August Debouzy is increasing its white-collar expertise with the hiring of Astrid Mignon Colombet as partner within the Litigation - Arbitration - White-Collar Crime practice group. Joining with two associates, Diane Floreancig and Manon Krouti, she will increase the firm's white collar crime and non-trial criminal resolutions practice.
With 15 years of experience in complex criminal litigation and crisis management, Astrid Mignon Colombet has assisted companies and executives in a number of landmark cases, including the Concorde crash, the Erika disaster and the explosion of the AZF plant.
Over the course of her career, Astrid Mignon Colombet has developed recognized expertise in managing and preventing criminal risks for companies and executives in cases of fraud and cross-border corruption. She has worked alongside clients in negotiating judicial public interest agreements (CJIP) with the French National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) (counsel to a major French bank in the signing of the first CJIP on cross-border corruption resulting from a coordinated resolution between the PNF and the US Department of Justice (DOJ)) and deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) working in cooperation with both US and UK lawyers.
She also advises clients on implementing their compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, managing multi-jurisdictional risks and issues related to the enforcement of the Blocking Statute and the non bis in idem principle.
"We are delighted to have Astrid and her team join us. Her background, which combines extensive experience in criminal justice, compliance and internal investigations, as well as her strong focus on cross-border cases, is a good fit and will enhance the firm's existing capabilities. She and her team will boost our ability to support our clients faced with increased risks of business-related penalties and growing compliance requirements," explains Mahasti Razavi, Managing Partner.
With the addition of her team, the firm's Litigation - Arbitration - White-Collar Crime practice group now has 28 lawyers, including 6 partners, including Basile Ader, Bernard Cazeneuve, Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan, Marie Danis and Benjamin Van Gaver. Astrid Mignon Colombet will join forces with the team to develop a high-level criminal defense practice for companies and executives. The firm's cross-practice approach and international coverage are strong assets in providing clients with solutions adapted to the...