France: Business Crime Defence & Investigations 2019

Our research into the French business crime defence and investigations spaces sees 40 individuals highlighted this year. The practitioners stand out for their excellence in matters ranging from compliance issues to international investigations and fraud and corruption matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stéphane de Navacelle Navacelle, Paris
2. Stéphane Bonifassi Bonifassi Avocats, Paris
3. Thierry Marembert  Kiejman & Marembert, Paris
4. Eric Dezeuze Bredin Prat, Paris

Navacelle’s Stéphane de Navacelle is a well-established figure in the market. He runs one of the most distinguished practices in the country that sees him engaged in such matters as internal investigations and white-collar criminal litigation.

Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats is a pre-eminent name in the French market. He wins applause for his handling of insolvency proceedings, arbitral enforcements and white-collar criminal defence.

Kiejman & Marembert’s Thierry Marembert is lauded for his “total dedication and availability to his clients”, as well as his “reactivity and infallible support he provides”. He is recognised as “one of the most knowledgeable white-collar criminal defence lawyers” by sources who add, “Prosecutors and regulators admire and respect him.”

At Bredin Prat, Eric Dezeuze is “a very professional lawyer” who peers state is “the best in the Paris market”. His practice is commended for his “360-degree strategic thinking” on matters such as white-collar criminal defence.

At Cabinet Temime & Associés, Hervé Temime is “a famous lawyer in the jurisdiction”. Peers state that he is “the go-to lawyer when you have a conflict” and excels defending both individuals and corporates.

Farthouat Asselineau & Associés is home to Nathalie Roret who wins plaudits for her deep expertise on criminal liability matters across a range of industry sectors.

Visconti & Grundler’s Benjamin Grundler is “a superb counterpart to have on cases” according to market sources. He is credited for his wealth of experience on securities litigation and white-collar crime.

At Allen & Overy, Denis Chemla receives effusive praise from respondents who describe him as “an excellent lawyer” and “a great leader of teams” on matters such as cross-border litigation.

Olivier Gutkès at Gutkès Avocats is “a fantastic person to work with” according to interviewees who commend him for his impressive understanding of issues relating to securities and white-collar crime.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has a top-notch practitioner in Dominique Mondoloni whose first-class practice sees him engaged in matters arising from multi-jurisdictional corporate investigations.

Jean Alain Michel of Cabinet 10 Messine is “a detail-driven lawyer” who “has a wealth of experience in the field” handling white-collar defence and investigations.

White & Case’s Ludovic Malgrain wins widespread plaudits for his top-notch work when it comes to handling bribery and corruption compliance matters.

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

Reinhart Marville Torre’s Jean Reinhart is “very active in business crime defence” according to peers who add that he “has a busy white-collar practice”.

Thierry Dalmasso at Dalmasso Cabinet d'Avocats is “a true business crime defence lawyer” with a stellar reputation that sees him receive much praise in our research this year.

At Soulez Larivière & Associés, Daniel Soulez Larivière is a prominent figure in the market who is commended for his standout ability defending both corporates and individuals in business crime cases.
Another top name from the firm is Astrid Mignon Colombet who wins great praise from peers this year. They note she is “very good in terms of compliance programme review”.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Bruno Quentin is a well-respected figure in the jurisdiction who receives widespread support from market observers for his adeptness on stock market violations and fraud and asset misappropriation cases.

Emmanuel Marsigny at Marsigny Avocats is “a brilliant lawyer” who peers state they “would recommend to anyone”. He is “very good at oral pleadings” and is “exceptionally dedicated to the client”.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Christian Dargham is credited for his expert handling of internal investigations and compliance policies. One source states that he is “the most sincere and trustworthy lawyer I know”.

At French Cornut-Gentille & Associés, Pierre Cornut-Gentille has a prominent practice that sees him engaged in the defence of both companies and individuals. One impressed source describes him as “the smartest lawyer there is in Paris”.

Alexis Gublin of Cabinet Delecroix-Gublin is an outstanding practitioner who is endorsed for his excellent work on international bribery and corruption investigations.

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