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Ahmed Baladi is a partner in the Paris office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and the Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Group. He specializes in information technology & digital transactions, outsourcing, data privacy and cybersecurity.
Ahmed Baladi has developed renowned experience in a wide 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 and complex commercial transactions, particularly in the technology, energy, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries.
Legal 500 2020 ranks Mr. Baladi as a Tier 1 practitioner for France Industry focus: IT and the internet category, praising him for being “always very available, [he] demonstrate a very business-oriented approach.” ; “He is also a strong negotiator.” Previous editions noticed an “excellent team” that is “very available and provides an in-depth knowledge of the IT sector”.
Legal 500 2020 also has named him a Leading Individual for Data Protection (Tier 1) : “Ahmed Baladi gives you great comfort when dealing with complex legal topics (whether at national level or on cross-border issues) or difficult business situations, and when having to navigate in grey areas. These are situations where you need to challenge yourself, share views and take decisions taking into account the regulations, but also, and equally importantly for a business, matching with the business interests. Ahmed’s legal expertise, deep business experience, hard-working capacity and humility at work make him a highly valued asset for our legal team”. Other sources designated him as “the senior name to note at Gibson Dunn.”
Chambers Europe 2021 ranks Mr. Baladi Band 2 in the France TMT: Information Technology category, and for a third year in a row in the Spotlight Table for Data Protection. He is described by one source as “a super business partner who finds excellent solutions”. Clients report that he is “efficient and reactive” and “has an excellent grasp of the sector” ; “very smart and bright.” Other sources praise his negotiation skills, saying: “He is patient and always tries to find intelligent compromises.” Previous editions already underlined his “reactivity and availability”, his “great judgement […] source of clear, calm advice under pressure” and the fact that he is “very patient, reactive, calm and balanced, especially in negotiations.” Sources consistently underline the “strong commercial and technical skills” of “an adept negotiator, pragmatic and practical”, as well as his ability to “understand complex and innovative projects very quickly, and to build a proposal that explores different legal areas but remains simple and clear.”
Best Lawyers in France (2014-2021) recommends Ahmed Baladi for Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Privacy and Data Security Law, Technology Law as well as Telecommunications Law. Mr. Baladi was also named “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year 2019” in that directory.
Admitted to the Paris Bar, Mr. Baladi is fluent in French and English.
Université Jean-Moulin Lyon III - 1998 DJCE
Université Jean-Moulin Lyon III - 1998 Master’s in Corp. Law & Tax
University of North Carolina - 1997 Three-year degree in Law
France - Avocat au Barreau de Paris