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Lawways was set up in early 2006 by Gilles Rouvier who started as an attorney in 1995. Gilles Rouvier has a sharp and recognised expertise in the field of new technologies and their development, more specifically in digitalisation, software, data privacy and contract law. Hortense Rouvier – who started as an attorney in 2000 – joined Lawways in 2009. She focuses on merger and acquisition work, corporate restructuring and reorganisations. Her practice is in venture capital, expansion capital investment, divestment transactions and LBOs. Both of them have been working in major international law firms and as in-house counsel. Gilles and Hortense Rouvier have built, over the course of the last ten years, a highly recognised law firm offering synergy and complementarity between new technology law, digitalisation and corporate law. They provide legal support to worldwide companies, ie banks, insurance, financial institutions, IT, global services and industry, as well as investment funds. Other law firms in France and abroad often use and rely on their specific approach and expertise.
On the cutting edge of new technology law: Lawways has acquired sharply honed knowledge and skill sets in negotiating and drafting all types of contracts in the field of new technologies, and more specifically software, for French and international groups.
The firm provides assistance with reviews of existing agreements, one-off negotiations, or over a process of several months, acting in a support role for a commercial team or a legal department.
Sought-after know-how: the firm has in-depth knowledge of the world of new technologies that allows it to stay a few steps ahead and anticipate what’s next. This is why many law firms rely on Lawways’ specific know-how in this field.
Playing in the big leagues of corporate law, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions: Lawways accompanies all of its clients in their development and value creation projects, primarily in the service sector and in the new technologies sector. The firm’s skills allow it to often punch above its weight, being on a par with the market leading firms.
Training and briefing: the firm organises one-day or longer training sessions to brief clients’ commercial/sales teams on the key legal aspects of a negotiation and/or on the key provisions in clients’ commercial agreements, as well as on developments in case law that might have an impact on overall business activities or on a specific line of business.
Areas of practice
Information technology, digitalisation, software, telecoms and the internet: IT-related agreements include: SaaS agreements, facility management, IT outsourcing, ERP, ASP, BPO, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, data privacy, trade marks/domain name, licences/sales – IP assignments.
Mergers and acquisitions: purchase and sale transactions of securities or assets, groups and companies restructuring, mergers and universal transmission of assets; letters of intent and MOUs, NDA, legal due diligence work; purchase agreements, representations and warranties agreement, call and put option agreements; majority/minority shareholders’ agreements; managers agreement; sale of business; joint venture.
Private equity: advisory services to investment funds, business angels, family offices and managers for venture capital transactions, expansion capital transactions and LBOs; investment and co-investment agreements, issuance of several complexed securities as preferred shares and bonds; management packages, voluntary profit-sharing schemes, good/bad leaver arrangements.
|Information technology, digitalisation, software, data privacy, telecoms and the internet||Gilles Rouvierfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Commercial and intellectual property agreements and litigation||Gilles Rouvieremail@example.com|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Hortense Rouvierfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Private equity||Hortense Rouvieremail@example.com|
|Ségolène Delmas||Associate: Ségolène specializes in IP&IT law||View Profile|
|Laura Pallavicini||Associate. Laura specializes in Corporate-M&A||View Profile|
|Pauline Pasquer||Associate: Pauline specializes in IP&IT law.||View Profile|
|Gilles Rouvier||Founding Partner: Gilles Rouvier has a sharp and recognized expertise in the…||View Profile|
|Hortense Rouvier||Founding Partner: Hortense Rouvier specializes in merger & acquisition work and in corporate…||View Profile|
|Stéphanie Schmitt||Associate: Stéphanie specializes in M&A and investment operations.||View Profile|
|Claire Sevrain||Claire is an Associate in the IT & Data department at Lawways||View Profile|
|Yasmine Vivier||Associate: Yasmine specializes in corporate law.||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 8
MembershipsITechLaw (co-chair of the Local Representatives Committee): International Technology Law Association Cyberlex (vice president) IFCLA (International Federation of Computer Law Associations) AFCDP: Association Française des Correspondants aux Données Personnelles Associations ACE: Avocats Conseils d'Entreprises
Lawways law firm is one of a few law firms of its size in France with a high ratio of women to men. The firm employs 6 female lawyers including a female partner and has one male partner. This reflects the firm’s focus on merit, talent, creativity and flexibility in the work environment.
International client base with privileged relationships : Lawways law firm accompanies foreign clients and law firms on French-related IT, data and digital law aspects as well as artificial intelligence matters and is a point of reference on French IP & IT law matters. Foreign clients appreciate the Founding Partners’ in-depth understanding of their business objectives and operations thanks to their own in-house experience, enabling clients to develop their activities in the French market and jurisdiction. Mandates come from a wide range of international law firm clients such as: Foley Hoag, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, McCarthy Tétrault, Troutman Sanders and Waterfront Solicitors. Foreign entities, a large number of which are US IT companies include: Chartbeat, Valiantys, Pegasystems, Sofico, Applause and The Ledger Company. Lawways also advises its French and European clients on their activities abroad. Founder and Partner Gilles Rouvier is a graduate in US Business Law of the University of California Los Angles (UCLA).
- Industry focus: IT and internet