Bonifassi Avocats


Stéphane Bonifassi specializes in international litigation in the areas of business crime and fraud, economic sanctions, corruption, asset recovery, forfeiture and confiscation, as well as transnational enforcement of judgments and internal investigations. He regularly represents individuals or companies accused of international corruption in multiple jurisdictions and is familiar with the anti-corruption laws of France, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States and similar laws of other countries. He also frequently represents sovereign states that are victims of corruption or fraud.  Bonifassi is a co-founder of The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration of public-and private-litigation professionals and academics working alongside the Basel Institute on Governance to enhance worldwide access to solutions in economic crime cases.

Fellow content

Monday, March 28, 2022

France Sharpens its Rules on Companies Sharing Information Abroad

Stephane Bonifassi explains how France needs to clarify blocking statute language before adjusting penalties.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Are Extradition Proceedings Regulated by Domestic Legislation, Treaties or Both?

GIR Insights: Know-how – Extradition published Stéphane Bonifassi’ French update which focused on special extradition arrangements, extradition treaties and dual criminality. 


Blogs of Interest

The Academy
Blogs, short articles and series by Fellows of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators.

The official blog of the "International Enforcement Law Reporter," edited by Bruce Zagaris.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Anti Money Laundering 2021 | France | ICLG

ICLG published Stéphane Bonifassi’ French update on the Crime of Money Laundering and Criminal Enforcement. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Dead Russian’s $122 Million Riviera Chateau Eludes Creditors

Stéphane Bonifassi filed an appeal with France’s Supreme Court after a lower court rejected creditors’ efforts to reverse the confiscation of a chateau in the Berezovsky estate saga were. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dead Man’s $121 Million Chateau Spurs Court Fight Over Debts

In the money laundering action between English trustees and the French State Stéphane Bonifassi asserts, “The state wishes crime did not pay but continues to enjoy it.” Read recent coverage on Boris Berezovsky’s Chateau de la Garoupe here and here.

Friday, January 08, 2021

French Supreme Court Orders Retrial in Art Dealer Evasion Case

Co-Founder Stéphane Bonifassi explains how the defendants’ failure to comply with declaratory obligations likely constitutes tax evasion in the Guy Wilderstein inheritance proceedings. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Japan’s Dentsu Lobbied For and Funded Campaign for Tokyo Games, Documents Show, Despite Olympics Contract

Stéphane Bonifassi speaks with Reuters about the Tokyo Olympic games internal investigation by French prosecutors.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

French internal investigations guidelines

An English version has just been published of internal investigations guidelines drafted by 27 top French practitioners in a working group formed by Stéphane Bonifassi. The French Bar adopted these in July 2020.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Ce qui compte pour les victimes de viol, c’est que leur parole soit prise au sérieux dans des délais courts

In an article published by “LeMonde,” Stephane Bonifassi advocates for the use of guilty pleas in criminal rape cases in France.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Three Takes on the Same Corruption Allegations

Stéphane Bonifassi co-wrote an article with Elena Fedorova, a partner at Bonifassi Avocats. In this article, they address the need for uniformity in international arbitration when addressing corruption allegations.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

French bar adopts internal investigations guidelines

After two and a half years in the making, the French bar adopted internal investigations guidelines drafted by 27 top French practitioners. This working group was formed by Stephane Bonifassi. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Justice Continuity Project

Fellows of The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators have surveyed their respective jurisdictions to report how they are coping with the pandemic within the context of each particular situation.

Monday, March 09, 2020

Why Arbitrators Need to Confront Corruption Allegations

Stéphane Bonifassi and his co-author argue why arbitrators need to confront corruption allegations in an article published by “Global Arbitration Review.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

GIR‘s Extradition Know-How 2019

GIR‘s Extradition Know-How 2019 features Stephane Bonifassi’s review from a French perspective. 

Friday, July 05, 2019

Arbitrators Need to Look Beyond Contracts and into Criminal Law

Stephane Bonifassi’s article, "Arbitration Now Requires Knowledge of Criminal Law Principles," cautioning arbitrators to look beyond applicable criminal laws, has been featured in NY PCCE's Compliance and Enforcement blog.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Anti Money Laundering 2019 Guide

Stephane Bonifassi’s France: Anti-Money Laundering 2019 was published by Global Legal Group

Friday, February 08, 2019

France’s Increasing Court Control Over Arbitral Awards

In his article for Law360, Stéphane Bonifassi explores how recent court decisions show that the public policy defense is narrowly interpreted by French courts and that international arbitral awards are rarely set aside on this basis.

Friday, January 11, 2019

France’s Corruption Probe of Japan’s Olympic Committee President

“Bloomberg News” reports about the corruption probe that French investigators have launched to determine whether Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games involved bribery. Stéphane Bonifassi is representing the defendant Tsunekazu Takeda.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Stéphane Bonifassi Examines France's Anti-Corruption Efforts with 'Loi Sapin II'

Stéphane Bonifassi authored a chapter for Global Legal Insights “Bribery and Corruption 2019” about France's enactment of “Loi Sapin II” and its impact on corruption and the use of deferred prosecution agreements. More

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Stéphane Bonifassi’s Take on France’s DPAs

Along with his colleague Victoire Chatelin, Stéphane Bonifassi explains in “The FCA Blog” how France’s Loi Sapin II paves the way for deferred prosecution agreements but stops short of providing guidance for prosecutors to follow a defined settlement route.