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Europe Guide

TMT: Telecommunications — France

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 senior counsel
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with remarkable capabilities in telecommunications and technology. Lawyers have long-standing expertise in high-value IT outsourcing contracts, integration projects and disputes. Further notable strengths in data protection, telecoms and regulatory matters. Clients come from a wide range of industry sectors including finance and retail.

Strengths Interviewees praise the practice's depth of expertise, saying: "This is a vibrant team led by two dynamic and friendly partners, Rémy Bricard and Laurent Szuskin. They have great expertise in IT, IP and data protection, as well as an international mindset and global reach which give them an edge on their competitors. It is a real pleasure to work with them."

Other clients compliment Baker McKenzie's responsiveness, reporting: "The team is remarkably reactive and flexible - they have associates quickly operational to work on an increasing number of queries that are particularly urgent. Their legal opinions are clear, precise and adapted to our industry sector, which requires a thorough understanding of the new technologies such as connected objects or development of applications." 

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Monoprix, Catalina, Crédit Agricole, Google.

Notable practitioners  

Rémy Bricard is unanimously considered a leader in his field. He specialises in IT, handling all types of contracts such as licensing, integration and outsourcing. He also acts on IT litigation matters, including expert proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. Clients highlight his rigour, his great adaptability to the industry constraints and his strategic approach.

The highly regarded Emmanuel Guillaume focuses on telecommunications, as well as on administrative and public law. He has in-depth knowledge of the telecoms regulatory sector thanks to his experience as a former member of the French administrative supreme court, the Conseil d'État.

Laurent Szuskin is widely reputed in the TMT market. He advises on a broad range of matters such as licensing agreements, system integration, e-commerce and distribution agreements. His clients include large and emerging European and American companies.

Christian Blomet centres his activity on telecommunications, advising both on transactional and on regulatory matters, at national and international levels. He represents operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers and software editors.

Denise Lebeau-Marianna is praised by clients for her "availability, pragmatism and ability to communicate." She is the head of the firm's data protection practice and is highly recognised for her expertise in the area. She represents clients in contentious and non-contentious matters arising from IT and internet law.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anne-Solène Gay
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique firm advising clients on competition, transactional, regulatory and public law matters, most notably within the area of telecommunications. Also active on dispute resolution cases. Instructed by major telecoms operators, states and international financial institutions. Instructed by both French and global clients in the TMT arena.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the lawyers' skills, as well as their knowledge of the market: "The team is very responsive. They provide solid legal answers, excellent-quality legal documentation and relevant contract mark-ups. They are reliable for contract negotiation, both in English and in French. They are up to date on digital distribution, which is increasingly important in the sector."

Further sources comment: "The major strengths of the firm are their good understanding of the industry and the responsiveness of the team."

Work highlights Advised the mobile network operator Orange on several M&A transactions, including the acquisition of the mobile operator TIGO and its mobile payment subsidiary.

Significant clients Swiss Post Solutions, GLG, Government of Comoros, Gabocom, Nunki.

Notable practitioners  

Anne-Solène Gay is recognised in particular for her expertise in the telecoms sector. Clients praise her pragmatism and her client-oriented approach: "Anne-Solène Gay is very good at asking the relevant questions and finding adequate solutions. She is also very good at explaining very clearly what the alternatives and the possible outcomes are." She is further noted for her prowess in IT matters.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners

What the team is known for Talented team covering IT, telecoms and data protection law. Represents clients from different industry sectors, which include insurance, retail and transportation. Gains particular praise for its skill in handling contentious and regulatory matters in the telecoms sector. Also recognised for its experience dealing with new technologies.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the firm's valuable resources, reporting: "They have an international network and cover the complete range of practice areas."

Other sources praise the team's abilities, saying: "They are good lawyers, specialised in this industry."

Work highlights Advised Alstom on the structuring of a licensing agreement enabling the company to continue operating and maintaining a thermal power plant in Cuba.

Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the economic and legal aspects of the management of energy data for public local authorities.

Significant clients Blablacar, Dailymotion, Hiscox, Legrand, Level 3.

Notable practitioners  

Stéphane Leriche represents clients in commercial contracts concerning IT, telecoms and e-commerce, handling both drafting and negotiation work. He also advises on international IT cases, in particular for strategic partnerships, outsourcing and joint ventures.

Data protection specialist Ariane Mole is highly regarded in the Paris market and considered by her peers to be "the queen of data protection." She excels in international data transfer and monitoring work thanks to her former experience at the French data protection authority, the CNIL.

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bradley Joslove
- 4 partners
- 3 counsel
- 6 associates

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice, reputed for its work in IT-related litigation, outsourcing and acquisition matters. Lawyers also advise on regulatory and competition matters in the telecoms sector. Impressive portfolio of global clientele. Dedicated India desk assists French IT and telecoms clients looking to invest in India, as well as Indian clients in France.

Strengths Clients are impressed by Franklin's high quality of service, reporting: "We picked them because they have a good reputation, they are experts and critical thinkers. They can argue in creative ways and give cutting-edge advice. They have great staff, they all speak English and some of the partners are native speakers, therefore the communication is very good."

Other interviewees praise the lawyers' skills, saying: "Excellent knowledge of the local laws and very good negotiating skills."

Work highlights Advised the multinational telecoms company Altice on several transactions, including the USD9.1 billion acquisition of the seventh largest US cable operator Suddenlink.  

Advised the cloud migration service company Racemi on an outsourcing contract with IBM France. 

Notable practitioners  

The highly reputed Bradley Joslove advises on new technologies and telecommunications. He impresses his clients, who comment: "Bradley is an excellent lawyer who knows his subject very well. He understands the industry, which enables him to give commercially-oriented advice that suits his clients' needs and complies with the law at the same time. He is responsive and will come back to you any time you need him."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olivier Cousi and Thierry Dor
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pairs a well-reputed media practice with strong telecoms expertise. The team covers transactional, contentious and non-contentious matters in the fields of television, publishing and online media. Also noted for its remarkable insight into the African telecoms market.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's strengths as being its "regional cover, knowledge of clients' businesses and good-quality associates."

Work highlights Advised the Beninese national telecommunications authority ARCEP on the introduction of mobile virtual network operators in its legal framework.

Assisted the SNCF with the installation of a broadband network in train stations in order to provide Wifi access on trains. 

Significant clients EC, AT&T, Discovery, France Télévisions, Orange.

Notable practitioners  

Olivier Cousi specialises in media, entertainment and telecoms. He is also active in the regulatory sector, advising on the regulation of electronic communications in both France and Africa. He recently advised Radio France on several press and media matters.

Thierry Dor advises on IT transactions such as integration and development, outsourcing, hosting and offshoring. He has further skills in litigation. One impressed source says: "He is very accessible and works very hard - he managed a complex negotiation and procurement process effectively, navigating all requests in several languages effectively and cohesively."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: David Taylor, Christine Gateau and Winston Maxwell
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong audio-visual, media and telecoms practice. Lawyers have additional expertise in data protection matters. The team specialises in handling regulatory, corporate and contentious issues for domestic and international clients alike. Also offers unparalleled advice in domain names and other internet-related soft IP matters. Further impressive UK and US law capabilities offered.

Strengths Clients appreciate the lawyers' skills, as well as their client-oriented approach, saying: "They have great knowledge of the industry and they listen to their clients' needs. They are also very responsive as well as creative in the solutions they offer."

Other interviewees report: "It's a good and friendly firm."

Work highlights Regularly assists Facebook with the recuperation of domain names in several jurisdictions, such as Albania, Chile, China, Estonia, France and Ecuador.

Advised Hi-Media on the separation of its advertising department from the forms of payment division.

Represented the marketing company CCA International in negotiations regarding the signing of an exclusivity agreement for the acquisition of Data Base Factory.

Significant clients eBay, Vodafone, Verizon, PayPal.

Notable practitioners  

Winston Maxwell is an experienced lawyer in telecoms and media, advising clients on various types of matters within these fields. He also has notable skills in data protection issues, in particular the development of global data protection governance schemes, data breaches and data theft. Market commentators say: "He is very well recognised and very talented."

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Dunaud Clarenc Combles & Associés

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Christophe Clarenc of Dunaud Clarenc Combles & Associés is reputed for his expertise in competition law within regulated sectors such as telecoms. He has further expertise in regulatory issues.

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Jones Day

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Rémy Fekete of Jones Day is reputed for his leading presence in the telecoms market and in particular in the African telecoms market. Clients say: "Remy has great leadership, expertise and client orientation. He is definitely a great expert in telecoms regulation and disputes."

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Fréget - Tasso de Panafieu

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Olivier Fréget of Fréget - Tasso de Panafieu is reputed for his great expertise in antitrust law as well as in regulatory matters in the telecoms sector. His practice covers both contentious and non-contentious cases.

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Baker McKenzie SCP

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The highly regarded Emmanuel Guillaume focuses on telecommunications, as well as on administrative and public law. He has in-depth knowledge of the telecoms regulatory sector thanks to his experience as a former member of the French administrative supreme court, the Conseil d'État.

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Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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Lucien Rapp of Watson Farley & Williams LLP has extensive experience in public and competition law, as well as in regulatory matters. He represents both French and international clients in their telecoms projects.

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Baker McKenzie SCP

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Christian Blomet centres his activity on telecommunications, advising both on transactional and on regulatory matters, at national and international levels. He represents operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers and software editors.

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BEHRING

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne-Solène Gay is recognised in particular for her expertise in the telecoms sector. Clients praise her pragmatism and her client-oriented approach: "Anne-Solène Gay is very good at asking the relevant questions and finding adequate solutions. She is also very good at explaining very clearly what the alternatives and the possible outcomes are." She is further noted for her prowess in IT matters.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

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Florence Guthfreund-Roland is an expert in the telecoms sector and advises on data protection, as well as on compliance issues arising in this area. She also has notable expertise in public law, utilities regulation and public procurement law.

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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

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Winston Maxwell is an experienced lawyer in telecoms and media, advising clients on various types of matters within these fields. He also has notable skills in data protection issues, in particular the development of global data protection governance schemes, data breaches and data theft. Market commentators say: "He is very well recognised and very talented."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Christophe Fichet of Simmons & Simmons LLP advises on telecoms matters, not only in France but also in Africa and Asia. His clients say: "He has a good knowledge of the telecoms industry, especially in Africa."

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Bersay & Associés

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Martine Georges of Bersay & Associés is highly regarded for her skills in telecoms. She represents clients in regulatory and competition matters such as dispute settlements. She has further expertise in the African telecoms market.

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Franklin

From the Chambers Europe guide

The highly reputed Bradley Joslove advises on new technologies and telecommunications. He impresses his clients, who comment: "Bradley is an excellent lawyer who knows his subject very well. He understands the industry, which enables him to give commercially-oriented advice that suits his clients' needs and complies with the law at the same time. He is responsive and will come back to you any time you need him."

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Pinsent Masons LLP

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Sources describe Diane Mullenex of Pinsent Masons LLP as a "good lawyer with an accurate vision of the market." She specialises in telecoms and IT and has notable knowledge of the gaming industry.

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