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Investigator's Guide to France

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The Investigator’s Guide to France

GIR travelled to Paris to find out how the French investigative landscape has settled after the seismic shift in attitude towards investigations caused by Sapin II, the landmark anti-corruption law that came into force in July 2017.

Other Highlights

French engineering company agrees country's eighth DPA

French engineering company Egis Avia will pay €2.6 million as part of a settlement agreed with the PNF over alleged corruption in Algeria.

French banking regulator exposes “fragilities” in banking sector

The Bank of France’s regulatory arm has released an uncharacteristically transparent report that has uncovered anti-money laundering weaknesses across the country’s financial sector.

France set to appoint new PNF leader

Reims prosecutor Jean-François Bohnert is set to become the new head of France’s National Financial Prosecutor’s Office.

Former EDF exec gets five years in bribery case

A French court has sentenced a former procurement manager at energy company EDF to five years in prison and a €100,000 fine for bribery and market rigging, in a case linked to three of the country’s CJIPs.

Google signs €500 million DPA in France over tax fraud

Google’s French and Irish arms have agreed to pay €500 million to resolve allegations that they committed tax fraud between 2011 and 2014.

French AFA routinely undermines professional secrecy, lawyers say

Lawyers at the first-ever GIR Live in Paris have said the French agency tasked with overseeing company’s compliance programmes is requesting documents typically covered by secrecy rules.

Gauvain report "exaggerates catastrophic nature" of US data requests

French lawyers have questioned how far proposals, contained in a recently published report, will go in helping local companies cope with intrusive foreign investigations.

Narrow scope of legal privilege makes France “preferred hunting ground” for US authorities

A report that outlines reforms to the French Blocking Statute says the rule of law has become “a weapon of destruction in the economic war led by the US against the rest of the world”.

GIR Live: Spotlight on Paris

As French authorities progress their investigation into World Cup hosting rights by detaining and questioning former Uefa president Michel Platini, leading practitioners are gearing up to discuss major developments in France’s investigations and enforcement landscape at the first-ever GIR Live Paris on 27 June.

Proposed reforms to French blocking statute would still leave companies “stuck between two evils”

A leaked report outlining potential changes to the French Blocking Statute was recently published but French lawyers are unsure about how effective the proposals, drafted in response to “intrusive” US authorities, will be.