Nicolas Tollet is a Counsel within Hughes Hubbard’s Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations practice group. He previously served as Vice-President Group Compliance for Technip, a French multinational company, and was based between Paris and Rio de Janeiro.
Since he joined Hughes Hubbard, Nicolas has worked on matters relating to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, human rights, sanctions and embargoes and data protection across many industries, including defense and space, oil and gas services, energy, luxury goods, consumer goods, software, beverage, etc. He also assisted a multinational in the first audit ever performed by the newly created French Anticorruption Agency (AFA).
Indeed, Nicolas has significant experience working on compliance-related matters in a variety of contexts. He began his career working with another international law firm, where he initially focused on corporate matters. Since 2008, he has focused primarily on compliance, and has worked on some of the largest resolutions by the US DOJ and the SEC in both the pre- and post-settlement context (including inter alia the Alcatel and TSKJ cases). While at Technip, Nicolas spent time working both at headquarters and in the company’s operations, providing him with insight into the internal functioning of multinational corporations and the implementation of compliance programs into such corporations.
His experience includes navigating monitorships, conducting internal and external investigations, establishing robust compliance programs, conducting third party due diligence, and developing and performing training for diverse employee populations. He has an in-depth knowledge of the FCPA, UKBA, Brazil Clean Company Act and French anti-corruption laws. He worked actively with members of the French Parliament on drafting France’s revised law on anti-corruption “Sapin 2,” which was passed into law in December 2016.
Prior to 2008, Nicolas focused his practice on mergers and acquisitions, LBOs, restructuring and financing, which provides him with the ability to comprehend how compliance functions within such contexts
Nicolas is actively involved in the international compliance community. He has worked on several of the largest ant-corruption cases in the world and he regularly talks about his experience at international conferences, is followed by a community of nearly 14,000 legal and compliance professionals around the world and has taught anti-corruption compliance at the University of California Berkeley.
In 2016 while at Technip, he received the Best Compliance Department Award (Trophée du Droit) from the Leader’s League and in 2017, Global Investigation Review (GIR) selected him as among the top 37 in-house investigation specialists in the world (the only French).