The Data Protection team is headed by partners Thierry Dor in Paris and Benoît Le Bret in Brussels.
Substantial international experience
Our Data Protection team regularly advises on issues relating to the implementation of personal data processing and compliance with national laws, whether inside or outside the European Union.
We also assist clients in implementing international personal data transfer solutions, in particular in the context of expansion abroad or the development of online or cloud activities.
Lastly, we conduct multi-country surveys on the various rules applicable to personal data protection for international projects.
In-depth expertise in European Union law
Gide was one of the first international law firms to open an office in Brussels, in 1967. Our lawyers have developed an expertise in, and regularly handle, European regulatory procedures, and work closely with the European institutions (European Commission, Council of Ministers and European Parliament in particular).
With longstanding practice of European law and sector-based regulations, we assist our clients on interpreting and implementing European texts and put forward their opinion throughout the European legislative process. In addition, we assist in preparing and filing complaints with the European Commission regarding any Community law infringement that would be detrimental to our clients’ interests, such as the incorrect transposition of European law into national laws of Member States.
Our lawyers have played a key role in the most recent regulatory changes, particularly in the fields of insurance and financial services.
As such, since 2012, we have been acting on behalf of our clients in the adoption process of the European Commission proposal for a Regulation reforming EU data protection law. Additionally, we regularly advise our clients on the interpretation and connection between data protection and other European texts.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has ‘a very high level of IT knowledge’. The ‘very responsive and practical’ team deals with IT, data and internet matters. It is led by the ‘excellent’ Thierry Dor, who shows ‘high commitment to solving problems’. The firm also has strong experience of advising corporations, state entities and authorities on telecoms regulations and infrastructure projects, especially in Africa. The practice notably assisted SNCF with the deployment of a wi-fi network in trains in France.
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Highly regarded French firm with an ever-increasing international focus. Acts on the full range of competition, state aid and EU regulatory mandates. Active across a broad range of sectors including technology, transportation and financial services sectors, with recent new clients including Vallourec, Air Liquide and Crédit Agricole. Works closely with the firm's highly regarded Paris office with the two teams combining regularly on pan-European matters for French clients.
According to clients, Benoit Le Bret is 'excellent in his grasp of the technical and political sides of the challenges of EU and local issues.' He has a broad EU regulatory practice.
Chambers Europe 2017
Gide has strong telecoms expertise – where it advises operators, African states and public sector companies on regulatory and project matters – and is equally strong in the data privacy area, where it recently advised on e-projects in the healthcare and gas sectors. Clients include Eutelsat and Orange. Olivier Cousi and Thierry Dor are recommended.
Legal 500 EMEA 2016
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.'
Chambers Europe 2017