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Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi

Partner, Litigation Department
32, rue Monceau

Fax: 33-1-78-40-46-67


Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi is a partner in the litigation practice of Paul Hastings in Paris. Mr. Bouchez El Ghozi has significant experience in business law and white-collar criminal law matters, and focuses on complex cases requiring both in-depth knowledge of criminal and business law and knowledge of the underlying business and financial market contexts. He has considerable experience in both commercial and criminal courts and in managing pre-litigation situations. More generally, he works both as counsel and as a litigator in many matters involving complex business law and white-collar criminal issues, in domestic and international arbitrations, or in other dispute resolution settings such as conciliation or mediation, and in court enforcement of arbitration decisions.

Mr. Bouchez El Ghozi holds a master's degree, with honors, in private law (1993) from the University of Paris II, and two advanced degrees: a DEA (Diplôme d'Études Avancées) in European criminal law and policy (1994) from the University of Paris I, and a DESS, (Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées), with honors, in litigation and arbitration (1996) from the University of Paris II. He also holds a CAPA (Certificat d'Aptitude à la Profession d'Avocat). Mr. Bouchez El Ghozi also placed first in the entrance examination for pre-law studies at the Institut d'Etudes Judiciaires Pierre Raynaud.

Mr. Bouchez El Ghozi is one of the editor of Droit Pénal de l'Entreprise, the Paul Hastings newsletter on white-collar criminal law. He is also co-author of the book French Business Law in Translation (Columbia University School of Law). He is a professor at the Ecole des Dirigeants et Créateurs d'Entreprise business school and regularly participates in conferences and seminars organized by two major French CLE organizers, EFE (Edition Formation Entreprise) and DII (Development Institute International) on issues such as criminal liability of companies and management; understanding and controlling contractual risks company; delegation of company authority; compliance and money laundering; alternative dispute resolution and mastering contractual risks.

Mr. Bouchez El Ghozi is also involved with CLE courses over the Internet. Additionally, he is co-author of French Business Law in Translation (Columbia School of Law). He is admitted to the Paris Bar and speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

His recent experience includes:

  • representing RHODIA in respect of all the Company's criminal matters, regarding both a program for preventing and minimising risks and representing the Company in case of claims;

  • representing IPSEN in the area of prevention of risks of criminal and civil liability relating to its business;

  • representing NATIXIS in connection with criminal investigations;

  • representing the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States in relation to defamation suit by the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States against the French TV channel "France 3" and a reporter for having made remarks considered defamatory on the Ambassador's role in the financing of terrorism (in the context of an action brought by 6,500 members of the families of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001);

  • representing Solvadis GmBH (leading chemical company) in connection with white collar issues;

  • representing GOSS International Montataire in connection with criminal suite initiated by the works council;

  • representing Royal Monceau hotel on potential litigation with regards to real-estate and hotel issues;

  • representing Sotheby's in connection with litigation counseling and litigation matters relating to works of art authenticity as well as auction houses regulatory aspects.

  • representing Montaigne Direct (leader in online distribution of dietary supplements) in connection with online distribution litigation, white collar and European law issues linked with claims originating from the French Council of Chemists;

  • representing TVD Santé (Belgium company specializing in online distribution of dietary supplements across northern Europe) in connection with online distribution litigation, white collar and European law issues linked with claims originating from the Council of Chemists;

  • representing Cobham Plc, one of the leader in aerospace and defense embedded equipment, in connection with commercial litigation and product liability;

  • representing Vestar Capital Partners/St. John Knits, Inc. in connection with litigation between shareholders in Luxembourg, France and the UK;

  • representing AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance for litigation involving D&O civil and criminal liabilities covered by D&O insurance policies and currently in the Moulinex, Executive Life and Erika cases; and

  • representing Leica Microsystèmes in connection with claims related to distribution agreements.

Speaking Engagements

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  • Adjunct Professor rat the Faculty of Law of the University of Cergy-Pontoise in the Master 2 European Law and Business Ethics program and the Master 2 Financial Criminal Law program, together with the ESSEC.

  • Several engagements to speak at seminars and conferences on current topics, including:

    • criminal liability of officers and directors and companies;

    • anti-corruption, money laundering, and anti-fraud programs;

    • grants of authority;

    • prevention of risks incurred by companies and executives;

    • searches and seizures within companies; and

    • management of criminal liability risks. 

  • Regularly consulted by representatives of written and audio-visual media as a legal expert.


  • Recognized as "excellent " in commercial litigation and white collar criminal law (by Legal 500, Options Droit et Affaires, Décideurs Juridiques);

  • Recognized as "Elite " in litigation by Chambers;

  • Regularly cited in several rankings for many years, as an expert in the area of white collar criminal law and litigation; and

  • Author of numerous articles and publications.

Professional Qualifications

  • Avocat au Barreau de Paris (attorney-at-law admitted to the Paris Bar);

  • Major in the competitive entrance examination for the Ecole de Formation Professionnelle des Barreaux (Institute of Continuing Education) of the Cour d'Appel de Paris (Court of Appeal of Paris) (Institut d'Etudes Judiciaires "Pierre Raynaud" ); 

  • DESS (Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées - advanced degree) in Litigation and Arbitration with honorable mention (1996; University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas);

  • DEA (Diplôme d'Etudes Avancées - advanced degree) in Criminal Law and Policy in Europe (1994; University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne); and 

  • Masters in Private Law, with honorable mention (1993; University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas).

Recent Representations

  • Advised several publicly-traded companies known as the "CAC 40" and "SBF 120" in implementing anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance programs, as well as in the area of litigation between and among shareholders;

  • Advised manufacturing companies in the area of terminating business relationships and industrial risks;

  • Advised financial institutions in the area of complex litigation;

  • Advised retail sales groups about commercial and white collar criminal issues; 

  • Advised pharmaceutical companies with respect to products liability and criminal risks;

  • Advised company managements and executive officers about preventing and protecting against civil and criminal liability;

  • Advised several companies in developing a roadmap of risks, delegations of authority, criminal risk prevention;

  • Advised several public and private sector companies in the area of anti-money laundering regulation and rules regarding embargoes.

Practice Areas

Anti-corruption and FCPA
Securities Enforcement
Investigations and White Collar Defense
White Collar Defense






Universite Paris II: Pantheon Assas, DESS 1996
Universite Paris I: Pantheon Sorbonne, DEA 1994
Universite Paris II: Pantheon Assas, Maitrise 1993