Practice Areas

Assisting you with all your innovation and digital projects

Our seasoned and dedicated new technologies team has extensive knowledge of the current and upcoming challenges affecting the protection of a business’s intangible assets, particularly having regard to the technological developments that are constantly taking place and the considerable volume of French and European regulations.

Our dedicated team applies its extensive expertise in contract law, intellectual property law, dispute resolution and cybersecurity to assist its clients with their digital transformation projects and with the development of new business opportunities.

Our lawyers work with directors and legal departments in a pragmatic and cross-disciplinary way to ensure the optimal deployment of digital projects in France and abroad.

Interventions

We assist you throughout the processes of developing and implementing your digital projects, particularly in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud, Robotics, IoT and Blockchain, and in all sectors including gaming, fintech, e-health, retail and smart cities.

We help our clients make their IT projects contractually secure at national and international level, whether in terms of software development, the hosting of data and sites in the Cloud, SaaS, IaaS, subcontracting, computer maintenance or offshoring.

We give advice on contractual architecture and negotiate clauses covering the obligations of service providers, the protection of personal data, the transfer of copyright, editorial liability and termination procedures.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has caused major disruption to businesses. We have put a dedicated team of experts in place to help our clients comply with the new rules. Depending on your requirements, we can:

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  • Carry out internal/subcontractor compliance audits
  • Carry out impact studies using the PIA tool
  • Design compliance programs
  • Advise you on the protective measures to be taken
  • Draft internal processes and charters
  • Draft data protection and cookie policies
  • Help you establish a “privacy by design” policy
  • Supervise data transfers to countries not covered by the GDPR
  • Organize the consultation of staff representative bodies when setting up data processing tools
  • Manage relations with the CNIL and assist you with any inspections
  • Support you in the appointment of Data Protection Officers and the arrangement of their training
  • Oversee the remit of the DPO and data protection correspondent 
  • Provide training

Our specialists can assist you with the following:

  • Auditing of legal risks and IP
  • Project management assistance
  • Advice on securing databases
  • Advice on the use of data
  • Patent applications
  • Definition of responsible officers
  • Drafting of agreements (assignment, usage licenses, data exchanges, etc.)
  • Open Data problems
  • Open public data

Our specialists can assist you with the following:

  • Project feasibility studies
  • Identifying data owners
  • Preparation of project agreements
  • Project management
  • Ethics charters
  • Compliance audits and programs
  • Relations with the CNIL
  • Advice on international data flows

The Internet of Things is now used in many areas, to monitor deliveries, to manage maintenance, to gather information, etc. However, these new developments raise many legal problems that require special attention. Our experts can provide you with a range of services to ensure that the IoT is used securely:

  • Project feasibility studies
  • Impact studies
  • Compliance programs
  • Project agreements
  • Ethics charters
  • Assessment of the cybersecurity measures in place
  • Management of data collection
  • Patent applications

Our experts advise our clients on all aspects of the creation and management of websites, mobile applications, software, algorithms and artificial intelligence tools:

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  • Audits of sites/applications/software and of related copyright agreements
  • Domain names/descriptions (availability, negotiation of assignments or licenses, applications)
  • Drafting of development agreements
  • Drafting of copyright assignment agreements
  • Drafting of license agreements
  • Securing the ownership of creations by employees/trainees/freelancers
  • Drafting of legal notices, personal data protection and cookie policies
  • Advertising spaces and tax aspects

We help our clients digitize their activities with a range of services:

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  • Auditing of sites
  • Preparation of the legal model (in the case of intermediation platforms)
  • Drafting of tool development agreements
  • Drafting of partnership agreements
  • Preparation of the user browsing path
  • Integration of artificial intelligence systems
  • Validity of electronic signatures and digitized agreements
  • Dealing with problems associated with mobile payments and contactless cards
  • General Conditions of Sale, Use or Services, legal notices (tailor-made for the country and the business)
  • Compliance of payment methods with the banking regulations
  • Securing means of payment
  • Mediation

Electronic tools have a key role to play in the day-to-day life of businesses because digitization now affects areas as diverse as invoicing, archiving, signatures and agreements, registered letters, pay slips, means of identification, etc. The use of such documents, which have the force of evidence, must be carefully regulated from a legal point of view. We can give you the benefit of our expertise in:

  • auditing processes
  • developing your policy relating to archiving, signatures, agreements and timestamps
  • putting Blockchain tools in place to secure evidence
  • the evidence gathering process.

The number of cyberattacks, intrusions, computer frauds and other cybercrimes is constantly increasing. These attacks pose major risks to the continuity of companies’ businesses, reputation and finances. We have put together a top team of experts to provide our clients with a level of service capable of dealing with these challenges:

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  • Auditing internal risks
  • Auditing the risks associated with service providers
  • Obtaining certifications
  • Prioritizing the protection of strategic information
  • Setting up a security program
  • Service agreements with suppliers of early warning, instant protection, cryptography and intrusion simulation tools
  • Advice on establishing a record of cyber-incidents
  • Setting up the process for notifying incidents to the authorities
  • Employee awareness programs (particularly relating to economic intelligence)
  • Ensuring the security of telecommuting

Our team covers all kinds of disputes relating to IT and personal data before national and European courts. We can assist at all the potential stages of disputes, from auditing the legal risks, mediation and pre-contentious matters, to the preparation of experts’ reports, court bailiffs’ factual records and of course, representation in court.

Rewards

Strong practice offering high-standard services in IT. Represents clients in domestic and international matters, including IT agreements, transactions and disputes. Advises leading IT providers and communications companies, as well as clients from the retail, energy and financial services industries. Also handles GDPR compliance programmes and data protection matters. Increasingly assists clients with digital transformation mandates.

Chambers & Partners Europe 2020

"Sources praise the team for its "high-level legal expertise," and add that the lawyers are "pragmatic and business-oriented."

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Mahasti Razavi

Band 2

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Florence Chafiol

Spotlight table (Data Protection)

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Information Technology

Band 2

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Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Information Technology, computing, internet and telecoms

Tier 1/4

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Mahasti Razavi

Leading IT Individual

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Anne-Sophie Lampe

Rising star

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Personal data and data protection

Tier 1/3

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Florence Chafiol

Leading Individual

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Décideurs stratégie finance droit

IT and internet law

Leading

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Personal data law

Leading

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Telecommunications law

Highly recommended

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Africa Desk TMT

Highly recommended

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

IT & software

Leading

• Mahasti Razavi

• Florence Chafiol

• Alexandra Berg Moussa

• Charles Bouffier

• Anne-Sophie Lampe 

""Strong practice offering high-standard services in IT. Represents clients in domestic and international matters, including IT agreements, transactions and disputes. Advises leading IT providers and communications companies, as well as clients from the retail, energy and financial services industries. Also handles GDPR compliance programmes and data protection matters. Increasingly assists clients with digital transformation mandates."

Who's who legal global/France

Mahasti Razavi

Mahasti Razavi: Data - Information Technology (global); Data (France)

Who's who legal global/France

Florence Chafiol

Data - Information Technology; Data privacy & protection; Data security (global); Data (France)