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  1. Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet
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Set apart by its 'can-do attitude and ability to think outside of the box and be innovative', August Debouzy has 'all the US and Anglo-Saxon expertise that is required for even the most sophisticated international clients'. The technology and IT team 'stands out as particularly effective and competent' through its 'first-rate client support and engagement'. Clients such as Veolia and Costco recently appointed the firm to advise on GDPR compliance, while Philip Morris instructed Florence Chafiol's team to remove a number of illicit websites selling tobacco products in France. 'Thoroughly excellent' practice co-head Mahasti Razavi has 'great intellect' and 'the rare ability to address complex issues with practical and effective solutions'; she continues to assist Microsoft with all of its IT needs in France, including litigation, transactional and advisory matters. Counsel Nicolas Quoy recently joined the firm from an in-house position at Hewlett Packard, and Anne-Sophie Lampe was promoted to counsel.

Baker McKenzie's Laurent Szuskin recently acted for the payment services subsidiary of Crédit Agricole on its partnership with Wirecard and collaborated with Rémy Bricard - with whom he co-leads the practice - to assist shipping group CMA CGM with the drafting and negotiation of a series of agreements for the development of an application, a digitalisation project and an outsourcing contract with IBM. In other highlights, the group handled the creation of a digital platform for a client in the real estate sector, the negotiation of licensing arrangements, and litigation. Yann Padova is the main name to note for data privacy work and GDPR compliance alongside Magalie Dansac Le Clerc; he is currently representing a major global technology company in litigation arising from a 'right to be forgotten' claim.

Bird & Bird regularly assists its enviable client base with litigation, major outsourcing deals, cloud-computing matters and new technology issues such as the Internet of Things, and data protection. MACSF instructed a team led by Ariane Mole to advise on its data privacy compliance, and Stéphane Leriche teamed up with Merav Griguer to oversee CDC's migration of its messaging and collaborative tools to a cloud system. Litigation specialist Marion Barbier defended a client in a software counterfeit, unfair competition and outstanding debt action. Also notable are fintech and regulatory expert Cathie-Rosalie Joy, commercial partner Alexandre Vuchot and the Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant, who specialises in intellectual property.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés is currently acting for a major TV broadcaster in a dispute with a group of internet providers arising from a change in the client's business model which now imposes the payment of royalty fees on parties distributing ISP and TV service packages in France. Louis de Gaulle and Georgie Courtois recently advised Groupe BCPE on the negotiation with Apple of the contractual aspects of a contactless biometric payment system in Europe, as well as on the setting up of an API banking platform in France to allow financial applications to connect with the client's banking networks. Also notable are Cécile Théard-Jallu and Jean-Marie Job, who advised on the regulatory and data privacy aspects of the launch of an e-health company's connected nutrition scanning device in France and the US. Practice co-head Julien Horn, 'very accurate and excellent' senior counsel Matthieu Dary and Jean-Sébastien Mariez are also key contacts.

DLA Piper's IT and data offering is headed by Jonathan Rofé and Stéphane Lemarchand, who acts as the firm's global co-chair of the intellectual property and technology group. An outfit including recently promoted counsel Caroline Goupil assisted Airbus with the contractual matters arising from its decision to appoint Google as preferred service provider for its digital work space, and Fabienne Panneau defended Sopra Steria against a claim that the client failed to deliver a project to implement SAP. Gregory Tulquois is currently advising on the digital transformation of a leading global luxury group, including the contractual aspects of its e-commerce structures, and Denise Lebeau-Marianna is the name to note for GDPR and data privacy matters. Florence Guthfreund-Roland heads the telecoms and media offering in Paris and handles commercial and contractual matters in the private and public sectors.

The multi-disciplinary team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP covers the full gamut of corporate, litigation, competition and employment matters in the IT and communications industry. A leading global technology company appointed a team led by corporate expert Winston Maxwell and litigator Christine Gateau to handle high-profile and sensitive data privacy litigation with the support of counsel Patrice Navarro, while Xavier Doumen assisted Korean internet company Naver with its acquisition of the Xerox Research Centre in Grenoble. In other highlights, the team is advising on regulatory questions pertaining to competition law, e-commerce, distribution and data privacy, for example in the context of connected devices. Also notable is David Taylor, who regularly advises clients such as Facebook and eBay on the protection of their brands online through the recuperation of domain names globally.

The team at Latham & Watkins 'perfectly understands the challenges of clients' businesses and has expert knowledge of the IT, telecoms and the internet space in France', which allows it to 'quickly provide appropriate solutions'. 'Extremely capable and trustworthy' practice co-head Jean-Luc Juhan 'knows how to create a privileged link with his clients' and recently assisted a major luxury group with the renegotiation of its global telecoms project with a global market player, and advised a communications company on its contract with an airline regarding the provision of WiFi services on its flights. Myria Saarinen co-heads the team with Juhan and advises enviable client names in the pharmaceutical, technology and luxury sectors on data protection and regulatory compliance matters.

Alain Bensoussan-Avocats is a boutique firm which caters to players in the IT, telecoms and new technology space by fielding an experienced team of experts such as directors Chloé Legris, Anne Renard, Sarah Lenoir and Eve Renaud. Led by the renowned Alain Bensoussan, the group has handled contentious matters for telecom operators sued by their clients following the hijacking of their telephone lines, as well as digitalisation projects and novel issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and robotics. On the data privacy side, Florence Mulliez is the main name to note; she advises on GDPR compliance and matters arising from cybersecurity.

Aramis provides the full range of both litigation and advisory services under the leadership of Benjamin May; in recent highlights, the firm handled the negotiation of agreements with major banks, IT projects and data privacy compliance. Assisted by associate David Roche, May recently acted for Wirecard on the negotiation of a master agreement and several application contracts with Crédit Agricole for the procurement of multi-jurisdictional payment platforms. He also assisted Carrefour with the migration of its internal messaging services to a cloud-based system, which involved questions of data privacy and cybersecurity. On the contentious side, competition specialist Aurélien Condomines was part of the team which advised a major global financial institution on pre-litigation matters in a dispute with a major French IT infrastructure provider arising from the potential reduction of the latter's role in the client's new globalised structure.

Astura's IT offering is headed by Matthieu Mélin and is currently representing a leading software publisher in infringement proceedings against a foreign insurance company. Other contentious highlights included acting for clients in contractual disputes arising from outsourcing arrangements and website development projects. On the advisory side, Mélin assisted a wide array of clients with GDPR compliance, procurement projects in the sports and business sectors, and the drafting of a website management contract with a leading global technology company.

Behring acts for an enviable client roster in the TMT and communications space. In recent highlights, founding partner Anne-Solène Gay advised a leading telecoms player on the IT aspects of its acquisition of a cloud-computing company, and continues to assist one of the main telecom operators in France with its GDPR compliance programme. The firm is also advising a leading car manufacturer on the data privacy aspects of its new connected tool, and the Bruneau Group instructed Gay's team to handle the negotiation of its mobile virtual network operation agreement with Keyyo under which the latter will provide all its IT and telecoms platforms to the client. Also notable are associates Solène Guillemin and Christelle Nouhaud.

CMS 'has a specialised team dedicated to digital issues' and clients find 'invaluable' its 'experience in dealing with data protection regulatory issues'. Practice head Anne-Laure Villedieu 'gives timely, technical and commercial advice'; she recently assisted ADInstruments with the drafting and negotiating of a major agreement with the Université de Lorraine for the provision of an e-learning and e-laboratory platform. On the contentious front, the team is currently representing Sage in disputes with clients and an online host arising from the failure of the latter's services, and Telecom Services instructed Villedieu to handle litigation against foreign suppliers regarding the procurement of defective TV transcoders, televisions and digital tablets. Clients such as Mercer and Ford also appointed the firm to oversee the implementation of their GDPR compliance programmes.

The four-partner team at Derriennic Associés consists of François-Pierre Lani, Pierre-Yves Margnoux, Georges Jenselme and recently promoted partner Alexandre Fievée. On the regulatory side, the group has been advising a host of clients on their GDPR compliance programmes, and Lani continues to assist a public sector body with the creation of national standards for the use of new technologies. Other highlights included acting for a major multinational conglomerate on the sale and migration of an online data storage system, as well as an associated dispute pertaining to problems incurred during the process, and Fiévée's negotiation of licensing agreements in the context of the procurement of a mobile banking application. Key clients include Thales, Valeo, UFC-Que Choisir and Pierre Fabre.

Covering the full range of IT contracts, data privacy, licensing and telecom issues, Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie handles both litigation and transactional matters. Etienne Papin is currently advising an IT services provider on the drafting of its contractual documents, as well as handling all its disputes with clients and suppliers; he is also collaborating with senior counsel Justine Sinibaldi to review the documentation relating to a French hotel operator's online reservation platform and management software. On the data side, Richard Willemant advises clients on GDPR compliance, while Olivier de Courcel assisted a client in the perfume industry with an audit of the licensing rights on its databases. Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie  founded the firm and are also key individuals to note alongside associate Stéphanie Foulgoc.

The IT team at¬†Franklin¬†recently acted for major corporates on the negotiation of IT procurement contracts with leading technology companies and service providers, while maintaining its strong presence in the telecoms space. A cross-disciplinary team including¬†J√©r√īme Michel,¬†Julie Catala Marty,¬†Christian Sauer,¬†Kai V√∂lpel¬†¬†and¬†Magali Masson¬†advised a longstanding client in the telecoms space on a number of matters, including a major restructuring of its media content division, merger filings and a number of asset disposals. On the contentious side,¬†Yann Colin¬†is currently representing one of the main French telecoms players in a range of commercial litigation proceedings, including a high-profile contractual dispute with a well-known competitor. In other highlights, the firm's enviable client base appointed the team to advise on licensing deals, corporate transactions, antitrust compliance and data privacy issues.

The senior name to note at Gibson Dunn is Ahmed Baladi, who specialises in IT law, outsourcing agreements, data privacy, regulatory advice and cybersecurity. He is currently representing a major technology client in its appeal to the Supreme Court following the imposition of sanctions by French regulatory authorities, and a leading luxury group appointed the team to advise on the contractual, regulatory and commercial aspects of the launch of a range of smart products raising questions about artificial intelligence. Further highlights included the negotiation of SaaS, cloud migration and outsourcing agreements. Of counsel Vera Lukic is also a key contact within the team.

The team at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises on telecom matters in France and Africa, and handles significant mandates on behalf of enviable clients in the technology sector. Olivier Cousi continues to assist leading global TMT players with the regulatory issues arising from the implementation and development of their services in France, and Alexis Pailleret is part of the team guiding two major French telecom clients through a host of issues regarding the development of their operations in North Africa. On the technology front, Thierry Dor is currently leading the advice to a UK-based software provider on its agreement with a financial services company for the digitalisation and the integration of the client's white label online banking tools. Also notable is counsel Julien Guinot-Deléry, who focuses on technology and internet issues.

Alexandra Néri heads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's IT and intellectual property offering in Paris and has strong expertise in the fields of data privacy, cybersecurity and infringement litigation. Of counsel Sébastien Proust is also a key name to note and is currently collaborating with Néri to advise Twitter on a dispute with UFC-Que Choisir pertaining to alleged consumer law and GDPR breaches in the client's privacy policies and user terms and conditions. Non-contentious highlights included acting on Orange's acquisition of Basefarm Holding from private equity investor Abry Partners, and E Ink's investment in French-listed company SES-imagotag. On the intellectual property side, the team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Frédéric Chevallier from Allen & Overy LLP. Senior associate Jean-Baptiste Thomas-Sertillanges is also notable, especially with regard to GDPR compliance.

ITLAW Avocats covers all aspects of the IT sector, including competition and antitrust, contract law, intellectual property, media law and consumer protection. The team was significant bolstered by the arrival of new head of the data protection sub-group Odile Jami-Caston from the Ministry of Justice and the addition of intellectual property and media team head Jean-Christophe Ienné. The department is led by Claudia Weber, who recently assisted clients with the negotiation of SaaS contracts alongside associate Marine Hardy. In other highlights, the group reviewed a number of contracts with regard to GDPR compliance requirements, and acted for two major car manufacturers on the implementation of three digital platforms.

Jones Day is currently acting for Sigfox on a review and study of the regulatory and legal framework of the telecoms sectors of several African countries with regard to the licensing, terms and conditions of radio frequencies and connectivity services for the Internet of Things. Telecoms expert and practice co-head Rémy Fekete is assisting a French public investment entity with its minority stake investment in a new French operator, and is representing Djezzy in its challenge to the limitations imposed on it as an internet service provider, its official status as a dominant operator, and its effort to obtain symmetric termination rates. On the IT side, practice co-head and of counsel Olivier Haas is advising Société Générale on the drafting and negotiating of the transitional services agreement for IT and data services in the context of its divestiture of its banking and insurance activities in Croatia. Compliance with GDPR requirements, the provision of digital payment services and high-stakes disputes also feature among the firm's recent work highlights.

At K&L Gates LLP, the IP, IT and privacy group encompasses the firm's corporate and commercial offering in the technological space under the joint leadership of Claude-Etienne Armingaud and Etienne Drouard, whose 'perfect mastery of the law, outstanding understanding of complex issues and personal courage' impresses clients. The group was recently instructed by three major transport companies to advise on the provision of WiFi services in their train and subway stations and airports. Drouard is currently advising BNP Paribas on the regulatory and transactional aspects of the development of a digital mobile wallet app, and Armingaud is assisting a utility provider with the implementation of a smart city hub. Also notable is the group's work in the online marketing and advertising, connected device and new technology, and online distribution sectors.

One client describes the TMT offering at Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats as 'high quality, responsive and very knowledgeable'. Marie-Hélène Tonnellier 'is the standout lawyer in the team'; she 'is superbly efficient in all matters relating to technology law'. Home furnishings and DIY retailer Conforama appointed the group to advise on the implementation of its new human resources information system, and French confectionery company Carambar instructed Tonnellier and associate Corentin Pallot to handle the drafting of all facilities regarding its hardware and software infrastructure. Also notable is 'utterly dependable' Bordeaux-based counsel Charlotte Barraco-David, who advised Wolters Kluwer on a number of licensing agreements with major multinational conglomerates and the negotiation of SaaS contracts for the launch of a new product.

The IT team at Osborne Clarke 'is composed of professionals with very strong expertise who are able to sort things out without delay'. Clients especially value 'trustworthy' practice head Béatrice Delmas-Linel, whom 'one can count on'. She recently assisted retailer Casino with the negotiating of its strategic partnership with Ocado for the procurement of a French version of Ocado's smart e-commerce platform, and has been advising video game developer Ubisoft on a wide range of IT procurement matters. Lise Breteau advised on the data privacy aspects of several matters including software upgrades and the setting up of a marketplace in France. Also notable are regulatory and digital marketing and advertising expert Claire Bouchenard and Xavier Pican, who advised Eiffage on all agreements for the development of the 'smart city' area named 'Smartseille'. On the junior side, senior associate Grégoire Dumas and associate Lucile Beaupérin are also noteworthy.

Boutique firm Walter Billet Avocats 'is dedicated to innovative matters which means it is able to address any issues in the field, be it in the litigation, regulatory or contractual space'; the IT lawyers 'know the ins and outs of the tech landscape and are not afraid to dive deep into the practical aspects of a problem'. The 'very friendly and professional' Alan Walter is highly recommended by clients and recently advised the Baloise Group on the digitalisation of its client relationships through a new web portal, which involved issues relating to financial risk, data privacy and electronic signatures. In other highlights, YellowKorner appointed the group to handle a dispute with its website integrator pertaining to the wrongful termination of an agreement, and associate Maeva Manaud was part of the team which assisted La Fabrique with the drafting of contracts for the launch of a new product for non-profit clients as part of its startup studio activity. Other key clients include Lili.ai - which the group advised on the contractual issues related to the implementation of an AI-backed project management tool - and internet video advertiser Mediabong.

Bertrand Liard heads the IT and intellectual property offering at White & Case LLP with the support of partner Clara Hainsdorf, who focuses on e-commerce, IT law and commercial contracts. The pair continue to advise Facebook on technology, antitrust, consumer protection and liability litigation and pre-litigation matters arising from its activities outside of the US. Natixis appointed the firm to advise on a number of projects including digitalisation, the acquisition of cloud services, and data privacy and protection initiatives. Liard is also assisting financial software company Intuit with the development of its SaaS - QuickBooks Online - in Europe, and supported the corporate team with the IT and licensing aspects of significant corporate transactions.

Pierre Lubet, Frank Valentin and Jean-Guy Ruffray are the senior names to note within the IT and data protection team at Altana. Valentin and counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon are representing an insurance broker in proceedings against two IT providers on the grounds of a contract breach arising from their failure to complete an integration project. Heavyweight technology clients also appoint the firm to advise on e-commerce and online distribution matters, contractual issues, data privacy and regulatory compliance, and unfair competition claims arising from allegations of restricted access to internet and telecom services.

Artemont regularly advises on data privacy mandates and the negotiation of development, procurement and outsourcing agreements on behalf of clients such as Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Sodi-Tech and Take & Buy. Farid Bouguettaya is the partner name to note; he recently acted for artificial intelligence startup All Turtles on all its data protection mandates. In further highlights, the group assisted retailers and logistics companies with issues arising from their e-commerce and distribution platforms, including online counterfeiting. Associate Alice Gautron recently joined from Bardehle Pagenberg.

Clients recommend the 'multi-disciplinary, full-service offering' at¬†BCTG Avocats,¬†which 'has a large enough area of expertise to advise on novel and innovative issues'. With a historic strength in the retail and sports sector, the firm has recently bolstered its activity in the advertising and communication sectors. In recent highlights, counsel¬†Fran√ßois-Xavier Boulin¬†- whose 'skills and experience' give clients 'peace of mind knowing that cases are being treated efficiently and professionally' - advised Nike on the privacy and data protection aspects of its European digital marketing strategy. He also represented Ubisoft and its subsidiary Ketchapp in copyright and unfair competition claims brought by Voodoo seeking the prohibition of a top five mobile game.¬†Ga√ęlle Bloret-Pucci¬†heads the practice and specialises in brand protection, for example through the restriction of illicit online distribution.

Bersay & Associés advises clients on a vast array of matters pertaining to website audits and management, e-commerce platform administration and data protection. In addition to providing ongoing and regular GDPR compliance advice, the firm is assisting a client with the launch of a new mobile application in France for a cloud-based transport optimisation platform under the leadership of counsel Delphine Touboul. Emmanuel Schulte, of counsel Martine Georges-Naim - who recently advised on regulatory matters pertaining to 3G and 4G networks overseas - and of counsel Stéphanie Benmoussa-Molkhou are also key contacts. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of intellectual property specialist Claire Poirson from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, who handled the drafting and negotiating of SaaS agreements.

Data protection, e-commerce and IT law all fall within Bignon Lebray's areas of expertise. Practice head Benjamin Mourot is currently advising a chemical manufacturer on all contractual negotiations and drafting in connection with the implementation of new IT infrastructure, while from the Aix-en-Provence office Julien Lecat is representing an online payment solution provider in a dispute arising from a security breach. The group also provides ongoing advice on GDPR compliance. Elise Dufour was promoted to the partnership in January 2019. Nicolas Moreau  was a new arrival from Brunswick Société d’Avocats.

Cohen & Gresser LLP's¬†Guillaume Seligmann¬†recently assisted Big Data company Altares with several matters, such as the setting up of a new regulated fintech and financial Big Data business, and several pre-litigation mandates pertaining to a breach of territorial exclusivity and commercial contracts. Associates¬†H√©lo√Įse Masson¬†and¬†Elsa Dalimier¬†regularly support Seligmann; they recently advised on software licensing disputes, and acted for longstanding client LVMH on the negotiation of outsourcing, licensing and service agreements with major developers and providers such as Microsoft and Oracle.

Dentons' senior counsel Isabelle Leroux recently obtained a favourable decision at the appeal stage of a software and unfair competition claim brought by Dassault on behalf of the Airbus Group, and David Masson is advising Nokia throughout Europe on the GDPR compliance of its recording of street-level data. The firm is also assisting Scalefast with all contractual issues relating to its cloud platform and e-commerce structure.

DS Avocats recently acts for public sector entities on the implementation of regulatory and legal frameworks in heavily regulated sectors under the leadership of Thierry Granturco. Clients appointed the team to advise on the negotiation of contractual aspects pertaining to the implementation of software solutions in France and overseas. Catherine Verneret and counsel Gacia Kazandjian handled a number of GDPR compliance matters. Arnaud Tessalonikos heads the digital law and data privacy practice and is also a key name to note.

Intellectual property specialist¬†Ga√ętan Cordier¬†and competition and media law specialist¬†Dan Roskis¬†are two of the main names to note in¬†Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP's IT and telecoms offering in Paris. Along with data privacy projects and contractual negotiations in the online distribution and retail space, the firm was also active in the fintech area, where it advised on the implementation of software and a number of licensing agreements.

The main name to note in Fieldfisher's IT offering is Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses, who continues to assist Enedis with the digitalisation of its relationships with its clients through the development on online tools. On the telecoms side, she recently acted for Roku on the review of its application distribution agreements in view of French regulations, and collaborated with associate Clément Hubert to advise US communications company 8x8 on the negotiation of its relationship with a French wholesaler. Also notable is Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier, who is part of the team representing a US software company in antitrust proceedings filed by a competitor.

Especially strong in the contentious space, H2O Avocats was recently strengthened by the arrival of counsel Malvina Mairesse from Staub & Associés. The group advised on the pre-litigation stage of a dispute between its client - a live communications company - and an IT service provider arising from the failure of the client to meet the guaranteed minimum business numbers dictated by their long-term contract. Nicolas Herzog leads the offering and advised a major provider on its claim against a French industrial company following a major loss of personal data in 2011. Other key names include counsel Isabelle Vedrines and senior associate Sandra Benabou.

Herald Avocats has an established presence in the media and entertainment sectors, where it advises on data privacy and technology law. Anne Cousin heads the offering and provides regular and ongoing advice on GDPR compliance. In other highlights, she handled the IT aspects of corporate transactions and is currently acting in two litigation proceedings arising from software infringement and counterfeiting. Associate Cloé Lescourret recently joined from Bersay & Associés.

KGA Avocats' 'professional and business-oriented' team has strong expertise in data regulations but covers the full gamut of internet, communications and new technology matters. In recent highlights, an international bank appointed the group to assist with the transfer of an IT system, and a healthcare company instructed the practice to handle the disposal of its e-health platform to a Chinese company. Laurent Badiane jointly heads the offering with Matthieu Bourgeois, who recently arrived from Simon Associés with associate Marion Moine.

Lawways 'has very strong expertise in the intellectual property and data aspects of the market' but also 'has impressive capabilities when it comes to resolving contractual issues'. Practice head Gilles Rouvier is 'attentive, creative and smart' and 'knows how to manage a project from start to end'. Along with providing ongoing contractual advice to clients such as Pegasystems and Quantalys, associate Sarah Benchegra assisted the French subsidiary of a German group with its GDPR compliance programme. Other recent highlights include pre-litigation matters arising from the faulty provision of a critical IT system, digitalisation projects and the termination of a contract with a service provider following data loss.

The main names to note at Lerins & BCW are Mathilde Croze and associate Clémentine Beaussier, who recently advised UK-based Quartet FS on the negotiation of software and maintenance licence agreements with French companies. On the regulatory front, a healthcare association appointed the group to obtain authorisation from the local health authorities to implement a telemedicine platform. In other highlights, the pair handled SaaS, cloud and partnership agreements, namely regarding a profit-sharing mechanism between client Surprizemi and companies such as Kusmi Tea, Coty and Issey Miyake.

The 'very available' IT team at Luzi Avocats is led by 'very talented IT lawyer' Olivia Luzi, who 'has outstanding negotiation skills and a practical, commercial approach' which clients value. Along with associate Mehdi Massali, she conducted GDPR compliance audits for a number of high-profile clients such as Traveldoo, the NRJ Group and KPMG. In other highlights, Luzi negotiated IT contracts such as SaaS, master and application development arrangements.

Described as 'the best in class when it comes to telecom litigation' by clients, the 'very professional' team at Magenta specialises in representing alternative operators in France and overseas in competition and antitrust matters. The 'knowledgeable, smart and straight to the point' Sylvain Justier and Vincent Jaunet jointly lead the practice; Justier recently acted for OPT and Vini in an abuse of dominant position case before the Polynesian Competition Authority relating to the mobile telecom sector. Jaunet and counsel Fanny Mahler continue to provide day-to-day public law advice to Afone, as well as assisting with a number of litigation cases before the administrative courts, and are currently advising a public telecoms entity on its restructuring and the integration of two new subsidiaries.

The 'special attention to detail and in-depth understanding of the needs and interests of her clients, great professionalism and availability' of Norton Rose Fulbright's Nadège Martin make her particularly popular with clients. She recently led the advice to an international retailer on the launch in North Africa of a 'smartstore', and collaborated with the regulations and investigations team to guide a real estate client through the fallout of a cyber attack which caused data breach and other complications. In other highlights, the team advised on GDPR compliance programmes, as well as IT due diligence and contractual renegotiations in the context of M&A transactions.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on GDPR compliance and data privacy issues arising from major IT projects and the negotiation of strategic contracts. In recent highlights, a well-known online dating platform appointed the group to assist with a number of regulatory issues in the context of a partnership with a travel operator and the management of user-generated online content. Annabelle Richard heads the practice and recently provided training sessions to major clients across a variety of sectors with regard to GDPR compliance. Melina Wolman was recently promoted to the partnership and leads the Paris litigation team; she advises on contentious IT matters.

The IT team at Pwc Société d'Avocats consists of Christophe Guénard and director Sandrine Cullafroz-Jover. In recent highlights, the group assisted a major energy player with the implementation of an Internet of Things platform and the negotiation of associated IT agreements, and a fashion retailer appointed Guénard to oversee the migration of customer data in relation to the implementation of a new client relationship management tool through SaaS. Clients also instructed the practice to advise on e-commerce, data privacy and internal crises arising from data breaches.

Simmons & Simmons LLP's Christophe Fichet 'is an outstanding professional with unique TMT expertise and the ability to adapt to any and all situations'. He heads the firm's 'clever and imaginative' team, which has 'strong knowledge of the African TMT industry with a particular focus on regulatory issues'. Managing associate Sara Vedadi-Carca supported Fichet to advise a US client on its agreement with a French IT service provider. Also notable is the firm's advice on GDPR and data privacy, blockchain issues, digitalisation projects, outsourcing agreements and a dispute with government entities on behalf of an African TMT actor regarding frequency fees.

Covering IT outsourcing contracts, R&D projects, licensing agreements, open-source issues and regulatory issues among others, the IT and data protection team at Taylor Wessing continues to advise Hiscox on the drafting of its TMT and data risk policies. Marc Schuler - who recently arrived from Bird & Bird - is currently representing one of Septeo's affiliates in litigation filed by a user pertaining to data loss following a ransomware attack, and Fenergo appointed the team to handle the drafting and negotiating of a multi-jurisdictional SaaS agreement relating to its KYC solution with Natixis. Also notable are practice head Valérie Aumage and litigation expert Philippe Glaser.

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