Jean-Lou Salha is a counsel in the white collar practice, based in the Paris office.
He acts as a litigator and advisor to financial institutions, corporations, industrial companies, as well as their senior management, on criminal and international judicial investigations carried out by French and foreign criminal and regulatory authorities. He also advises on corporate internal investigations, dawn raids and searches.
Jean-Lou advises clients on compliance with anti-money laundering, anti-tax fraud and anti-bribery regulations and practices. In this regard, he drafts and reviews relevant internal procedures. He offers guidance to prevent fraud and sets up systems of delegations of authority in criminal matters. In addition, Jean-Lou handles compliance issues and advises clients on implementing whistleblowing procedures and codes of professional ethics.
Jean-Lou also assists clients on French employment law infringements, in particular illegal work, discrimination, moral harassment, workers' protection and health and safety issues.
He also represents clients in regulatory proceedings initiated by the French Financial Services Authority (Autorité des marches financiers) for breach of insider trading regulations and public disclosure requirements.
Prior to joining White & Case LLP, Jean-Lou was an associate at a specialised white collar firm in Paris and previously worked in the corporate and M&A practice of a leading French law firm. In addition to his white collar and regulatory practice, he has advised listed and non-listed companies on mergers & acquisitions, capital issuances, tender offers and corporate law.
BOR investigations, 2011 – ongoing
Jean-Lou is assisting a leading financial institution in connection with investigations by multiple authorities including the European Commission, the US Department of Justice, the US CFTC and the UK FCA, in relation to the setting of LIBOR, EURIBOR and SIBOR.
Fraud through irregular international wire transfers, 2013 – 2014
Jean-Lou is advising several French and foreign companies on frauds committed by third parties using irregular international wire transfers. Criminal and civil proceedings are coordinated in France and abroad (Hong Kong in particular).
Tax fraud and money laundering investigations on real estate property transactions, 2011 – ongoing
Jean-Lou is assisting executives of a French company, which specializes in office development, in criminal proceedings initiated for tax fraud and money laundering, in relation to real estate property transactions carried out by Luxembourg companies in France.
Insider trading proceedings, 2008 – ongoing
Jean-Lou is advising the Head of Operations of a globally-renowned aerospace company with substantial operations in France, before the French criminal authorities, in relation to alleged insider trading transactions.
Extradition proceedings against the CEO of a bank, 2010
Jean-Lou assisted the Chief Executive Officer of a bank, arrested in a European Union country and extradited to the United States, in the context of an international arrest warrant issued for breach of American regulatory banking laws.
Financial communication on subprime crisis, 2008 – 2009
Jean-Lou assisted a leading financial institution in regulatory proceedings initiated by the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) in relation to its financial communication on the subprime loans crisis.
Ordres de virement frauduleux: déjouer la cybercriminalité, Published in the Huffington Post and Semaine Juridique (JCP), October 2014