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Europe Guide

TMT: Media — France


De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top media practice, excelling at representing clients in the audio-visual and online media sectors. The team boasts remarkable skills and experience in handling IP disputes for media and technology clients. Additional areas of expertise include IT litigation, competition and compliance. Also very active in handling copyright issues for its TMT clientele.

Strengths Clients appreciate the quality of the service provided, reporting: "The team solves problems quickly and efficiently with a commercial view, and some of the best client service in Europe."

Further interviewees commend the firm's thorough expertise, saying: "Their solid experience in various subjects enables them to be competent for cases that present particular problems. They have specific knowledge both theoretically and practically."

Work highlights Represented Twentieth Century Fox Film in a case before the First Instance Court of Paris with regard to allegations of IP rights infringement in relation to the distribution of the film Avatar.

Defended Paramount against a claim of copyright infringement initiated by a French writer, in connection with production of the TV show The Sentinel.

Advised Microsoft Bing on a major case concerning access to illegal downloading and streaming platforms allowed by Microsoft's search engine.

Significant clients 247 Films, Adobe, Château de Versailles, Icade, DreamWorks.

Notable practitioners

Louis De Gaulle advises on media and IT, in both regulatory and litigation matters. He also assists clients with IP and public law issues.

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Deprez Guignot Associés - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pierre Deprez, Vincent Fauchoux and Frédéric Dumont
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced TMT practice with particular focus on the media sector. The team is well reputed for its expertise in soft IP such as trade marks, copyrights, registration and infringement. Clients mainly come from the fields of entertainment, advertising and publishing.

Work highlights Represented the marketing agency Aubert Storch in a trade mark-related interim relief procedure initiated by several political associations concerning the creation of the French political party UMP's new name, Les Républicains.

Represented the makeup distributor La Brosse et Dupont in a dispute against Guerlain, concerning the marketing of a powder which allegedly imitates the characteristics of one of Guerlain's trade mark protected products.

Significant clients Groupe M6, Club Méditerranée, Prisma Press, Publicis, DDB.

Notable practitioners

Pierre Deprez is highly reputed for his work in media law. He advises clients mainly in the advertising and television sectors. He has significant knowledge of IP law and in particular of trade mark and copyright matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Market commentators refer to him as a "very good lawyer."

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olivier Cousi and Thierry Dor
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pairs a well-reputed media practice with strong telecoms expertise. The team covers transactional, contentious and non-contentious matters in the fields of television, publishing and online media. Also noted for its remarkable insight into the African telecoms market.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's strengths as being its "regional cover, knowledge of clients' businesses and good-quality associates."

Work highlights Advised the Beninese national telecommunications authority ARCEP on the introduction of mobile virtual network operators in its legal framework.

Assisted the SNCF with the installation of a broadband network in train stations in order to provide Wifi access on trains.

Significant clients EC, AT&T, Discovery, France Télévisions, Orange.

Notable practitioners

Olivier Cousi specialises in media, entertainment and telecoms. He is also active in the regulatory sector, advising on the regulation of electronic communications in both France and Africa. He recently advised Radio France on several press and media matters.

Thierry Dor advises on IT transactions such as integration and development, outsourcing, hosting and offshoring. He has further skills in litigation. One impressed source says: "He is very accessible and works very hard - he managed a complex negotiation and procurement process effectively, navigating all requests in several languages effectively and cohesively."

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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: David Taylor, Christine Gateau and Winston Maxwell
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong audio-visual, media and telecoms practice. Lawyers have additional expertise in data protection matters. The team specialises in handling regulatory, corporate and contentious issues for domestic and international clients alike. Also offers unparalleled advice in domain names and other internet-related soft IP matters. Further impressive UK and US law capabilities offered.

Strengths Clients appreciate the lawyers' skills, as well as their client-oriented approach, saying: "They have great knowledge of the industry and they listen to their clients' needs. They are also very responsive as well as creative in the solutions they offer."

Other interviewees report: "It's a good and friendly firm."

Work highlights Regularly assists Facebook with the recuperation of domain names in several jurisdictions, such as Albania, Chile, China, Estonia, France and Ecuador.

Advised Hi-Media on the separation of its advertising department from the forms of payment division.

Represented the marketing company CCA International in negotiations regarding the signing of an exclusivity agreement for the acquisition of Data Base Factory.

Significant clients eBay, Vodafone, Verizon, PayPal.

Notable practitioners

Winston Maxwell is an experienced lawyer in telecoms and media, advising clients on various types of matters within these fields. He also has notable skills in data protection issues, in particular the development of global data protection governance schemes, data breaches and data theft. Market commentators say: "He is very well recognised and very talented."

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Nomos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eric Lauvaux of Nomos has expert knowledge of media law and especially of IP issues arising in the music, movie and online media industries. He also works on the regulatory aspects of media law, including competition-related issues.

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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Winston Maxwell is an experienced lawyer in telecoms and media, advising clients on various types of matters within these fields. He also has notable skills in data protection issues, in particular the development of global data protection governance schemes, data breaches and data theft. Market commentators say: "He is very well recognised and very talented."

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivier Cousi specialises in media, entertainment and telecoms. He is also active in the regulatory sector, advising on the regulation of electronic communications in both France and Africa. He recently advised Radio France on several press and media matters.

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Deprez Guignot Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre Deprez is highly reputed for his work in media law. He advises clients mainly in the advertising and television sectors. He has significant knowledge of IP law and in particular of trade mark and copyright matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Market commentators refer to him as a "very good lawyer."

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Dunaud Clarenc Combles & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patrick Dunaud of Dunaud Clarenc Combles & Associés has long-standing experience in media law. He advises clients in the entertainment industry, handling litigation and arbitration matters. He has further skills in IP.

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Cabinet Vercken & Gaullier

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gilles Vercken of Cabinet Vercken & Gaullier is highly reputed in the French TMT market. He specialises in media law with extensive experience in advising publishing companies. He has further expertise in the music, television and gaming industries. Clients speak highly of him, saying: "Gilles Vercken is a very courteous and kind lawyer. He is very available and attentive to his clients." Others compliment his skills, reporting: "He is very good and precise in his argument. He is also a very good negotiator who can settle when appropriate."

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Josée-Anne Benazeraf

Artlaw

From the Chambers Europe guide

Josée-Anne Benazeraf of Artlaw focuses on media law, mainly working on IP-related matters, both contentious and non-contentious. She also handles transactional matters for clients in the publishing and audio-visual media sectors. Sources describe her as "very good and visible."

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Artlaw

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne Boissard of Artlaw is very active in the media sector. Her clients come primarily from the music and publishing industries. Market commentators speak highly of her, reporting that "she is very good and does great work."

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De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Louis De Gaulle advises on media and IT, in both regulatory and litigation matters. He also assists clients with IP and public law issues.

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Anne-Marie Pecoraro

A Turquoise

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to her clients, Anne-Marie Pecoraro of A Turquoise provides "expert identification and analysis of the legal issues and excellent suggestions on strategy." She focuses on the media sector with emphasis on the fields of music and entertainment.

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