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Lawyer career

After studying law at the Université Pierre Mendès France (Grenoble II) and a military service at the 27th Mountain Infantry Division, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier succeeded the competition of the CRFPA of Grenoble in 1998 and obtained his CAPA the following year after the classical achievement of the year of training at the school of lawyers.

He was sworn in in 1999 Lyon and began his legal career in Montreal, Canada, in the intellectual property department of Ogilvy-Renault. At that time, he published reference articles in image law. Returning to France in 2000, he enrolled in the Bar of Lyon then opened a second firm in 2003 Annemasse (Haute-Savoie). Surrounded by his collaborators, he refocused his activity mainly in criminal, labour and family law and intervened in numerous media trials (Neveux, Levy, manissieux robbery, Nallet, Cevenol Tricotage, foundation Brigitte Bardot, murder of Armoy's pensioner...).

In 2006, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier was a lawyer of the civil party in the Fauviau case before the Criminal Court in a case considered the most serious ever judged in amateur sport1, with the presence of numerous French and foreign media during the week of the trial2, 3.

In 2009, the fund-raiser Toni Musulin, following the its spectacular theft of 11.6 million euros4 and his surrender to Monaco, chooses it to ensure its defense (video ), which will last 4 years (video ). Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier will even play his own role in the film 11.65, released on April 3, 2013, which traces the case in the cinema and where François Cluzet plays Toni Musulin. In agreement with his client, he speaks at length about the shadows of one of the greatest heists of the century6 in a 26-minute documentary, "The Musulin Mystery," DVD bonus of the film (video ).

From 2010, alongside criminal matters and labor law (business consultancy), Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier chooses to devote himself to defending clients in the context of inheritance disputes (inheritance, end of joint possession, etc.) and in divorces and related issues (childcare, duty to help, alimony, compensatory allowance, sharing of property, etc.). He particularly appreciates being involved in contentious divorces (national and transnational), which require both pugnacity and the art of negotiation.

In 2015, at only 44 years, his career and work earned him the right to be named Knight of the National Order of Merit by Presidential Decree on the proposal of the Minister of Justice7, 8 .

On October 1, 2017, Master Eddy Navarrete joined him as a partner in the SCP Cottet-Bretonnier Navarrete with offices in Lyon , Paris , Annemasse And Oyonnax.

On February 21, 2019, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier is the guest of Jacques Pradel, live in the studios of RTL, for the show "The hour of crime" for the 10 years of the Musulin case. (Audio )

Four months later, on June 23 2019, Musulin again entrusts his defense following his arrest in London for money Laundering. (video )

Associative and athletic Engagement

Before starting law school, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier becomes a second-round tennis player.

At the age of 18, he created and organized with Guillaume Thieulot the « Trophy of Hopes »9 two consecutive years. This tennis-exhibition tournament on 5 days led him to engage notably Yannick  Noah, Arnaud Boetsch or even Fabrice Santoro14.

The concept of the Trophy of Hopes is later taken over by the American company Proserv. It still exists today under the name " Bridge of Generations "10, an international tournament reserved for 15/16 year olds that takes place every year in Avignon.

This passion for tennis will never leave him, either in his career as a lawyer or in his personal associative involvement as Chairman of the Litigation Committee of the Lyon Tennis League (2005 to 2017)11 or as a member (since 2008) and then Chairman (since 13 April 2018) of the Commission of Agents at the French Tennis Federation12.

On 2 October 2018, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier is appointed by the Executive Board of the CNOSF (French National Olympic and Sports Committee) member of the Interfederal Agents ' Commission (CIAS).

He is a member of Lagardère Paris Racing.

Works and publications

Intellectual Property Notebooks,volume 13, number 3, « Controlling the commercial exploitation of the athlete's image as a public figure – France/Québec Comparative Study," Yvon Blais editions, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 200113.
Petites affiches, February 11, 2002; ; doctrinal reference under Article 9 of the Civil Code dalloz since the 2004 edition..
Sportsmen's contracts: the example of professional football, Gérald Simon (sd.), « Small synthesis of the means of post-image control », University Press of France, 200414.
Tax law review,, «Tennis and Switzerland, mythical taxation ? », Lexis Nexis, 200515.


Knight of the National Order of Merit.

Press Review

27/06/2019 TF1 Journal de 20h (Interview) Gilles Bouleau Arrestation de Musulin à Londres (Video )

27/06/2019 M6 Journal 19h45 (Interview) Arrestation de Musulin à Londres (Video )

21/02/2019 RTL L’heure du Crime (Invité) Jacques Pradel L’affaire Musulin (Audio )

01/02/2019 Lyon People (Portrait) Top 500 des Lyonnais (Press )

01/10/2018 Smart Magazine (Portrait, Essai) Bentley Bentayga (Press )

10/01/2017 France Bleu Savoie (Reportage) L’affaire du meurtre du retraité d’Armoy (Link )

10/01/2017 FRANCE 3 19/20 (Interview) L’affaire du meurtre du retraité d’Armoy (Link )

10/01/2017 La Tribune de Genève (Reportage) L’affaire du meurtre du retraité d’Armoy (Link )

16/06/2016 Editions First P. Durant (Ouvrage)Les 20 plus grands casses de l’histoire (Book )

06/02/2016 Le Tout Lyon (Portrait)Remise de l’ordre national du Mérite (Press )

01/02/2016 Lyon People (Portrait)Remise de l’ordre national du Mérite (Link )

16/01/2016 Le Progrès (Portrait)Remise de l’ordre national du Mérite (Press )

01/02/2015 Mag2Lyon (Portrait, Essai)Le Chaudron (Press )

01/02/2014 Lyon People (Une) (Interview)L’avocat de Toni Musulin passe aux aveux (Press )

04/10/2013 Paris Match (Photo) Les confidences du convoyeur libéré (Press )

03/10/2013 VSD (Reportage) Le convoyeur est libre ! (Press )

07/08/2013 Wild Bunch DVD film 11.6 (Interview) Bonus DVD Le Mystère Musulin (Video )

03/04/2013 BFM TV (Interview) Sortie nationale du Film 11.6 (Video )

03/04/2013 Cinéma Philippe Godeau (Rôle de l’avocat) 11.6 (Link )

01/04/2013 Nice Matin (Interview) L’énigme de l’homme aux deux visages (Press )

15/03/2013 Lyon Capitale (Reportage) Avant première du Film 11.6 (Link )

26/03/2012 DIRECT 8 Présumé innocent (Interview) Jean-Marc Morandini L’affaire Musulin ND

01/12/2011 Smart Magazine (Interview) L’affaire Musulin (Press )

16/05/2011 FRANCE 5 Histoire criminelle (Interview) L’affaire Fauviau (Video )

26/01/2011 Editions Stock A. Géraud Arfi (Ouvrage) Toni, 11.6 Histoire du convoyeur (Book )

02/11/2010 INA AFP (Interview) L’affaire Musulin (verdict de l’ appel) (Video )

14/09/2010 Europe 1 Matinale (Interview) L’affaire Musulin (Procès en appel) ND

14/09/2010 Le Point Site Web Reuters (Reportage) L’affaire Musulin (Procès en appel) (Link )

27/06/2010 Monaco Hebdo (Reportage) Bataille juridique sur l’extradition de Musulin (Link )

11/05/2010 Le Parisien (Reportage) Toni Musulin devant ses juges (Press )

17/03/2010 Télé Lyon Métropole (Interview) L’affaire Musulin (mise en liberté refusée) (Video )

14/03/2010 Le Journal du Dimanche (Reportage) Toni Musulin libérable mercredi (Press )

19/01/2010 Aujourd’hui en France (Interview) Les secrets de Toni Musulin (Press )

07/01/2010 Le nouvel Observateur (Reportage) Toni Musulin, le convoyeur convoité (Press )

27/12/2009 Le journal du Dimanche (Reportage) L’affaire Musulin (mise en liberté) (Press )

03/12/2009 Le Progrès (Reportage) Casse du siècle à Lyon (Press )

28/11/2009 TF1 59 minutes inside (Interview) Nikos Aliagas L’affaire Musulin ND

25/11/2009 RMC Matinale (Interview) Jean-Jacques Bourdin L’affaire Musulin ND

24/11/2009 Le Figaro (Conf. de presse) L’affaire Musulin (Personnalité) (Press )

24/11/2009 Le Parisien (Conf. de presse) L’affaire Musulin (Stratégie de défense) (Press )

24/11/2009 Le Progrès (Conf. de presse) Le moment arrivera ou Musulin parlera (Press )

19/11/2009 INA AFP (Interview) L’affaire Musulin (Mise en examen) (Video )

18/11/2009 Libération (Reportage) Musulin joue sa carpe maîtresse (Press )

18/11/2009 Le Parisien (Reportage) Le convoyeur reste muet (Press )

18/11/2009 Le Progrès (Reportage) Toni Musulin ne reconnait pas le vol (Press )

18/11/2009 France Soir (Reportage) Toni Musulin passe aux aveux (Press )

17/11/2009 Télé Lyon Métropole (Interview) Journal (La garde à vue de Toni Musulin) (Video )

17/11/2009 BFM TV journaux (Interview) Un Arsène Lupin des temps modernes (Video )

17/11/2009 FRANCE 3 19/20 (Interview) Journal (La garde à vue de Toni Musulin) (Video )

17/11/2009 FRANCE 2 Journal de 20h (Interview) David Pujadas L’affaire Musulin (Video )

27/05/2008 L’Equipe (Reportage) Famille, je vous hais (Press )

06/02/2008 Le Progrès (Reportage) L’affaire Vessiller/ Cadario (Press )

01/12/2007 Lyon Mag (Portrait) Avocats : les nouvelles stars lyonnaises (Press )

22/05/2007 L’Equipe (Interview) L’affaire Fauviau (Press )

01/07/2006 Lyon Mag (Interview) L’affaire Levy (Press )

10/03/2006 L’Equipe (Interview) L’affaire Fauviau (Press )

10/03/2006 Sud Ouest (Reportage) L’affaire Fauviau (Press )

06/10/1990 Le Figaro Magazine (Portrait) Trophée des Espoirs (Press )

Notes and references

1. ↑ Franck Ramella, L’Equipe , Friday, March 10, 2006: trial report fauviau – See the full article
2. ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4789066.stm
3. ↑ France 5, Criminal Stories, “The Case fauviau presented by Paul Lefebvre
4. ↑ Benjamin Solly, Marc Polisson, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier , Lyonpeople, “Toni Musulin’s lawyer confesses,” February – http://www.lyonpeople.com/les-gens/christophe-cottet-bretonnier-lavocat-toni-musulin-passe-aux-aveux-2014-02-27.html
5. ↑ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2655788/fullcredits
6. ↑ Philippe Durant, The 20 greatest heists in history, éditions First, 2016
7. ↑ http://www.leprogres.fr/societe/2016/01/16/me-christophe-cottet-bretonnier-fait-chevalier-dans-l-ordre-national-du-merite
8. ↑ http://le-tout-lyon.fr/christophe-cottet-bretonnier-chevalier-dans-l-ordre-national-du-merite-5214.html
9. ↑ Le figaro Magazine, Saturday, October 6, 1990 – See the full article
10. ↑ http://www.tournoi.fft.fr/le-pont/le-pont_a/cms/index_public.php
11. ↑ http://ligue2.fft.fr/lyonnais/auvergne-rhone-alpes/docs/27_LYONNAIS_Rapport_Moral_2016.pdf
12. ↑ http://www.fft.fr/sites/default/files/pdf/membres_des_commissions_federales_au_2013_04_15.pdf
13. ↑ http://www.lescpi.ca/articles/v13/n3/le-controle-de-lexploitation-commerciale-de-limage-du-sportif-en-tant-que-personnalite-publique-etude-comparee-francequebec/
14. ↑ http://www.librairie-dalloz.fr/9782130535256-les-contrats-des-sportifs-l-exemple-du-football-professionnel-gerald-simon/
15. ↑ Revue de Droit Fiscal du 27 janvier 2005, “Tennis et Suisse, fiscalité mythique ?” – See the full article

1. ↑ Benjamin Solly, Marc Polisson, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier, Lyonpeople, « L’avocat de Toni Musulin passe aux aveux », février 2014.
2. ↑ Les cahiers de Propriété intellectuelle, Volume 13, numéro 3, « Le contrôle de l’exploitation commerciale de l’image du sportif en tant que personnalité publique – Etude comparée France/Québec », éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2001.
3. ↑ France 5, Histoires criminelles, « L’affaire Fauviau ».
4. Interview de Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier, L’Equipe, vendredi 10 mars 2006
5. ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4789066.stm
6. ↑ Rory Mulholland, « French bank robber Toni Musulin and the missing millions », 10 octobre 2013
7. ↑ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2655788/fullcredits
8. ↑ Philippe Durant, Les 20 plus grands casses de l’histoire, éditions First, 2016.
9. ↑ https://www.dvdfr.com/dvd/c64012-116.html
10. ↑ https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do
11. ↑ http://www.leprogres.fr/societe/2016/01/16/me-christophe-cottet-bretonnier-fait-chevalier-dans-l-ordre-national-du-merite
12. ↑ http://le-tout-lyon.fr/christophe-cottet-bretonnier-chevalier-dans-l-ordre-national-du-merite-5214.html
13. ↑ Affiches officielles du « Trophée des Espoirs » 1989 et 1990
14. Le Figaro Magazine, rubrique Talents, « 39 ans à eux deux, et ils signent un grand trophée », samedi 6 octobre 1990.
16. ↑ http://www.tournoi.fft.fr/le-pont/le-pont_a/cms/index_public.php
17. ↑ http://ligue2.fft.fr/lyonnais/auvergne-rhone-alpes/docs/27_LYONNAIS_Rapport_Moral_2016.pdf
18. ↑http://www.fft.fr/sites/default/files/pdf/membres_des_commissions_federales_au_2013_04_15.pdf
19. ↑ Publication du Journal Officiel de la République Française (Décret présidentiel, 20 novembre 2015).
20. ↑ http://www.lescpi.ca/articles/v13/n3/le-controle-de-lexploitation-commerciale-de-limage-du-sportif-en-tant-que-personnalite-publique-etude-comparee-francequebec/
21. ↑ http://www.editions-dalloz.fr/codes/codes-de-rentree-2018/code-civil-2018.html
22. ↑ http://www.librairie-dalloz.fr/9782130535256-les-contrats-des-sportifs-l-exemple-du-football-professionnel-gerald-simon/
23. ↑ http://boutique.lexisnexis.fr/4522-revue-de-droit-fiscal/


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