Kiril Bougartchev interned at renowned US law firms (including Coudert Brothers) and securities brokers (including Morgan, Olmstead, and Kennedy & Gardner) before he started his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen. In 1989, he joined Gide Loyrette Nouel and in 1999, he became partner of the litigation and white-collar crime department. Kiril joined Linklaters in June 2007, where he was made co-head of the dispute resolution practice in Paris and facilitator of the Linklaters global white-collar crime group.
Kiril co-founded the Bougartchev Moyne Associés law firm in January 2017.
With about 30 years of experience, Kiril has a leading market reputation in fraud/white-collar crime.
He is also involved in civil, commercial and regulatory disputes (including regulatory matters before the AMF and the French Prudential Supervisory Authority). His areas of expertise include the energy, aerospace, defence, retail and luxury sectors, as well as the insurance and banking industries.
He was formerly a Secrétaire de la Conférence des Avocats of the Paris Bar and successively an outside lecturer and examiner in white-collar crime at Paris II University (DJCE), and a lecturer in international criminal procedure at Montpellier University (master’s programme in criminal law). Since 2011 he has been an external contributor and examiner on the legal and tax management MSc degree at EDHEC Business School.
He was member of the working committee on decriminalisation of business criminal law and company competition at Paris Europlace. In this regard, he has been working on the reform of article 145 of the French Code of Civil Procedure (French discovery) and on the extension of the French guilty plea procedure to all criminal offences. He is member of the International Bar Association.
He published many articles about misuse of corporate assets, corruption, criminal liability of auditors, business secrecy or Sapin II Law and authored the French chapters of the Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review (Law Business Research, 2012–2015 editions), of a comparative law book about the offence of corruption which was published by Oxford University Press in 2017 and of the Anti-Corruption Practice Guide 2018 published by Chambers.
Kiril is viewed as “an expert in white-collar crime, very involved in his matters” (Chambers – Rank 1); he is also deemed “trustworthy” and “very customer-oriented and creative” with “a very high level of strategic vision” (The Legal 500). Since 2007, Kiril has been ranked as “essential” in several categories (including white-collar crime, investigations, commercial and financial litigation, and regulatory litigation) by the leading French publication Décideurs, where he is also listed among the “great strategists”.
In 2009 and 2016, Kiril and his team were named White-Collar Crime Team of the Year by Décideurs and since then have been frequently distinguished at the Trophées du Droit awards. In 2013, Kiril was named Lawyer of the Year for France in criminal defence by the international directory Best Lawyers.