Compliance and Regulatory

The Compliance & Regulatory practice provides advice for clients who want to introduce corporate governance adapted to their company, guarantee the compliance of their business, control their regulatory environment, maintain their reputation on the market or ensure the sustainability of their competitive advantage.

Our lawyers are committed to understanding business, products and services, as well as business model of each clients. This allows to advise them on putting in place internal procedures and establishing the appropriate documentation (contracts with employees and suppliers/providers/business partners, codes of ethics and charters, whistle-blowing mechanisms, corporate governance rules and principles, evaluation forms, declarations and requests for approval, etc.).

Our team assists and represents clients before the regulatory authorities in obtaining authorizations, permits or licenses, as well as during investigations and the judicial phase. The practice lawyers also provide training and awareness-raising at all levels of the company: from management teams to operations teams.

Our team covers the following fields:

Export and foreign investment inspections: 
  • War and similar equipment, explosives, dual-use goods and services, international embargoes and sanctions; ITAR and EAR regulations, foreign investment control, security and defence activities, protection of vital infrastructures.
Compliance and business ethics:
  • Preventing corruption (French law “Sapin 2” and “duty of care” law) and money-laundering (Tracfin); transparency and conflicts of interest, on both the French and international levels (US FCPA, UK Bribery Act, OCDE); whistle-blowing mechanisms.
Compliance and product security:
  • Safety requirements, marking and labelling, European regulations REACH, RoHS, WEEE, etc.
Data protection and cybersecurity:
  • Audit, support and implementation of GDPR compliance (processing logbook, confidentiality policy, IT charter, subcontracting contracts, Cloud Act coordination, etc.).
European and regulatory matters:
  • legislative watch, interpreting and implementing new French and European regulations (GDPR, Package Travel Directive, Egalim law, etc.).

The lawyers in the Regulatory & Compliance team work in various industry sectors:

  • Healthcare (drugs and medical devices, clinical trials, cosmetics…);
  • Agri-food (agribusiness, plant protection, GMOs…);
  • Information technology (communications, cryptology, cybercrime, personal data…);
  • Aeronautics, space and defence (war and similar equipment, dual-use goods, drones…);
  • Energy (nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels…);
  • Education and higher education (institutions, courses, diplomas, e-learning…);
  • Travel agencies, airlines and tourism.