Yann Padova

Baker & McKenzie A.A.R.P.I.


Yann Padova joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in the Information Technology Group and head of the Data Protection Practice in Paris. He is internationally recognized in digital network law, personal data and regulatory law. Yann Padova has an extensive experience in data protection for 17 years and has served both as a regulator and a lawyer.

In November 2017, he has been appointed “Country Leader” by the International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP).

Before joining Baker McKenzie, Yann Padova served as Commissioner with the Commission de Régulation de l’Energie (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) where he participated in the very first rounds of negotiations of the GDPR. 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 and notably participated in the legal work that led to the transposition of the Directive 95/46 on data protection into French Law.

Practice Focus

Yann has extensive experience in dealing with issues pertaining to internet law, data privacy protection, internet surveillance, cloud computing, whistle blowing. He has assisted numerous businesses with complex projects involving information technologies (big data compliance, ethics of algorithm, data governance, profiling, e-discovery procedures, etc.). Yann also advises on compliance disputes.

Yann has 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 came into force in May 2018. He has also worked with large groups on problems linked to cybercriminality and security breach notification which are on the rise.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - Country Leader
  • Political Sciences Institute (Paris) - Member


  • Paris~France (2013)


  • University of Toulouse (Master's Degree Advanced Public Law) (2012)
  • Sciences Po – Paris (DEA Economics) (1993)
  • Sciences Po – Paris (Diploma Public Service) (1991)
  • Université Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne (Bachelor's Degree History) (1988)


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


Co-author (with Stéphanie Prunier, associate partner at Havas Paris), "Personal data: rebuilding trust", published on Les Echos' website, May 2018 (in French)

Author, "Is the right to be forgotten a universal, regional, or 'glocal' right?", published by la Revue Lamy du droit de l'immatériel (LRDI), February 2018 (in French)

Author, "Data Protection; France's missed rendez-vous", published on Les Echos' website, January 2018 (in French)

Author, "Artificial intelligence versus collective intelligence?", opinion published by the newspaper Les Echos, September 2017 (in French)

Author, "Legal and regulatory innovation: the other weapon for Brexit?", opinion published by the newspaper Les Echos, January 2017 (in French)