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The French office of the multinational firm White & Case renders top-quality service when it comes to the commercialisation, acquisition and exploitation of intellectual assets. The set’s patent transactional advisers have also cut their teeth on litigation, keying all their advice to potential enforcement issues down the road. The key names to know are Clara Hainsdorf and Bertrand Liard. Hainsdorf is a skilled overseer of IP-rich agreements, commercial contracts as well as internet-related matters, including privacy and data protection issues. Her commercial instincts and deep knowledge of business law make her advice instrumental to clients seeking big-picture thinking and a broad outcome on their patent strategy. Liard also combines his patent expertise with his deep knowledge of IT and data privacy issues. An accomplished litigator, he is an invaluable counsellor when it comes to unravelling the complexities of doing business over the internet. The pair advise Meta on technology regulation in Europe, and serve up due diligence to E2 Drives in the context of its acquisition by Decathlon.
Bertrand Liard heads White & Case's intellectual property and information technology practice in Paris.
His client list is extensive, varied and truly international, spanning sectors such as social media, media and advertisement, transportation, luxury brands and industry. He also represents many clients from the financial sector, including financial technology companies. His corporate clients are large US-based companies with EU operations and large France-based companies with EU or Western-world-wide operations, all with IP, data and tech-intensive activities.
Mr Liard advises clients on complex contractual arrangements, including strategic innovation sourcing, outsourcing, alliances and partnerships, with a aim of creating value for his clients through these data and tech transactions. He also applies his vast experience in assisting clients navigating complex cross-border disputes, compliance issues and transactions. Clients call for Mr Liard and his team to solve large data and tech disputes which require him to develop and bring to court innovative arguments and create case law. This cutting-edge work flourishes in the areas of social media and use case of complex technologies, where stakes are high and existing case law is scarce and limited.
Moreover, with regulators increasingly inclined to increase regulatory burden on data processing, security and on-line services (eg, platforms), he brings clarity on data and tech compliance issues.
Mr Liard is a frequent speaker, author and commentator on privacy, technology and fintech issues. He has a detailed knowledge of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets Act and other EU regulations (related to, eg, artificial intelligence, platforms, connected objects and data). He is an active member of the strategic orientation committee of CashWay, a financial technology company. He is also a member of the board of the newly created association Phil.IA, dedicated to the acceptance of artificial intelligence in civil society.
White & Case is a global law firm with a longstanding presence in the markets that matter today. The firm’s on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help clients work with confidence in any one market or across many. White & Case guides clients through difficult issues, bringing its insight and judgment to each situation. The firm’s innovative approaches create original solutions to clients’ most complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional deals and disputes.
The firm’s main areas of practice are outlined below.
Clients throughout the world seek the advice of White & Case antitrust lawyers. They count on the firm’s extensive experience in litigation against governmental authorities or private parties, counselling on delicate questions and comprehensive worldwide coverage of merger control regimes.
Since White & Case’s founding, banking has been at the core of the firm’s practice. Today, the firm represents major banks worldwide, including many of the largest. The firm provides guidance related to acquisition finance, commercial lending, project finance, bankruptcy and debt restructurings, and regulatory advice.
White & Case has a formidable reputation in the field of international securities and finance. Clients benefit from the firm’s capabilities in equity and debt offerings, sovereign issues, high-yield debt, securitisations, derivatives, investment funds and regulatory and broker-dealer matters.
Clients entrust White & Case with their ‘must-win’ matters – disputes in which huge sums, invaluable patents and brands, and even out-and-out company survival are at stake. The firm has won major trials and appeals for clients in an array of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and consumer products.
Financial restructuring and insolvency
White & Case is a recognised leader in complex cross-border insolvencies and workouts. The firm represents global clients in all aspects of restructurings, workouts and insolvency matters, including both transactional and litigation matters.
White & Case was one of the first full-service firms to develop an IP practice. Its lawyers protect and defend clients’ innovations, creative works and brands around the world, offering advice related to patents, copyright and designs, IP audits and due diligence, licensing and merchandising, sourcing and technology, and privacy and data protection.
White & Case is the only leading global law firm with large and long-established arbitration teams in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Geneva, Singapore and Stockholm, along with significant strength in other key cities, including Frankfurt, Moscow, Miami, Seoul, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Mergers and acquisitions
White & Case is among the world’s leading law firms in mergers and acquisitions. The firm advises corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms across a variety of industries, in all manner of complex cross-border and domestic M&A transactions. Its M&A lawyers are leading practitioners in all major jurisdictions around the world.
White & Case’s financial sponsor practice has a truly global reach, with market-leading service offerings in New York, London and Hong Kong, as well as fully integrated, full-service private equity practices across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. White & Case represents numerous preeminent large-cap and mid-market sponsors, as well as their portfolio companies, in their domestic and cross-border transactions.
White & Case is highly regarded for its skill in helping clients complete complex real estate financings and its in-depth experience with legal matters relating to real estate investment funds. The group handles acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, portfolio sales and securitisation, financings and sales/leasebacks.
White & Case’s tax lawyers and advisers are strategically located in financial centres and government capitals worldwide to provide timely, effective advice on evolving tax law and policies. The practice has provided clients with innovative, practical approaches to minimise tax liabilities on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to financings and investment fund transactions.
White & Case helps clients manage the risks and maximise the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. The firm has an interdisciplinary, full-service global trade practice that is one of the world’s largest and most active in trade remedies and in the law of the World Trade Organisation.
White & Case helps clients deal with government investigations and enforcement matters. In addition to years of front-line prosecutorial experience, the firm has substantial experience defending clients through all phases of investigations, as well as criminal and civil enforcement proceedings. Clients include large corporations, as well as individuals prominent in business and political affairs.