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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 contributes an expert chapter to an international guide to sanctions
Salomé Lemasson is one of the authors of the International Comparative Legal Guide – Sanctions 2022.
ICLG - Sanctions 2022 - October 2021READ MORE
Salomé Lemasson assesses the trend for cross-border litigation regarding alleged human rights violations
Rahman Ravelli’s Salomé Lemasson examined the rise in Europe of complex, cross-border litigation relating to alleged violations of human rights.
FCPA Blog - September 2021READ MORE
Spear’s Legal Index recommends Rahman Ravelli and four of its lawyers
Rahman Ravelli and four of its lawyers have been highlighted in the Spear’s Legal Index 2021.
August 2021READ MORE
Salomé Lemasson says a court ruling is a landmark in Germany’s efforts to recover funds lost to Cum-Ex
Germany’s highest criminal court has ruled that claiming capital gains taxes that were not withheld via dividend trading arrangements – a practice known as Cum-Ex - constitutes criminal tax evasion.
Law360 - July 2021READ MORE
Salomé Lemasson compares the approaches taken to corporate criminal liability by Germany and France
An article by Rahman Ravelli’s Salomé Lemasson assessing French and German approaches to corporate criminal liability has been published by France’s La Revue des Juristes de Sciences Po.
La Revue des Juristes de Sciences Po - June 2021READ MORE
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
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
Cannabis: France cannot restrict the import and sale of CBD products legally produced in the EU
Salomé Lemasson of Rahman Ravelli details a French Supreme Court decision that means France cannot restrict the import and sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products legally produced in the EU.
July 2021READ MORE
The Bongo family’s assets and BNP Paribas
Salomé Lemasson of Rahman Ravelli assesses the bank’s indictment and its options under French law.
June 2021READ MORE
Arrest of Alleged Bitcoin Fog Operator Signals Continued DOJ Focus on Crypto “Mixers”
On Wednesday April 28th, Roman Sterlingov, a 32-year Swedish and Russian citizen who allegedly founded the cryptocurrency mixing service “Bitcoin Fog,” was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport pursuant to a sealed criminal complaint filed in the federal district court in Washington, DC (21-mj-00400). According to a supporting affidavit from a criminal investigator for the IRS, Sterlingov engaged in a decade-long conspiracy to use Bitcoin Fog as a way to launder criminal proceeds from illicit Darknet1 marketplaces and elsewhere.
May 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.
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
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.