K&L Gates LLP > Paris, France > Firm Profile

K&L Gates LLP
AVOCATS A LA COUR
116 AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES
75008 PARIS
France

France > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

‘Specialist in new technologies’, K&L Gates LLP‘s team has an outstanding reputation for legal advice on innovative technologies and data-related concerns. Claude-Etienne Armingaud and Raphael Bloch are recognised as ‘exceptional lawyers who miss no details and who know their fields to perfection’. Claude-Etienne Armingaud has developed particular knowledge of multijurisdictional transactional matters dealing with IT outsourcing and data protection for blockchain and fintech, connected cars, and big data services.

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Testimonials

‘K&L Gates remains true to its values of promoting technology and social justice.’

‘On diversity, K&L Gates is one of the most visible among law firms, notably with its ‘Conversations About Race’ conference series. Claude-Etienne Armingaud’s presence on the Diversity Committee is also appreciated insofar as most Anglo-Saxon firms are satisfied with an American-American approach and not a global one.’

‘Specialist in new technologies, Claude-Etienne Armingaud has been with us since the very beginning. He was able to advise us on all the regulatory aspects of our activity.’

‘Claude-Etienne Armingaud and Raphael Bloch are both exceptional lawyers who miss no details and who know their fields to perfection. They know how to adapt to our needs and are absolutely always available. It goes without saying that we recommend them without hesitation whenever possible.’

‘The impressive knowledge of the field of personal data protection is undoubtedly the asset of the team of this law firm. Knowing all regulations and legislative updates regarding personal data allows for practical and in-depth advice. They are pragmatic and competent in any matter of personal data protection whatever the legal basis to be used: French legislation, European regulations, international texts. I highly recommend the K&L Gates for any digital society legal issue born.’

‘Claude-Etienne Armingaud has shown invaluable support which, by providing his expertise in the field of personal data, helps to save time and explores new avenues to trace any problem. Working with him has left me with the most positive impressions and he remains the first to contact if I encounter any difficulties regarding data protection policies and procedures.’

Key clients

Microsoft, Inc.

Coty, Inc.

Docaposte

Ergotron

Maytronics Limited

Sinch AB

Channel Advisor Corporation

AR24

Masraf Al Rayan QSC

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Ravel Technologies

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

Microsoft, Inc.

Coty, Inc.

Docaposte

Ergotron

Maytronics Limited

Sinch AB

Channel Advisor Corporation

AR24

Masraf Al Rayan QSC

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Ravel Technologies

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

Work highlights

  • Assisting Ergotron, a US company manufacturing desks, mobile carts and screen stands, with its GDPR compliance.
  • Assisted Carnegie Mellon University with the GDPR compliance of its documentation for the testing and deployment of AI-backed solutions.
  • Advised Sinch AB within the framework of its acquisition of SAP Digital Interconnect with a focus on IT and data protection laws.

France > Industry focus: IT and internet  Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP has strong expertise in innovative systems, combining strength in technology, data protection and IP. Notably undertaking innovative and complex work, the team has advised on encryption and security software for Enigma Software/Cyclonis and secure GPS services for ICaune. Developing a focus on connected transport matters, the firm advises some of the biggest names in this growing area. Claude-Etienne Armingaud is the head of  the practice.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Coty, Inc.

AR24

ChannelAdvisor Corporation

Ergotron No Enigma Software/Cyclonis

Sloclap

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

Microsoft

Docaposte

Work highlights

  • Assisted ChannelAdvisor Corporation, a provider of cloud-hosted e-commerce solutions that enable brands and retailers to increase sales globally, with the acquisition of BlueBoard, an electronic commerce analysis company,
  • Assisted French start-up AR24 which provides certified electronic mail with acknowledgment of receipt services with the drafting and negotiating of its commercial agreement for its services.
  • Advised Ergotron on all aspects related to the protection of personal data at European level.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Louis Degos; Charlotte Baillot; Barthélemy Cousin

Testimonials

‘Excellent competent, dynamic and available team.’

‘Very high responsiveness. Excellent strength of proposal in litigation strategy.’

Key clients

SIKA Supply Center AG

SIKA France

ENIGMA Software Group

3D SYSTEMS France, 3D SYSTEMS INC., Phenix Systems

Cummins Inc.

POC Sweden

John Bean Technologies AB

Akzo Nobel

Exxon Mobil and KBR

Baltic International Bank

Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd

Société Générale Bank & Trust

Société Générale

Edeis and Bothnia

SAAB

Razel-Bec

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Representing Sika Supply Center in serial claims regarding insulation problems of photovoltaic roofs.
  • Representing ESG and EnigmaSoft Ltd in a dispute against their main competitor Malwarebytes.
  • Representing the Swedish company John Bean Technologies in a dispute pending before French court and an ICC arbitral tribunal following the sale of a deep freezer system to the group Holder.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Louis Degos; Charlotte Baillot; Barthélemy Cousin

Testimonials

‘The team is involved in the most important international arbitration disputes in the world and has acquired a solid reputation with an excellent commercial approach in different sectors.’

‘Louis Degos has excellent expertise in national and international commercial litigation. Having in-depth knowledge in different sectors, he stands out for his negotiation skills and good judgement.’

‘Knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘I have found Charlotte Baillot to be an excellent partner and value her legal input as well as her sophistication and experience in representing global companies.’

Key clients

LERCO

LBCI/Rotana

SAAB

Work highlights

  • Represented LERCO, a Libyan oil refining company, in a dispute in relation to the performance of a supply agreement (gas and petroleum) in the aftermath of the Libyan civil war.
  • Representing the client in relation to the termination of a cooperation agreement.
  • Acting in post-arbitral proceedings opposing the Republic of Cyprus to the Federal Bank of the Middle East owned by the SAAB brothers on the confiscation of its assets.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Raphaël Bloch

Testimonials

‘Young team, experienced, eager to get market share in the competitive French market. Has a good deal flow from their international network.’

‘Raphael Bloch is experienced, flexible on pricing, well structured and available 24/7. Great professional to work with.’

‘Very proactive and attentive in the follow-up and negotiations of the cases in which we are supported. A real pleasure to have been able to collaborate with them and to have been able to benefit from their experience.’

‘Raphael Bloch is a partner who is not only an expert in his field, but also a true business partner. He directly understands the needs of our business, and only stops when we reach our goals! A real asset.’

Key clients

Nielsen

AR24

ChannelAdvisor Corporation

DDW Inc.

Masraf Al Rayan QSC

Work highlights

  • Assisting Nielsen with the acquisition of 100% a French growth company specialising in the development of digital efficiency measurement solutions intended for advertisers.      
  • Assisting the founders of French tech company, AR24, specialising in the electronic registered letter, with the sale of a majority stake to Docaposte (sub of French state postal group La Poste).
  • Advising the American food colouring company DDW Inc. on its investment in the French company Fermentalg (convertible bonds / listed shares) as well as on the establishment of a strategic partnership.