Guaranteeing compliance, ensuring success

At a time when regulatory bodies’ influence is becoming increasingly widespread, having mechanisms in place to respond immediately to French and international investigations is crucial. Compliance is now an everyday issue. Our firm's teams support you on an emergency basis and also handle audit and verification procedures.

Our Compliance team, one of the most renowned in the market, works with many leading companies in the areas of:

  • Anti-Corruption,
  • Duty of Vigilance,
  • International Sanctions and Export Controls,
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT),
  • Internal Investigations and Whistleblower-Related Crises.

As experts in this field, our lawyers have conducted numerous training sessions for 630 clients across 437 companies. Additionally, we have actively participated in several debates on these topics at the OECD, the French Senate, and various professional organizations and training institutions.

In the context of investigations, our teams collaborate closely with the employment law department to ensure that all investigatory measures comply with French labor law.

Interventions

  • Compliance

  • Anti-corruption

  • Duty of Vigilance

  • International Sanctions and Export Controls

  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT)

  • Internal Investigations and Crisis Management Related to Whistleblowers .

At a time when regulatory bodies’ influence is becoming increasingly widespread, having mechanisms in place to respond immediately to French and international investigations is crucial. Compliance is now an everyday issue. Our firm's teams support you on an emergency basis and also handle audit and verification procedures.

Our Compliance team, one of the most renowned in the market, works with many leading companies in the areas of:

  • Anti-Corruption,
  • Duty of Vigilance,
  • International Sanctions and Export Controls,
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT),
  • Internal Investigations and Whistleblower-Related Crises.

As experts in this field, our lawyers have conducted numerous training sessions for 630 clients across 437 companies. Additionally, we have actively participated in several debates on these topics at the OECD, the French Senate, and various professional organizations and training institutions.

In the context of investigations, our teams collaborate closely with the employment law department to ensure that all investigatory measures comply with French labor law.

Anti-Corruption
We oversee the controls led by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA), we conduct thorough audits, develop risk maps, and implement the requirements of the Sapin II law. Our experts assist you in creating and optimizing your compliance programs to prevent corruption risks and ensure full compliance with current regulations.
Duty of Vigilance
We support our clients in deploying duty of vigilance mechanisms, particularly for compliance with national and European regulations (CSRD and CSDDD directives). This assistance includes identifying and managing risks related to business ethics or ESG (environmental, social, and governance) aspects throughout the entire supply chain. Our team develops tailored vigilance plans to ensure compliance with international best practices and represent its clients before the competent courts.
International Sanctions and Export Controls
We offer specialized expertise in international sanctions and export controls by advising companies on regulatory compliance, assessing their legal risks, and assisting them during investigations or disputes involving relevant national authorities (DGT, SBDU, etc.). We conduct due diligence, investigations, and monitor coercive measures.
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT)
We help our clients establish solid AML/CFT systems, including risk assessments, staff training, and drafting effective internal policies.
Internal Investigations and Whistleblower-Related Crises
We conduct internal investigations in France and internationally and assist our clients in managing crises involving whistleblowers.

Team

Working languages: French, English

Rewards

‘Bernard Cazeneuve is top class. He has extraordinary mastery of the subject matter, and it is very reassuring to use his advice.’

Legal 500 2024

‘Des conseils de grande qualité; disponibilité remarquable et relation client exceptionnelle ; une expertise et une disponibilité de pointe.’

‘Olivier Attias se distingue par son approche pragmatique ; il se concentre sur la recherche d’une solution pratique pour son client. Il comprend les contraintes opérationnelles et ne se limite pas à l’analyse purement juridique des sujets.

‘Savoir-faire de haute qualité. Une volonté sincère de comprendre le client pour lui apporter une réponse adaptée.’

‘Astrid Mignon Colombet allie créativité, passion et engagement dans sa pratique. C’est une grande juriste qui sait utiliser son savoir-faire pour répondre à des problématiques prospectives.’

"The August Debouzy team has the ability to mobilise cross-practice teams to address all aspects of the matter, across expertise and jurisdictions."

"Bernard Cazeneuve is extremely diligent in following events that may impact our industry and activity and in offering to-the-point, expert and customised advice."

"Olivier Attias has a very good understanding of how legal advice translates in our business and provides a pragmatic and customised approach to legal matters."

• Bernard Cazeneuve
• Astrid Mignon Colombet
• Amélie Tripet
• Olivier Attias
• Valérie Munoz-Pons