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International lawyers for a new generation of families
Strategic advice in a supporting environment
Expert advices for international families

Our firm

CBBC is a boutique law firm exclusively dedicated to assisting international clients through all the important stages of their family life and the organisation of their wealth.

For many years, we have been recognized as leaders in our fields of expertise. We are known for our attention to detail, pragmatic approach and adaptability when providing our clients with effective and long-term solutions.

Dialogue and understanding are our top priorities. While always striving to find mutually acceptable solutions for our clients, we robustly defend their interests in litigation when necessary.

We are deeply committed to excellence when defending, supporting and advising our clients dealing with ever-more complex family issues.

Based on our well-established professional practice, over years, we have developed solid partnerships with foreign law firms to best respond to the needs of our clients. Based on our solid reputation, we have established fluid partnerships with major players in the field of family wealth management, whilst remaining completely independent, which guarantees the quality and seriousness of our services.

Our expertise

We advise private clients on all areas of family and matrimonial law issues both in relation to domestic and international family law and estate litigation.

We have developed specific expertise in drafting international family agreements and contracts.

Through the expertise of our team, we provide expert family law advice, with a special awareness to corporate and trust issues.

Hence, our areas of expertise cover:

Civil and common-law unions
International marriage, civil partnership and prenuptial agreements.
Assets and estates
Maintenance and wining up of matrimonial regime, property holding and wealth management (real estate, trusts, companies, foundations, assets division), succession and probate (change of matrimonial regime, international postnuptial agreements, interfamily donations), estate protection (lasting power of attorney, management agreement for joint and divided assets).
Separation and divorce
Choice of adequate international forum, concurrent proceedings and lis pendence issues, jurisdictional disputes, financial and asset settlements, children and custody, recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions, including financial recovery.
Intercountry adoption, surrogacy, recognition of parentage, recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions with the French authorities.
Conditions of parental authority (parental plans), changes of residence (relocation or wrongful removal and abduction), children’s protection (children judge), children’s property management (guardianship judge).

Our values

We firmly believe in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution
Charlotte Butruille-Cardew pioneered collaborative law in France and continues to promote ADR. Over the years, we have built solid relationships with other key players in alternative dispute resolution and we continue to provide internal and external training on interest-based, intuitive and multicultural negotiation.
When litigation is needed, we strongly and strategically defend our clients' interests
We have 20 years of experience of complex family litigation. The members of CBBC were able to build trust and partnerships with a rich network of international experts on a wide range of legal specialties, including criminal, business and tax law, as well as finance, accounting, security experts. We also collaborate with a number of trustworthy bailiffs and translators.
Our passion for law is at the heart of our practice
Frédéric Bicheron is professor of Law and members of the team are Doctors of Law or university lecturers. CBBC regularly provides training, and contributions to academic publications or legal journals and we partner with multiple graduate programs of law (Master of General Private Law Paris II- Assas, Master of International Private Law and Commerce Paris I – Panthéon - Sorbonne). Over the last 15 years, we also developed a strong educational link with the university of King’s College London.
We are proud of our international expertise
All CBBC members have worked or studied abroad and speak at least two languages. As members of numerous international organisations, we have intervened at conferences in Brazil, Kiev, Moscow, Japan, New York, Portugal, London, Scotland, Switzerland, and welcomed international trainees from Switzerland, Germany, Israel, China, Japan, Russia and Afghanistan.
We appreciate the human dimension of our work
We deeply value the long lasting partnerships we have developed with our clients. We regularly collaborate with coaches, psychologists and healthcare professionals to better understand our clients’ family issues and provide them with the best guidance possible. To contribute to the promotion of equal rights, we have organized a visit to France for Mrs Sima Samar, former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan.

Our team

Charlotte Butruille-Cardew
Lawyer - Partner
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 58
Strategy Excellence Commitment

Charlotte Butruille-Cardew is a founding partner at law firm CBBC.

She is a member of the Paris Bar and a registered European lawyer with the Law Society England and Wales.

Elected Member of the Paris Bar Council.

She practices law in French and English.




With her specific expertise in financially complex international family law cases and formidable experience of dealing with challenging matters, she advises on international asset planning and represents her clients in multi-jurisdictional litigation. She has been recognized by her clients and her peers for her talent in achieving successful settlement.




Charlotte Butruille-Cardew is a Knight of the Academic Palms.

 She is also an accredited specialist in family law.




Charlotte Butruille-Cardew is a Fellow and Governor of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.


She was consulted on family law reform projects by the European Commission and by the law societies of England and New Zealand, and on EU Family projects by the Max Planck Institute.


She is the author of numerous books including Family Law, A global Guide (Thomson Reuters), Amicable Dispute Resolution Guide (Dalloz), International prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements (Jordan Limited) and The law of divorce: global perspectives (Icfai University Press). She regularly publishes articles in French and English, and is a regular guest speaker in France and abroad on international family law issues and complex international negotiations.


She is the French correspondent of the International Family Law Journal.




Charlotte is an accredited practitioner of and trainer on the collaborative law process, an alternative resolution technique based on integrative negotiation, which she introduced in France in 2007. She holds Harvard certificates in interest-based negotiation and teaches negotiation techniques and collaborative law process at the Paris Bar, and intercultural negotiation techniques at the International School of alternative dispute resolution (EIMA). She co-chairs the Paris Bar's open commission on amicable resolution international family law disputes.


Charlotte Butruille-Cardew is a doctor of Law. After working as an associate lecturer, she now works closely with universities in France and England, including for 15 years as a conference organizer at King’s College University (London) on French and English perspectives on family law. She contributed to the design of academic programs of the Universities of Assas, Nanterre, and IFOMENE and is a member of numerous scientific committees or life member of honour, as past president or founding member of AFPDC, IDFP, EIMA, Etats Généraux du droit de la famille.




Doctor of Law: French and English divorce law, Paris XII - 2000 - London School of Economics -2001


LLM: Kings College London -1995


Master’s degree : Private law, Paris II Université Paris-Pantheon Assas -1994-




Prior to founding CBBC in 2009, Charlotte Butruille-Cardew worked as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris and also worked during her Phd with avocats aux Conseils (French Supreme courts).

Frédéric Bicheron
Lawyer - Partner
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 50
Experience Ingenuity Competence

Frédéric Bicheron joined CBBC at its creation.

He is a Partner of CBBC and an Associate Professor of law at UPEC-Paris XII University – School of Law.




Frédéric Bicheron intervenes for the firm on complex patrimonial cases.


His experience as a lawyer within an important law firm of avocats aux Conseils (able to intervene before the highest French Courts) has enabled him to develop an expertise on cases brought to the French Court of Cassation, but also a pragmatism and reactivity rooted in the need to respond effectively to the needs of clients, while bringing his academic expertise to the table.





After graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of Panthéon-Assas in 2003 by completing a thesis on "la dation en paiement", under the direction of the professor Michel Grimaldi, Frédéric Bicheron became a Professor of Law in private law and criminal sciences in 2007.


From 2007 to 2013, he taught private law at the University of Nantes, where he directed the Masters 1 and 2 of notarial law.


Currently, Frédéric Bicheron is a lecturer at the University of Paris XII (UPEC) where he teaches corporate law, family transmission of business, the law of matrimonial regimes and donations.





Frédéric Bicheron also participates to many conferences abroad (Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Romania, Italy, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Senegal, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada…).

Madeleine Diébolt
Off counsel Lawyer
+33 (0)153 35 87 54
Rigorous Determined Human

Madeleine Diebolt is off counsel lawyer since January 2020 and joined the firm in 2014.





Madeleine Diebolt acts in international family law cases and more particularly in cases involving complex international divorce, parental authority, wrongful removal, adoption, and recognition of foreign decisions.



She works in French and English.


She has special experience in dealing with Common law, the Middle-East and Asian countries.





CAPA - 2014


Master’s degree (2nd year) - International affairs - University Paris I Sorbonne – 2010 – Major of Promotion


Master's degree (1st year)- International Law - University Paris-I Sorbonne - 2009 


Madeleine Diebolt is a teacher in family law at the University of Paris XII UPEC.


In addition, she has led several commissions at the Paris Bar (Minors' Commission and Family Commission) as well as several training courses in partnership with Lexis Nexis focusing solely on family law.


Madeleine Diebolt regularly writes articles for the International Family Law Journal, Dalloz and Lexbase.





Before working with CBBC, Madeleine Diebolt did various internships with the United Nations in New York and Vienna. She also worked with the International Adoption Service of the Ministry of foreign affairs in Paris.


She also did a one-semester academic exchange in the United States during her law degree.

Madeleine Diebolt has attended several Young Lawyers’ annual meeting of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyer): Berlin (2015), Madrid (2016), Warsaw (2017) and Milan (2019) as well as the 2018 IAFL's General Meeting in Dubaï.


Madeleine Diebolt has been a speaker at several Conferences either in France:

-        Comundi-LexisNexis conference in January 2018 on the subject of prestations compensatoires

-        Conference to the Defenseur des droits in April 2017 on the subject of "The child, at the center of legal cases".


As well in England:

-        Kings College Conference in London in 2014

-        Speaker for France at the Conference organised by English law firm Pennington Manches on the theme: "International transgender issues and Family law: a comparative view" in June 2019.


She has been a regular speaker at the Paris Bar Committee on the subject of children:


-        In February 2016 on the theme: "The international instruments when dealing with maintenance obligations and child contact",

-        In October 2017 on the theme: "Jurisdiction and applicable law for child's protection".


As well as at the Paris Bar Committee on the subject of Families, in January 2017 on the theme: "Non-EU international divorces".





Madeleine Diebolt did various internships in France and abroad. While in Bar school, she did an internship with the Paris Court of Appeal’s Prosecution service specialised in financial matters.

Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 53
Bold Efficient Pugnacious

Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau joined CBBC in January 2016.




Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau is qualified in family law at the University of Sorbonne, he mainly works on complex patrimonial cases, such as divorces, liquidations of matrimonial regimes and successions, in both French and international law.


His experience within the CBBC Law Firm has led him to develop a specific expertise in Franco-English and Franco-Swiss cases.


He works daily in French and English and and has some knowledge of Chinese.




Certificate of international wealth management - University Clermont Ferrand / AUREP - 2020


CAPA - 2016


Master's degree (2nd year) of Family and Persons' Law - University Paris I Sorbonne - 2013.


Master's degree (1st year) of Private Law - University Paris II Assas - 2012.


Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau spoke at the Resolution Conference in England in April 2018 to present the regime applicable to the recognition and enforcement of English family decisions in France.


Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau wrote an article published in January 2020 in the AJ Famille "La course à la juridiction aura-elle lieu" and co-authored an article "the new divorce law as of January 2017", published in April 2017 in the International Family Law journal.


Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau is the author of "Will there be a jurisdiction race? " in the AJ Famille, Dalloz, January 2019, dedicated to new EU Regulation n°2016/1104 on registered partnerships. He cosigned an article in the April 2017 edition of the International Family Law Journal dealing with the new French divorce law as of 2017.




Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau has lived and studied in China as an exchange student at the LL.M in Chinese Law at Renmin University in Beijing.


He regularly participates in the Young lawyers’ annual meeting of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyer): Madrid 2016 - Warsaw 2017 - Milan 2019.


He is a member of the English association of Family law, Resolution.




He has worked as an intern for several family law firms in Paris as well as an intellectual property law firm.


He has also worked for the Prudential Control Authority and for a press agency.

Clémence Delpech
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 55
Collaborative Judicious Reactive

Clémence Delpech joined CBBC in July 2016.




Clémence Delpech deals with all aspects of international family law and favors, whenever possible, amicable solutions.


Her experience at university and within the law firms CBBC and SWEGER AB (in Stockholm) has led her to develop a specific expertise and a particular interest for Franco-Swedish cases.


She works daily in French and English and can understand Swedish and Spanish.





Academic degree of Mediator 1st part (IFOMENE) - 2020


Paris' Bar (CAPA) - 2017


LL.M in Comparative European Private International Law, Dundee University, Scotland - 2014


Master's degree (2nd year), Comparative European Private International Law, University Toulouse I Capitole - 2014


Master's degree (1st year), International and European Private Law, University Toulouse I Capitole - 2013 


She has cosigned an article in the Lexbase Edition Privée of December 2017: "Divorce et conflit de juridiction: une mise en perspective de l'article 6 du Règlement "Bruxelles II bis".


She participated to the writing of the article "The relationship between family law and social/digital media: it's complicated" published in the Family Law Journal, May 2020.




Clémence Delpech lived in Sweden where she studied for a year at Uppsala University and did an internship at a Family law firm in Stockholm in 2017.


In 2014, she also studied in Dundee (Scotland) where she followed an LL.M course in private international law.


She  participates in the Young Lawyer's annual conference of the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers): Warsaw (2017) and Milan (2019).




Clémence Delpech has worked as an intern for several law firms in France as well as in Sweden.

Caroline Legrand
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 51
Enthusiastic Thoughtful Thorough

Caroline Legrand joined CBBC in September 2018.




Caroline Legrand has developed a particular interest in family and criminal law in which she continues to specialize.




 CAPA - 2018


Master's degree (2nd year), General Private Law - University Paris-II Assas - 2015


Master's degree (1st year), Private Law - University Versailles-Saint Quentin en Yvelines - 2014


Double Degree Law / English - University Versailles-Saint Quentin en Yvelines - 2013



Caroline Legrand has co-written an article published in 2019 in AJ Famille entitled “Applicable law of decisions in matters of the property consequences of registered partnerships”. In addition, she participated in the drafting of practical cases regarding the (UE) 2016/1104 regulation on registered partnerships.


Caroline Legrand also took part in 2019 and 2020 in the drafting of Lexis Nexis’s divorce collection regarding consensual divorce. She also contributed to the update of practical worksheets on divorce proceedings - conciliation hearing, divorce in European law, compensatory benefits and formalities which need to be performed at the receipt of the divorce judgement.




Caroline Legrand has lived in Canada where she studied for six months at Waterloo’s University (Ontario) as part of her double degree law / english.


She then worked  for six months in the United States in Boston working in a law firm specialized in Elder Crisis Law.  




Caroline Legrand is a member of Battez Tambours, theatre company of Paris Bar School’s alumni. 




Caroline Legrand has completed several internships in law firms specialized either in criminal or family law. 


Charlotte Ankaoua
Academic Researcher - Jurist
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 57
Ingenious Bold Determined

Charlotte Ankaoua joined the CBBC firm as an academic researcher and lawyer in January 2020.




Charlotte Ankaoua has developed an expertise in private international law and international arbitration law.


Her PhD in private law, obtained with honourable distinction and unanimous congratulations from the jury, allowed her to deepen very specific notions of private international law.




Doctorate in Private Law - L'ordre public transnational - 2019 - Under the supervision of Professor Thomas Clay - Paris-Saclay (Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) – With great distinction and unanimous congratulations of the jury and a proposal to compete for a thesis prize.


Master’s degree (2nd year) - Arbitration and International Trade - University Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - 2014


Master’s degree (1st year) - Business Law - University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 2013


Master’s degree (1st year) - Justice and Trial - University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 2013


Master’s degree (1st year) - Applied Economics - University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 2013


Bachelor's degree in Law and Economics, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas - 2011.


Charlotte Ankaoua has also been co-editor of the Journal de l'arbitrage de Versailles, published by LexisNexis, since 2018.


She is also the author of a research paper "Ebauches de réflexions sur l'ordre public transnational".





Charlotte Ankaoua is a teacher and research associate at the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (contract law, general liability of obligations, family law).


She is also a contractual doctoral student with a teaching assignment at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (private international law, civil liability, general liability of obligations, introduction to law) and a temporary lecturer at the University of Evry Val d'Essonne (private international law).





Charlotte Ankaoua has taught various areas of law at the Universities of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Evry Val d'Essonne and Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Rita Kajjiou
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 50
Reliability Responsiveness Involvement

Rita Kajjiou joined CBBC in 2011 as a bilingual legal assistant.





Rita has more than 20 years’ experience as a legal assistant.


She assists the team of lawyers in all aspect in relation to formalities with courts and liaising with the various correspondents (bailiff, translators).


She is in charge of legal procedures, in particular the appeal procedure.


She speaks French and is fluent in English.





Rita worked in London during five years.


She has a diploma of bilingual Personal Assistant.





She worked for ten years in large Anglo-Saxons law firms, mostly in the tax and employment departments.


Alexandra Arnould
Accountant - Administration
+33 (0)1 53 35 87 50
Dynamic rigorous organized





Alexandra has more than 16 years of experience in accounting firms and 2 years in start-ups.


She joined CBBC in May 2019 as an accountant and office manager.


Alexandra is in charge of treasury, invoicing, HR, accounting, tax and general administration.







Alexandra Arnould has worked in various accounting firms as a professional accountant executive. In October 2016, she joined the start up Content Square, which specializes in solutions to optimize customer experience on e-commerce sites as head of sales and senior general accountant.

CBBC is proud of the diversity of experience of its lawyers. We all work collaboratively to ensure the most favourable and timely outcomes for our clients.

Our achievements

22 November 2021
Etat des lieux des pratiques amiables en matière familiale au Tribunal judiciaire

Conference organized by the Paris Bar on amicable dispute resolution led by Carine Denoit-Benteux and Charlotte Butruille-Cardew, on December 8, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (French time), with the participation of Mrs. Frédérique Agostini, President of Family Division 3-2 and Family Division 3 at the Paris Court of Appeal, and Mrs. Anne Dupuy, First Vice-President, Coordinator of the Family Division at the Paris Court of Justice.

22 July 2021
Rachael Kelsey: Thinking of a job move?

An article evoking Me BUTRUILLE-CARDEW's career and her specialization in family law was written by Me Rachael Kelsey who reminds us of the importance of specialties such as family law and the richness of this field. It can be accessed here: Rachael Kelsey: Thinking of a job move? - Scottish Legal News.

29 June 2021
Commission ouverte MARD : La présence de médiateurs à l’audience « d’orientation et sur mesures provisoires » dans le cadre de la nouvelle procédure de divorce

Me Charlotte BUTRUILLE-CARDEW will discuss with Mrs. Anne Dupuy, 1st Vice-President of the Judicial Court, coordinator of the family pole, her new initiative since the divorce reform which aims at having a mediator systematically present at the first hearing during the divorce proceedings called the orientation hearing and the hearing on the provisional measures. 

11 May 2021
Juillet 2021 - Campus 2021

On  July 6, Me BUTRUILLE-CARDEW, together with Me Maxime EPPLER, will host a workshop in CAMPUS 2021 from 11.15 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. at the Maison de la Chimie on international divorce entitled "Ensuring and securing the effectiveness of the circulation of French divorces abroad". 

5 May 2021
Mai 2021 - Colloque 2021 du Master 2 Droit Privé Général de Panthéon Assas

On May 5, 2021, Charlotte ANKAOUA attended the XVth annual conference of the Master 2 Droit Privé Général on "The apprehension of the environment by private law". 

This conference was an opportunity to reflect on the contribution of private law to the protection of the environment, by making a review of the classical subjects (contract law, property law, business law, etc.) to study the possible mobilisations. 

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