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August Debouzy
7 rue de Téhéran
75008 Paris
France

Work Department

Technologies Media IP

Position

Partner

Career

Florence Chafiol, a partner at August Debouzy within the Technologies, Media, Intellectual Property Department, provides advisory and litigation support. She advises her clients, whether major French and foreign players or new economy companies (Next 40), on all their legal and strategic issues related to innovative technological projects in the digital or e-commerce fields. She has also developed a highly recognized practice on all issues related to personal data such as, for example, her clients’ compliance with the GDPR and the French Data Protection Act or the validation of innovative product, connected object or website launches. She also assists her clients in the event of cyber security attacks and personal data breaches that they may experience and throughout the management of the resulting crisis. Finally, she assists her clients who have been the subject of formal notices or have undergone audits with the handling of their pre-litigation and litigation processes with the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) as well as with their “personal data” disputes before civil and criminal courts.

Florence Chafiol has been teaching for several years at the DJCE of Montpellier (In-house Lawyer Diploma) and at the University of Panthéon Assas, in Paris, in connection with the DPO University Degree. She regularly leads or takes part in conferences and debates pertaining to personal data protection and publishes current articles on these subjects in the general and specialized press.

Languages

French | English

Memberships

Admitted to the Paris bar in 1996

Education

  • Post-graduate degree (DESS-DJCE) in Business Law, University of Montpellier, 1995
  • Post-graduate degree (Magistère DJCE), University of Montpellier, 1993-1995
  • Diploma in “Contracts, Business Organizations”, University of Florida, Gainesville

Lawyer Rankings

France > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

Florence ChafiolAugust Debouzy

August Debouzy is known as ‘the perfect French data & privacy package’, with an excellent reputation for compliance advisory work as well as for data protection pre-litigation and litigation cases. The firm successfully defended Fleishman Hilliard in a data protection provisions infringement pre-litigation matter that involved both criminal and administrative investigations by a French prosecutor and the CNIL. Practice head Florence Chafiol is lauded as an ‘outstanding expert on all privacy matters’. Associates Stéphanie Lapeyre and Alice Hourquebie are also renowed for their expertise.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet 

A key name in the IT world, August Debouzy advises major French and international clients with regard to their cross-border digital projects. Testament to its capabilities, the practice has been advising Microsoft for over 25 years, recently on licencing agreements with other entities to promote innovative technologies and digital transformation. Mahasti Razavi co-heads the IT practice alongside Florence Chafiol and Alexandra Berg-Moussa. Associate Anne-Sophie Lampe shows promise in IT litigation and is solicited by companies for some of their largest IT disputes. Hiring two associates in May 2021, the firm is committed to growing the practice.

France > Industry focus: Luxury goods

August Debouzy‘s cross-disciplinary luxury goods offering includes intellectual property and media and competition law. Mahasti Razavi provides advisory and litigation support on IT, digital, e-commerce and media issues. Data expert Florence Chafiol combines sector expertise with experience in compliance plans or audits. Alexandra Berg-Moussa deals mainly with distribution and consumer law matters.

France > Media and entertainment: Newspapers

August Debouzy‘s team acts for many of France’s leading newspapers. The firm also has a strong practice representing individuals in litigation against newspapers and magazines, primarily in cases involving libel and defamation. Basile Ader has made the firm a top choice for litigation involving media companies, and particularly press law issues. Counsel Amélie Tripet has developed a strong practice in press law and libel matters. Mahasti Razavi, Florence Chafiol, and Alexandra Berg-Moussa lead the practice alongside Ader.

Paris > Protection des données personnelles

(Les grands avocats de demain)

Florence ChafiolAugust Debouzy

(Les grands avocats du marché)

Florence ChafiolAugust Debouzy

The practice at August Debouzy, which was launched in the early 2000s, advises clients on data privacy projects, including managing data protection, litigation, audits, and cyber security crisis management. In addition to working with clients’ in-house legal team, the group also works closely with other key stakeholders, including IT and security experts and DPOs. A majority of the team’s work for both French and international clients is cross-border and highly complex. Practice head Florence Chafiol is an expert litigator in complex data protection proceedings. In January 2020, senior associate Roxane Blanc-Dubois joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

August Debouzy affiche « une offre parfaite en matière de données personnelles ».  Le cabinet aide ses clients en matière de conformité et dans la gestion de dossiers contentieux et précontentieux de protection des données. Le cabinet a ainsi défendu avec succès Fleishman Hilliard qui était visé par des enquêtes pénales et administratives menées conjointement par le parquet et la CNIL. A la tête de la pratique,  Florence Chafiol une «experte exceptionnelle pour toutes les questions de confidentialité».  Elle est entourée notamment des collaboratrices  Stéphanie Lapeyre et Alice Hourquebie .

Paris > Secteurs et industries > IT and internet

August Debouzy est reconnu comme l’un des grands noms du marché dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies. Le cabinet assiste de grands groupes français et internationaux dans la réalisation de leurs projets numériques internationaux. Il est le conseille de Microsoft depuis plus de 25 ans, notamment pour la signature de ses accords de licences portant sur des technologies innovantes et la transformation digitale. La pratique est codirigée par Mahasti Razavi  , Florence Chafiol et Alexandra Berg-Moussa. La collaboratrice Anne-Sophie Lampe est recommandée pour son expertise du contentieux informatique ; elle intervient dans d’importants litiges dans ce domaine.

Paris > Médias, culture, sport et loisirs: Presse et magazines

August Debouzy conseille de nombreux grands titres de presse français. Le cabinet assure aussi la représentation de personnes physiques dans des procédures en diffamation ou pour dénonciation calomnieuse dirigées contre des journaux et des magazines. Basile Ader est un expert en droit de la presse. L’avocate counsel Amélie Tripet dispose d’une forte connaissance du droit de la presse et des procédures en diffamation. La pratique est codirigée par Basile Ader,Mahasti RazaviFlorence Chafiol, and Alexandra Berg-Moussa  .

Paris > Secteurs et industries > Luxe

La pratique d’ August Debouzy combine des expertises en droit de la propriété intellectuelle, en droit des médias et en droit de la concurrence. Mahasti Razavi intervient en conseil et en contentieux dans la gestion de dossiers concernant des problématiques informatiques, numériques, d’e-commerce et de médias. Florence Chafiol est une experte des questions de data et conseille notamment ses clients en matière de conformité et d’audit. Alexandra Berg-Moussa traite principalement des questions de droit de la distribution et de la consommation.