Transmission of Criminal Risk in Case of Merger and Absorption: The Judgment of November 25, 2020 and After?

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  • Finance Sector
  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Africa

Frederic Lalance Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution, White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance


Frédéric Lalance has been advising and representing major French and international companies for over thirty years in complex pre-litigation and litigation proceedings, with a particular focus on Commercial Litigation and Compliance. He is head of the Paris office's Litigation Group.

Frédéric assists his clients in litigation arising from commercial, industrial and financial disputes, corporate law and insolvency proceedings, both before the French courts and in multi-jurisdictional cases – notably in Africa before the OHADA jurisdictions.

He also assists his clients before arbitral institutions and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Frédéric also advises French and foreign groups in investigations by administrative or judicial authorities involving bribery and corruption issues.

In this respect, he has broad expertise in internal investigations (national and international), the implementation of compliance programs and the prevention of cyber-crime risks.

Representative Engagements

  • The Consortium de Réalisation (CDR) in the Executive Life Matter
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB), successfully arguing absolute immunity from jurisdiction as an international financial institution before the French courts
  • DNCA, gaining approval by the commercial courts and the French Supreme Court of the CGG Safeguard Plan
  • A French listed group as part of an international audit aimed at assessing the efficiency of its corruption prevention programme

Frédéric is ranked each year by the leading international guides as one of the best litigation practitioners in France. He is the author of several publications on current developments in litigation and anti-corruption regulations.



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Africa
  • Real Estate

Olivier Jouffroy Partner Mergers & Acquisitions, Infrastructure


Olivier Jouffroy is an M&A, Private Equity and ECM lawyer in our Paris Office

Olivier advises French and international clients on all aspects of corporate law. He mainly intervenes in national and international mergers and acquisitions (whether public or private M&A transactions), joint-venture and equity capital market transactions. He specializes in particular in the sectors of industry, financial institution (banks and insurance companies), energy and infrastructures, and real estate investments. He regularly advises French listed companies in connection with the preparation of their draft resolutions, the calling and holding of their shareholders’ meetings and their annual reports / URD.

He is recognized as a “rising star” in M&A in Legal 500 EMEA 2020, and a notable practitioner for M&A, private equity and ECM in IFLR 1000 since 2016.

According to Legal 500 EMEA 2019 & 2020, clients praise Olivier for being “very talented and hands-on” and “a very good professional who is able to manage pressure very well”.



  • Antitrust & Competition

Patrick Hubert Partner Antitrust & Competition


Patrick Hubert, a Paris-based partner in the Antitrust & Competition group, brings decades of legal experience and innovation in both private practice and government, with experience ranging from acting as chief of staff to the French Minister of Justice, to being general counsel and chief investigator with the French competition authority, and from acting as a judge with the Conseil d’Etat (French Supreme Administrative Court) to even publishing a paper as a cell biologist (when very young).

This breadth of experience has allowed him to become a leading authority in the field of antitrust, but his background helps him borrow ideas from anywhere – finding imaginative solutions for the legal and business challenges his clients face.

Patrick has long been a trailblazer in his field. For example, years before private compliance programs became commonplace, Patrick persuaded his clients to dedicate resources to compliance policies, thus being one of the first to encourage proactive rather than strictly reactive actions. In France, he was one of the first to launch antitrust recovery claims and to work on a private standalone claim, without any precedent from the regulator. Acting on the plaintiff side, he obtained what was at that time the highest fine ever imposed on a dominant company (350 M€).

He is currently handling private claims totaling more than 5 billion euro, advising global tech companies and other multinationals in French and EU competition matters, including merger control filings, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, state aid and compliance work, as well as private damages actions before the French courts. In addition, he serves as vice chairman of the competition commission of the International Chamber of Commerce and chairs its merger control working party.



  • Finance Sector
  • Tax
  • Tax Advocacy

Laurent Olleon Partner Tax, Tax Advocacy


Laurent Olléon, Partner in the Paris Office, is a member of the Tax Group.

Laurent advises companies and private individuals on the tax aspects.

Laurent intervenes alongside his clients with legal and financial issues, both in terms of advice and litigation situations perspective.

Laurent deals with numerous issues in various fields: the tax consolidation system and, more generally, intra-group relations, the handling of bilateral tax treaties, the taxation of financial transactions, property taxation and local taxation, etc.

His recognized expertise in abuse of rights enables corporate tax directors, financial investors and individuals to better secure their investment choices and structuring their transactions. In addition, his intimate knowledge of tax litigation is a major asset for clients.

Laurent has advised many ministries and public institutions on legislative and regulatory developments and their implementation, which gives him an extensive practical vision of both public and private law. His past experience has allowed him to manage and draft legislative bills, which makes him an expert on administrative and parliamentary machinery.

Before joining Orrick, Laurent was a judge of the Conseil d’État and assessor at the Court’s ninth Chamber of the litigation section of the Conseil d’État, worked as deputy Chief of staff of Marylise Lebranchu, the French Minister for the Civil Service, State Reform and Decentralisation and Chief of staff of Anne-Marie Escoffier, Deputy Minister of Decentralisation.



  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Finance

Geoffroy Berthon Partner Energy, Infrastructure


Geoffroy Berthon is an Energy and Infrastructure Partner in Orrick's Paris office with a focus on public law and public contracts (notably concessions and PPP) as well as regulatory matters.

Geoffroy Berthon has an extensive experience in several key public infrastructure projects, railroad work infrastructures and hydroelectric concessions as well as renewable energies and marine sectors. He also works on regulatory and litigation matters notably in the energy sector.

He advises sponsors as well as lenders and he has been working with several public entities and governments, in France and Africa.

Recognized by the Legal 500 guide in public law and project finance, Geoffroy Berthon is quoted as a "one to watch" lawyer.

Before joining Orrick, Geoffroy Berthon worked as an associate with the firm Allen & Overy, in the Public and Environmental law department.

He is a lecturer in public contracts at Sciences Po.


Alain Pietrancosta Professeur des universités, (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)