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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
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. The team litigates on matters relating to press, freedom of information and cybercrime.
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. The team advises on advertising and are well regarded for their litigation experience. As noted by one competitor, lawyers have “excellent expertise in press law and adverting law”.
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. The team also advises 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. Lawyers are highlighted 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.
UGGC Avocats is the leading law firm assisting all types of clients in the entertainment, media, TMT and intellectual property sectors. Partner Anne-Marie Pecoraro has extensive experience in defending copyrights, analysing new regulations, audiovisual law, cinema, television, music, communication and advertising law, and press law. UGGC's expertise is recognised in mergers and acquisitions and private equity in the media sector, as well as dispute resolution relating to anti-piracy, data protection, IT, internet luxury, trademark licensing and sport. UGGC Avocats is an independent and international French law firm covering four geographical areas. Learn more about UGGC Avocats.
The founding partner of Vercken & Gaullier is highlighted by competitors “for his curiosity and his knowledge of very complex and specific legal issues”. The team is highly regarded its expansive sector coverage and market visibility. The team advises on converged media and acts for clients in cases involving copyright.
Niche firm ARTLAW is distinctly known for its litigation advice in the motion picture sector. The team is frequently highlighted for her extensive experience litigating on behalf of entertainment and television networks. Lawyers assist high profile clients from the press, internet and music sectors.
The media and communication department at Baker McKenzie 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.
The media department at Bersay 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 team advises 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.
With an unfaltering reputation, the Hogan Lovells media and entertainment practice group covers all areas of sector activity with regular advice to film and television clients. The firm represents clients including Paramount, 20th Century Fox, StudioCanal, and Pathé in production and distribution matters.
The entertainment and communication focus of Wilhelm & Associés brings together multiple segments including advertising, press, cinema, theatre, gaming and sports. The firm is widely acknowledged as a national leading practice, with a long-standing presence dating 1995.
The Paris and Lyon offices of Bird & Bird are well regarded by peers. 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. Lawyers are 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. 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. Lawyers also advise on protection and exploitation of rights and internet regulation.
Intervista is building a respected practice distinctly recognised for its media practice dedicated to cinema and entertainment. The team advises on feature length films, live and animated films, single television works and documentary series. The team also advises on development and exploitation.
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. Lawyers represent clients in disputes and routinely advise on film television production.
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.
Audiovisual reform in France will protect public access to cultural works in the digital age, as the country moves to implement the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive after disruption to the legislative calendar.
In April 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex presented the reform bill to the French Council of Ministers. The wide-ranging bill, Projet de loi relatif à la protection de l’accès du public aux œuvres cul-turelles à l’ère numérique, incorporates provisions from the former ‘audiovisual communication and cultural sovereignty in the digital age’.
Under the new measures, streaming services will be required to invest between 20%-25% of their French revenue in French content.
In other significant developments, Canal+ signed an agreement with the French film industry that extends
their collaboration until 2024. Under the terms of the EUR600 million agreement, Canal+ will have an exclusive rights window of nine months, with the possibility to extend to 16 months.
French content has become more prominent in VoD catalogues over the past year, according to a report by Unifrance.
Findings show that French productions on VoD platforms increased from 3.5 per cent in 2020 to 4.8 per cent in 2021.
MEDIA BOUTIQUE FIRMS
Bauer Bigot & Associates
CBR & Associés
Vercken & Gaullier
Cabinet Boespflug Avocats
Pechenard & Associés
Pierrat & Associés
Wilhelm & Associés
Chemouli Dauzier & Associés
Crossen & Borowsky
De Baecque & Associés
Pech de Laclause, Bathmanabane & Associés
RANKING AND EDITORIALS
REGIONS WE COVER
Middle East and North Africa
Central and Eastern Europe
FULL SERVICE FIRMS
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Deprez Guignot Associés
Gide Loyrette Nouel
Laude Esquier Champey
Bersay & Associés
Bird & Bird
Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle
Herbert Smith Freehills
Reinhart Marville Torre
White & Case