Disputes lawyers Jean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha join Hogan Lovells as partners in the Paris office

Disputes lawyers Jean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha join Hogan Lovells as partners in the Paris office

Press releases | 25 January 2024

Paris, 25 January 2024 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells announced today that Jean-Pierre Picca and Jean-Lou Salha have joined the firm as disputes partners focusing on investigations and compliance, based in our Paris office. They join from White & Case. 

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Jean-Pierre and Jean-Lou to the firm,” said Des Hogan, global head of Hogan Lovells’ Disputes practice group. “Their addition aligns well with our strategy to build out our global disputes team across our key markets.” 

Stephanie Yonekura, global leader of the firm’s Investigations, White Collar and Fraud practice, added: “Jean-Pierre brings decades of experience within government, and representing clients in high-profile investigations and cross-border complex litigation. Likewise, Jean-Lou has extensive experience representing clients in investigations and actions, brough by French and U.S. authorities. They are a formidable team.” 

With 30 years of experience, Jean-Pierre is a market leading prosecutor and defense lawyer in France. Before joining White & Case, he held several high-profile roles within Government, including Senior Liaison Legal Advisor to the U.S. DOJ Department of Justice between 2002 and 2007. He also served as Senior Legal Advisor to the President of the French Republic from 2010 to 2012, and as a Senior Prosecutor. 

More recently, Jean-Pierre has been at the forefront of headline financial investigations and cross-border complex litigations, advising leading French banks in major investigations driven notably by the French and U.S. authorities. He has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations and he advises on international sanctions cases, complex compliance issues and on issues related to the prevention of corruption, the implementation of ad-hoc compliance programs and the controls carried out by the French Anti-Corruption Agency.

Jean-Pierre commented, “I am very happy to be joining Hogan Lovells, widely recognized for representing clients in complex, cross-border matters, particularly in highly regulated sectors such as financial services. Clients increasingly see regulatory inquiries from multiple authorities and jurisdictions, so being part of strong global team has become imperative.” 

Jean-Lou joins Hogan Lovells with a depth of litigation experience and has advised clients spanning a range of financial institutions and corporates in criminal investigations led by French and foreign authorities, covering a wide range of offenses, including corruption, tax fraud laundering, misleading commercial practices and cybercrime. He has significant experience in conducting internal investigations and he has specific expertise in compliance with applicable regulations on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, consumer protection and duty of vigilance. 

Jean-Lou said, “I’m delighted to be starting the new year at Hogan Lovells and joining such a stellar team of colleagues in the firm’s disputes practice. We were attracted to the firm in large part because of its strong presence in the Financial Institutions sector, which aligns very well with our practice.”

Sharon Lewis, Head of the firm’s Financial Institutions sector, said: “With extensive experience representing financial institutions in many of their most challenging matters, Jean-Pierre and Jean-Lou are a welcome addition to our global team and an important resource for clients in this sector.” 

Xenia Legendre, Office Managing Partner of the Paris office added: “We’re so happy to welcome both Jean-Pierre and Jean-Lou to the Paris office. We are recognized for representing clients in many of their most challenging and complex matters, and their experience fits well with our position in the market.”

Arthur Dethomas, who heads the firm’s litigation practice in Paris, added, “Jean-Pierre and Jean-Lou and their team are extremely well recognized for guiding financial services clients through a wide range of inquiries brought by local and U.S. authorities. We are very happy to have them join our team.”