SAMMAN law & corporate affairs
Thaima Samman is an attorney-at-law (member of the Paris and Brussels Bars) and founding partner of Samman Law & corporate affairs firm. The firm’s main practice focuses on corporate affairs in Paris and Brussels, helping its clients understand the legal, political and institutional dimensions of their sector of activity and optimise their regulatory environment at a local, national and international level.
She previously served at Microsoft for seven years where she became Associate General Counsel in charge of driving Government Affairs and CSR activities across the European Union until January 2010.
Thaima Samman became a licensed attorney in 1996 and holds a specialized postgraduate diploma (DESS) in banking and financial law as well as an advanced postgraduate diploma (DEA) in criminal policy and law in Europe.
She began her career as a founding member of a prominent French NGO, SOS Racisme, having for its main goal to fight all forms of discrimination, devoting several years to its development before serving as a member of staff for Claude Bartolone, MP and former member of the French Government and current President of the French National Assembly.
She practiced law at Gillot and Associates law firm before joining August & Debouzy law firm to develop their Corporate Affairs Department.
In 2000, she made the leap into the world of business to create a start-up before joining Philip Morris as Head of the Communications, Public and Regulatory Affairs Department in France.
In 2003, she joined Microsoft France as the Head of its Legal and Public Affairs Department. Thaima’s arrival at Microsoft France also coincided with the merger of the legal affairs and public affairs departments into a single entity also having general responsibility for institutional relations and the company’s corporate social responsibility policy. Under her guidance, the department also examined political issues facing the company and the company’s positioning on the French market in various fields. She then moved to Microsoft Europe, Middle East & Africa where she led the Corporate Affairs Department in the region, driving and coordinating policy, regulatory and CSR activities, in particular at the EU level.
Thaima is the founder of the Women and Leadership in the Information Society (WIL) network, which works at the European level with high-level women from the business, government and NGO sectors. She also sits on the board of the University of Evry Val-d’Essonnes (well known for its biotechnology and genome research) and of Women Equity for Growth.
She has authored various publications on issues such as immigration and foreigners’ rights, privacy issues, and information technology, recently publishing an article on young women in ICT. She is one of the contributors to the “Qu’est-ce qu’être français” book published by Institut Montaigne.
Thaima was named Chevalier of the Ordre Nationale du Merite for the Republic of France. She is married with 3 children.
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