Litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime

Alerion’s Litigation, Arbitration and White-Collar Crime practice advises and represents companies and corporate executives in all types of proceedings that they may face.

We advise our clients from a very early stage to define a pre-litigation strategy or adopt a defense strategy and can also act on an urgent basis to deal with a crisis situation.

Our team seeks the most suitable solution to resolve a dispute by favoring a pragmatic approach in line with the client's objectives. Led by two partners whose shared experience in managing business litigation spans more than twenty years, the team has specific expertise in complex litigation involving a large number of parties before different jurisdictions (state or arbitral) and a broad range of legal practice areas.

With the firm's extensive international reach and a team that includes lawyers with bicultural backgrounds (English/U.S., Spanish and German), the lawyers in this practice area regularly assist clients faced with cross-border disputes. They are involved in a full range of business sectors and their client base includes international corporations, French SMEs, public administrations, banks, investment funds, shareholders and executives.

Arbitration
  • French, international and ad hoc arbitration (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, etc.)
Corporate Law Litigation
  • Acquisition litigation: asset and liability warranties, earn-out clauses, etc.
  • Assistance to both companies and executives in litigation involving the dismissal of corporate officers
  • Assistance to companies or shareholders in litigation relating to shareholder exclusion
  • Shareholder disputes (valuation, proxy, etc.)
  • Criminal Law and White-Collar Crime
    • Criminal liability of directors & officers and/or corporate entities
    • Fraud, embezzlement, breach of trust
    • Support while in police custody
    • Assistance to companies as private party in criminal proceedings
    • Criminal labor law
    Civil and Commercial Litigation
    • Commercial disputes and disputes related to commercial dependency
    • Disputes related to commercial agents
    • Civil search file preparation
    • Unfair competition claims
    • Litigation related to the sale of business assets
    • Contract enforcement, breach of contracts and of negotiations
    Enforcement of Judgments
    • Provisional measures (seizure to ensure the recovery of a claim from an insolvent debtor) and enforcement measures, litigation before enforcement judges
    International Proceedings
    • Assistance with the French legal aspects in case of proceedings before US courts
    • Assistance in implementing foreign legal proceedings in France
  • Court action against a governmental entity in relation to the payment of a commercial debt.
  • Assistance in connection with a commercial arbitration case against a French industrial group.
  • Assistance to an international investor regarding the French issues in a dispute against a financially distressed Arab conglomerate.
  • Assistance to employees of a large French corporation in connection with regulatory proceedings in the United States.
  • Defence of a director of a family-owned industrial corporation faced with claims filed in criminal and commercial courts by a group of hostile shareholders.
  • Assistance to a French corporation, a leader in its sector, faced with an unfair competition claim filed by a competitor.
  • Defence of a former director and shareholder of an industrial SME faced with claims by the purchasers of the company for rescinding the sale.
  • Assistance to the directors and former directors in connection with the enforcement of their liability for mismanagement.
  • Assistance to a media group held criminally liable in connection with an acquisition.
  • Assistance to an investor in a dispute related to a share sale.
  • Assistance to a foreign government representative in a dispute involving the management of the representative’s interests in France.
  • Assistance to a French company that was the victim of an international scam.