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Stephane de Navacelle
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Stéphane de Navacelle has worked in the field of white collar crime/corporate crime in New York, London and Paris (at Engel & McCarney and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP).

With over ten years’ experience in French and US white collar crime, he has participated in several landmark cases involving FCPA and embargo restrictions (OFAC), charges of market abuse/insider trading, fraud (Forex), benchmark manipulation (LIBOR/Euribor), investigations by multilateral development banks (World Bank) as well as criminal and internal investigations in Europe, the Americas and Africa. He advises companies with setting up and auditing compliance programs.

Stéphane de Navacelle has been identified as a leading practitioner by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 France, Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal and Experts’ guide for White-Collar Crime / Business Crime, Investigations and Stock Market Litigation.

Stéphane de Navacelle is a a regular participant to seminars and is consulted on issues relating to regulatory and criminal investigations in Europe and the United States.
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Stéphane de Navacelle is currently serving as Independent Compliance Monitor for a World Bank Monitorship implemented pursuant to an Negotiated Resolution Agreement for a European manufacturing company for power transmission components, sanctioned to a debarment in relation to corruptive and fraudulent practices in west Africa and Asia.

The Monitorship covers the Group’s entities located in Italy, France, Canada, USA and China.

Professional Experience

With over ten years' experience in French and US White-Collar Crimes, Stéphane de Navacelle has participated in several FCPA-related landmark cases, conducted complex internal investigations with regard to corruption matters and advised companies with setting up and auditing compliance programs.

Stéphane de Navacelle's non-exhaustive professional service experience include:

o Compliance and anticorruption training of the legal function around the world for a French industrial company with operations in over 100 countries, over 80,000 employees and an annual turnover of over €15bn

o Representing a French oil & gas logistics company with over 6,000 employees and operations worldwide in connection with the aftermath of allegations of corruption in Brazil, including building a global strategy and monitoring the company's compliance standard (Brazil Federal Prosecutor)

o Representing a French bank top executives in relation to multi-jurisdictional prosecutions (SFO, DOJ, Parquet National Financier) for alleged corruptive practices in Libya and defense of the bank’s civil interests in related civil proceedings

o Internal investigation of the French subsidiary of an American group - recognized as one of the largest suppliers of industrial and environmental machinery - in relation with potential prosecutions for large accounting fraud

o Internal investigation of a French oil & gas group in connection with multi-jurisdictional investigations (US DOJ, French National Financial Prosecutor) into subsidiaries’ JV partners and alleged violations of anticorruption laws in Angola (FCPA, Sapin II)

o Advising the French Central Service for the Prevention of Corruption (“Service Central de Prévention de la Corruption”, SCPC) regarding the drafting of the Guidelines for the prevention of corruption in relation to commercial transactions operated by French companies


Université Paris X Nanterre (Master, 2003)

University of Chicago (LL.M., 2004)

Professional Memberships

Paris Bar – elected Member of the Paris Bar Council (Conseil de l’Ordre)
American Bar Association, Section of International Law – former co-Chair of the International Criminal Law Committee, vice-Chair of the Europe Committee and vice-President of the International Anti-Corruption Committee
American Bar Foundation – elected Fellow in 2016
International Bar Association – Member of the Anti-Corruption Committee, Business Crime Committee and Criminal Law Committee
International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) – Executive committee member, Member of the Commercial Fraud, International Arbitration and Litigation Commissions
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Association des Avocats Pénalistes – ADAP)
French Directors’ Institute (Institut Français des Administrateurs – IFA)
Transparency International France – Member of the working group “Capacity of the Judiciary”
Roxin Alliance – International network of independent legal professionals in white collar criminal defense and compliance


Admission to the New-York Bar (2005)

Admission to the Paris Bar (2008)

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