Yann Padova has joined Baker McKenzie’s Information Technologies and Communications team in Paris where he will take charge of the “Personal Data” practice.

Yann Padova, 50 years’ old, is a recognised international specialist in digital network law, personal data and regulatory law. He has assisted numerous businesses with complex projects involving information technologies (big data compliance, ethics of algorithm, data governance, profiling, e-discovery procedures, etc.). He has also advised the management of large enterprises on the assessment of the risks linked to the challenges of new technologies, in particular with regard to those introduced by the European regulation on the protection of data (GDPR) which will come into force in May 2018.  He has also worked with large groups on problems linked to cybercriminality which are on the rise. 

Arnaud Cabanes, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie in Paris, is delighted with this arrival:

Thanks to his extensive experience and recognised expertise in the area of personal data, Yann Padova will enable the firm to consolidate its leading position in this field.

For Rémy Bricard and Laurent Szuskin, Partners from the Information Technologies and Communications Practice in Paris: “Yann Padova will strengthen our expertise in one of today’s principal areas of concern for businesses: the protection of personal data, with the GDPR coming into force in May 2018 which will bring about major changes.  In this context, Yann Padova’s undisputed and internationally recognised skills will be a sign of our determination to make use of the most expert resources in this field on the Paris market.    Our team of specialists is one of the best reputed in France and at European level and we are therefore eagerly looking forward to Yann’s arrival.”

“I am very happy to join the Baker McKenzie team”, declared Yann Padova. “Now that all sectors are concerned by the digital transformation, data protection has become a strategic challenge for businesses, representing both a financial and reputational risk, but also an opportunity for differentiation. I am both honoured and impatient to assist the firm’s clients and help them navigate in this extremely complex and evolutive legal environment”.
Before joining Baker McKenzie, Yann Padova was a member of a regulatory commission (2015-2017), to which he was appointed by the President of the National Assembly due to his skills in the field of personal data. Before this, he had worked for Baker McKenzie in Paris as Senior Counsel in the Information Technologies and Communications team (2012-2015). For 6 years, he was Secretary General of the CNIL, the French data protection authority (2006-2012). He began his career as an Administrator at the National Assembly (1995-2006) where he specialised in personal data laws, criminal law and criminal procedures.  

Admitted to the Paris bar in 2013, Yann Padova is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the University of Paris IV Sorbonne. He also has a masters’ degree in Public Law from the University of Toulouse and a post-graduate diploma in economy from Sciences Po Paris.

He has published numerous articles on the protection of data in international reviews, in particular in the Columbia Law Review or in the Oxford International data Privacy Law review.

Yann Padova will be appointed Partner as soon as he has re-registered at the bar, which is in progress and should be completed in the days following his arrival. 

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