Ahmed Baladi is a French qualified partner in the Paris office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Practice Group. He specializes in Information Technology & Digital Transactions, Outsourcing, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity.
Ahmed Baladi has developed renowned experience in a wide range of technology and digital matters. His practice covers complex technology transactions and outsourcing projects, particularly in the financial institutions sector; strategic digital transformation, such as acquisition or development of innovative solutions (lnternet of Things [IoT], Artificial Intelligence [AI], Fintech, big data and cloud based solutions); data privacy and cybersecurity, including compliance and governance projects in light of the GDPR, cross-border litigation requiring data transfer and Binding Corporate Rules and complex commercial transactions, particularly in the technology, energy, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries.
Chambers Europe 2020 ranks Mr. Baladi band 2 in the France TMT: Information Technology category, and for a third year in a row in the Spotlight Table for Data Protection. Clients report that he is “efficient and reactive.”; “very smart and bright.” Other sources praise his negotiation skills, saying: “He is patient and always tries to find intelligent compromises.” Previous editions already underlined his “reactivity and availability”, his “great judgement […] source of clear, calm advice under pressure” and the fact that he is “very patient, reactive, calm and balanced, especially in negotiations.” Sources consistently underline the “strong commercial and technical skills” of “an adept negotiator, pragmatic and practical”, as well as his ability to “understand complex and innovative projects very quickly, and to build a proposal that explores different legal areas but remains simple and clear”. Legal 500 2019 has named him a Leading Individual for Data Protection (“the senior name to note at Gibson Dunn”) in the France Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet category, while previous editions already noticed an “excellent team” that is “very available and provides an in-depth knowledge of the IT sector”. Best Lawyers in France 2020 recommends Ahmed Baladi for Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Security Law as well as Telecommunications Law. He was also named “Information Technology Lawyer of the Year” 2019 in that directory.
Admitted to the Paris bar in 2001, Mr. Baladi graduated in 1998 from University of Lyon III Jean Moulin, where he received a DJCE (Legal counsel diploma) in Commercial Law and a post graduate degree in Business and Tax Laws. Through an exchange program, he spent two years in the US, at the University of Georgia in 1999, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997.