France: Business Crime Defence & Investigations 2018

This year we highlight 38 leading practitioners for their work in fraud, white-collar crime and investigations. This includes both civil and criminal matters, forensic issues and disputes in France and overseas jurisdictions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris
2. Stéphane de Navacelle Navacelle, Paris
3. Jonathan Mattout Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris
4. Antonin Levy Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, Paris
5. Thierry Marembert Kiejman & Marembert, Paris

French firm VEIL JOURDE sees four practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Founding partner Jean Veil is one of the market’s leading names in business crime defence and investigations and is recognised for his superb work handling related litigation and disputes.
Emmanuel Rosenfeld is a go-to name on international disputes relating to business crime and boasts over 30 years of experience in the field.
Pierre-François Veil is a well-established figure in the French market who receives widespread praise for his civil and criminal litigation expertise.
François Esclatine is widely respected by peers and clients alike who praise him for his impressive work handling white-collar crime and regulatory litigation.

Two standout names are recommended at LECLERC & ASSOCIÉS.
Henri Leclerc is one of the most distinguished names in the field who wins praise for his long-standing expertise and first-class white-collar crime practice.
Frédérique Baulieu is a widely recognised practitioner in the French market who stands out among peers for her excellent work advising corporate entities on business crime-related matters.

SOULEZ LARIVIÈRE & ASSOCIÉS achieves two listings.
Astrid Mignon Colombet is a standout name in white-collar crime and commercial litigation. Her expertise in crisis management and her ability to handle complex criminal cases makes her highly respected within the market.
Daniel Soulez Larivière enjoys a strong reputation for his adept handling of white-collar crime cases and is recognised as one of France’s leading advocates.

Two leading lights are listed at VISCONTI & GRUNDLER.
Julien Visconti specialises in economic business crime and stock market law and is recognised in the market for his dual expertise across the financial and legal sectors.
Benjamin Grundler receives widespread praise as a go-to name on economic business crime matters where he advises both French and foreign clients in criminal proceedings.

Leading US firm WHITE & CASE sees two top names listed.
Michel Beaussier is a widely respected white-collar crime practitioner who possesses particular expertise advising major financial institutions and corporates on cross-border criminal litigation.
Ludovic Malgrain is a white-collar crime specialist who is recognised for his top-tier representation of clients in criminal courts across France.

Stéphane Bonifassi of BONIFASSI AVOCATS is a leading authority on large fraud matters and corporate representations. He is also highly experienced in matters of asset recovery and holds a distinguished position in the French market.

NAVACELLE founding partner Stéphane de Navacelle is an esteemed figure in the French and US white-collar crime market. He is a go-to name for market abuse, insider trading and benchmark manipulation cases and has previously worked on the LIBOR/Euribor cases.      

Jonathan Mattout heads the corporate crime and investigations and compliance practices at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS, where he is highly respected for his work on white-collar crime disputes and non-contentious matters including crisis management and sanctions.

Antonin Levy of HOGAN LOVELLS receives high praise for his work on business crime matters relating to the financial industry and stock exchange. He is frequently instructed to litigate on matters of fraud, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery.

KIEJMAN & MAREMBERT’s founding partner Thierry Marembert is a leading name in both criminal and civil law matters relating to business crime and investigations where he has strong experience of representing individuals.

Olivier Gutkès of GUTKÈS AVOCATS is recognised for his leading criminal law practice where he possesses over 20 years of experience in the French market handling a wide range of business crime matters.

BREDIN PRAT’s Eric Dezeuze “absolutely deserves to be on the list”, according to sources and is widely respected for his excellent work in corporate litigation and white-collar criminal defence matters.

Denis Chemla at ALLEN & OVERY draws widespread praise from market sources who commend his impressive expertise in complex civil and criminal litigation.

Bruno Quentin of GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL is recognised for his expertise in pre-litigation and litigation in criminal and civil courts. He has extensive experience handling white-collar crime matters and acting before regulatory authorities.

At DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER Jean-Michel Darrois has over 30 years of experience advising businesses, boards of directors and high-net-worth individuals on criminal disputes.

Hervé Temime of CABINET TEMIME & ASSOCIÉS is highlighted as one of the best-recognised practitioners in the market and boasts almost four decades of specialist experience as “a really high-profile criminal lawyer”.

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