I'm a partner in our Paris-based Banking & Finance and Tech & Comms Groups, and lead Bird & Bird's French Fintech sub-group. I assist clients with disruptive digital technology adoption. I'm registered with the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg bars, providing legal advice and acting in regulatory litigation.

I have developed solid experience in regulatory and prudential matters (licensing or exemption procedures, freedom to provide services or freedom of establishment regime, declaration of agents, distributors or intermediaries, contractual framing including outsourcing, implementation of internal procedures, compliance, anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing, internal control, management of conflict of interest intra group, banking secret, etc.). I also advise my clients concerning payment systems (EDI, Swift net, Target II, and Euro 1) and the requirements of professional rules, especially PCI-DSS, PA-DSS.

With a leading position in supporting projects linked to new technologies and drawing on more than 15 years' experience, I represent both new disruptive players operating in Fintech, RegTech and Insurtech sector and banks, financial institutions or insurers in the development of innovative services (e-payment, electronic money, prepaid cards, mobile, banking, blockchain, crowdfunding, crowdlending, crowdequity, payment initiation services, account information services, investment platforms, robot advisory, online KYC, etc.). I also assist my clients in the implementation of their dematerialisation projects of contracts, electronic/biometric signature, strong authentication, cybersecurity, data protection, outsourcing, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

I also support my clients as they develop their presence in both Europe and French-speaking Africa.

I hold a PhD from the University of Montpellier, where I have been a senior lecturer in cybersecurity since 2013. In addition I am a legal commentator and contributor to conferences, radio and TV.

Education
  • • Doctor of Law (J.D.), PhD in Private Law - Montpellier I University – France
  • • Paris Bar School (EFB)
  • • Master II in Private Law - Montpellier I University - France
  • • Master II in International Law - Montpellier I University - France
  • • Master I in Private Law with a specific degree in Criminal Sciences - Montpellier I University – France
Admissions
  • • France: Paris Bar - 2006
  • • Belgium: French Brussels Bar – 2011 (E List)
  • • Luxembourg: Luxembourg Bar – 2017 (List IV)