Additionally, Gide draws on its recognised skill in the management of crises and in defending clients before legal and administrative authorities to steer, implement and supervise major sensitive corporate investigations and pre- and post-acquisition compliance audits, both in France and abroad.
Our main principles
Security and confidentiality: as an independent law firm of French origin, Gide is particularly attentive to protecting the confidentiality of its communication with its clients, especially in multi-jurisdictional contexts. We attach the utmost importance to the security of information we receive and to how this data is stored, and we are constantly improving our IT security systems to adapt in real time to new technical and legal threats.
Proportionality and performance: the operational nature of a compliance system depends wholly on its suitability with the nature, scale and complexity of the activities it is looking to cover. It is this same principle of proportionality and moderation that guides us when we assist our clients, offering them tailored solutions that are perfectly suited to their identified issues and obligations.
Strategic vision and expertise: our practice applies a strategic take on compliance assignments, and relies on the expertise of over 70 lawyers who are experts on the risks our clients are looking to identify, prevent or control, as well as on the impact of their compliance systems or their corporate investigations in terms of corporate governance and human resources management. We also draw on a selection of leading experts in the fields of accountancy, finance, IT, and economic intelligence.
Continental culture and global vision: our international outlook is what makes us Gide. Ever since our establishment, we have specialised in the handling of complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters combining multiple legal cultures. Our Compliance & Corporate Investigations team enjoys this legacy and the coverage of our international offices, as well as partnerships the world over with leading law firms on their respective markets. This broad perspective is fully in line with a continental compliance model, based both on principles defined by EU law and on core values shared with our partner firms Chiomenti (Italy), Cuatrecasas (Spain and Portugal) and Gleiss Lutz (Germany).
Our fields of specialisation
- Combating corruption and fraud
- Banking and financial compliance, and AML/CFT
- Data protection
- Monitoring exports and international sanctions
- Preventing tax risks
- Duty of care and CSR
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. acts for leading companies, banks and financial institutions to assist with the setting up and reviewing of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programmes. The team's experience spans guidance for clients facing AFA-led audits and the management of corruption and other whistle-blowing allegation crisis situations, often occurring overseas and requiring the conduct of internal investigations. The practice also advises financial institutions on banking and finance compliance. The practice head group includes Bruno Quentin, Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry and Sophie Scemla as the key contacts, with banking and finance experts Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville and Olivier Bernardi and competition compliance specialist Antoine Choffel also contributing.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
Practice encompassing expertise in corruption and fraud, acting for a diverse range of domestic businesses and financial institutions. Acts across a broad range of sectors such as energy, TMT and insurance. Assists clients with cases involving African and Asian jurisdictions.
Chambers Europe 2021
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘knows its field and is never left without "an answer’. The ‘excellent’ team offers ‘splendid client support’ and is also ‘much appreciated for its ability to explain concepts to non-lawyers’. The firm is particularly expert in the financial services industry, where it advises leading banks and asset management funds on compliance issues, regulatory investigations and enforcement, and internal investigations. The practice also assists leading companies with anti-corruption and antitrust compliance matters. The team includes Bruno Quentin and Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, who are praised for their ‘high-level skills’; Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville, who is noted for his ‘knowledge and mastery of his field’; and antitrust specialist Antoine Choffel.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Varied practice encompassing expertise in bribery, money laundering and fraud, acting for a diverse range of domestic businesses and financial institutions. Regularly assists clients with the establishment of compliance programmes. Acts across a broad range of sectors such as pharmaceutical, retail and transport. One client says: 'The firm provides excellent legal and practical advice.' Another adds: 'The service is very quick and precise. I am particularly impressed by the capacity of the firm to adjust the information it delivers to different audiences.' Bruno Quentin has a solid track record in criminal risk assessment and implementation of anti-bribery programmes. Clients highlight that he is 'accessible and flexible and has a lot of experience in dealing with sensitive matters'.
Chambers Europe 2019