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Baker & McKenzie SCP provides ‘impeccable work’, adopting ‘an adaptable and flexible approach when dealing with very complex projects’. The 15-lawyer team is retained by the largest French corporations for handling their most challenging and global IT project implementations; data protection and telecoms are also areas of leading expertise. The team recently advised on a very innovative telemedicine projects. BNP Paribas, Google and Netflix are clients. Rémy Bricard and ‘brilliant dealmakerLaurent Szuskin are among the best in their fields; they ‘know perfectly their clients, and give tailor-made advice’. Telecoms experts Christian Blomet, and Emmanuel Guillaume are also highly recommended, as is Denise Lebeau-Marianna who has ‘great data privacy expertise’ and ‘shows creativity in new topics’.

Bird & Birdprovides great service’. The ‘extremely responsive’ team gives ‘very commercial advice, and takes the time to really understand its clients’ business properly’. The practice is retained by prominent French and international corporations to advise on global IT and data projects. It recently assisted Alstom Power with splitting its IP rights pertaining to certain technology assets and advised the European Aviation Safety Authority on setting up a European programme for aviation data. Hiscox, Legrand and L’Oréal are also clients. Stéphane Leriche ranks among the best in his field. Also highly recommended are: Ariane Mole, Marion Barbier and the ‘exceptionally goodMarc Schuler, who is ‘approachable, very commercial and very thorough in his advice’.

DLA Piper has top IT expertise and assists high-profile corporations with the negotiation of intricate global IT and cloud projects. Stéphane Lemarchand is a leading figure in the market and Jonathan Rofé is also highly rated. The practice also deals with data protection and Florence Guthfreund-Roland has a niche in African telecoms work. Michelin, Airbus and Sanofi are clients.

Latham & Watkins assists large French end user companies, especially in the financial services, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors. Publicis, L’Oréal and Amazon Web Services are clients. The firm advises on the negotiation of major IT and data projects, as well as handling related litigation. Jean-Luc Juhan and Myria Saarinen head the practice.

Alain Bensoussan-Avocatsprovides innovative service’. The ‘highly responsive and available’ team has ‘high-level expertise combining technical and legal expertise’. With some 80 lawyers involved, the firm has the market’s largest team and brings together a complete range of expertise. Alain Bensoussan combines ‘global perspective, analytical ability and creativity’. Eric Barbry, Jean-François Forgeron, Frédéric Forster and Benoit De Roquefeuil are also highly regarded.

Aramis runs a strong IT practice advising many large French corporations on IT systems implementation and related litigation. The firm recently assisted Yves Rocher with the integration of new infrastructure system software and acted for Airbus Oneweb Satellites in negotiating an enterprise resource planning contract. The team also has leading experience in online payment and also deals with data and internet issues. GE, Galeries Lafayette, UPS and Vinci are clients. Benjamin May is highly rated.

The ‘remarkableAsturaperfectly understands its clients’ needs and acts efficiently when dealing with complex IT projects’. Work includes negotiating major IT contracts and handling related litigation for end users; it also assists some IT providers. Matthieu Mélin is recommended for his ‘great expertise, practical knowledge and ability to defend his clients’ positions in a smart way’.

Behring is ‘a true alternative to major international law firms in IT/BPO contracts and data protection matters’. The four-lawyer team also has ‘great legal skills in telecoms and understands technical and operational constraints’. It advises high-profile players in the IT and telecoms sectors, handling work such as assisting Orange with its acquisitions of French cybersecurity company Lexsi and telecoms operator Tigo in Africa. The team also advised Swiss Post Solutions on IT contract negotiation and data protection. Practice head and ‘excellent negotiator’ Anne-Solène Gay ‘knows perfectly well the telecoms industry’ and is ‘always seeking innovative solutions in her clients’ best interests’.

Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie has extensive experience of IT project integration and negotiations. The ten-lawyer firm also assists clients during audits conducted by the French data authority. Laboratoire Servier, Guerlain, Institut Pasteur, Bull and BPI are clients. Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie head the practice, with Etienne Papin and Olivier de Courcel also being key contributors. Olivia Luzi recently left the firm to create her own practice, while IP law expert Richard Willemant recently joined from his own firm.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has ‘a very high level of IT knowledge’. The ‘very responsive and practical’ team deals with IT, data and internet matters. It is led by the ‘excellentThierry Dor, who shows ‘high commitment to solving problems’. The firm also has strong experience of advising corporations, state entities and authorities on telecoms regulations and infrastructure projects, especially in Africa. The practice notably assisted SNCF with the deployment of a wi-fi network in trains in France. Eutelsat and the Benin telecoms authorities are clients. Olivier Cousi is the key contact.

The ‘responsive, efficient and expert’ team at ITLaw Avocats has ‘deep knowledge of the internet sector’. The six-lawyer team advises many leading French and European companies, as well as some start-ups. It is often retained to advise on complex and global IT projects and also excels in data-related matters. Practice head Claudia Weber is highly recommended.

Jones Day shows ‘great understanding of the telecoms sector that goes beyond legal and regulatory aspects’. Headed by ‘top adviserRémy Fekete, the practice advises many international operators on matters in Africa. It recently assisted Orange with the acquisition of a company which is a minority stakeholder in Africa Internet Group. Lycamobile and Zain are also clients. Of counsel Olivier Haas advises on major IT outsourcing projects, especially in the banking sector, where Société Générale is a client.

K&L Gates LLP advises on sophisticated global and domestic IT projects and is another name to note in very innovative digital projects for major French clients. The seven-lawyer team is also a reference for data privacy matters and is handling an important dispute with the French data regulator regarding the use of cookies. Microsoft, Carglass, SNCF and Altarea are clients. Several high-profile luxury goods manufacturers also use the practice. Practice head Etienne Drouard is highly recommended and recently promoted partner Claude-Etienne Armingaud ‘wastes no time and is straight to the point’.

August Debouzy has strong IT and contract expertise. The practice assists many leading French and international corporations, as well as software developers and Microsoft, which is a longstanding client. It advises on the implementation of complex IT infrastructure and also handles litigation. The firm recently represented Bureau Veritas during the renegotiation of an SaaS agreement with IBM and acted for investment software company Broadridge in negotiations with leading French banks. Accenture, Orange, Dassault Systèmes are also clients. Key figures include Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol, who is also recommended for data matters and whose ‘openness and capacity to manage difficult situations’ are especially noted.

Derriennic Associés is praised for its ‘very business-oriented approach’ and ‘ability to advise beyond simple questions of compliance or internal policies’. The 15-lawyer ‘moves fast and has the capability to address complex questions in a limited timeframe with a real value-added stance at the end’. The practice advises many large French companies as end users, as well as representing leading software companies, IT service providers and manufacturers. The firm regularly advises on large complex IT system integration and digital projects, as well as litigation and data privacy. The team is led by François-Pierre Lani, Georges Jenselme and Pierre-Yves Margnoux, who is recommended for the ‘negotiation of complex projects and for IT project litigation’.

Bradley Joslove heads the practice at Franklin, which is retained by leading Indian and US technology companies for e-commerce, data, encryption and IT advice. Hitachi and Twitter are clients. In telecoms, the team regularly acts for Altice and recently advised it on the sale of a 30% stake in Cablevision.

H20 Avocats was created by Nicolas Herzog, who was previously at Vaughan Avocats and is recommended for his ‘sharp advice, excellent analysis and great litigation skills’. The firm has ‘in-depth IT knowledge’ – clients include IT providers, insurers and a French Ministry. The three-lawyer team recently advised on innovative connected-object and digitalisation projects; it is also handling sensitive matters dealing with the loss of data.

Harlay Avocats is highly sought to advise on legal issues raised by innovative applications or by the implementation of new apps in France. Headed by Sabine Lipovetsky and Fabrice Perbost, the eight-lawyer team also deals with more traditional IT matters and data issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP assists some of the world’s most prominent internet players, including Google France and Twitter. Headed by Alexandra Néri, the team excels at handling internet-related IP issues and is assisting Google with a series of disputes. Data privacy is another area of leading expertise and the team handles IT issues for major French and international groups. Of counsel Sébastien Proust is recommended.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s outstanding client base in the internet sector includes eBay, PayPal and Facebook. The practice advises on strategic internet matters, including data privacy matters which are handled through Winston Maxwell. David Taylor and counsel Jane Seager have unmatched expertise in France and globally for domain name issues. Christine Gateau is another name to note. IT and telecoms matters are also areas of practice.

Cabinet Isabelle Renard has ‘a quick and thorough understanding of issues and delivers comprehensive top-level advice based on wide experience and strong skills’. The firm assists end user companies, including banks, with their IT, data and internet issues. Isabelle Renard is ‘very quick at comprehending situations, and has in-depth knowledge of industry and technological issues’.

Latournerie Wolfrom & Associés provides ‘comprehensive and acute analysis’. ‘Lawyers follow matters perfectly, show high involvement and responsiveness’ and have ‘a strategic view on issues’. The firm advises major companies with IT contract negotiation and recently assisted Thomas Cook. Data privacy is another aspect of practice, as is its ‘excellent’ telecoms expertise – the team advises operators and public local entities, recently including representing Free Mobile in several strategic matters. Public law expert Térence Cabot has ‘fine expertise and is prudent in his advice’; practice head Marie-Hélène Tonnellier is ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and available’.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘at the forefront of legal developments’, assisting major companies such as BNP Paribas, Carrefour and Pfizer with their telecoms, IT and data needs. Practice head Marc d’Haultfoeuille is ‘an excellent technician who knows how to adapt the legal framework to fast-changing environments’. Of counsel Nadège Martin) is ‘expert in IT contracts and delivers remarkable work’.

Osborne Clarke assists a mix of start-ups and major global or French corporations, including one of the world’s leading IT companies, with complex IT projects and litigation, such as software audit disputes. It assisted SNCF with the setting up of Wizway contactless mobility solutions. Data and new digital issues are also dealt with. The practice co-heads are Béatrice Delmas-Linel and Claire Bouchenard, who are ‘very client-focused and answer complex questions in a simple way’. Lise Breteau recently joined the firm from her own boutique.

Staub & Associés’ ‘outstanding’ team advises some large French corporations, international IT companies and several start-ups, advising on IT system integration and database issues. The practice is led by the highly experienced Sylvain Staub and Dominique Isel.

Taylor Wessing deals with contentious and non-contentious IT and data issues, including often acting for IBM France. Recent litigation includes several matters regarding fires in data centres. Valérie Aumage and Philippe Glaser lead the practice.

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