Dispute Resolution Counsel, Paris
“I am a criminal defence lawyer with a focus on white collar crime, fraud and compliance issues. I assist clients from the pre-contentious stage of a dispute to its judicial phase with determination, responsiveness and innovative approaches. I am regularly involved in cross-border cases, with the need to coordinate several legal teams dealing with international criminal investigations”.
Education and qualifications
Thomas predominantly acts in criminal and administrative investigations, representing individuals and companies facing allegations of fraud, bribery & corruption, money laundering, and other type of offences. Thomas also assists clients in pre-contentious and litigation matters in civil and commercial law. He regularly pleads before the French civil, commercial and criminal courts.
Examples of recent significant cases have included Thomas advising:
- A bank facing dozens of lawsuits before civil and commercial courts in connection with violations of the Consumer Code relating to the release of mortgage loan offers;
- A broker in proceedings before the French Financial Markets Authority (“AMF”)'s sanctions committee in relation to insider trading;
- An Investment Service Provider facing criminal and civil proceedings for having advised his clients to invest in a financial instrument distributed by a German bank which declared bankruptcy following the discovery of a Ponzi scheme run by its CEO;
- Madoff-related investors in civil and criminal lawsuits, in France and Luxembourg;
- The CEO of a bank in a civil lawsuit against his employer for the payment of his severance package and in a criminal lawsuit launched by the bank for alleged wrongdoings;
- Several insurance companies in relation to frauds committed by brokers or employees through notably embezzlement and money laundering schemes;
- Board members of an international company for alleged facts of terrorism financing and violation of embargoes;
- An international group for alleged acts of corruption and bribery in the Middle-East North Africa Region and in Asia;
- Board members of an Icelandic bank criminally sued in France by over 80 clients for wrongful presentation of its loans;
Before becoming a lawyer, Thomas worked in Diplomacy and served at the French Trade Commission in San Francisco. He later became an advisor to the French Minister of Foreign Trade.
Prior to joining Linklaters, Thomas began his career as a lawyer in a prestigious French boutique law firm, where he gained valuable experience on a wide range of contentious and transactional matters.
In addition to his white-collar work, Thomas served for five years as a Public Defender before the French criminal courts. He is currently representing pro bono families of victims of terrorist attacks in France assisting them during the criminal investigation and subsequent proceedings. He has co-authored a book calling for new ways to evaluate the compensation of victims of terrorism.
Education and qualifications
Thomas has studied Economics and Law at Sciences-Po Paris, the London School of Economics and the University of Paris Sorbonne (Paris I).
He speaks French and English fluently.