collar crime lawyer.

Moreover, the era of lawyers performing individually is over. Hence, the fact that we are a large team – which is not common in the white-collar crime market in Paris – facilitates our capacity to be 100 per cent available for our client.

We were probably one of the first white-collar crime practices to understand that we are nothing without a strong team on our side.

What is the best piece of career advice you have received?

Work, work and work!

How would you like to see your firm develop over the next five years?

As mentioned, we are currently building a very strong “best friends” network. Following that, we will continue to develop our practice in matters of compliance/internal and regulatory investigations, which has now become our second largest area after white-collar crime and is still growing. We will also be putting an emphasis on disputes in commercial and equity financing matters.

Finally, we have an eye on controlling our growth, reserving a future for our associates.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Kiril Bougartchev continues to impress sources who commend his deep expertise and vast experience advising clients on complex fraud disputes.

Questions & Answers

With 30 years of experience, Kiril Bougartchev has a leading market reputation in fraud and white-collar crime. He is also involved in civil, commercial and regulatory disputes. His areas of expertise include, most notably, the energy, aerospace, defence, real estate, pharmaceutical, IT, retail and luxury sectors, as well as the insurance and banking industries. Kiril also advises clients on the implementation of efficient anti-corruption programmes and assists them in connection with the controls undertaken by the French Anti-corruption Agency.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A LEGAL CAREER?

During my studies, I hesitated between working in finance, chartered accountancy or business law. The internships I did in these different fields convinced me that it would be more fulfilling for me to be a lawyer. In particular, the internships that I had the chance to do in the US convinced me that the French legal market was very much behind the times and would necessarily undergo significant changes, while the accounting and finance trades were already much more mature in France.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN WHITE-COLLAR CRIME AND INVESTIGATIONS?

First, the cases that we work on are complex matters, combining numbers and law, meaning that defining the best strategy necessarily requires an understanding of these two aspects. Next, the stakes of such cases have become colossal, whether in monetary terms or for our clients’ image. Moreover, this is an area where defending companies, banks or financial institutions does not exclude the possibility of very high stakes on a human level. Finally, the cases that we deal with systematically have an international dimension, which means educating oneself in foreign legal systems. Taken together, it is a fascinating subject.

HOW HAS THE MARKET CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED PRACTISING?

The age of the lawyers has come. This can be seen both within companies and outside it.

In addition, law firms have become a major player of the economic world. They have also undergone a digital revolution and have had to structure themselves accordingly. Finally, they have had to accept becoming service providers who, like any other, are subject to heightened competition with all that that implies.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SET UP YOUR OWN FIRM?

Having spent 20 years with Gide Loyrette Nouel, then 10 years with Linklaters LLP, I felt that I was ready. What’s more, this personal aspiration seemed to correspond to market expectations. The idea was therefore to create a specialist firm of a significant size, dedicated to litigation in much the same way as a department in an international firm, but without the recurring problem of commercial conflicts inherent in that type of structure, which can be a serious handicap. It was also a question of doing my own work with greater freedom, and this involves developing a network of “best friend” firms throughout the world.

HOW DOES BOUGARTCHEV MOYNE ASSOCIÉS DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM THE COMPETITION?

I think I can claim that our firm is quite unique in the French market. After having been the first to create a white-collar crime department in an international firm, we are the first lawyers with such experience to have left a large firm to create a specialist firm dedicated to litigation. Our team of 15 lawyers includes, in addition to the two partners, nine highly trained and bilingual associates, capable of dealing with the same issues to the same exacting standards and responsiveness as in large firms, but with greater flexibility with respect to our clients.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

We will continue to develop our “best friends” network. In this respect, law firms of all sizes continue to be our main source of work.

Next, we will continue to develop our practice in matters of compliance and internal and regulatory investigations, which has now become our second largest area after white-collar crime and is still growing. We will also be putting emphasis on disputes in commercial and equity financing matters.

Finally, we have an eye on controlling our growth, reserving a future to our associates.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO START THEIR OWN FIRM?

To those who wish to found their own firm – which is a great challenge – I would recommend first learning the trade in renowned domestic or international firms, then waiting to be sufficiently well known and reputable to take the entrepreneurial risk of opening their own structure.

Once the firm has opened, I would insist on how necessary it is to constantly think about potential developments and new areas of improvement.

LOOKING BACK OVER YOUR CAREER, WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE CASE YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF?

Without a doubt, the “Elf affair”, a major politico-financial scandal that I had the chance to work on and which, for me, is an indelible memory in my professional life.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kiril Bougartchev is a long-standing fixture in the French market and stands out as the foremost white-collar crime expert in the country.

Biography

Kiril Bougartchev studied at Panthéon Assas University Paris II. He holds postgraduate diplomas in business law (Magistère) and tax law (DESS).

He interned at renowned US law firms (including Coudert Brothers) and securities brokers (including Morgan, Olmstead, and Kennedy & Gardner) before he started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. In 1989, he joined Gide Loyrette Nouel; in 1999, he became partner of the litigation and white-collar crime department. Kiril joined Linklaters LLP in June 2007, where he was made co-head of the dispute resolution practice in Paris and facilitator of the Linklaters LLP global white-collar crime group.

Kiril Bougartchev co-founded, with Emmanuel Moyne, the law firm Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI in January 2017.

Kiril Bougartchev has been, and continues to be, involved in many notorious white-collar crime cases, including sensitive political and financial matters. He is also involved in regulatory disputes (including before the French Financial Markets Authority, the French Anticorruption Agency and the French Prudential Supervisory Authority) as well as in complex civil and commercial litigation.

Kiril also advises clients in the conception, implementation and strengthening of their anticorruption and compliance programmes, and assists them in connection with the controls undertaken by the French Anticorruption Agency. He also assists clients in performing compliance and anticorruption M&A due diligence, and advises them in connection with their internal investigations and training programmes.

His areas of expertise cover a variety of industries including energy, chemicals, defence, aerospace, automotive, IT, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, real estate, construction, food, wine and spirits, hotels and restaurants, retail, luxury goods, art, insurance, and banking and finance.

In 2018 and 2019, Chambers Europe ranked him in band one for white-collar crime practice. The guide stated, “Interviewees highlight the ‘global reach’ that Kiril Bougartchev is able to provide. He has a great deal of experience in white-collar crime issues, particularly related to the financial sphere, and has advised on fraud, money laundering and criminal investigations.” The guide also placed him in band two for internal compliance and investigations, and stated: “Kiril Bougartchev is well known for his criminal law acumen. He acts before the French authorities on behalf of a diverse roster of clients from industries such as energy, banking and aerospace, handling matters ranging from fraud to regulatory compliance.”

In the two years since being founded, Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI has consistently been honoured by The Legal 500 in its ranking for France, with a tier-two ranking in white-collar crime and Kiril Bougartchev being identified as a “leading individual”. The Legal 500 highlighted the creation of the firm as one of the most significant events of 2017, and made reference to the firm’s “high-quality work”. Kiril Bougartchev was praised for his “strategic vision in complex cases”.

In 2018 and 2019, Décideurs magazine ranked him among the most prominent lawyers in white-collar crime, naming him “excellent” for commercial litigation. In 2019 the magazine also included him in its list of “highly recommended” lawyers in financial and post-acquisition litigation. Additionally, in 2018 Kiril was named “excellent” in international investigations, internal investigations and compliance .

In 2009, 2016 and 2019, Kiril and his team were named white-collar crime team of the year by Décideurs at the Trophées du Droit awards, where Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI also was recognised as the best entrepreneurial firm (under five years established) in 2018. Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI also won the Compliance Silver Award in 2019.

In 2019, Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI was distinguished by Best Lawyers as the “law firm of the year” in criminal defence, with Kiril recognised for his expertise in criminal defence, litigation and regulatory practice. Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI is also listed among the law firms identified by GIR as forming “France’s investigation bar” (GIR, “France’s investigation bar”, 3 December 2018).

Kiril was formerly a Secrétaire de la conférence des avocats of the Paris Bar. Since 2011 he has been an external contributor and examiner on the legal and tax management MSc degree at EDHEC Business School.

He is member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Institut Montaigne.

He published many articles about misuse of corporate assets, corruption, criminal liability of auditors, business secrecy, the Sapin II Law, the French blocking statute, cryptocurrencies and ICOs. He authored the French chapters of The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review (Law Business Research, 2012–2015) and the Anti-Corruption Practice Guide (Chambers and Partners, 2018–2019). He also authored a comparative law book about corruption, From Baksheesh to Bribery (Oxford University Press, 2019).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kiril Bougartchev is well versed in defending clients in complex white-collar commercial crime cases and is noted for his invaluable experience.

Biography

Kiril Bougartchev studied at Panthéon Assas University Paris II. He holds postgraduate diplomas in business law (Magistère) and tax law (DESS).

He interned at renowned US law firms (including Coudert Brothers) and securities brokers (including Morgan, Olmstead, and Kennedy & Gardner) before he started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. In 1989, he joined Gide Loyrette Nouel; in 1999, he became partner of the litigation and white-collar crime department. Kiril joined Linklaters LLP in June 2007, where he was made co-head of the dispute resolution practice in Paris and facilitator of the Linklaters LLP global white-collar crime group.

Kiril Bougartchev co-founded, with Emmanuel Moyne, the law firm Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI in January 2017.

Kiril Bougartchev has been, and continues to be, involved in many notorious white-collar crime cases, including sensitive political and financial matters. He is also involved in regulatory disputes (including before the French Financial Markets Authority, the French Anticorruption Agency and the French Prudential Supervisory Authority) as well as in complex civil and commercial litigation.

Kiril also advises clients in the conception, implementation and strengthening of their anticorruption and compliance programmes, and assists them in connection with the controls undertaken by the French Anticorruption Agency. He also assists clients in performing compliance and anticorruption M&A due diligence, and advises them in connection with their internal investigations and training programmes.

His areas of expertise cover a variety of industries including energy, chemicals, defence, aerospace, automotive, IT, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, real estate, construction, food, wine and spirits, hotels and restaurants, retail, luxury goods, art, insurance, and banking and finance.

In 2018 and 2019, Chambers Europe ranked him in band one for white-collar crime practice. The guide stated, “Interviewees highlight the ‘global reach’ that Kiril Bougartchev is able to provide. He has a great deal of experience in white-collar crime issues, particularly related to the financial sphere, and has advised on fraud, money laundering and criminal investigations.” The guide also placed him in band two for internal compliance and investigations, and stated: “Kiril Bougartchev is well known for his criminal law acumen. He acts before the French authorities on behalf of a diverse roster of clients from industries such as energy, banking and aerospace, handling matters ranging from fraud to regulatory compliance.”

In the two years since being founded, Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI has consistently been honoured by The Legal 500 in its ranking for France, with a tier-two ranking in white-collar crime and Kiril Bougartchev being identified as a “leading individual”. The Legal 500 highlighted the creation of the firm as one of the most significant events of 2017, and made reference to the firm’s “high-quality work”. Kiril Bougartchev was praised for his “strategic vision in complex cases”.

In 2018 and 2019, Décideurs magazine ranked him among the most prominent lawyers in white-collar crime, naming him “excellent” for commercial litigation. In 2019 the magazine also included him in its list of “highly recommended” lawyers in financial and post-acquisition litigation. Additionally, in 2018 Kiril was named “excellent” in international investigations, internal investigations and compliance .

In 2009, 2016 and 2019, Kiril and his team were named white-collar crime team of the year by Décideurs at the Trophées du Droit awards, where Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI also was recognised as the best entrepreneurial firm (under five years established) in 2018. Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI also won the Compliance Silver Award in 2019.

In 2019, Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI was distinguished by Best Lawyers as the “law firm of the year” in criminal defence, with Kiril recognised for his expertise in criminal defence, litigation and regulatory practice. Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI is also listed among the law firms identified by GIR as forming “France’s investigation bar” (GIR, “France’s investigation bar”, 3 December 2018).

Kiril was formerly a Secrétaire de la conférence des avocats of the Paris Bar. Since 2011 he has been an external contributor and examiner on the legal and tax management MSc degree at EDHEC Business School.

He is member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Institut Montaigne.

He published many articles about misuse of corporate assets, corruption, criminal liability of auditors, business secrecy, the Sapin II Law, the French blocking statute, cryptocurrencies and ICOs. He authored the French chapters of The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review (Law Business Research, 2012–2015) and the Anti-Corruption Practice Guide (Chambers and Partners, 2018–2019). He also authored a comparative law book about corruption, From Baksheesh to Bribery (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Investigations

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kiril Bougartchev is a longstanding expert in investigations, offering clients comprehensive advice in complex matters.

Biography

Kiril Bougartchev studied at Panthéon-Assas University Paris II. He holds postgraduate diplomas in business law (magisterium) and tax law (DESS).

He interned at renowned US law firms (including Coudert Brothers) and securities brokers (including Morgan, Olmstead, and Kennedy & Gardner) before he started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. In 1989, he joined Gide Loyrette Nouel; in 1999, he became partner of the litigation and white-collar crime department. Kiril joined Linklaters LLP in June 2007, where he was made co-head of the dispute resolution practice in Paris and facilitator of the Linklaters LLP global white-collar crime group.

Kiril co-founded with Emmanuel Moyne the Bougartchev Moyne Associés law firm in January 2017.

With about 30 years of experience, Kiril has a leading market reputation in fraud and white-collar crime law.

He is also involved in civil, commercial and regulatory disputes (including regulatory matters before the AMF and the French Prudential Supervisory Authority). His areas of expertise include the energy, aerospace, defence, real estate, pharmaceutical, IT, wine and spirits, hotels and restaurants, retail and luxury sectors, as well as the insurance and banking industries.

He has been involved in matters such as Pechiney Triangle, Crédit Lyonnais, Banque Pallas Stern, GMF, COFIBEL/COFIMINES/DPV, ARC, Haras nationaux, Sentier, Trianon Palace, Frégates de Taïwan, Elf, Vivendi, Executive Life, Ecoutes de l’Elysée, HSBC, LIBOR/EURIBOR, Cahuzac and so on.

In January 2016, Kiril implemented in a money-laundering matter the first plea bargaining ever with the French government and the French financial public prosecutor.

He is currently involved in several corruption or laundering of tax fraud proceeds cases as well as in the criminal proceedings following the Karachi bombing (2002).

Kiril also advises clients in the implementation of efficient anticorruption programmes pursuant to the Sapin II Law and assists them in connection with the controls undertaken by the French Anticorruption Agency.

He was formerly a secrétaire de la conférence des avocats of the Paris Bar and successively an outside lecturer and examiner in white-collar crime at Paris II University (DJCE) and a lecturer in international criminal procedure at Montpellier University (master’s programme in criminal law). Since 2011 he has been an external contributor and examiner on the legal and tax management MSc degree at EDHEC Business School.

He was member of the working committee on decriminalisation of business criminal law and company competition at Paris Europlace. In this regard, he has been working on the reform of article 145 of the French Code of Civil Procedure (French discovery) and on the extension of the French guilty plea procedure to all criminal offences. He is member of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

He published many articles about misuse of corporate assets, corruption, criminal liability of auditors, business secrecy, Sapin II Law, cryptocurrencies and ICOs. He authored the French chapters of The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review (Law Business Research, 2012–2015 editions), of the Anti-Corruption Practice Guide published by Chambers and Partners (2018 and 2019 editions) and of a comparative law book about the offence of corruption published by Oxford University in 2019.

In 2017 and 2018, Kiril has been ranked by Chambers and Partners Band 1 in white-collar litigation: “Interviewees highlight the “global reach” that Kiril Bougartchev of Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI is able to provide. He has a great deal of experience in white-collar crime issues, particularly related to the financial sphere, and has advised on fraud, money laundering and criminal investigations." He has also been ranked Band 2 in Corporate compliance and investigations: “Kiril Bougartchev of Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI is well known for his criminal law acumen. He acts before the French authorities on behalf of a diverse roster of clients from industries such as energy, banking and aerospace, handling matters ranging from fraud to regulatory compliances.”

Kiril is also deemed “trustworthy” and “very customer-oriented and creative” with an "excellent level of strategic vision” in The Legal 500. Since 2007, Kiril has been ranked as “essential” or “excellent” in several categories (including white-collar crime, international and internal investigations, compliance programmes, commercial and financial litigation, and regulatory litigation) by the leading French publication Décideurs: “Having just started, Kiril Bougartchev and Emmanuel Moyne have already been successful. The team feels comfortable in international investigations as well as internal ones and assists clients in setting up compliance programmes.” Kiril is also listed by Décideurs among the “great strategists”.

In 2009 and 2016, Kiril and his team were named White-Collar Crime Team of the Year by Décideurs at the Trophées du Droit awards, where Bougartchev Moyne Associés was recognised as the best Entrepreneurial Firm Under Five Years in 2018. In 2013, Kiril was named Lawyer of the Year for France in criminal defence by the international directory Best Lawyers, which ranks him among the “best lawyers 2019” in criminal defence and litigation.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kiril Bougartchev is "very knowledgeable on international cross-border cases" and is "great to work with" according to impressed peers in the space.

Biography

Kiril Bougartchev studied at Panthéon-Assas University Paris II. He holds postgraduate diplomas in business law (magisterium) and tax law (DESS).

He interned at renowned US law firms (including Coudert Brothers) and securities brokers (including Morgan, Olmstead, and Kennedy & Gardner) before he started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. In 1989, he joined Gide Loyrette Nouel; in 1999, he became partner of the litigation and white-collar crime department. Kiril joined Linklaters LLP in June 2007, where he was made co-head of the dispute resolution practice in Paris and facilitator of the Linklaters LLP global white-collar crime group.

Kiril co-founded with Emmanuel Moyne the Bougartchev Moyne Associés law firm in January 2017.

With about 30 years of experience, Kiril has a leading market reputation in fraud and white-collar crime law.

He is also involved in civil, commercial and regulatory disputes (including regulatory matters before the AMF and the French Prudential Supervisory Authority). His areas of expertise include the energy, aerospace, defence, autombile, real estate, construction, pharmaceutical, IT, telecommunications, wine and spirits, hotels and restaurants, retail and luxury sectors, as well as the insurance and banking industries.

He has been involved in matters such as Pechiney Triangle, Crédit Lyonnais, Banque Pallas Stern, GMF, COFIBEL/COFIMINES/DPV, ARC, Haras nationaux, Sentier, Trianon Palace, Frégates de Taïwan, Elf, Vivendi, Executive Life, Ecoutes de l’Elysée, HSBC, LIBOR/EURIBOR, Cahuzac, Fillon and others.

In January 2016, Kiril implemented in a money-laundering matter the first plea bargaining ever with the French government and the French Financial Public Prosecutor.

He is currently involved in several corruption or laundering of tax fraud proceeds cases as well as in the criminal proceedings following the Karachi bombing (2002).

Kiril also advises clients in the implementation of efficient anticorruption programmes pursuant to the Sapin II Law and assists them in connection with the controls undertaken by the French Anticorruption Agency.

He was formerly a secrétaire de la conférence des avocats of the Paris Bar and successively an outside lecturer and examiner in white-collar crime at Paris II University (DJCE) and a lecturer in international criminal procedure at Montpellier University (master’s programme in criminal law). Since 2011 he has been an external contributor and examiner on the legal and tax management MSc degree at EDHEC Business School.

He was member of the working committee on decriminalisation of business criminal law and company competition at Paris Europlace. In this regard, he has been working on the reform of article 145 of the French Code of Civil Procedure (French discovery) and on the extension of the French guilty plea procedure to all criminal offences. He is member of the International Bar Association, of the American Bar Association and of the Institut Montaigne. 

He published many articles about misuse of corporate assets, corruption, criminal liability of auditors, business secrecy, Sapin II Law, tax fraud, cryptocurrencies and ICOs. He authored the French chapters of The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review (Law Business Research, 2012–2015 editions), of the Anti-Corruption Practice Guide published by Chambers and Partners (2018 and 2019 editions) and of a comparative law book about the offence of corruption published by Oxford University in 2019.

In 2017 and 2018, Kiril Bougartchev has been ranked by Chambers and Partners Band 1 in white-collar litigation. The guide states: “Interviewees highlight the ‘global reach’ that Kiril Bougartchev of Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI is able to provide. He has a great deal of experience in white-collar crime issues, particularly related to the financial sphere, and has advised on fraud, money laundering and criminal investigations.” He has also been ranked Band 2 in corporate compliance and investigations, with the guide stating: “Kiril Bougartchev of Bougartchev Moyne Associés AARPI is well known for his criminal law acumen. He acts before the French authorities on behalf of a diverse roster of clients from industries such as energy, banking and aerospace, handling matters ranging from fraud to regulatory compliances.”

Kiril is also deemed “trustworthy” and “very customer-oriented and creative” with an "excellent level of strategic vision” in The Legal 500. Since 2007, Kiril has been ranked as “essential” or “excellent” in several categories (including white-collar crime, international and internal investigations, compliance programmes, commercial and financial litigation, and regulatory litigation) by the leading French publication Décideurs, which states: “Having just started, Kiril Bougartchev and Emmanuel Moyne have already been successful. The team feels comfortable in international investigations as well as internal ones and assists clients in setting up compliance programmes.” Kiril is also listed by Décideurs among the “great strategists”.

In 2009, 2016 and 2019, Kiril and his team were named White-Collar Crime Team of the Year by Décideurs at the Trophées du Droit awards, where Bougartchev Moyne Associés was recognised as the best Entrepreneurial Firm Under Five Years in 2018. In 2013, Kiril was named Lawyer of the Year for France in criminal defence by the international directory Best Lawyers, which ranks him among the “Best Lawyers 2019” in criminal defence and litigation.

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