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August Debouzy

6-8, AVENUE DE MESSINE, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
Tel:
Work +33 1 45 61 51 80
Fax:
Fax +33 1 45 61 51 99
Email:
Web:
www.august-debouzy.com
Brussels, Paris

Florence Chafiol

Tel:
Work +33145615180
Email:
Web:
www.august-debouzy.com/en/
August Debouzy

Work Department

Technologies Media IP

Position

Partner

Career

Florence Chafiol began her career at August Debouzy and has been a partner since 2009.  Working in the Technologies, Media, Intellectual Property Department, Florence focuses primarily on issues in connection with IT or technology projects (including Digital and Internet), working in an advisory and litigation capacity.  She has also developed a recognized personal data practice, with both French and foreign companies, assisting with compliance plans or with launching products or new projects.  She also assists clients who have undergone audits with the management of their litigation with the French Data Protection Authority’s Litigation Division.  Florence regularly publishes articles on current issues in her preferred fields of interest in the general media and specialist publications. 

Languages

French | English

Member

Admitted to the Paris bar in 1996

Education

- Postgraduate degree (DESS-DJCE) in business law, University of Montpellier, 1995

- Postgraduate degree (Magistère DJCE), University of Montpellier, 1993-1995

- Degree in “ Contracts, Business Organization”, University of Florida, Gainesville


France

EU, competition and distribution

Within: EU, competition and distribution

The practitioners at August Debouzy are 'very international and highly regarded by their peers'. The 'very responsive, smart and business-oriented' team is jointly headed by Mahasti Razavi, Florence Chafiol and Alexandra Berg-Moussa, who was recently promoted to partner. The group continues to advise Costco on the launch of its activities in France, and senior associate Barbara Nouri is part of the team assisting a number of luxury brands with their distribution and commercial agreements, including contracts pertaining to selective distribution networks. Counsel Renaud Christol is also a name to note.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

While the main bulk of the healthcare and life sciences work at August Debouzy is driven by the patents and intellectual property group led by François Pochart and Grégoire Desrousseaux, the practice has substantial experience advising across the full life cycle of products. On the contentious front, Marie Danis is leading the advice to a pharmaceutical company in international arbitration proceedings brought by a competitor on the grounds of a licensing issue, and Alexandra Cohen-Jonathan is representing 500 victims of a faulty breast implant product in a class action against the party which certified it. In other highlights, labour partner Emmanuelle Barbara is advising on the reorganisation, transformation and digitalisation of a major pharmaceutical client, and Florence Chafiol acted on data protection mandates. Counsel Mathilde Rauline plays a key role within the intellectual property department and is also a name to note. Other significant clients include Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Essilor and Sofibel.

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Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet

Within: Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet

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.

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Industry focus: Luxury goods

Within: Industry focus: Luxury goods

August Debouzy has a strong presence in the retail sector and fields a cross-disciplinary team to advise a top-notch client roster on intellectual property, IT, corporate, real estate and employment law, among other matters. The six-partner team includes managing partner Mahasti Razavi and counsel Véronique Dahan, who continues to lead the advice to clients such as jewellery company Repossi and Valentino regarding the protection of their brands and designs. In other highlights, Razavi teamed up with Florence Chafiol and distribution expert Alexandra Berg-Moussa - who was recently promoted to partner - to advise a high-profile luxury brand on the negotiation of a complex global partnership with an online fashion platform, as well as its compliance with GDPR obligations. Associates Noémie Tashjian and Laure Arnon-Duquesnoy are also key names to note within the practice.

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