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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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In the following editorial, law firms are written about in alphabetical order (firms with ‘other recommended firms’ status are ranked but do not have accompanying editorial coverage):

The ‘outstandingATurquoise is able to ‘achieve large amount of work in very tight deadlines’. The firm regularly advises movie production companies on IP, production and financing issues – clients include DQ Entertainment and Wild Touch. Music is another area in which the firm has extensive experience, where it assists major artists and DJs, most notably on IP matters and the organisation of live shows. E-reputation and data privacy are also areas of expertise. Practice head Anne-Marie Pecoraro is ‘totally dedicated to the success of her clients and will never let you down, even in difficult times’. Senior associate Rodolphe Boissau is also highly involved; associate Marianne Lecron is based in Miami.

Cabinet d’avocats Anne Boissard assists several of the largest French movie studios and is recognised for its strong litigation and copyright expertise. It is acting in strategic litigation between two leading studios regarding the contentious remaking of a movie. The firm also represents several of France’s leading publishing houses and is also active in the music industry. Anne Boissard is a leading market figure; associate Côme Chazal is another name to note.

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

CBR & Associés ranks among the key players in music, thanks to Alain Barsikian and Michael Majster. Clients include leading singers and independent producers. The firm is also a strong name in television – TF1 is a key client – through Olivier Sprung, who has ‘great expertise in audiovisual law’, while Pierre-Olivier Chartier has ‘in-depth expertise in the internet and telecoms areas’. ‘Excellent litigator’ Judith Vuillez deals with sport sponsorship issues, an area in which Adidas France is a client.

Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle & Associés’ ‘rapid, efficient and available’ team has ‘strong knowledge of the audiovisual field’ and is also recommended for complex cases in the press sector. The practice covers IP, press law, advertising, commercial and competition issues. Clients include major television and radio broadcasters, as well as a famous French newspaper. The team is led by Hedwige Caldairou and the ‘highly competent’ Michel Rasle.

Clifford Chance advises sports federations, professional leagues and clubs and championship organisers on highly sensitive and strategic regulatory and contentious matters, especially in the football industry. It represented the Ligue de Football Professionnel in proceedings brought by seven football clubs regarding AS Monaco FC’s participation in French competitions. The Ligue Nationale de Basketball is also a client. Key figures in the practice include Yves Wehrli, who is especially recommended for managing strategic cases, Emmanuel Durand and recently promoted partner Thibaud d’Alès.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés provides an ‘excellent level of service’ and gives ‘quick and thorough answers’ in the audiovisual sector, where it advises leading French and US broadcasters, as well as top television producers. The firm also advises clients such as 20th Century Fox and Paramount on movie production. The practice is headed by Louis de Gaulle, Julien Horn, Serge Lederman, Frank Valentin and Charles-Edouard Renault, who has ‘an excellent understanding of the intricacies of copyright law and is well versed in the issues faced by international companies’. Georgie Courtois was promoted to partner. The firm also advises major sports event organisers and sport federations. It assisted the World Equestrian Games with the organisation of its 2014 world championship. Key figures in the team include the ‘creative and very well connectedJean-François Vilotte, who is especially recommended for sensitive matters, and senior counsel Rhadamès Killy, who is ‘competent and has ‘a great knowledge of sport and commercial law’. The practice was reinforced by the recruitment of Paris and Brussels Bar member and former professional football player Thierry Granturco.

Deprez Guignot & Associés is a top name in advertising, where it advises agencies, corporate advertisers and a leading broadcaster. Copyright and competition law are notable specialisms. Pierre Deprez, Vincent Fauchoux and Frédéric Dumont are the key contacts.

Granrut Société d'Avocats is a leading reference in the music industry, where the firm advises a major music publisher. The practice also assists collective copyright agencies and individual artists and is acting for a French television broadcaster in regard to defamation issues. IP and litigation are strong areas of expertise. Jean Castelain heads the team, which also includes Richard Milchior and Anne Cousin.

Cabinet Neuer’s Jean-Jacques Neuer assists art galleries, foundations and collectors in key matters.

Nicolas Boespflug acts for major clients in the music industry and is also active in the press and radio sectors.

Nomos has ‘perfect knowledge of the audiovisual and musical areas’. The firm advises a prominent client base. The ‘responsive and remarkably available’ team is led by Héléna Delabarre, Armelle Fourlon and Eric Lauvaux, who has ‘remarkable expertise’.

OX Avocatsknows perfectly well all the current issues in music’, and assists a wide range of clients, including a music major, independent producers and famous singers. The firm is also ‘recognised in the cinema and television areas’ by independent producers, and is active in advertising, book publishing and art. Jean Aittouares is ‘a well regarded expert in the music sector, who always finds the right solution in difficult situations’. Nicolas Serre and Juliette Schweblin are also recommended.

PRD Avocats has a ‘very high-level’ three-lawyer team with ‘excellent employment, press and media expertise’. The firm advises various large media groups, including NextRadioTV. Practice head Pierre-Randolph Dufau is ‘very professional, remarkably efficient and passionate at winning cases and negotiating a great deal’.

Professional, rapid and efficient’, the four-lawyer team at Pechenard & Associés is ‘expert in audiovisual and press law’. It is handling defamation cases for a key French television broadcaster. The firm is also a top expert in advertising, where it assists advertising agencies and advertisers. Eric Andrieu and Fabien Honorat are ‘available and pragmatic’.

Pierrat is a reference firm in the publishing industry. Emmanuel Pierrat is recommended.

Taylor Wessing is the go-to firm in the movie production industry, where the practice advises producers and directors. It recently assisted Emir Kusturica and also advised Mandarin Productions on the Brice de Nice 2 movie. Christian Valsamidis is a leading name in the field, with Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux and Benoît Goulesque-Monaux also being names to note. Didier Domat leads the practice’s work in the sports industry, advising leading athletes and some French football clubs. Clients include Tony Parker, Mathieu Valbuena and RC Lens. Neal Lachmany is also recommended.

WAN Avocats has ‘deep knowledge of the music industry’, and provides ‘an unrivalled level of service’ and ‘fast answers’. The firm advises independent labels, collective rights management societies and famous singers. The team also has ‘excellent knowledge of the movie and audiovisual sector’, where it acts for major movie studios and television production companies. The practice is also involved in advertising, book publishing and sports, where it acts for sports professionals. Raphaël Naccach is recommended along with Isabelle Wekstein, who is ‘always there for her clients’.

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