Marie L’Hermite

Marie L’Hermite

Marie L’Hermite

Marie L’Hermite

Where did you study law?

I started my studies at the Paris 2 Panthéon Assas University and I participated to the so called “BERMUPA Program” aiming at getting specialized in German law. After 3 years in Paris, I studied a LL.M in German Law and a LL.M.Eur in European Business Law at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich.

In short, please describe your career steps?

2006, I started my career as internal counsel for a listed telecommunication company in Munich. I was in charge of the legal and regulatory affairs of the French affiliate.

2011, still as internal counsel, I joined a “true” 50/50 French/German JV in Paris, a power exchange.

2012 I joined the mother company, the gas exchange and worked on the cooperation and the consequent acquisition by the German partner.

2019 I registered at the Paris Bar and became an “avocate” in my own law firm.

In short, what were the obstacles in your career path?

I worked in somehow “technical” areas (telecommunication, finance/energy) where men are most of the time managing, leading, heading…almost every level of the decision making were “owned” by men (Board of Directors, Managing Committees…).

As such I never felt any obstacle in my career as I thought it would be “normal”, either I felt not competent enough or as a lawyer not entitled to get involved in the decision making process. Thus I’ve never been eager to promote or to take a seat at any decision making body. As I recognized the limits, the obstacles, I decided to leave the job as internal counsel to become a lawyer in a law firm.

In which position / company / institution are you currently working?

I work in my own law firm.

What is your take on work-life balance?

My take on the work-life balance is quite easy: it should make sense for you!

What is your motivation to speak at “Women in Law”?

Since 1 year I am involved with the French Women Lawyers Association and I met so many women with different backgrounds, stories and dealing with amazing topics. I am keen on new technologies, climate transition, and development in emerging countries. There are unfortunately only few women in the new technologies sector which is particularly important because this is the future and women should not miss the game. I really look forward speaking to these women lawyers to encourage them to step in the NewTech, LegalTech, FinTech, RegTech …