Anne-Marie Pecoraro has expended the activities of her firm in France, Belgium and the USA, making it stand out from its competitors. As such the firm is highly experienced at helping American and European clients understand their differences in culture and communication in order to work together. Her wide network of international experts facilitates communication with US-based clients and fosters the development of their activities in Europe.
Furthermore, Anne-Marie's activities in Brussels allows her firm to be closer to the strategic European decisions that are currently taken regarding the entertainment industry interests. In this respect, Anne-Marie has prepared many tools to help her clients audit their contracts and make sure they will be compliant with the European rules notably related to territoriality.
Anne-Marie and her firm are among the market leaders serving the media, entertainment and branded goods sectors. Her domains of expertise are notably the following:
Trade marks and designs: global strategy of filing, registration, monitoring and protection, surveillance reports, trade mark portfolio management, domain names and surveillance of trademarks in press, magazines and online. Counseling: negotiations, assignment of rights, licenses, audits, brand strategies, implementation of anti-counterfeiting programs, and domain names. Litigation: infringement proceedings based on trademarks and designs, and unfair competition.
Music industry: copyright and publishing agreements, audits, option agreements, licenses, clearing of rights, synchronization, and all aspects of the digital music industry.
Audiovisual industry: appearance releases, co-financing agreements, crowd funding, legal counseling for innovative financing schemes, legal counseling to non-profit organizations for entertainment projects, media chronology, bankruptcy proceedings of audiovisual producer companies, exercise of pre-emption rights, management of securities registered at the French Public Registry (liens, assignment of receipts), and negotiation of authors’ rights.
Live shows: establishment of legal and finance schemes, negotiations and drafting of all agreements (co-financing, options, assignments of rights, co-production), and clearing of rights.
In both Trademark/Designs and Entertainment practices Anne-Marie works with strong efficient tools based on intelligence, enforcement and analysis to protect the value of leading brands and content companies. These tools allow our team to have access to real-time view of the infringing environment and to take actions in extremely short notices.
IT: legal advice regarding gambling (regulation in France and Europe), phone regulation, protection of personal data (collecting and processing, data transfers from France to foreign countries, installation of monitoring systems, CNIL paperwork), domain names and websites, strategic communication (privacy rights, e-reputation, preventing reputation damages), digital marketing and e-commerce.
Communication: press watch and timely analysis and recommendations; notice and takedown process directed to online hosts and content publishers; notice to offenders for privacy or other press infringements; right to publish answers further to publication of articles; judicial claims in relation to privacy, and other press infringements (defamation, libel, slander, etc). Advice to foreign clients regarding French and European communication perceptions; reviews of all communications directed to the French and EU audience for legal compliance.
International Economic law: advice to clients regarding global strategy; coordination with lobbying and influence specialists in order to provide practical and efficient rules; coordination of lobbying campaigns in Brussels and other European capitals, economic and legal intelligence regarding all decisions taken at national, EU and US levels.