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  1. Media and entertainment: advertising
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Media and entertainment: art
  4. Other recommended firms
  5. Media and entertainment: book publishers
  6. Other recommended firms
  7. Media and entertainment: cinema
  8. Other recommended firms
  9. Media and entertainment: music
  10. Media and entertainment: newspapers and magazines
  11. Media and entertainment: sports
  12. Other recommended firms
  13. Media and entertainment: television/radio
  14. Other recommended firms
  15. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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The following editorial collates the rankings of law firms in media and entertainment subcategories; firms are written about in alphabetical order. (Please note that only firms ranked in one or more of the main subcategory tables have accompanying editorial.)

ATurquoiseprovides very high-quality IP and media advice’ and also has ‘precious knowledge of international law’. ‘Always available and efficient’, the four-lawyer team has strong know-how in the music sector. It represents major French and international artists and DJs, for which it regularly handles issues with royalties. The firm also advises on audiovisual work and live shows. Practice head Anne-Marie Pecoraro is ‘a very well-respected expert with a great eye for her clients’ practical business issues’. Also recommended are associates Rodolphe Boissau and Marianne Lecron, who is ‘practical, tenacious and a great listener’.

Cabinet d’avocats Anne Boissard advises several leading French movie production studios and is notably involved in several strategic disputes in which it obtained great results. The firm also represents several top-level French book publishers and also handles music-related work. Anne Boissard is a market-leading figure. Associate Côme Chazal is also recommended.

Bauer & Bigot is a leading name in press and publishing. Christophe Bigot and Camille Bauer are recommended.

CBR & Associés is a go-to firm for music related work through Alain Barsikian and Michael Majster. Leading singers and independent producers are clients. The firm is also a strong name in television, thanks to Olivier Sprung and Pierre-Olivier Chartier; TF1 is a key client. Judith Vuillez deals with sponsorship issues in the sports industry, where Adidas France is a client.

Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle is adviser to several of France’s top television and radio broadcasters. The firm notably advises on defamation matters linked to the broadcasting of documentaries. The practice also routinely assists a major newspaper and handles work in the sports industry. Practice head Michel Rasle is highly praised and Hedwige Caldairou is another name to note.

Clifford Chance has ‘good knowledge of the different parties involved in the sporting area’. The firm has a prominent practice in football, where it regularly handles the most sensitive matters. It defended Michel Platini in the FIFA-gate case and acted for the Ligue de Football Professionnel regarding governance issues and the commercialisation of the Coupe de la Ligue game broadcast rights. The firm also advises sport federations and event organisers. Paris Eiffel Jumping, the Ligue Nationale de Basketball and the Fédération Française de Tennis are clients. Yves Wehrli and Thibaud d’Alès are the key contacts.

De Baecque Avocatsbrings firsthand art industry insider experience to the table backed by practical and user-friendly legal advice’. The firm is recommended for ‘high-end and specialised art litigation and transactions’ including involving international matters. The three-lawyer team assists French and international clients such as artist estates and successions, galleries and museums. It is handling important proceedings dealing with ownership, restitution and authenticity issues of some major masterworks. The ‘very rigorous and prudent’ Olivier de Baecque ‘knows the art world very well’ and has ‘a unique and highly valued understanding of cross-border issues that impact American entities when doing business with European entities’.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés advises several leading American movie studios and independent producers on the production and IP aspects of French and international films. The firm successfully represented Twentieth Century Fox in a dispute with Guy Delcourt Productions over the film Avatar’s alleged copyrights infringement of a 1980 comic series. Paramount and No Money Production are also clients. Other work includes advising French and American distributors and producers regarding the production and broadcasting of television series. Charles-Edouard Renault is the key name for television and cinema work. Louis de Gaulle, Serge Lederman and Frank Valentin are other names to note. The firm also has ‘top-quality expertise’ in sport events and ticketing. It is representing Paris 2024 Olympic with its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The practice also advises many national federations and UEFA. Jean-François Vilotte has a great network of contacts, while Rhadamès Killy has ‘perfect knowledge and understanding of issues at stake’. Thierry Granturco joined DS Avocats.

Granrut Société d’Avocats has a ‘quick, efficient and competent’ team which has ‘great knowledge of the music sector’. The firm represents a music major in dealing with copyrights litigation. The practice also represents a major French television broadcaster in defamation cases. Jean Castelain is a ‘very good at pleading’ and has ‘extensive legal memory’.

The excellent and very responsiveJoffe & Associés advises sports federations and professional leagues on sensitive matters, most notably media and marketing issues. Headed by Romain Soiron, the practice recently advised the French Football Federation on the merger of the 17 French leagues. Other work included advising France Galop and Le Trot on negotiation of horseracing media broadcasting rights with the TF1 and LCI channels. The French national handball league and the French tennis federation are also clients.

Cabinet Neuer’s Jean-Jacques Neuer advises major art galleries, artist estates and foundations, and art collectors. The firm handles the market’s most high-profile cases. It notably deals with art auction and restitution issues, including criminal matters. The firm also recently advised on a very high-profile book publishing.

Nicolas Boespflug assists major clients in the music industry and is also active in press and radio.

Nomos is a top firm for audiovisual and music issues. The practice is led by Eric Lauvaux and Héléna Delabarre. Armelle Fourlon created Fourlon Avocats.

OX Avocats is a great name in the music sector, where it assists a wide range of clients including a music major, independent producers and famous singers. The firm is also active in the television, cinema and advertising sectors. Jean Aittouares is the key contact.

PRD Avocats is ‘a small firm with great efficiency’, which provides ‘rigorous follow-up’ and shows ‘high creativity’. Pierre-Randolph Dufau heads the three-lawyer team, which has ‘great press law expertise’ and is ‘committed to winning its cases’. It recently obtained great results in several defamation proceedings for major media groups such as NextRadioTV.

Pechenard & Associés is recommended for its ‘responsiveness and high-quality advice’ in the advertising sector. The practice advises advertising agencies and companies regarding the launch of advertising campaigns and related litigation. The firm is also defending a major French television broadcaster in defamation proceedings. Eric Andrieu and Fabien Honorat are the key names.

Pierrat is ‘excellent in the book publishing sector’. The eight-lawyer team includes Emmanuel Pierrat, whose ‘efficiency is remarkable’, Sophie Viaris de Lesegno, Julien Fournier and Clémence Lemarchand.

Taylor Wessing has ‘excellent lawyers who can expertly translate business deals into legal terms’. The firm is in high demand from French and international production companies for production and financing advice of the most high-profile French productions. The practice also has good expertise in international film financing. Highlights included assisting Mars Films with divesting a 30% stake in itself to Vivendi, as well as advising BNP Paribas on its investment in Luc Besson’s new movie, Valérian et la Cité des milles planètes. Christian Valsamidis is a major name in the industry. Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux and Benoît Goulesque-Monaux are also key partners. The firm is also ‘highly ranked’ in the sports industry, where it assists famous players and sport federations. It represented footballer Mathieu Valbuena in negotiating his transfer to Olympique Lyonnais. Tony Parker is also a client. Didier Domat heads the sports practice; Neal Lachmany has ‘strong business acumen in the sports industry and is reliable’.

WAN Avocats is a top firm in the music sector and is retained by many top French singers, as well as independent labels and collective rights management societies. Clients also include audiovisual and movie production companies, a major television channel and some famous television presenters and producers. The practice also extends to representation of comedians, humourists and writers. The seven-lawyer team is led by Isabelle Wekstein-Steg and Raphaël Naccach.

Wilhelm & Associés’ six-lawyer team is ‘very available, responsive and proactive’, and has ‘great expertise in competition law and the television sector’. The practice is one of Canal+’s favourite advisers, which the team is notably assisting in litigation with Ma chaîne Sport regarding the broadcasting rights of the professional league of rugby (Pro D2). The practice also acted for television channel NUMERO 23 in litigation with the French Audiovisual Authority regarding its acquisition by Next Radio TV. Practice head Pascal Wilhelm has ‘strong knowledge of the media field and gives concrete advice’.

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