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André Soulier

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Senior Partner


André Soulier is a highly experienced and nationally recognized trial lawyer. His litigation practice involves a broad range of business, criminal and civil matters and he is experienced in all phases of litigation work.

André has extensive expertise in personal injury and liability cases, especially with respect to the financial compensation of victims, since he has participated in numerous high-visibility trials relating to major cases in France over the past forty years.

André’s areas of practice include criminal cases, white collar crimes, industrial risks and accidents, public law, real estate, insolvency & bankruptcy, business law and sports law.

As a passionate litigator, he was notably at the origin of the 1970 French Indemnification Act which provides for the indemnification of people wrongly sentenced to jail and then cleared of all charges pursuant to a dismissal, discharge or acquittal ruling.

André advises and defends French and foreign companies operating in a wide range of industries, such as the traditional industrial sector, the finance industry and the so-called “new economy” sector.

André is also a well-known public figure in France and Europe. He served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1992 to 1999 and participated in many diplomatic missions in Europe and in the rest of the world.

André has acted as a deputy mayor of Lyon for more than 20 years and organized a large number of artistic, cultural and sporting events which helped the city extend its influence all over France and Europe. He was notably behind the G7 Summit in 1996 and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Selected Operation Summary


Defended one of France’s largest listed real estate property management companies in commercial disputes and commercial lease related litigation

Defended a large chemical group alleged to have polluted the Rhône River

Assisted and defended wine producing companies before civil and criminal courts

Defended the interests of leading pharmaceutical companies in a case involving alleged product contamination by the HIV virus

Represented families of victims of the “A320- Sainte-Odile aircraft accident” that resulted in the death of 87 passengers and obtained sizeableindemnification whereas the charges against the aviation company and aircraft manufacturer were subsequently dismissed by the court

Defended 52 plaintiffs in the law suit brought in connection with the fire of the “5-7” discotheque in Saint-Laurent-du-Pont that resulted in the death of 150 persons

Defended the plaintiffs in the law suit brought in connection with the explosion of the Feyzin oil refinery (Rhône) where 18 site workers and firemen died and 88 persons were injured

Instigator of the 1970 French Indemnification Act which provides for the indemnification of people wrongly sentenced to jail and then cleared of all charges pursuant to a dismissal, discharge or acquittal ruling, following the Jean-Marie Deveaux case where Mr. Deveaux was finally acquitted by the Criminal Court of Côte d’Or after 8 years in jail and three appeals before the Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court), including two by the French Ministry of Justice

Obtained the repeal of Article 222-33 of the French Criminal Code (that punished sexual harassment) by the French Constitutional Council on May 4, 2012

White Collar Crime

Defended corporate officers notably against charges of misappropriation of corporate assets

Defended the chairman of a construction group accused of various breaches of the legislation on commercial companies

Defended business leaders in a publicized case concerning false invoices in the scrap industry

Sports Law

Advised and assisted several professional French soccer teams in their relations with players, coaches, managers, sponsors and national and international bodies

Defended a legendary club of the French football championship in a slush fund case before the courts of Lyon and Paris

Assisted and defended an exceptional cyclist champion in the context of defamation proceedings

Construction & Urban Planning

Advised a leading European commercial real estate developer in connection with several office tower and skyscraper construction projects (including Tour Oxygène, 115 meters high, Lyon, 2005-2010 and Tour Incity, 200 meters high, Lyon, 2011-2015)

Managed and followed up the restructuring of several inner-city areas in France

Assisted a European energy leader in a dispute relating to defects on immovable assets located within a nuclear power plant

Insolvency & Bankruptcy

Defended international creditors in the framework of complex insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings before French commercial courts

Successfully managed proceedings before the Nîmes Court of Appeals and the Dijon Commercial Court on behalf of a 400 million euros American lender

Provided assistance in Paris and Lyon to a real estate asset manager in the so-called “Docks Lyonnais” case

Business Law

Assisted a global leader in asset management services

Counseled and assisted a world leader in stainless steel products

Provided legal and strategic advice to international investment and development funds

Background – Public Life

Member of the European Parliament, 1992 – 1999
Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the European Parliament, 1997 – 1999
Deputy Major of Lyon, 1977 – 2001; 1st Deputy Major, 1983 – 1989
Vice Chair of the Lyon urban community, 1977 – 2001
Member of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, Chair of the Commission on Education and Training, 1977 – 1992
Major of Villié-Morgon (Beaujolais), 1970 – 1977
Chair of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the French National Soccer League, 1989-1992
President of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the French National Soccer League, 2017-2005
Member of the Jefferson Circle 1992-1999

Main Publications

Comparative Environmental Law and Regulation, chapter France, Oceana Publications, 1997
International Insurance Law and Regulation, chapter France, Longman Law, Tax and Finance, 1996
Carton Rouge, Editions n°1, 1996


Officer of the National Order of Merit
Knight of the Legion of Honor




French Arbitration Committee
American Chamber of Commerce in France


Degree in Economics, Lyon School of Law, 1957
Graduate of the Lyon Institute of Political Science, 1956
Law degree, Lyon School of Law, 1956

Paris: Résolution des litiges

Contentieux commercial et de droit des sociétés

Within: Contentieux commercial et de droit des sociétés

Implanté à Paris et disposant d'un fort ancrage à Lyon, Soulier AARPI est doté d’une équipe d’avocats ‘multilingues, se mettant au service du client et qui investissent beaucoup de temps et d’effort pour comprendre correctement leurs clients et pour expliquer leurs idées’. Le cabinet accompagne de nombreux groupes industriels français et internationaux. Il traite une gamme variée de contentieux. Il est récemment intervenu dans un litige complexe en matière financière qu’il a réglé de manière très positive pour son client. Il est impliqué dans de nombreux contentieux commerciaux et industriels, notamment en matière environnementale et chimique. Il est ainsi en charge d'affaires en lien avec des stations services et le développement de parcs solaires. Le cabinet agit aussi pour le compte de plusieurs clients dans le secteur des nouvelles technologies. Il traite enfin le droit pénal. Jean-Luc Soulier et André Soulier disposent d’une grande expérience. Geoffroy Lacroix est également recommandé.

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