Managing Partners: Jean-Baptiste Poulle, Nicolas Spitz, Arut Kannan
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 12 (including partners)
Languages:English, French, Spanish, German
Spitz Poulle Kannan is a banking and financial services law firm with the largest regulatory team in Paris. The firm is able to handle the full suite of advisory, investigation, enforcement and litigation arising out of the financial services industry. With financial institutions facing wide-ranging regulatory reforms and challenges, Spitz Poulle Kannan’s lawyers — specialised in both contentious and non-contentious work — provide advice on sensitive and complex regulatory issues, including assisting clients in making highly technical, strategic and business decisions.
Main Areas of Practice:
M&A & Restructuring
Derivatives & Structured Finance
Payment services/Electronic money
Compliance (AML, Market Abuse, Anti-bribery, Export-control)
Spitz Poulle Kannan advisory practice covers all regulatory obligations applicable to credit institutions, investment firms, portfolio managers, funds and insurance companies, with a particular focus on:
■ Licensing/ authorisations, notifications and reportings, change of control
■ Good conduct rules and organisation rules
■ Specific regulatory matters such as custody and clearing, payment services, prudential regulations
■ Marketing in France of financial and insurance products.
The firm’s team also represents clients in relation to the structuring and negotiation of financial market transactions, including derivatives products. In addition, the firm’s practice covers the compliance and regulatory obligations of French companies, MNCs and all types of financial institutions on anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and international sanctions & export control regulations.
Investigation, Enforcement & Litigation:
Spitz Poulle Kannan’s lawyers have significant experience in dealing with a wide variety of regulatory disputes, from conducting internal investigations and helping clients manage their existing and future regulatory risks through to responding to investigations and enforcement actions initiated by the regulators — the Autorité des marchés financiers— AMF, the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution— ACPR, Agence Française Anticorruption— AFA, and the European Central Bank (ECB).
The firm’s expertise includes acting on matters involving surprise regulatory visits, insider dealing, market manipulation, misleading statements, mis-selling and breach of good conduct rules, client money and custody issues, market misconduct and conflicts of interest.
These matters raise reputational risks for institutions and individuals, as well as potential exposure to civil and criminal sanctions. Where it is in the clients’ interests, the firm will seek proactively to bring matters to an early resolution where possible. However, if the case continues Spitz Poulle Kannan is highly experienced in assisting the client before the relevant French courts.
Spitz Poulle Kannan Public Affairs practice benefits from the firm’s wide-ranging experience in the French financial markets. In addition to ensuring that the firm’s clients comply with existing EU and French laws, Spitz Poulle Kannan also provide them with advice on how to intervene pro-actively in the decision-making process.
The firm assists clients by monitoring and lobbying in the legislative and policy developments, through contacts with French regulators and legislative decision-makers. The team drafts opinions and submissions for the relevant decisionmaking bodies, as well as suggestions for amendments to proposed rules and regulations. The firm also assists clients in relation to Consultation Papers or Discussion Papers issued by the French regulators and legislative bodies on financial and banking related matters.
Spitz Poulle Kannan strong participation in industry associations (e,g, AMAFI) means that the firm is at the forefront of the latest legal, regulatory and documentary developments in the French financial marketplace. Its lawyers’ strong academic background and numerous publications in the French banking and financial journals also serve as a bridge between the academic and policy worlds.
The firm has wide experience in cross-border financial services and frequently advises international financial institutions, portfolio managers and insurance companies on French law regulatory matters. Spitz Poulle Kannan has established close ties with leading international financial services law firms around the world enabling the firm to offer its clients seamless multi-jurisdictional services.