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Etienne Drouard

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Etienne Drouard
Drouard Etienne
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quote mark

Etienne is a true technician who knows what he is talking about, is extremely flexible and agile in proposing creative solutions, and lastly is very good at explaining his ideas.

Chambers Europe 2024 | Data Protection

Etienne Drouard is one of the most prominent lawyers in France focusing on information technology, privacy and cybersecurity matters. Etienne is recognized by Chambers & Partners (Europe and France) and by Legal 500, as one of France's leading specialists.

In these fields, he is involved in public affairs, regulatory advice, contractual negotiations, investment operations, internal and administrative investigations, litigations, and national and international digital crisis management.

Etienne advises and represents companies and public actors operating in a wide range of sectors: artificial intelligence, online services and media, e-commerce, social networks, online gaming, targeted advertising, mobility, transportation, healthcare, financial services, blockchain, cryptography and security technologies.

Etienne started his career at CNIL (the French Data Protection Authority) in 1996 and joined private practice in 2000. He has contributed to numerous European and French parliamentary works, public consultations, and publications, particularly on the GDPR, the draft ePrivacy Regulation, the EU AI Act, data transfers and governance, digital sovereignty, and cybersecurity.

Before joining Hogan Lovells in February 2020 with a team of lawyers, Etienne has worked in several French and international law firms.

quote mark

Etienne is a true technician who knows what he is talking about, is extremely flexible and agile in proposing creative solutions, and lastly is very good at explaining his ideas.

Chambers Europe 2024 | Data Protection

Representative experience

Etienne assisted a consortium of 9 professional associations representing over 6,700 companies in a litigation against guidelines on targeted advertising issued by the French Data Protection Authority

In offering people choices when accessing a website, a mobile application, or receiving offers, Etienne has contributed since 1994 to defining and interpreting applicable rules in Europe.*

Artificial intelligence (AI) is governed by analyses of legal, societal, and economic risks. Etienne provides insights into the technological realities and responsibilities within the AI value chain.

Biometrics are regulated by requirements of proportionality, consent, and security, on which Etienne advises and litigates in various sectors (health, insurance, media, security, transportation).

Data transfers and laws applicable to digital services raise conflicts of sovereignty and laws, on which Etienne has been involved for 25 years in public affairs, advisory, and litigation.*

Etienne works on pseudonymization and anonymization techniques and the distribution of regulatory, civil, commercial, tort, and criminal responsibilities that result from the sharing of data.

Etienne is regularly involved in M&A transactions dealing with technology companies or digital assets and in foreign investment control procedures, including the analysis of national security issues.

Etienne advises numerous companies on the articulation between employment law, privacy rights and the preservation of professional confidentiality.

Etienne authored a study “Consent or Pay: Is It a Choice?” putting into perspective the respective positions of European Courts and national regulators

Etienne Drouard and his team are involved in individual or mass litigation, civil, administrative, or judicial, before national courts, constitutional courts, and the European Court of Justice.

Since 2008, Etienne has been involved in over 280 cyber crisis and data breaches, assisting clients in crisis management and their legal and communication strategies, as well as subsequent litigation*

Since 1994, Etienne has been involved in the development of over 340 amendments and legislative proposals or regulatory acts adopted in France and the European Union dealing with digital activities.*

Etienne co-authored for the European Commission in 2000 a study “Unsolicited Commercial Communications and Data Protection”, with computer sociologist Serge Gauthronet.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • Master 2 in International Business Law - Contract Law, University of Burgundy and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 1994
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Paris
Court admissions
  • Court of appeal of Paris
  • OECD, member of the Community of Experts on 'Data Free Flow with Trust' (DFFT)
  • Eisenhower Fellowships Foundation, French fellow of the multi-nation program
  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
  • Renaissance Numérique (think-tank), member of the board
  • GESTE (online publishers), co-Chair of the 'Legal & Public Affairs' committee
  • AFRC (customer services), Chair of the legal committee


Band 1 | Data Protection

Chambers Europe | Chambers France

Hall of Fame | Data Privacy & Data Protection France

Legal 500 France

Leading Individual France | IT & internet + Telecom

Legal 500 EMEA