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Consequences of Brexit on data protection

Regime of data transfers to the United Kingdom

As part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement concluded on 24 December 2020, the United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will continue to apply in the United Kingdom on a transitional basis......


BEHRING has made the cut in the Jeune Afrique Business+ ranking

We are delighted to announce that BEHRING has been selected to feature in the ranking of the 100 most influential business lawyers in French-speaking Africa. Anne-Solène Gay features in 10th position.

BEHRING frequently acts in several African countries in the context of large infrastructure......


‘Cookie walls’: The French administrative supreme court partly quashes the CNIL’s guidance

Following a claim brought by professional associations from the media, communications and digital marketing sectors, the Conseil d’Etat has quashed the guidance published by the French data protection authority (CNIL) related to the use of ‘cookies walls’. This practice is used by certain digital......


BEHRING has been selected by Best Lawyers™

We are delighted to announce that BEHRING has been selected to feature in the 11th edition of Best Lawyers™ in France 2021, in particular for its practice in Telecommunications Law where the firm has featured for several years running.

This ranking vindicates BEHRING’s expertise in the......


French Government adopted new decree for foreign investment control

The French Government adopted a decree published on January 1st regarding foreign investment control. This new regulation is the logical consequence of the adoption of the loi PACTE and aims to clarify the distinction between activities on listed sectors and R&D activities on strategic......


UFC-QUE CHOISIR v. Valve: to the consecration of a second-hand market for dematerialized video game? (TGI Paris, September 17, 2019, RG 16/01008)

On September 17, 2019, the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris (first degree civil jurisdiction) ruled against VALVE, following a lawsuit initiated in 2015 by the consumer association “UFC-Que Choisir”.

The Court judged that several clauses in the terms and conditions of the Stream platform......


The impact of the simplification law in respect of corporate law on the French Commercial Code

On 10 July 2019, the Parliament passed the law N°2019-744 of 19 July 2019 about the simplification, clarification and update of the corporate law (hereafter the “Law”).

Filed with the Senate on 4 August 2014 and having seen many of its initial provisions being integrated in different legislative......


Parliament adopts anti-Huawei law on 5G

On July 24th 2019, the Parliament passed a law to preserve the interests of the French defense and the national security within the framework of the exploitation of the mobile radio networks....


EU publishes regulations on drones and their exploitation

Two regulations of the European Union related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and their operation were published in the Official Journal of the EU on June 11th 2019. These texts, which are directly applicable in the Member States, regulate all types of UAS and their uses in the territory of the......


The industrial property contributions of the Pacte Law

The Pacte Law adopted on May 22th, 2019 amends the French Intellectual Property Code on various points. The Government's primary objective in this area was to significantly increase the number of patent applications filed by SMEs. In fact, in 2017, requests made by SMEs accounted for only 19.5% of......


BEHRING has been selected by Best Lawyers™

We are delighted to inform you that BEHRING has just been selected for inclusion in the 10th Edition of Best Lawyers™ in France notably for its practice in Telecommunications Law.

The 10th Edition of Best Lawyers™ in France has been publicly released and is now available here....


Client Choice Award 2019 : BEHRING récompensé pour son activité en droit des technologies de l’information (It & Internet)

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que BEHRING a remporté le Client Choice Award pour son activité en droit des technologies de l’information (IT & Internet). ...


A record-€50 millions fine for GOOGLE by the CNIL – The French Privacy Protection Authority

On January 21st, the CNIL sanctioned Google with a €50 million fine pursuant to the GDPR for lack of transparency, default of user’s information and a lack of valid consent during processing of personal data for personalized advertising purposes.

This sanction follows class-action-like collective......


Publication of the Global Legal Insights to: Employment & Labour Law 2019

The Global Legal Insights to: Employment & Labour Law 2019 has been published. Galion Avocats exclusive chapter for France is available here. ...


Publication of the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws 2019

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws 2017 has been published....


Décideurs Afrique 2018 Ranking: Anne-Solène GAY awarded!

Anne-Solène GAY is proud to announce his ranking as one of the best Africa Desk TMT practice by Leaders League’s Décideurs. Distinguished as having a strong reputation, Décideurs acknowledged the experience of BEHRING’s founding partner Anne-Solène GAY in both public and private sector deals.......


“Pacte Dutreil” exemption scheme: New rules to be enacted for 2019

The « Pacte Dutreil » exemption scheme, codified in Section 787 B of the French Tax Code, aims at facilitating the free transfers of businesses by exempting 75% of the company’s value from gift tax and/or inheritance tax, provided that several conditions – notably the undertaking of collective and......


Transposition of the new GDPR provisions – Publication of Decree n° 2018-687

Following the adoption of GDPR, France started to transpose this new European regulatory framework regarding data protection within its legal system. France thus made a first step in this process, as Parliament adopted the Law n° 2018-493 which modifies the Law of 1978 regarding personal data.

The......


Publication of Law n° 2018-670 related to the protection of trade secrets

Following the adoption of the Directive (EU) 2016/943 of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure, EU Member States are now putting in place reforms aiming to establish a legal protection......


The opening of bank data to Fintechs

The Directive n°2015/2366 of 25 November 2015 on payment services in the internal market known as "PSD2" came into effect on 13 January 2018. This Directive which aims to develop innovative payment services has been implemented into French law by the order n°2017-1252 of 9 August......


Client Choice Award 2018: BEHRING wins the award for its telecom practice

We are delighted to inform you that, for the second year in row, BEHRING wins the Client Choice Award for its practice in telecommunications law....


The IFER tax is extended to fiber and coaxial cable

The extension of the flat-rate tax on network businesses (IFER) to broadband and high-speed networks in now a reality....


THE ORDERS DATED 22 SEPTEMBER 2017 REFORMING LABOUR LAW

As part of the ‘flexisecurity’ movement and pursuing the dynamics of revision of the Labour code initiated by the previous governments, no less than five orders adopted on 22 September 2017 are trying to take up the challenge of modernizing and securing both the social dialogue and work......


The French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) approves the geographical indication "Porcelaine de Limoges"

A Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is an official sign of origin and quality implemented by European regulation in 1992 and now governed by the Regulation n°1151/2012 of 21 November 2012. Originally limited to specific food products that bore geographical names and linked to their......


Sapin II law: What are the new obligations for companies?

The law n°2016-1691of 9 December 2016 targeting transparency, anti-bribery and the modernization of the economic life, known as "Loi Sapin II" imposes new requirements for some companies and notably:

1.         for companies having at least 50......


Every slogan is not a trademark

To be eligible as a trademark, a slogan, as any other sign, shall bear a distinctive character, meaning it shall serve as an indication of origin for the covered products and services and not be limited to a promotional function. ...


Digital platforms: the decrees strengthening transparency and loyalty obligations are published

Under the Act for a Digital Republic (loi pour une République Numérique) dated 7 October 2016, three decrees have been signed on 29 September 2017 in order to strengthen the transparency and the loyalty of digital platforms as described in article L. 111-7 of the consumer Code......


Connected vehicles and personal data

The development of connected vehicles has raised many concerns from drivers concerning the protection of their personnel data. ...


ECHR sets out the circumstances under which employees messages can be monitored

In its decision dated 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sets out the circumstances under which employers can monitor their employees’ personal electronic communications at their workplace. It also states under which circumstances employers can use the......


In light of the Equifax and CareFirst data hacking...

In light of the Equifax and CareFirst data hacking cases in the United States, Anne‑Solène Gay was interviewed by Le Figaro on the French legal framework regarding class actions concerning personal data.

Article in Le Figaro.fr tech & web by Elisa Braun published on 14 September 2017:......