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TEMIME: The culture and practice of criminal defence and litigation

Hervé TEMIME set himself up in 1979 as a lawyer specialising in criminal law. His expertise in this field was quickly recognised and enabled him to become a key figure of the Bar as a result of the major criminal proceedings in which he served as counsel before the cour d’assises [criminal court].At the end of the 1980s, due to this thorough knowledge of general criminal law and the mastering of financial tools, he also gained recognition as a leading lawyer in the field of criminal business law at a time when criminal proceedings for financial offences were on the rise, before expanding his activity to litigation.This triple expertise in general criminal law, criminal business law and litigation today enables the firm to propose a unique offer to its clientele in criminal defence matters and business litigation. It is based on a complementary professional approach, in particular due to know-how in the mastering of procedural issues and the running of hearings, and experience of high-stakes personal, financial or media files.

In line with this complementary approach, Hervé TEMIME decided to gradually, since 2008, build a lawfirm with his best associates specialised in criminal defence and litigation in all its forms.
Thanks to an astute approach to the most complex legal situations, the firm provides its clients, whether individuals or legal entities, with tailor-made advice and guidance in respect of general criminal law, criminal business law and litigation.
Benefiting from the diversity of the expertise and experience of its partners, the firm acts before all criminal, civil and commercial courts in France. It has also developed particular expertise in international matters.
The firm’s excellence has been officially recognised on numerous occasions: rankings by Chambers and Partners, in the Legal 500 and in the magazine Décideurs (Leaders League), Who’s Who Legal, etc.
In 2018, TEMIME won the « Best Specialized Team – White Collar Crime » award at the Trophées du Droit ceremony, and Hervé TEMIME was named « Lawyer of the year » (criminal defense) by Best Lawyers.
In 2019, TEMIME received another award at the Trophées du Droit ceremony in the « White Collar Crime » category, and the Firm’s leadership was acknowledged by several French major business newspapers (Les EchosChallenges).
In 2020, the firm has 20 lawyers, all dedicated to criminal defense. It is the largest team in France in this field.

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The goal of TEMIME’s lawyers is to offer assistance and a rigorous and effective defence including the prevention of criminal risks in companies, hearing preparation (with concrete simulations), management of criminal and litigation proceedings, and pleading, with a distinctive experience in sensitive and/or high media exposure matters.

The firm’s lawyers act in legal proceedings connected to:

  • general criminal law: crimes and misdemeanours against people and property
  • criminal business law: fraud, misappropriation of company assets, breach of trust, money laundering, corruption, influence peddling, illegal undeclared conflict of interest, tax fraud, stock market offences, infringement, cybercrime, misleading commercial practices, etc.
  • criminal health law: public health cases, deception to the detriment of the consumer, manslaughter and involuntary injury
  • business litigation: defence before commercial courts, administrative authorities (such as the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) [Financial Markets Authority] or the Autorité de la Concurrence [Competition Authority]), etc.
  • other litigation: press law (defamation, right to privacy), defense before professional and disciplinary bodies, family law etc.

The firm also defends its clients facing justice abroad.

TEMIME defends its clients involved in legal proceedings abroad or suspected of having committed a criminal offence abroad. It has developed a series of partnerships with the finest independent lawyers specialised in criminal defence in Europe, the United States and Africa.
TEMIME also works with his clients facing litigation abroad at the occasion of their commercial and financial activities.

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The Team

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Hervé TEMIME

A lawyer since 1979, Hervé TEMIME set his firm as soon as he was registered to the bar. Founder of the TEMIME firm, he very quickly gained an illustrious reputation in numerous proceedings before the Assize Court (the court which hears criminal cases). For many years he has been recognised as a specialist in the criminal defence of individuals and legal entities, in the fields of both general criminal law and criminal business law. He has defended individuals involved in numerous sensitive matters, as well as litigation proceedings with high-stakes issues. He has also defended fellow lawyers before judicial and professional bodies.
He is the author of La défense dans la peau (Stock, 2012).

Hervé TEMIME has also carried out various functions connected to his legal activity.
He was the Premier Secrétaire de la Conférence du Stage [Laureate of a competition of young lawyers] of the Versailles Bar in 1980.
In 1991 he founded the Association Des Avocats Pénalistes [Association of Lawyers Specialised in Criminal Defence] (of which he is still Honorary President) and was formerly a member of the Conseil de l’Ordre [Bar Council] (AMCO) between 1999 and 2002. He has published two books : La défense dans la peau (Stock, 2012) and Secret défense (Gallimard, 2020).

Read Hervé TEMIME’s portrait by Le Figaro in July 2019.
Read Hervé TEMIME’s portrait by Vanity Fair in april 2020.
Read Hervé TEMIME’s presentation by GQ Magazine (1st place of 2013 ranking).
Raed Hervé TEMIME’s presentation by Décideurs (Leaders League) (Join 1st place of the 2017 ranking — category : White Collar Crime).
Read Hervé TEMIME’s portrait in the Challenges in September 2011.
Read Hervé TEMILE’s portrait by Le Point in September 2020.
Listen to hervé TEMIME’s interview on France Inter radio on 17th October 2015.
Listen to Hervé TEMIME’s interview on France Culture radio in January 2019.
Read Hervé TEMIME’s interview by Le Journal Du Dimanche on 3rd February 2019.

Corinne DREYFUS-SCHMIDT

Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt decided to become a lawyer specialised in criminal defence in 1989 thanks to Henri LECLERC. She began her carrier with Hervé TEMIME and.then she founded her own firm in 1993 in the same office as Hervé TEMIME. She thereafter became a partner in the TEMIME firm. Specialised in general criminal law and seasoned in criminal business law, she litigates on a regular basis before criminal courts and Assize Court (the court which hears criminal cases) all over France and also abroad, in particular in Africa. She also acts before various professional and disciplinary bodies, in particular in the area of sports law.

Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt teaches criminal law and procedure before the Assize Court (the court which hears criminal cases) at the Ecole de Formation du Barreau [Bar training school] and at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature [national school for the training of judges].
She was elected Vice-President of the Union des Pénalistes Européens [european association of lawyers specialised in criminal defence] in February 2016. She was President of the Association Des Avocats Pénalistes [french association of lawyers specialised in criminal defence] from 2008 to 2016 ; she is now membre of the board of this association. She takes part in the study of legal developments with the law commissions of Parliament and, as such, has become a leading participant in colloquia on criminal defence.

Read Corinne DREYFUS-SCHMIDT’s presentation by GQ Magazine (2015 ranking).

Julia MINKOWSKI

Julia Minkowski was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2006 when she joined Hervé TEMIME, before becoming a partner of TEMIME. She mainly acts in business criminal law, general criminal law and business litigation, as well as in press law and art market matters. She has developed an in-depth mastery of international cases, in particular those in English-speaking countries.
Julia Minkowski holds a Master’s degree in Business Law and a DEA [postgraduate diploma] in General Private Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She is also a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and completed part of her studies on an exchange programme with the University of Columbia in New York.

Julia Minkowski is the co-founder and President of the Club des Femmes Pénalistes. [Club of Women Lawyers specialised in criminal defence]
She was selected by the French-American Foundation as one of the twenty French and American people aged 30 to 40 years old called on to play a major role in cooperation between France and the United States: the “Young Leaders”.
She teaches at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po).
She has published a book : L’avocat était une femme (JC Lattès, 2021).

Read Julia MINKOWSKI’s portrait by par Libération in January 2021
Read Julia MINKOWSKI’s interview by Ouest France en April 2021
Read Julia MINKOWSKI’s book presentation by Le Point in December 2020
Read Julia MINKOWSKI’s book presentation by Le Monde in January 2021
Read Julia MINKOWSKI’s book presentation by Le Figaro in January 2021
Listen to the speech of Julia MINKOWSKI on Europe 1 radio in June 2017
Listen to the speech of Julia MINKOWSKI on France Inter radio on 10th January 2021
Listen to the speech of Julia MINKOWSKI on France Culture radio on 21st April 2021

Martin REYNAUD

Martin Reynaud is a partner at TEMIME. He graduated in 2006 from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). He continued his studies at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, with degrees in general private law, and criminal and criminal policy law gained in 2008. He has been admitted to the Paris Bar since 2010, when he joined TEMIME.
Martin Reynaud acts principally in matters of general criminal law, criminal business law and press law.

He was in 2011 elected Secrétaire de la Conférence des avocats du Barreau de Paris, a two-uhundred-year-old institution which each year, by means of a public speaking competition, elects 12 lawyers in order for them to be court-appointed before the cour d’assises [criminal court] in the most complex and serious matters.
He works with graduate students specializing in criminal law at the University of Paris Sud.
He teaches at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po).

Read Martin REYNAUD’s portrait in the newspaper Le Monde.

Léon DEL FORNO

Léon DEL FORNO is admitted to the Paris and New York Bars. He began his career in the american law firm SKADDEN ARPS, where he practiced corporate law (M&A), from 2011 through 2015, when he joined TEMIME, before becoming a partner. His practice mainly focuses on white-collar crime, criminal law, and business law (corporate advice and business litigation).
Léon DEL FORNO holds a Master in Economic Law from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), a Master in Business Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Harvard Law School.

In 2014, he was elected Secrétaire de la Conférence des Avocats du Barreau de Paris, a two-hundred-year-old institution which each year, by means of a debating competition, elects 12 lawyers in order for them to be court-appointed in the most complex and serious criminal matters.

Read Léon DEL FORNO’s presentation by Vanity Fair.
Read the article « Droit pénal des affaires : la relève » published in the newspaper Les Echos in 2018.

Olinka MALATERRE

Olinka MALATERRE is a partner at TEMIME and runs the Marseille office since 2016.
Lawyer since 2011, after a first experience in the American business law firm WEIL GOTSHAL, she joined TEMIME in 2013.
Olinka MALATERRE gained a Master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2007, to which she added by studiying legal and tax strategy at HEC Paris at the same time as business law at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a specialist in criminal business law, general criminal law, and business litigation.

Olinka MALATERRE teaches at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po).

Read Marseille’s office presentation by Décideurs

Harold TEBOUL

Harold TEBOUL was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2011 and he began his legal career at TEMIME, before becoming a partner. His practice mainly focuses on white-collar crime and criminal law. He has developed a solid expertise in criminal law in the healthcare sector and he represents pharmaceutical companies and industry and healthcare professionals.
Harold TEBOUL holds a Master’s degree in Business Law gained from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas in 2007, as well as a Corporate Lawyer Master’s degree gained from the University of Paris V Descartes in 2008.

Harold TEBOUL holds a Master’s degree in Business Law gained from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas in 2007, as well as a Corporate Lawyer Master’s degree gained from the University of Paris V Descartes in 2008.


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Chirine HEYDARI-MALAYERI

Former President of the GENEPI (Groupement d’Etudiants National d’Enseignement au Personnes Incarcérées) [the national grouping of students working to break down social barriers for those in prison], and member of the French section of the OIP [International Observatory of Prisons], she is specialised in general criminal law and criminal business law. She holds a Master’s degree in Legal and Judicial Careers that she gained from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) in 2011. She speaks English and Persian fluently.

Yoan HAVARD

Yoan Havard is specialised in civil and commercial litigation and criminal business law. He holds an LLM from the Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London which he gained in 2010 after a Master’s degree in International Business Law and a double Master’s degree in English law from the University College London. He speaks English fluently. 

Benjamin BOHBOT

Benjamin BOHBOT’s professional practice has a strong focus on criminal law and white-collar crime. He holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (valedictorian of the class of 2014). He has taught Criminal Law and Criminal Proceedings (TA of Professor CONTE) and interned with the Public Prosecutor’s office in Paris (organized crime section). He speaks English. 

Quentin de MARGERIE

Member of the Paris Bar since 2012, Quentin de MARGERIE is a graduate from ESSEC Business School. He holds a Master’s degree in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution modes from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. After four years of practicing litigation and arbitration in the american law firm SKADDEN ARPS, he joined TEMIME, where he focuses on criminal business law, commercial and civil litigation and arbitration. He speaks English fluently. 

Anastasia CHRISTIN

Anastasia CHRISTIN graduated in 2013 from Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (Sciences-Po). She continued her studies at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas where she gained a Master’s degree in business Law. After a first experience in the American business law firm LATHAM AND WATKINS, she is now specialised in commercial and civil litigation, criminal business law and general criminal law. She speaks English fluently. 

Balthazar LEVY

Balthazar LEVY graduated in International Law at Panthéon-Assas Paris II University in 2015, since then he has obtained an L.L.M. and Master’s degree in Comparative and European Private International Law from Dundee University and Toulouse Capitole I University. Since his experience at Thierry Lévy et Associés law firm he has specialised in Criminal Law and Criminal Business Law. He speaks English fluently. 

Vincent DESRY

Admitted to the Paris and New York State Bars, Vincent DESRY holds a Master in Economic Law from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), with a concentration in Economic and Business Litigation and Arbitration, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the New York University School of Law. Before joining the Firm, he interned at Allen & Overy and Dupond-Moretti & Vey. He is a lecturer at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). He speaks English fluently. 

Gwennhaëlle BARRAL

Former student of the École Normale Supérieure (Cachan), Gwennhaëlle BARRAL graduated in 2015 from Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (Sciences-Po). She continued her studies at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she gained a Master’s degree in general private Law. After a first experience with VIGUIE SCHMIDT & ASSOCIES, she now specializes in commercial and civil litigation, criminal business law and general criminal law. She speaks English fluently. 

Sipan OHANIANS

Sipan OHANIANS is a member of the Paris and New York Bars. He joined TEMIME in 2020 after four years of practice in international arbitration at SHEARMAN & STERLING, while participating in the Paris Bar’s emergency criminal defence (immediate appearances trials, first appearance interrogations, police custodies). He advises on criminal law, white-collar crimes, business litigation and international arbitration. He holds a Master’s degree in international business law and a Master’s degree in Anglo-American business law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne as well as an LL.M. in business law from the UCLA School of Law. He is fluent in English and Armenian. 

Myriam BEZIN

Myriam BEZIN holds a doctorate in law from the University of Toulouse I Capitole and is a member of the Paris Bar. She is the author of a PhD thesis regarding damages caused by health products. After a first experience at DUPOND-MORETTI & VEY, Myriam BEZIN joined TEMIME where she is involved in various fields of litigation, in particular criminal law, health law and personal injury, as well as personal law. She speaks English.

Louis MESSAGER

Louis MESSAGER specialized in general criminal law and criminal business law after he graduated his Master’s degree in Economic Law from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). After an internship with the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Marseille, Louis MESSAGER joined TEMIME’s Marseille office in 2021. He speaks English fluently. 

Romain VERZENI

Member of the Paris Bar since 2017, Romain VERZENI holds a Master’s degree in Business Law and a Certificate of Specialisation in Economic Law from the University of Montpellier as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the King’s College London. After four years of practicing competition law in a major French law firm (BREDIN PRAT), he joined TEMIME, where he focuses on criminal business law and commercial and civil litigation. He speaks English fluently. 

Margaux MATHIEU

Margaux MATHIEU joined TEMIME in 2019 after a first experience in a law firm specisalized in labour law and criminal labour law, and a two-year practice at Dupond-Moretti & Vey law firm. Her practice mainly focuses on criminal law, white-collar crime, labour law and she also acts in the area of sports law. She gained a Master’s degree in Criminal Law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) and the University of Paris X, and a Master’s degree in general private Law. She speaks Italian and English fluently. 

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156, rue de Rivoli
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Tél. : 01 49 27 00 55
Fax : 01 42 60 62 44

Secondary office in Marseille
135, rue Paradis
13006 MARSEILLE
Tél. : 04 28 38 11 45
Fax : 04 28 38 11 46


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