Firms To Watch: Media and entertainment: Book publishers

Experienced IP partner Sophie Viaris de Lesegno established SVL Avocat in January 2022, which specialises in communication and creative law.
WAN Avocats‘ book publishing team is co led by Isabelle Wekstein and Raphaël Naccach, and has expertise in advising cross-jurisdictionally on publishing deals and adaptations, as well as on IP matters more generally in this regard.

Media and entertainment: Book publishers in France


Vincent Varet and Xavier Près co-lead the book publishing team at VARET PRÈS KILLY, which has ‘remarkable knowledge of the sector’ and draws on the wider firm's strength in intellectual property. It works with clients, predominantly authors and illustrators, on matters involving the expansion of intellectual property across various mediums beyond books; disputes between collaborators; and alleged infringements of copyright. It is also adept in advising at the pre-litigation stage.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Près; Vincent Varet


‘The publishing sector has specific needs, both technical and diplomatic. There are very few firms that master these needs, but this firm has shown knowledge, experience and technical ability in this sector that are very rare. On a daily basis, the team was available and responsive, but it is on the mastery of their subject that distinguishes this firm.’

‘Xavier Près showed remarkable knowledge of our sector in our work with him. He was available, responsive, diplomatic, and gave very good advice.’

‘Vincent Varet stands out for his speed, responsiveness, availability, humour, patience, benevolence, clarity in explanations, precision, reliability, recommendations and quality of advice, as well as his transparency and excellent consideration of, and adaptation to, our business needs.’

Key clients

Centre national du Livre

Vercken & Gaullier

Vercken & Gaullier‘s book publishing team is co-led by Florence Gaullier, who has particular experience of advisory and litigious copyright work, and Edouard Mille and Gilles Vercken. It predominantly assists its longstanding clients with various contractual matters including the drafting and negotiation of copyright agreements. It often deals with book publishings international in scope. Senior associate Garance Dussausaye provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Florence Gaullier; Edouard Mille; Gilles Vercken

Other key lawyers:

Garance Dussausaye

Key clients

Hachette Livre

Hachette Collections



Elsevier Masson

Syndicat National de l’Edition (SNE)

Ankama Editions

Bayard Groupe

Work highlights

  • Assisting a major player in the legal publishing sector on the drafting of partnership agreements.
  • Assisting Groupe Bayard in several copyright matters in the field of book publishing activities.