White Collar Defense & Government Investigations


Olivier Dorgans is a member of the White Collar Group in Brown Rudnick’s Paris office. Olivier has over ten years of experience and focuses on compliance, global investigations and, more generally, on financial and regulatory crime. His practice covers a wide spectrum of criminal and regulatory issues ranging from economic sanctions and export control rules to the fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing.
Olivier has developed significant experience in internal investigations – notably based on the extraterritorial application of U.S. and U.K anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions rules – and has advised and represented numerous clients on these matters.
Olivier also assists financial institutions and large industrial groups in designing and implementing global compliance programs. As such, Olivier focuses on providing practical compliance advice consistent with best practices and local regulations. Brown Rudnick's Paris Compliance team, lead by Olivier, has been recognized by The Legal 500 for its global approach and knowledge of compliance. Olivier regularly conducts compliance training, notably on corruption, economic sanctions and money-laundering risks.
Finally, Olivier advises and represents French and European clients in proceedings before various French, European and American regulators.


Assisted a major French defence actor, a large French pharmaceutical group, a French retail company, and several international insurance companies in the design and implementation (including related training) of compliance programs

Assisted a major French defence actor, a public financial institution and several international insurance companies in anti-corruption, AML/FT and economic sanctions risk assessments

Assisted a large French public financial institution in general sanctions advice, policies and procedures overhaul, and licensing in the context of EU and U.S. sanctions against Iranian economic interests

Assisted a mid-size international bank in an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) investigation into potential violations of U.S. sanctions

Represented a large French financial institution in the context of a five-year long investigation into violations of U.S. sanctions led by OFAC, the Department of Justice (DoJ), the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY), the New York Federal Reverse Bank (NY Fed) and the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) and spanning across five jurisdictions

Advised European, American and Russian financial and industrial companies on the impact of U.S. and EU sanctions against Russian economic on contemplated transactions and joint-ventures

Assisted a French company in the context of an FCPA and French anti-corruption regulation global investigation led by the DoJ with the assistance of the French Service Central de Prévention de la Corruption (SCPC)

Assisted a German FinTech on French KYC requirements before the French Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR)


Paris Bar School – 2010
Saint John's College, Cambridge University – M.A., 2009
HEC Paris Business School / University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – Professional Master 2 in Business and Tax Law, 2009
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley – Visiting Researcher, 2007
University Paris II Panthéon-Assas – M.A in French and English Private Law, 2006
St John's College, Cambridge University – B.A. in Law, 2006

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