E-newsletter  -  July / August 2017

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Firm News
Admission of a new Partner and appointment of a new Counsel

Soulier AARPI is pleased to announce the admission of a new partner, Mr. Geoffroy Lacroix, who focuses his practice primarily on business law and health law, and acts both as advisor and litigator, and the appointment of a new Counsel, Ms. Chems Idrissi, who specializes in M&As, domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, private equity, corporate reorganizations and corporate law, effective as from September 1, 2017.

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GEVIL – After-work - Roundtable “Artificial Intelligence: How can it be used in businesses?”

Corporate Law
The foreign investment screening device in France is simplified… but not reduced

Catherine Nommick

In the wake of the large-scale program launched in France in 2013 to simplify the regulatory framework applicable to businesses, Decree n°2017-932 of May 10, 2017 introducing various simplification measures for businesses has streamlined the formalities that foreign companies must carry out to invest in France.

This simplification must not, however, mask the French government’s intention to maintain an effective screening of foreign investments in so-called sensitive sectors deemed crucial to France’s national interests in terms of public order, public security and national defense.

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Civil Procedure
Reform of the appellate procedure under French law: The main innovations applicable as of September 1, 2017

Stéphanie Yavordios

Six years after the entry into force of Decree n°2009-1524 of December 9, 2009 referred to as the “Magendie” Decree, the appellate procedure is about to be significantly amended. Indeed, Decree n°2017-891 of May 6, 2017 relating to pleas of lack of jurisdiction and appeals in civil matters, published in the Official Gazette on May 10, 2017, brings about substantial changes to this procedure.

Such changes, which are primarily aimed at speeding up the appellate procedure and limiting court congestion, introduce strict rules that must be followed to avoid serious pitfalls such as invalidation, inadmissibility or nullity which may in the worst case scenario entail the sudden and final end of the appellate proceedings.

This article addresses the main procedural innovations brought about by the reform, such innovations to become effective on September 1, 2017.

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New Technologies
AI and the end of lawyers: Myth or reality?

Chems Idrissi

In his book entitled Intelligence artificielle : vers une domination programmée ? published in 2007 by  Le Cavalier Bleu editions, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia defines Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) as “the discipline in computer science that seeks to develop machines that mimic the superior faculties of intelligence”.

In practice, when applied to the legal industry, AI could be used for a number of tasks, including, but not limited to, the generation of legal documentation, the definition of strategies in disputes and litigations, the automation of basic tasks commonly performed by trainees and junior associates. In this context, should we fear the progressive end of lawyers?

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Criminal Law
Theft of information

Justine Cheytion

In a decision dated June 28, 2017, the Criminal Chamber of the Cour de cassation (French Supreme Court) specified that “free access to personal information on a company’s IT network does not mean that such information may not be fraudulently appropriated by any means of reproduction”.

This landmark decision revives the debate on the tricky issue of theft of information.

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Meetup “When artificial intelligence meets the law”

Chems Idrissi served as co-moderator and spoke as panelist at a meetup on the interaction between artificial intelligence and law, held in our offices on July 12, 2017.

This meetup was an opportunity to discuss the concept of evidence, the notion of copyright and the future of the legal profession at a time when artificial intelligence is experiencing explosive growth.

Look at the video of the meetup (in French)

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