Antonin Lévy & Associates
Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I.
15, rue de Marignan 75008 Paris
T. +33 1 71 19 72 40
Founded in January 2019 by Antonin Lévy and Ophélia Claude, Antonin Lévy & Associés specializes in white collar crime and assists its clients in all stages of investigations and proceedings, whether judicial or administrative, both in France and abroad.
The firm has earned recognition in the field of criminal defense and regulatory proceedings. The firm also possesses expertise in investigations conducted by multilateral development banks and has also developed genuine know-how about compliance programs and internal investigations. The firm works in coordination withinternational and local firms in various jurisdictions.
The firm’s expertise has been recognized by Chambers, The Legal 500, Décideurs, Le Point, and Who’s Who Legal rankings, among others.
When discussing the creation of the firm, The Legal 500 2019 rankings noted:
“The highly regarded Antonin Lévy and the equally promising Ophélia Claude set up boutique firm Antonin Lévy & Associés A.A.R.P.I. in December 2018 […]. The pair are handling a diverse caseload on behalf of French and international public and private sector companies and high-profile individuals. The team is notably involved in highly sensitive international corruption and tax fraud cases.”
White collar crime
Antonin Lévy & Associés represents and advises companies and individuals in connection with investigations, prosecutions and criminal settlement procedures (including guilty pleas and French-style deferred prosecution agreements) in all areas of white-collar crime, and more specifically in the following areas:
Corruption and other breaches of propriety: The firm is actively involved in numerous matters involving corruption, influence peddling, favoritism, unlawful acquisitions of interests by public officials, and misuse of public funds.
Money laundering: Money laundering is an offence that is frequently used as the grounds for an investigation by prosecuting authorities. Accordingly, the firm has developed special expertise in this area and in the related offence of receiving.
Fiscal criminal law: The firm regularly represents international groups and individuals prosecuted in France for tax evasion. The firm notably handles complex cases involving issues of permanent establishment, transfer pricing and missing trader VAT fraud, in coordination with firms specializing in tax law when necessary.
Corporate criminal law: The firm handles matters relating to the misuse of company assets, breach of trust, the presentation and publication of inaccurate financial statements, obstruction of statutory auditors on behalf of executives or affected companies.
Securities and financial law offenses: The firm handles insider trading, dissemination of false and misleading information and market manipulation cases.
Labor law offenses: The firm represents both companies and executives prosecuted for offenses under the French Labor Code, and in particular obstruction of employee representatives, harassment and undeclared labor.
Competition and consumer rights violations: The firm represents companies and executives during investigations by the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control commenced in connection with unlawful commercial practices and unlawful agreements in particular.
Data protection: The firm advises and assists companies with complying with their personal data protection obligations, including in the framework of data processing declarations, surveillance systems and personal data breach notifications before the French Data Protection Authority (the CNIL).
International criminal law and business and human rights risk
Both in France and abroad, international law is a growing source of litigation. Antonin Lévy & Associés represents companies and individuals in the following areas:
Crimes against humanity and war crimes: The firm represents companies and individuals under prosecution for and victims of international crimes, principally before the French courts.
Extradition, European arrest warrant and Interpol: The firm has developed expertise in extradition proceedings and with European arrest warrants before the French courts. We also assist persons who are the subject of Red Notices issued by Interpol.
International cooperation in criminal matters: The firm assists and advises companies and individuals in the framework of cooperating in criminal matters before the courts, but also in the context of self-reporting and monitoring obligations imposed by foreign courts and authorities, particularly with regard to the application of the blocking statute and professional secrecy.
Human rights and duty of vigilance: The firm advises and assists companies with implementing vigilance plans and with disputes arising from this vigilance obligation.
International sanctions: Embargos and international sanctions present a major risk for companies in France and abroad, and violations of such sanctions can constitute a criminal offense. The firm advises and assists companies with compliance with international, European, French and foreign sanctions (sanctions administered by OFAC, for example), in coordination with foreign firms.
Antonin Lévy & Associés assists companies and financial institutions with inspections, investigations and prosecutions conducted by French regulatory authorities, such as the French Anti-Corruption Agency, the Financial Markets Authority, and the Prudential Supervision and Control Authority. The firm also provides training to companies to help them prepare how to best respond to these types of inspections and investigations.
Our team also provides representation to individuals before the French Budgetary and Financial Discipline Court.
On the international stage, the firm possesses renowned experience with investigations conducted by multilateral development banks such as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank.
Industrial accidents, involuntary homicides and injuries: The firm regularly acts in cases involving airplane, train and public transportation accidents and workplace injuries.
Fraud: The firm has experience with complex fraud, forgery and use of forged instruments offenses, and assists companies and individuals who stand accused or are victims of such crimes.
Antonin Lévy & Associés has developed genuine know-how in conducting internal investigations in France and abroad, notably in cases of suspected corruption and fraud.
After the completion of an internal investigation, the firm works in coordination with foreign firms to advise companies on compliance with their regulatory and criminal obligations in the various relevant jurisdictions.
Antonin Lévy & Associés assists companies with designing and implementing anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance programs.
The firm conducts training programs, notably covering anti-corruption and anti-money laundering obligations and international sanctions. The firm also assists companies with putting in place whistleblowing programs and report monitoring mechanisms.
We also help companies design and implement due diligence processes and procedures covering intermediaries and third parties.
Antonin Lévy & Associés also regularly represents individuals with press law matters (defamation, injurious language, right to respond, invasion of privacy and presumption of innocence).
Antonin Lévy, founding partner, is a member of both the Paris and New York bars.
Ophélia Claude, a founding partner of Antonin Lévy & Associés, is a member of the Paris bar.
Benefitting from dual training in English and French law, Salomé Amati’s practice focuses on white-collar crime, and corruption in particular.
Arthur Champavere, who possesses a dual degree in law and management, specializes in providing advice and advocacy in white-collar crime matters.
Salomé, a senior associate at Antonin Lévy & Associés, specializes in white-collar crime. She handles both national and cross-border disputes.
Joris Monin de Flaugergues
Joris Monin de Flaugergues specializes in white-collar crime. He was admitted to the Paris bar in 2015.
ANTONIN LÉVY & ASSOCIÉS A.A.R.P.I.
Avocats à la Cour
15, rue de Marignan
Antonin Lévy & Associés hosts several trainees throughout the year, mainly for six-month periods. Traineeships are the main way we recruit future associates.
In addition to university training, the firm favors backgrounds that demonstrate team play, conscientiousness and strong professional dedication. Excellent spoken and written English are indispensable.