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Leading individuals: IT

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Baker McKenzie SCP produces ‘a quality of work that goes beyond what is expected even from a firm of that high reputation’ and ‘perfectly masters the area of IT providers and complex IT contracts’. The 18-lawyer team advises IT users on the negotiation of the largest and most complex IT systems and also handles sensitive data protection issues. It acted for Silca on the creation of a strategic partnership with Capgemini and advised SFIL on negotiating new trading and risk management software with Misys International Banking Systems. Other clients include Société Générale, Netflix, Casino and Google. The practice is led by Rémy Bricard, who is recommended for his ‘high-level expertise and global vision on a deal’, and Laurent Szuskin, whose ‘great strategic view is key to assisting his clients in the most complex and sensitive matters’. Senior counsels Christian Blomet and Denise Lebeau-Marianna are also recommended, the latter being a data protection expert and who ‘shows great creativity on new subjects’.

Latham & Watkins’ ‘rapid, efficient and available’ nine-lawyer team assists leading French technology users, advising on large and global IT and data projects and also handling litigation. The practice is jointly led by the ‘exceptional’ Jean-Luc Juhan, whose ‘negotiating skills and expertise are remarkable’, and the ‘very responsive and business-oriented’ Myria Saarinen, who is ‘expert in the data privacy field’.

Alain Bensoussan-Avocats has the largest dedicated team in the market, with 80 lawyers. Its expertise includes IT, telecoms, internet, data and robot law issues. Alain Bensoussan, Eric Barbry, Jean-François Forgeron, Frédéric Forster, Benoit De Roquefeuil and Marie-Cécile Berthod are the key contacts.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice combines ‘high availability and in-depth IT industry knowledge’. The practice assists high-profile technology users with IT system integration, outsourcing and data protection issues. The firm acts for leading luxury brand owners and is advising on the development of the first connected luxury watch. Engie and L’Oréal are clients. Ahmed Baladi heads the practice, in which associates Emmanuelle Bartoli and Vera Lukic are significantly involved.

The ‘excellentAramis mainly represents large corporate IT end users, advising on data protection or the negotiation of large IT projects and handling litigation; it has market-leading expertise in the online payment sector. The firm assisted Alstom with reviewing and renegotiating major IT agreements in the context of its partial purchase by GE. Visa, Beiersdorf and Lacoste are also clients. Practice head Benjamin May is ‘quick to respond and provides highly practical advice’.

Astura has ‘a strong and in-depth view of IT legal issues and ability to focus immediately on key topics’. The firm advises IT end users and providers and is often involved in high-end litigation. Practice head Matthieu Mélin ‘unites excellent technical skills with valuable human qualities’.

The ‘excellentBird & Bird, which has ‘great knowledge’ of the IT, telecoms and internet sectors, often acts for major companies in the negotiation of IT solutions, the handling of data privacy issues and representation in litigation. Legrand, Michelin and Swiss Re are clients. The practice is led by Stéphane Leriche, Alexandre Vuchot, Ariane Mole, Marc Schuler, Marion Barbier and Michel Matas.

DLA Piper gives ‘business-oriented and proactive’ advice and has strong experience of advising leading corporations on IT systems negotiations and litigation. Clients include Verizon, Vodafone, Sanofi and Airbus. Gregory Tulquois and co-chair of the global practice Stéphane Lemarchand are ‘excellent lawyers’ and recently promoted partner Jonathan Rofé is also a notable figure. The firm also has strong data protection expertise and Carol Umhoefer is global co-chair of the firm’s data protection practice. The firm also provides ‘very valuable support’ to state entities and telecoms operators in Africa; Florence Guthfreund-Roland is ‘extremely responsive and always available at short notice’.

The ‘very strong’ practice at Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie assists large IT users, including Vinci Park Services and Servier, and has longstanding experience of advising on IT systems, IP, data and internet matters. The 13-lawyer team is headed by Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, and notably also includes Etienne Papin, Olivier de Courcel and Olivia Luzi.

Franklin is ‘a perfect choice for US companies trying to deal with French legal issues’. The firm is involved in high-profile disputes and M&A transactions in the telecoms sector for Altice/Numericable and has strong IT, internet, data and encryption expertise. The practice recently assisted Racemi with the negotiation of an outsourcing agreement with IBM France and also routinely acts for start-ups. Practice head Bradley Joslove has ‘broad knowledge of French law issues pertaining to the internet’. Of counsel Laetitia de Pellegars is recommended for e-payment matters.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has strong telecoms expertise – where it advises operators, African states and public sector companies on regulatory and project matters – and is equally strong in the data privacy area, where it recently advised on e-projects in the healthcare and gas sectors. Clients include Eutelsat and Orange. Olivier Cousi and Thierry Dor are recommended. Rémy Fekete joined Jones Day.

Behring has ‘deep knowledge of the underlying IT business and real interest in it’. The four-lawyer team also stands out for its regulatory and competition expertise in the telecoms sector. Data protection is another area of increasing involvement. Highlights included assisting Orange with the IT aspects of its acquisition of Cloudwatt. IT provider clients include Swiss Post Solutions. Anne-Solène Gay gives ‘fast and clear assessment and guidance’, and has ‘an incredible network among French administrations and senior management of large French companies’.

DS Avocats advises IT providers and large French and international users, especially in the banking sector. Arnaud Tessalonikos heads the seven-lawyer team, which is handling major litigation cases and also advises on negotiation and implementation of IT system projects.

Derriennic Associés’ ‘efficient’ team has ‘real knowledge of IT companies and related businesses and markets’. It advises major French and international technology providers and users, often in the context of software licensing audits and related litigation. The team is led by Georges Jenselme, François-Pierre Lani and Pierre-Yves Margnoux, who is ‘an outstanding lawyer, in terms of technical and legal knowledge’.

Headed by Sabine Lipovetsky and Fabrice Perbost, Harlay Avocats’s seven-lawyer team assists leading technology providers and recently advised on various digitalisation and electronic signature matters. The firm also advises leading internet players on data protection issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘advice is always accurate and guidance focuses solely on the essential points’. The data privacy practice is emerging as one of the best in France and is retained by top-end clients in the internet and banking sectors – for example, Google France and Twitter are clients. The practice is co-headed by Alexandra Néri, ‘an excellent lawyer who is very focused on the positive results’, and of counsel Sébastien Proust.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is instructed by the world’s largest internet companies, such as eBay and Facebook, advising on issues such as sensitive data privacy matters; the practice also advises on telecoms. Winston Maxwell is co-head of the firm’s practice globally. Through David Taylor, the firm also ranks as one of the leading players at international level for domain names issues, wherein the team regularly advises Facebook.

ITLaw Avocats has ‘acute knowledge of the IT and web sector and is able to innovate on unprecedented subjects’. The six-lawyer practice assists leading French companies – including major names in the retail, energy and engineering fields – with the implantation of global projects; it has strong experience in e-healthcare and software audits. Practice head Claudia Weber has ‘a high level of expertise’.

Cabinet Isabelle Renard combines ‘rigorous management of files with rapid and polished work’. The firm advises major technology users – including various banks – on IT, data privacy, cloud-computing and internet matters. Practice head Isabelle Renard has ‘excellent legal and operational expertise’ and ‘great knowledge of electronic signature issues’.

Jones Day hired Rémy Fekete from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., who has ‘unparalleled understanding of TMT matters, especially in the African market’. The firm represents leading French and international telecoms operators and recently assisted Telefónica with the creation of a French joint venture with Bouygues Telecom. Counsel Olivier Haas advises major corporations and banking institutions on IT systems and data issues.

Headed by Etienne Drouard, K&L Gates LLP’s six-lawyer team assists major companies with digital transformation, outsourcing matters and IT systems integration. It also advises on cutting-edge data protection matters. Altarea-Cogedim Group and Voyages-SNCF.com are clients, as are a number of luxury goods manufacturers and advertising groups. Claude-Etienne Armingaud is another name to note.

Headed by Marie-Hélène Tonnellier, Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats’ ‘greatly available team’ assists leading French and international clients with IT contract negotiation and litigation. The practice procured a favourable outcome for Sopra Steria in a dispute brought by Oracle. Free is another client. The ‘responsive’ Térence Cabot is a key name for representing mobile operators and public sector entities in the telecoms field.

Headed by Marc d’Haultfoeuille, Norton Rose Fulbright’s five-lawyer team assists leading companies, such as Brink’s and BNP Paribas, on IT contracts. The firm also advises on data privacy issues and telecoms matters. Of counsel Nadège Martin is another name to note.

Osborne Clarke’s ‘fantastic team’ demonstrates ‘cutting-edge knowledge’ and knows how to ‘balance risks appropriately’. The firm assists leading technology providers and users on the negotiation of IT systems and digital solutions. It recently advised Solocal on the negotiation of a strategic deal with Apple Inc. Béatrice Delmas-Linel is highly experienced. Also recommended is ‘highly competent’ counsel Eléonore Varet, who joined from Gilles Vercken Law Firm.

Frédéric Lecomte heads Stehlin & Associés’ team, which advises leading IT providers and clients, as well as internet companies. The scope of practice includes data privacy.

Taylor Wessing has ‘excellent knowledge of the IT field’. The five-lawyer practice handles IT and data privacy issues, often on behalf of a leading IT provider. The team recently handled several cases in the context of damage resulting from a fire occurring at data centres. Practice head Valérie Aumage has ‘formidable knowledge of the legal corpus and great negotiating skills’; Philippe Glaser is also recommended.

Vaughan Avocats provides ‘excellent-quality services, including when dealing with complex files’. The firm combines strong litigious skills with IT and internet expertise. It is notably involved in a case raising the question of the financial value of data. Clients include major technology providers and professional associations. Practice head Nicolas Herzog shows ‘pugnacity and is an excellent ally in complex situations’.

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