Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2019

25 LEGAL AWARDS 2019 | WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM Linklaters LLP France BUSINESS CRIME LAWYER OF THE YEAR About Thomas Amico Thomas heads the Business Crime practice of Linklaters Paris and has extensive experience assisting companies and individuals facing allegations of fraud, bribery & corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing, libel and other type of offences. Assisting clients in conducting sensitive internal investigations, he regularly coordinates work across several jurisdictions. He negotiates with Public Prosecutors and other authorities where a settlement is in the clients’ interests and stands by his clients’ side during every step of a judicial investigation, preparing and coordinating their criminal defence as well as representing them before criminal courts. Thomas also has wide experience in guiding clients in the realm of fraud prevention and helps them conduct risk assessments in order to design robust anti-corruption compliance programs. He regularly provides tailored training to various teams on a wide range of issues relating to white-collar crime and compliance. Thomas began his career at a French boutique firm, Veil Jourde, led by prominent criminal lawyer Jean Veil. Joining Linklaters at the end of 2013, he was made Counsel in April 2017 and took the helm of the Business Crime practice in Paris after the departure of Kiril Bougartchev. Currently, Thomas is in charge of defending directors of a CAC-40 company following accusations related to its operations in Syria between 2010 and 2014, which would have required payments to terrorist groups and alleged violations of international embargoes. He also represented and assisted the Republic of Senegal in the criminal investigations and trial of the former mayor of the city of Dakar, and four other individuals accused of embezzlement of public money, forgery, and money laundering. Current clients include a Belgian bank which suffered a loss over 100 million euros due to construction issues affecting its most critical data centres. In addition, Thomas works with several luxury companies to help them implement anticorruption compliance programs and prepare them for potential controls by the French Anticorruption Agency. A published author, notably in the fields of civil and criminal procedure, Thomas regularly writes in legal journals to comment and analyse new pieces of legislation or new case law. An author in the field of compliance, his most recent contribution is a chapter on the Convention Judiciaire d’Intérêt Public (a French DPA mechanism) of a book entitled “Compliance: Company, Regulator, Judge” published in 2018 by Editions Dalloz. Last but not least, Thomas has served for five years as a Public Defender before the French criminal courts. He is currently representing pro bono families of victims of terrorist attacks in France, assisting them during criminal investigations and subsequent proceedings. A graduate of Sciences-Po Paris, the London School of Economics and the University of Paris Sorbonne, Thomas teaches at the Paris Bar School annually. THOMAS AMICO Areas of Expertise • White-Collar Crime • Criminal Law • Criminal Employment Law • Investigations • Compliance • Regulatory Litigation Contact Thomas Amico Linklaters, LLP 25, rue de Marignan – 75008 Paris T: +33 6 09 79 58 56 E:

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