Ann LaFrance (Vice President)
Coordinating Partner, EMEA Communications Law; Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity; Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
Ann LaFrance is a partner in the London office of Squire Patton Boggs where she co-chairs the global Data Privacy and Cyber Security Group and leads the EMEA Communications Law Practice. She has more than three decades of experience advising clients on policy and regulatory matters affecting the ICT sector, including data protection and cybersecurity policy and compliance.
Ms LaFrance began her career in the US and, from 1996-2004, served as Chief International Counsel of MCI Communications Corp. (since acquired by Verizon Business), based in Brussels and London. In that role, she 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 is regularly called upon to counsel multinational clients on local and transnational e-privacy, data protection, data retention, internet security, and related e-commerce laws and regulations.
Ms LaFrance is a frequent speaker on topics relating to data privacy and cybersecurity. She has been recommended by Chambers UK and was selected as the exclusive winner of the 2014 and 2015 Client Choice Award for UK communications law.