Cohen & Gresser announces the expansion of its civil litigation and white collar defense practices in Paris with the addition of partner Loïc Henriot and associates Céline Dangauthier and Magalie Jullien. The team joins C&G from Henriot Avocats, where they advised global clients on complex civil and commercial litigation as well as regulatory investigations, internal investigations, and white collar criminal cases.
Litigation and Arbitration
The firm handles major cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, before government agencies, and in a wide variety of domestic and international arbitration settings. Our experience in civil litigation covers a number of substantive areas, including antitrust and unfair competition, bankruptcy litigation and counseling, class action defense, commercial disputes, directors and officers litigation, employment, healthcare litigation, partnership disputes, products liability, real estate litigation, and securities litigation.
Our attorneys have significant experience handling appeals before federal and state appellate courts across the country and regularly represent organizations as amicus curiae in appellate matters presenting legal questions with broad policy implications. The firm has successfully handled appeals in cases where we represented a party in the lower court and in cases where we have specifically been brought in for our appellate proficiency. Our attorneys have clerked for judges on numerous federal district and appellate courts.
With every dispute, in any forum, we offer thoughtful counseling before a decision is made to litigate, and we have substantial experience in negotiating favorable pre-litigation settlements for our clients where appropriate.
If a pre-litigation settlement is not feasible or advisable, we are skilled at using the pretrial process to put our cases in the best posture for disposition by motion, settlement, or trial. Our litigators are first-rate trial lawyers: we have successfully handled hundreds of trials, arbitration hearings, and administrative procedures in state and federal courts across the country and in every major type of arbitration forum. We have an outstanding record in high-stakes, high-profile litigation, including cases involving claimed damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Our trial experience helps us manage the discovery process efficiently and cost-effectively by keeping the focus on the facts that will advance our claims or defenses at trial. And that same focus — along with our intensity, creativity, and negotiating skill — helps us settle cases on excellent terms.
Our litigation and arbitration team has been recognized in leading rankings publications. Legal 500 described the firm’s strong commitment to client service and praised us as “one of the best mid-sized firms.” It also noted that the firm “differentiates itself by the creativity and flexibility it brings to its work, enabling it to handle disputes across an incredibly wide number of subject areas.” Chambers recognized the firm’s strong financial litigation practice, and noted that our attorneys “put themselves in their clients' shoes and use litigation as a tool to advance their clients' causes or solve their problems in a creative, efficient and cost-effective manner.”
White Collar Defense & Regulation
Attorneys in the Chambers and Legal 500-ranked White Collar Defense & Regulation group represent corporations and individuals in connection with federal and state regulatory investigations, proceedings before self-regulatory organizations, corporate internal investigations, and white collar criminal cases. Staffed by highly experienced former federal and state prosecutors and defense counsel, this group handles our clients' most sensitive, complex, and time-sensitive regulatory, investigative, and criminal defense matters.
Our attorneys have represented clients in many of the major investigations of recent years. We have defended institutions and senior executives in proceedings involving the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General, the NYSE, FINRA, the FSA, and the Federal Reserve, as well as in proceedings before the French financial market authority (AMF - Autorité des marchés financiers), the French banking authority (ACPR – Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution), and the French financial prosecutor (PNF – Parquet national financier). We have also handled major corporate internal investigations.
Our engagements have involved virtually every major industry, including securities and banking (including U.S., French, and foreign broker-dealers, mutual funds, hedge funds, investment banks, and commercial banks), accounting, aviation, insurance, pharmaceuticals, construction and real estate, e-commerce, energy, hospitality and travel services, and technology.
Our Chambers and Legal 500-recognized Commercial Litigation group represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial, business, and financial disputes in districts throughout the United States and in the international arena. We represent clients in lawsuits involving contract disputes, derivatives claims, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, fraud, tortious interference complaints, professional malpractice claims, unfair business practices, and private equity transactions. Our clients span multiple industries, including finance, software and technology, hospitality, and real estate.
Our attorneys employ their extensive trial experience to bring a strategic approach to each claim. We offer thoughtful counseling, and we scrupulously research each matter and are prepared to effectively and vigorously defend our clients at trial. We have successfully handled numerous trials, arbitration hearings, and administrative procedures in state and federal courts across the country and in every major type of arbitration forum. We have an outstanding record in high-stakes, high-profile litigation, including cases involving claimed damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Our Internal Investigations practice assists corporations, boards of directors, special committees, and audit committees in connection with internal investigations of all sizes. Our work has ranged from discrete investigations in response to an anonymous employee complaint to wide-ranging investigations conducted against the backdrop of ongoing litigation and/or regulatory and criminal investigations.
Our background in criminal and regulatory matters makes us well-suited to conduct all aspects of the investigation, including interviewing employees at all levels, reviewing complex business and financial documents, and working in conjunction with forensic accountants and other experts. In connection with our work, we provide interim and final investigative reports, which may include formal board presentations and detailed written analysis. Our focus is on delivering comprehensive, reliable investigative results while acting efficiently and remaining mindful of client cost considerations.
Operating from our offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, and Paris, attorneys in C&G’s Africa practice provide seamless representation to African and international clients in the oil & gas, mining and metals, technology, and financial services sectors.
Our transactional representations have included advising on financing and operating a midstream oil and gas project in Nigeria, establishing a media company in Kenya, representing a consortium bidding on an energy project in Nigeria, advising on the development of a pipeline in East Africa, advising on gold derivatives transactions in South Africa, and representing an international oil company in transactions in North Africa and the Middle East.
Our litigators have represented clients in numerous international arbitrations and cross-border litigations relating to Africa, and we have extensive experience providing strategic advice relating to U.S. economic/OFAC sanctions, EU economic sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations, international cooperation and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Bribery Act, and French anti-bribery regulations. We also have advised clients on tax and technology matters relating to African jurisdictions and clients.
The practice is led by partner Kwaku Andoh, who is based in New York but travels frequently to the continent.
Attorneys in C&G’s international trade group guide our clients through the often fraught intersection of global law, policy, and regulations. Our cross-border and multidisciplinary team collaborates efficiently to understand our clients’ needs, challenges, and risks in order to provide culturally sensitive and strategically-tailored solutions.
The head of our international trade practice, Miriam González Durántez, has over a decade of experience leading world-class international trade practices and spent seven years at the European Commission as a Senior Member of the Cabinet for two EU External Relations Commissioners, focusing on trade policy and EU relations with the U.S., Middle East, and Latin America. She also served as the EU negotiator for the World Trade Organization (WTO) telecoms agreement and led negotiations for EU bilateral and WTO accession agreements on e-commerce and energy, postal, and construction services.
Our team also includes highly experienced former U.S. federal and state prosecutors, former U.K. and French prosecutors, and defense counsel. Attorneys in our European and U.S. offices work closely together in assisting clients in cross-border investigations, and have extensive experience advising clients on international cooperation, anti-bribery laws, and U.S. and EU economic sanctions.
Some of the areas in which we advise clients are: