Industry focus: IT and internet in France
August Debouzy assists a prominent client base composed of leading IT providers, such as Microsoft, as well as high-profile French technology user companies from various industry fields, such as notably the luxury goods sector. The firm advises on the setting up of various IT projects including the launch of e-commerce platforms, digitalisation matters and the signing of outsourcing contracts. The practice also handles litigation. Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol are in charge. Other key names in the practice include counsels Anne-Sophie Lampe, Nicolas Quoy and Charles Bouffier.
‘The team understands clients’ constraints and provides tailor-made solutions.’
‘Lawyers have profound IT and digital expertise and an understanding of related issues that a global client can be facing. The team perfectly grasps the business matters at stake which proves useful when negotiating contracts.’
‘Mahasti Ravazi is very skilled in advising on technology and IP matters. She is pragmatic and problem-solving. She is very curious and tries to understand every peculiarity of each client and project. She makes every one of her clients feels unique.’
‘Florence Chafiol is highly reactive, flexible and has a perfect understanding of clients’ needs. Client always come first and she always does all she can to fulfil clients’ requests the best way she can.’
‘Counsels Nicolas Quoy and Charles Bouffier are excellent, expert and available. They are very much appreciated for their relevant advice.’
Spectral Transactive Memory Systems
Philip Morris France
Total SA & Total Global Procurement (TGP)
- Assisted Accor with a 5-year outsourcing contract with IT supplier Atos regarding the outsourcing of the infrastructure and applications of Accor Hotels’ central reservation system.
- Assisted Accor with the signing of a partnership and co-development agreement pertaining to the creation of a worldwide hospitality platform.
Baker McKenzie 's very experienced 12-lawyer team advises many leading technology user corporations and banks, as well as technology providers, on the setting up of strategic and large-scale IT projects, including SaaS, outsourcing, digitalisation and new e-platform projects and solutions. Litigation is also dealt with. The practice is notably retained by leading French banks to assist with the negotiation of very significant mainstream IT contracts and to help with new types of IT projects in the financial services sector. Additionally, the team also advises several telecoms companies on major internet broadband network infrastructure transactions and assists clients with data privacy and cyber-attack issues. Rémy Bricard and Laurent Szuskin co-head the practice. Christian Blomet and Magalie Dansac Le Clerc are also highly recommended.
‘The team is outstanding and dedicated to its clients. Team members listen to their concerns and quickly and efficiently answer them. They respect deadlines and provide exceptional quality of work.’
‘Laurent Szuskin has brilliant expertise, knowledge and experience.’
BNP Paribas (BNPP)
- Advised BNPP on the negotiations of its joint venture BP2I with IBM regarding a strategic SaaS/Cloud agreement.
- Advised Air France KLM on the negotiations with Orange and Global Eagle Entertainment’s consortium of a long-term contract for in-flight connectivity systems, wifi, internet access and related services.
- Advised Crédit Agricole Group’s subsidiary CAPS on the IT and data privacy aspects of the outsourcing of the personalised bank cards production activity by G+D Mobile Security France.
Bird & Bird fields a comprehensive practice that is entrusted by leading French technology user companies from various sectors, but also by French and international technology providers. The practice notably advises on major digital transformation projects, including cloud computing solutions, outsourcing services, and the conclusion of technological partnerships regarding artificial intelligence. Data protection, internet and litigation matters are also dealt with. Stéphane Leriche and Merav Griguer co-head the practice. Marion Barbier focuses on dispute resolution work, while Cathie-Rosalie Joy is an expert in the fintech sector where she advises major players.
BNP Paribas Securities Services
RTE (French national electricity transport network)
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
Unibeton/ Ciments Calcia
City of Nice
NGO EU Dinsinfo Lab
- Advised insurance company MACIF on the negotiation of a major cloud agreement with US provider Guidewire.
- Assisted BNP Paribas Securities Services with the negotiation of a major hosting and operation services agreement with Dutch Provider Schuberg Philis.
- Assisted Kapsch throughout a tender process regarding a major project consisting in the roll-out of a free flow tolling system on French motorways.
Technology boutique Derriennic Associés has great resources with 16 dedicated lawyers. The firm assists leading French and international technology users and providers with the negotiation of innovative and large-scale IT, digital and e-commerce platform projects, fielding a busy caseload of high-stakes matters. In recent work, the group advised on the creation of a digital bank for a key player. The practice also offers strong litigation and mediation expertise, handling several complex long-term disputes and recently achieving a major victory for a consumer association which saw the judicial condemnation of leading internet companies. The team was also retained by a French national standardization organisation (AFNOR) to advise on the development of France's future national norm standards in artificial intelligence. The practice is co-headed by the extremely knowledgeable François-Pierre Lani, Pierre-Yves Margnoux, Georges Jenselme, Bruno Ducoulombier and Alexandre Fievée.
‘The team has high expertise.’
‘The firm has very good knowledge of its field of intervention. Team members listen to their clients’ problems showing good proximity and availability and delivery good advice.’
‘The team is available and clearly answers questions.’
‘The team is very agile and has in-depth expertise of dealing with complex IT issues. It is very responsive and efficient and adapts itself to its clients.’
‘François-Pierre Lani is very professional, available and efficient. He knows exactly what he is talking about and quickly sets out a strategy. With him, clients know where they are going. Moreover, he is pleasant and always friendly.’
‘Pierre-Yves Margnoux is very hands-on, responsive and available. He provides invaluable legal advice: not only does he understand the technicalities of cases at hand, but he is also a great legal risk adviser and a business partner. He has a lot of business acumen. His broad experience in the IT industry makes him a perfect lawyer.’
‘Bruno Ducoulombier is always available, proactive, smart and pragmatic.’
‘Alexandre Fievée is responsive, thorough and has great expertise, notably on litigation and data matters. He is accessible.’
ALCATEL LUCENT ENTREPRISE
LA BANQUE POSTALE
AXA CORPORATE SOLUTIONS
AXA GROUP SOLUTIONS
- Advised the French national standardization organisation (AFNOR) on the development of France’s future national norm standards in artificial intelligence.
DLA Piper has large resources and a very experienced team which advises leading French companies, including Airbus and LVMH, on strategic IT projects. The practice notably advises in the context of companies' digital transformation, cloud computing and outsourcing projects. Recent work includes assisting Airbus with ambitious technology projects and advising several clients on the setting up and launch of new websites and online services. The practice also assists several IT providers and is experienced in IT-related litigation. Jonathan Rofé heads the practice which also includes the highly regarded Stéphane Lemarchand, Fabienne Panneau and Gregory Tulquois. Counsels Caroline Goupil and Jeanne Dauzier provide key support. Denise Lebeau-Marianna handles data privacy issues.
‘The team is very friendly, fantastically responsive, and provides thoughtful legal advice through a commercial lens.’
‘The team is reactive, business-oriented, knows its clients’ business well and adapts to financial constraints.’
‘The firm’s attorneys have demonstrated legal expertise and operational experience. They have a unique ability to quickly understand customer needs and expectations and to propose workable solutions. Their advice and pragmatic solutions are enablers to their clients’ business.’
‘Jonathan Rofé is passionate and a very good negotiator. He provides excellent advice in relation to cloud computing, data protection and IT outsourcing issues. He is very responsive and has very strong knowledge. He also delivers calm and concise advice in the midst of negotiations’.
‘Stéphane Lemarchand is quick at getting a deep understanding of key challenges of his customers and to give clear guidance to his team to properly support customers’ projects. His international network is efficient’.
‘Gregory Tulquois is an ideal external lawyer for in-house counsel; he has a good grasp of all requisite legal matters and also understands the key commercial drivers of his customers. He also combines a deep knowledge of the aviation and aeronautic industry with excellent legal expertise. He understands the risks and opportunities of businesses and proposes innovative legal solutions’.
- Advised Airbus on IT issues regarding its aviation data platform Skywise.
Gibson Dunn's five-lawyer practice regularly provides strategic advice to leading French companies on the feasibility of cutting-edge digital and fintech projects and on the negotiation of related partnership contracts with leading US and Asian technology companies. The group recently advised a key industry player on a high-profile and very technologically advanced project in the automotive sector. Other highlights involved several digital luxury goods matters and innovative smart city projects. Finally, the team also assists clients with more traditional IT projects, such as outsourcing projects, and provides support for M&A transactions, notably advising leading US private equity investors. Litigation is also dealt with. Practice head Ahmed Baladi and of counsel Vera Lukic are highly recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very expert at advising on IT legal matters. It is very reactive and provides business-oriented advice that truly takes into account clients’ business environment and challenges.’
‘Ahmed Baladi and of counsel Vera Lukic are always very available and demonstrate a very business-oriented approach.’
‘Ahmed Baladi gives clients great comfort when dealing with complex legal topics and difficult business situations, and when having to navigate in grey areas. He is also a strong negotiator.’
Engie Home Services
Lazard Frères Banque
Louis Vuitton Malletier
Paris Saint Germain
Alain Bensoussan-Avocats Lexing
Headed by Alain Bensoussan, Alain Bensoussan-Avocats Lexing is a boutique firm which advises on IT, telecoms and new technology matters. The practice notably advises on digitalisation projects and novel issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and robotics. The firm combines large resources including experienced practitioners, such as Frederic Forster, Benoît de Roquefeuil, Jean-François Forgeron, Eric Le Quellenec, Jérémy Bensoussan, and Marie-Adélaïde de Montlivault-Jacquot. On the data privacy side, Chloé Torres is the main name to note. Céline Avignon, Anne Renard, Virginie Bensoussan-Brulé, Naïma Alahyane Rogeon and Polyanna Bigle are also recommended.
Aramis' experienced six-lawyer team is entrusted by leading French technology user companies to assist with the negotiation of complex pan-European IT projects. The practice also acts for many leading French banks, notably in relation to the setting up of major new mobile and e-payment solutions. Finally, the team also assists with data issues and handles litigation. Benjamin May and counsel David Roche co-head the practice.
‘The team understands very quickly the legal aspects and pros and cons of any specific technical issue. It is able to easily intervene in technical discussions and translate technical aspects into legal words.’
‘The team is responsive, very efficient and highly skilled.’
‘Benjamin May is excellent, available and responsive. He provides relevant and constructive advice.’
Alliance Renault Nissan Mitsubishi
Crédit Agricole SA
Natixis Payment Solutions
Sodexo Mobility & Expense
Dentsu Aegis Media
- Assisted Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance with the setting up of a global call for SaaS services tenders.
- Assisted Wirecard with the negotiation of a master agreement and several contracts with Crédit Agricole Payment Services.
- Assisted Carrefour with the security and data protection aspects of a project consisting of the migration of the group’s internal messaging services to a cloud-based solution.
Headed by Matthieu Mélin, Astura advises a prominent client base made up of leading French technology user companies, including a high-profile football club, a luxury goods brand and software and technology providers. The practice assists with major IT, SAP, e-payment and website development matters as well as with the negotiation of other new types of IT solutions and licences with major providers. The practice also deals with litigation. Associate Mathilde Daumas-Condomines provides key support. It is worth noting that the firm has developed its own technology application to automate the drafting of legal documents.
‘Highly skilled professionals providing hands-on solutions and great understanding of their clients’ businesses.’
‘The team demonstrates an in-depth understanding of underlying technical issues, which proves invaluable in negotiations. They are extremely reactive.’
‘The team demonstrates good communication, judgement and analytical skills.’
‘The wonderful Matthieu Mélin provides high-value legal services to customers. He has an extreme sniper-like ability to pinpoint a root issue and eliminate the superfluous. He has problem-solving skills, listens and communicates effectively, and stays calm while working under pressure.’
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés assists a prominent client base composed of leading French technology user companies and several high-profile technology providers, including longstanding client Microsoft. The practice advises clients on the negotiation of major IT and digital platform contracts, and also handles related contentious work. The group's deep know-how of the e-health sector is another asset. Data protection and internet issues area also dealt with. Recent highlights include assisting French bank BPCE with the setting up of major e-payment project. Louis de Gaulle and Julien Horn co-head the practice. Other key members include Georgie Courtois, Jean-Sébastien Mariez and Cécile Théard-Jallu .
‘A very experienced and knowledgeable team.’
‘Cécile Théard-Jallu showed strong knowledge of GDPR issues and knows how to combine legal analysis with business requirements.’
ASO Amaury Sport Organization
AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie)
Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer
- Advised BPCE on the negotiation of a contactless payment system with Apple.
- Assisted BPCE with a project to replace one of its current database management IT systems.
- Advised Diet Sensor on the launch of an e-health nutrition scanning device.
TMT boutique Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie is home to a ten-lawyer team which advises leading French corporations, banks and international companies and software providers. The practice notably advises on the negotiation of major digital and IT projects and also handles related litigation. Founding members Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie are highly experienced. Also involved are Olivier de Courcel, IP specialist Richard Willemant and counsel Justine Sinibaldi.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. regularly advises on major digital transformation projects and large-scale industrial projects involving major IT and data components in addition to taking on related litigation. Headed by Thierry Dor, the ten-lawyer team is entrusted by leading French banks, major industrial companies and internet companies, local public sector entities and several technology providers. The practice recently assisted a high-profile internet company with a major online marketplace platform project. Counsel Julien Guinot-Deléry provides key support.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a very strong IT practice and is business-oriented.’
‘Thierry Dor always makes himself available, has a great knowledge of the IT industry and provides practical advice.’
Ile de France Region
- Advised Naval Group and its Australia-based subsidiary on a platform integrator system in relation to Australia’s strategic €31bn Attack Class Submarine Programme.
- Assisted the Ile-de-France region with its new Smart Region digital platform project.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is entrusted by the world's largest internet companies to advise on strategic matters in France, such as the setting up of new platform projects and the management of IP internet issues, including the management of major disputes with consumer associations and competitors. The practice also assists major technology user corporations with pre-litigation and disputes with software editors. In addition, the firm's corporate team regularly handles transactions in the telecoms and technology sector. Practice head Alexandra Néri and of counsel Sébastien Proust are the key names in the practice. Associate Arthur Duchesne provides key support.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a real understanding of how tech companies work and is not afraid to work on disruptive and innovative projects.’
‘They are best in litigation, especially when dealing with complex litigious matters that span several different matters and raise questions related to fundamental principles and values. They are deeply invested in each case. They speak their mind and are affirmative.’
‘Alexandra Néri has a client-friendly approach. She possesses a deep strategic vision and incredible experience handling the most complex cases.’
‘Of counsel Sébastien Proust is one the of best e-commerce lawyers in the place. He is a real asset in his ability to understand the technical side of the products. He also has a deep mastery of the most technical and complex legal notions and handles them with ease.’
NTT Communications Corporation
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP advises many leading internet platforms. With David Taylor, the firm has one of the world's most regarded experts for domain name issues and is entrusted by top companies in that area, including Facebook. Christine Gateau is also noted. The recent hire of Etienne Drouard in 2020, previously at K&L Gates LLP, is a new major addition to the firm's IT practice. Winston Maxwell left in 2019 to pursue an academic career.
Other key lawyers:
ITLAW Avocats is a boutique specialising in IT, internet, data and IP law issues. The firm advises leading French companies from various industries as well as several international companies on the negotiation of IT and digital contract solutions with technology providers. The practice also assists a digital banking solution provider. Claudia Weber is highly recommended and experienced. Also involved are associates Marine Hardy and Jean-Christophe Ienné, who heads the firm's internet division.
Other key lawyers:
Vinci Energies SI
- Assisted the French Assemblée Nationale with the negotiation of the renewal of a human resources information system licence and maintenance agreement.
- Assisted Vinci Energies SI with the drafting and negotiation of a contract with a German hosting provider.
- Advised Diebold Nixdorf on the conclusion of a contract concerning a cash solution with a retailer.
Jones Day assists leading banks and French corporations as well as international companies and several digital technology providers with contract negotiations regarding the setting up of major IT and digital projects. Data protection issues are another area of strength. The practice recently advised on a major connected car project and also assisted with the management of major outsourcing, e-signature and blockchain projects. Olivier Haas is the key name in the practice. Rémy Fekete, who primarily focuses on telecoms work, is also involved.
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
- Assisted Société Générale with the negotiation of a transitional IT services agreement in the context of the sale of several of its affiliates to OTP Bank in Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia.
- Assisted Eutelsat with the implementation of electronic signature solutions within the group.
At Latham & Watkins, Jean-Luc Juhan's three-lawyer team advises a prominent client base made up of several of France's high-profile companies, including major luxury goods brands. The practice assists clients with contract negotiations regarding the setting up of IT and digital solutions systems. In recent work, the group assisted a major client with the establishment of a new payment solution and another major client on a blockchain project. The practice also advises several leading internet platform companies.
‘The team brings together a mix of pragmatism and a down-to-earth and proactive attitude. It is available, flexible and creative, able to think outside the box and look at all possibilities.’
‘The team has real legal and business expertise and great negotiating experience in relation to innovative matters such as fintech and blockchain issues. Advice is always business-oriented, very efficient and tailored.’
‘Jean-Luc Juhan is always available, pragmatic and solid. Having him at one’s side on a project is very reassuring thanks to his extensive knowledge of the industry and its key players. He is also a great negotiator.’
Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats assists with a wide range of matters including IT, internet, e-commerce and data issues. The practice has built a strong client base which includes many leading French corporations and public sector entities alongside international companies, several start-ups and technology providers. The team recently advised on the negotiations of new IT, digital and artificial intelligence solution contracts, as well as on the launch of new online platforms. It was also retained by Daimler Trucks to advise on the implementation of various apps. Marie-Hélène Tonnellier, who has extensive experience, is the key name within the practice. Also recommended are Térence Cabot, a public law expert whose main focus is on telecoms infrastructure work, and counsel Charlotte Barraco-David, who has particular data privacy expertise.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm is really one of the top TMT practices in Paris with core strengths in all relevant aspects. They provide very high quality advice with partner attention throughout. They are highly responsive and are used to working with the demands of UK clients.’
‘Marie-Hélène Tonnellier is an outstanding lawyer with extensive experience. Her judgement is always excellent and response times are very good. She is always helpful and charming even in the most demanding situations.’
The State of Burkina Faso
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)
CNOP (Conseil national de l’Ordre des Pharmaciens)
DRONE RACING LEAGUE
Eure Normandie Numérique
Expleo (ex Assystem)
European Space Agency
Galeries Lafayette Group
Kerudys (ex SVP Group)
Paris la Défense
Relais & Chateaux
Ville de Saint-Etienne
- Advised SNCF and Ouigo on the negotiation of a development and integration contract for an artificial intelligence service.
- Advised the French government and CDC on the implementation of a new internet platform dedicated to continuing education in France (Compte Personnel de formation).
- Advised Daimler Trucks on the implementation of various apps for its VAN and trucks products.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, Nadège Martin leads a five-lawyer team whose expertise spans IT, data protection and cybersecurity issues. The practice is instructed by a broad range of companies, including leading pharmaceutical laboratories, French banks and a major domestic energy group. Clients notably entrusted the team with the negotiation of major IT and digital project contracts, including cloud computing models, blockchain technology, and matters concerning the internet of things and artificial intelligence. The recent caseload included advising a major French bank on the negotiation of a new payment solution system contract and on several major outsourcing projects. Other work saw the practice assist with software licence audits from leading technology providers and contribute to M&A technology transactions led by the firm.
UCPI, Coramine and Saint-Gobain Weber
- Advised APICIL on the acquisition of OneLife Company from J.C. Flowers.
- Advised real estate industry software and data solutions provider Altus Group on its acquisition of Taliance Group.
- Successfully defended UCPI, Coramine and Saint Gobain Weber in first instance court proceedings and before the Court of Appeal regarding software infringement issues with Prodware.
Osborne Clarke assists leading French companies and banks as well as several companies specialising in digital solutions and online platforms. The team has strong experience in the implementation of major IT and digital projects and recently assisted several clients with strategic digital transformation projects in addition to being involved in a major blockchain platform project. The team also managed a high-stakes dispute and advised clients on data, internet, e-commerce and digital marketplace issues. The practice is co-headed by Béatrice Delmas-Linel and Xavier Pican. Claire Bouchenard regularly contributes, notably dealing with IP, e-commerce and digital advertising matters.
‘A very reactive, practical and knowledgeable firm.’
‘Béatrice Delmas-Linel is an extremely good professional lawyer with a quick mind.’
INTEGRAL AD SCIENCE
Group Lucien Barriere
- Assisted Solocal with its Move2Cloud digital transformation project, including the negotiations of cloud services licences with Amazon and Google.
- Advised French start-up Wizway Solutions on negotiating strategic partnerships with Samsung and Paragon ID to develop the first European platform for contactless transport mobility solutions.
- Advised Bouygues Construction on the digital aspects of the future Mediterranean “XXL Marseille” Les Fabriques eco-neighbourhood.
CMS' Anne-Laure Villedieu provides French and international technology user companies assistance with IT, e-payment and data privacy issues in addition to assisting with the negotiation of specific IT projects. Recent examples include advising Ford Credit on the negotiation of a contract for a major digitalisation project.
‘The team is very professional and very reactive.’
Montabert SAS (Komatsu Group)
- Assisted Ford Credit with a new digital project pertaining to financing contracts and related electronic signatures.
Technology boutique firm DBC Avocats assists a prominent French and international client roster that spans various industries, including the insurance and healthcare sector and the spirits industry. Alexandre Le Peru 's three-lawyer team advises on the negotiation of IT and digital solution contracts as well as on data protection issues. LePeru recently assisted a client with a major smart building project.
‘The team is a specialist in its field and is very aware of its clients’ needs.’
‘The firm has a solid team with a deep understanding of complex matters and the ability to listen and outline clients’ needs.’
‘A small firm fully dedicated to its clients.’
‘The team is expert in the IT sector. It offers great availability, remarkable responsiveness, very professional follow-ups and tailored advice.’
‘The team has high-level contract technique and great IT technical industry knowledge. Its data privacy expertise is also strong.’
‘Alexandre Le Peru quickly understands his clients’ business needs and delivers very swift and high quality work. He is highly reliable and has in-depth knowledge of the industry and of GDPR matters. He is flexible, dedicated and independent.’
DS Avocats considerably strengthened its practice following the integration of well-recognised IP and IT boutique Staub & Associés in October 2019. The new joining seven-lawyer team, which includes the highly regarded Sylvain Staub and Antoine Gravereaux, as well as counsel Thomas Beaugrand, has strong expertise advising leading French companies undertaking large-scale IT integration projects. The new arrivals add expertise to the existing team around Thibault Verbiest, who has recognised know-how in payment and electronic money issues and who recently advised clients on several Initial Coin Offering (ICO) transactions, and Counsel Gacia Kazandjian. Data protection work is also dealt with.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a good reputation and is safe pair of hands.’
‘Counsel Gacia Kazandjian is very experienced and easy to work with.’
LPA-CGR avocats hired practice head Prudence Cadio from CMS in 2017 to start its IT, internet and data privacy practice. The four-lawyer team, which shows great potential, already stands out through its expertise in green energy IT matters, having recently worked on several platform projects for various players in the property, greentech and energy sectors. Additionally, the team advises on contracts regarding the setting up of cutting-edge IT platforms. The Paris team regularly collaborates with colleagues from the firm's Casablanca and Hong Kong offices.
Agence Nationale de l’Habitat
My Money Bank
Caisse Nationale des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)
- Represented medical biology company Unilabs in a dispute with a service provider related to the implementation of new timescale and cost network devices.
- Assisted FRAIKIN with the negotiation of IT projects.
- Advised My Money Bank on the negotiation of IT infrastructure contracts, including specific issues related to the processing of personal data and data flows.
Olivia Luzi's IT/IP boutique firm Luzi Avocats houses a five-lawyer team that advises leading French companies from various industry sectors, including players from the entertainment and construction sectors as well as several software providers. The practice assists clients with the negotiation of contracts regarding IT, digital and new innovative projects. Other areas of strength are the management of related litigation and software licence audits conducted by high-profile technology providers. The team also advises on data privacy issues. Associate Barbara Ghebali provides key support.
‘The firm has excellent hands-on knowledge on what works and does not work in the industry. Its exceptional knowledge is combined with a pragmatic approach to get contracts written, agreed and signed in a very efficient process.’
‘The firm provides tailor-made service and has a strong understanding of clients’ needs and peculiarities. It demonstrates high availability and responsiveness.’
‘The firm has a wide experience of IT contracts for both clients and editors and follows a very pragmatic contract negotiation approach.’
‘Olivia Luzi is a talented IT lawyer with excellent business acumen. She has outstanding negotiation skills and immediately understands the technical and complex aspects of the matters she handles. She is an absolute champion in IT/SaaS contract management issues.’
TRAVELDOO (Expedia Group)
ZETURF / ZEBET
FEDERATION FRANCAISE DU BATIMENT
CGF (Consumer Goods Forum)
STUDENT FACTORY (VINCI)
ALBATROSS – CUSTOMER CX GROUP
- Advised leading French publisher Lagardère Active on the transfer and renegotiation of its IT contracts.
- Advised French cloud computing company OVH on the negotiation of a worldwide SAP integration agreement.
- Advised travel industry software company Sqills on its response to a call for tenders launched by SNCF regarding new train booking systems.
Racine's Eric Barbry advises leading French and international companies on the negotiation of contracts in relation to major IT and digital projects. Data privacy matters are another area of expertise.
‘The firm is very responsive and flexible and ensures excellent follow-up.’
Taylor Wessing has a very prominent client base that features major French companies, a leading software companies' insurer, a leading US IT equipment provider and several high-profile internet companies. The 12-lawyer team assists clients with the negotiation of IT and digital project contracts and also handles related litigation. Data issues account for another significant part of the caseload, with recent examples including the representation of several clients in judicial proceedings relating to the accidental loss of data. Finally, the practice also advises clients on the launch of internet platforms and deals with other various internet-related issues, including copyright matters. The practice is co-headed by Valérie Aumage, Marc Schuler and Philippe Glaser.
‘The team is highly responsive and provides high-quality analysis.’
‘The team has great IT and data privacy expertise.’
‘Marc Schuler is responsive and provides highly relevant analysis. He demonstrates great listening skills.’
- Represented Hiscox as insurer of STEF IT in fraud court proceedings with a fresh food product logistic platform.
- Assisted artificial heart manufacturer Carmat with the negotiation of a cloud-based health and research data platform agreement in relation to clinical trials.
- Represented one of SEPTEO’s affiliates in a dispute initiated by a tax law firm in relation to data loss suffered further to a cyberattack.
White & Case LLP has an eight-lawyer team which assists a longstanding client base composed of leading French banks and international blue chip internet companies. The practice notably deals with sensitive data issues and advises on significant and often contentious digitalisation and IT projects. For matters spanning several practice areas, the team regularly collaborates with colleagues from the competition, IP and corporate law departments, for example for the creation of internet platforms between several major brands and retailers. Bertrand Liard leads the practice which also includes key member Clara Hainsdorf.
Other key lawyers:
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
- Advised Natixis on a workplace digitalisation project, including the acquisition of cloud services, data privacy and personal data protection issues.
- Advised the French Development Agency AFD on the negotiation of several IT agreements.
- Assisted SES-imagotag with the drafting and negotiating of its IT contracts and licences.
Other key lawyers:
BASTIDE LE CONFORT MEDICAL
EXACOMPTA – CLAIREFONTAINE
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
VINCI CONSTRUCTION TERRASSEMENT
Paris Fashion Shops
‘The team is very solution-oriented’.
‘The team gives timely and technical advice. They have strong knowledge of the IT sector’.
‘The team is very pragmatic and precise’.
‘A very reliable and responsive team that gives expert advice’.
‘The team is extremely available, really dedicated and thinks outside the box’.
‘Anne-Solène Gay has excellent negotiation skills and a practical and commercial approach. She is creative and smart, and friendly. She keeps the business imperative in mind’.
SWISS POST SOLUTIONS
GOVERNMENT OF TOGO
BIG FIVE SOLUTIONS
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
LA PORTE VERTE
WEST AFRICAN MONETARY UNION
- Assisted ALFA DIMAG with the negotiations of a new master agreement regarding the use of its solutions by CCGPF, a body dedicated to tourism for railway company workers.
- Advised BIG FIVE SOLUTIONS on the drafting and negotiations of a partnership agreement with La Poste in Ivory Coast pertaining to a new digital services application developed by the client.
Groupe Les Echos
BNP Paribas Group and BNP Paribas Factor
- Assisted LVMH with the negotiations of software licensing or services agreements with Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Docapost.
- Advised European crypto-currency exchange platform Paymium on its initial coin offering (ICO).
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has a very strong expertise on high-level IT matters, such as block-chain and Artificial Intelligence issues. Lawyers work very closely with in-house legal counsels and fully understand the legal implication. They assess the corresponding risks in an efficient way’.
‘Vincent Denoyelle has great IT expertise and is very dynamic and dedicated’.
FIDAL's expertise is spread among its various local offices with the Paris, Rouen, Toulouse and Strasbourg offices being the main practice hubs. The practice combines a total of almost 30 lawyers who advise clients on innovative digital projects such as artificial intelligence and block chain issues. It also advises clients on major IT and software integration projects and during sotware licence audits. Data privacy is also dealt with ; the practice notably assisting online advertisers on key data privacy issues. The client base is diverse and notably includes IT companies, several leading automotive companies, e-commerce providers, equipment manufacturers, as well as SMEs. Paris based Philippe Debry and Strasbourg based Aurélie Klein are the key partners.
Everybody On Deck
Other key lawyers:
EADS – AIRBUS GROUP
- Advised Georgian mobile phone operator on its negotiations with Chinese telecommunications equipment and systems company ZTE in relation to implementation of its IT transformation and upgrade.
K&L Gates LLP
‘The team is well versed and up to date on the current standards and practices. Team members are all very flexible in their availability and very responsive’.
‘The team provides sharp advices and has great sector industry knowledge’.
‘The team has in-depth expertise and great ability to anticipate future legislation’
‘Claude Etienne Armingaud is more than a lawyer; he is a trusted partner who knows his own limits and is very friendly’.
- Advised Bridgestone on contract and cloud platform issues linked to the implementation of innovative mobility services.
- Representing US PC security software Enigma Software during judicial proceedings launched against competitor Malwarebytes pertaining to the classification by the latter of two software programs as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
‘The team follows a very professional approach and follow-up. It demonstrates a pro-active attitude and not afraid to take initiatives in order to move into a solution’.
MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO
- Assisted Allo-Media with the negotiation of a partnership agreement with Webhelp to test the client’s artificial intelligence solution.
Lerins & BCW
‘The team is very result oriented and is able to quickly appreciates in-depth its clients’ needs’.
‘The team shows great ability to advise on complex IT matters’.
‘Mathilde Croze demonstrates great flexibility and has strong listening abilities’.
Schneider Electric Software – Aveva
Fédération Française des Banques FBF
Une Pièce En Plus
- Assisted Reworld Media with the IP and IT audit of the acquisition of Mondadori’s French press business.
Pinsent Masons LLP
‘The team both handles transactional and litigation work and is very knowledgeable about regulatory matters’.
‘The team is pragmatic, available and business and customer-oriented. It quickly understands issues’.
‘Annabelle Richard is very reactive and pragmatic. She has a great knowledge of the industry’.
‘The team is well-prepared and has good communication skills, is always available and capable of fulfilling agreed goals’.
‘The team has robust legal knowledge’.
Vercken & Gaullier
Collège de la Médecine Générale
Walter Billet Avocats
‘A reactive and pragmatic team, able in a very short time to provide the necessary legal materials’.
‘They are passionate about their work and deliver outstanding advice’.
‘The team understands and analyses perfectly the issues met by a company and answers very quickly with accuracy. It is very professional and works in a very efficient manner’.
‘Alan Walter has great ability to understand both business and tech issues. He is able to translate any tech issue into a legal answer. He has deep understanding of the market and tech sector which allows him to quickly find a strategy in order to solve any issue. He is also extremely ingenious, knowledgeable and precise’.
Coflec (Groupe DEF)
Digital Consulting EMP
Fidélio Arts Ltd
Framatome (Areva NP)
La Fabrique by CA (Crédit Agricole)
Les Gros Mots
Make Fashion Studio
Players Paris (formerly Starloo Media)
Social Media Club France
VSB Energies Nouvelles
Yellow Korner France
- Advised Blockchain Studio on the launch of its SaaS platform.