Bastille Day Newsletter 2020
Lawyers at Navacelle thought you might be interested in reviewing a selection we made of noticeable events which occurred in France in the fields of corporate criminal liability, criminal procedure, enforcement and compliance over the past 12 months so we put together our fourth Bastille Day Newsletter!
Unfolding in the field in France over the past fortnight would – alone – have warranted half a dozen “client alerts”: an official inquiry into the PNF by the Justice ministry, a shining new Justice Minister who – at best –thinks very little of the PNF and wants to cut short “preliminary” investigations, Judges’ union call the appointment of the Justice Minister by President Macron a “declaration of war”, spying by the PNF on several law firms to determine who may have stopped by, yesterday’s 2019 activity report by the French Anticorruption Agency, etc.
We’ve put some thinking into the following (and much more): are internal investigations still an oddity in the legal community?, Double jeopardy in tax & criminal matters catch 22?, European Public Prosecutor a landmark gone unnoticed?, What is the CJIP going to be extended to next?
Uncertain waters lie ahead, more than ever we are confident that the legal community, our friend here in Europe and around the world, are the cornerstone of “le monde d’après”. Stay safe & in touch!
Special thanks to Laurine Becker, Alice Béral, Princessa Fouda, Sarah Reilly, Clément Allais, Sara Deyhim, Amelle Djedi, Soukaina El-Mekkaoui, Alex Kodiane, Christelle Meda, Ekaterina Oleinikova & Julia Velho.
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July 14 2020
«Attack on Attorney-Client Privilege imbedded in the transposition by France of new EU rules» – in Les Echos
Stéphane de Navacelle, Associé Navacelle, along with former Bar Presidents Bâtonniers Christian Charriere Bournazelle, Jacques Taquet and Basile Ader publishes an opinion in French leading economic daily Les Echos on the attack on Attorney-Client Privilege imbedded in the transposition by France of new EU rules on mandatory disclosure of cross-border tax arrangements by EU intermediaries, dismissing ethical obligations of lawyers and suggesting that systematic denunciation of clients is appropriate
July 9 2020
«Criminal law in France amidst the Coronavirus pandemic» – ABA contribution from Navacelle
Stéphane de Navacelle & Clémentine Duverne, Partners Navacelle, Princessa Fouda, Associate Navacelle co-authors of “Recent developments in criminal law in France amidst the Coronavirus pandemic”-, paper, as a contribution to the International criminal law report about Covid-19 in different jurisdictions from the American Bar Association, with warm thanks to co-chairs Anna Laniado, Cyreka Jacobs and Arthur Traldi
July 8 2020
La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaire – Interview Stéphane de Navacelle
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, met by French weekly LJA (La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires) on the latest trends regarding specificities and ethics of carrying out internal investigations in France “outstanding questions have to be addressed, relentlessly explained”.
July 6 2020
The Best Lawyers in France 2021 Edition Awards
Awards “Les Meilleurs Cabinets d’Avocats 2020” – Le Point
Navacelle identified by leading French weekly Le Point in partnership with Statista as one of the Tier 1 compliance/investigations law firms (*****) and one of the Tier 2 (****) white-collar criminal law firms in France for 2020.
Awards find on www.lepoint.fr or in Le Point June 25 2020 edition.
June 26 2020
MAJ judicial investigations training session
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, participates along with Aude Buresi, Investigating Judge at the Financial Investigations Division (Tribunal judiciaire de Paris), and Xavier Hubert, Director of ethics, compliance and privacy (Engie) under the auspices of the ENM – Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, l’AFJE – Association Française des juristes d’entreprise and EFB – Ecole Française du Barreau a training session for Judges-Lawyers-Jurists on the «jucidial investigation».
June 25 2020
Legal 500 EMEA
Navacelle identified by The Legal 500 (Legalease) EMEA 2020 as one of the best compliance / investigations law firms in France.
“Seven-lawyer boutique firm Navacelle is particularly experienced in assisting foreign and domestic clients with investigations carried out by French and international authorities (including US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the UK Serious Fraud Office and the UK Financial Conduct Authority investigations). Stéphane de Navacelle is regularly appointed by companies to conduct internal investigations following suspicions of acts of corruption or other allegations. He is also regularly retained to monitor the implementation of compliance rules within companies following agreements reached with the World Bank and provides guidance on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering rules.”
June 22 2020
European Expert advice from Délégation des Barreaux de France to Brussels
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, author of the June 2020 Expert’s advice on “Secret professionnel versus legal privilege” from the Delegation of the French Bars to the European Union (L’Union Européenne), representing Conseil National des Barreaux, Conférence des Bâtonniers and Paris Bar Association (Ordre des avocats de Paris).
June 19 2020
«Latest news regarding white collar crime in France» – Stéphane de Navacelle for Observatoire de la Justice Pénale
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, interviewed by the French Observatoire de la Justice Pénale on the latest news regarding white collar crime in France, “the present time white collar crime defence lawyer still is a criminal defense lawyer”.
« Stéphane de Navacelle est l’un des spécialistes les plus réputés du droit pénal des affaires en France. Avocat aux barreaux de New York et de Paris depuis plus de quinze ans, ancien président de l’International Criminal Committee à l’American Bar Association, observateur du Tribunal Pénal International pour le Rwanda, il est le coauteur d’un rapport rendu en 2019 sur les problématiques liées au rôle de l’avocat enquêteur dans le cadre d’une enquête interne. Il a fondé en 2010 le cabinet Navacelle, au sein duquel il est associé avec Clémentine Duverne et Julie Zorrilla, et dont l’activité recouvre les enquêtes FCPA, la conformité, les embargos, ou encore les délits/manquements d’initiés. Il est ancien membre du conseil de l’Ordre des avocats de Paris. En 2020, il est cité comme «Best Lawyer» en «criminal defense» par l’éditeur américain Best lawyers. »
June 17 2020
Criminal Policy Circular on the Fight against International Corruption by Julie Zorrilla
Julie Zorrilla, Partner Navacelle, speaks to James Thomas, GIR – Global Investigation Review, about the new French MoJ Ministère de la Justice. June 2 “Criminal Policy Circular on the Fight against International Corruption” which sets guidance for prosecutors nationwide and clarifies anticorruption enforcement. Comments Jean-François Bohnert, Procureur de la République Financier, and Thomas Baudesson, Clifford Chance.
June 12 2020
MAJ administrative investigations
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, participates along with Aude Buresi, Investigating Judge at the Financial Investigations Division (Tribunal judiciaire de Paris), Sophie Bresny, Head of the Investigations Service (Autorité de la Concurrence), Delphine Berg, Head of Competition and Regulation Affairs (Engie), and Xavier Hubert, Director of ethics, compliance and privacy (Engie) under the auspices of the ENM – Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, l’AFJE – Association Française des juristes d’entreprise and EFB – Ecole Française du Barreau a training session for Judges-Lawyers-Jurists on the «regulator investigation».
June 4 2020
Article penal environement
Stéphane de Navacelle, Clémentine Duverne, Partners Navacelle, and Alice Béral, Associate Navacelle, contributors to the IBA – International Bar Association Criminal Law Committee e-Bulletin an article on “Environmental compliance : a growing concern in France” which discusses Environmental compliance in absence of a general framework and effective criminal environmental law and enforcement tools ahead of the extension of CJIPs (French DPAs) to environmental crime.
May 29 2020
Legal 500 EMEA
«Recent enforcement trends and their impacts on businesses» – FRA Conference
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, participates in round table along with Frances McLeod & Derek Patterson (FRA), Shaul Brazil (BCL Solicitors LLP), William Redgrave (Baker & Partners) and Greg Glynn & Joanelle O’Cleirigh (Arthur Cox) to share their perspectives on recent enforcement trends and their cascading impacts on businesses around the globe.
Register now: https://event.on24.com
May 21 2020
MAJ internal investigations training session
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, participates along with Aude Buresi, Juge d’instruction Pôle financier (Tribunal judiciaire de Paris), and Xavier Hubert, Directeur Ethics, Compliance and Privacy (Engie) under the auspices of the ENM – Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, l’AFJE – Association Française des juristes d’entreprise and EFB – Ecole de Formation du Barreau a training session for Judges-Lawyers-Jurists on the “internal investigation”.
May 20 2020
Global Investigations Review (GIR) Clémentine Duverne among 40 Under 40
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – France 2020
Winners Notice – 2020 Global Law Experts Annual Awards
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – France 2020
Chambers Europe 2020 ranking
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, recognized in the Chambers Investigations Europe 2020 ranking in the category Corporate Compliance & Investigations in France.
“Sources state that Stéphane de Navacelle “excels in his approach and capacity to design a strategy,» drawing additional praise for his “very significant international exposure.” He assists clients with corruption investigations at the domestic and international level.”
April 21 2020
Internal investigations lead by lawyers: a new take at white-collar crime?
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, co-authors of an article in Revue Lamy Droit des Affaires (Wolters Kluwer France) regarding “Internal investigations lead by lawyers: a new take at white-collar crime?” in a collection of articles dedicated to the extraterritorial application of US law alongside Representative Hervé Guyader, Professor Raphaël Gauvain, Régis Bismuth and Catherine Boineau and Deputy Editor in Chief Joséphine de Romanet.
April 20 2020
Presentation “The internal investigation by lawyers” in Live Facebook
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, presents – with moderators Bar Council (Conseil de l’Ordre) members Hirbod Dehghani-Azar and Yannick Sala – as moderators – to over a thousand Paris Bar lawyers “The internal investigation by lawyers, practical and ethical considerations”.
Video accessible on the Facebook page : www.facebook.com/Barreau2Paris/
April 15 2020
AFA awaits results of enquiry by independent auditor
Highlights on the impact of Covid-19
Navacelle trainees Clément Allais, Amelle Djedi, Soukaina El-Mekkaoui, Christelle Meda and Ekaterina Oleinikova have put together highlights on the impact of Covid-19 on administrative law, human rights, labor law, contract law and criminal law in France.
Available in English
April 6 2020
«Navacelle co-authors of GIR – Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations 4th edition»
Clémentine Duverne, Julie Zorrilla and Stéphane de Navacelle, Partners Navacelle, co-author the French chapter of the fourth edition of Global Investigations Review’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. Many thanks to editors Judith Seddon, Eleanor Davison, Christopher J Morvillo, Michael Bowes QC, Luke Tolaini, Ama A Adams and Tara McGrath! www.globalinvestigationsreview.com March 20 2020
Navacelle promotes Clémentine Duverne and Julie Zorrilla to Partner
Navacelle is delighted to announce that Clémentine Duverne and Julie Zorrilla have been promoted as Partners. “These promotions are in line with Navacelle’s 10-year commitment to excellence in client service and a broader dedication to the profession. The firm’s strengthened leadership will make it a stronger choice for clients looking for reliable advice addressing complex situations.” comments Stéphane de Navacelle, the firm’s founding partner.
Clémentine Duverne joined Navacelle as Counsel in 2019 and became Partner in January 2020. A lawyer in New York (2010) and Paris (2012), she practices corporate litigation, predominantly in the fields of white-collar, internal investigations and compliance. Prior to joining Navacelle, Clémentine worked in the White-collar and Regulatory department of White & Case in which she has gained expertise in complex cross-border financial and criminal matters, notably in corruption and AML/CFT matters.
Julie Zorrilla joined Navacelle in 2012. As Associate, Counsel and now Partner at Navacelle, she has worked for over seven years on complex cross-border financial and criminal matters with clients and enforcement authorities in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Russia.
She assists foreign and national senior executives and corporations in internal investigations, pre-litigation and litigation proceedings, in matters ranging from large-scale corruption, embargo and index manipulation (LIBOR and SSA) to asset recovery, monitorships and assessing compliance programs.
February 13 2020
La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires. Association France Amériques conference. February 3 2020
About the conference “Negotiated justice”, French law under American influence?. France-Amériques Association, Paris. February 3 2020.
« Stéphane de Navacelle, a lawyer in Paris, also disavows the concept of “economic war” and favors talking about competition through law. He raises the question of the role of lawyers in CJIP, and stresses that in that respect, the quarrel between the old and the modern is still very much alive at the bar. “The old stigmatize the “lawyers-traitors” who investigate their clients and transfer the findings to the prosecutors”, he observes. He considers these procedures to now be French and that they should not be looked at as “Montesquieu’s Persian letters”»
Justice négociée : la coopération pour éloigner le soupçon d’influence américaine by Anne Portmann. La Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires.
February 11 2020
Décideurs as Excellent in White Collar Crime in France in 2020
“Negotiated justice”, French law under American influence?
Stéphane de Navacelle, Partner Navacelle, discusses ““Negotiated justice”, French law under American influence?” at the invitation of Jean-Luc Fournier, President of France-Amériques Association alongside Peter B. Axelrod, Of Counsel Paul Hastings, Charlotte Bilger, Member of the Paris Court of Appeal, Anne Deysine, Professor at Nanterre University, Fabien Ganivet, Partner DLA Piper, Eric Russo, First Deputy Prosecutor of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office during the Law and Economic warfare conference at the France-Amériques Association in Paris, France.
February 3 2020