Caroline Lyannaz

Counsel, Paris



Caroline Lyannaz is counsel in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology department in Paris.

Caroline focuses on intellectual property, e-commerce and IT as well as on commercial contracts.

Caroline assists clients in various multi-jurisdictional transactions, including drafting and negotiating IPR-related and commercial, distribution and supply contracts.

Caroline also represents technology clients in litigation matters before French courts, including issues involving intermediary liability, data protection and digital economy laws, commercial and consumer laws, infringement and unfair competition. Caroline has extensive experience in the field of privacy and data protection especially in litigation and international contexts and has a detailed knowledge of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.

Caroline was also a secondee at Nestlé Waters, as Legal Brand IP, during which she managed NW trademarks' portfolios, reviewed and drafted IP and commercial contracts and implemented projects with operational teams.

Caroline joined White & Case in 2012 after several internships in other international law firms.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Post-Graduate Research Degree (Master 2 Recherche), Industrial and Artistic Property
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Master's Degree
Business Law
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Erasmus Exchange Program
University of Liverpool


Representative matters include:

Advising Facebook in all pre-litigation and litigation matters arising in France, with a focus on technology-related issues and in relation to the liability of the hosting service provider;

Drafting IP assignment, IP licence and distribution agreements as part of the acquisition of a leading pet care company's manufacturing, distribution and salesforce in France, Italy and Spain;

Advising the European listed investment company Eurazeo SA on the negotiation of licence and commercial agreements in relation to the acquisition of certain assets in the confectionery products business;

Advising Intuit in relation to the launch of their business in France, in particular drafting and reviewing terms of services, privacy policies and commercial contracts;

Representing a leading Turkish manufacturer in a pan-European (Germany, France, Italy) patent litigation;

Representing a major French corporation in a trademark infringement and unfair competition action arising out of the termination of established relationships with one of its suppliers;

Advising international companies in relation to issues raised by data protection and privacy laws, including GDPR requirements, intra-group transfers, and use of data in cross-borders litigations and investigations.