Cécile Martin

Managing Partner || Paris

Cécile Martin is the Managing Partner of the Ogletree Deakins Paris office and is a co-chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. She advises clients on compensation policies (including material risk takers), discrimination and harassment litigation, corporate restructuring, mass redundancies plans as well as collective litigation. By starting her career at the French Data Protection Agency (CNIL), Cecile has developed leading edge skills particularly on topics related to GDPR employee monitoring at the workplace, whistleblowing alerts, social media use and international data transfer.

Cécile has been a member of the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) since 2016 and is also a member of the firm’s International and Data Privacy practice groups. She was ranked in 2017 and 2018 “Next Generation Lawyer” by Legal 500 and “Up-and-Coming” by Chambers. She lectures on data protection law at Paris La Sorbonne University and regularly provides training to companies regarding the compliance with the GDPR.

Cécile speaks French and English.

Learn more about Cécile Martin
  • Advising a company in the banking sector on a proposed reorganization, and litigation against employee representatives and representative union organizations regarding the lack of prioritization in their consultation on strategic guidelines concerning the proposed reorganization.
  • Assisting an SBF (Paris Stock Exchange) 120 company in the implementation of a job protection plan for several hundred jobs.
  • Advising a leading banking group on the management of senior executives.
    Advising various companies in the implementation of internal investigations into discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing (Sapin II Act).
  • Advising numerous companies on compliance of HR personal data processing with the GDPR, the law of 6 January 1978 and labor law.
  • Assisting various companies in litigation involving violations of equality and discrimination.


  • Master II in Labor and Health Law, University Paris XI, 

Admittance to Practice

  • Paris

Professional Activities

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) : member of the European Advisory Board and previous Co-Chair of the Paris branch of KnowledgeNet
  • Avosial
  • IDS (Labor Law Institute)
  • In charge of the personal data protection course for the Master 2 in Corporate Social Protection Law (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Association of Former Officials of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL)


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Securing Your Workplace in the World of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity" - La Quinta - November 9, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Securing your workplace in the world of data privacy and cybersecurity" - Palm Springs - November 9, 2018
  • Le Point conference - "Well-being in the Workplace in the Age of the Digital Revolution" - Paris - September 20, 2018
  • ANDRH workshops - "Protection of personal data in the HR field" - Paris - September 19, 2018
  • IDS Workshops - "Collective Bargaining Agreement (RCC)" - Paris - May 30, 2018
  • January 1, 2019 - 3 chapters of the Dalloz Pratique - "The geographical scope of the GDPR; Setting up a system for processing employee data; Implementing a system for monitoring employee activity"
  • December 10, 2018 - Semaine Sociale Lamy, n°1840 - "How should you conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment in the human resources sector?"
  • November 12, 2018 - Semaine Sociale Lamy, n°1836 - "The Consequences of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union"
  • October 3, 2018 - International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - "CNIL releases "DPO logo" for at-a-glance recognition"
  • April 26, 2018 - Semaine Sociale Lamy, n°1813 - "Collective Amicable Termination: a cold-hearted way of restructuring?"
  • Next Generation Lawyer, Legal 500 Paris (2017, 2018)
  • Up-and-Coming, Chambers Europe (2017-present)

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