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.
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.
Anti Money Laundering 2021 | France | ICLG
ICLG published Stéphane Bonifassi’ French update on the Crime of Money Laundering and Criminal Enforcement.
Blogs of Interest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
GIR‘s Extradition Know-How 2019
GIR‘s Extradition Know-How 2019 features Stephane Bonifassi’s review from a French perspective.
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.
Anti Money Laundering 2019 Guide
Stephane Bonifassi’s France: Anti-Money Laundering 2019 was published by Global Legal Group
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.
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.
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.
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.