Emmanuel BREEN

Of Counsel

Career and education

A Franco-American international business lawyer with a strong administrative and criminal law background, Emmanuel Breen specializes in public-private partnerships and anti-corruption compliance, in France and internationally. Over the course of almost 20 years of private practice, he has played a key role in complex and landmark public-private projects, such as public utilities privatization, sectoral legislation drafting, local government "toxic" debt renegotiation, and the design of anti-corruption compliance programs.

Prior to joining Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats in 2011, he was an associate, then Counsel on public law matters at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP (Paris and London offices, 1995-2007). He has been an Associate Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne since 2008 and at Sciences-Po Paris since 2011.

Emmanuel Breen is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Rue d'Ulm, 1989-1994) and holds a Masters (DEA) in Criminal Law and Policy from the University of Paris (Université Panthéon Sorbonne - Paris I, 1994). He received a Ph.D. in Public Law from the University of Paris South in 2000.

Emmanuel Breen is a member of the French-American Bar Association and Chairman of Amicale des normaliens juristes, an association of legal graduates of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the French Directors’ institute.





« (Over)compliance processes with regard to unilateral and/or extraterritorial sanctions: is there a way out? », COMPLY conference, Sorbonne Law School, 12-13 December 2019 (upcoming)

« EU companies and US embargoes », Panthéon-Assas University, DU Compliance, workshop, 1 July 2019

« Governance, Corruption and Board Quality », Institut d’administration des entreprises (IAE) d’Aix-en-Provence, part of a series of conferences organized by Stephen Davis, associate director of the Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors, 12 April 2019.

« Drafting a risk matrix and code of conduct », Panthéon-Assas University, DU Compliance, 15 March and 6 April 2019

« International Business Law », Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, 20-31 January 2019

« Extraterritorial application of US criminal law : foreign defendents at the risk of denial of justice », colloquium of the Strasbourg University, Garantir la protection des droits humains dans les interstices de transnationalité. Réflexions en droit pénal, 30 November 2018

« Evaluating the corruption risk and mitigating it through adequate policies and procedures », Master program (MACS) of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, 15-16 October 2018

« Legal framework and anti-corruption strategies for public procurement », Vienna University Executive Academy/ Bundesbeschaffung GmbH (EU-funded Public Procurement Excellence program), 12 October 2018

« Benchmarking corporate compliance », International Anti-Corruption Academy and Austrian Chamber of Commerce, panel moderation, 5 October 2018

« Corporate compliance : old problem, new solutions ? », training session for the foreign trade delegates of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, 28 August 2018

« Developing the Code of Conduct », Master program (IMACC) of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, 2-4 July 2018

« Corruption in today’s world », training of the International Anti-Corruption Academy for members of the Chinese Anti-Corruption Agency, 21 June 2018

« Premières applications de la loi Sapin 2 », yearly scientific event of the « Compliance officer » diploma of Panthéon-Assas University, panel moderation, 13 June 2018

« Implementing a compliance program : project management methods applied to compliance », Training session of the French Association of Inhouse Lawyers (AFJE), 22 May 2018

« The European way to corporate compliance », UNODC, Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, special event on A multi-stakeholder approach to integrity in the private sector : the Italian experience, 16 May 2018

« Whistleblower protection and incentivization in the USA », Université Paris Dauphine, conference on Whistleblowers organized by the Masters of European and International Law and the House of Public Affairs, 22 March 2018

"L'invention de la compliance à la française : une révolution pour les entreprises ?", Association française des juristes d'entreprises (AFJE), Conférence sur la compliance au coeur de la modernisation et de la performance de l'entreprise, 11 mai 2016.   https://laurentcohentanugiavocats.com/conference-afje-linvention-de-la-compliance-a-la-francaise-une-revolution-pour-les-entreprises/



Founder and Managing Partner


  • Chairman of French governmental task force on Europe in the global economy (2007-2008) sponsored by Economy and Finance Minister Christine Lagarde
  • Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2005-2007)
  • Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Member of the Executive Committee of the Sanofi- Synthelabo pharmaceutical group (2004)
  • Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (1991-2003)


  • Member of the Paris Bar (1991)
  • Member of the New York Bar (1983)
  • FCPA Independent Corporate Monitor appointed by the United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (2011-2014)
  • Member of the French National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration



  • LL.M., Harvard Law School (1982)
  • J.D and LL.M in international and Anglo-American business law, University Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne Law School (1981)
  • Degree in political science, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1980)
  • Agrégation in modern French literature (1979)
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure (1976-1981)


Other Activities

  • Author, columnist and lecturer
  • Visiting professor at Harvard Law School (2009), HEC (2011), Sciences-Po Paris (2011) and Stanford Law School (2012 - 2016)
  • Member, French Academy of Technologies
  • Co-Founder and Vice President, Institute Jacques Delors-Notre Europe
  • Member of the Policy Advisory Council of the French-American Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Aspen Institute-France
  • Member of French governmental advisory commissions on the intangible economy (2006) and on judicial reform (1997)










Martin MERIC


Martin Méric holds a Licence (equiv. LL.B.) from Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University, as well as two Master’s degrees in International Law from Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University (2017) and in Global Business Law and Governance from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (2018). He completed his studies with a University Diploma in International Law from Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University's Institut des hautes études internationales (IHEI, 2017), and with a LL.M. in International Economic Law from the City University of Hong Kong (2018).

He has completed several internships in French and international law firms specialized in international arbitration, white collar crime, anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations. He also interned at the Legal Department of the International Chamber of Commerce working on compliance and arbitration issues and at a French NGO specialized in anti-corruption matters.

Martin is about to be sworn in on the Paris Bar and works in French and English.

A French-American team

Composed of a small French-American core team, the Firm has access to a broad network of high-level professionals around the world, including former prosecutors in key jurisdictions, which it can call upon if needed.