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18.03.2020Hélène Lebon

Hélène Lebon joins Franklin to create the firm’s Data Protection practice

Franklin continues the strong growth momentum initiated earlier this year, by recruiting partner Hélène Lebon to create a Data Protection practice and bolster the firm’s compliance capabilities.

Commenting on the move, Franklin’s partners said “We are excited to welcome Hélène, whose arrival fits in perfectly with our relaunch strategy. Her compliance expertise and the creation of a Data Protection practice will expand our service offering and the solutions we provide to our clients.”

Hélène Lebon’s data protection expertise focuses on GDPR compliance audits and remediation, information security (cyber-attacks, data loss, etc.), the use of specific technologies such as geolocation tracking, IoT, etc., as well as employee surveillance, the establishment of whistleblowing channels, or the privacy of bank and medical records. She also has extensive experience representing clients in pre-litigation and litigation matters before the French Data Protection Agency (CNIL) (audits, injunctions, enforcement proceedings, etc.) and in responding to complaints from data subjects.

She advises and represents French and international clients, in France and Monaco, across a range of industry sectors, with particular expertise in insurance, banking, retail and transport.

Commenting on her arrival, Hélène Lebon said “I am excited to join Franklin’s teams because we share a common view of the practice of law and the importance of a client-centered approach. By pooling our resources, we will be able to best anticipate the future needs of our clients, especially in the face of increasing regulatory compliance and data protection litigation.”

Hélène Lebon’s compliance expertise will complement that of other recent lateral hires: Serge Durox in Regulatory & Compliance, Myriam de Gaudusson and Patrick Thiébart in Labor & Employment Law, and Michel Sapin in Government and Public Sector Law. Their combined capabilities have made Franklin’s multidisciplinary compliance service offering second to none.

This blend of expertise reflects the partners’ commitment to providing multifaceted solutions to the sophisticated legal, regulatory and business challenges faced by their clients.

These lateral hires are the firm’s response to the evolution of standards that has been called for by authorities, consumers and businesses alike. Their addition will be invaluable to the firm’s ability to anticipate risks and address the ongoing growth in class action litigation. Hélène will be able to work closely with our Public Law and Litigation teams, since the GDPR is having a significant impact on the public sector and is bound to cause an increase in the number of lawsuits filed in all types of courts.