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Nicola Bonucci

Partner, Litigation Department


Phone: 33-1-42-99-04-20
Fax: 33-1-78-40-46-20


Nicola Bonucci is a Partner in the Global Trade and Investigations & White Collar Defense practices at Paul Hastings, based in the Paris office. Previously, Mr. Bonucci served as the Director for Legal Affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has been one of the most prominent international voices in anti-corruption and anti-bribery, having led the OECD’s efforts in this area for more than two decades. In advising clients, Mr. Bonucci draws on his international experience with compliance programs, investigations, and anti-corruption issues across various legal systems, as well as his deep knowledge of intergovernmental and multilateral processes.


Mr. Bonucci holds a DEA in Public International Law from the University of Paris X—Nanterre (1986), a DESS in International Administration from the University of Paris II—Assas (1987), and a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Law from the University of Notre Dame (1988).

Engagement & Publications

  • Author, International Organisations, Bribery and COVID-19: The Undecidable Problem, International Bar Association, May 18, 2020
  • AIDP—XX International Congress of Penal Law—Speaker on Combatting Corruption in International Business panel (November 2019)
  • Bocconi University—Keynote speech on Negotiated settlements in bribery cases (November 2019)
  • Paul Hastings event—ACI’s 36th International Conference on the FCPA (December 2019)
  • Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University Speaker on the Contemporary State Practice of Unilateral/Extraterritorial Sanctions from Activism to Helplessness (December 2019)
  • Dauphine University and French Anti-Corruption Agency—Speaker on Geostrategic approach to corruption (December 2019)
  • Paul Hastings event—Speaker on Facing the challenge of multi-jurisdictional investigations and prosecutions (December 2019)
  • Basel Institute of Governance—Workshop on Legal consequences of corruption on an arbitral award in investment arbitration (January 2020)
  • Author with Mark Pieth and Lucinda A. Low of The OECD Convention on Bribery: A Commentary


  • Member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law
  • Member of the bureau of the IBA subcommittee on International Organisation
  • Member of the board of the French Society of International Law
  • Member of the board of Global Investigation Review (GIR)
  • Member of the Ethics Committees of the CoJo Paris 2024 and of Solideo
  • Member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption

Practice Areas

Anti-Corruption and FCPA
ESG & Impact
Investigations and White Collar Defense
ESG Risk, Strategy, and Compliance
Impact Investing






University of Notre Dame, LL.M. 1988
Universite Paris II: Pantheon Assas, DESS 1987
Universite Paris Nanterre, DEA 1986

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