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France: TMT 2017

This year, we recognise 66 esteemed practitioners for their experience representing media, technology and IT companies across a range of corporate and commercial matters including dispute resolution, regulations and compliance, M&A and issues arising under IP law.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bradley Joslove Franklin, Paris
2. Claire Bernier ADSTO, Paris
3. Alexandra Neri Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris
4. Alexander Blumrosen KAB – Kuckenburg Bureth Boineau et Associes
5. Mahasti Razavi August & Debouzy, Paris
6. Thierry Dor Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris
7. André Meillassoux ATM Avocats, Paris
8. Michel Béjot Bernard-Hertz-Béjot, Paris
9. Eric Lauvaux NOMOS, Paris

BIRD & BIRD achieves four listings this year. The firm provides a comprehensive range of services to clients operating in the media, technology and telecoms sectors.
Marc Schuler represents numerous high-profile IT and media entities. According to clients, “Marc has a strong knowledge of the French business legal field and has also acquired a unique expertise in our specific business.”
Peers endorse Marion Barbier for her first-class litigation abilities. She has a broad range of specialisms including IT, media and internet matters.
Ariane Mole specialises in data protection and privacy. She is accomplished in both domestic and European issues and has over 20 years of experience.

ALAIN BENSOUSSAN AVOCATS specialises in telecommunications and IT law. Its key competencies include computing, e-commerce and cybercrime. Three practitioners are listed here.
Alain Bensoussan has wide-ranging expertise in emerging technologies, IT and telecoms . He is a distinguished player in the field, and one source describes him as “number one in IT in France, with a particular focus on internet-related matters”.
Eric Barbry provides top-quality advisory and litigation advice and is noted for his technical understanding of internet law.
Head of the firm’s litigation practice, Benoit de Roquefeuil is an experienced litigator with notable expertise in telecoms and internet law.

BAKER & MCKENZIE has a long history of advising and representing clients around the globe on the whole spectrum of issues arising from, or related to, the use of technology.
Peers regard Rémy Bricard as a “top-tier” IT and communications practitioner. He focuses on transactional matters and also has deep experience in complex disputes affecting TMT clients.
Laurent Szuskin is a tremendous asset to clients in contractual, compliance and litigation matters. Sources describe him as “an excellent IT person, well versed in data privacy”.
Emmanuel Guillaume is a leading authority in the telecommunications industry with strong expertise in both domestic and international disputes.

The “highly recommended” Christiane Féral-Schuhl of FERAL-SCHUHL/SAINTE-MARIE is a long-standing TMT specialist with a wealth of experience in IT, telecommunications and media law, including IP and data protection issues.

DE GAULLE FLEURANCE & ASSOCIÉS offers a complete range of services to international and domestic media clients, IT companies and software users.
Louis de Gaulle is a stand-out litigator who also possesses extensive capabilities in transactional matters.  He is a greatly respected expert in IP and competition issues.
Frank Valentin possesses deep technical expertise in IP litigation, primarily representing media and IT clients. He has extensive patent and trademark experience and acts for numerous well-known international clients.
Julien Horn is a “very good guy for TMT work”, according to peers. He handles a range of complex disputes involving softoware, trademarks and patents.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL is renowned for its strong international TMT and IP practice. Its lawyers possess sophisticated industry knowledge across various sectors and jurisdictions. Two are recognised in our research this year.
Sources rate Olivier Cousi as a pre-eminent TMT practitioner with prowess across a range of disputes concerning the internet and telecommunications. Source particularly note his strong reputation in media law.
Thierry Dor is a trusted adviser and litigator on a variety of IT matters such as data protection and social network issues. Peers applaud his skill in software contract negotiations.

AUGUST & DEBOUZY is a first-rate French firm for IT and IP matters. Lawyers advise and represent high-profile corporate start-ups on a comprehensive range of legal issues.
Mahasti Razavi, one of the leading names in this years research, is a specialist in contractual issues and acts for an array of technology and media companies. Peers comment on her superb abilities in licencing matters.

“Stand-out” practitioner Florence Chafiol-Chaumont is a well-reputed adviser and litigator specialising in IT and technology projects. She has particular expertise in personal data and the internet.

At DLA PIPER, Stéphane Lemarchand is an “excellent” practitioner who performs extremely well in our research this year, with sources particularly praising his IT prowess. He represents clients in litigation proceedings and also provides high-quality strategic advice. 

Alexandra Neri, top practitioner at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS, is a strong favourite in the French market, with sources highlighting her “very strong reputation” and her notable roster of clients. She is renowned for her exemplary litigation skills on matters such as cyber-crime and data protection.

Claire Bernier of ADSTO is an accomplished criminal and civil law practitioner covering issues such as counterfeiting and TMT contracts. She is extremely highly regarded for her cybersecurity work, with sources saying “she is very strong and very well known on internet security matters”.

NOMOS’s Eric Lauvaux is a strong presence in the market, according to our research, with outstanding expertise in media and internet law. He has over 30 years of experience and effusive sources describe him as a “strong and professional adversary”. 

Olivier Iteanu, founder of ITEANU LAW OFFICE, is an “elder statesman” who has a broad IT practice which includes privacy, cyber security, personal data and IP matters. Peers hold him in exceptionally high regard for the breadth and depth his industry experience.

FRANKLIN’s Bradley Joslove is a “top practitioner in IT” and is “very active in the area”. Additional areas of expertise include data protection, e-commerce and telecoms.  

Sources regard Rémy Fekete at JONES DAY as a “serious player” in telecoms market. He is a trusted adviser on a range of matters including distribution and broadcasting issues

Pascal Wilhelm, founder of specialist TMT and competition law firm WILHELM & ASSOCIÉS, is extremely well thought of for his media expertise. He represents major industry clients in advisory, litigation and dispute resolution capacities.

Nicolas Brault of WATRIN BRAULT ASSOCIÉS has a broad range of expertise which includes telecommunications and technology matters. He advises numerous media and communications clients and is described by sources as a “skilled and talented IT professional”.

At ATM AVOCATS, the “excellent” André Meillassoux is a “very technically competent” lawyer who has “brilliant ideas”, according to peers. He provides high-quality advice on contractual and substantive issues of IT law.

Alexander Blumrosen of KAB – KUCKENBURG BURETH BOINEAU ET ASSOCIÉS possesses sophisticated knowledge on technology matters including data protection and privacy. He represents major clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings and peers comment that he is “extremely easy to work with”.

Stephane Coulaux of CMG LEGAL is praised by peers for the quality of his litigation and transactional work, particularly in relation to telecommunications.

SEA AVOCATS SELAS is home to Hervé Gabadou, a pre-eminent IT practitioner with more than 25 years’ advisory and litigation experience in IT, digital programmes, data protection and licensing.

At ARAMIS SOCIÉTÉ D'AVOCATS the “excellent” Benjamin May is held in high regard for the calibre of his litigation and advisory services on complex IT and data protection matters.

Michel Béjot, name partner at BERNARD-HERTZ-BÉJOT, has a “very strong mind” and considerable expertise in major IT and internet transactions. Peers comment particularly on the outstanding quality of his trademark work.

Raphaël Dana at LMBE AVOCATS impresses peers with his impressive insights into data protection and technology matters. He is recognised for both his transactional expertise and his outstanding capabilities in contentious cases.

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