“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

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 internal 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.

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.

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