François-Xavier Mirza is a member of the Paris Bar. He joined the firm in 2014 where his practice includes advising French and international companies on civil, commercial or white collar litigation, as well as arbitral proceedings. He also assists clients in connection with compliance-related issues, including personal data protection and anti-money laundering requirements.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mirza has spent a number of years abroad, including in Monaco, the USA, and Italy. Mr. Mirza has a first-hand understanding of the corporate world, having gained in-house experience in international companies in New York City at GLG, the world’s largest membership network for one-on-one professional learning, and in Paris at Louis Vuitton Malletier, one of the world’s leading luxury brands.

Representative Experience

  • Defense of individuals accused of laundering the proceeds of tax evasion and customs violations, and illegal practice of the banking profession, from whom the Customs authorities are claiming 37 million euros of penalties.
  • Representing a State in ICC arbitration proceedings in connection with alleged contractual violations.
  • Representing an international restaurant chain following the termination of a franchisee, including obtaining penalties for non-compliance with debranding guidelines by former franchisee.
  • Assisting a public organization in the enforcement, in Germany, of a decision rendered by a French criminal court on civil claims.
  • Assisting various multinational companies with personal data declarations and data transfers outside the EU in accordance with French and EU requirements.
  • Providing pro bono assistance to French and international non-profit organizations in relation to international human rights law and general commercial and corporate advice.

Publications

  • “No dough for pizza franchise”, Bryan Cave EU & Competition Law Update, December 2017
  • "International Investment Arbitration in Europe: Year in Review 2016", Bryan Cave publication, February 2017
  • "Loi Macron: l'autorité de la concurrence prononce une sanction record en application de la procédure de transaction", Economie Matin, December 2016
  • "French Competition Authority Sends Unprecedented Warning Against Gun Jumping", Bryan Cave EU & Competition Law Update, November 2016
  • "Femme Fatale? - The French Competition Authority Fines Modelling Agencies", Bryan Cave EU & Competition Law Update, October 2016
  • "Crossing the river - the law on legal professional privilege", The Law Society Gazette, 12 August 2016
  • “The 'Uberisation' of French taxis?", Bryan Cave EU & Competition Law Update, May 2016
  • “French Competition Authority issues its highest-ever single fine”, Bryan Cave EU & Competition Law Update, February 2016
  • "Notions de secret professionnel dans un monde des affaires mondialisé", Le Monde du Droit, January 2016
  • “The French Competition Authority : an outstanding record for punitive and preventive measures”, Bryan Cave EU & Competition Law Update, December 2015
  • “Most favored nation clauses under the microscope in France: act III”, Bryan Cave EU & Competition Law Update, November 2015
  • "Let them go nicely: French Supreme Courts upholds conditions of termination and compensation for an abrupt break-off of an established business relationship", International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, April 2015
  • “Intellectual Property Rights: France goes beyond EU protection levels in certain areas”, Bryan Cave Bulletin, March 2015