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    • Data protection
    • Ahmed Baladi - Gibson Dunn
    • François-Xavier Boulin - BCTG Avocats
    • Olivier Haas - Jones Day

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Boutique firm Alain Bensoussan-Avocats specialises in new technologies and recently promoted Chloé Legris, Sarah Lenoir, Anne Renard and Eve Renaud to directors and further strengthened its offering by hiring data protection head Florence Mulliez, who previously held an in-house position at electronics and technology retailer Darty. In recent contentious work, the firm represented a foreign communications operator in a dispute with a French operator pertaining to a pricing problem surrounding text messages between the two networks, and a group of telecoms companies appointed the team to handle two litigious actions brought by their customers arising from the hijacking of their telephone lines. Also noteworthy is the practice’s advice on digital transformation projects, data privacy compliance mandates as well as robotics and artificial intelligence matters. The team is led by Alain Bensoussan and also includes Naïma Alahyane Rogeon and Céline Avignon.

Baker McKenzie’s IT lawyers ‘demonstrate efficiency and flexibility to mould their expertise according to clients’ needs’. The IT and communications department is jointly headed by the recommended Laurent Szuskin and Rémy Bricard and recently advised a major financial services client on contractual aspects of a major project including the implementation of cloud platforms for the provision and optimisation of internal IT services. Other notable work highlights included assisting clients with GDPR compliance, connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) projects, as well as disputes pertaining to licensing rights, audits and aborted IT projects. Noteworthy clients include Valeo, Oracle and Google. Data privacy expert Denise Lebeau-Marianna joined DLA Piper, but the group recently welcomed Yann Padova from The Energy Regulation Committee; he now leads the firm’s personal data protection team.

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

DLA Piper’s seven-partner offering is jointly led by the recommended Jonathan Rofé and global ICT practice co-head Stéphane Lemarchand and recently bolstered its data privacy capabilities with the hire of Denise Lebeau-Marianna from Baker McKenzie. Among recent work highlights are a series of digital transformation projects as well as the re-tendering of a global IT infrastructure outsourcing supply contract, and dispute resolution expert Fabienne Panneau represented a publishing house in its appeal against a decision by the French Supreme Court which ordered the client to pay €7m to its IT provider. In terms of data privacy work, Florence Guthfreund-Roland and Lebeau-Marianna assisted an IoT service provider and a pharmaceutical company with their respective GDPR compliance programmes. Additionally, head of the commercial contracts division Gregory Tulquois advised on contractual aspects of innovative B2C applications and the establishment of a logistics division as part of a global retail giant’s expansion into the French market, including advice on contracts with service providers and regulatory aspects of its new IT business activity. The department’s impressive client roster includes names such as Amazon, Vodafone, Michelin and Airbus.

Latham & Watkins’ IT and telecoms offering is led by transactions and contracts specialist Jean-Luc Juhan and experienced litigator Myria Saarinen. A household name client instructed a team led by Juhan to oversee the reorganisation of its telecom infrastructures, the renegotiation of an outsourcing contract and various information technology projects related to e-marketing; on the contentious side, Saarinen successfully represented a healthcare company in litigation which arose from the termination of a public procurement contract for a healthcare IT project and a counterclaim on the grounds of wrongful termination. The practice also provides day-to-day advice on data privacy matters, digitalisation and cloud-based projects, commercial agreements with distributors and third parties, and IT issues arising from corporate transactions in the technology space. LVMH, L’Oréal and Amazon are among the key clients.

Aramis recently welcomed of counsel Noémie Weinbaum from a deputy legal manager at Natixis to strengthen its regulatory fintech and data privacy offering. The team provides ongoing advice to Wirecard, which recently involved the negotiation of a global partnership agreement with Orange Bank for the provision of contactless payments to its customers, and practice head Benjamin May advised Carrefour on the migration of its internal messaging service to a cloud-based platform. On the regulatory side, the practice assisted La Banque Postale with its application before the French regulator – the ACPR – concerning a new license for an electronic money institution related to the launch of its new payment platform.

Astura is known for assisting French and international clients with the drafting and negotiation of IT contracts, IT litigation and personal data protection mandates. Recent work highlights include advising a retailer on a carve-out contract as part of its acquisition of a delivery business from another major retailer, and acting for a natural gas transmission system operator in a pre-litigation matter pertaining to the transfer of SAP software licenses. Several clients also benefitted from the team’s advice on GDPR compliance. Matthieu Mélin heads the practice.

August Debouzy’s team ‘is extremely good and consistently delivers a top-rate legal service’. The IT and telecoms offering, which recently gained eight new associates, ‘brings a huge amount of experience in corporate contracts’ and operates under the leadership of ‘outstanding professional’ and ‘formidable negotiatorMahasti Razavi and the ‘exceptionally user-friendlyFlorence Chafiol who ‘is on top of her field’. The team advised Bureau Veritas on a sensitive SaaS agreement with IBM and a global partnership agreement with AT&T, and Microsoft instructed the group to advise on a connected-car agreement with Renault. Transactional work included advising a consortium on an IT carve-out agreement as part of its acquisition of Areva’s nuclear propulsor and research reactor activities, and on the litigation front, the group defended Orange in a dispute brought by SFR-Numericable arising from the alleged breach of several agreements allowing Numericable to use Orange’s infrastructure to install fibre optic cables.

Behring’s ‘brilliant’ IT team ‘is able to address the whole range of IT subjects with a specific expertise in both new technologies and patents’ and includes lawyers who ‘are flexible in their approach, listen to their clients and are very easy to work with’. Founding partner Anne-Solène Gay’s ‘combined expertise in IT and IP and her technical skills’ make her ‘one of the best TMT lawyers one can find in Paris’; she continues to advise Swiss Post’s business process management services division on all IT contract negotiations and personal data protection matters, and assisted a major financial services client with IT aspects of its acquisition of an online factoring company. On the telecoms side, Orange Ivory Coast engaged the practice to advise on interconnection costs and the implementation of analytical accounting obligations, and Gay represented a telecoms provider in a claim against a major telecoms company arising from the unauthorised deployment of fibre optic cables in the client’s underground ducts.

A continuation of its strong media and entertainment practice, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ IT and telecoms offering provides clients with advice on regulations, transactions and commercial agreements as well as on contentious matters. Julien Horn and Louis de Gaulle worked alongside new hire Philippe Moncorps, who arrived from an in-house position at TF1, to represent a major television network in copyright and trade mark infringement proceedings against a leading telecoms provider related to the expiration of broadcasting licenses. On the fintech front, Anne-Hélène le Trocquer advised BPCE on an agreement with Apple regarding the implementation of a contactless payment system, and assisted the same client with the takeover of a start-up. Other notable work highlights included assisting with a subsea telecoms cable project in Latin America, anti-counterfeiting campaigns and the development of IT tools. Other notable clients are Adobe, Microsoft and Dassault System.

Noted by clients for its ‘high expertise in IT businesses and fast feedback’, Derriennic Associés’ information and communications technology practice is led by François-Pierre Lani. Pierre-Yves Margnoux, who ‘provides a first-class level of expertise’, is defending Alcatel in litigation proceedings against SIEA arising from allegations that an optic fibre network built by the client is defective and causing customers to terminate their contracts with the claimant. On the regulatory side, Georges Jenselme is advising a global transport company on open data legislation and he is also defending a global IT services provider against a damages claim brought by an agri-food group concerning an allegedly defective IT human resources tool built by the client. Counsel Alexandre Fievée is another key contact alongside fellow counsels Emmanuel Benoît and Géraldine Pacaut.

The media and TMT department at Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP acts for major names in the IT and telecoms spaces. In recent highlights, the group handled a data protection project linked to its French operations for a global IT corporation, and advised a multinational internet retailer on distribution issues and contractual negotiations. Also notable is the team’s work in the field of fintech where it oversaw the implementation of software licensing matters. The names to note are technology partner Gaëtan Cordier, who dedicates a substantial fraction of his practice to intellectual property advice, and Dan Roskis, who specialises in competition and media law.

Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie’s managing partner Richard Willemant ‘stands out for his mastery and perfect understanding of the industry sector, his efficiency, responsiveness and availability’ and recently teamed up with founding partner Christiane Féral-Schuhl to represent a leading television provider in a series of claims against hardware distributors which fraudulently receive audio-visual streaming. Etienne Papin regularly assists clients with IT and internet projects, litigation cases and GDPR compliance matters and in the telecoms sphere, Olivier de Courcel advised a leading telephone operator on an audit and express renegotiations of several agreements. Founding partner Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie is also a key contact and specialises in product compliance, contractual aspects of manufacturing and distribution and general commercial law issues arising from the sale of IT and technology equipment in France.

Fieldfisher’s expertise applies to both contentious and non-contentious issues including the full gamut of contractual negotiations, e-commerce, IT-related corporate transactional support and data protection advice. Bruno Ducoulombier leads the intellectual property and IT department and frequently advises clients on cloud service and licensing agreements, while Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses was part of a cross-office team overseeing the launch of a new connected healthcare product. Another key contact is Christopher Mesnooh, who acted for a major internet company in its data privacy strategy, and is representing Qvidian in a complex IT transaction with a major French banking group. Other notable clients include Hub One and Vygon.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.has a very strong understanding of the IT and technology space as a whole with vast experience in dealing with start-ups and fast-growing companies’. Practice co-head Olivier Cousi focuses on telecoms work and recently advised the national telecoms authority of Benin on the country’s legal framework and the introduction of new legislative provisions, as well as assisting the government of Cape Verde with arbitration proceedings against the national telecoms provider concerning regulatory compliance. In other work, ‘outstanding lawyer’ and counsel Julien Guinot-Deléry and practice co-head Thierry Dor provide ongoing advice to La Gazette Drouot on IT projects and contentious issues arising from its responsibility for publishing online content. Other key clients include Vodafone, Natixis, Facebook and Total, who instructed the practice to advise on data protection matters.

The ‘very pragmatic and reactive’ TMT team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP covers corporate, employment, litigation and competition law in the IT, telecoms and technology space. Recommended dispute resolution expert Christine Gateau is handling a number of litigation cases pertaining to the right to be forgotten and data privacy issues, while also guiding clients through the French regulatory landscape. On the new technology front, Winston Maxwell regularly advises on data privacy issues arising from the development of connected vehicles, as well as on licensing and contractual matters pertaining to new IT tools for fintech clients. Also noteworthy is domain name expert David Taylor who recently acted for Facebook, eBay and several of its subsidiaries in the recuperation of domain names in numerous jurisdictions. Jane Seager was recently promoted to partner and Patrice Navarro became counsel.

Boutique firm ITLAW Avocats specialises in IT, data protection and intellectual property under the leadership of founding partner Claudia Weber. The team recently assisted clients with contractual issues pertaining to data privacy and the development of various IT tools. Other work highlights included advising clients in a variety of industry sectors on digital transformation projects and contentious matters, as recently shown by the group’s defence of a hospital operator in a series of disputes against a group of practitioners wishing to collect the personal data of their patients and transfer it to a new management software. A real estate company also appointed the firm to oversee its action against a former subcontractor responsible for the maintenance of its IT services arising from the latter’s abrupt decision to terminate its maintenance of an essential operating software.

The ‘excellent team’ at Jones Day stands out for its ‘professionalism, business knowledge and response times’ and is headed by telecoms expert Rémy Fekete who represents clients such as Orange, Sigfox and Eutelsat; he also advised CBS on a major output deal with Canal+ and oversaw a complex telecoms towers transaction in South America for Millicom. Counsel Olivier Haas leads the group’s notable data privacy practice and recently acted for Solvay in the definition and implementation of their data protection compliance strategy in light of the incoming GDPR, and also assisted a leading food company with legal issues related to a smart data project which included the creation of a data lake of its industrial and customer data.

K&L Gates LLP’s Etienne Drouard has substantial experience in advising clients on data protection while Claude-Etienne Armingaud specialises in cross-border transactions and outsourcing contracts in the fields of fintech, IoT and big data. Notable transactional work included Armingaud’s advice to Bridgestone on its €12m share deal with Eliocity, which also entailed assistance with IT, IP and data protection due diligence. On the data protection front, the practice’s caseload includes advice to Carglass on the implementation of its GDPR compliance programme, and assisting BNP Paribas with its personal data privacy policy. The department’s client roster also includes JCDecaux, Microsoft, SNCF and SloClap.

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats has strong expertise in advising its diverse client roster on all matters pertaining to new technologies, IT, e-commerce regulations and data protection. Alongside its contract negotiation work for clients such as SNCF, Nikon and Thomas Cook, the group also handles contentious mandates and is representing Sopra in its ongoing dispute with Oracle regarding an alleged breach of license agreement. The telecoms space also makes up a significant portion of the group’s caseload: highlights included defending Free in a competition dispute brought by Bouygues concerning Free’s agreement with Orange, and Caisse des Dépôts received assistance regarding the creation of a new Triple Play fibre optic entity. Marie-Hélène Tonnellier and Térence Cabot are the names to note.

Osborne Clarke’s team is headed by managing partner Béatrice Delmas-Linel and Claire Bouchenard, who provides ‘expert industry knowledge and pragmatic, to-the-point advice’. Xavier Pican, who recently joined from LPA-CGR avocats, advised Eiffage on all IT aspects of an innovative smart city project, and Lise Breteau is acting for a fintech company in the management of its e-payment services and other projects. Clients also recommend ‘very responsive’ associate Grégoire Dumas who is working alongside Bouchenard to advise Integral Ad Science on its GDPR and cookies compliance, and guiding Ubisoft through several IT procurement and service agreements. SNCF, Salesforce and Publicis are also noteworthy clients.

Altana’s ‘very good’ IT team recently welcomed new practice co-head Frank Valentin and four of his associates from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés to strengthen its capacities in anti-counterfeiting campaigns for software and technology companies. Founding partner and corporate expert Pierre-Gilles Wogue advised the Figaro group on its acquisition of web-based professional networking platform Viadeo, and practice co-head Pierre Lubet recently acted for Hediard and Do&Co on the IT and data protection aspects of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. The team also assisted clients with the implementation of IT tools, represented victims of cyber attacks and fraudulent scams, and counselled a major online retailer on the implications of premium domain names. Other notable clients include Microsoft, Amazon and Exacompta.

Artemont recently gained a number of new clients who instructed Farid Bouguettaya’s team to oversee data privacy policies and the negotiation of co-development agreements for the procurement of IT and technology products. Recent contentious highlights include a licensing dispute and the representation of a luxury brand in its pursuit of fraudulent purchases on its e-commerce website. Le Musée Yves Saint-Lauren, Soditech and Take & Buy are some of the practice’s noteworthy clients.

BCTG Avocats’ client roster includes a number of household names in a wide array of industry sectors such as retail, consumer goods and luxury. The group’s data protection offering rest on the shoulders of of counsel François-Xavier Boulin who advises a global sports goods name on data privacy aspects of its digital marketing and commerce strategy; he also represented a mobile games developer in pre-litigation against another developer which released a product infringing one of the client’s held rights. Practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci acted for a number of clients in the roll-out of digital platforms and is a key contact alongside associates Pierre Trusson and Georgina van der Heijden.

Bersay & Associés acts for domestic and international clients both in contentious and non-contentious mandates under the leadership of Emmanuel Schulte who specialises in IT, e-commerce and commercial law. Recent IT work includes the negotiation of a wide array of contracts, the launch of a mobile application for a cloud-based transport optimisation platform, and the defence of a client against license and software infringement claims. Counsel Martine Georges-Naïm is an expert in the telecoms space; she is assisting a foreign national telecoms regulator with a market review and recently advised service providers on regulatory questions pertaining to 3G and 4G network access. For data privacy issues clients can rely on counsel Delphine Touboul who recently guided a leading retailer through a compliance audit, and oversaw the centralisation of employee information as part of a number of company-wide projects.

Benjamin Mourot heads Bignon Lebray’s IT offering and recently assisted a joint venture with the setting up of its new IT infrastructure. Of counsel Elise Dufour oversaw the introduction of digital document management tools as part of a hospitality client’s digital transformation process, and acted for clients in website design and regulatory issues. Also noteworthy is Julien Lecat who is representing a start-up in negotiations with an IT solution provider, and represented an online payment solutions provider in a dispute arising from a security breach. The team is also adept at connected e-health matters and data privacy issues.

The ‘responsive and available expert team’ at CMS provides a service that one client describes as ‘always perfect’. In recent highlights, the French Ministry of Education appointed the practice to defend its partnership with Microsoft in a dispute against associations requesting its dissolution in the context of the protection of open source software in France, and Conduent instructed the group to oversee the negotiation of major outsourcing agreements. Practice head Anne-Laure Villedieu advised a digital player on commercial, e-commerce and data protection issues, and is also representing software company Sage in a series of disputes with the company responsible for its IT solutions and a number of Sage’s clients seeking compensation following the host’s failure.

DS Avocats’ expertise extends to contractual negotiations and IT projects in heavily regulated industry sectors such as healthcare, fintech and insurance. The names to note are Arnaud Tessalonikos and counsel Gacia Kazandijan, who is responsible for the firm’s Canadian desk. On the contentious front, the team provided pre-litigation advice to clients involved in disputes pertaining to questions of regulatory compliance and infringement rights; counsel work revolves mainly around the negotiation and amendment of agreements, the drafting of data privacy policies and the development of e-commerce structures.

Dentons is advising Nokia on its compliance with German and French data protection regulations concerning its recording of street-level data, and the Airbus group appointed the group to handle its longstanding software infringement and unfair competition case involving Dassault, IBM and OpenCascade. In other highlights, David Masson acts for a leading designer of invoicing software and services in several projects involving the negotiation of IT contracts and the termination of license agreements, and a major pharmaceutical client engaged the group to handle issues pertaining to the development of a mobile application. Counsel Isabelle Leroux has vast expertise in intellectual property work and domain names; she is also a key contact alongside counsel Clément Monnet.

Franklin has an established presence in the telecoms space where it provides advice on corporate transactions, competition law, public law and dispute resolution, as well as on digitalisation projects, software development and telecom infrastructure rollout programmes to corporate and private equity clients. The team also advised a leading energy company on a multinational cloud contract and assisted a major global technology security company with its French encryption law issues. Also notable are regulatory expert Jérôme Michel and dispute resolution partner Yann Colin, who handled a number of commercial disputes and damages claims for clients in the telecoms space. Bradley Joslove left the firm in June 2018.

Gibson Dunn recently launched a new technology, cybersecurity and consumer protection practice following the hire of Ahmed Baladi, counsel Vera Lukic and three associates from Allen & Overy LLP. Renault engaged the team to advise on a multiservice agreement with an international IT services provider, as well as on data privacy and artificial intelligence issues regarding the development of connected vehicles. Baladi is also acting for Tag Heuer in its development of a luxury smart watch which includes negotiations with Google for the use of an Android license, while also counselling a major technology company with regards to sanctions imposed on it by the regulatory authorities. In other work, the team assisted numerous clients with the design and implementation of their data protection policies in light of the incoming GDPR.

The ‘fantastic’ team at Herald Avocats consists of ‘lawyers with clear knowledge of the market and the capacity to find effective solutions quickly’. The group recently handled negotiations and pre-litigation issues pertaining to the implementation of software solutions, advised on regulatory issues and assisted with the transfer of intangible assets, including intellectual property and personal data collections, in the context of corporate transactions. On the contentious front, the team also represented clients in contract breach and copyright infringement cases. The name to note is Anne Cousin, whose ‘ability to strategise’ impresses clients.

Nicolas Herzog is the founding partner of H20 Avocats and head of the IT practice which recently handled a number of significant contentious mandates pertaining to the loss of personal data. In other highlights, the team defended a major telecoms provider against counterfeiting claims filed by an open source software provider, and acted for a pharmaceutical laboratory in negotiations pertaining to the indemnities of its cybersecurity insurance policy with regards to the failed implementation of an IT tool. Of counsel Isabelle Védrines is another name to note.

Sabine Lipovetsky and Fabrice Perbost lead Harlay Avocats' IT, IP and life sciences practice, which focuses on regulatory, transactional and contentious issues. Areas of expertise include advising on GDPR matters, e-marketing and outsourcing.

Alexandra Néri leads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s IP and TMT practice in Paris and specialises in representing IT, technology and telecoms companies in contentious mandates. Of counsel Sébastien Proust regularly advises household technology names such as Google on privacy policies with respects to consumer law and the use of big data; Google also appointed the group to handle two separate disputes against the main unions representing copyright holders in the movie and music industries pertaining to search engine results and access to counterfeit webpages. In other highlights, the team assisted a data company with the reorganisation of the international distribution network for the online sale of its products and acted for clients in the transfer of IT systems as part of corporate transactions. Céline Bey joined Gowling WLG.

Cabinet Isabelle Renard advises clients on data protection, IT contracts, regulations, and IT projects. Founding partner Isabelle Renard was appointed by a French real estate group and a transport regulator to design GDPR compliance programmes, and also assisted several fintech companies with regulatory issues.

François Klein and Laurent Badiane are the partners in charge of KGA Avocats’ IT, internet and data offering. The practice predominantly advises on regulatory issues, but also assists with open source software licenses and GDPR compliance. Recent highlights include advising a major sports club on the implementation of an exclusion list and providing pre-litigation advice to a foreign government in an effort to recuperate access to its official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The approach taken by Lawwaysis really outstanding and focuses on providing solutions rather than stressing the obstacles’. Clients value practice head Gilles Rouvier’s ‘determination to completely understand the technological aspects of legal issues to better understand their risks and provide the appropriate strategy’. Polaris appointed the group to negotiate an SaaS agreement with a global cosmetics group, and Rouvier advised bitcoin company Ledger on data protection issues. Other work highlights include overseeing the IT aspects of transactions, the negotiation of agreements in the fintech and medical technology spaces, and the development of mobile applications.

Nadège Martin recently made partner and leads the technology and innovation department at Norton Rose Fulbright: she has broad experience in acting for public and private sector clients in litigation, contractual negotiations, e-commerce agreements and data protection. The group regularly defends major international corporations and financial institutions against software copyright and infringement claims brought by developer companies such as Adobe, Microsoft and Oracle. Other recent work highlights include successfully representing clients in several criminal cases against hacker group Anonymous as well as handling e-reputation, cybersecurity and data breach matters. Other key clients include American Express, Carrefour and El Telecom.

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

Taylor Wessing handles IT disputes, data protection compliance, contract negotiations and cross-border projects for clients such as IBM and entities in the entertainment, retail and biotechnology spaces. In recent highlights, the group assisted several clients with the setting up of online sale platforms, advised a hardware manufacturing company on regulatory and data protection issues regarding the launch of its cloud-based cognitive healthcare solutions project, and represented a data storage company in a contentious mandate arising from an incident which damaged hard drives and computer racks of one of its clients. Valérie Aumage’s IT and data privacy team is regularly supported by dispute resolution partner Philippe Glaser, who has substantial experience in advising on data integration systems, financing hardware and software solutions.

Walter Billet Avocats impresses with ‘perfect expertise, efficiency, availability, speed and knowledge of the sector’. Alan Walter ‘is just excellent at what he does’ and provides a ‘top-level service’, according to one client. Noted for its track record in acting for start-ups, the firm was recently instructed to handle contractual negotiations pertaining to the development of online platforms and to oversee the digitalisation of entire business models on behalf of clients active in a vast array of industry sectors, including healthcare and construction.

White & Case LLP is ‘a great global law firm’ and provides clients with a ‘very pragmatic, global vision’. The Paris IT, telecoms and technology offering consists of five partners including the recommended Bertrand Liard, who continues to represent Facebook in contentious mandates regarding consumer protection, unfair competition and data protection issues. In the fintech space, the group advised several clients on IT agreements related to M&A transactions and on the launch of mobile applications in France. In the telecoms field, the team handled Orange’s acquisition of a 65% stake in Groupama Banque, which will become Orange Bank, and acted for a foreign telecoms player in arbitration proceedings arising from its shareholding in another foreign company. Counsel Clara Hainsdorf is a key figure in the team and recently teamed up with the M&A practice to counsel automobile company Faurecia on IT aspects of two cross-border M&A mandates.

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