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Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi

Partner, Litigation Department


Phone: 33-1-42-99-04-67
Fax: 33-1-78-40-46-67


Philippe Bouchez El Ghozi is a partner with the law firm of Paul Hastings. He leads the Litigation department and is in charge of business litigation and white collar criminal matters and directors’ and officers’ liability. He has developed a practice and high level of experience in commercial and business matters and in the area of white collar crime relating to cases requiring both excellent technical expertise in complex cases and a complete understanding of the economic, social, and financial context.In this respect he handles a current practice in commercial criminal courts and is known for his effective and efficient management of pre-litigation situations and risk-prevention steps, having experience that is well-recognized in this area.


  • 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.


Engagement & Publications

  • "Judicial convention in the public interest: Is any truth good to say?" Décideurs Magazine’s Décideurs Guide Annuaire Compliance 2018, December 4, 2018
  • 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).

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

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