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Winston Maxwell

Partner
Paris

Winston Maxwell

Winston's sweet spot is where regulation hits the Internet: How national privacy laws, copyright, media and telecom regulations apply to borderless Internet-based services.

Winston has become a trusted advisor of major Internet, telecom and media companies, and of government institutions: in 2014 he was appointed to the French National Assembly's Commission on Digital Rights, and was asked to contribute to the French Conseil d'Etat's 2014 report on fundamental rights in the digital age. Winston has completed projects for the European Commission, the French telecom regulatory authority (ARCEP) and data protection authority (CNIL) on forward-looking regulatory issues. After authoring a 2011 book on net neutrality with a member of France's telecommunications regulatory authority, Winston has become one of the country's leading experts on net neutrality.

Winston can also help you with media transactions and litigation, where he has over 20 years' experience in international co-production and distribution deals.

International data protection is taking up a big share of Winston's attention, including data governance plans, international investigations/eDiscovery, M&A, cloud deals, CNIL litigations and GDPR implementation. Internet of Things projects, including connected health, connected vehicles and smart home devices, are close behind.

Winston teaches comparative privacy law and telecommunications law at a leading French business and engineering school. He co-heads Hogan Lovells' global TMT industry sector group.

Practices

Industries

Winston Maxwell is one of the country's most notable data protection and privacy lawyers. His broad practice also offers "world-class advice" on telecommunications and media matters.

Who's Who Legal 2015

Representative Experience

Advice to multinationals in the creation of comprehensive data privacy governance programs, including BCRs.

Implementing data privacy governance frameworks for cross-border discovery, investigations and data transfers in corporate transactions.

Assisting companies in contentious proceedings before the French CNIL and ARCEP.

Negotiation and drafting of motion picture development, production and distribution agreements.

Acquisitions and joint ventures involving film & television production companies and TV channels; regulatory advice on channels and VOD platforms.

Winston co-authored a study for the French CNIL on the regulation of connected health ('quantified self') devices.

Advising French and non-French mobile, fixed, and OTT providers on Internet of Things, M2M regulation, spectrum, interconnection, data localisation, cyber-security and privacy regulations.

Helping navigate online advertising rules, including cookie regulations, "loi Sapin", and data sharing rules.

Policy support on emerging digital issues, such as the regulation of online platforms, net neutrality, and audiovisual media services regulation.

Advising on 'right to be forgotten' disputes.

Negotiation and drafting of motion picture development, production and distribution agreements.

Acquisitions and joint ventures involving film & television production companies and TV channels; regulatory advice on channels and VOD platforms.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1985
  • B.A., with highest honors, Oregon State University, 1982

Memberships

  • Co-Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in France's New Media, IT and Privacy Committee
  • Member, Digital Rights Commission of the French National Assembly
  • Member IAPP
  • Member of International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York
  • Paris

2016

Band 1, "Leading Individual" Media (2016)

Legal 500

2016

"one of the leading media, communications and data protection lawyers in France" (2016)

Who's Who Legal TMT

2016

Telecommunications France - Band 2

Chambers Europe

2016

Media France - Band 1

Chambers Europe

2015

Décideurs, "Incontournable" (Band 1) Data Protection (2015)

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