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Pinsent Masons LLP

23 RUE BALZAC, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
Tel:
Work +33 1 53 53 02 80
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Fax +33 1 53 53 02 81
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www.pinsentmasons.com

Diane Mullenex

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Work +33 1 53 53 09 71
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Pinsent Masons LLP

Work Department

Telecoms, Media and Technology

Position

Partner, Global telecoms practice head, Global gaming & gambling practice head

Career

Diane started her carreer in Singapore in 1994 working for international law firms focusing her practice on M&A in the TMT and energy sectors. She was then appointed as a partner at WATSON FARLEY WILLIAMS but soon decided to come back to France were she founded ICHAY & MULLENEX AVOCATS with Frédéric Ichay in 2014. The niche firm established itself as an expert in the sectors of new technologies and telecoms. In 2014, ICHAY & MULLENEX AVOCATS merged with PINSENT MASONS to reinforce its international proposal and create a dedicated practice, in the Paris office, to the TMT industry on transactions, projects, regulatory and litigation matters.

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Member

Diane is the Chair of the communication committee of the International Bar Association and a member of the International Masters of Gaming law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors. She is also a Foreign Trade Advisor appointed by the French Government. She was recently awarded the Insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite for her involvement in promoting the French TMT sector.

Education

Admitted as a solicitor England & Wales, in 2002 - Admitted to the Paris Bar, as an Avocat à la Cour, in 1995 - Master in IT law in Versailles University, in 1994


France: Industry focus

IT, telecoms and the Internet

Within: IT, telecoms and the Internet

Pinsent Masons LLP has particular expertise in data privacy regulation issues, but the TMT practice’s recent caseload also includes an e-reputation dispute against a journal and the negotiation of IT contracts. Team leader Annabelle Richard assisted a global industrial manufacturer with its GDPR compliance strategy and whistleblowing scheme, while Diane Mullenex advised on European commercial aspects of a corporate deal between a digital video client and a smart TV manufacturer, and assisted a communications service with telecoms regulations. Also noteworthy is the representation of a digital service provider in a liability and damages claim against a French telecoms operator pertaining to a security breach which allowed third parties to illegally connect to the defendant’s network. Legal director Melina Wolman specialises in litigation and is also a key contact.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting

Within: Gaming and betting

Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘quality advice’ and is noted for its expertise in business expansion and financing, as well as the introduction of new business-critical systems, relocation and strategically significant disputes, alongside other gambling and betting industry issues. The team is headed by Diane Mullenex  and includes Julian Stanier, Gareth Jones, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, and Audrey Ferrie, who heads the licensing practice.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Described as being 'absolutely top in responsiveness and quality' the IT and telecoms practice at Pinsent Masons LLP provides 'thorough, business and client-friendly advice' on a full-range of issues. The team is instructed by the Department of Health in relation to its new emergency services communication system. This matter has included advising on technical solutions and exit from its previous contract with current service provider. Also in the public sector it is advising the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, as well as Transport for London. In another work highlight, it is acting for  Heathrow Airport on a project for the transformation of how it procured and manages its IT services. Google, Fijitsu and Hiscox are all clients. Headed up by Simon Colvin, the team includes the 'first class' and 'very creative' Diane Mullenex who leads the firm's global telecoms, gaming and gambling practices. Anthony Fielding moved to Gowling WLG's Dubai office.

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