Signature Litigation Paris “quickly established itself as one of France’s finest dispute resolution practices and consistently attracts high-stakes, often headline-grabbing matters.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Nicolas Brooke is a superb advocate with deep experience in the French market. Level-headed, thoughtful and creative; he is truly first rate.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Nicolas Brooke has extensive experience in advising on compliance issues and dealing with international investigations.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Nicolas has “impressive hands-on experience of negotiating multi-jurisdictional settlements.”

Who’s Who Legal

“His previous experience as general counsel led him to play a key role in the negotiations of multi-jurisdictional settlements with prosecution authorities; he thus perfectly knows the international investigations environment.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

“Nicolas Brooke has outstanding professional skills and shows a good sense of strategy.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

  • Chambers UK 2021

Biography

Nicolas is a partner in the Paris office of Signature Litigation. He has deep experience in the management of complex and international high stakes litigations.

Nicolas specialises in internal investigations and compliance, and advises the Firm’s clients on white-collar crime issues, the implementation of compliance and remedial programmes, crisis management and civil fraud matters.

After qualifying as a French avocat, Nicolas worked for several years in the international arbitration and litigation team of a major international law firm. In 2010, he joined the Société Générale Group. As General Counsel for Litigation and Investigations, Nicolas handled the Firm’s internal investigations and was personally involved in the most sensitive disputes involving Société Générale that arose in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. He played a key role in the settlement of its LIBOR case with the French, US and Japanese authorities and the European Commission. He also managed a case relating to the corruption of Libyan public officials, which led to settlements concluded simultaneously with the US Department of Justice and the French Parquet National Financier. These ground-breaking agreements were seen by many at the time as the most significant developments in the fields of white-collar crime, internal investigations, and compliance of the year. Nicolas also played a key role in a case relating to the OFAC sanctions programmes, settled by Société Générale in November 2018 with a number of US government enforcement authorities.

The Legal 500 EMEA Guide recognises Nicolas as a ‘Leading Individual’ for compliance, and notes he is a “superb advocate with deep experience in the French market.” Nicolas is also described as “level-headed, thoughtful and creative;” and “truly first rate“, with “outstanding professional skills and shows a good sense of strategy. His previous experience as general counsel led him to play a key role in the negotiations of multi-jurisdictional settlements with prosecution authorities; he thus perfectly knows the international investigations environment.” Who’s Who Legal France 2020 recognises Nicolas for his investigations expertise and notes his “impressive hands-on experience of negotiating multi-jurisdictional settlements”.

Nicolas receives high praise within the industry; his team at Société Générale was awarded the “Trophée d’or Direction Juridique Contentieux” by Décideurs/Leaders League and most recently he won the “Outstanding In-house Counsel” award at the Global Investigations Review Awards in 2018.

Nicolas was educated at King’s College London, and the Sorbonne.

Experience

Cross-border investigations / Compliance / White-collar crime

  • Global investigation into LIBOR and EURIBOR rates manipulation.
  • Global investigation into suspected FX rates manipulation.
  • Global investigation into suspected US sanctions violations.
  • Global investigation into suspected FCPA violations.
  • Criminal proceedings relating to a major rogue trading case. The suspect was charged and ultimately convicted for forgery, fraudulently accessing IT systems, and breach of trust.
  • Civil and criminal proceedings relating to a significant fraud and embezzlement scheme relating to gold consignment agreements.

Civil fraud

  • Proceedings relating to the recovery and remedial aspects of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.

Commercial disputes

  • Acting for a British oil company in a multi-billion dollar UNCITRAL arbitration, relating to a dispute that arose from the performance of an oil and gas production sharing agreement.
  • Acting for a major Saudi construction and engineering company before the Paris commercial court, in relation to a dispute that arose from design and building defects affecting a large scale construction project.

Press Coverage

Enquête interne et défense pénale : un collectif d’avocats publie un rapport en faveur de la protection des salariés et des dirigeantsLe Monde du Droit – 4 March 2021

Responsabilité pénale des personnes moralesRevue Internationale de la Compliance et de l’Ethique des Affaires – February 2021

Arbitral Tribunals Beware: Better Keep an Eye on Potential Corruption Involving Consent AwardsKluwer Arbitration Blog – 29 January 2021

Arbitration courts: beware of the trap of an absence of corruption allegationsLe Monde du Droit – 15 January 2021

The impact of Sapin 2 and GDPR on internal investigationsLegal Week – 30 July 2020

Sapin II Law and GDPR, two regulatory frameworks with a delicate implementationODA – 15 July 2020

Lutte contre la corruption internationale : interview de Nicolas BrookeLe Monde du Droit – 12 June 2020

Negotiated criminal resolution in France –  Today’s General Counsel – 27 March 2020

Negotiated criminal resolution in France –  Lawyer Monthly – 23 March 2020

New EU Directive Sets Out Minimum Standards of Protection for Whistleblowers – The American Lawyer – 21 February 2020

Choosing the Right Defense StrategyLexisNexis – 14 February 2020

Airbus contractors feeling ripple effect from record fine – Compliance Week – 12 February 2020

New EU Directive Sets Out Minimum Standards of Protection for Whistleblowers – ODA – 7 February 2020

Negotiated criminal resolution in France – Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 6 February 2020

New EU directive provides further protection for whistle-blowers ODA – 5 February 2020

French DPA guidelines – still a work in progress – GIR – 7 July 2019

Signature Litigation announces appointment of new Partner – Les Echos – 8 May 2019

News regarding Nicolas Brooke’s appointment – The Lawyer – 8 May 2019

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