Firms To Watch: Industry focus: IT and internet 

A&O Shearman's client base features such household names as Nokia and Samsung Electronics, and the team is active across a range of IT matters, including data privacy, AI and cybersecurity. The group is led by Laurie-Anne Ancenys, David Por and Alexandre Rudoni.
VARET PRÈS KILLY offers strong capabilities in the areas of cyberattacks, termination agreements, data-related litigation and data compliance. Xavier Près and Vincent Varet are the key senior contacts.

Industry focus: IT and internet  in France

Alain Bensoussan-Avocats Lexing

Alain Bensoussan-Avocats Lexing's highlights include supporting clients involved in cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robotics. The highly-regarded firm is recommended for its expertise in situation audits, drafting and negotiation of IT contracts, outsourcing, and the integration of information systems, as well as crisis management, litigation and arbitration. Key senior contacts include Alain Bensoussan, a specialist in new information and communication technologies law; Benoît de Roquefeuil, who is renowned for his experience in IT and IP law; Virginie Bensoussan-Brulé, who heads up the digital litigation division; Frédéric Forster; and Jérémy Bensoussan.

Practice head(s):

Alain Bensoussan; Benoit de Roquefeuil; Frédéric Forster; Virginie Bensoussan-Brule; Jérémy Bensoussan

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Adélaïde de Montlivault-Jacquot; Raphaël Liotier


‘Jeremy Bensoussan is recommended for his expertise in the field of IT, for his flexibility and above all pragmatism.’

‘Perfect knowledge of law and procedure. The best IT litigation firm. Organised and innovative.’

‘Very well-trained team of specialists, always available for their clients.’

Key clients

DXC Technology





Blue Frog Robotics

Fédération des entreprises de propreté




Work highlights

  • Advising Lexing Network on the virtual joint office Lexing Network Metaverse.
  • Assisting Onogone, a French company which develops artificial intelligence solutions to interpret and synthesise unstructured data, with various issues.
  • Providing legal and strategic support to Blue Frog Robotics, a French start-up and developer of robotics, artificial intelligence and engineering.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy combines depth of bench with a breadth of notable instructing clients, many of them key global players. The experienced team is well equipped to provide services in the following areas: artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud and robotics issues. Matters concerning gaming, fintech and smart cities are also strengths. Additionally, the group is recommended for its contentious skills, and regularly handles IT disputes. The team is led by a trio of experts comprising Mahasti Razavi, who focuses on technology and digital transformation projects; Florence Chafiol, who regularly handles relevant litigation; and Alexandra Berg-Moussa, who brings additional expertise in the retail, distribution and consumer law spaces. Emmanuelle Mignon and Marc Mossé are other notable members of the team. Anne-Sophie Lampe left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mahasti Razavi; Florence Chafiol; Alexandra Berg-Moussa

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuelle Mignon; Marc Mossé


‘The team is very responsive and proactive in processing our requests. They understand our operational needs well and have a good capacity to adapt. They take into account our constraints and the specificities of our sector.’

‘It’s a pleasure to work on a daily basis with Mahasti Razavi’s team.’

‘The team demonstrates solid legal expertise, but above all understands the business challenges of its clients and adapt its legal strategy according to these imperatives; they are reactive, pro-business, and know how to see a problem from different angles.’

‘Mahasti Razavi is a particularly experienced lawyer, in-tune with the concerns of her clients, her support is high-quality, precise, but also very oriented towards the real needs of these clients; she knows how to explain very technical matters which allows clients to understand the issues at stake; she provides effective decision-making support and ensures pragmatic monitoring of subjects.’

‘Highly responsive team, which gets to the bottom of the issues and advises its client in a relevant and effective manner.’

Key clients

New Suez (i.e., Consortium of investors incl. Meridiam, GIP, CDC Group and CNP Assurances)


Cerberus / My Money Bank

GE Healthcare


Accor SA

TotalEnergies SE & TotalEnergies Global Procurement (TGP)

Veolia Environnement

Zuora Inc.

EDF et EDF Assurances

Pernod Ricard

Philip Morris France


Technip Energies


Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie leverages the strength of its globally integrated network to excel in complex, international transactional work. The group also guides clients through digitalisation projects, crisis situations, data privacy litigation, and compliance issues. Recently, the team has expanded its expertise in the areas of cybercrime and cybersecurity. The team is co-led by Rémy Bricard, a specialist in restructuring and renegotiating complex IT and telecoms projects, and Laurent Szuskin, who leverages his expertise in intricate domestic and international contracts across a number of different sectors. They are supported by Magalie Dansac Le Clerc, who advises on IT transactions and regulatory matters, and Marie-Catherine Ducharme and Elsa Dalimier.

Practice head(s):

Rémy Bricard; Laurent Szuskin

Other key lawyers:

Magalie Dansac Le Clerc; Marie-Catherine Ducharme; Elsa Dalimier


‘Professional, proactive, competent team with real added value.’

‘Recommend Laurent Szuskin and Marie-Catherine Ducharme for their skills, their availability, ability to propose solutions/alternatives/legal arguments, and support.’

‘Exceptional expertise of the team, availability outside normal hours  Excellent billing compared to other firms.’ 

Key clients

BNP Paribas



IES Synergy



Crédit Agricole Group



Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole Group on its exclusive negotiations with Worldline, with a view to building a strategic partnership.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird fields a large multi-disciplimary team which works across several key sectors in the market. The group regularly advises blue-chip companies and guides clients through major outsourcing deals, as well as systems integration, cloud computing and data protection issues. Recent highlights for the firm include advising the European Commission on its landmark blockchain services infrastructure project. Stéphane Leriche leads the team and focuses on digital innovation and the data economy. Other key contacts include Ariane Mole, who co-leads the practice’s international privacy and data protection division; Cathie-Rosalie Joly, who focuses on regulatory matters in the financial services and gaming sectors; and Alexandre Vuchot, who takes the lead on business law within the TMT space. Géraldine Arbant  and Willy Mikalef are also noted. Anne-Sophie Lampe was a new arrival in late 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Leriche

Other key lawyers:

Ariane Mole; Cathie-Rosalie Joly; Alexandre Vuchot; Géraldine Arbant; Willy Mikalef; Anne-Sophie Lampe

Key clients


European Commission





Veolia Water













Wouter Kluwzrs

Work highlights

  • Advising GAIA-X on the risks and responsibilities associated with the deployment or certification of automated compliance tools.
  • Advising on the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure project, which sees 27 EU Member States, as well as Norway and Liechtenstein, working together to facilitate the delivery of public services across the EEA.
  • Assisted HubOne with the in-depth assessment of data protection and broader regulatory compliance with the EU Data Governance Act in the context of provision of a data intermediary service.

Derriennic Associés

With considerable expertise across the sector, Derriennic Associés is well placed to advise on the gamut of IT-related matters, including AI, cybersecurity, blockchain and e-health issues. The team also advises on connected issues concerning data protection and IP law. Notable recent highlights include advising victims of cyberattacks and assessing businesses for potential vulnerabilities to such threats. The key contacts at leadership level are Francois-Pierre Lani, a noted specialist in complex transactions and new technologies; Pierre-Yves Margnoux, who focuses on digital transformation projects; disputes specialist George JenselmeAlexandre Fievee, who manages an impressive portfolio of pioneering SMEs; and Bruno Ducoulombier, who specialises in personal data, IT and IP law.

Practice head(s):

François-Pierre Lani; Pierre-Yves Margnoux; Georges Jenselme; Alexandre Fievee; Bruno Ducoulombier

Other key lawyers:

Marie Sevin


‘François-Pierre Lanni and Marie Sevin are particularly responsive and offer innovative solutions.’ 

‘A team with a long presence in the IT market and therefore extensive experience on these subjects. Agile and professional.’ 

‘Pierre-Yves Margnoux and François-Pierre Lani stand out from the crowd. Their work is clean and incisive. They direct their clients towards realistic solutions with agility.’

Key clients


Électricité de Strasbourg


Audioptic Trade Services (ATS)

Sopra Banking Software (ex. SAB)




Kühne + Nagel



BPCE / Natixis





Axa France

Work highlights

  • Advising publishers and users of OSINT web scraping tools on issues surrounding the privacy rights of data subjects.
  • Handling pre-litigation matters and litigation proceedings on behalf of software publishers in connection with license management issues.
  • Advising several clients who were victims of cyberattacks on possible legal actions, assessment of weaknesses in the system and identification of third parties whose responsibility could be engaged.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is frequently instructed by leading global brands to handle their IT and digital matters, both contentious and advisory. The team continues to consolidate its expertise in complex digital transformation projects, including cloud and outsourcing issues. The practice has a deep bench of senior practitioners: Gregory Tulquois is noted for his expertise in complex contracts; Fabienne Panneau and Stéphane Lemarchand handle contentious work, including piracy and software infringement cases; and Jonathan Rofé is recommended as an outsourcing expert. Jeanne Dauzier is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Tulquois; Fabienne Panneau; Jonathan Rofé; Stéphane Lemarchand

Other key lawyers:

Jeanne Dauzier


‘Jonathan Rofé’s team is a committed, dynamic team that understands our issues well. They have very good expertise in IP/IT and innovation.’

‘Availability, technical skills, rigour.’

‘The team is very competent and responsive. It not only has real expertise in the legal matters concerned but also has excellent knowledge of market practices and is very technical. The team is innovative because it positions itself as a real business partner capable of addressing non-legal issues. At the forefront of the latest innovations, they do not hesitate to share new methodologies or tools with us and even to train us on them.’

‘Jonathan Rofé provides excellent advice on both law and business/market practices and IT technical analyses. Very precise and rigorous, no detail escapes him. He is very pragmatic and educational. Our operational teams have a lot of pleasure talking with him because he is clear and technical and knows how to guide them in their legal and non-legal questions. I also highlight his very high responsiveness in cases.’

‘The team is available, flexible and has immersed itself in our culture.’

‘Their assistance is well calibrated to the request and it is easy to work with them.’

‘Very strong knowledge. Very pragmatic and in line with the defined budget. Excellent work.’

‘Pleasant team, very good knowledge of the sectors, excellent technical knowledge; availability and speed.’

Key clients




Société Générale









Microsoft Corporation



Pierre Fabre



Thom Europe

C2E Market

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is distinguished by its depth of bench and cross-sector expertise. The team possesses considerable experience in outsourcing projects and fintech matters. The key senior contacts are Etienne Drouard, who advises on IT and telecoms infrastructure, online services, and digital media issues; Christine Gateau, whose practice focuses on IT litigation; Patrice Navarro, who leads on data privacy issues, and IT and commercial contracts; Mikael Salmela, who leverages deep sector knowledge of the life sciences, energy and IT industries; and David Taylor, who is recommended for his work in technical domain name management and related competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Drouard; Patrice Navarro; David Taylor; Christine Gateau; Mikael Salmela

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb

Meta Platforms, Inc

Sport Heroes

Work highlights

  • Advising Meta Platforms on the recuperation of domain names and security issues for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Meta Quest.
  • Assisting Sport Heroes with the drafting and negotiation of its IT agreements with corporate clients.
  • Assisting PSA/Stellantis Bank with the establishment of its new payment services system, a project which involved the negotiation of an agreement with Stripe.

CMS Francis Lefebvre

A rapidly growing firm with a prestigious portfolio of clients, CMS Francis Lefebvre covers the full gamut of IT-related matters, including litigation, general advisory issues, contractual mandates, and regulatory matters. The practice is led by Anne-Laure Villedieu, who regularly appears before the courts and regulators. Jean-Baptiste Thiénot and Florentin Sanson are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Laure Villedieu

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Baptiste Thiénot; Florentin Sanson; Maxime Hanriot


‘The specialties offered corresponded to our needs.’

‘The team demonstrates great responsiveness and availability to answer questions and issues.’

‘Maxime Hanriot helped our company tremendously thanks to his great client orientation, curiosity and ability to challenge the status quo.’

Key clients


Circular X

CTS Eventim

Kadensis (Renault Group)



Work highlights

  • Assisting Circular X with the drafting and negotiation of various IT contracts.
  • Assisting Weytop with its strategy to enter into the market, as well as with the drafting and negotiation of IT contracts.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés provides a full-service IT and internet offering, and regularly advises clients on artificial intelligence, IoT, blockchain, metaverse, and smart city issues. The key senior contacts are Georgie Courtois, who focuses on computer law and data protection issues; litigation experts Louis de Gaulle and Julien Horn; and Cécile Théard-Jallu, who is noted for her in-depth knowledge of innovative technologies and cybersecurity issues.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Courtois; Louis de Gaulle; Julien Horn; Cécile Théard-Jallu

Other key lawyers:

Charles-Edouard Renault; Matthieu Dary

Key clients



Easy Mile

Gaming Innovation Group

Health Data Hub



MSF Médecins sans Frontière


Sipa – Ouest France



Work highlights

  • Advising Hopscotch on the organisation of a music festival involving both traditional and innovative events, such as artistic experience in a Web3 environment.
  • Representing Hyperion and its founder in a dispute with the Israeli company Sivan Innovation and its subsidiary Sivan France.
  • Representing ACE members in the dispute against streaming websites and TV networks infringing IP rights by way of the French procedural right of information.


Féral‘s pre-eminence in both contentious and non-contentious matters sees it advise on technology-related agreements, judicial proceedings and expert appraisals across the internet and media, data privacy and dematerialisation and electronic archiving sectors. IP specialist Richard Willemant and Olivia Luzi, who was a new arrival following the firm's merger with Luzi Avocats, lead the practice. Experienced mediators Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie and Christiane Féral-Schuhl are both experts in IP and IT law. Olivier De Courcel is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Willemant; Olivia Luzi

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie; Christiane Féral-Schuhl; Olivier De Courcel


‘Responsiveness and efficiency.’

Key clients



Expedia Group, Inc.

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics


DQE Software


Fédération Française du Batiment

(French Building Federation)

SCR Group

SGD Pharma


Emineo Education

Work highlights

  • Advising Biogaran on the drafting and negotiation of several IT agreements in connection with a major CRM project based on Salesforce software.
  • Advising Eventeam Group in the context of a GDPR compliance review.
  • Advising Quidel-Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics on the drafting and the negotiation of a key strategic exclusive master license and services agreement under which Ortho will commercialise on-premises white label versions of middle software products to its own customers worldwide.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn is renowned for its technical expertise and multi-jurisdictional capabilities. A niche specialty of the firm is assisting car manufacturers with legal matters arising out of autonomous vehicle development and AI technologies. The firm is co-led by Ahmed Baladi, who specialises in strategic digital projects, outsourcing and cybersecurity issues, and Vera Lukic, who was recently promoted to the partnership. Clémence Pugnet is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Baladi; Vera Lukic

Other key lawyers:

Clémence Pugnet

Key clients


London Clearing House

Louis Vuitton


Platinum Equity Advisors



TAG Heuer



Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Western Digital


Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Offering a comprehensive practice in the IT sector, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is skilled in handling contract negotiations, legal structurings of digital technology projects, and cybersecurity issues. Other areas of expertise include software protection and IT-related litigation. The team is constantly consolidating its position in the market as a go-to advisor on Web3, NFT and metaverse matters, and also continues to provide counsel for major players in the banking sector. The team is co-led by Thierry Dor, who advises both domestic and global clients on a breadth of issues from outsourcing to software integration, and Julien Guinot-Deléry, who oversees strategic tech and digital litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Dor; Julien Guinot-Deléry


‘Amazing and highly competent team with a very high quality of legal services across the team.’

‘Thierry Dor has instilled a team approach focused on the clients’ needs, openness, simplifying complex matters and extremely high availability and reactivity. A team which we always want to work with and provides the right solution to our needs.’

‘Thierry Dor is a true partner for any in-house legal team or business team with an excellent knowledge of the business and technology.’

Key clients


Crédit Mutuel Arkea

International Chamber of Commerce

Agence France Presse

Aura Blockchain Consortium

Crédit Agricole


Europ Assistance



Work highlights

  • Assisting Agence France Presse with its software license negotiation with Microsoft, including challenging the pricing conditions.
  • Advised BNP Paribas on its transaction with CACEIS to combine their issuer services activities in a joint venture.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Leveraging its particular industry expertise in the TMT sector, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is ideally equipped to handle complex IT projects and disputes. The experienced team caters to both French and international clients. Recent highlights include defending major industry players such as Google in multi-jurisdictional litigation, as well as supporting clients with non-contentious matters such as data management, digital projects and regulatory issues. Alexandra Neri manages the team, focusing on complex disputes and data protection issues. Sébastien Proust specialises in rights protection and licensing issues, as well as acting in relevant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Neri

Other key lawyers:

Sébastien Proust

Key clients

Bureau Vallée

Expedia Group / HomeAway



Infravia Capital Partners





Work highlights

  • Representing Forseti, which operates the legaltech site, in litigation against Lexis Nexis, Dalloz, Lexbase, and other historical legal publishers.
  • Representing Molotov in multi-jurisdictional litigation against several French TV channel editors before the Court of Appeal and the judicial court in Paris.
  • Defending Google in litigation brought by Prodiss in relation to the selling or reselling of tickets to shows in France without a promoter’s permission to buy their way to the top of a list on the client’s search engine.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright offers a full range of services in the IT and internet field, with a focus on transactions, data protection and cybersecurity. Catering to major international clients, the firm has recently moved into the area of soft IP in order to consolidate its existing software-related practice. The group is led by Nadège Martin, capably assisted by Geoffroy Coulouvrat.

Practice head(s):

Nadège Martin

Other key lawyers:

Geoffroy Coulouvrat


‘Creativity, excellent knowledge of the IT sector.’

Key clients


Morgan Stanley

BNP Paribas and affiliates


Crédit du Maroc



Work highlights

  • Represented a company specialised in environmental services in a dispute related to the failure of a strategic global IT project.
  • Advised a financial institution on the acquisition of a piece of land in the Sandbox metaverse, in the form of an NFT.
  • Advised an insurance company on a project aimed at designing a disruptive artificial intelligence platform to support distributors of insurance services worldwide.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke commands a well-connected and expert team with specialisms across the full gamut of IT and internet work. Key strengths include IP litigation and IP portfolio and asset management, as well as increasing involvement in innovative products such as NFTs and the metaverse. The practice is co-led by Claire Bouchenard, a leading figure in the digital economy, and Xavier Pican, a specialist in complex technology matters and digital transformation projects. Grégoire Dumas is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Claire Bouchenard; Xavier Pican

Other key lawyers:

Grégoire Dumas

Key clients

Immortal Games



Work highlights

  • Advising Immortal Games on a deal with a company providing AI systems in order to use and integrate such systems in the clients’ own solutions.
  • Providing IT and data advice to XPLOR, including drafting standard SaaS agreements as well as assisting with contract negotiation of strategic international partnerships.
  • Assisting Neoen with the drafting and negotiation of an accounting contract with EY for all Neoen subsidiaries worldwide.

Parallel Avocats AARPI

The multi-disciplinary team at Parallel Avocats AARPI assist a diverse client base, comprising many companies at the forefront of the latest technologies such as Web3, AI and blockchain. The firm is well equipped to handle a range of mandates, including advising clients on regulatory issues. The firm is co-led by Arthur Millerand and Michel Leclerc, who handle regulatory compliance and personal data issues as well as tech litigation.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Millerand; Michel Leclerc


‘Creative and hardworking.’

‘Pleasant to work with, available, smart and bold.’

‘Parallel Avocats is really strong in handling court cases, especially for digital companies facing legal issues. Their team goes the extra mile to understand the client’s business. They bring to the table a deep understanding of the legal challenges digital innovators face. A prime choice for clients.’

Key clients

Stability AI





EBP Informatique





Fairly Made







Work highlights

  • Advised Stability AI on its acquisition of French company Init ML, which is the developer and editor of the imaging tool Clipdrop.
  • Represented Citygo before the Commercial Courts, validating its legal and operational short-distance carpooling model.
  • Advised Elemint on building its legal model, as well as securing major clients in France for the NFT-ticketing of the Monaco Grand Prix and the French Professional Football League for its online loyalty program.


Renowned particularly for its expertise in high-value and complex transactions, Racine more broadly provides both advisory and litigation services to a broad range of clients from major banks to tech start-ups. Cybersecurity, AI, IT infrastructure analytics and face recognition technology, are key areas of focus, and the group also advises its clients on regulatory issues. The practice is co-led by Eric Barbry and Charles Bouffier.

Practice head(s):

Eric Barbry; Charles Bouffier

Key clients




Le Point



Europa Group

Fox intelligence


La Halle

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole and Crédit Lyonnais on the legal, tech and regulatory structuring of Propulse by CA and LCL Essentiel Pro.
  • Represented Deepgray Vision in a software and trade mark infringement case against Clecim.

Algo Avocats

Boutique firm Algo Avocats was established by Sandra Tubert and Laura Ziegler in May 2021 to provide tailored advice exclusively in the digital, tech and data spheres.

Practice head(s):

Laura Ziegler; Sandra Tubert


‘A dynamic team that listens to its clients.’ 

‘Strong technical expertise in SaaS work.’

‘Strong technical expertise, and persuasive in the context of negotiations.’

‘Pragmatic lawyers who understand industry practices and trends.’ 

‘Laura Ziegler is efficient, available, attentive.’ 

‘The team has a measured approach to the topics covered, knows how to prioritise urgent matters, from regular work to important but more time-consuming matters.’

‘Laura Ziegler stands out for her pragmatism in intellectual property subjects which can be particularly nebulous.’ 

‘ALGO is extremely efficient and proactive, in tandem with having great mastery of IT contracts and the associated GDPR issues.’

Key clients






Work highlights

  • Assisting a major actor in the distribution industry facing significant difficulties.
  • Supporting a major co-location data centre provider with a range of transactional and advisory IT matters.
  • Advising software editors on structuring their business models.


Aramis has an active practice area in the digital technologies market, with strong capabilities in IT, privacy and data protection law. The team is particularly notable for its expertise in outsourcing, SaaS, digitalisation and systems integration work. The team is co-led by Benjamin May, an expert in IP law, and David Roche, who leverages his strong sector knowledge of the fintech space.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin May; David Roche

Key clients

IRP Auto




Société Générale






Work highlights

  • Assisting IRP AUTO with the complete rebuilding of its information system.
  • Assisting FrenchSys with the negotiation of services agreements, as well as with the drafting and implementation of protocols.
  • Providing comprehensive support to Tools for Humanity Corporation (Worldcoin) in order to establish its project in France.


Behring provides a broad-ranging offering in the IT space, with particular expertise in regulatory issues, as well as related competition and IP law matters. The firm is also notable for its activity in across Africa, where it assists both public and private sector clients. The practice is led by Anne-Solène Gay, who has a deep knowledge of the telecoms industry and significant litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Solène Gay


‘Their in-depth knowledge of the telecoms, information technology, space, and intellectual property law industrial sectors is undeniably one of their main skills. The team is able to navigate the complex nuances of these areas with ease, enabling them to provide exceptional legal advice to their clients.’

‘The team gives us complete satisfaction. They provide excellent quality work, demonstrate very good legal technicality on their subjects while being very pragmatic in their approach and they deliver within deadlines that always respect our own constraints. Finally, the amount of their fees is perfectly consistent with the quality of the service they provide.’ 

‘Anne-Solène Gay follows the cases very closely and is always available and responsive in the event of an urgent matter.’

‘The Behring team has been our TMT advisor for over three years. We continue to use their services because we are very satisfied with their expertise. They provide the requested elements diligently and are always precise in their answers. Their knowledge of TMT and the regulatory environment is a valuable asset, as well as the nuances provided in the answers. Prices are competitive in relation to the quality provided.’ 

‘Anne-Solène Gay: always available, she is very efficient and perfectly to the point in her answers.’

‘The team is always very available and attentive to find pragmatic solutions.’

‘We have a complementary team with practitioners who complement each other perfectly and work effectively together. The team as a whole is responsive, efficient and proactive.’

‘Anne-Solène Gay is pleasant to work with and responsive.’

Key clients




Advised SPS, a global IT/BPO service provider, in the negotiation of IT outsourcing contracts with its

clients and on various cybersecurity, IT, and data protection-related matters








Work highlights

  • Advising SPS on the negotiation of IT outsourcing contracts with its clients and on various cybersecurity, IT, and data protection-related matters.
  • Advised Conecs, a joint venture between the four main issuers of meal vouchers in France, on the negotiation of a contract with Worldline for the provision of IT services, consisting of IT development and software integration services of an electronic payment platform for luncheon voucher.
  • Advised MobyFly, a Swiss company specialising in zero-emission hydrofoil boats, on its software license contract negotiations and IT development protection strategy in the context of its fundraising and commercial development activities.


Bersay offers a broad spectrum of legal services, including advice on contracts, AI matters and cybersecurity issues, to an expanding network of local and international clients. Bradley Joslove leads the practice alongside Frédéric Lecomte.

Practice head(s):

Bradley Joslove; Frédéric Lecomte


‘The team was very good at tracking all open items as well as having the right in-house experts for the different areas needed.’

‘They were very communicative and tried to explain the different options very clearly. ’

‘Bradley Joslove – very responsive and helpful.’

DBC Avocats

DBC Avocats is well versed in privacy law, marketing data licensing issues and cloud-related agreement negotiations. The practice is headed up by Alexandre Le Peru.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Le Peru


‘Alexandre Le Peru is an excellent technician who has a perfect command of his subject and explains very well the strategies and positions, both to clients and to other parties/advisors during negotiations.’

‘A dedicated team that offers not only cutting-edge legal expertise and mastery of the art of negotiation, but also solid market knowledge.’ 

‘Alexandre Le Peru presents multiple qualities, including ease of communication with all types of interlocutors, as well as remarkable negotiation skills and an exceptional ability to assess risks.’

DS Avocats

DS Avocats offers full-service capabilities in the IT and internet practice area. Particular strengths include integration issues, outsourcing contracts and cloud computing matters. The team is led by Antoine Gravereaux, who focuses his practice on IT contract law, personal data protection and cyber-risk management. Other names of note include Sylvain Staub, Thomas Beaugrand and Olivier Pignatari.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Gravereaux

Other key lawyers:

Sylvain Staub; Thomas Beaugrand; Olivier Pignatari


‘Antoine Gravereaux’s team draws on its solid expertise to provide solutions and support adapted to the needs of our company. Due to a lack of internal resources, we had to rely on DS Avocats to offer legal support to our business in the contractualisation of IT solutions. DS Avocats has “digested” our contract models and contractual standards to negotiate these contracts in complete autonomy.’

‘Antoine Gravereaux has excellent listening skills and a strong desire to bring added value to his client. He is frank about what he can provide and obtain and will not push for over-consumption of his expertise which would be unnecessarily costly for his client. And of course his expertise is impeccable.’


Bolstered by a strong national network, FIDAL offers the full range of capabilities in IT and internet issues, with a particular focus on legal audits, IT agreements and policies, and GDPR compliancy. The practice is led by a quartet of experts: Sabine Deloges, who splits her time between Rouen and Caen, Paris-based Arnaud Tessalonikos, Aurélie Klein in Strasbourg, and Gacia Kazandjian in Nantes.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Deloges; Arnaud Tessalonikos; Aurélie Klein; Gacia Kazandjian


‘Attentive listening and constant monitoring. Do not let go of the case even if there are delays and unforeseen events.’

‘The FIDAL team is very available and respects deadlines when carrying out the cases entrusted to it by our company.’ 

‘FIDAL has an international network which allows us, where necessary, to call on quality local advisors in the countries where we have activities.’

Key clients

Arte TV


Axa Climate

Work highlights

  • Assisting Arte TV with a variety of IT and data matters.
  • Assisting AXA Climate with its project to autonomise its IT infrastructure by negotiating all the relevant IT contracts.
  • Assisting OCI with the restructuring of legal documentation within the group following the takeover of various companies.

ITLAW Avocats

ITLAW Avocats offers a wide-ranging service in the IT and internet spaces, and is noted for its capabilities in advising on IT contracts, personal data protection issues, and IP matters. Digital networks, AI, IoT, and blockchain are other key areas of focus. Founding partner Claudia Weber, who is known for her expertise in contracts, licensing and litigation, leads the group. Marine Hardy and Jean-Christophe Ienné are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Weber

Other key lawyers:

Marine Hardy; Jean-Christophe Ienné

Key clients

Covéa Finance




B Com




Origins Digital


Work highlights

  • Representing Applium in litiation following the failure of an IT project for the integration and development of ERP software.
  • Assisting Courir, a company specialising in the sale of sports shoes, with the drafting and negotiation of an SAP product integration contract.
  • Assisting Illuin, a company specialising in the development of artificial intelligence-based solutions, with the drafting and negotiation of various IT contracts with a major player in the reinsurance industry.

Jones Day

Jones Day is experienced in handling IT law, with particular expertise in e-commerce, software distribution and digital transformationissues, as well as a burgeoning practice in blockchain, NFTs, facial recognition and AI matters. The group is headed up by Rémy Fekete, an expert in IT law in cross-jurisdictional settings. Other key names to note are Olivier Haas and Nicolas Brice.

Practice head(s):

Rémy Fekete; Olivier Haas

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Brice


‘Competence due to the practitioner’s professional experience.’

Key clients


Republic of Togo (Agence nationale d’identification)




Radio FG

ACI Worldwide, Inc.

Alibaba Cloud

KVH Industries

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Work highlights

  • Advised Swile on the IT and data protection aspects of the acquisition of Bimpli.
  • Assisted ANID with the negotiation of a major IT agreement.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP covers a myriad of IT and internet issues, from GDRP compliance to contract negotiation. The firm is notable for its expertise in IP and data protection matters, as well as, increasingly, AI, NFT and blockchain issues. The practice is led by Claude-Etienne Armingaud, who is dual-qualified in France and the US, and is consequently well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

Claude-Étienne Armingaud


‘K&L Gates has unparalleled knowledge of the French court system and also of a wide range of issues that are pertinent in French and international law, including data privacy and intellectual property law. We have worked with K&L France extensively, in active litigation matters, as well as in other areas, such as data protection planning and GDPR-related work.’

‘Claude-Étienne Armingaud has helped us tremendously with all of our legal concerns in France. He is extremely knowledgable in multiple legal areas, highly adaptable, a phenomenal team leader, and a lawyer of the highest calibre.’

Key clients

Argo AI


Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC




Kinship Partners, Inc

La Boîte A Encas d/b/a Foodles

Lands’ End

Maytronics Limited

SeAH Holdings




World Organisation for Animal Health

Work highlights

  • Represented Maytronics France in a UDPR complaint before the WIPO for the restitution of an internet domain.

Latham & Watkins

With particular industry expertise in the TMT sector, Latham & Watkins is well placed to advise clients on complex transactions, regulatory matters, and data protection issues. The team is led by Jean-Luc Juhan, who is well regarded for his knowledge and expertise of transactional and commercial issues in the tech sphere.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Luc Juhan

Key clients

Meta Platforms, Inc.


Johnson & Johnson


Cognizant Technology Solutions

Microsoft Corporation

Lagardère Media News







Ingram Micro

Work highlights

  • Advised Worldline on the sale of its TSS business line to Apollo Global Management.
  • Advised Lagardère Media News on the issuance of NFTs based on exclusive photographs taken by Jean-Claude Deutsch between the 60s and early 90s.
  • Advising Meta on various regulatory and product launch issues in France.

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats leverages strong sector expertise in energy and infrastructure to advise on a wide range of IT-related matters. The team is led by Prudence Cadio, an expert in IP and IT law. Burgeoning areas of strength include innovative technologies, such as AI.

Practice head(s):

Prudence Cadio

Key clients


Q Energy France




Momentum Avocats

Established in September 2020, Momentum Avocats is an independent firm with a comprehensive knowledge of IP and IT law, advising both French and international clients. The team is spearheaded by a trio of experts: Julien Canlorbe, Julie Carel and Jean-Sébastien Mariez.

Practice head(s):

Julie Carel; Julien Canlorbe; Jean-Sébastien Mariez


Acting for domestic and international clients alike, OYAT serves the digital and IT needs of major public and private bodies. The established team is well positioned to advise on outsourcing, digital transformation and licensing issues, as well as handling litigation. New technologies, such as AI and robotics, are another area of expertise for the group. Industry veteran Marie-Hélène Tonnellier leads the team, and is noted for her in-depth knowledge of IT, media, e-commerce and data protection issues. Charlotte Barraco-David is likewise recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Hélène Tonnellier

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Barraco-David


‘Although the team is small, it is comprehensive in its coverage of the technology sector. The team is experienced and is very much at the forefront of developments in the technology sector.’

‘They are always responsive and provide very clear and practical advice. We have full confidence in them and their abilities, particularly to deal with English-speaking clients. They are also very reasonable in terms of fees.’

‘Marie-Hélène Tonnellier is a well-known name in the technology sector and is always seen at the key technology law conferences, both as participant and speaker. She has incredible breadth of expertise and is always super responsive. She works very hard for clients and is passionate about getting the best outcomes for them. As well as her incredible technical abilities she is also extremely charming and wonderful to work with. I would highly recommend her to my clients and have done so on many occasions over the years.’

‘Highly responsive and display an excellent sense of understanding client needs. They are very easy to deal with and this is achieved by establishing an excellent relationship of trust and confidence. Their fees are reasonable and they provide commercial and pragmatic solutions that are clearly explained and expertly documented.’

‘Marie-Hélène Tonnellier and her team have a wide range of skills and experience that cover the broad range of TMT issues and the standards of excellence are high whatever the issue. I am therefore able to refer work to them with absolute confidence in their knowledge of their sector particularly with regard to artificial intelligence, data exchange and new developments such as the Data Act and the Data Governance Act, which are raising important new challenges for our clients.’

Key clients

Hachette Livre


Sopra Steria



Edreams Odigeo


Pôle emploi


ESA (European Space Agency


Service d’Information du Gouvernement (SIG)

Work highlights

  • Advising Edreams Odigeo, a major online travel company, on various IT issues.
  • Advising the Service d’Information du Gouvernement on all its digital issues, and particularly on the setting up of a platform called the State Design System.
  • Assisting Nouvelle Aquitaine Mobilité with the drafting and negotiation of all contracts with selected IT service providers.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing‘s specialist team caters to a wide range of clients, from established global brands to innovative start-ups, advising on software licenses, SaaS agreements, outsourcing issues, and custom software development, among other matters. Other areas of specialism include IP and data law, cybersecurity mandates, and IT disputes. Philippe Glaser manages the team alongside Marc Schuler.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Glaser; Marc Schuler

Key clients






OPPO Group



Groupe Duval

Française des Jeux







Septeo Group


Kantar Public France


Work highlights

  • Represented Hiscox in IT claims relating to to its TMT and cyber covers.
  • Representing IBM in litigation, as well as advising on regulatory matters in relation to GDPR.
  • Advising Française des Jeux on the structuring of an NFT/Web3 gaming offer.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP‘s practice is co-managed by Bertrand Liard and Clara Hainsdorf, and takes an inter-disciplinary approach to advise clients on a range of matters, from data protection, to cloud service and digital distribution.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Liard; Clara Hainsdorf


‘Clara Hainsdorf has always taken the time to fully understand our business, the software products involved in a specific dispute and the technical details of the particular project. She has been very successful in navigating through tough legal challenges and her level of sophistication and analysis has always given us a major advantage over opposing counsel and resulted in excellent outcomes for us.’

‘Clara Hainsdorf is an excellent commercial lawyer and a trusted advisor with an outstanding track record. The level and quality of her legal services are unmatched and she is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Meta (formerly Facebook)


Crédit Agricole Group





Work highlights

  • Advising Meta on all issues affecting its social network activities outside the US, including regulatory matters.
  • Advising Publicis on its strategic partnership with Carrefour, including on the development of a behavioural advertising platform and its exclusive distribution.
  • Advising Natixis on several digitalisation and regulatory matters.



Practice head(s):

Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray


‘The team give good advice and do not only check the legal risk but always consider the commercial risks and give practical advice. ’

‘Jean-Guy de Ruffray is very prompt and responsive with good ideas and receives good results.’

Key clients


AIR France







Work highlights

  • Advising CEGID, a French software editor, on various IT issues.
  • Advised AMPHENOL CORPORATION, a US-listed company, on its acquisition of CMR GROUP.
  • Advising DOCAPOSTE on its contemplated acquisition of THIQA, a company specialising in cybersecurity.



Practice head(s):

Corinne Thiérache; Frédéric Saffroy


‘Responsiveness, availability and efficiency of the team, which stands out for its very strong involvement in the relationship with its clients.’

Key clients

Essentiel Notaires

Organisation et Développement (OMNES EDUCATION)


AEF info

Work highlights

  • Assisted Essentiel Notaires with the development and commercialisation of its proprietary solution Quai des Notaires.
  • Advising the Nuxe group following a cyberattack, including advising on mitigation measures to be taken regarding the breach of confidential data.



Practice head(s):

Guillaume Seligmann

Key clients

Carrefour Group

LVMH Group

EDF Group




Constellation Software




Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour on entering into digital marketing and advertising technology agreements with Publicis.
  • Advised the LVMH Group on the negotiation of group-wide technology licensing agreements.
  • Represented TDF, a French telecom network and infrastructure operator, in several disputes.

BCTG Avocats

BCTG Avocats

Practice head(s):

Caroline Goupil

Work highlights

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Practice head(s):

Dessislava Savova

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Manasterski; Alexander Kennedy; Grégory Sroussi


‘A diverse team which has a good balance between the details and the big picture.’

‘The CC team is reliable and can provide expertise in many different areas.’

‘Dessislava Savova is very responsive and tries to find pragmatic solutions for the client.’

‘This is a proactive team that is very attentive to client needs. Its international approach is also particularly interesting.’

‘Dessislava Savova is a true business partner, very aware of client expectations in terms of pragmatism of solutions. She’s a fun lawyer to brainstorm with, which is often what we expect from our counsel.’

Key clients




Airbus Defence and Space




Hitachi Rail






Work highlights

  • Advised Sephora on accelerating its digital strategy and cooperation arrangements with major e-commerce players.
  • Advising Hitachi on its discussion with Thales regarding a long-term partnership.
  • Advising the French branch of Honda Motor Europe on its day-to-day IT issues.

Deloitte Société d’Avocats

Deloitte Société d’Avocats

Practice head(s):

Hervé Gabadou; Tony Baudot

Key clients


Axa Partners

Groupe Louis Delhaize



IK Partners, GIC, Keensight Capital and Parquest Capital


D’Ieteren Group


Mayoly Spindler

Work highlights

  • Assisting the IT department of the MGEN with digital transformation projects.
  • Advised CAMCA on the negotiation of strategic IT contracts.

Deprez Guignot Associés

Deprez Guignot Associés

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Dumont; Vincent Fauchoux

Key clients

Mister Auto









Cosmic Shelter

Work highlights

  • Advising WINAMAX on GDPR compliance.
  • Assisting GEOPOST with all contractual IT issues.
  • Advised ADOBE in the development and deployment of AI solutions which produce images based on a given prompt.



Practice head(s):

Merav Griguer

Key clients


Fnac Darty







La Compagnie des Alpes


Work highlights

  • Advising Orange on its use of cookies worldwide.

Harlay Avocats

Harlay Avocats

Practice head(s):

Sabine Lipovetsky; Fabrice Perbost

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing HAYS in proceedings against a former manager who resigned from the company and then created a business to compete against the client.

Joffe & Associés

Joffe & Associés

Practice head(s):

Emilie De Vaucresson

Work highlights

Klein Wenner

Klein Wenner

Practice head(s):

Laurent Badiane; Matthieu Bourgeois


‘Availability, responsiveness, expertise.’

Key clients

Agence du Numérique en Santé [IT and health departments]


Lucky Cart

Totum Pharmaciens

Codes Rousseau






Work highlights

  • Advised Hitachi Solutions on the negotiation of a contract with a company specialising in the sale of electronic products for the development of a worldwide CRM.
  • Advised ANS on the negotiation of a licensing agreement for the use of all the tools made available by a British organisation for the creation, validation and publication of healthcare terminology.
  • Drafted several legal opinions on the law relating to online advertising and the use of cookies for Lucky Cart.



Practice head(s):

Gilles Rouvier

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Pasquer

Key clients









Global Exchange Group

Orange Ventures

Groupe Nomotech

Work highlights

Le 16 Law

Le 16 Law

Practice head(s):

Benoît Barré



Practice head(s):

Mathilde Croze; Elsa Rodrigues


‘Mathilde Croze is exceptional. Her knowledge of software licensing contract law is truly impressive and sense of negotiation with buyers of clients in our sector is also perfect. Finally, her English is impeccable.’

‘Provides an in-depth advisory service combined with a strategic view on the topic.’

‘Mathilde Croze manages complex legal cases.’

‘The team has a lot of expertise on matters important to us. Their level of knowledge combined with their timely assistance, including communications, helps us navigate French litigation matters and potential litigation risk assessment.’

‘Elsa Rodrigues is exceptionally bright and knowledgeable about French law as it relates to online defamation and other matters relevant to our business. Elsa is a solid communicator and source of counsel.’

‘Working with the IT team is easy and they are always available.’

‘Impressed by the knowledge and skills of Mathilde Croze. She is always available and her advice is pragmatic, insightful and to the point. Moreover, it is very easy to discuss things with her. I value her interpersonal skills, too.’

Key clients


MINDGEEK (MG Freesites)


United Voice Artists – UVA LES VOIX












Work highlights

  • Representing MG Freesites against French authority ARCOM in a dispute against online platforms publishing adult contents due to access to these platforms by minors.
  • Representing United Voice Artist in actions to defend its rights considering the rapid development of generative artificial intelligence allowing voices to be reproduced synthetically.
  • Advising Leetchi, a crowdfunding company, on adapting its processes and its KYC and GDPR obligations.



Practice head(s):

Antoine Gendreau; Alexis Vichnievsky

Key clients

Sony Interactive Entertainment France (Playstation)

Sony Interactive Entertainment UK (Playstation)

Caisse Centrale de Réassurance



Takasago Europe Perfumery Laboratory








Xelians Group

Poclain Hydrolics

Laboratoire Lescuyer

The Cools Group

Younited Credit

Prosol/Grand Frais

Work highlights

  • Advising SIEF/Playstation on a day-to-day basis.
  • Advised Caisse Centrale de Reassurance on the IT aspects of the sale of 75% of its shares in CCR Re to MACSF.

Pwc Société d'Avocats

Pwc Société d'Avocats

Practice head(s):

Valérie Aumage

Other key lawyers:

Nolwenn Vignaud

Key clients


PPG (Pinnacle Pet Group)

Montefiore Investment


Stock Spirits


Columna Capital

BPCE Lease

Bleu Jour


Work highlights

  • Advising KKR on its acquisition of the April group.
  • Advising PPG, a pan-European pet insurance provider controlled by JAB Holding Company, on the acquisitions of CaptainVet and HD Assurances.
  • Advised BPCE Lease on the acquisition of Eurolocatique and its subsidiary Médidan.

Vercken & Gaullier

Vercken & Gaullier

Practice head(s):

Florence Gaullier; Gilles Vercken

Key clients


Bouygues Telecom

Cassiopeia Developments

Chambre d’agriculture France

Clear Channel

Collège de Médecine Générale (CMG)



Homa Games



Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes



Zee Group

Work highlights

  • Representing rapper Booba in litigation against Meta, seeking the re-opening of his Instagram account.
  • Assisted Dataneo with the drafting of new contract templates for its clients to adapt to the new platform.
  • Assisted Clear Channel France with the drafting and negotiation of a contract related to a SaaS IT solution.

Walter Billet Avocats

Walter Billet Avocats

Practice head(s):

Alan Walter

Other key lawyers:

Fabien Billet

Key clients



Captain Cause

One Ragtime

Babel France

Powder (Unique Entertainment Experience)

Fuzzy Logic Robotics

Beauty Blend



Prométhée (Yuzer)


J2S3 (Merci App)

Standing Ovation

Laboratoires Pierre Fabre

Hotel des Ventes de l’Orléanais


If Else Agency




Work highlights

  • Defended Jinka against a real estate classifieds website in a trial based on unlawful database extraction.