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Olivier Bluche

Olivier Bluche

Partner – New-York & Paris Bars

Former secretary of the conference

LITIGATION

EMPLOYMENT LAW

  • Individual and collective litigation
  • Support and defence of directors and corporate officers
  • Criminal employment law
  • Discrimination and harassment

CRIMINAL LABOR LAW

CRIMINAL BUSINESS LAW

  • Masters in Business Law – Paris II Panthéon-Assas
  • Postgraduate Diploma (DESS) in Business Law and Taxation – Paris II Panthéon-Assass
  • LLM (ex MCJ) – New York University
  • Former secretary of the Paris Bar Conference (1998)
  • Langues: French/English

Recognised among the best employment law lawyers, Olivier is ranked as “indispensable” in “high-risk litigation and criminal employment law” and “representation of directors”.

Olivier has acquired extensive litigation experience and deals primarily with business employment law, individual and collective disputes and criminal employment law in the defence of legal entities and company directors. He advises French and foreign companies before all civil and criminal courts and before administrative authorities (Regional Directorate for Companies, Competition, Consumption, Work and Employment (DIRECCTE), Labour inspectorate, French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and France’s national ombudsman (Défenseur des Droits)). Olivier also defends the interests of senior executives and corporate officers, especially listed companies, upon their engagement or their exit.

Olivier started his career with the firm Jouanneau. After seven years in the Litigation department of the firm Siméon & Associés, he joined the firm Farthouat Avocats in 2001, as partner, responsible for employment law and criminal employment law activity. Olivier has been a partner of the firm since 2008.

  • Counsel to 3 dancers of the Opera de Paris regarding alleged violation of their duty of loyalty and fraudulent union designation in the context of whistleblowing regarding harassment within the opera.
  • Counsel in the so-called ” Lille Carlton” case alongside Chief Superintendent Jean-Christophe Lagarde.
  • Counsel to the former CEO of France Médias Monde, Alain de Pouzilhac, in the so-called “guerre des chefs (battle of the CEOs)” case between him and the journalist Christine Ockrent.
  • Counsel to Alain de Pouzilhac (CEO) and Jacques Hérail (Deputy Managing Director) in the context of their expulsion from the Havas group, following the creeping takeover by Vincent Bolloré in 2005, in addition to the defence of Jacques Hérail in the criminal component of this dispute which resulted in the annulment of the preliminary investigation for breach of Article 6 of the ECHR.
  • Counsel in the Bertrand Cantat/Marie Trintignant case alongside the insurer QBE International.
  • Defence of the Giacometti heirs in France against Roland Dumas and Jacques Tajan.
  • «Affaire Pouzilhac c/ Ockrent » : Obtention d’une ordonnance de non-lieu dans le cadre de l’information judiciaire pour harcèlement moral, instruite à Nanterre sur la plainte déposée par la journaliste Christine Ockrent contre Alain de Pouzilhac, ancien Président de l’Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (France 24, RFI, etc.). Cette décision met un terme au volet pénal de l’affaire qui avait par ailleurs déjà été gagnée dans son volet civil, Christine Ockrent ayant été déboutée de toutes ses demandes à l’encontre d’Alain de Pouzilhac.»
    L’Express.fr, 12 août 2015
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  • «Procès du Carlton : la belle défense »
    Dalloz, 20 février 2015
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  • «Procès du Carlton : les écoutes fantômes du témoin “secret défense” »
    Médiapart, 5 février 2015
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  • «Affaire Carlton : Joël Specque en démineur de la théorie du complot»
    La Voix du Nord, 4 février 2015
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  • «Représentation des dirigeants et mandataires sociaux – Incontournable
    Contentieux à risques, droit pénal social – Incontournable
    Gestion sociale des M&A, Audits sociaux – Forte Notoriété »
    Décideurs Stratégies Finance & Droit 2016
  • «Pénal des affaires – Excellent»
    Décideurs Stratégies Finance & Droit 2016
  • «Classement Best Lawyers : 8 associés distingués par le classement Best Lawyers International»
    Best Lawyers 2016
  • «Classements contentieux : 5* en droit pénal des affaires»
    Option Droit & Affaires 2015