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K&L Gates LLP
75008 PARIS

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Backed by a global network spanning five continents, the data protection, privacy and security group at K&L Gates LLP assists financial institutions and multinationals in mining, biotech (Anika Therapeutics), energy (Envision), home appliances (SharkNinja), pharmaceuticals (Ipsen), manufacturing (K&N Engineering), luxury goods and tech, on wide array of matters across the practice area. Headed by Claude-Etienne Armingaud, an expert in multi-jurisdictional transactional matters, dealing with IT outsourcing and data protection, the group also assists clients with GDPR compliance, data sharing agreements and data protection elements of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Claude-Etienne Armingaud


‘The team has been able to position itself and develop expertise on relevant/current topics. It also works in close collaboration with teams in other countries in a fairly simplified way.’

‘Claude Etienne Armingaud is, in my opinion, the partner who stands out for several reasons. Beyond the legal skills, he demonstrates a very good knowledge of technological subjects and privacy implications. In addition, he invests heavily in the development of privacy professionals, whether young lawyers, jurists or others.’

Key clients

Anika Therapeutics S.r.l.


Argo AI

ChannelAdvisor Corporation

Coty Inc.


Cyber Civil Rights Initiative




Evoqua Waters

La Boite à Encas d/b/a Foodles


K&N Engineering

Maytronics Limited

OneStream Networks



TM Forum


Wiluna Mining Corporation Limited

Wabtec Corporation

World Organisation for Animal Health

Young Presidents’ Organization

Work highlights

  • Operating a pro-bono initiative, the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, which offers free legal services to individuals who fall victim to acts of  ‘revenge porn’, i.e. the unauthorised dissemination of intimate content online, often associated with various other acts of harassment and online bullying.
  • Assisted Securitas, an operator in the security field, in the data protection due diligence, master agreement and disclosure schedules for the acquisition of a large group of more than 10,000 employees (4,000 employees in France).
  • Advising Maytronics, an Israeli-based manufacturer of robotic pool cleaning equipment, with updating its internal and consumer facing policies and practices to help ensure its global data protection compliance, notably with regard to the EU and UK GDPR, the CCPA and upcoming US legislations.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

The team at K&L Gates LLP has strong capabilities advising clients active in the areas of luxury goods, the metaverse and energy, on innovative technologies such as VR and augmented reality, in matters which are often cross-border in nature. It is also well-equipped to advise on e-commerce launches, GDPR due diligence reviews, and acquisition matters. The team, led by Claude-Etienne Armingaud, often works in collaboration with other global offices.

Practice head(s):

Claude-Etienne Armingaud


‘A specialized team in this field.’

‘Claude-Etienne Arminguaud is a person close to clients, who understands the needs of all involved.’

Work highlights

  • Offering free legal services to individuals who fall victim to acts of revenge porn, i.e. the unauthorized dissemination of intimate content online.
  • Assisted Pulitzer prize-nominated photographer Robin Layton in negotiating a digital consignment contract, with an online gallery for the purpose of selling and auctioning digital artworks as NFTs.
  • Assisting Sloclap, a French independent video game studio, in securing the financing and publishing of its second video game.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Louis Degos

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Baillot; Barthélemy Cousin


‘Charlotte Baillot is one of the best litigation lawyers. Strategic, reactive, her support is remarkable in the management and follow-up of our litigation.’

‘The team is adept at understanding (and anticipating) questions about the differences between U.S. and French law’.

‘Charlotte Baillot, who is technically excellent, thorough, and a great communicator.’

Key clients

Sika Supply Center

Enigma Software Group / Enigmasoft Ltd

John Bean Technologies (JBT)


Société Générale

Mercuria Energy Trading

Baltic Intl Bank


Work highlights

  • Representing SIKA SUPPLY CENTER AG in a serial case (approx. 35 different sites and disputes) relating to a roofing membrane comprising photovoltaic elements and used as an insulation system on several industrial buildings in France.
  • Representing anti-virus software providers Enigma Software Group USA and EnigmaSoft Limited in a unfair competition dispute brought against their main competitor Malwarebytes (and its Irish subsidiary) on grounds of commercial disparagement and customers’ diversion.
  • Representing Société Générale Singapore Branch after the discovery of a trade finance fraud committed in 2019 by Zoe Cheung (CEO), Inter Pacific Petroleum (IPP) and Inter Pacific Group (IPG).

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Claude-Etienne Armingaud

Key clients

American Express Global Business Travel/Klee Data System


Enigma Software


Guccio Gucci


Mölnlycke Health Care AB

POC Sweden AB

Priska Pasquer

Robin Layton



Stratus Technologies

TripAdvisor/The Fork

TuSimple, Inc

World Organisation for Animal Health


Work highlights

  • Advised Sloclap on various aspects of the development, financing and publishing of the video game Sifu, including the management of its global trade mark portfolio.
  • Assisted a French catholic university with the management of its trade mark portfolio, notably to take into account the changes in its activities, including online learning (MooC), and geographical expansion.
  • Assisted a global sportswear brand in the defence of its eco-friendly line of products under the “NEXT NATURE” trade mark, against Next Retail.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Raphaël Bloch


‘Very good team, good analysis of situations, excellent multijurisdictional coordination, excellent technical expertise. They are effective and practical, focused on concrete answers while always keeping an overview of the issues.’

‘Raphaël Bloch is an excellent M&A lawyer. It is a pleasure to work with him and his team. Always available, excellent technical skills, good negotiator with an excellent business vision.’

‘Availability, efficiency, flexibility.’

‘Raphael Bloch – available, efficient, an expert in his field!’

Key clients

Nielsen Group

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa

Securitas AB

I2A Diagnostics

Policart Srl Group

Theodore H. Nixon (President of DDW)

Work highlights

  • Advised Securitas AB on the French aspects related to the global acquisition of Stanley Security, the Electronic Security Business of Stanley Black & Decker.
  • Advised Nielsen Group on the acquisition of TVTY, a French start-up providing TV attribution and ad monitoring.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Louis Degos

Key clients


France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

K&L Gates LLP has carved out a niche for work involving medical technology and IT in the healthcare sector. The firm assists with joint ventures and acquisitions in this space, as well as providing advice on GDPR and further data compliance matters.

The Firm: Through its Paris office, K&L Gates provides comprehensive international, domestic, and cross-border advice on all aspects of business law, from transactional services to litigation. Our in-depth knowledge of the laws, cultures, and industries in the markets where we operate allows us to adapt and respond to the rapidly changing global legal environment.

K&L Gates is an integrated, international law firm with more than 45 offices located on five continents. Through our global network and the relationships between our offices and practice areas, we assist our clients with their most complex issues.

Main Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration: The Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration team in France has the depth of experience and capability to deal with the most complex and difficult engagements efficiently and cost effectively, working with clients in domestic and international litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution (mediation). The team works across a variety of industries, including energy, waste management, chemical products, mining, insurance, transport, construction, and finance. Members of the practice manage cases before French courts and before all major arbitral institutions, such as the ICC and ICSID, as well as under UNCITRAL, Swiss rules of international arbitration, CMAP, and AFA arbitration rules. Our team in Paris has a dedicated Insurance Coverage practice, with extensive experience defending policyholders in their claims against the insurance market. In addition, the team has a strong focus on industrial risks and product liability disputes, including cross-border matters, and is known for their business-oriented and pragmatic approach, and the ability to understand complex technical issues and efficiently manage technical expertise.

Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety: Our Paris Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety team advises on the full range of employment issues in France and provides strategic corporate and pragmatic advice to domestic and multinational clients, frequently working with colleagues across the firm’s European and other global offices. The focus of the Paris team is on complex reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, and restructurings. This work includes assistance on due diligence, consultation procedures with the Works Council (CSE), and negotiations with employee representative bodies and trade unions. The team is also active in conducting and managing internal investigations following presumed misconduct by staff or management.

Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity: The Paris Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity team advises domestic and international clients on a full range of transactional and corporate matters and has developed solid expertise in tech-related transactions in the new economy, often involving artificial intelligence and internet-based solutions. Through its positioning at the intersection of technology and Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity, the team advises clients operating across a variety of other sectors, such as media, retail, energy, health, food and beverage, security, consulting, and financial services. While providing legal services to a number of large corporate French clients, the team also specializes in advising U.S. and international investors on their deals in France and is known for successfully structuring and completing complex transactions.

Real Estate: The Real Estate team has a wealth of transactional and advisory experience, delivering strategic and practical advice on large and complex real estate transactions spanning multiple jurisdictions. Acting as strategic advisors for high-end investment products, they are a hub for structured investments in France and in Europe, successfully assisting foreign investors in navigating through the French regulatory landscape to secure and maximize investments on a large portfolio of asset classes, including logistics, hospitality, office, landmark buildings, etc.

Technology, Data Protection, and Intellectual Property: Our Paris Intellectual Property team focuses on the commercial and intellectual property aspects of a broad spectrum of tech-intensive and data-driven projects. The team provides clients with a pragmatic approach by making complex technical, regulatory, and transactional issues accessible to a broad range of stakeholders (boards, managing directors, legal, marketing, IT, and security departments), notably with regard to personal data sharing and international transfers. With extensive experience in understanding technological and structural processes, the team advises clients in a variety of industry sectors, including connected transportation, video games, luxury and fashion ecosystems, as well as machine-learning and artificial intelligence projects, NFT, and Blockchain-based services.

Restructuring and Insolvency: Our Paris Restructuring and Insolvency team advises companies in financial distress, their shareholders, and managers, as well as creditors and investors interested in carving out or acquiring assets or business from distressed companies, guiding them through complex insolvency proceedings, debt restructurings, and turnarounds, whether in-court or out-of-court. Well connected in the French restructuring ecosystem, the team knows how to pull together the right experts to achieve best value for stakeholders. While focused on building consensus, our Paris lawyers also represent clients in complex bankruptcy-related litigations and shareholder disputes.

Paris Managing Partner: Louis Degos


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