Coordinating Partner, EMEA Communications Law; Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity; Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP; Vice President, International Institute of Communications
Ann LaFrance is a partner in the London office of Squire Patton Boggs, where she co-chairs the Firm’s global Data Privacy and Cyber Security Group and leads the EMEA Communications Law Practice. Ms LaFrance has more than three decades of experience advising clients on policy, regulatory and compliance matters affecting the ICT sector, including data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.
Ms LaFrance began her law firm career in Washington, DC. From 1996-2004, she worked in-house as Chief International Counsel of MCI Communications Corp. (now Verizon), based in Brussels and London. In that role, Ms LaFrance was responsible for developing the company’s policies for implementing the EU data protection rules at the national level and oversaw roll-out of the company’s global compliance programme. Since her return to private practice in 2004, Ms LaFrance has advised a broad range of tech, telecoms and multinational clients on compliance and public advocacy initiatives relating to local and transnational e-privacy, data protection, data transfers, data retention, cybersecurity, data breach response, encryption and related e-commerce laws and regulations. She now leads the Firm’s GDPR compliance team advising clients on the interpretation and implementation of this complex new regulation and is a frequent speaker on data privacy and cybersecurity issues.
Ms LaFrance is a member of the IIC Board and serves as Vice-President. She has been recommended by Chambers UK and recognized as a “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal.