France: Data 2019

In this chapter we highlight 58 data lawyers for their exceptional work representing domestic and international clients in IP, trademark and copyright litigation in the digital sector, advising on privacy and data regulations, as well as providing guidance on cybersecurity and e-commerce matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Alain Bensoussan Lexing Alain Bensoussan Avocats, Paris
2. Claire Bernier ADSTO, Paris
3. Alexandra Neri Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris
4. Florence Chafiol August & Debouzy, Paris
5. Raphaël Dana Frieh Associés, Paris

International commercial specialists Bird & Bird can count three of their number listed in France this year.  
Ariane Mole is an esteemed data lawyer whose practice is “strong in privacy law” as well as data protection matters, according to peers.
Marion Barbier is described by sources as “a good litigator in the market”, and is particularly impressive in IT litigation proceedings. She is experienced in advising clients from the retail, technology, automotive and media sectors.
Stéphane Leriche is distinguished by market commentators as “a good young partner” with strong experience when it comes to complex IT transactional matters.  

Alain Bensoussan at Lexing Alain Bensoussan Avocats sits among France’s foremost data practitioners in our research this year. He wields over 40 years of experience in the field, with one peer effusing that he "pretty much invented IT law in France".

Claire Bernier at ADSTO is held in high esteem by peers who commend her 20 years of experience in civil and criminal litigation before the French data protection authority, as well as in IT contractual matters.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Alexandra Neri is “well known in IT and IP circles”. She is highlighted for her work on high-profile data litigation involving some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Florence Chafiol at August & Debouzy is lauded by peers as "the top choice in France". Her practice focuses on advising and litigating on the behalf of French and international companies with regards to their IT and technology projects.

Raphaël Dana at Frieh Associés is strongly recommended by market sources for his impressive work advising corporations on IP and IT matters, as well as data protection regulations, compliance issues and data security.

Thierry Dor at Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI is considered “the IT guy” in the French market by sources. He is well versed in advising domestic and international clients on IT projects, e-commerce and data protection matters.

Alexander Blumrosen at KAB - Kuckenburg Bureth Boineau et Associes is recognised for the strength of his practice by sources across the EU and America. He specialises in the litigation and arbitration pertaining to technology-based disputes.

Fieldfisher’s Bruno Ducoulombier is admired by market commentators for his work drafting and negotiating IT contracts, as well as IP litigation and trademark prosecution in France.

Hervé Gabadou of SEA Avocats SELAS earns a spot among France’s top data practitioners and is "highly skilled with a true vision and real perspective of the evolution of IT law subjects", according to sources.

At Pinsent Masons, Frédéric Ichay is emphatically endorsed by peers for his extensive expertise advising international telecommunications and IT companies on M&A transactions.

Annabelle Richard is a distinguished data specialist with a practice that focuses on international e-commerce, online gambling, and cybersecurity matters for clients.

At Hogan Lovells, Winston Maxwell is a “very good lawyer for data protection matters” and “an excellent telecoms lawyer”. He specialises in the intersection between privacy, copyright and telecoms regulation, and digital services.

Benjamin May at Aramis Société d'Avocats leads the IT and IP practice at the firm, and his practice encompasses contract litigation, as well as internet law and personal data matters.

Olivier Iteanu at Iteanu Law Office is “well known in the market, and does a lot of internet litigation” say sources who add he is “very dedicated to e-commerce matters”.

At De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, Charles-Edouard Renault is a highly respected figure in the French market. His practice focuses on acting as adviser and litigator to clients in the media and entertainment sectors regarding technology and digital content.

Louis de Gaulle is praised for his impressive expertise when it comes to IP and competition law pertaining to the introduction of new technologies.

Béatrice Delmas-Linel of Osborne Clarke achieves widespread praise from peers across Europe for the strength of her data practice, and wields over 20 years of experience advising clients on a range of IT matters.

Denise Lebeau-Marianna with DLA Piper is praised for her “impressive data protection practice” which encompasses advising clients on data protection compliance and processing pertaining to global anti-corruption and money laundering programs.

Stéphane Lemarchand is highlighted as "clearly among the leaders in TMT in France". He is well versed in aiding IT service providers in litigious matters and advising on IT projects.

Sabine Lipovetsky at Harlay Avocats receives recommendations from peers across Europe for her practice which specialises in e-commerce and data protection matters.

At Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats, Marie-Hélène Tonnellier is described as “highly skilled in IT law” and “a player in the TMT area” by peers. She has over 20 years of experience in the areas of IT, e-commerce and data protection law. 

Clara Hainsdorf with White & Case is “a prominent and very good litigation and privacy expert” say market commentators. She advises clients on domestic and international disputes pertaining to digital IP and e-commerce matters.

Eric Lauvaux with Nomos wins acclaim as "a top entertainment lawyer in France". His practice specialises in advising clients on all digital matters including IP litigation.  

Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie of Feral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie is a respected figure among data specialists and has over 25 years of experience negotiating and litigating matters pertaining to technology projects. 

Christiane Féral-Schuhl is “a well-known name” in the market who has been practising for over 30 years in IT, personal data and IP-related matters.

Marc Schuler with Taylor Wessing is “an outstanding lawyer” who has over 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to IP and IT laws.

Eric Caprioli with Caprioli & Associés is a well-regarded figure in the French market who “has a lot of work with start-ups”, and is active on electronics and blockchain projects in France.

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