BONIFASSI Avocats is a law firm specializing in international litigation, involving financial and economic crime, including : corruption and fraud.
BONIFASSI Avocats represents victims of fraud, embezzlement, misuse of company assets, corruption and money laundering. In today’s world, these crimes are inherently international, since misappropriated assets are often transferred electronically to offshore havens in a matter of seconds.
Uncovering and litigating a fraud scheme requires the use of various techniques, including information-gathering and the seizure of property, to counter adversarial insolvency organizations, aggressive asset-protection schemes and companies used as fronts for the fraud. BONIFASSI Avocats has developed a sophisticated and varied toolkit for virtually any complex litigation scenario within France or on the transnational stage. Civil and criminal proceedings in France and abroad are often necessary to investigate the fraud, trace the misappropriated assets, block their further transfer and concealment, and recover funds for restitution.
To accomplish asset recovery, Bonifassi Avocats must pursue perpetrators and third parties who, in one way or another, participated knowingly or negligently in schemes of embezzlement and concealment.
When the perpetrators of fraud and their third-party accomplices move assets out of their home countries to avoid detection, it’s helpful to have the coordinated support of skilled and experienced attorneys in numerous foreign jurisdictions, as well as the support of investigators and forensic experts to find and analyze the relevant information. Our founding partner, Stéphane Bonifassi, is the sole representative in France of the International Chamber of Commerce’s FraudNet. The ICC formed this international network to support the victims of fraud in countries around the world where fraud may occur or where its proceeds are hidden.
BONIFASSI Avocats has experience in defending those accused of business and financial crimes, particularly in an international context, and is knowledgeable about the issues of mutual legal assistance and extradition. Our team members regularly give legal opinions on criminal law and procedure for criminal proceedings abroad. We defend our clients accused of business and financial crimes before criminal courts and represent them before financial regulators. Bonifassi Avocats has also assisted clients faced with US or EU sanctions or with export-control issues.
Along with its strong record in white-collar criminal defense, Bonifassi Avocats also provides crucial risk-reduction and prevention counsel to corporations facing heightened corruption risks. This includes:
We enforce, in France, a wide variety of foreign judgments (including insolvency judgments and receiverships), orders and arbitral awards. We regularly represent creditors of states to get these states to pay what they owe, working around issues of state immunity.
BONIFASSI Avocats’ distinctive fee structure is defined by our lawyers’ experience and unique abilities to interpret applicable laws. We often work with victims, especially in asset-recovery procedures, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, to provide access to resources that they can use to follow through with their cases. BONIFASSI Avocats, for example, is familiar with the techniques used to finance litigations by third parties. To remain competitive in today’s legal marketplace, we customize our fee structures to meet our clients’ needs.