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Fabien Ganivet

Head of Litigation and Regulatory, France
Fabien Ganivet is responsive, pragmatic and clear. He knows how to respond to the sometimes complex requests of our company and provides complete and documented answers.
Chambers Europe - 2023

Fabien Ganivet heads DLA Piper’s Litigation & Regulatory department in France, which brings together a team of around 40 lawyers.

Within the firm’s Paris office, he created a renowned practice that includes compliance (risk prevention and compliance programmes), global investigations and white-collar defense (criminal business law, economic, financial and employment-related criminal law).

Fabien advises and assists different types of corporates, in particular legal, ethics and compliance and human resources departments of major groups, in the implementation, assessment and strengthening of their compliance measures (governance, code of conduct, risk mapping, whistleblowing, internal controls, training, etc.) in the context of both new French legal requirements (Sapin II Law, Duty of care and oversight) and foreign regulations (UKBA, FCPA) they may be subject to.

Providing the firm’s clients with advice and litigation assistance, Fabien also represents companies and their executives in the framework of criminal or regulatory investigations and proceedings led by French judicial and regulatory authorities (AFA, AMF, DGCCRF, labour inspectorate, etc.) as well as foreign Government agencies. Fabien’s expertise extends more generally to all criminal business litigation (from initial investigations through to trial), risk prevention and crisis management, and he has extensive experience in corporate- and employment-related criminal law.

Professional QualificationsAvocat admitted to the Paris Bar, 2012
  • French
  • English
  • French National School for the Judiciary (E.N.M.), Top of class, 2001
  • University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), D.E.A. (Postgraduate degree), Law
  • Graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-Po), Public Service section

    Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA), Harvard Summer School


  • Chambers Europe – Corporate Compliance & Investigations – Band 3 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers – Best lawyer in France – Criminal Defense – 2024
  • Legal 500 – Investigations & Compliance – Tier 3 – 2023
  • Acritas Star™ Lawyer – Litigation and Regulatory – 2020 and 2021
  • Décideurs Leaders League: ranked in Criminal Law (2021) and in Criminal Health Law (2020) as “strong reputation” 
  • Option Droit & Affaires Litigation ranking (May 2019 - May 2020) in the category law firms in corporate criminal law and AMF sanction cases (2 stars)
  • Le Palmarès du Droit 2022: Golden Award in Compliance
  • Le Palmarès du Droit 2022: Silver Award in White collar defence
  • Le Point, Top Law Firms 2022: Compliance 



  • Conference-debate: Five years after the entry into force of the Sapin II law: assessment, issues and perspectives, DLA Piper France, 30 June 2022
  • Conference: La compétition internationale en matières juridique et judiciaire (International competition in legal and judicial matters), Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, 9 March 2022
  • Conference: Nouvelles Tendances de la Compliance pour 2022 – Révision de la Loi Sapin II, lanceurs d’alertes, enquêtes internes, contrôles AFA (New Compliance Trends for 2022 – Revision of the Sapin II Law, whistleblowers, internal investigations, AFA investigations) La Sorbonne Institute of Legal Research, 24 February 2022
  • Conference: Compliance, Démocratie & Géopolitique (Compliance, Democracy & Geopolitics), Business & Legal Forum, 14 October 2021
  • Conference: L’extraterritorialité du droit, vecteur d’influence stratégique ? (Extraterritorial reach of the law, a vector of strategic influence), Cercle France-Ameriques, 14 December 2020
  • Conference organized by Business & Legal Forum (speaker at the round table) “Compétitivité à l’heure de la crise. ESG, Compliance, Ethique, concurrence : et si les standards de l’UE devenaient extraterritoriaux ?”, October 2020
  • Conference organized by DLA Piper in partnership with the AmCham (speaker) “20ème anniversaire du Baromètre AmCham-Bain”, February 2020
  • Conference organized by Business & Legal Forum (speaker at the round table) “Cérémonie des Plumes et Caméras de l'économie & du droit”, October 2019

Prior Experience

Fabien started his career in the French Judiciary (Deputy Public Prosecutor in Paris and Nanterre) before assuming several responsibilities for the French State (Advisor to the President of the National Assembly, Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Homeland Security and to the Minister of Defense). Having joined the private sector, he has worked within a French and an American law firms, as well as within a group ethics and compliance department of a leading global energy company. In parallel, Fabien has had different teaching activities, in particular at Sciences-Po.