Laurent Cohen-Tanugi

LCT Crop

Founder and Managing Partner


  • Founder and Managing partner, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats (2008 –   )
  • 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 on Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions, Harvard Law School (2009), HEC (2011-12), Stanford Law School (2012; 2013)
  • Member, French Academy of Technologies
  • Vice President and Treasurer, 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)


English Language Books

  • Beyond LisbonA European Strategy for Globalisation (Peter Lang, 2008)
  • The Shape of the World to Come, Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century (Columbia University Press, 2008)
  • An Alliance At Risk, The United States And Europe After September 11 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)


Recent Publications

  • “La France et la lutte contre la corruption dans les affaires internationales : vers un changement de paradigme ?” En Temps Réel, 2016
  • “The Extraterritorial Application of American Law: Myths and Realities”  En Temps Réel, 2014
  • “Justice négociée – le Deferred prosecution agreement américain”, La Semaine juridique (N°38, 2013, co-authored by Emmanuel Breen)
  • “Les juridictions américaines face aux lois étrangères interdisant la communication de renseignements économiques”, Revue critique de droit international privé (1983)