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. is regularly retained by oil and gas and engineering groups as well as executives facing PNF investigations regarding allegations of corruption, frequently with a link to Africa but also Brazil. The firm, which has strong discovery capabilities, also handles a wide range of cases dealing with various issues: industrial accidents, clinical trials or undeclared work. It is also active in the domestic political sphere where it notably defends those elected to public office in criminal proceedings. The firm also assists clients at risk prevention stages or as victims of cyberattacks. The practice is co-headed by Sophie Scemla, Bruno Quentin and Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, who is involved in matters concerning financial services-related offences. François Voiron was promoted to counsel in January 2022.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Dispute Resolution : White-Collar Crime
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is particularly experienced in assisting companies with the conduct of internal investigations in relation to corruption, money laundering, breach of international sanctions and duty of vigilance obligations. The firm has recently assisted a wide range of French and international companies, predominantly in the energy sector, in a range of matters, notably linked to the activities of clients’ subsidiaries in China, Africa and the Middle East. The team also advises on the setting up of compliance programmes and assists clients during compliance audits led by AFA or other financial services regulators. The group also provides support to the M&A practice in the conduct of due diligence compliance work on potential M&A targets. The compliance team also features strong complementary white-collar crime and data privacy expertise. Sophie Scemla and Bruno Quentin jointly head the team with Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, whose main focus lies in the financial industry. The firm is one of the few in France to have an in-house financial forensics expert in Stéphanie Philippe who joined in January 2022; she previously worked as a controller for the Public Interest Entities division of the French High Council of Statutory Auditors.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Compliance
Gide Loyrette Nouel has a practice encompassing expertise in corruption and fraud, acting for a diverse range of domestic businesses and financial institutions on internal investigations, compliance programmes and duty of vigilance matters. The law firm acts across a broad range of sectors such as energy, oil and gas, transportation and finance. The lawyers additionally assist clients with cases involving African and Asian jurisdictions.
Chambers Europe 2023
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. assiste de grandes entreprises, banques et institutions financières dans l’établissement et la mise à jour de leurs programmes anticorruption et anti-blanchiment. L’équipe accompagne aussi ses clients lors d’audits de contrôle AFA, ainsi que dans la gestion de situations de crise, telles que des accusations émises par des lanceurs d’alerte concernant des faits se produisant le plus souvent à l'étranger et nécessitant la conduite d'enquêtes internes. Le cabinet conseille également des institutions financières en matière de conformité bancaire et financière. Bruno Quentin, Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry et Sophie Scemla sont les principaux intervenants. Olivier Bernardi qui est spécialisé dans le domaine de la réglementation bancaire et financière, et l'expert en droit de la concurrence Antoine Choffel contribuent également.
Legal 500 Paris 2022
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. offers the full range of expertise. The firm has a strong practice advising French and international companies on the conduct of internal investigations, often in the framework of international bribery, fraud and terrorism financing allegations. Banks and companies regularly instruct the practice to advise on the setting up of French anti-corruption programmes and on AFA-audits. Finally, the team has strong know-know in anti-money laundering, an expertise widely used by French and international banks. The practice is co-headed by Bruno Quentin, Jean-Philippe Pons-Henry, Sophie Scemla and Olivier Bernardi.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022
Gide Loyrette Nouel has a practice encompassing expertise in corruption and fraud, acting for a diverse range of domestic businesses and financial institutions. The law firm acts across a broad range of sectors such as energy, oil and gas, and insurance. The lawyers additionally assist clients with cases involving African and Asian jurisdictions.
Chambers Europe 2022
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