Jacob Douds

Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Global Investigations & White Collar Defense, Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement


Jacob Douds is an associate in litigation and the compliance and investigations practices, where he supports clients in resolving complex cross-border regulatory and legal issues. He assists a wide range of clients on a mixture of contentious and transactional matters in the context of cross-border pre-litigation and commercial litigation. He has significant experience in coordinating and managing multi-jurisdictional foreign direct investment (“FDI”) filings with Mayer Brown’s global network of offices and partner firms. He has participated in major negotiations involving French financial institutions and U.S. authorities, as well as internal investigations, compliance policy development and due diligence projects for multinational corporations.


  • Admitted to practice in Paris and New Zealand, he has practical experience working within both civil and common law systems and is fluent in both French and English.
  • Multi-year internal investigations into potential money laundering violations involving multiple jurisdictions for a financial institutions.
  • Across several European and North American jurisdictions for a large French financial institution in connection with U.S. sanctions and embargoes violations, which was recognized in the Global Investigations Review as one of the most important matters of the year.


  • Université Toulouse Capitole, France | Master 1 and Master 2 in Comparative International and European law
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand | Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Economics and Philosophy


  • New Zealand
  • Paris


  • English
  • French