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Salomé Lemasson provides practical legal solutions to help clients navigate complex, cross-border litigations, government investigations and internal regulatory reviews. She is an accomplished defence lawyer who has worked on some of Europe’s most challenging and significant white collar crime cases and investigations.
Admitted to practise in France and Germany, she has extensive cross-border experience from her previous work at two major US law firms in Paris and Berlin. Continuing to split her time between these cities, Salomé is the leader of Rahman Ravelli’s EU Business Crime and Regulatory practice group.
Salomé is a highly versatile lawyer who has deep substantive knowledge of various countries’ legal systems and regulatory regimes. Her practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in high-stakes matters involving fraud, foreign bribery and money laundering. She is an acknowledged international expert and conducts internal investigations for major corporates and advises them on anti-corruption compliance. Her experience in contentious matters also allows her to provide insightful compliance and regulatory advice to international businesses.
She has expertise defending clients in investigations brought by multilateral development banks (MDBs). Her past work in this area includes representing large industrial conglomerates targeted by parallel World Bank and African Development Bank investigations into alleged fraud and corruption related to infrastructure projects in West Africa, South East Asia and the Indian Ocean. She has conducted negotiations with the European Investment Bank over allegations of corruption in West Africa and is adept at concluding settlements with MDBs for corporates.
As someone with extensive deferred prosecution agreement experience, her track record includes helping Google secure a €500 million DPA with the French Financial Prosecutor in relation to tax fraud allegations; one of the relatively few such resolutions concluded within France. In addition, she played a senior role in internal investigations conducted on behalf of several major motor vehicle manufacturers’ emissions practices and disclosure policies. More recently, she managed internal investigations into leading pharmaceutical companies with respect to their COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing process, along with a comprehensive integrity review of their distributors.
She writes extensively on European legal matters and has had her work published in several well-known international legal guides. Born in France, she is fluent in French and English, and highly proficient in Spanish and German.
Salomé Lemasson’s article based on her interview with EIB’s senior investigator is published
Rahman Ravelli’s Salomé Lemasson discussed various aspects of the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) activities with its senior investigator, Mohamed El Maini.
European Financial Review - April 2022READ MORE
Cum-Ex analysed comprehensively in new Rahman Ravelli guide
Rahman Ravelli has produced an in-depth guide that examines all aspects of the controversial share-selling practice Cum-Ex.
April 2022READ MORE
Joshua Ray explains the US and the European Union’s approach to sanctions
With sanctions being imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, Salomé Lemasson wrote about how such actions affect entities, individuals and international businesses.
Lexis Nexis - April 2022READ MORE
Salomé Lemasson outlines the German approach to Cum-Ex
With the high-profile Cum-Ex trial of tax attorney Hanno Berger beginning in Bonn, Law360 asked Salomé Lemasson for her assessment of the German approach to financial crime.
Law360 - April 2022READ MORE
Salomé Lemasson analyses France’s new guide to internal investigations
With France’s anti-corruption agency (AFA) and its national financial prosecutor’s office (PNF) issuing joint guidance on conducting internal investigations, Salomé Lemasson wrote about their advice.
Lexis Nexis - April 2022READ MORE
Salomé Lemasson confirmed as a speaker during next International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Paris on June 14-15
14 June 2022
Dawn Raids - Practical Tips and Advice for Regulatory Advisors
Salomé Lemasson is to host a webinar that will provide advice on how to respond to a dawn raid.
30th November - 12:30pm GMT
Multilateral Development Banks: Compliance Considerations, Investigations + Monitorships
Salomé Lemasson will be part of an international panel that will analyse and discuss all aspects of multilateral development banks (MDBs) in a Guidepost Solutions-hosted webinar.
October 6, 6:00pm - 7:00pm BST
The Cum-Ex Scandal: Will US Prosecutors Elbow In To Europe’s Greatest Tax Fraud?
This webinar will explain briefly the history and scope of what led to this scandal, and explain the risks of enhanced US enforcement efforts.
30 September 2021
France finally upgrades its Blocking Statute
Rahman Ravelli’s Salomé Lemasson assesses how France’s revision of the Blocking Statute provides clear, concrete guidance for companies facing information requests from foreign authorities.
April 2022READ MORE
France’s new internal investigations guide
Salomé Lemasson of Rahman Ravelli summarises the main points of the guidance published by France’s anti-corruption agency and its national financial prosecutor’s office.
March 2022READ MORE
Lundin Oil: Corporates also can be accomplices to war crimes
Salomé Lemasson of financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli assesses the significance of the indictment of Sweden’s Lundin Oil for war crimes following its activities in Sudan.
November 2021READ MORE
French anti-corruption proposals
Salomé Lemasson of Rahman Ravelli details a French bill that aims to enhance the country’s approach to fighting corruption and breaches of integrity
November 2021READ MORE
Lafarge, Aldi, Uniqlo: Business and Human Rights Litigation Is Picking Up Throughout Europe
Various European countries are witnessing an emerging trend in complex, cross-border litigation, where allegations of human rights violations are triggering more and more sensitive, mediatic proceedings.
September 2021READ MORE
ICGL Sanctions 2022
Salomé Lemasson has written an expert chapter, entitled “The New EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime’’, in the International Comparative Legal Guide – Sanctions 2022, which has just been published.
Salomé Lemasson interviews EIB senior investigator 2022
Salomé Lemasson wrote an article following her interviewing of European Investment Bank senior investigator Mohamed El Maini. Her piece, “Corporates Should Not Be Afraid to Disclose Past Debarments to EIB’’, was published by the European Financial Review.READ MORE
Anti-Corruption Report 2021
Salomé Lemasson was co-author of the Anti-Corruption Report, “Spotlight on the African Development Bank Group’s Sanctions System’’. The report examined AfDB’s jurisdiction, investigation and resolution process and enforcement trends.READ MORE
La Revue des Juristes de Sciences Po 2021
Salomé Lemasson assessing French and German approaches to corporate criminal liability has been published by France’s La Revue des Juristes de Sciences Po. The article by Salomé examines the most notable aspects of the German bill. It compares the system that is being proposed for Germany with the approach taken by countries such as France.READ MORE
Les Revues Droit Pénal 2021
Salomé Lemasson’s assessment of the French approach to stock trading strategies such as Cum-Ex is published by Les Revues Droit PénalREAD MORE
Revue de Droit Fiscal 2021
Salomé Lemasson assesses the French response to tax fraud as Cum-Ex investigations progressREAD MORE
Dalloz Actualité 2021
Salomé Lemasson wrote an article that examines current French thinking regarding the criminalisation of dividend arbitrage strategies that was published by France’s Dalloz Actualité.READ MORE
Cahier de Droit De L'Enterprise 2017
Salomé Lemasson co-authored a detailed analysis on sanctions incurred before French criminal courts on counts of money laundering, with a focus on laundering of tax fraud proceedsREAD MORE
Business Crime 2016
Salomé Lemasson was co-author of a chapter in the 2016 International Comparative Legal Guide on Business Crime. The chapter analysed the investigation of business crime in France, examining law enforcement, notable statutes and issues such as corporate criminal liability, the burden of prof. and the statute of limitations.READ MORE
Of Counsel Head of EU Business Crime and Regulatory Practice Group
Salomé works on Europe’s most challenging and significant white-collar and complex crime cross-border cases. She leads Rahman Ravelli’s EU Business Crime and Regulatory Practice Group, representing and advising companies and individuals in high-stakes investigations.