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Noëlle Lenoir


Phone: + (33) 1 44 09 46 70 Fax: + (33) 1 44 09 46 01 Paris

Noëlle Lenoir focuses her practice on competition law, public business law and economic regulations – both at the national level and at the European level. She also has solid experience in data protection law, covering a wide scope of areas in this respect such as data breach prevention and incident response, government and internal investigations, cross-border data transfer and e-discovery, controllers’ and processors’ liability, global compliance and risk management, privacy policies and EU data counseling, consumer protection and class action litigation defense as well as advertising and internet marketing. She also advises on confidential business information and misappropriation of trade secrets as well as on matters in relation with the blocking statute.

She served as French Minister of European Affairs from 2002 to 2004. She was also the first woman and the youngest person ever to have served on the French Constitutional Court and has been a member of the Conseil d’Etat (France’s highest court in administrative and tax matters) since 1984.

Assigned by the Prime Minister on a project on Bioethical law (1990-1991), Noelle Lenoir has then chaired the EU Group of Ethics for Science & New Technology (EGE) between 1994 and 2001, as well as, the International Committee on Bioethics of UNESCO, which drafted the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights Declaration endorsed by the United Nations in 1998. She also taught at University College London (2000) and at the University of Law of Columbia (New York) in 2001.

Additionally, she is a member of both the American Law Institute and the French Academy of Technologies. She is  on the board of directors of Valeo and of the Compagnie des Alpes. She is also founding chairwoman of the Cercle des Européens, a “Think Tank” which operates as an ideas exchange group on socioeconomic and political stakes with French and European decision makers. She is also on the Board of Directors of the “Société de législation comparée”. Affiliate professor at HEC School, she also presides on the Europe Institute of HEC. She is a member of Radio France's Committee‎ for integrity, independency and pluralism of information and broadcasts.

Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit 2016-2017 ranks Noëlle Lenoir as a highly recommended lawyer (forte notoriété) in Competition and Market Regulation/privatization and Antitrust, and as a highly regarded practice (pratique réputée) in Administrative Contracts, Health Data Protection and in Lifesciences regulatory.

She is ranked by Chambers Europe 2015 in Public law as very knowledgeable about EU law and regulations, and one clients comments that "she is very inventive and gives efficient solutions", as well as in Chambers Europe 2014 in Competition/ European law and Public law, mentioning that (she) heads the public law department at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and is highlighted by clients for her shrewd, technical approach. Sources note that "she has a great deal of experience," adding that "she knows what elements to focus on and what not." Legal500 Paris 2015 ranked her in Administrative and Public Law asserting that Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s four-lawyer team is recognized for its regulatory expertise, particularly in the energy, transportation and pharmaceuticals industries. The firms also handles litigation cases in connexion with data protection and trade secrecy issues. Total, Icade andEiffage are among clients. Noëlle Lenoir is recommended. Furthermore, she is also ranked by Legal 500 EMEA & Paris 2015 in EU Competition and Distribution law: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP provides ‘a very high level of service’ and has ‘strong understanding of the economic surroundings’ of a case. The team is particularly adept at advising on regulatory issues and handles antitrust claims before the French and European courts. It is representing Crédit Agricole and LCL in a banking case. Noëlle Lenoir and Marco Plankensteiner are strong advisers.

She was ranked by IFLR 1000 2013 in Banking & Finance for her regulatory and competition support.

Finally, she is ranked among the Best Lawyers (2013-2016) in European Union law, Arbitration and Mediation law and Regulatory Issues.

Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
Faculté de Droit de Paris
  • Distinguished Fellow of Hastings Center (United States)
Paris (France), 2001
State Council (France) (Administrative Supreme Court), 1984
Constitutional Court (France), 1992
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers, France (2013-2016)
    -Paris Bar
    -American Law Institute
    -French Academy of Technologies
    -French Institute of Directors (IFA) (Institut Français des Administrateurs)
    -Association of French constitutionalists
    -Society of compared legislation (SLC)
    -Former professor at Columbia Law School and the University College in London
    -Current Associate Professor at HEC
    -President of the EU Institute at HEC