The Soffer Avocats Team
Soraya A. Racette is a member of the Paris and Montreal Bar Associations.
Fluent in English and French, she completed her legal studies both in Canada and in France. She graduated from the University of Montreal (LL.B. Bachelor of law), and holds a Master 1 in International business law and a Master 2 in Insurance law from the Paris-1, Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
In July 2018, she participated in the Paris Bar – Gray’s Inn exchange program in London (Inns of Courts of England and Wales, PBIE).
Soraya has solid competencies in civil and commercial law, and transversal skills in both non-contentious and contentious legal matters.
She previously worked in the legal department of a global American insurance brokerage and risk management company, and also provided civil law courses at the Université Catholique de Lille.
Soraya is a member of the AJFB/FBLS
Guillaume van Doosselaere is a member of the Paris and Brussels Bar Associations.
He essentially works in art law litigation and more generally in civil and commercial litigation.
Guillaume van Doosselaere also handles litigation, in national and international disputes, relating to press law (slanderous denunciations, defamation, right of reply, cyber-harassment), intellectual property and liability. He also has solid competencies in criminal defense.
Guillaume van Doosselaere graduated from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium with a Bachelor’s degree in history, a Master’s degree in law, and a Master’s degree in political science. He also holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, New York.
Prior to entering Soffer Avocats, Guillaume van Doosselaere worked at a leading American law firm, where he advised and litigated cases pertaining to commercial and contract law.
He was also a teaching assistant at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium.
Frédéric Goldberg is a member of the Paris Bar Association. He is also a registered foreign lawyer in England and Wales.
Frédéric graduated from Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne University and King’s College London (Joint Master and LL.B. in French law and English law) and also accomplished a Master 2 in Constitutional law.
Following an LL.M. qualification from Cornell Law School (New York), Frédéric joined the Paris Bar Association.
Before entering Soffer Avocats, he was an associate at a leading Parisian law firm, and worked on complex litigation, in France and at an international level, in various fields such as general civil and commercial litigation, white collar crime, aviation law and intangible rights (e.g., sports and media law, e-reputation…). He also has extensive experience in debt recollection and in the enforcement of court decisions.
Frédéric Goldberg was elected President of the Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques / Franco-British Lawyers’ Society (AJFB/FBLS) in 2019 and reelected in 2022, after having served as its vice-president since 2010. He also participated in the exchange program between the Paris Bar and the Inns of Courts of England and Wales (PBIE).
In the context of conferences held at the AJFB/FBLS, Frédéric Goldberg spoke on various themes, including international arbitration, maritime law, constitutional law and the protection of fundamental rights.
Frédéric Goldberg also participates in the activities of the Collège des Bernardins. He is a member of several working groups of its Politics and Social Sciences Department.
Frédéric Goldberg is the honorary president of Pasteur High school (Neuilly-sur-Seine) Alumni. He was elected Associate of King’s College (A.K.C.) in 2009.
Jacques Fourvel is a member of the Paris Bar Association and an honorary judge.
He was previously head of the economic and social department of the Paris prosecution office, and was also a member of the financial and anti-terrorist section. He has in-depth knowledge of criminal law and criminal procedure.
For over twenty years, Jacques Fourvel worked within a prominent and globally present French distribution company. He was in charge of issues regarding corruption, prevention, corporate vigilance, personal data protection, and various criminal issues. As the advisor to the CEO, he was Chairman of the Ethics Committee and Chairman of the Risks Prevention Committee.
Jacques Fourvel is perfectly familiar with business operational issues, in particular within an international context.
His dual experience within the judiciary field and the private sector familiarized him with problems pertaining to the prevention and the fight against corruption, in addition to those concerning money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
Jacques Fourvel was also the Vice-President of the Société de législation comparée (SLC) until 2023.
Agnes Peresztegi is a member of the New York, Hungary, Split and Paris (registered foreign attorney) Bar Associations.
She is a renowned attorney in World War II looted art litigation, both in Europe and in the United States. She has over 20 years of experience in advising non-profit organizations on restitution claims, and in representing Holocaust survivors and heirs. She has been a forceful advocate for meaningful changes in the way governments and museums identify, publicize and organize the return of stolen art to their rightful owners.
She has testified before the United States Senate law commission and was instrumental in the lobbying effort that led to the enactment of the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 (HEAR Act).
She has advised the Commission for Art Recovery for 19 years and was president of this commission until August 2019.
Agnes Peresztegi was a Member of the Advisory Council at the Nazi-Confiscated and Looted Cultural Property of the European Shoah Legacy Institute (“ESLI”), and served as a member of the “Schwabing Art Trove” Taskforce, which was established to assist with the reviewing of the artworks found in Mr. Gurlitt’s home as a result of confiscations perpetrated by the Nazis.
Ron Soffer is a member of the Paris, New York, Israel, and Split Bar Associations.
Ron Soffer is highly experienced in litigation. He intervenes both before French courts and as "lead counsel" in coordination with local colleagues before foreign courts, namely in the United States, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Malta, Morocco, Hong Kong, Singapore and Israel.
He is recognized for his expertise in the management of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in civil, criminal and commercial matters in France and abroad, particularly in the United States, where he coordinated disputes on behalf of European clients in various States. He has a strong understanding of American procedural rules and more specifically of the discovery procedure and its impact in Europe.
He has also represented clients before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Ron Soffer has a solid command of criminal law. He is now registered as counsel on the list of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and is a member of the scientific committee of the “Institut pénal du Barreau de Paris”.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) since 2014 and a member of the list of arbitrators of the International Center for Dispute Resolution (international division of the American Arbitration Association).
Ron Soffer also has extensive experience of the law of armed conflict and public international law. He began his career as an officer in the Department of International Law of the Judge Advocate General of the Israel Defense Forces and intervened in several disputes before the Supreme Court of Israel.