Cécile Terret is an anti-corruption specialist. She develops and reviews anti-corruption policies and programmes of French companies and their foreign subsidiaries, as well as the European activities of international groups in the fields of defence, aeronautics and cosmetics, well before these procedures were made mandatory by the Sapin II Law. Cécile also conducts internal investigation missions for these groups concerning allegations or suspicions of corruption.

Cécile also handles civil and commercial litigation for French and foreign companies, as well as criminal business law cases. Finally, Cécile regularly advises European and American clients on trade and economic sanctions, export controls and the struggle against money laundering.

Lawyer and member of the Paris Bar, Cécile trained in Munich (LLM, Ludwig Maximilian Universität) and Paris (DESS in European Business Law at Panthéon Assas and Master's degree in Law and International Management at HEC Paris). She recently completed her initial training by successfully participating in the first promotion of the University Diploma of Compliance Manager (Paris II Panthéon Assas). Cécile is trilingual in English, German and French.

Representative Experience

  • Advising a pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation following allegations of corruption;
  • Advising an industrial group on the implementation of anti-corruption measures and training;
  • Advising international groups on sanctions and restrictive measures, embargoes targeting Iran and Russia;
  • Advising a Taiwanese electronic components manufacturer in a dispute with a French electronic supplies company in a case involving liability for defective products;
  • Advising a leading American hotel group in a dispute relating to a management contract between it and the owners of luxury hotels in Tahiti, before the Court of Appeal of Papeete;
  • Advising the subsidiary of an international hotel group in criminal proceedings following internal fraud;
  • Advising an American aviation company before the Paris Commercial Court and the Paris High Court's Financial Centre following an internal fraud.



  • “Obtaining a European certificate for the enforcement of a decision from a criminal court ruling on civil claims: EU rules counter French court registries practice”, Bryan Cave Client Bulletin November 2014
  • “The French Blocking Statute: Effective Protection Against Cross-Border Discovery?”, Bryan Cave Client Bulletin June 2014
  • "Introducing the class action à la française,” co-written with Brian J. Recor in California’s legal news provider dailyjournal.com, December 2013
  • “New French Mandatory Rules for Invoices and General Terms and Conditions Intended for Professionals”, Bryan Cave Client Bulletin, 5 February 2013
  • “The Introduction of Class Actions in French Law: Second Reading of the Bill by the French National Assembly”, Bryan Cave Client Bulletin, 17 December 2013
  • “The introduction of class action in French law”, Bryan Cave Client Bulletin, 11 October 2012