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Ariane Mole

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Ariane is renowned for her in-depth knowledge of data protection matters and advising some of the world’s most innovative and technologically advanced companies Ariane is joint head of our International Data Protection Group and is one of the leading lawyers in personal data protection law. She is based in our Paris office. Ariane advises French and international companies and public services clients on all aspects of personal data protection and privacy, particularly international data transfers and businesses, monitoring at work and data protection issues. She also assists her clients with their relationships with the CNIL and with other national or local Data Protection Authorities. She advises clients on technologies, privacy and individual liberties and on the application of personal data protection laws, audits of information systems and compliance of data processing systems. A member of the Paris Bar since 1995, Ariane previously worked within the Legal Department of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) focusing on international matters before becoming an expert to the DG XIII of the European Union Commission where she helped to draft the 1995 Directive on Personal Data Protection. In 2008, Ariane was admitted as a Legal Expert to the EuroPriSe project launched by the EU Commission, allowing her to offer assessments to manufacturers and vendors of IT products and IT-based services in order to obtain EuroPriSe privacy certification. In June 2012, CNIL awarded her the "label CNIL”, for her data protection training seminar, "Loi Informatique et LibertĂ©s - le regime juridique des traitements et des fichiers". She is a frequent speaker at data protection related conferences and training seminars. She is also a regular contributor to newspapers and specialist legal magazines.


French, English

France: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Bird & Bird has ‘a highly skilled team to handle patent litigation in the pharmaceutical field’ and its ‘very creative, business and client-oriented’ lawyers ‘always provide an excellent service’. On the corporate side, Emmanuel Porte recently joined the firm from Redlink and advised on a number of partnerships and fundraising matters for the development of novel therapeutic methodologies. In notable contentious work, Annet van Hooft successfully represented a major pharmaceutical company in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from the licensing for the commercial production of a blockbuster drug. Additionally, Ariane Mole frequently advises on data protection regulations and the new obligations attached to the GDPR. Yves Bizollon ‘always gives sound and practical advice in a timely fashion’ and jointly heads the patent litigation team with Anne-Charlotte le Bihan; commercial partner Alexandre Vuchot is also recommended.

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IT, telecoms and the Internet

Within: IT, telecoms and the Internet

The IT and communications department at Bird & Bird handles IT litigation, cloud computing, big data, telecoms and fintech issues for clients such as Sodexo, Equinix, Mylan and Essilor. Practice head Stéphane Leriche specialises in technology partnerships and transactions while Ariane Mole leads the data protection sub-team with Merav Griguer, who recently joined from Dunaud Clarenc Combles & Associés. The Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant assisted Mylan with the development of a mobile application for medical use, and dispute resolution partner Marion Barbier represented a client in negotiations for a new agreement with one of its customers following the breach of a licensing agreement through its booking platform. In other highlights, the team assisted a major optical lens manufacturer with the implementation of multijurisdictional whistleblowing measures, including advice on data protection and labour law regulations. Cathie-Rosalie Joly joined from Ulys.

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Luxury goods

Within: Luxury goods

Bird & Bird’s luxury team ‘is one of the best in Europe in the areas of privacy, intellectual property and distribution’, thereby impressing with a ‘business approach that is practical and of very high quality’. Among recent successes are Ariane Mole’s advice to a high-end couturier on the deployment of a mobile payment service across its French stores, and IT specialist StĂ©phane Leriche’s assistance to a ready-to-wear leather company regarding a tactical agreement with a global management consulting firm. On the distribution side, Alexandre Vuchot assisted a fashion company with the setting up of its first franchised outlet in France; and contentious work included advice on trade mark and design infringement matters. Other key names are IP specialists Marc Schuler, Anne-Charlotte le Bihan and GĂ©raldine Arbant who is based in Lyon.

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