Kiril Bougartchev White Collar Crime - France

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Bougartchev Moyne Associés
4 place Saint Thomas d’Aquin
75007 Paris

Tel: +33 (0)1 42 84 87 77
Fax: +33 (0)1 42 84 87 79


Kiril co-founded the Bougartchev Moyne Associés law firm in January 2017. He has been involved in many notorious white collar crime cases, including sensitive political and financial matters. He is notably advising a Swiss bank and its chief executive prosecuted in France on grounds of aggravated laundering of the proceeds of tax fraud committed by a former Minister. He is also assisting an armaments company in connection with a criminal investigation opened following an attack in Asia in the early 2000s.

In January 2016, Kiril and his team implemented in a money-laundering matter the first plea bargaining ever in the French Financial Public Prosecutor’s history.

He also represented major firms and their management in large-scale matters relating to industrial and environmental accidents (explosion at a refinery, accident during a Universal Exhibition, various matters on pollution and abandoned waste…).

Kiril was formerly a Secrétaire de la Conférence des Avocats of the Paris Bar and successively an outside lecturer and examiner in white collar crime at Paris II University (Magistère de Juriste d’Affaires DJCE) and a lecturer in international criminal procedure at Montpellier University (Master programme in Criminal Law) between 2004 and 2007. Since 2011, Kiril Bougartchev is an external contributor and examiner at EDHEC Business School (MSC Legal and Tax Management).

He has been a member of the Working Committee on decriminalisation of business criminal law and companies’ competitiveness of “Paris Europlace”. In this regard, he has been working on the reform of Article 145 of the Code of Civil Procedure (French discovery) and on the French guilty plea mainstreaming. His recent publications include articles in relation to the misuse of corporate assets, corruption, auditors’ criminal liability, business secrecy. He is also the co-author of the French chapter of the Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review (Law Business Research, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) and the French chapter of a comparative law book about the offence of corruption which will be published by Oxford University in 2017.

Kiril is viewed as “an expert in white collar crime, very involved in his matters” (Chambers) and “trustworthy”, “very customer-oriented and creative” with “a very high level of strategic vision” (Legal 500), a “formidable advocate” commended for its “world-class White Collar Crime practice” (Who’s Who Legal). Since 2007, Kiril is ranked as “Essential” in several categories such as White Collar Crime, Commercial and Financial Litigation and Regulatory Litigation by Décideurs where he is also listed amongst the “great strategists”.

In 2009 and 2016, Kiril and his team were named “White Collar Crime Team of the Year – France” by Décideurs at the Trophées du Droit. In 2013, Kiril was named “Lawyer of the Year – France” in Criminal defence by Best Lawyers.

The White Collar Crime Law Practice:

Bougartchev Moyne Associés advises companies, banking and financial institutions, and insurance companies, as well as their officers and shareholders in all areas of white collar crime.

We act in all criminal proceedings relating to the management and administration, in particular financial and accounting, of businesses, their investments, commercial activities, governance and, more generally, all problems arising in the normal course of corporate and business life (Criminal company law).

Our team also deals with all matters concerning Criminal banking and financial law, Criminal tax law and their related offences.

We also act on behalf of our clients in proceedings for breach of probity, whether involving corruption, trading in influence or unlawful acquisition of interests (Bribery and related offences) and, more generally, in politico-financial cases with heavy media exposure (Criminal and political proceedings).

Finally, our firm works alongside its clients in resolving disputes arising in connection with their activities, whether as a result of their environmental impact (Environmental criminal law) or their effect on the health or well-being of employees or third parties (Criminal labour law and unintentional offences), breach of their secrets or computer networks (Cybercrime, computer fraud and protection of company secrets) or their interactions with their business partners, competitors and consumers (Competition and consumer criminal law).

We assist our clients both in France and internationally, providing them with the benefit of our wide experience in cross-border proceedings and multi-jurisdictional prosecutions and close links with law firms throughout the world (International criminal law).

Bougartchev Moyne Associés:

After 30 and 20 years, respectively, of professional practice in major firms and hundreds of trials, we have chosen to create an ambitious firm for our clients, where the hallmarks are independence, liberty, versatility and flexibility.

We are litigation lawyers who are recognised by the profession, and we assist public or private companies, banks and financial institutions, insurance companies and their officers in all proceedings they are facing, whether involving white collar crime, civil law, commercial law or regulatory matters. We assist them on a daily basis, during crises or to aid them in meeting their legal and regulatory obligations. We also work with our clients in connection with their internal enquiries and training programmes.

We have extensive experience in emergency, complex, multi-party, transnational and multi-jurisdictional proceedings, as well as in negotiating settlement agreements, in France and internationally, and are accustomed to working in teams. We assist our clients worldwide, alongside international firms and specialised firms. We are frequently appointed to coordinate the work of law firms selected in various jurisdictions.

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