Criminal law of business

Business criminal law is the set of legal rules concerning offenses that may occur in the course of business, but also all of the economic rules that can be sanctioned criminally.

Criminal business law includes specific offences such as distribution of fictitious profits, misappropriation of assets, abuse of corporate assets, fraudulent organisation of insolvency, abuse of a dominant position, misleading advertising, insider trading, counterfeiting of computer programs, fraudulent bankruptcy, private or public corruption, money laundering, false accounting, etc.

When a person has committed such an offence, he or she may not only be subject to prison sentences and fines, but may also be obliged to be banned from certain professional activities or even from any commercial activity. The offence may also give rise to more specific penalties such as special confiscation, dissolution of the legal person or closure of the establishment.

There have been many recent changes in business criminal law.

Several behaviours are now criminally sanctioned.

Previously, they were governed by civil rules with only financial penalties.

Economic crime.

Serious organised economic and financial crime, as well as the fight against money laundering, are high on the agenda of governments and international organisations.

Political and financial affairs.

Increasingly publicised in the media, they are gradually arousing the curiosity of the general public.

This rapidly expanding field has become a complex set of rules that are repealed or modified at an impressive speed.

It is therefore essential, here more than elsewhere, to be fully informed of the existing rules applicable to each particular case.

Independently of your criminal defence, your lawyer will very often be called upon to temporarily coordinate the various existing activities within the company in order to ensure its continuity.

General criminal law

Everyone can be affected by criminal law, sometimes as a defendant and sometimes as a victim. Even if criminal pleading remains a well-prepared improvisation, the lawyer must constantly watch for the slightest information.

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