Skills

We cover all areas of criminal law for private individuals and legal entities:

Economic and financial criminal law

The firm has been acting in sensitive matters in the field of white collar crime for more than thirty years.

Its expertise covers all proceedings concerning corporate criminal law, both in relation to specific offences (corruption, insider trading, cartels) and in relation to more general offences (misuse of corporate assets, fraud, money laundering, forgery).

The firm's reputation is based on, in particular, defending clients in criminal proceedings relating to the breach of rules applying to public office: fraudulent use of public funds, illegal taking of interest, illegal financing of political parties or electoral campaigns.

The firm has developed increased competence in matters of money laundering and corruption, offences which have continued to attract increased prosecution and punishments in recent years. The firm advises companies seeking to identify their legal risks, in particular in the implementation of regulations in the areas of anti-corruption and money laundering which are under the control of the French anti-corruption agency. Its litigation expertise informs its recommendations at the advice stage.

The firm also defends its clients in many matters with transnational elements followed by the national financial prosecutor.

 

Practice areas

Criminal Code

Breach of trust, submission of false accounts, unlawful taking of interest, money laundering, corruption, favouritism, cybercrime...

Monetary and Financial Code

Insider trading, dissemination of false or misleading information, market manipulation...

Code of Public contracts

Breach of transparency in public procurement (favouritism)...

Consummer Code

Misleading advertising, deception, unfair business practices...

Commercial Code

Anti-competitive practices, misuse of corporate assets, cartels, abuse of a dominant position...

In the press

The National Front’s parliamentary assistants: the European Parliament’s lawyer seeks restitution of the sums
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A former Areva executive cleared in spying case
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Christine Lagarde is sentenced to nothing, according to her lawyer
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The case of misappropriations at the ARC
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The Bygmalion case, is the case of Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign accounts
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Criminal tax law

The firm advises and assists its clients in criminal cases related to tax law, which have been on the rise since Law No. 2018-898 of 23 October 2018 on the fight against fraud.

It offers its clients collaboration with tax specialists to ensure full support at all stages of proceedings, both administrative and judicial.

Practice areas

Misdemeanours

tax fraud, accounting offences, VAT fraud...

In the press

PSG is faced with its past largesse
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The Wendel Case: the shareholders were despoiled
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Criminal health law

The firm advises and defends its clients in all matters relating to public health. It has therefore acted in highly publicised cases that have made the news these past years.

Practice areas

Offences

Reckless endangerment, deceit, unintentional injury and homicide, advertising bans (especially tobacco), illegal takings...

In the press

Contaminated blood: the defence emphasises the ambiguities of the proceeding
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Médiator: Servier must be judged for all its deeds
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Sport Clinic: suspended sentences for two doctors on appeal
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Criminal Labour Law

The firm has developed a specific expertise in criminal labour law. It therefore acts for the defence of persons accused or victims of psychological harassment, discrimination, undeclared work, hindrance to the operation of employee institutions, etc. 

It also advises its clients on the implementation of health and safety regulations in a corporate setting, and on issues linked to corporate liability and delegation of authority in cases of homicide or unintentional harm.

Practice areas

Offences

psychological harassment, breach of employee representative bodies, undeclared work, illicit supply of workers, illegal employment of foreign workers, discrimination, breach of trade union rights, hindrance of employee representatives, hindrance of the employee representative body (CE), workplace injuries, reckless endangerment, unintentional harm...

In the press

The Orange trial: a leading lawyer in the case
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A manager is cleared of sexual harassment
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A trade unionist sues for psychological harassment
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Regulatory and disciplinary disputes

The firm advises and defends listed companies, banking establishments, chartered accountants, civil servants, elected persons and any person that is the subject of proceedings undertaken by independent public bodies - AMF, CSA, HAS - or independent administrative bodies - ARCEP, CNIL, CCFP, HATVP, H3C, H2AR.

The firm defends the interests of its clients implicated in disciplinary proceedings, for example before the national medical council, the higher council of the judiciary, the disciplinary councils of sporting federations...

Practice areas

Independent public bodies

the Financial Markets Authority (AMF), the Audiovisual Council (CSA), the Health Authority (HAS)

Independent administrative bodies

the postal and electronic communications regulatory authority (ARCEP), the National Commission on Information Technology and Freedoms (CNIL), the High Council of Auditors (H3C), etc.

Governing and disciplinary bodies

the national medical council, the higher council of the judiciary, the national bar council, the disciplinary councils of sport federations, etc.

In the press

The defence of judge Burgaud
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The defence of an auditor
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Michel Moulin’s right to practice restored
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Media and communication Law

The firm acts in cases related to the press, in cases of defamation or slander, the right to the respect of private life, and in cases of cybercrime.

Practice areas

Offences under the law of 29 July 1881 on the freedom of the press

Public defamation, slander, incitement to commit crimes and misdemeanours, incitement to hatred or discrimination, etc.

Cybercrime fraudulent entry into an automated data system, etc.

Third party liability

Breach of private life (article 9 of the Civil Code), breach of the presumption of innocence, etc.

In the press

Dopage : Nadal dépose plainte contre Bachelot pour diffamation
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Judge Burgaud sues Bertrand Tavernier
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Aurélie Filipetti will sue Paris Match
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The Canard Enchainé is convicted of defamation against Bernard Squarcini
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General criminal law

General criminal law lies at the origins of the firm. Its founder, Patrick Maisonneuve, acted in many sensitive criminal and misdemeanour cases at the start of his career.

The firm defends its clients, accused or victims, both in the generally applicable criminal law (crimes against the person) and in specific criminal law cases (juvenile criminal law, terrorism, drugs, etc.)

It supports them throughout the procedure: complaint or detention, hearing, investigation or enquiry, hearing before the police courts, the magistrate’s court or superior criminal court, remission of sentences, post-sentencing applications...

Practice areas

Minor offences

Traffic offences, threats, minor assaults, etc

Misdemeanours

Involuntary manslaughter, sexual assaults, violence, abuse of weakness, theft, extortion, blackmail, forgery, etc.

Felonies

Murder, rape, terrorism, torture and acts of barbarism, etc.

In the press

The Benalla case: The judges consider further leaks
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The trial of suspicious betting in Montpellier: acquittal for all
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A notary on trial in Paris for the attempted theft of a manuscript by Chateaubriand
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Dans les coulisses d’un vaste système de corruption d’un employé d’EDF
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