Rahman Ravelli
Rahman Ravelli Solicitors Logo
Rapid Response Team: 0800 559 3500
Switchboard: +44 (0)203 947 1539

About Us Expertise PEOPLE International Legal Articles News Events Contact Us
Rapid Response Team: 0800 559 3500
Switchboard: +44 (0)203 947 1539
search
Rapid Response Team: 0800 559 3500
Switchboard: +44 (0)203 947 1539
search

Salomé Lemasson

Of Counsel Head of EU Business Crime and Regulatory Practice Group

"A huge wealth of experience and talent"
The Chambers UK Guide

"A distinguished, knowledgeable and highly proactive team"
The Legal 500

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.

Representative Matters

White collar

  • REPRESENTATION of a global technology company to secure a €500 million DPA with the French Financial Prosecutor to conclude an investigation into tax fraud and money laundering allegations.
  • REPRESENTATION of a large French industrial group before the French Prosecution Office for the negotiation of a DPA on counts of corrupt practices.
  • DEFENCE of a senior executive of a major French financial institution in connection with an investigation by the US DOJ into allegations of fraud or manipulation of the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR)
  • ADVICE to a Swiss financial institution in connection with an investigation by the US DOJ into allegations of violations of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
  • DEFENCE of a French individual in connection with allegations of tax fraud in France and on the Ivory Coast.
  • DEFENCE of an international leading electrical power group with environmental regulatory compliance of their French manufacturing site.
  • DEFENCE of a major railway infrastructure operator in connection with involuntary manslaughter prosecutions relating to railway crossing accidents.
  • ADVICE to board members of an insurance company being prosecuted before the Gabonese criminal courts following an aeroplane accident.
  • DEFENCE of an international leading electrical power group charged with involuntary manslaughter of a subcontracted employee.
  • DEFENCE of a ship owner prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter in Mayotte.

MDB investigations

  • DEFENCE of a large industrial group in connection with World Bank and African Development Bank investigations into alleged corruption and collusion in West Africa and South East Asia
  • DEFENCE of a major French construction consortium in connection with World Bank investigations into alleged corruption and collusion in the Indian Ocean.
  • REPRESENTATION of a large industrial group during settlement negotiations with the European Investment Bank to close an investigation into allegations of corruption in West Africa.
  • REPRESENTATION of an industrial group when negotiating a settlement with the World Bank following voluntary disclosure of potential wrongdoings in India.

Internal investigations / Compliance

  • ADVICE to a leading pharmaceutical company with respect to its COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing process.
  • ADVICE to a major US pharmaceutical group in connection with the compliance and integrity review of post-acquisition distributors.
  • ADVICE to a leading French construction group in connection with the control of its compliance programme by the French Anticorruption Agency.
  • ADVICE to major German automobile manufacturers in relation to emissions investigations and resulting disclosure to US and Korean authorities.
  • ADVICE to a US university in connection with highly sensitive allegations of discrimination at their Paris campus.
  • ADVICE to major US law firms in connection with highly sensitive allegations of harassment in their Paris offices.
Salomé Lemasson

Salomé Lemasson

Of Counsel Head of EU Business Crime and Regulatory Practice Group

salome.lemasson@rahmanravelli.co.uk
+44 (0)208 106 7438 vCard

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.


Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed with the Paris Bar
  • Licensed with the Berlin Bar
  • Member of the German Chapter of Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Member of Women in eDiscovery