Aurélien Hamelle is General Counsel of the French energy company Total SA. Before taking up his position as General Counsel, he was a regulatory and dispute resolution lawyer with various firms, including Allen & Overy as a partner in their Paris office
He was involved in various high profile cases such as the “oil for food” case relating to the breaches of the embargo on Iraq at the end of the UN oil for food programme. He was also lead counsel in an insider trading case, the so-called “EADS” matter, that resulted in a landmark decision by the French constitutional court in 2015 that banned dual regulatory and criminal prosecution under French law on account of the same conduct.
As part of his current position, Aurélien oversees the whole legal department of the Total group (close to 500 lawyers) and deals with a wide array of matters (M&A, contracts, compliance, disputes, legal operations development…).
He is a teacher in “legal risks’ management and compliance” at the French Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po) and was formerly head of the criminal law and procedure curriculum at the Paris Bar professional training school.
A graduate of the Universities Paris-Nanterre and Paris-Dauphine in law and management and of Sciences Po, Aurélien is married and the father of two children. During his spare time, he enjoys riding motorbikes and is an ice hockey fan.