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Operations Division: The transactional and litigation activities of the Operations Division cover industrial and commercial activities and more generally clients’ operations (sourcing, sales, promotions, concessions and public procurement contracts) and the defence and optimisation of their immaterial assets.
Firm partner, Charles-Edouard Renault specialises in media, audiovisual and entertainment law, as both advisor and litigator and is thus continually at the forefront of new developments linked to technology in the production sector (website content, film restoration and digitalisation, VOD and SVOD etc.) as well as in communication crises (corporate or professional e-reputation protection, follow-up of online audio and video playback content). As one of the few French arbitrators at the International Film & Television Association (IFTA, Los Angeles) and at WIPO (Geneva) for Film & Media ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Charles-Edouard Renault is very active in entertainment litigation and film production disputes. He has extensive experience in assisting French motion picture companies and has been involved in the legal aspects of various international film productions, several of which were nominated for the International Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars and the Berlin International Film Festival. He is co-author of "From Script to Screen - The importance of Rights Documentation in the Distribution of Films" published in January 2012 by OMPI and also regularly publishes articles on legal topics in the French and international markets. He is an associate professor at Lyon University in media law and gives lectures at the Erich Pommer Institut GmbH für Medienrecht in Berlin, Vienna and Vilnius since 2006.
Charles-Edouard Renault was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996. International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA – Los Angeles) – Arbitrator; WIPO Media and Audiovisual Alternative Dispute Resolution (Geneva) – Arbitrator 2012; AFA (Association Française d'Arbitrage – French Arbitration Association); Association Française pour la Protection Internationale du Droit d'Auteur (French Group of ALAI - International Copyright Association); International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL).
Alumni of the Multimedia Institute, 2002; Master’s degree in Publishing Management (ESCP Europe Business School, 1994); Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (Paris-II University, 1992).
Media and entertainment
Within: Leading individuals
Charles-Edouard Renault - De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Within: Media and entertainment
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 connected’ Jean-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.
France: Intellectual property
Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Within: Trade marks, designs and copyrights
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés assists renowned international retailers and handles cases before the French courts and OHIM. The practice also has a strong practice in acting for leading US audiovisual studios. Key figures in the team include Louis de Gaulle, who is praised for his ‘tenacity and his fine legal analysis’, as well as Julien Horn, 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’.