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TMT: Information Technology — France


Alain Bensoussan - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded TMT boutique firm, often referred to as a pioneer in the sector of IT. Specialises in software-related work for both contentious and non-contentious cases. Lawyers have expert knowledge of the French market.

Strengths Impressed clients say: "They are the founders of French IT law control and they are very good specialists in the industry. All of the lawyers there are very impressive."

Notable practitioners

Alain Bensoussan has long-standing experience in IT law. Described by sources as an expert in the industry, he advises not only on IT and communications law matters, but also on disputes and projects in the technology sphere.

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Allen & Overy LLP - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised team, experienced in various aspects of IT law, including projects, transactions and disputes. Also covers IT outsourcing, as well as digital disruption. Represents clients in the sectors of finance and life sciences. Also handles compliance, competition and regulatory topics.

Strengths Sources identify the practice as "a strong team."

Work highlights Advised SAP on the acquisition of the French e-recruitment solutions company Multiposting.

Significant clients Samsung, ENGIE, Primark, Renault-Nissan, Nintendo.

Notable practitioners

Romaric Lazerges is a key contact for the practice.

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August Debouzy - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong TMT practice offering high-standard services in IT, IP and data protection. Represents suppliers and clients in IT licensing agreements, outsourcing and disputes. Also provides general regulatory advice relating to new technologies and frequently assists clients with data protection plans. Bolstered by further support from the tax and litigation teams.

Strengths The lawyers are praised for their high-level skills combined with their expert knowledge of the market: "The team is composed of very talented and skilled professionals. Their insight on market practices is extremely valuable for both the setting up of complex projects and negotiating associated contracts. Their negotiation skills are extremely valuable."

Other sources compliment the team's dynamism and commitment: "This is a young and vibrant team led by highly professional and very friendly partners such as Mahasti Razavi. The team has good expertise in all matters relating to IT, IP and data protection. They are extremely helpful and will bend over backwards to help out clients."

Work highlights Assisted Neuflize with the drafting and negotiation of an outsourcing agreement in connection with the management of life insurance contracts.

Advised Teleperformance on the drafting of an internal agreement for the development of a specific IT tool destined for HR use.

Significant clients Costco Wholesale, Rexel, S2E, Oliver Wyman, FNCA.

Notable practitioners

Mahasti Razavi is described as "a passionate and enthusiastic business partner for her clients." She specialises in IT and has further expertise in media. Clients appreciate her skills and her client-friendly approach to matters: "Mahasti is very responsive and apart from being an excellent lawyer, she is a friendly and pleasant person to work with – it is always service with a smile."

Florence Chafiol has outstanding capabilities in the data protection arena. She also advises clients on IT matters. Sources praise her abilities, reporting: "She is an excellent practitioner and a true expert." Others say: "She is very good for data protection."

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Baker McKenzie SCP - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 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.

Since publication, Denise Lebeau-Marianna has joined DLA Piper UK LLP

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Bird & Bird - TMT

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Commentary 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.

Department profile by Bird & Bird

Our team is one of the largest on the French market and relies on a dedicated task force of nine partners. Our Tech & Comms Team is organised around the following key areas:
    Information technologies
•    Data Management and Data Protection
•    Internet and Ecommerce and digital business
•    Telecoms

The telecom team works for electronic communications operators and investors in France as well as in emerging markets. The team has also an extensive experience on infrastructure projects in particular for operators, public entities, governments and international institutions with a particular focus regarding RIP in France and telecom infrastructures in Africa.
•    Media
Our Media Group is a multi-disciplinary group dedicated to providing a full range of commercial legal services to clients in the media sector. We draw on the strength of leading lawyers who are experts in media, e-commerce, communications, IT, IP.
•    Fintech
In digital payment , we assist clients with the regulatory and legal aspects of payment service businesses, ranging from peer-to-peer payments, card products and classic money remittance to the issuing of electric money and attendant anti-money laundering processes including online identification. We also advise in connection with the mining and trading of virtual currencies like Bitcoin. We assist our clients regarding the legal challenges linked to distributed ledger and smart contracts, public and private ledger implementations.

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Clients benefit from our advice on content creation, financing, production, licensing & distribution, protection and regulation, right through to content-related corporate transactions. We provide both advice and transactional support for businesses looking to exploit rights, deal with data and privacy issues, develop platforms, distribute content, license technology, acquire or invest in businesses or to overcome competition, regulatory or tax hurdles. We advise clients on content exploitation across all forms of digital media, including in emerging areas such as user generated content exploitation, and collecting societies’ issues for multi-jurisdiction online content distributors. Segments that we place specific focus on include:
-    advertising & marketing
-    broadcasting
-    music
-    publishing
-    games & apps
-    platforms & social media

The Group just launched its own online media platform, providing briefings and updates on regulations and market trends from the media world: http://www.mediawrites.law/.


De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top media practice, excelling at representing clients in the audio-visual and online media sectors. The team boasts remarkable skills and experience in handling IP disputes for media and technology clients. Additional areas of expertise include IT litigation, competition and compliance. Also very active in handling copyright issues for its TMT clientele.

Strengths Clients appreciate the quality of the service provided, reporting: "The team solves problems quickly and efficiently with a commercial view, and some of the best client service in Europe."

Further interviewees commend the firm's thorough expertise, saying: "Their solid experience in various subjects enables them to be competent for cases that present particular problems. They have specific knowledge both theoretically and practically."

Work highlights Represented Twentieth Century Fox Film in a case before the First Instance Court of Paris with regard to allegations of IP rights infringement in relation to the distribution of the film Avatar.

Defended Paramount against a claim of copyright infringement initiated by a French writer, in connection with production of the TV show The Sentinel.

Advised Microsoft Bing on a major case concerning access to illegal downloading and streaming platforms allowed by Microsoft's search engine.

Significant clients 247 Films, Adobe, Château de Versailles, Icade, DreamWorks.

Notable practitioners

Louis De Gaulle advises on media and IT, in both regulatory and litigation matters. He also assists clients with IP and public law issues.

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Derriennic & Associés - TMT

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What the team is known for Boutique firm with expertise in IT matters, especially for litigation. Advises on outsourcing, contracts and integration projects, disputes and software compliance. Widely praised for its in-depth technical understanding of IT.

Strengths Sources see the firm as "very specialised in IT matters; it is a good team."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Jean-Noël Derriennic is a key contact for the firm.

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DLA Piper UK LLP - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stéphane Lemarchand
- 8 partners
- 1 counsel
- 10 associates

What the team is known for Remarkable firm offering a full service for IT matters. The team is frequently instructed on IT implementation projects, integrations, outsourcings, acquisitions and disputes. Lawyers also advise on data protection matters, with notable skills for international data privacy projects. Clients come from different industry sectors including energy, retail and engineering.

Strengths Clients agree with DLA Piper's high ranking, calling it a "top firm in Paris for IT."

Others highlight the team's responsiveness, saying: "They are exceptionally reactive."

Work highlights Represented Discovery in the acquisition process of TF1's remaining minority shareholding in the sport channel Eurosport, which included transactional and regulatory work.

Assisted Bharti Airtel Group with the drafting of templates to be used with its suppliers of IT equipment, maintenance services and software licenses.

Advised the Government of Senegal on the launch of a tender offer in relation to the assignment of the first 4G license in the Republic of Senegal.

Significant clients Airbus, Sanofi, Atos, Kering, Vodacom.

Notable practitioners

Stéphane Lemarchand is well reputed for his expertise in IT outsourcing, contracts and IT litigation. According to clients, "he is an outstanding professional, entrepreneurship-minded, always striving to understand customers' needs and specificities."

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.

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

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Féral-Schuhl/Sainte Marie - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected French IT boutique active on litigation, advisory and transactional matters. Handles a variety of IT contracts and agreements as well as advising on digitalisation, electronic archiving and regulatory compliance. Clients come mainly from the technology sector.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's high standard of service, saying: "Excellent practice: reactive, timely and pragmatic."

Further clients appreciate the team's expertise and swift execution of requests.

Significant clients Indigo Park, Groupe Bel, Laboratoires Servier, Chronopost, Bull.

Notable practitioners

Christiane Féral-Schuhl has extensive experience in TMT and is described as "a great expert" by her peers. She specialises in IT and software law, handling both advisory and contentious work.

Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has long-standing experience in the French TMT market. He focuses on IP law issues arising in the fields of IT and communication technologies. He has further skills in IP transactions.

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Franklin - TMT

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Commentary 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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Latham & Watkins LLP - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jean-Luc Juhan and Myria Saarinen
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on every aspect of IT law, for both national and international matters. Best known for its work handling IT outsourcing projects for clients with an international presence. Also assists with the negotiation of cross-border network and infrastructure agreements. Advises both French and multinational clients.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's competence and experience in the market.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Luc Juhan and Myria Saarinen are the key contacts for the practice.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - TMT

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What the team is known for Well-reputed firm specialising in IT and new technologies. Active in a variety of industry sectors such as energy, finance and transportation. Lawyers are skilled in outsourcing, licensing agreements and procurement. Also handles data protection.

Work highlights Defended several international corporations and financial institutions against a copyright infringement claim initiated by various software companies.

Significant clients AnaCap, ANDRA, Carrefour Group, EI Telecom, HPS.

Notable practitioners

Nadège Martin is a key point of contact for this practice.

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Baker McKenzie SCP

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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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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Stéphane Lemarchand

DLA Piper UK LLP

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Stéphane Lemarchand is well reputed for his expertise in IT outsourcing, contracts and IT litigation. According to clients, "he is an outstanding professional, entrepreneurship-minded, always striving to understand customers' needs and specificities."

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Baker McKenzie SCP

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Alain Bensoussan

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alain Bensoussan has long-standing experience in IT law. Described by sources as an expert in the industry, he advises not only on IT and communications law matters, but also on disputes and projects in the technology sphere.

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Christiane Féral-Schuhl

Féral-Schuhl/Sainte Marie

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Christiane Féral-Schuhl has extensive experience in TMT and is described as "a great expert" by her peers. She specialises in IT and software law, handling both advisory and contentious work.

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August Debouzy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mahasti Razavi is described as "a passionate and enthusiastic business partner for her clients." She specialises in IT and has further expertise in media. Clients appreciate her skills and her client-friendly approach to matters: "Mahasti is very responsive and apart from being an excellent lawyer, she is a friendly and pleasant person to work with – it is always service with a smile."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Ahmed Baladi recently joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He centres his activity on IT projects such as outsourcing and e-commerce. He represents both national and international clients, who praise him for his skills and report: "He has strong commercial and technical skills, and he is an adept negotiator, pragmatic and practical."

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Beatrice Delmas-Linel

Osborne Clarke

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Former Microsoft counsel Beatrice Delmas-Linel of Osborne Clarke specialises in IT and more specifically in e-commerce, licensing and cloud computing. Her practice spans both litigation and advisory matters.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

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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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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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Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie

Féral-Schuhl/Sainte Marie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has long-standing experience in the French TMT market. He focuses on IP law issues arising in the fields of IT and communication technologies. He has further skills in IP transactions.

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Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandra Néri of Herbert Smith Freehills has an impressive client base in the IT sector. She is very active in litigation, in particular for IP disputes.

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ADSTO

From the Chambers Europe guide

Claire Bernier of ADSTO specialises in IT and IP. Her practice covers transactional matters, data protection and litigation. She also acts on cyber crime cases.

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De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Louis De Gaulle advises on media and IT, in both regulatory and litigation matters. He also assists clients with IP and public law issues.

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Stéphane Leriche

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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White & Case LLP

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Bertrand Liard of White & Case LLP advises on IT outsourcing, licensing and technology transfer agreements. Clients commend his skills, reporting: "He is a very responsive and experienced lawyer with good people skills."

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HARLAY AVOCATS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fabrice Perbost of HARLAY AVOCATS centres his activity on IT contracts such as outsourcing, licensing and integration.

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Guillaume Seligmann

Cohen & Gresser

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guillaume Seligmann of Cohen & Gresser is described as "insightful, competent and efficient" by his clients. He advises on IT contracts, licensing and litigation.

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