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Kami Haeri joined the firm’s Paris office in 2017 as Chair of Commercial Litigation and White Collar practices.  Previously, he chaired August Debouzy’s Litigation, Arbitration, and White Collar Practice.  He regularly advises French and foreign clients on matters involving commercial and corporate disputes and white collar crime.  He has acquired significant expertise in international compliance and routinely assists companies with investigations conducted by French or foreign regulators.  In 1997, Kami was appointed to the prestigious Conférence du Stage, the French Bar’s 200+ year old moot court competition, which annually selects the 12 best candidates out of more than 150 applicants. As part of his duties as Conférence Secretary, Kami tried over 150 criminal cases as lead counsel, ranging from misdemeanors to murders, and pleaded extensively before French criminal courts of all levels.  

Kami is a former member of the Paris Bar council, where he served from 2011 to 2013. He was more specifically involved in the litigation ethics committee and on legal education policies and strategies. Kami remains deeply committed to the bar association and chairs the Paris Bar’s open committee on “business litigation”.  Kami also regularly serves on the faculty of several Universities and Institutions: he teaches “Dispute Resolution” at Sciences-Po Paris, “Litigation Strategies and Tactics” at the Paris Bar School and “Criminal Procedure” at the University of Cergy.  Kami also serves as an expert in criminal law for the Institut Montaigne, one of France’s most prestigious think tanks, for which he has drafted two reports: “The Reform of Custody” (2011) and “The Reform of Indictment” (2014). As an attorney, Kami has lectured on a variety of subjects including compliance, criminal liability of entities, class actions, digital transformation in the legal professions, trial practice and criminal law.

In October 2016, French Minister of Justice Jean-Jacques Urvoas commissioned Kami to draft a comprehensive report on “The Future of French Lawyers”. The 130-page report includes 50 proposals covering topics such as legal education, ethics, digital transformation, management of law firms and has garnered much praise within the legal community in France and across Europe.

  • Representation of one of the leading French aerospace groups in various criminal liability claims.
  • Representation of the French leader in the chemical industry in commercial litigation and arbitration concerning the sharing of utilities, the supply and purchase of products and insurance.
  • Representation of clients operating in the banking sector in shareholder disputes (criminal and civil litigation).
  • Assistance and representation of the leading tobacco manufacturer worldwide in the coordination of anti-smuggling and anti-counterfeiting actions in France and in 28 countries.
  • Representation of leaders in the media sector in various shareholder dispute and unfair competition claims.
  • Representation of several motion picture producers in enforcing and defending their IP rights.
  • University of Paris
  • (DESS, LL.M., 1996)
  • University of Lyon
  • (DESS, LL.B., 1994)
The Paris Bar
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • August Debouzy:
    • Partner, 2000-2017
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2020, National Leader in Asset Recovery (France)
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2020, National Leader in Business Crime Defence & Investigations (France)
  • The Best Lawyers in France, 2020 & 2021, Criminal Defense
  • The Best Lawyers in France, 2020 & 2021, Intellectual Property Law
  • Leaders League, 2020, Excellent en Contentieux Commercial (guide Décideurs Contentieux & Arbitrage)
  • Leaders League, 2020, Excellent en Droit pénal des affaires (guide Décideurs Contentieux & Arbitrage)
  • Leaders League, 2020, Forte notoriété en Contentieux AMF, ACPR et Operations Cotées (guide Décideurs Contentieux & Arbitrage)
  • Leaders League, 2020, Forte notoriété en Contentieux Financier, Bancaire Et Haut De Bilan (guide Décideurs Contentieux & Arbitrage)
  • Leaders League, 2020, Practice Head in Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (Tier 2), Editorial: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP handles a diverse caseload on behalf of leading French and international companies, investment funds and high-ranking corporate officers. The firm is involved in several landmark combined civil and criminal liability cases. It also deals with major shareholder conflicts, M&A, corporate and securities-related cases, as well as commercial litigation. Its caseload includes a mandate advising US investment fund Elliott on filing an appeal before the ECHR, challenging a recently delivered French Supreme Court judgment. Kami Haeri leads the eight-lawyer team, which also includes counsel Benoît Javaux.
  • Leaders League, 2020, Practice Head in Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime (Tier 3)
  • Leaders League, 2020, Forte notoriété en Contentieux Financier, Bancaire Et Haut De Bilan (guide Décideurs Contentieux & Arbitrage)
  • Legal 500 EMEA France, 2020, Practice Head; Leading Individual in Compliance (Tier 2). Editorial: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's litigation and white-collar crime eight-lawyer team has strong expertise on international corruption issues. The firm notably advises high-profile companies specialising in the military and aerospace industries. It assists clients with training, the setting up of compliance programmes and with domestic and international investigations following corruption allegations. The practice recently assisted a major French company with an AFA-led audit. Practice head Kami Haeri and counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons are recommended. Testimonials:‘Kami Haeri is very good and gets the job done.’
  • Leaders League, 2019, Forte notoriété en Contentieux AMF, ACPR et Operations Cotées (guide Décideurs Contentieux & Arbitrage)
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2019, Global Leader in Business Crime Defence
  • Leaders League, 2019, Excellent in Commecial Litigation (guide Décideurs Litigation & Competition), Track record : The firm advises French and overseas clients in corporate, commercial and post-acquisition litigation. The team acted for Google in a case brought UFC Que Choisir which accused the internet company of failing in its obligation to inform and get adequate consent from android-enabied smartphone users. Team & differentiation : Agility and anticipation are the watchwords for a firm which prides itself on incisive on offense and decisive in defense. The team provides its clients with innovative strategic solutions across different jursidictions, leading the department is Kami Haeri, a past-master at dealing with international compliance issues.
  • Leaders League, 2019, Highly recommended in Financial & Post Acquisition LItigation (guide Décideurs Litigation & Competition)
  • Leaders League, 2019, Excellent in International & Internal Investigations (guide Décideurs Investigations, Compliance & Insurance)
  • Leaders League, 2019, Excellent in Compliance (guide Décideurs Investigations, Compliance & Insurance)
  • Leaders League, 2019, Excellent en programmes de conformité (guide Décideurs Compliance, Fraudes, Investigations)
  • Leaders League, 2018, Forte notoriété en Droit pénal de la santé (guide Décideurs Contentieux & Arbitrage)
  • “Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the French Anti-Corruption Agency, Anti-Corruption Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association”, Kami Haeri, Valérie Munoz-Pons, 25 May 2020
  • “AFA’s Enforcement Committee Grants a Measure of Freedom to Companies”, Kami Haeri and Valérie Munoz-Pons, Revue Internationale de la Compliance et de l’Éthique des Affaires, April 2020
  • “Covid-19: impact of the state of health emergency on criminal justice in France ; the executive order No. 2020-303 on criminal procedure issued on 25 march 2020”, Kami Haeri, Valérie Munoz-Pons, Noémie Coutrot-Cieslinski and Malik Touanssa Quinn Emanuel Newsletter, March 2020
  • “Publication of the AFA’s guide on the anti-corruption compliance function”, Kami Haeri and Valérie Munoz-Pons, Quinn Emanuel Newsletter, February 2019
  • “Trade secrets and pre-trial evidence collection: evolutions in the wake of recent French legislation”, Kami Haeri, Benoît Javaux and Sindy Camü (Quinn Emanuel Newsletter, January 2019, No. 3)
  • Vigilance. – Une loi partiellement mais sévèrement censurée qui conserve une portée symbolique forte”, La Semaine Juridique, n°19-20, May 8 2017
  • La loi Sapin II : une révolution juridique et culturelle“, RLDA 122, co-authored with Valérie Munoz-Pons, January 2017
  •  “Allègement des sanctions contre l’Iran : une opportunité pour les investisseurs français !“, RLDA 122, co-authored with Mahasti Razavi and Aude Londero, January 2017
  • “Sapin II bill: creation of a French-style "deferred prosecution agreement” (DPA)”, June 2016
  • “Sapin II bill scraps key provision on public interest compensation”, June 2016
  • “Group actions: they’re not working so we’ll extend them”, co-authored with Benoît Javaux, La lettre des juristes d’affaires, May 23, 2016
  • “The Sapin II Bill: a new form of criminal law settlement and a lot of uncertainty”, Dalloz.actualité, February 29, 2016
  • “Group actions in the field of healthcare products: complex proceedings of dubious efficiency”, Recueil Dalloz, co-authored with Benoît Javaux, February 11, 2016
  • The Sapin II Bill creates a new form of criminal law settlement to fight against corruption, February 2016
  • Iran: first measures lifting the sanctions, January 2016
  • The ‘health’ group action was definitively adopted on December 17, 2015 and will have ‘retroactive’ effect, December 2015
  • Sapin II Bill on transparency and the modernization of the economy: first impressions, December 2015
  • “Growing your customer base: the great adventure”, Le Grand jurist, Nov/Dec 2015
  • The group action against discrimination adopted on November 5, 2015 by the Senate: an intentionally broad scope of application, November 2015
  • “Special report: one year of application of the Hamon Act: what assessment? – Group actions in the consumer field: a mixed first year”, RLDA 108,October 2015
  • “Civil liability coverage of company directors and officers“, Revue des sociétés, September 2015
  • French guidelines to strengthen the fight against corruption in commercial transactions, June 2015
  • The “health” group action passed on April 14, 2015 by the National Assembly raises quite a few problems, April 2015
  • The client’s new duty of vigilance over subcontractor employment law compliance in France, April 2015
  • “Sufficiently specialized courts to understand business issues, La Tribune, March 2015
  • “The “health” group action raises many difficulties“, Recueil Dalloz, co-authored with Benoît Javaux, March 2015
  • “What is the point of having an in-house lawyer?”, Les Echos, February 2015
  • “Is there an economic model for mediation?”, LesEchos.fr, February 2015
  • “Protection of business secrets: new player, new attempt, same mistakes », Recueil Dalloz, February 2015
  • “Group actions: between procedural uncertainties and instrumentalization“, Droit & Patrimoine, co-authored with Benoît Javaux,January 2015
  • Assessment of the status of the garnishee in the attachment proceedings, January 2015
  • “Risk assumption through the prism of business litigation”, co-authored with Benjamin van Gaver, La Gazette du Palais, December 2014
  • “Class & group actions 2015”, ICLG,  co-authored with Benoît Javaux,October 2014
  • “Group action, a dangerous reality”, co-authored with Benoît Javaux Droit & patrimoine, October 2014
  • “Class action, this time round we’re off to a start”, AGEFI, co-authored with Benoît Javaux, October 2014
  • “Assessing damages in intellectual property cases: new tools”, Affiche Parisiennes, June 19, 2014
  • “The French-style group action, a curiosity, La semaine juridique, co-authored with Benoit Javaux, March 31, 2014
  • “Assessing damages in intellectual property cases: new tools”, Affiche Parisiennes, June 19, 2014
  • Expert at the Institut Montaigne
  • “Règlement des différends” (Dispute resolution) at Sciences Po
  • “Stratégie et Tactique du Procès” (Trial strategy and tactics) at the EFB Bar School
  • “Procédure Pénale” (Criminal Proceedings) as part of the Master II program in Financial Crime at the University of Cergy