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Samuel Sauphanor

Samuel Sauphanor

Le 16 Law16, rue de l’ÉlyséeParisFrance75008

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Samuel Sauphanor is an excellent litigator who is commended for his first-rate work on white-collar crime and finance litigation.


Samuel Sauphanor is a founding partner of Le 16 Law – a French litigation boutique dedicated to the strategic management of complex business law disputes.

Samuel Sauphanor is the head of the white-collar crime department. He has 15 years of experience which he spent working in two international law firms (Orrick Rambaud Martel and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP).

He focuses on white-collar crime for a broad range of clients including corporates, directors and officers.

He acts before all criminal courts as well as before the Financial Market Authority (AMF) where his practice is recognised as “excellent” in the national ranking of French lawyers.

Samuel Sauphanor handles matters involving fraud, laundering, tax fraud, international corruption, terrorism financing, insider trading, and other business crimes.

He has successfully imported the US/UK style of defendant’s preparation into the French criminal environment which translates into full-scale training of defendants, in real-time conditions, of criminal investigations/hearings and complete due diligence well ahead of any indictment, with review and analysis of emails and text messages and the involvement of forensic and IT experts.

As a result, Samuel Sauphanor’s peers have identified him as a key-player in his practice and therefore refer cases on a regular basis, some of which are highly-mediatised. 

Samuel Sauphanor graduated in political sciences from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), in economic history from the Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and in business and economics law from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I).

A French native speaker, he is fluent in English and Spanish.

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