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 companies should beware risk of DOJ investigations

The deputy head of France’s Anti-Corruption Authority acknowledged the authority’s limited territorial reach but warned French companies that they can often still be pursued by the DOJ.

Vitol decision shakes double jeopardy defence in France

Companies should have no confidence that the principle of double jeopardy will protect them against prosecution in France when they have been sanctioned for the same misconduct outside of Europe, lawyers said in light of a recent decision.

French prosecutors reach first bribery DPAs

Prosecutors from the outskirts of Paris have secured France’s first settlements to resolve bribery allegations, and have also imposed the country’s inaugural compliance monitorships.

French DPAs lack crucial disgorgement tool

US or UK authorities may feel obliged to pursue parallel settlements to make up the perceived difference of French DPA fines, Antoine Kirry and Robin Lööf of Debevoise & Plimpton say.

Magic Circle firm representing Danske Bank in French investigation

After guiding HSBC Private Bank Switzerland to France’s first deferred prosecution agreement, Allen & Overy is representing another foreign financial institution in a French investigation.

HSBC awarded landmark French settlement despite minimal cooperation

French prosecutors offered HSBC a "DPA" that appears to lack a deferred prosecution aspect, and despite the bank’s negligible cooperation during the investigation.

European oil companies argue it’s impossible to bribe an entire government

Payments in contravention of the UN oil-for-food programme were legal in Iraq and so do not count as bribes, the defence counsel for Total and Vitol told a Paris appeals court.

The Investigator’s Guide to France

With a new financial prosecutor and moves towards extending plea bargaining to major white-collar crimes, internal investigations may soon take off in France. GIR’s investigator’s guide gives the lowdown on everything from the country’s wide-ranging data protection laws to its lax attitude towards foreign bribery.

France's investigations bar

With the presence of multiple major international law firms and the ever-present threat of US enforcement against French companies, internal investigations are gradually becoming accepted among Paris’s white-collar lawyers.

Éliane Houlette: France’s super prosecutor

Éliane Houlette talks with Rahul Rose about the need for more plea bargains in France, difficulties in bringing successful foreign bribery prosecutions and why she hasn’t yet relied on an internal investigation report in a case.

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