Amaury is an associate in the Paris Corporate Crime & Investigations and Compliance team.
Amaury assists domestic and international clients on all their white collar crime disputes and accompanies them in preventing criminal risk. He helps them, where necessary, in relation to investigations and proceedings by regulators and enforcement authorities, in France and abroad. He mainly focuses on corruption, bribery, money laundering, fraud and corporate misconduct.
Amaury also advises clients in connection with a range of compliance issues (anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, duty of care, whistleblowing, etc.). He has significant practical experience in designing anti-corruption compliance policies and programmes and preparing for the inspections conducted by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA). He has assisted a wide number of French groups in the frame of the AFA inspections.
He has experience related to assessing criminal risk in M&A and conducting internal investigations and compliance audits.
Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2019, Amaury worked at French and foreign law firms, legal and compliance departments of corporates and international organizations.
He is a member of the Paris Bar and is fluent in English. He is a graduate of the University of Nancy II, the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Paris II Panthéon Assas. He is a member of the Association des Avocats Pénalistes, European Criminal Bar Association and European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers. He has also been an auditor at the École du Louvre.
Experience & expertise
- several French and foreign companies investigated by the French National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) or the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office for corruption, tax fraud, money laundering and anti-competitive practices
- Sonepar in relation to the first case ever heard by the Enforcement Committee (Commission des sanctions) of the French Anti-Corruption Agency
- nearly fifteen French groups in the frame of the inspections carried out by the French Anti-Corruption Agency
- several groups on the implementation of anti-corruption compliance programmes under the Sapin II Law or in relation to internal investigations relating to allegations of fraud and corruption
- nearly fifteen groups in updating their policies for handling ethics reports in light of the EU Directive 2019/1937 and its implementation in French law