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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
ATurquoise has an expansive portfolio that incorporates clients from the entertainment, TMT and IP sectors. Established in 2013, the firm has rapidly developed a leading presence in France and also operates out of its Miami office making it a popular choice for US entertainment clients. Founding partner Anne-Marie Pecoraro has vast experience in negotiations of authors rights, publishing contracts and copyright agreements. Broader specialist areas of practice include music, audio-visual and press law.
Bauer Bigot & Associates has expansive reach with multiple practice areas connected with media. The firm’s founders have more than 20 years of practice in communication law that is matched by a dedication to media law. Lawyers represent some of the largest international and national companies from press, radio, television and e-media segments. Founders Christophe Bigot and Camille Bauer also advise on advertising and are well regarded for their litigation experience. As noted by one competitor, Mr Bigot has “excellent expertise in press law and adverting law. He is a tough lawyer in litigation.”
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has a winning cross-practice approach that makes it capable of advising on a broad range of cases. The full service firm handles libel disputes opposing television broadcasters and producers, privacy cases, film distribution agreements and transactions. Lawyers are highly reputed for handling complex litigation involving IP. Representing Paramount, Charles-Edouard Renault advised on a copyright infringement case initiated by a French writer.
Competitors describe Deprez Guignot Associés as “one of the major full service firms in media law”. Internet, television and press are core focus areas of the division managed by Pierre Deprez, who specialises in copyright and economic law. Frédéric Dumont is singled out by peers and described as “a conscientious lawyer”. The firm’s work includes advice to global television broadcasting groups, press publishers and advertisers. The team also advises regulatory authorities.
The founding partner of Vercken & Gaullier is highlighted by competitors “for his curiosity and his knowledge of very complex and specific legal issues”. Gilles Vercken is highly regarded its expansive sector coverage and market visibility. The team advises on converged media and acts for clients in cases involving copyright.
Christine Gateau jointly manages the practice which also advices on sector regulation.
August Debouzy advises on policymaking and copyright legislation at European levels and nationally. The team assists with all matters related to the acquisition of content including imagery, music and multimedia. In related work, lawyers handled the negotiation of a worldwide brand partnership and product placement with the music artist Lykke Li, Warner Music and Sony ATV. Under the joint leadership of Mahasti Razavi and Florence Chafiol, the team litigates on matters relating to press, freedom of information and cybercrime.
The media and communication department at Baker McKenzie is managed by Rémy Bricard and Laurent Szuskin. The firm is involved in conducting multi-jurisdictional surveys and studies for large data privacy, e-commerce and internet projects. The team assists with content deals connected with digital media and provides regulatory advice.
Claire Bernier and Emmanuel Schulte lead the media department at Bersay, which incorporates IP, IT and telecoms. In recent work the team advised on author and translator rights, defamation and film production. The firm also specialises in sports law, regulation of radio broadcasting and electronic communication, advertising and copyright licensing.
Cabinet Boespflug Avocats has specialised in intellectual property since 1992 and works extensively on cases connected with music and media. The practice is led by Nicolas Boespflug and Elizabeth Boespflug who advise on commercial and contract law and unfair competition. The practice is widely recognised for its sector-related work and is considered a key component of the legal market by peers.
Niche firm ARTLAW is distinctly known for its litigation advice in the motion picture sector. Founding partner Anne Boissard is frequently highlighted for her extensive experience litigating on behalf of entertainment and television networks. The team includes Côme Chazal, who assists high profile clients from press, internet and music sectors.
The Paris and Lyon offices of Bird & Bird are led by managing partner . The firm’s media focus includes communications, data protection and copyright. The firm acts for entertainment companies and broadcasters including NBCUniversal and Global Networks.
International boutique firm Crossen & Borowsky is a composition of highly experienced practitioners. Co-founder Sophie Borowsky is distinctly recognised for specialist knowledge of and expertise n the area of media and entertainment. The firm represents companies in all areas of the French, European and international motion picture, television, internet and music industries. Co-managed by Raechel Crossen the team regularly advises on cross-border transactions.
Business law firm Hugot is frequently praised by competitors for its work on free speech, publishing, broadcasting and music. The team also has exceptional experience advising on financing, advertising and programme formats. Founders Jean-Philippe Hugot and Olivier Hugot also advise on protection and exploitation of rights and internet regulation.
Media Lawyers at WAN Avocats are singled out for their work advising on privacy, defamation and notably e-defamation. The team acts for arts and culture stakeholders that include artists, collecting societies, audio-visual and musical productions agencies. Head of department Isabelle Wekstein represents clients in disputes and routinely advises on film television production.
Intervista is building a respected practice distinctly recognised for its media practice dedicated to cinema and entertainment. The practice group is led by Marc-Emmanuel Vuaillat, Cedric Monnerie and Hubert Caillard who jointly advise on feature length films, live and animated films, single television works and documentary series. The team also advises on development and exploitation.
PRD Avocats is recognised by competitors for its sector dedication and expertise. The firm covers multiple segments of media, from print, broadcasting and internet to gaming and music. Lawyers advise on freedom of expression, defamation, e-commerce and music. Other areas of work include data protection, unfair competition, copyright and marketing. Dufau Pierre-Randolph is the firm’s primary contact for media-related work.
Audiovisual reform and the regulation of hate speech are among the most significant areas of development in France.
The government is reviewing extensive changes intended to modernise the content sector and establish fair rules between local broadcasters.
Under the planned reform, French public media will be placed in a single holding company, France Médias, to be created at the beginning of 2021.
Plans to unite the country’s public media are part of an extensive reorganisation of the sector, driven by digital evolution and dramatic transformation in consumer habits.
In related developments, the French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester presented plans for a new media law that will require TV channels and VOD services to finance local content creation. The new law, announced in September 2019, will impose a minimum requirement of 16 per cent of revenue to French content creation
Other developments over the past year include a landmark law addressing online hate speech.
French MPs passed the law in July last year, which requires social media networks to remove offensive content within 24 hour, a law modelled on German legislation that took effect a year prior. Sites that do not comply with the law could be fined up to EUR1.25 million.
Online platforms have been criticised by governments for not doing enough to address hateful and violent content, leading to calls for tougher regulation. Laetitia Avia, the MP who drafted the bill, said: “We must ensure the safety and protection of people online, especially the most vulnerable.”
Ms Avia told parliament in the same month that she receives so many racist insults on Twitter that she once thought an abuse-free day was due to a technical problem, highlighting the need to address the issue of online hate speech.
MEDIA BOUTIQUE FIRMS
Bauer Bigot & Associates
CBR & Associés
Vercken & Gaullier
Cabinet Boespflug Avocats
Pechenard & Associés
Pierrat & Associés
Watrin Brault Associés
Wilhelm & Associés
Chemouli Dauzier & Associés
Crossen & Borowsky
De Baecque& Associés
Pech de Laclause, Bathmanabane & Associés
RANKING AND EDITORIALS
FULL SERVICE FIRMS
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Deprez Guignot Associés
Laude Esquier Champey
Bird & Bird
Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle
Reinhart Marville Torre
Herbert Smith Freehills