Areas of expertise

My practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies in the area of information technologies and intellectual property law. I provide counsel to clients at all stages of their corporate life cycle and in wide-ranging transactions, including in connection with litigation compliance matters, intellectual property protection (experience list) and development, data protection strategic operations, and other commercial contracts.

Data Protection Expertise

I advise clients active in the digital industries, with a particular interest in innovative services and notably Fintech and blockchain-based services, connected cars and automotive sector (experience list), data optimization and valuation (experience list), notably in the IoT sector.

I have notably been involved in the connected car ecosystem, on R&D projects relating to experimentation of autonomous cars, partnership agreements for the development of in-car connected services and the assistance of value-added service startups for the negotiation of the CNIL/French Data Protection Authority’s compliance package for the connected vehicles. I am a regular speaker about the legal aspects pertaining to the connected car, notably at the Connected Car Conference in Paris and the Connected Mobility Conference in Lille.

I also assist clients with their General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) compliance process, including risk analysis and contractual implementation of data processing services.

I am a Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe (“CIPP/E”) by the International Association of Privacy Practitioners.

Start-up Experience

I regularly advise start-up companies in matters relating to securing their intellectual property, be it from in-house or external providers or employees, as well as securing their process from the start to ensure a streamlined evolution towards more advanced stages of growth. (experience list)

Innovative Services Experience

I have extensive experience in understanding technological and structural processes, which allow for innovative approaches to solidify my client’s business models and protect their immaterial assets. This ranges from client and prospect data optimization to enforcing their intellectual properties. I regularly assist service and content providers on both their front and back office matters.

Global Approach

My legal experience is anchored on both a French civil law practice and American common law training. I provide my clients with a multicultural approach to their needs, be it for American entities doing business in continental Europe as well as European companies looking to expand their reach.

With this global approach, I regularly assist my clients in litigation and regulatory matters at French, European, and international levels on:

  • e-commerce & trust services;
  • media & content distribution;
  • privacy & consumer protection;
  • defamation & online reputation;
  • internal & external fraud;
  • counterfeiting & IP infringement;
  • internet liability;
  • export control & e-discovery;
  • antitrust & unfair competition;
  • advertising, betting & gaming.

Professional Experience With K&L Gates


  • Assisted a US-based international systems integrator and developer of PC security software, with offices in the United States and the European Union with the implementation of cryptographic services under French law and the notifications of cryptographic services to the French ANSSI.

Data Protection, Privacy (GDPR)

  • Assisted a US-based private investment group in an M&A transaction and coordinated global GDPR due diligence operations for Buyer including advising on remediation steps and assisting in drafting and negotiation of the relevant representations and warranties, for acquired company’s personnel located in Germany, the Netherlands and Czech Republic.
  • Assisting an international whistleblowing hotline provider in the deployment of its activities in Europe, notably with regard to GDPR and data protection aspects relating to the management of its HR workforce in France, as well as the implementation of GDPR-compliant data processing agreements and process.
  • Assisting an international direct online marketing company in addressing an information request from the French Data Protection (CNIL) relating to the company’s use of a tracking pixel in email correspondence with its users.
  • Assisted a French consulting company specialized in financial investments in the implementation of a securitization program of student housing receivables, and notably GDPR compliance issues relating to the transfer of the personal data included in the transferred debts.
  • Assisted several clients on the data protection implications under the GDPR of a personal data transfer from the client’s European entity to its US entity, in view of a potential discovery procedure under the US laws further to an M&A transaction, and implemented the required safeguards to allow such discovery process, notably through the information of current and past employees affected by the process and contractual mechanisms.
  • Assisted (i) a publicly-owned asset management holding company based in the United States and (ii) several Australian based insurance companies in the assessment of their respective exposures to GDPR and notably technical aspects relating to its territorial applicability.
  • Advising a US-based manufacturer of domestic appliances with updating its internal and consumer facing policies and practices to help ensure its global data protection compliance, notably with regard to the EU and UK GDPR. We regularly assist the client on an ongoing basis to adapt to the rapidly changing regulatory framework. Our assistance has so far included drafting various GDPR compliant documentation, such as Employee, Applicant and Customer Privacy Policies to ensure compliance with UK and EU law.
  • Assisting a large spectrum of non-EU clients with their GDPR compliance process, ranging from the complete due diligence of their data flows (“data mapping”) allowing for an exhaustive assessment of their compliance status to date (“gap assessment”), to day-to-day services for the implementation of revised model documentations, both internal (training, education) and contractual (with customers, service providers, end users).
  • Regularly assisting a leading university in data protection issues in relation with the development of artificial-intelligence solution, notably with regard to retention of personal data, anonymization of personal data and territorial scope of the GDPR.
  • Assisting several French and international clients further to personal data breaches, notably in the assessment of the exposure, the notification to the French Data Protection Authority and the communication with their commercial partners and customers.
  • Assisted a leading Lebanese bank in the deployment of its activities across the European Union with regard to the implementation of background checks, including on specific individuals from countries potentially falling under international sanctions. Due to the establishment of the client in the EU, such processing fell under the GDPR and, as such, are heavily regulated. Our assistance notably included the drafting and negotiation of the data sharing and data transfer agreement with the background check service provider, as well as devising various compliance measures such as the information of the individuals and assessment of proportionality of the processing operation under GDPR.
  • Assisted a leading automotive electronics company in the conduct of an internal investigation for suspected fraud organized by some of its employees in France and Germany, as well as the conditions for the transfer of the underlying personal data to the United States. Further to the more stringent requirements on data transfer in the wake of the European Court of Justice decision in Schrems II, we conducted the preliminary sorting of the employees’ emails and files in the European Union, and advised on the conditions of transfer of the relevant personal data.
  • Further to the acquisition of a French entity, assisted a leading cloud-based e-commerce software provider in the post-closing remediation and day-to-day GDPR compliance, notably with regard to the HR data processing operations, data flows between EU/UK subsidiaries and US mother company, as well as implementation of data transfer agreements with group entities, service providers and customers. Assisted on Covid-19 measures, including data protection aspects pertaining to remote work policies, partial activity, health protocol, return to work policy (including PCR and vaccination requirements), etc.
  • Assisted luxury/cosmetics company in the drafting and implementation of a global data sharing agreement with the brands it represents for eCommerce activities. This assignment encompassed a plurality of scenarios, including which party acted as a data discloser or data receiver, which party acted as a data exporter or data importer as well as the respective roles of data controller/data processor or independent co-controllers. In addition, this client insisted on having a modular approach encompassing all relevant countries (European Union, United States, United Kingdom, China) and future-proof this document in case of expected changes (e.g. with regard to transfers from the UK).
  • Assisted luxury/cosmetics company in the implementation a smart fragrance dispenser in perfume corners within department stores and airports in several countries (China, Germany, France, UK and US (California/New York)). This technology, which uses artificial-intelligence powered image recognition technology to identify the fragrance used in the dispenser, faced many restrictions due to the possibility of capturing facial images of cornershop workers, as well as passerby under China’s PIPL, US’s CCPA, EU/UK GDPR. We coordinated the global data protection teams to analyze the various regional applicable frameworks and counsel this client not only on the requirements to implement the project, also come up with operational suggestions for the project to be deployed substantially similarly across all countries.
  • Assisting leading luxury/cosmetics company in the global deployment of virtual try-on technology which would allow users to leverage on AI-powered augmented reality (AR) functionalities to try various shades of nail polishes, lipsticks and fundations prior to buying on their eCommerce platform. This assignment is raising several questions relating to the use of biometric data and their regulation under GDPR, CCPA/CCRA, PIPL and other legal frameworks. Our global data protection team is currently assisting on the drafting of information notice, consent gathering mechanism and general assessment of the local requirements to come up with a streamlined process worldwide.
  • Assisting this leading luxury/cosmetics company in the negotiation of an online recruitment platform, including advisory services for the global workforce. This assignment raised questions relating to the various roles of the parties in the mutually-beneficial relationship, and the risks and mitigation thereof of a characterization of the relationship as “joint controllership” under GDPR. In accordance with GDPR, such relationship must be governed by a dedicated arrangement and the essence of such arrangement must be conveyed to the applicants as part of the information tenet of European data protection law. We worked alongside the contractual counterpart to devise the relevant documentation and respective responsibility of the parties, as well as devising the applicant journey and exposure to relevant information.
  • Assisted an Asian global fintech company that enables businesses to deploy end-to-end financial services, in drafting and negotiating its Master Commercial Agreement template, notably on the data transfer aspects for international payment, under GDPR, on the basis of the recent EU Commission’s new model contract clauses (Data Controller to Data Processor module), as well as in the deployment of a data transfer impact assessment to document the processing operations subject to one of Art. 49 GDPR exemptions.
  • Assisted a distributor of building materials in the assessment of the conditions under which personal data pertaining to its employees and investors in the European Union (or otherwise subject to EU data protection laws) could be transferred to the United States for the purpose of discovery in the wake of a litigation. Our assistance included the assessment of applicability of any exemption under Art. 49 GDPR as well as the revision of their employee privacy policy to cover aspects which were not present in the previous version.
  • Assisting an American clothing retailer in its expansion into the UK and EU markets, by carrying out a review and mark up a data protection agreement governing the transfer of personal data from within the UK and EU to the US and provided advice on the client’s Privacy and Security Policy and made suitable amendments to this to ensure compliance with UK and EU data protection legislation.
  • Assisted a leading provider of pet goods in reviewing the data protection provisions in a white label pet insurance supply agreement, which required special attention to the rights of continued use of customer data and the transfer of this customer data to a new supplier following termination. Such situations may lead to a change in data controllership or key elements of data protection information may be required to engage with the individuals for; (i) the continuation of the service provision; and (ii) avoiding any disruption of the marketing and customer relationship.
  • Assisting a global provider of freight forwarding and logistics services in respect of former employees’ data subject access request, by way of drafting the necessary letters to the former employee and assisting with the preparation and delivery of the items that needed to be disclosed. The team also prepared employee and website privacy policies and advised on related data protection queries. This assignment required us to review the records expected to be produced and document, for each categories of items, whether they were disclosable or not, as well as proper assessment and documentation of the rational for refusal to communicate.

Information Technology

  • Assisted a European leader for the manufacturing of transportation parts the development of an online professional marketplace to facilitate the distribution of spare parts by all market players.
  • Assisted a US-based international systems integrator and developer of PC security software, with offices in the United States and the European Union with the implementation of cryptographic services under French law and the notifications of cryptographic services to the French ANSSI.
  • Assisting a French startup providing certified electronic mail with acknowledgement of receipt services since 2014, with the drafting and negotiating its commercial agreement for the provision services, as well as in connection with the passing of the Digital Republic Act by the French Parliament in the fall of 2016 and its subsequent expected application decree (published on May 12, 2018), adapting the legal documentation for AR24, both for the end-users and corporate partners in view of the entry into force of the GDPR.
  • Assisted an Italian software house for the negotiation of a consulting services provision agreement relating to a third party software regulated under French law.
  • Assisting an international non-profit organization in the renegotiation of its relationship with an ERP solution integrator further to issues arising in the deployment of the project.
  • Assisting a mechanical sport broadcaster in the implementation of its Over-The-Top (“OTT”) subscription services aiming at broadcasting sporting events on an online platform, including assessing the requirements for sponsorship and advertisement for tobacco and alcohol products in key jurisdictions (notably France with regard to the Evin Act).
  • Currently representing a US-based international systems integrator and developer of PC security and anti-malware software products and services, in its proceedings against a competitor in litigation pertaining to the classification of their software programs as Potentially Unwanted Programs in an attempt to disparage its services.

Connected Mobility

  • Assisted a global leader in automotive tires in the implementation of innovative mobility services (e.g. “tire-as-a-service”, short-cycle bike rentals for enterprises customers, etc.)
  • Assisted several players of the connected automotive industry, including a car leasing company and several startups providing Bluetooth-enabled dongles on the OBD port, in approaching the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) in order to amend the draft compliance package prepared by the French Data Protection Authority.
  • Assisted a leading French utilities providers in the implementation of its smartcity data hub for a connected city project in France.
  • Assisted a leading highway infrastructure operator on large range of issues related to new mobility trends, including day to day assistance on transactional aspects of highly innovative projects pertaining to electric vehicles, connected car and driverless transportation, research and development, consortiums with public and private stakeholders of the transportation sectors, within various European initiatives (C-ROADS, SCOOP, CINC) as well as the drafting and negotiation of a partnership agreement with a car manufacturer in order to experiment in real traffic conditions autonomous driving, including the crossing of toll booth and management of roadworks and accidents.
  • Advising a connected consumer electronics manufacturer with updating its internal and consumer facing policies and practices to help ensure its global data protection compliance, notably with regard to the EU and UK GDPR, the CCPA and upcoming U.S. legislations. We regularly assist the client on an ongoing basis to adapt to the rapidly changing regulatory framework. We also provide regular assistance and advice relating to the client’s data processing and international data transfers, specifically in relation to dealers and distributors of the client and have drafted and negotiated relevant accompanying documentation and implementation of the relevant records of processing activities. In addition, we assisted the client in anticipating the various scenarios which impacted its activities further to Brexit, notably with data transfers to and from the EU and the UK, as well as with the assessment of the consequences of the European Court of Justice Schrems II decision and its impact of global data sharing arrangements.
  • Assisting this Pittsburgh-based startup developing autonomous driving technology in the testing and partnership with European automotive manufacturer, including the shared licensing of the underlying intellectual property (both background and foreground) as well as the sharing of the data involved in the testing in road conditions.

Intellectual Property

  • Assisted a leading manufacturer of air-soft replica gun in the termination of license agreements with its licensors and the aftermath of such termination for the distribution of its inventory.
  • Assisted a group specializing in the manufacture of small and large series of pieces of jewelery established in the prestigious Place Vendôme in:
    • the deployment of their international operations – the establishment of commercial agent, trademark registrations and dress patents in 40 countries.
    • the redesign of its customer and supplier contracts. Our assistance includes the upstream securing of the client’s intellectual property rights and downstream, its know-how in the context of computer-assisted production management.
  • Assisted a leading eyewear and security sport gear manufacturer in the implementation and management of customs seizure of infringing products on the European market.
  • Assisted a German company in pending litigation in relation with numerous patents acquired by our client, further to the assignor of such patents acting in bad faith and having assigned its patents twice to two subsequent assignees.
  • Assisted leading children book publisher in the implementation of an street-art exhibition for children, including the licensing of the underlying IP rights on the characters’ likeness, as well as an assignment of the resulting derivative IP in order to secure the exploitation rights for the publishers, and use of the resulting IP for charity purposes.
  • Represented Hyundai in several proceedings against French and EU grey market dealers, offering Hyundai vehicles for sale, which were not destined to the EU market (unlawful parallel imports), in infringement of Hyundai’s trademark rights.
  • Currently representing LG Hausys, a manufacturer of industrial material, in the aftermath of the termination of a distribution agreement in France and infringement litigation further to the continued unauthorized use of its trademark by former licensee.
  • Represented the new venture behind the creative team of the Colette concept store, Nous Concept, in the defense of their trademarks against (i) a pottery and culinary art store owning a similar trademark and (ii) a German company owning a similar trademark in approaching services.
  • Represented Priska Pasquer, a German gallery, which is internationally renowned notably for the distribution of photographic works in the defense of an action before the French court initiated by a French photographer, alleging that one of the photographs of this artist exhibited by our client infringed his copyright.
  • Assisted an international in-store provider of music and interactive mobile marketing products with reviewing and negotiating a consulting agreement with a French consultant, including assignment of IP rights originating from the consultant and compliance with GDPR as per a data controller-data processor relationship arising from the contractual situation.
  • Assisted a leading global manufacturer of medical material to respond several Cease & Desist Letters sent by a competing company invoking acts of counterfeiting and unfair competition in Belgium, France, Norway and Poland, successfully defending the counterfeiting claims before any litigation could be initiated.
  • Assisting a ski equipment manufacturer in the identification and destruction of counterfeit products following their customs seizure on European territory and in the context of the organization of competitions in its physical points of sale and online, in accordance with the GDPR.

Healthcare and eHealth

  • Assisting a leading U.S. manufacturer of connected medical mobile carts in its compliance with GDPR. Notably, we were tasked with rolling out the deployment in the European Union of medicalized carts, with SaaS functionalities, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we have been assisting this client with updating their legal processes for the international transfer of personal data transfer, to be in line with the latest developments of the European framework, including deployment data transfer agreements based on the EU Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses in their four different modules, developing Data Transfer Impact Assessments, and advising on their internal data retention policy. Finally, we assisted this client in updating its European distribution agreements, including with regard to data flows from end-users to the manufacturer for warranty and CRM purposes.
  • Assisted an Irish company in the context of bringing its personal data exchanges into compliance with French and German universities, in particular in the context of the anonymization of genetic data carried out in the context of previous studies and their consolidations in Ireland.
  • Assisted a leading French health and cosmetics laboratory with the implementation of a startup acceleration program at Station F, aiming at devising new oncology diagnostic procedure and technology, including drafting and negotiating the acceleration agreement with the selected startup (cross IP licensing and assignment, ownership of project-related data in a post-GDPR environment), as well as drafting and negotiating the terms of the partnership with the corporate sponsors that would be hosting the startups.
  • Assisted one of the leading French hearing aid manufacturer in the implementation of the new French regulatory framework relating to the conditions for which the French social security covers/reimburses hearing aids and related services to end-users.
  • Advising a animal DNA testing company on organizing its global data protection compliance. Our assistance includes analyzing the client’s intragroup transfers of personal data across its international subsidiaries and putting in place appropriate data sharing agreements, as well as updating their internal GDPR compliance documentation in accordance with GDPR’s accountability framework (e.g. transfer impact assessment, review of the technical and organizational measures in place) and considering data sharing and processing relationships with distributors to identify necessary legal provisions.
  • Assisting this biopharmaceutical laboratory in its compliance with GDPR, and in particular on the mapping of data collected by the company for the needs of its activity in relation with the deployment of its activities in the EU. This notably included addressing the information of its EU employees and addressing HR and CRM data transfer and consolidation in the United States. Implemented the localized contractual documentation for its medical sponsorship agreements in France, in compliance with the revised framework of the French Public Health Code and the Gift Law.
  • Assisting a leading provider of therapeutic devices in reorganization of its distribution network in France, including in the termination of its existing distribution network and independent resellers and subsequently, the negotiation of its new distribution agreement. This assignment notably raised issues pertaining to abrupt termination of existing commercial relationships, as well as the characterization of the roles of independent resellers as commercial agents, and minimizing the exposure to statutory indemnification of such agents under French law.
  • Assisted a leading global manufacturer of single-use solutions for operating room, in the global review of their medical practitioner consultancy agreements with health care practitioners to receive expert opinion and consultancy services related to the client’s products and developed technologies. This assignment addressed a plurality of topics, including (i) the use of the healthcare professionals ‘ personal data, notably for marketing purposes, (ii) the assignment of the intellectual property rights on the deliverables produced by the professionals and (iii) the assignment of their image rights when participating to public event in connection with the services.
  • Assisted a world leader in enzymatic solutions negotiating a marketing and distribution agreement governed by French law with a French manufacturer of nutritional and therapeutic solutions company.


  • Assisting a French independent video game studio in securing the financing and publishing of its second video game, notably through online gaming stores, which was released to great success. Also assisted in securing the financing of the development of the video game through independent video game fund, the registration of the trademarks associated to the game in the European Union, the United States and China, the porting of the game to various consoles, as well as take down measures for counterfeit games on App Stores. We are also assisting them on their GDPR compliance.
  • Assisted a leading French health and cosmetics laboratory with the implementation of a startup acceleration program at Station F, aiming at devising new oncology diagnostic procedure and technology, including drafting and negotiating the acceleration agreement with the selected startup (cross IP licensing and assignment, ownership of project-related data in a post-GDPR environment), as well as drafting and negotiating the terms of the partnership with the corporate sponsors that would be hosting the startups.
  • Assisting a French start-up which developed a solution to secure the protection of personal data when using services offered by third parties, notably for advertising purposes, in the support of the demonstration before the French Data Protection that such solution may considered as “anonymousprocessing, under GDPR and its exchange with the French Data Protection Authority.
  • Assisted the world largest startup accelerator in implementing its activities in the Middle East and the UAE area.
  • Currently assisting a French startup specialized in interior design catering to the Chinese market, including the creation of the corporate structure, the protection of the intangible assets of the client, including trademark protection in Europe and China as well as the implementation of the contractual relationships with suppliers and customers, through non-disclosure agreement, service provision and IP right assignments on a day-to-day basis.

Corporate Assistance

  • Assisting a global leader in consulting services in the acquisition of international boutique consultancy firm located in France, Canada, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the United States. Performed an in-depth review of the GDPR maturity (as well as vis-à-vis other data protection framework applicable) of the target with regard to the employees and customers of the target, as well as review of the intellectual property rights on the IT solutions developed by the target and deployed to its clients. Devised remediation plan in order for the deal to close.
  • Assisting a leading Chinese multinational corporation that provides energy management software through comprehensive due diligence review of the target company’s compliance with the GDPR and advised and negotiated on appropriate warranties to be used in a Share Purchase Agreement relating to our due diligence review.
  • With data protection and security issues at the forefront of liabilities in an M&A transaction, our team always tailor its client’s advice to the risks presented by the target company in view of; (i) the maturity of the target company’s data protection compliance; and (ii) inherent risks to the target company’s business. In addition, the operations above required a collaborative approach with colleagues in the Labour, Employment and Workplace Safety practice group to assess any data subject access request risks.”
  • Assisted an iconic North Carolina company in a major cross-boarder M&A transaction (over 50 subsidiaries and 60 countries worldwide) on global data protection compliance aspects.
  • Assisted a leading security group in the privacy due diligence, master agreement and disclosure schedules for the acquisition of a large group of more than 10,000 employees (4,000 employees in France). This large deal triggered complex strategic and technical issues regarding the compliance with global applicable data protection frameworks, as well as the data sharing between Buyer and Seller during the operations.
  • Raphaël Bloch et Claude-Etienne Armingaud respectivement associés au sein département corporate M&A et IP-IT de K&L Gates Paris, ont accompagné la société américaine DDW inc. dans le cadre de la souscription à une émission d’obligations convertibles assorties de bons de souscription d’actions (OCABSA) émises par la société Fermentalg, ainsi que sur la conclusion concomitante d’un accord de partenariat entre DDW et Fermentalg relatif au développement et à la commercialisation d’un nouveau colorant alimentaire bleu. DDW inc. est le deuxième plus grand producteur de colorants alimentaires au monde, connu pour fournir le colorant caramel aux producteurs de cola dont Coca-Cola et Pepsi. DDW inc. est également reconnu pour la fabrication de colorants conçus avec des produits naturels, tout en assurant une responsabilité environnementale, sécuritaire et qualitative pour les clients et les consommateurs. L’objectif de cet accord stratégique est de financer le développement de nouveaux produits naturels d’ici à 2022. Dans ce cadre, DDW inc. a également souscrit à des obligations convertibles en actions pour un montant de 3,5 M€. Avec ce partenariat, la biotech française Fermentalg espère se développer dans le marché des boissons énergisantes. (July 2020)
  • Advised VTG Aktiengesellschaft, one of Europe’s leading rail freight and logistics companies, on the purchase of all shares of CIT Rail Holdings (Europe) SAS and its related Nacco Group from CIT Group Inc. The Nacco Group has a fleet of around 14,000 rail freight cars with major markets in France, Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe. The purchase price amounts to approximately €780 million plus additional investments into further freight cars made by the Nacco Group between January 1, 2017, and the completion of the transaction. VTG plans to finance the acquisition through a senior loan and a privately placed hybrid bond. The transaction is subject to the approval of antitrust authorities. Berlin-based corporate partner Dr. Thomas Lappe led the transaction in close collaboration with corporate partners Howard Kleiman in London and Jean-Patrice Labautière in Paris. They were supported by partners Nicolas Roggel (Berlin, labor law), Christine Artus (Paris, labor law), Tom Wallace (London, M&A), Giles Bavister (London, tax), Claude-Etienne Armingaud (Paris, IT/data privacy), Dr. Bastian Bongertz (Frankfurt, Finance), Bertrand Dussert (Paris, tax), and Mounir Letayf (Paris, finance), counsel Adeline Roboam (Paris, finance), and as well as senior associates Andreas Menge (Berlin), Caroline Urban (London), and Arthur Anton (Paris). (July 2017)
  • K&L Gates LLP Paris a conseillé FactSet, un des leaders mondiaux en matière de gestion de données financières et d’édition de logiciels d’analyse, dans le cadre de l’acquisition auprès de Aquiline Capital Partners et du management de BISAM Technologies S.A. (“BISAM”), un des principaux éditeurs de logiciels de mesure et d’attribution de performance et de mesure du risque. L’opération s’élève à 205 millions de dollars. De nombreux grands gestionnaires d’actifs mondiaux utilisent les logiciels de BISAM pour évaluer et améliorer leurs stratégies d’investissement et mieux servir leurs clients. Ces produits vont élargir l’offre existante de FactSet. L’avis de l’associé en charge du dossier, Jean-Patrice Labautière sur l’opération: “Nous sommes très heureux d’accompagner à nouveau FactSet dans le cadre de son expansion internationale. Cette opération transatlantique sophistiquée est au cœur de notre savoir-faire.” L’équipe multidisciplinaire qui a conseillé FactSet était constituée de : Jean-Patrice Labautière, Arthur Anton, Julie Dahan (M&A) ; Claude-Etienne Armingaud, Olivia Roche, Clémence Marolla (IP-IT) ; Christine Artus, Julie Bouchard, Charlotte Dubois (Social) ; Bertrand Dussert, Alban Michou Tognelli (Fiscal). (March 2017)
  • Advised global interconnection and data center company Equinix on the acquisition of Digital Realty’s operating business in St. Denis, Paris, including its real estate and data center facility, for approximately EUR €190,000,000. Equinix will extend its hosting capabilities in the site that currently houses its PA2 and PA3 International Business Exchange data centers. The acquisition of the new Paris site enhances Equinix’s recently expanded data center portfolio in EMEA. One month ago, Equinix added the 8th data center in Amsterdam. In January 2016, Equinix acquired TelecityGroup plc, which added 34 new data centers and seven new markets to the company’s offering in the region, including Dublin, Helsinki, Istanbul, Manchester, Sofia, Stockholm, and Warsaw. The K&L Gates team that advised Equinix was made up of partner Edouard Vitry, counsel Joanna Klat, and associates Sylvie Chandesris and Blandine Bourelle on the real estate aspects; partner Caroline Ledoux and associates Arthur Anton and Julie Dahan on the corporate aspects; partner Bertrand Dussert and associate Alban Michou-Tognelli on the tax aspects; partner Christine Artus, counsel Julie Bouchard and associate Charlotte Dubois on the employment aspects; and partner Claude-Etienne Armingaud and associate Clémence Marolla on the IP/IT aspects. (September 2016)
  • Advised Riverside Europe Partners, a global private equity firm focused on making control and non-control investments in growing businesses, on IP aspects, in the sale of HRA Pharma to Astorg and Goldman Sachs (February 2016 – LJA n°295, February 24, 2016)
  • Advised the Orliman Group, an orthopedic product manufacturer controlled by the Riverside Co., on IP/IT/Privacy aspects, in the acquisition of the SM Europe Group, a leading designer, developer and distributor of non-invasive therapeutic braces (December 2014)
  • Advised Microsoft Corp. on IP/IT/Privacy aspects, in the acquisition of SyntaxTree, a French software publisher that created the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio, for the integration between Visual Studio and the Unity gaming engine used by more than two million game developers worldwide (July 2014)
  • Advised Microsoft Corp. on IP/IT/Privacy aspects, in the acquisition of Capptain, a French software publishing start-up in multi-platform mobile and web analytics and CRM (June 2014 – LJA n°1169, July 7, 2014)
  • Advised 3D Systems Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of 3D Systems Corp., on IP/IT/Privacy aspects, in its majority share acquisition of Phenix System, a company specialized in the design design, manufacture and sales of proprietary direct metal 3D printers that can print chemically pure fully dense metal and ceramic parts from very fine powders with the granularity of 6 to 9 microns (July 2013 – LJA n°1124, July 22, 2013)

With Morgan Lewis & Bockius

  • Conseil de la société Accel Partners, fonds américain spécialisé dans les secteurs high tech sur les aspects IP/IT/Privacy, à l’occasion de sa prise de participation minoritaire de la société, n°2 européen de la vente privée en ligne. L’investissement représente un montant de 37 millions d’euros (Septembre 2010 – Le Monde du Droit)
  • Conseil de la société Decitre, chaîne de librairies implantée en Rhône-Alpes, sur les aspects IP/IT/Privacy, dans le cadre de son partenariat avec RueDuCommerce, portant sur la vente de livres en ligne, afin qu’elle devienne le fournisseur privilégié de RueDuCommerce et gère le référencement, le catalogue, l’approvisionnement et la gestion des stocks pour RueDuCommerce. (LJA n°950 du 16 novembre 2009 – Recrulex)
  • Conseil de des sociétés Partech International Partners, Wellington Partners, et Elaia Partners, sur les aspects IP/IT/Privacy, dans le cadre de leur prise de participation à hauteur de €12.2 millions dans Goom Radio (Mai 2009 – )

Professional Experience


  • New York Bar Exam (2006) | Barreau de Paris (2007)
  • Cornell University Law School | LLM (2005)
  • Université Paris X Nanterre

   Mémoire : A la recherche de la preuve numérique.

  • Maîtrise de Droit Public (2003)

    Mémoire : La part nécessaire de l’autorégulation sur Internet.

  • Licence Langue et Civilisation Etrangères | Anglais (2003)
  • BiDeug Droit Anglais (2000)