Vincent Ohannessian joins Jones Day's Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice in Paris

The global law firm Jones Day is pleased to announce that Vincent Ohannessian has joined the Firm as counsel in its Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice, and is based in the Paris Office.

Mr. Ohannessian arrives at Jones Day with more than two decades of experience in corporate and criminal business law grounded in a financial auditing background. He will be responsible for structuring the Firm's compliance service offering in Paris, including in the areas of ESG compliance and climate change risk.

"Vincent’s wide-ranging experience will deliver significant value to our clients—with his understanding of France's evolving regulatory environment, he is a resource to clients in assessing and mitigating compliance risks, investigating and remediating allegations of non-compliance, and resolving government enforcement actions and complex commercial disputes," said Ted Chung, who leads Jones Day's Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice.

Mr. Ohannessian assists clients with implementing compliance programs to meet Sapin 2 Law anticorruption requirements—including policies, referential and code of ethics, whistleblowing, LCB-FT (money laundering/terrorist financing procedures), risk mapping, and third-party due diligence procedures. He also assists with inspections held by the French Anti-Corruption Agency.

"The prevention and detection of corruption is based on the command of both law and finance," said Sophie Hagège, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Paris Office. "We are thrilled to welcome Vincent to a team that provides clients with a 360-degree approach to compliance, including integrated tools to assist enterprises in mediating risk."

Mr. Ohannessian has a background in advising companies and their directors on preventing criminal risk by handling risk due diligence on their behalf and by implementing in-house procedures, such as appropriate delegations of authority. He intervenes on complex internal investigations involving fraud, corruption, insider trading, market manipulation offenses, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions violations.

"Vincent’s experience is a tremendous addition to the Firm's criminal business law team," added Bénédicte Graulle, leader of the Firm's Investigations & White Collar Defense team in Paris. "His dual experience will continue to elevate our compliance capabilities for Firm clients who have roles as directors in charge of risk control in some of the most important companies in France and around the world."

Prior to joining Jones Day, Mr. Ohannessian gained in-depth experience in finance and accounting processes and corporate and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and legal and tax due diligence. He worked for nine years at one of the Big Four international audit firms, first as a financial auditor for French and foreign multinational companies and then as a tax/legal manager.

Former Secrétaire de la Conférence for the moot court competition of the Paris Bar (2004), Mr. Ohannessian is also a former member of the Paris Bar Council and the French National Bar Council. He is admitted to the Paris Bar and holds a diploma from ESSEC, the leading French business school, and a DESS (postgraduate degree) in business law and tax from University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.