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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...).

In July 2004, two rugby internationals, Philippe Vessiller and Pascal Sanchez appealed to him for a defamation lawsuit against the president of LOU Rugby before the Lyon Criminal Court with at the bar and as witnesses, two former captains of the French team Jean-François Tordo and Marc Cecillon, who, drunk, will kill his wife a few weeks later. (Press )

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.

It is at that time that the former minister and mayor of Lyon Michel Noir requested him for a libel lawsuit.

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 .

In 2016, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier is a lawyer of an employee of water’s EVIAN, murderer of a retired man, to whom he avoids being referred to an criminel court, by making recognize during the investigation the involuntary character of the fatal shot to the victim. (video )

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 )

In 2020, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier is French soprano Lawyer’s Chloé Briot (nominated fot the arwards music 2018), which through him file a complaint for sexual assault, breaking the law of silence that reigns in the opéra and provoking a penal report from the minister of culture Roselyne Bachelot.(video )

In 2021, the tennis player Patrick Proisy (finalist at Roland-Garros in 1972) and former president of the Racing Club de Strasbourg (football league 1) entrusted him with his defense in the context of the so-called “fraudulent transfers of the RCS” case, soon referred to the Nancy Court of Appeal following a cassation appeal in favor of her client. (Press )

Press Review

10/07/2021BFMTV V.S.D. (Invité) Jean-Baptiste Boursier L’affaire Yasemin Gündogan. (Video )

10/06/2021L’Equipe (Reportage) Franck Ramella L’affaire Proisy. (Press )

13/09/2020BFMTV Affaire suivante (Invité) Dominique Rizet L’affaire Chloé Briot. (video )

27/08/2020The Times (Reportage) French soprano victim of sexual assault during opéras (Link )

27/06/2019 TF1 Journal de 20h (Interview) Gilles Bouleau Arrestation 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 (video )

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) (Portrait, Interview)L’avocat 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 BFMTV (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 BFMTV 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 )

12/07/2004 Le Progrès (Reportage) L’affaire Sanchez et Vessiller (Presse )

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

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 Santoro.

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.

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 main 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, 200112.
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, 200413.
Tax law review,, «Tennis and Switzerland, mythical taxation ? », Lexis Nexis, 200514.


chevalier-ordre-du-merite Knight of the National Order of Merit (November 20, 2015).

Notes and references

1. ↑ Franck Ramella, l’Equipe, Vendredi 10 mars 2006 : compte rendu du procès Fauviau – See the full article
2. ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4789066.stm
3. ↑ Verdict, « L’affaire Fauviau »
4. ↑ Benjamin Solly, Marc Polisson, Christophe Cottet-Bretonnier, Lyonpeople, « L’avocat de Toni Musulin passe aux aveux », février 2014 – 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, Les 20 plus grands casses de l’histoire, 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, samedi 6 octobre 1990 – See the full article
10. ↑ http://jfdo.fr/pont-generations-2019/
11. ↑ https://www.fft.fr/la-federation/organisation-federale/les-commissions-federales/les-commissions-federales
12. ↑ http://www.lescpi.ca/articles/v13/n3/le-controle-de-lexploitation-commerciale-de-limage-du-sportif-en-tant-que-personnalite-publique-etude-comparee-francequebec/
13. ↑ http://www.librairie-dalloz.fr/9782130535256-les-contrats-des-sportifs-l-exemple-du-football-professionnel-gerald-simon/
14. ↑ Revue de Droit Fiscal du 27 janvier 2005, “Tennis et Suisse, fiscalité mythique ?” – See the full article


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