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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.