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Laurent Szuskin

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Information Technology & Communications


Laurent Szuskin’s practice focuses on information and communications technologies and related contents, regulations, services, and commerce of Baker McKenzie in Paris. He co-heads the Paris IT/C Practice Group with Rémy Bricard. Laurent has extensive experience in counseling clients in complex domestic and cross-border contracts, litigation (including expertise proceedings) and compliance matters relating to IT (licensing, maintenance, integration, hosting, managed services, outsourcing), telecommunications (mobile/fixed voice, data), the internet (e-commerce), media convergence (online video gaming, digital music and other e-entertainment), data privacy and cryptology. Laurent is a recognized expert in managing all legal aspects, local and global, of information technology and communications, and brings practical solutions, in strategic operations of promotion, distribution, protection and valuation (e.g., due diligence, acquisitions/divestiture (re)structuring, strategic alliances and IPOs). Laurent has a highly sophisticated understanding of outsourcing transactions and a distinguished record of success. As such, he represented both users and providers of outsourced services across a wide range of industries. He is involved in various commercial contract and licensing transactions, intervening in numerous complex and multi- jurisdictional global outsourcing projects including the outsourcing of information technology and business process functions. He regularly advises a wide range of companies and other organizations, such as large multinational or emerging companies, private equity or venture capital firms and government-owned utilities, in all industry and service sectors including highly regulated (banking, financial, health care, consumer products and services) and fast growth sectors. Laurent joined the Information Technology and Communications group of Baker McKenzie in 2009, as a Partner.

France: Industry focus

IT, telecoms and the internet

Within: Leading individuals

Laurent Szuskin - Baker & McKenzie SCP

Within: IT, telecoms and the internet

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 dealmaker’ Laurent 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’.

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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  • The new French regulation applying to national insurance contributions for managers and shareholders

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