Investigator's Guide to France

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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 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.

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.

French prosecutors make an example of UBS

French prosecutors are pursuing eye-watering penalties against UBS in an ongoing tax evasion trial to warn companies what happens when settlement negotiations break down, according to lawyers in Paris.

France’s Anti-Corruption Authority seeks diplomatic role

France’s new anti-corruption authority wants to position itself as a conciliator between foreign and French prosecutors, as it establishes how it is going to fit in among the country’s other agencies.

The media inspired France’s Société Générale bribery investigation

It took several media reports to spark French authorities’ investigation of Société Générale’s Gaddafi-era Libyan bribery scheme, even though the DOJ had been on the case for two years.

Société Générale settlement was a “great relief”, France's top prosecutor says

The head of France’s Public Prosecutor’s Office has hailed the recent US and French foreign bribery settlements with Société Générale as a “breakthrough for international cooperation”.

Monitorship decision in Société Générale Libya settlement “milestone” for US/France cooperation

Parisian lawyers have commended the US Justice Department for not imposing its own monitor on Société Générale and for instead allowing France’s AFA to oversee the bank’s anti-bribery compliance for two years.

French compliance monitorships a “work in progress”

France’s Anti-Corruption Authority says it has started its monitorships of two companies that agreed DPAs with prosecutors in February as it prepares for its biggest assignment yet: monitoring Société Générale.

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