Our compliance professionals

Due to its highly skilled team of senior executives, legal and compliance professionals, intelligence and business intelligence experts each with more than 20 years’ experience in international negotiation, Due Diligence, Background Checks, and worldwide studies and investigations, Governances has gained a genuine expertise in compliance for operational processes. As proof of this expertise, several French CAC40 companies have relied on our professionals to carry out their compliances processes.

Governances’ professionals provide their clients with a full range of services, regardless of their field or sector of activity and assist them in analyzing their global compliance risks, reviewing and improving their compliance processes and implementing appropriate training programs, compliance audits and third-party Due Diligence.

We help you improve your risk assessment process to fully incorporate compliance risk exposure and address your specific corporate needs through effective risk mitigation programs. Our internal controls and programs comply with Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) policies.

 

Pierre Laporte

Pierre Laporte

associé

Expertise
Corporate Governance,  compliance programs, prevention of fraud and corruption and competition law compliance, crisis management.

Experience
Pierre Laporte began his legal career in 1988 practicing as a corporate lawyer in Paris and Washington D.C. law firms of Baker Mackenzie and Laxalt & Salans Hertzfeld Heilbronn. He then joined General Electric (GE) Healthcare where he held the position of General Counsel EMEA and Asia (1997-2005). In 2005 he moved to Areva T&D where he was Head of Legal and Compliance, a title he maintained at Groupe Areva S.A. (2008-2009). In 2010, he joined the law firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés as a partner. From 2012 to 2015 he served as General Counsel for the group Alstom Grid.

Pierre also worked in India for a New Delhi law firm in 2015/2016 where he helped develop the clientele of French and European corporate businesses. He was Head of Group Legal at the pharmaceutical company Laboratoires Pierre Fabre from September 2016 to February 2017 before joining the consulting group, IKARIAN as a partner in March 2017. He created PL Compliance Consulting in 2019.

From 2008 to 2014 Pierre was Director and Member of the Audit Committee of Areva T&D India Ltd, listed on the stock exchanges of Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta. He is currently a member of the Montesquieu Circle, a professional association for French legal directors, where he previously served as Director and Head of the Governance and Compliance Commission. He also has served as the Director of the French Professionals’ Association for Economic and Financial Litigation.

In addition to a post graduate degree in business law, Pierre is a graduate of the French Sciences Po Law School and has an LL.M. from Georgetown University.

Sarah Astier

Sarah Astier

associate

Expertise
Corporate Due Diligence, marketing and development.

Experience
Sarah worked at GE Medical Systems during a highly acquisitive period, performing due diligence and international coordination of legal resources during several acquisitions and a large-scale divestiture. She continued her focus on due diligence in South Africa where she worked for the firm Edward Nathan & Friedland focusing on investments in francophone Africa. Sarah also worked as in-house counsel for American Transmission Company LLC, in the high voltage electrical transmission industry and for its management company, performing corporate secretarial work.

After some time spent living in Nigeria and the UAE, Sarah joined the Competition and Antitrust Department of Linklaters in Paris. There, Sarah participated in a multitude of reviews in the framework of international antitrust litigation and competition compliance audits.

Sarah is an inactive member of the California Bar Association, having obtained a JD from Golden Gate University and a graduate degree in International Trade Law from the University of Paris in Nanterre.

Mokrane Mokhtari

Mokrane Mokhtari

associé

Expertise
Energy Markets and Compliance Processes.

Experience
Mokrane started his career in 1977 with the SCHLUMBERGER Group, where he held the positions of R&D engineer for Transmission & Distribution (T&D), Lab Director for T&D Protection and Control Systems (P&C) and ultimately Director of International Marketing and Strategy for the T&D P&C division. He joined ALSTOM in 1988 and worked as Sales & Marketing Director of the T&D P&C activity, optimizing the integration and management of an ever-changing catalogue of products as ALSTOM went through a series of mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations before joining AREVA – which had purchased ASTOM’s T&D business – in 2004.

At AREVA, he extended his responsibility for Marketing and Strategy to Energy & Power Market Management Systems, becoming an EXCOM member of the Division in charge of all activities related to smart management of the T&D network. He also served as Vice-President for the International Sales Network of AREVA T&D, managing the full range of its sales-related processes.By the end of 2006, he had become the Global Sales Compliance Officer of AREVA T&D, responsible for implementing AREVA’s Ethics program. In 2010, he moved back to ALSTOM, with the T&D business.

There he was in charge of adapting the decentralized compliance program of AREVA T&D, to the centralized compliance organization of ALSTOM until 2015, when ALSTOM sold its Energy activities to GE. From 2015 to 2018, he actively contributed to the integration of these activities into the long-standing compliance program of GE, applying the GE Code of Conduct inside GE Grid Solutions.

Mokrane has extensive experience in energy market operations and in the implementation of various compliance programs in multicultural environments of multinational companies.

Mokrane graduated with an engineering degree from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse and has a post graduate degree in business management from the Toulouse University of Social Sciences.

Nicola TEO

Nicola TEO

associé

Expertise
Compliance and crisis management in the Medical Device/Healthcare Industry in Asia Pacific.

Experience
Nicola has broad experience as a lawyer in Asia Pacific, having worked for various GE divisions (International, Appliances, Healthcare/Medical Systems, Water & Process Technologies) and for St. Jude Medical as the Asia Pacific General Counsel.

In her various positions, she was in charge of both transactional and operational commercial legal and compliance functions. She is experienced in compliance risk assessment and mitigation across Asia Pacific, creation and implementation of compliance training and monitoring tools and programs and was an active member of the drafting committee task force of the (U.S.) Advanced Medical Technology Association Code of Conduct in China in 2015.

Nicola received her law degree from the National University of Singapore and has been admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore, and a Solicitor in England & Wales and also in Hong Kong.

Eric Polin

Eric Polin

partenaire

Expertise
Cybersecurity.

Experience
As CIO to several large-scale organizations including CGE holding, the Lariboisière Hospital Group, and Groupe Accueil Eric led innovative application projects (improving decision-making, medical servers, ERP and others) covering the main functions of operational and administrative information systems in a variety of industries.

Eric has also worked in the software and services industry, dedicating twelve years to the conception of the HP Asset Manager suite and to its most complex implementations worldwide.

Since 2001 Eric has run an international business managing, and designing the data architecture of challenging projects for large business groups (Air France, Aramco, Nestlé, Credit Suisse, Bayer to name a few), startups (agendize.com and batmaid.com), and other organizations (SITel, SiL, for example) in particular developing a specific expertise in data governance, architecture and protection.

Eric has extensive expertise covering strategic data governance (Information system streamlining, Data quality, Information system structural security, and Data protection).

Eric holds a Masters in Engineering from the École des Mines de Paris and an Executive MBA from the CPA Paris/HEC business school.

Virginie Gastine-Menou

Virginie Gastine-Menou

associé

Expertise
Expert consultant on Law Sapin 2 compliance with substantial experience in anti-money laundering and combating fraud.

Experience
Founder of Risques et Vous, la conformité opérationnelle (“Risks and You, Operational Compliance”), Virginie has more than 20 years of professional experience, mainly in state-owned companies.

She spent nearly 18 years with PMU [Pari Mutuel Urbain, the French government-controlled betting system] an institution under the supervision of 3 ministries and several regulators.

While there she was responsible for the online / offline fraud and money laundering division, was a Tracfin* correspondent and an agent of the gambling police.

Virginie’s experience, know-how and interpersonal skills allowed her to found “Risks and You, Operational Compliance” in order to assist companies subject to compliance with the Sapin 2 law, offering them adapted and customized support for their compliance programs.

Virginie is a member of the Compliance Circle and the Risk & Compliance Institute.

Virginie has a Master 2 from ESSEC in General Management.

*Tracfin is a division of the French Ministry for Economy, Finance and Industry and the Ministry for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform, formed to combat illegal financial operations, money laundering and terrorism financing]

Raquel Grase

Raquel Grase

partenaire

Expertise
Business Intelligence and International Development.

Experience
Raquel is a Business Intelligence and International Development consultant, specializing in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caucasus and Central Asia. With a diverse professional network across these regions and a capacity to decipher decision-making systems, she has a proven ability to provide her clients with information and advice crucial to their international development operations and litigation management.

Raquel previously held positions at several public bodies: GPE (French Parliamentary Group on Space activities); CNES (French Space Agency) and the French Ministry of Defense. She has served as a Business Intelligence consultant in the private sector.

She teaches courses in several Masters programs in Business Intelligence and Risk Management and provides training services to consular agencies.

Raquel is a graduate of the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies and holds Master’s Degrees in International Security and Defense from Jean Moulin University in Lyon and in Defense and Industrial Dynamics from Panthéon-Assas University in Paris.

Christophe Dubois

Christophe Dubois

partenaire

Expertise
Corporate Governance, Compliance Programs, Crisis Management, In-House Practice.

Experience
Christophe started his career in London at Nicholson Graham & Jones (now K&L Gates) before moving to Paris and specializing in mergers and acquisitions at August & Debouzy and Salès Vincent & Associés (now Dentons). He then served as in-house legal counsel for GE Healthcare covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Christophe later advised foreign clients and coordinated the French Desk at Garrigues.

In 2004 Christophe founded his own law firm in Barcelona. He has worked in Buenos Aires since 2010 and is currently Of Counsel with the firm WIENER•SOTO•CAPARRÓS where he advises on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, finance, public procurement and complex contracts covering healthcare, energy, water, franchises and wineries.

His legal experience includes assisting in international acquisitions, privatizations and restructuring; advising companies on the coordination and development of international activities in agro-food, franchising and e-commerce; monitoring and advising the development of the first private-public partnership (PPP) in Spain; facilitating joint-venture international technology transfers and agreements in the photovoltaic sector; negotiating and drafting factoring contracts and issuing legal opinions.

Christophe currently advises French and European clients conducting business in Argentina and also represents the Argentinean Chapter of HEC Alumni.

Christophe has a law degree from the University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris, France and from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina and also obtained an MBA from HEC Paris.

He is qualified to practice Argentinean, French and Spanish laws.

Max Dongar

Max Dongar

senior consultant

Expertise
Compliance in banking and financial services sector.

Experience
Max Dongar is a leading expert in the field of compliance within the banking and financial services sector as well as in internal controls, anti-money laundering, and bank valuation. While partner at Mazars (London, New York and Paris), he was a member of the Mazars Innovation Group where he was in charge of digital development. There he co-created the Mazars bank training courses and represented Mazars in audits of the most important French banking organizations, including BPCE (Caisses d’Epargne, CEN, CELC), Crédit Agricole (CAAM), Agence Française de Développement, Banque de France and IEOM.

Thereafter, Max was the lead partner for all consulting assignments for Société Générale and also worked with the leading African banking institutions including BEAC, BDEAC, and BOAD, as well as several Tunisian and Moroccan banking groups. He is an expert in microfinance and presented on this topic in Madagascar at the Union des Réseaux Caisse d’Epargne et de Crédit Agricole Mutuelle for the European Commission.

Max has been a member of several professional associations dedicated to the Financial Services sector including the CNCC (French National Association of Statutory Auditors), the FBF (French Banking Federation) and Paris Europlace (an organization for the promotion and development of the Paris financial marketplace). He also served as a member of the Mazars Group Governance Council (2003-2006) and of the Mazars International Executive Committee (1998-2001).

Max is a graduate of the Paris ESLSCA Business School with a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance and a degree in certified public accounting and statutory auditing. He is a certified public accountant and statutory auditor.

Jan Holtzhäusser

Jan Holtzhäusser

partenaire

Expertise
Attorney-at-law/ Member of the French bar. Corporate compliance in the industrial sector.

Experience
Former Corporate Secretary of Rio Tinto and Legal Director of United Technologies Corporation, Jan has twenty years of legal experience both in corporate management and outside counsel capacities.

Jan has dealt with Export Control challenges both in-house, where he defended a medium-sized defense company for alleged violations of arms embargos before the OECD and in private practice, advising aerospace and high technology companies in the design of export compliance programs, product classification and reexport of components of U.S. origin incorporated into foreign commodities. Through 2019, Jan is giving presentations with the Airbus group to raise the awareness of French businesses of the risks associated with Export Control regulations.

As a manager of large and medium-sized companies with global operations in the mining, security and defense sectors based in Canada and France, Jan has acquired a vast experience in compliance matters, including legal compliance programs, codes of ethics, anti-bribery due diligence, mergers and acquisitions integration, international transfer of personal data, corporate governance and directors’ duties in France, Canada and the United States.

Sandro Zéro

Sandro Zéro

senior consultant

Expertise
Export Control.

Experience
Sandro contributed to the development of the civil nuclear program with ANSALDO in Italy, GE in California, and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations in Atlanta, Georgia. He worked for the European Commission in Brussels and became Deputy Director of the Korean Energy Development Organization in New York in charge of Political Affairs for the demilitarization of North Korea. He then headed the AREVA Group’s Export Control Department from 2005 to 2017, where he established the Internal Compliance Program (covering activities in France, Germany and the USA).

Sandro served as president of BusinessEurope’s Dual Use Goods Working Group in Brussels, president of the French Strategic Trade Federation (Syndicat des Entreprises Exportatrices de Produits Stratégiques) and chairman of the BOTTICELLI Project. He currently teaches at the Sorbonne University. In his current role, Sandro places his Export Control experience at the service of companies seeking to be prepared for the challenges and constraints of strategic international trade in accordance with the increasingly complex rules and sanction programs in force.

He has experience in developing procedures for taking into account constraints due to the extraterritoriality of US laws and the resulting “technological contamination.” His expertise is in preparing and running internal compliance programs, giving awareness and training courses and conducting audits and self-assessment programs.

Sandro holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Rome and a Political Science degree from the University of New York.

Nacima Lamalchi

Nacima Lamalchi

partenaire

Expertise
Nacima has expertise in the fields of Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Data Privacy, Data Protection and GDPR (including as a Data Protection Officer) in Europe and Africa, with a particular focus in the Maghreb.

Experience
In the digital era and in a rapidly evolving regulatory context, Nacima advises and assists companies and organizations in ad hoc and long-term assignments on data privacy issues and in establishing and maintaining compliance with the new legislation governing the protection of personal data in Europe (General Data Protection Regulation). Since May 25, 2018, this legislation has had a particularly strong impact in Africa, especially in the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia). She has thus developed an important activity in Casablanca which is dedicated to the compliance of Moroccan and other African companies with respect to the use of personal data and in that context is qualified to exercise the function of Data Protection Officer (“DPO”).

Nacima is also a regular trainer and lecturer at ICT events and trade shows in France and Africa.

She practiced law for more than 16 years in the Intellectual Property and Information Technologies Department of UGGC Avocats, a French firm with an international dimension. There she developed an activity advising and litigating in the field of copyright, industrial property and new technologies.

She advised and represented European and international clients, particularly in the Maghreb and elsewhere in Africa, and primarily in the digital sector on issues related to Big Data, the protection of personal data, data privacy, e-health, e-health commerce, online marketplaces, e-marketing, e-reputation, Internet of Things Connected (“IOT”), smart cities, IT and software.

Nacima also worked as in-house counsel for the independent publisher, Odile Jacob Editions.Nacima has been a member of the Paris Bar since 2001 and is also qualified to practice law in Algeria. Since 2017 she has maintained a steady rhythm of continued education in her fields of expertise. She is currently completing university coursework to qualify as a Compliance Officer from the University of Paris II Assas, with an expected graduation in December of 2019. She has degrees in Information System Management and in Information System Auditing both from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. Nacima has a university degree in the law of personal data from the University of Paris V, Descartes and has Certificates of Specialization in Communication and Information Technologies and as a Data Protection Officer both also from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.

Patrice Brault

Patrice Brault

senior consultant

Expertise
Risk Management, Financial Crime Compliance, Front to back Operations.

Experience
Patrice was Chief Risk Officer for the Compagnie Financière Tradition Group in Switzerland from 2009 to 2018. He designed the Group risk and control framework, and implemented policies, methodologies and procedures across the group. He reported to the CEO and participated in the Board Audit Committee and chaired the risk committees (Head office & regions).

Patrice led the MLRO working group and designed the Financial Crime Policies and methodologies for the Group: Bribery & Corruption, Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Compliance with International Sanctions. . This global financial crime framework was created and tested over the course of a multi-year collaboration with the founders of the Financial Integrity Network (FIN), a leading Washington Financial Crime consulting company.

Prior to that, Patrice was Chief Executive Officer of Tradition London Clearing, a UK company dedicated to the post-trade management of deals brokered by European and Asian offices.

For 13 years, Patrice worked in the front office as primary dealer on Fixed Income bonds in various financial institutions, including Ferri, Crédit Agricole and ABN Amro Paris.

Patrice graduated from ESLSCA Business School (Masters in Trading- Financial Markets) and from CNAM INTEC (Bachelors in Accounting and Finance). He attended the INSEAD Risk Management in Banking executive education course.

Gérard Catton

Gérard Catton

senior consultant

Expertise
Prevention of corruption (ISO 37001 standard and Sapin 2 law)

Experience
From 1978 to 2017, Gérard’s devoted his career the Framatome group (later the AREVA group).

With an educational background in both engineering and economics he has held a variety of positions at the crossroads of these disciplines, from analyzing and evaluating companies for acquisition to managing subsidiaries and conducting negotiations for international agreements.

Over the last ten years, Gérard has specialized more particularly in internal control and compliance issues, successively holding the positions of Senior Internal Auditor, Compliance Officer for the AREVA group’s nuclear reactor branch and finally group Chief Compliance Officer. In the latter position, he notably set up a corruption prevention organization based on the ISO 37001 standard and in compliance with the requirements of the Sapin 2 law.

Since 2017, Gérard has been working as an independent consultant in the field of compliance through the company Gérard Catton Conseil, of which he is President.

Gerard studied engineering at ENSIC and has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Paris II Assas.

Frédéric Cordel

Frédéric Cordel

partenaire

Expertise
Sapin Law 2 Compliance, Internal control, Risk Management.

Experience
Over the last 3 years, Frédéric Cordel has assisted more than 20 companies in their compliance with the SAPIN 2 law (set-up of corruption risk map, training actions, drafting of policies and procedures, implementation of KPIs. ..). As a former financial auditor (KPMG) and internal auditor (BusinessObjects, SAP, Steria), he also has a recognized expertise in the fields of internal control (in a SOX environment in particular) and risk management. He has also held several operational positions in the USA in the context of helping French start-ups to set-up their operations on this market. He has been teaching for several years at Paris-Dauphine University in the MBA Management Risks and Control.

Iriantsoa Razafinimanana

Iriantsoa Razafinimanana

junior consultant

Expertise
Management of natural resources, CSR, ethics and compliance.

Experience
Originally from Madagascar, Iriantsoa worked on drinking water supply projects for two years in the region of Antananarivo, assisting a company in the installation of water towers, catchment basins, and public and private water supply systems.

Iriantsoa also worked as a junior lawyer for Alliance Voahary Gasy (AGV), a platform for environmental NGOs in Madagascar and a representative of the community in environmental protection matters.

As counsel for AGV, per the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and local positive law, Iriantsoa dealt with cases of trafficking in natural resources, corruption in the management of environmental affairs and poaching. Her work involved prevention and raising awareness of environmental issues for the benefit of large companies and the population at large.

Iriantsoa holds a Master’s degree in environmental law.

Christophe-Clair Bernard

Christophe-Clair Bernard

senior consultant

Expertise
“Export”, transport, logistics, customs, export control, Multidisciplinary team management, Export compliance project management, organization and change management.

Experience
As a transportation engineer by training, Christophe-Clair spent two years with the national airline of Equatorial Guinea, before beginning his career in 1989 in France with Câbles de Lyon, a subsidiary of the Alcatel Alstom group.

His career at Alcatel, and later at Alstom, lead him to occupy various management positions in several departments: Transport, Logistics, Purchasing, Customs and Export Compliance. During this time, he worked on major international projects involving the installation of gas and steam turbines, hydroelectric dams, railway equipment and the conventional part of nuclear power plants.

In 2013, he joined the Corporate Department of the Alstom Group in order to develop the compliance department and to coordinate customs and export control activities.

On French territory, this proved to be an opportunity for Christophe-Clair to roll out a project aimed at obtaining AEO certification for the group’s legal entities.

During the Alstom – General Electric alliance in 2015, he led the integration of customs and export control activities before heading the implementation of the Export Control policy within General Electric. He next held the position of Director of Customs for Europe and Russia within the Energy Business of General Electric.

Christophe-Clair holds a masters in Logistics, a Master’s degree in Purchasing from the ESSEC and a Compliance Officer diploma from the University of Paris II ASSAS.

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