Gibson Dunn Adds Four Technology Lawyers, Anchored by Partner Ahmed Baladi, to Paris Office

January 16, 2017

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Ahmed Baladi will join the firm as a partner in the Paris office.  Formerly a partner with Allen & Overy, Baladi will continue to focus his law practice on information technology and digital transactions, outsourcing, data privacy and cybersecurity.

He will be accompanied by of counsel Vera Lukic and associates Emmanuelle Bartoli and Adélaïde Cassanet.  All three are also formerly with Allen & Overy. 

"Many of our clients in Europe and around the globe are increasingly turning to us for advice on data privacy, cybersecurity, digital transformation and outsourcing matters," said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  "Ahmed’s experience and expertise will add greater depth to our ability to address these issues and will position us well to provide top quality advice to clients who are facing challenges with innovation, digital transition and a new regime of complex regulation."

"Ahmed and his team are a very strong addition to the firm," said Bernard Grinspan, Partner-in-Charge of the Paris office.  "Given the increasingly regulatory environment in Europe and potential for related disputes, Ahmed’s particular background and pan-European experience will distinguish us in the market. In addition, he will complement our EU M&A capabilities and support many of the global transactions we are currently handling."

"I look forward to working with my new colleagues," said Baladi.  "Gibson Dunn combines an extremely strong U.S. platform, including in the Silicon Valley, with a top quality expertise in my area that will help me expand my practice in multiple strategic jurisdictions."

About Ahmed Baladi

Baladi has experience in a broad range of technology and digital matters.  His practice covers:

  • Complex technology transactions and outsourcing projects, particularly in the financial institutions sector;
  • Strategic digital transformation, such as acquisition or development of innovative solutions (lnternet of Things [IoT], Artificial Intelligence [AI], Fintech, big data and cloud based solutions);
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity, including compliance and governance projects in light of the GDPR, cross-border litigation requiring data transfer and Binding Corporate Rules
  • Complex commercial transactions, particularly in the technology, energy, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries.

Baladi has practiced with Allen & Overy since 2001 and as a partner since 2010.  He most recently served as head of that firm’s Paris TMT Practice Group and Global Technology Sector Group. He also focuses on Sino-European business development with the French business community and institutions. In 2015, he was selected as one of the French Young Leaders of the France China Foundation.

He graduated in 1998 from University of Lyon III Jean Moulin, where he received DJCE Counsel in Commercial Law Degree and a postgraduate degree in Business and Tax Laws.  Through an exchange program, he spent two years in the United States, at the University of Georgia in 1999 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.

About Vera Lukic

Lukic’s practice covers a broad range of IT matters.  She has extensive experience in complex technology transactions (including outsourcing) and pre-contentious IT matters.  She assists clients across jurisdictions and sectors on their commercial agreements and on their digital transformation projects, including ecommerce, cloud computing, data privacy and cybersecurity.  She also advises on IT aspects of M&A deals, including on carve-out and transitions issues.  She was admitted to the Paris bar in 2007 and has practiced with Allen & Overy since 2012.  She graduated with honors in 2004 from the Paris XI University, where she received a graduate degree in Commercial Law and a post-graduate degree in IT Law. 

About Emmanuelle Bartoli

Bartoli focuses on complex data protection issues, including international data transfers, cybersecurity, data protection compliance programs, and compliance with EU data protection regulations.  Prior to joining Allen & Overy in 2014, she served as Head of Data Protection and Security at Atos SE, a European IT services corporation from 2012 to 2014.  Before that, she served as a Legal Adviser in the International and European Department at the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) from 2009 to 2012.  She graduated with distinction in 2004 with a Master of Law from University of Picardy Jules Verne (Amiens).  She received an LL.M. with distinction in European Legal Studies from Cardiff University (Cardiff), and an LL.M. with distinction in IT Law from University of Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris), both in 2005.

About Adélaïde Cassanet

Cassanet focuses on drafting and negotiating IT contracts, including outsourcing, license/maintenance, integration, cloud services, transitional services agreements, and commercial agreements.  She also advises on data protection issues.  She graduated in 2008 from the Paris X – Nanterre University, where she received a graduate degree in Private Law and a postgraduate degree with honors in Communication Law from University Paris II Panthéon-Assas.