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. She primarily handles complex commercial litigation, data privacy, and compliance matters. She recently served as Global Co-Chair of the Technology Industry Group.

Ms. Saarinen resolves 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, finance, 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 previously served as the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (AML) - France for the Paris office.

Recognition Highlights

‘We work with Myria Saarinen who is a great expert with a very pragmatic approach. For particularly complex cases, it is a pleasure to work with Saarinen and her team. The consultations are detailed, but include a pragmatic synthesis and practical diagrams.’ The Legal 500 EMEA 2022

Myria Saarinen’s practices of Commercial and Financial Litigation have been ranked as Excellent by Les Décideurs in 2021 and 2022. 

“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 2014


Ms. Saarinen recent experience includes:

  • Representation of a PE firm in connection with a litigation arising out of the payment of an earn-out  
  • 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 French leading retail company (fashion) in a litigation raised out of the exercise of call options
  • Representation of an airline company against a helicopter manufacturer in an action for hidden defects  
  • 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 IT provider in a lawsuit brought by its client for breach of a software integration contract
  • 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 a US medical device manufacturer in several lawsuits brought by shareholders of its former French distributor seeking indemnification for alleged contractual breaches
  • Representation of an investment fund in a lawsuit brought for fraud in the context of the sale of its shares
  • Advising a global spirits group in its GDPR compliance program at a European level and then in its subsidiaries at an international level
  • Advising companies on their return to work programs from a data protection perspective in the context of the Covid-19 context
  • Advising a world-wide spirit manufacturer in internal investigations for suspected fraud and bribery acts
  • 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

  • The Energy Regulation and Markets Law Review – 11th Edition, French Chapter -  June 23, 2022
  • French Government Seeks to Regain Control Over Enforcement of French Blocking Statute -  March 22, 2022
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – 12th Edition, France Chapter -  January 24, 2022
  • The Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review – France  -  December 20, 2021
  • CNIL Publishes White Paper on Digital Payments and Data Privacy -  November 09, 2021
  • Privacy Group Launches Cookie Complaints Against EU Website Operators Based on Its Interpretation of Cookie Rules -  June 04, 2021
  • The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review - 11th Edition -  April 08, 2021
  • CNIL Issues Fines Totaling €135 Million in Landmark ePrivacy Directive Cases -  December 17, 2020
  • How Will the EU Representative Action Directive Affect France’s Class Action Regime? -  December 09, 2020
  • French Data Protection Authority Hands Down First Sanction as Lead Authority  -  September 02, 2020
  • France’s Highest Administrative Court Provides Insights on Lawful Cookie Practices -  August 13, 2020
  • French State Council Upholds CNIL’s €50M Fine for GDPR Violations -  July 02, 2020
  • Impact of COVID-19 on French Law Governed Contracts: Update  -  June 02, 2020
  • COVID-19: Legal Implications for Contracts – France  -  March 27, 2020
  • Impact of COVID-19 on French Law Governed Contracts -  March 25, 2020
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Law Review - France -  February 12, 2020
  • 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

“Incredibly efficient and does not waste the clients’ time"

"On the ball and business-orientated while having great technical skills and therefore understanding the products of her clients”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • 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
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Technology
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Payments & Emerging Financial Services
  • Connectivity, Privacy & Information
  • Technology Transactions
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets
  • Communications Law