Myria Saarinen

  • Partner
  • 45, rue Saint-Dominique
  • Paris 75007
  • France
  • T +33.1.4062.2000


Myria Saarinen is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins' Paris office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, data privacy, and compliance. She is the Global Co-Chair of the Technology Industry Group.

Ms. Saarinen's practice focuses on resolving a broad range of complex disputes through litigation proceedings, mostly in an international context and in various areas of business (healthcare, aeronautics, information technology, construction works, insurance, etc.). She is very active in litigation relating to major industrial operations and is involved in a broad range of general commercial disputes (contract and liability) and corporate litigation.

Ms. Saarinen has expertise on cross-border issues raised in connection with Discovery and similar requests in France. In addition, she has developed specific expertise, for 20 years now, in the privacy/personal data area, advising international clients. She supports her clients in their compliance program regarding the GDPR. She is also active in the corporate governance and compliance area and assists clients in drafting and implementing grant of powers, delegation of liability, and other compliance schemes.

Ms. Saarinen is also active in firm management, serving on Latham's Ethics and Privacy Committees. She is also the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (AML) - France for the firm.


Ms. Saarinen recent experience includes:

  • Representation of an investment bank in connection with the liquidation of its multi-billion securities portfolio after the Lehman bankruptcy
  • Representation of a global insurance company in a mass action (more than 30 actions) brought by policy insurance holders
  • Representation of a leading provider of aircraft maintenance in obtaining the judicial attachment of an Airbus A340 belonging to the Republic of Libya
  • Representation of a leading provider of smart card readers in a lawsuit for sudden breach of contractual relationship
  • Representation of a supplier of medical technology and services following the termination of a public contract (civil and administrative courts)
  • Representation of an investment bank in several lawsuits brought by former top traders claiming the payment of past bonuses invested in bonus plans and lost as the result of the subprime crisis
  • Representation of two editors in a lawsuit brought by the heirs of a jewel designer from the 30’s to the 70’s, for alleged copyright infringement
  • Advising a global spirits group in its GDPR compliance program at a European level and then in its subsidiaries at an international level
  • Representation of a luggage company in a post M&A dispute (arbitration and judicial proceedings)
  • Day-to-day assistance of a global pharmaceutical group on various aspects of data protection

Thought Leadership

  • France’s CNIL Publishes New Guidance on Cookies -  August 07, 2019
  • What Companies Can Learn From CNIL’s Privacy Consent Cases on Targeted Marketing -  March 26, 2019
  • The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Ninth Edition - France -  January 30, 2019
  • French Data Protection Authority Issues €50 Million Fine in Landmark GDPR Case  -  January 23, 2019
  • Data Protection in France: An Overview -  January 22, 2019
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review – France -  December 21, 2018
  • France Enacts Sweeping New Data Protection Law -  July 10, 2018
  • Promulgation de la loi « relative à la protection des données » -  July 10, 2018
  • The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Eighth Edition - France -  January 09, 2018
  • The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Seventh Edition - France -  December 20, 2016
  • French Digital Republic Law Expands Rights of Users and Regulators (Law No. 2016-321 of 7 October 2016) -  November 14, 2016
  • 5 Questions About France’s New Health-related Class Action Law -  March 03, 2016
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – France -  December 07, 2015
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review -  December 07, 2015
  • International Fraud & Asset Tracing (3rd Edition), France -  March 04, 2015
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2014 -  October 29, 2014
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2014 - France -  October 28, 2014
  • Class Actions Enter into Force in France as of 1st October 2014  -  September 30, 2014
  • Introduction of Class Actions in France: A Growing Threat to Professionals? -  March 25, 2014
  • Introduction de la « class action » en France – une véritable menace pour les professionnels? -  March 25, 2014
  • Réforme du cadre européen en matière de données à caractère personnel: qu'en est-il un an après la publication du projet de règlement? -  February 27, 2013
  • Recent Developments in Licensing and Sublicensing Decisions in Germany and Their Impact in France and the UK -  October 04, 2012
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law - Fall 2012 -  September 01, 2012
  • The Energy Regulation and Markets Review - France -  June 30, 2012
  • Données à caractère personnel: réforme de la réglementation européenne en vue -  February 8, 2012
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law - Fall 2011 -  September 01, 2011
  • L’Oréal v. eBay: The Court of Justice of the European Union Tightens Liability of Online Marketplace Operators The CJEU -  August 11, 2011
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law -  April 29, 2011
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law - Winter 2011 -  January 01, 2011
  • Codes of Business Conduct and Whistleblowing Procedures in France: The French Data Protection Authority Amends the Regulatory Framework -  December 23, 2010
  • Cour de Cassation Applies Limitation of Liability Clauses in Case of Breach of Essential Contractual Terms -  13 September 2010
  • Google AdWords under the scrutiny of the Court of Justice of the European Union -  April 1, 2010
  • Data Export Model Clauses: Less Paper, More Admin? -  March 9, 2010
  • Droit, e-commerce et pub en ligne -  September 6, 2006

Clients highlight that "the litigation team has some real financial services experts and good regulatory knowledge." Myria Saarinen is a key contact at the firm.
Chambers Europe 2017

The practice is jointly led by the "very responsive and business-oriented" Myria Saarinen, who is "expert in the data privacy field."
The Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Myria Saarinen, who specialises in data protection issues and handles litigation for large international companies, shows "a good ability to understand and address technical matters."
The Legal 500 EMEA

Bar Qualification
  • Avocat (Paris)
  • Postgraduate Degree in Copyright and IP Law (DEA), University of Paris II, 1998
  • Graduate Degree English and French Law, University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), 1997
  • LLB, King's College London, 1997
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Communications
  • Healthcare Services & Providers
  • Information Technology – Systems & Solutions
  • Internet & Digital Media
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Payments & Emerging Financial Services
  • Technology Transactions
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
  • Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets