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Baker McKenzie has appointed 6 new Partners at the Paris office, in four different departments: Ariane Calloud and Agnès Charpenet in Tax, Hugo Sanchez de la Espada in Mergers & Acquisitions, Hervé Jégou in Real Estate, Christian Blomet and Denise Lebeau-Marianna in Information Technology & Communications

Christian Blomet, a member of the Paris bar since 2001, has a DEA post-graduate degree in Business Law from the University of Paris X (1983) and a diploma from the Comparative Law Institute at the University of Paris I (1984). He joined the ITC department at Baker McKenzie Paris in 2001 and was appointed International Partner in 2007, then Senior Counsel in 2010. Before this, he was Legal Director of the France Télécom Entreprises branch, where he managed numerous regulatory and competition files as well as investment projects. His areas of expertise are information technologies, the digital transformation and telecommunications. He advises telecom operators, software publishers, Internet access suppliers and companies from the audio-visual sector, both in France and internationally. He also works on mergers and acquisitions operations in the sector of information technologies and large outsourcing and infrastructure projects, both with suppliers and with user clients. He was elected telecommunications “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2015. He regularly handles regulatory and competition law questions in the telecommunications sector. 

Ariane Calloud, a member of the Paris bar since 2005, has a DESS post-graduate degree in Corporate Tax Law from the University of Paris IX Paris-Dauphine (2004), a DEA post-graduate degree in Business Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2003) and a masters in Business Law specialising in Tax from the University of Paris XI Sceaux (2002). She joined the Baker McKenzie Paris Tax Practice in 2007 where she has been a Local Partner until now, after having worked at Landwell & Associés between 2004 and 2007. Ariane Calloud specialises in dispute resolution and international corporate tax law. She essentially assists international groups in the context of tax search and seizure procedures, in following up international scale tax audits, in discussions with the tax authorities and in tax litigation. She is a member of the Baker McKenzie European Tax Dispute Resolution Steering Committee. Lastly, she has been recognised by the International Tax Review as being among the "Tax Controversy Leaders" in France (since 2013) as well as the "Women in Tax Leaders" since the creation of this award for the leading women in tax law throughout the world. 

Agnès Charpenet, a member of the Paris bar since 1999, has a DESS post-graduate degree in Business Law and Tax from the University of Cergy-Pontoise (1997) and a DJCE Jurist diploma (Top of the class) from the University of Cergy-Pontoise (1997). She joined the Baker McKenzie Paris Tax team in 1998 where she has worked as a Local Partner until now. She has been working for several years in the field of corporate tax issues, tax audit assistance and personal tax issues, both on a domestic and international level, and spent 6 months in San Francisco in 2005 with the Baker McKenzie Global Equity Services. She developed the  “Compensation, employee share schemes and international mobility” activity within the tax practice, which she now runs at the Paris office; she also advises numerous international groups and executives on these issues. Since October 2015, she has also been in charge of the Asset Management activity within the tax group. Agnès Charpenet is co-leader of the European Employee Benefit Practice Group of Baker McKenzie and of the French Chapter Committee of the Global Equity Organization. Lastly, she was recently named as one of the "Women in Tax Leaders" by the International Tax Review in September 2016, an award for leading women in tax law in the world. 

Hervé Jégou, a member of the Paris bar since 1995 has a DEA post-graduate degree in general private law from the University of Paris X Nanterre, a DEA post-graduate degree in English and North American Business law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Masters in Management Sciences -Business Law from the University of Paris-Dauphine. He joined the Baker McKenzie Paris Real Estate practice in 2006 where he has worked as a Local Partner until now, after having worked in the Clifford Chance real estate team from 1997 to 2006. Hervé Jégou acts on behalf of both French and foreign clients, acting as investors or users, within the framework of their real estate projects in France and abroad and, more specifically, on the sale, acquisition, lease of real estate assets and sale and lease back transactions concerning offices and commercial buildings. He recently worked on a sale and lease back transaction involving a chain of restaurants in France, on the sale of several hotels located in Paris and the Paris area, sale and lease back transactions carried out by listed companies concerning office buildings, shopping malls and the creation and development of chains of retail sales areas. 

Denise Lebeau-Marianna, a member of the Paris bar since 1995, has a DESS post-graduate degree in Computer Law from the University of Paris XI (1993), a diploma from ESSEC IMD (1991) and a DEA post-graduate degree in Private Law from the University of Paris II (1989). After joining Baker McKenzie in 1994, she has worked until now as a Senior Counsel. She is a recognised expert in personal data protection, a field in which she assists the firm’s clients by advising them on the implementation of their global data privacy compliance projects and their preparation for the new general personal data protection regulation. She advises them on their strategy, data transfer mechanisms (in particular BCR) and setting up the governance structure as well as on more specific data processing projects (connected objects, processing healthcare data, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism financing issues, payment fraud, e-discovery procedures, data security and breach notification obligations, etc.). She assists clients within the framework of audits and litigation with the CNIL. She is also involved in the negotiation and drafting of IT contracts (outsourcing, integration, specific developments, electronic signature) or contracts relating to e-commerce (market place, on-line shops, Community websites, etc.) and on intellectual property questions applied to ICT. Lastly, she advises clients on regulatory aspects of cryptology and assists them with the drafting of the related legal deeds. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe CIPP/E issued by the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) and certified as a EuroPriSe expert (European personal data label supported by the European Commission, applicable to products and services). Denise Lebeau-Marianna obtained the CNIL label for the Baker McKenzie training module on "Regulations applicable to the processing of personal data". She is an active member of the Association de l’Economie Numérique (ACSEL) – and more particularly of the working group on digital identity– and a member of the Privacy Task Force of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). She is in charge of the India Desk at Baker McKenzie Paris, and acts as Secretary General for the Franco-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFI).

Hugo Sanchez de la Espada, a member of the Paris bar since 2001, has a Masters in Law and International Management from ESCP and HEC (2001), a DESS post-graduate degree in European Business Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1999), a DEA post-graduate degree in Business Law and Economy from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1999) and a Masters in Business Law and Tax from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (1998). He joined the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice at Baker McKenzie at the end of 2005 where he has been working until now as a Local Partner, after having been part of the Gide Mergers & Acquisitions team (2001-2003) and taken a sabbatical for a personal project (2004-2005); he was also seconded to the Baker McKenzie office in San Francisco for nearly two years (2009-2010). Hugo Sanchez de la Espada works principally in the field of mergers and acquisitions on behalf of French and foreign clients, in particular within the framework of acquisitions and sales of French or foreign listed or non-listed companies, setting up joint-ventures, equity investments or other partnerships, whether in domestic, cross-border or multi-jurisdictional transactions. He also works on capital-investment operations, in corporate law and on restructuring projects involving French or foreign groups. 

Arnaud Cabanes, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie A.A.R.P.I., declared: “We are delighted with these new appointments which recompense the expertise and extensive experience of Christian Blomet, Ariane Calloud, Agnès Charpenet, Hervé Jégou, Denise Lebeau-Marianna and Hugo Sanchez de la Espada. They will enable our different teams to strengthen the services provided to our clients in strategic areas”. 

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