Mr Mikael Salmela > Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
75378 PARIS

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As a partner in the Hogan Lovells’ Paris office and a member of our Corporate Commercial practice, Mikael focuses on commercial, regulatory and contractual work. Mikael has considerable experience dealing with a variety of complex and strategic agreements in various industry sectors, such as life sciences, energy and IT. Mikael’s experience in regulatory matters covers a wide array of topics, including various consumer products and export controls, with a particular focus on life sciences.
Mikael has in-house counsel experience since he was seconded for several months to an online mass retailer of consumer products and to the French subsidiary of a U.S.-based pharmaceutical company. Mikael was also seconded to our London office for six months.


English, French, Finnish, German (Basic)


Magistère Juriste d’Affaires/ DJCE, University of Montpellier, 1999

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France > Industry focus: Luxury goods

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s strong consumer goods industry group in Paris has a dedicated team of lawyers that regularly advise the luxury goods industry. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe leads the consumer goods practice and takes on IP matters. Thierry Meillat is known for employment law and Mikael Salmela leads the firm’s IT outsourcing and contracts. Former K&L Gates LLP partner Etienne Drouard arrived at the firm in February 2020 and is specialised in IT, privacy and data protection making him a key name for complex technology-related issues in this sector.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet 

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP‘s particular regulatory expertise makes it the firm of choice for clients seeking to navigate the regulatory landscape of cutting-edge technologies. Transactional work and IT service outsourcing and fintech matters are equally areas of focus. The arrival of Etienne Drouard from K&L Gates LLP in early 2020 strengthened the firm’s offering in IT. David Taylor has a unique insight into domain name and internet-related intellectual property matters, notably handling such matters for Facebook. Christine Gateau specialises in IT litigation. A name to watch in the IT space, Patrice Navarro was welcomed to the partnership in January 2021. Mikael Salmela also contributes in TMT and healthcare matters.

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

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Paris > Secteurs et industries > Luxe

Le pôle consacré à l’industrie des biens de consommation d’ Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP conseille régulièrement des entreprises de luxe. Le pôle est dirigé par l’avocate counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe qui traite des dossiers de droit de propriété intellectuelle. Thierry Meillat est reconnu pour son expertise en droit du travail, quand Mikael Salmela est à la tête du pôle contrats et nouvelles technologies du cabinet. Etienne Drouard est enfin un spécialiste du domaine des nouvelles technologies et des questions de confidentialité et de protection des données.

Paris > Secteurs et industries > Santé et sciences de la vie

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