White collar crime

11 August 2022 | Victor Trouttet

For a legal entity to be held criminally liable, it is necessary to identify said entity’s body or representative who has committed the offense

In a decision issued on June 21, 2022, the Criminal Chamber of the Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court) recalled its case law according to which it is necessary, in order to seek the liability of a legal entity, to explicitly identify the body or the representative having committed the offence on behalf of said legal entity.

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7 March 2022 | Victor Trouttet

Customs’ inspection at the premises of postal service providers and express freight companies is not conditioned to the finding of prior evidence of the commission of an offence

Imagine that customs officers enter your premises to carry out checks on potential offences without any prima facie evidence concerning these hypothetical offences.

The customs’ right of inspection provided for under Article 66 of the French Customs Code allows this practice.

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29 November 2016 | Soulier Avocats

Adoption of the “Sapin II Law”: Strengthened anti-corruption enforcement arsenal and changes to the rules governing business relationships

Adopted by the Parliament on November 8, 2016, the “Sapin II Law” is primarily designed to strengthen the French anti-corruption arsenal and introduces new measures to prevent and penalize corruption. This Law also brings a number of changes to the legislation governing business relationships between economic operators, including with respect to practices that restrict competition, […]

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27 April 2016 | Soulier Avocats

The “Sapin II” Bill: Towards strengthened rules to combat corruption

Regularly singled out for criticism for lack of efficiency of its anti-corruption arsenal, France finally seems committed to catch up in this field. The so-called “Sapin II” Bill, which should be debated in the French Parliament at the beginning of June 2016, heralds significant changes in the fight against corruption. A draft Bill on “transparency, […]

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