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.
- Sacré Bleu! France Sends a Message in the Fight Against Foreign Bribery - July 7th, 2020
- Anti-Corruption and Contractual Relations: Beyond Words, Legal Consequences - May 22nd, 2020
- French Anticorruption Agency Issues Detailed New Guidelines for Compliance with Sapin II - April 16th, 2018
- Tailor-Made Compliance for Galloping Corruption - April 10th, 2018
- Going, Going, Gone: First Law of the Trump Administration Repeals Regulations Implementing Section 1504 Reporting Requirements for Payments to Governments by Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies - February 15th, 2017
- With the Sapin II Law, France Is Adopting a New Anticorruption Law and Regulations - November 28th, 2016
- Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces a Reserve of $520M in View of What Stands to Be the Fourth Largest FCPA Resolution to Date - November 17th, 2016
- FCPA Enforcement: Tech Companies and the Pilot Program - September 23rd, 2016
- They Keep Coming: The SEC Enters a $5.5M Settlement with AstraZeneca PLC Resolving FCPA Allegations - September 12th, 2016
- Take Two—The SEC Adopts Section 1504 Reporting Requirements for Payments to Governments by Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies - July 5th, 2016
- Ever Active and Perhaps Not So New—The SEC Awards Three Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers - June 9th, 2016
- The Panama Papers Problem: Global Financial Institutions Face Increasing Liability for Clients’ Tax Evasion - May 2nd, 2016
- Calm Before the Storm: Financial Institutions Should Expect a Wave of Civil and Criminal Investigations Following the Next Panama Papers Release - April 29th, 2016
- DOJ’s FCPA Enforcement Plan Highlights the Need for Robust Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs - April 13th, 2016
- Another Life Sciences Company Gets Hit Hard: Olympus Pays $646M to Resolve Corruption Allegations in a Unique Dual FCA / FCPA Resolution - March 28th, 2016
- France Adopts Legal Measures to Combat Corruption Consistent with International Standards - February 18th, 2016
- Your Joint Venture In Fact Can Be Your Problem: Bristol Meyers Squibb Pays $14M to Resolve FCPA Allegations - October 12th, 2015
- Inside Out: The SEC Awards $1 Million Plus to Yet Another Compliance Professional Turned Whistleblower - May 6th, 2015
- Not Finished With You Yet—The U.S. Government Extends its Deferred Prosecution Agreement With Biomet, Inc., Again Underscoring the FCPA Risks in Life Sciences - March 26th, 2015
- Corruption : vers une nouvelle donne - March 8th, 2013
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.
- 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).