Jean-Pierre Picca | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Jean-Pierre Picca
Jean-Pierre Picca

Jean-Pierre Picca

Partner, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 58 30

E [email protected]

An experienced white collar lawyer, who has served in a number of senior legal and judicial roles in both France and the United States.


Jean-Pierre's practice focuses on multijurisdictional regulatory, criminal and civil proceedings. A partner in the Firm's Global White Collar Practice, clients seek his advice on matters such as criminal investigations, cross-border investigations, OFAC investigations and compliance issues.

A senior legal advisor to the President of the French Republic from 2010 to 2012, as well as a senior prosecutor, Jean-Pierre held various high-level positions within the French judiciary before joining the Firm in early 2013. During his time in office, he acquired in-depth knowledge of judicial processes in France, the United States and other countries around the world, which he leverages on his clients' behalf. He also has a recognized track record in crisis management and complex cross-border disputes.

From 2002 to 2007, Jean-Pierre served as Senior Liaison Legal Advisor to the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice, and to the Embassy of France in Washington, DC. He worked in close cooperation with the United States Attorney's offices across the country, and with federal law enforcement agencies (including the FBI, the US Marshals, the US Secret Service, the CBP and the SEC), as well as the State judicial authorities. He worked on criminal investigations involving the United States, individual states and France, including the judicial follow-up of landmark cases, such as the Executive Life matter, the crash of the Concorde and the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

In 2005, Jean-Pierre was also appointed a "Legal Expert" in criminal law before the Secretary-General of the United Nations Organization, based in New York City. He was also a member of the French Delegation to the Council of Europe's Committee for Judicial Cooperation and Human Rights, as well as to the UNO Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. As head of the French Ministry of Justice's Office of International Cooperation from 1996 to 2002, Jean-Pierre conducted abroad several law enforcement and judicial assistance projects for the French government and for the European Commission relating to criminal or civil reform and the training of judges and prosecutors.

Jean-Pierre was chief public prosecutor of Lorient from 2007 to 2010. He held a variety of positions at the French Ministry of Justice between 1993 and 2002, and was assistant prosecutor of Marseille from 1988 to 1993, prosecuting a wide range of crimes to trial.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar


  • National School of the Judiciary
  • University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Institute of Judicial Studies
  • Masters (Maîtrise) in Private Law, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas


  • French
  • English


International money laundering investigation

Jean-Pierre advised senior level managers of a major French bank in connection with an international money laundering investigation conducted by the Argentinian authorities.

Criminal investigation (corruption)

Jean-Pierre advised a major foreign private equity firm in connection with a criminal investigation conducted in France related to suspicious activities of international corruption.

Cross-border investigations

Jean-Pierre advised a major French bank on cross-border investigations conducted by several regulatory authorities (US, France, UK, European Commission, Switzerland, Singapore).

OFAC investigation

Jean-Pierre advised a major French bank in connection with an OFAC investigation, advising the top management and representing the bank in connection with investigations by US federal and state criminal law and regulatory authorities. Jean-Pierre advised also this client in the implementation of the remediation plan imposed by the regulators.

OFAC investigation of a French global financing institution

Jean-Pierre represented senior level management, compliance officers and other employees, in an OFAC investigation of a French global financing institution based in the EU, which was conducted by the United States Department of Justice, the Southern District of the United States Attorney's Office (New York City), the New York County District Attorney's Office, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Department of Financial Services of the State of New York.


Jean-Pierre advised major French Banks on several compliance issues related to international sanctions and to the French anti-corruption law "Loi Sapin II".

Speaking Engagements

"The Judge and the Compliance", July 2017: conference organized by the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation)

"The anti-corruption law, loi Sapin II", September 2017: conference organized by AEDBF (Association Européenne pour le Droit Bancaire et Financier)

"The principles of Banking and Financial Regulatory laws", 2014 – ongoing: Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po), (maître de conference), (lecturer)

"The challenges for companies facing the extraterritorial application of law (L'entreprise face aux effets extraterritoriaux du droit)", January 2015: conference organized by the Paris Law University and the Club des Juristes, (speaker)

"The FCPA provisions and the settlements with the US Authorities", February 2014: roundtable organized by France Amérique, (speaker)

"US deals of Justice", December 2013: conference organized by Conventions and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (speaker)


  • Co-authored the France chapter of The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2016 and 2017 - Global Investigations Review (GIR)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 2), Chambers Europe 2017

Corporate Compliance & Investigations

Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime – France

Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor

Knight of the National Order of the Merit