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TMT: Media — France


De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés - TMT Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Louis de Gaulle and Julien Horn
- 11 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier media practice, excelling at representing clients in the audio-visual, online media and publishing sectors. Boasts a cross-practice approach covering all aspects of IT and media law. Experienced in handling IP disputes for media and technology clients. Additional areas of expertise include advising financial services and healthcare sector clients on new technology regulations and competition mandates. Also very active in handling copyright issues.

Strengths Sources compliment the team on its concrete advice, with one source saying: "They do not get stuck with too much legalese" and adding: "In terms of research they are always quick and to the point."

Clients also appreciate the team's "rapid and accurate understanding of policy issues and ability to propose solutions."

Work highlights Advised DietSensor on the launch of a connected nutrition scanning device in both France and the US.

Acted for Adobe on anti-piracy campaigns, with respect to software infringement.

Significant Clients Chateau de Versailles, Paramount Pictures, Orange, Dassault Systèmes, Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Notable practitioners

Charles-Edouard Renault enters the rankings in recognition of positive market feedback, with clients enthusing that "he has a real passion for content and can give practical advice." He focuses on entertainment litigation matters, with particular activity relating to film production. He advises a number of clients on investments into the production and distribution of films.

Louis De Gaulle acts on a variety of matters, including distribution agreements and broadcasting rights agreements. Also active with regards to regulations concerning new technology, he advised BPCE on negotiations in relation to the implementation of a contactless payment system. Clients appreciate his communication skills, saying that he "has the ability to understand and be understood" and that it is "easy to discuss" matters with him.

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Deprez Guignot Associés - TMT Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong focus on the media sector advising domestic and international radio and television companies on copyright and IP law matters. Frequently represents clients from the fields of entertainment, advertising and publishing in media law litigation.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's skill in handling cases: "They did a great job," says one source, praising the lawyers' "excellent knowledge of the procedure."

Notable practitioners

Pierre Deprez is highly reputed for his expertise in media-related contentious matters, frequently representing media sector clients in IP law disputes around copyright and author's rights issues. Deprez advises clients mainly in the advertising and television sectors on distribution matters. "He is a very tough lawyer who is analytical and strongly defends his clients," reports one interviewee.

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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP - TMT Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Strong audio-visual and media practice, boasting additional expertise in telecoms matters. The team handles regulatory, corporate and contentious issues for domestic and international clients alike. Also offers unparalleled advice on domain names and other internet-related soft IP matters. Especially active of late in high-stake disputes in the online media sphere. Further impressive UK and US law capabilities offered.

Strengths The team stands out for the quality of its strategic advice, as one source mentions: "They are extremely good at explaining strategy and do a really good job explaining French law."

Work highlights Advised eBay and PayPal as defendants on a EUR980 million claim for infringement of author's rights relating to software.

Represented Wikimedia Foundation in proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal in relation to Elizabeth Teissier's claim concerning the right to modify the content of the page dedicated to her on Wikipedia.

Significant Clients Facebook, Groupon, 20th Century Fox.

Notable practitioners

Winston Maxwell is a highly regarded and experienced lawyer advising telecom and internet clients on regulatory and data protection matters as well as media law issues. He acted for Fundamental Films on negotiations concerning revenue shares and distribution terms. "Winston Maxwell is a great lawyer, who has a response to any issue and always makes himself available despite being extremely busy, as well as paying the greatest attention to his clients’ needs and expectations," enthuses one client.

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Nomos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Regarded by market commentators as a "pre-eminent expert in advising on music and film issues, distribution and advertising," Eric Lauvaux of Nomos has in-depth knowledge of intellectual property issues within the media and entertainment industries, and often represents clients in disputes.

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Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Winston Maxwell is a highly regarded and experienced lawyer advising telecom and internet clients on regulatory and data protection matters as well as media law issues. He acted for Fundamental Films on negotiations concerning revenue shares and distribution terms. "Winston Maxwell is a great lawyer, who has a response to any issue and always makes himself available despite being extremely busy, as well as paying the greatest attention to his clients’ needs and expectations," enthuses one client.

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Deprez Guignot Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pierre Deprez is highly reputed for his expertise in media-related contentious matters, frequently representing media sector clients in IP law disputes around copyright and author's rights issues. Deprez advises clients mainly in the advertising and television sectors on distribution matters. "He is a very tough lawyer who is analytical and strongly defends his clients," reports one interviewee.

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Cabinet Vercken & Gaullier

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gilles Vercken of Cabinet Vercken & Gaullier specialises in media law and has extensive experience of advising publishing and media companies on regulatory and contentious cases. His work highlights include matters concerning copyright infringement and performers' image rights. Clients praise his "technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service."

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Josée-Anne Benazeraf

Artlaw

From the Chambers Europe guide

Josée-Anne Benazeraf co-established Artlaw in January 2017. She focuses on media law, and is particularly highlighted by market commentators for her work on behalf of clients from the publishing sector. She assists with contentious and non-contentious matters in the area of IP and authors' rights.

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Bauer Bigot & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christophe Bigot of Bauer Bigot & Associés enters the rankings as a result of strong praise from market sources. His practice focuses on media law, acting for media groups and publishing houses. He is especially recognised for his expertise in marketing issues, with one commentator describing him as "one of the leading lawyers in advertising law."

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Artlaw

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne Boissard of Artlaw primarily acts for clients from the television and film industries. She is especially singled out for her litigation skills, while another commentator praises her ability to handle sensitive matters for clients from the audio-visual industry.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivier Cousi specialises in media, entertainment and telecoms. He is active on IP law and the regulation of electronic communications in both France and Africa. He is described as "a rigorous lawyer with a certain intellectual agility," while another source compliments him on "his ability to adapt to the local context."

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Anne-Marie Pecoraro

A Turquoise

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne-Marie Pecoraro of A Turquoise represents clients from the fields of music and entertainment, particularly in connection with streaming and other online issues. She recently assisted Wild Touch Studio with the development of a legal scheme allowing the association to create a streaming platform. "She is very good at problem solving and coming up with solutions," says one client, while another adds: "She is quick, efficient and cost-effective."

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Charles-Edouard Renault

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Charles-Edouard Renault enters the rankings in recognition of positive market feedback, with clients enthusing that "he has a real passion for content and can give practical advice." He focuses on entertainment litigation matters, with particular activity relating to film production. He advises a number of clients on investments into the production and distribution of films.

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