Media and entertainment: Art in France

De Baecque Fauré Bellec

De Baecque Fauré Bellec  is best known for its work representing the estates of high-profile artists, an area in which it has significant contentious and non-contentious experience. Practice head Olivier de Baecque is very adept at advisory work, especially in unfair competition, advertising law, and trade mark law. The team also represents several leading art galleries, with related work including sale and purchase agreements, IP rights, and the negotiation of donations. Stéphane Bellec is another key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Olivier de Baecque

Other key lawyers:

Stéphane Bellec


Olivier de Baecque is one of the best lawyers in the world of art based in Paris.

Key clients

Maya Widmaier Picasso

Simon Hantaï estate

Work highlights

  • Represented the Hantaï Estate in litigation over the recovery of fourteen major art works by major abstract painter Simon Hantaï.
  • Represented Maya Widmaier Picasso in litigation against Picasso’s electrician, recovering 271 major art works.
  • Represented the Soto estate in a litigation over the cancellation of a donation of major art works.

Cabinet Neuer

Jean-Jacques Neuer is the key name at Cabinet Neuer, advising both artists and their estates, and has a strong track record of acting in criminal proceedings linked to forgeries, theft, money laundering and fake copies. Clients also include auction houses, art dealers and collectors.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Jacques Neuer

Pamina Avocats

Pamina Avocats stands out through its work for Sotheby's, both in advisory and in contentious matters. The group demonstrates strength in domestic and cross-border matters, including disputes involving the US jurisdiction. Rémi Sermier, who was approved to be included in the arbitrator's pool for the recently created Court of Arbitration for Art in the Netherlands, is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Remi Sermier

Key clients


Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Work highlights

  • Assisting WPI with its defence against an action brought in a US court by  Restellini over Modigliani papers.
  • Advised Sotheby’s on the €90m Lalanne Auction Sale on 23rd/24th October 2019 in Paris.