Media and entertainment: Music in France

CBR & Associés

CBR & Associés is home to Alain Barsikian and Michael Majster, both of whom are highly regarded in the field. The practice, which represents artists, producers, publishers and distributors, is active on the full range of IP work, including litigation. IT law is a further area of expertise.

CMS

CMS represents several high-profile music platforms, producers and artist estates with a growing reputation for acting in IP matters. Experienced in copyright, trade mark, designs and patents, the tech, media, and communications practice, led by Anne-Laure Villedieu, is sought after for both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Counsel Florentin Sanson is in charge of the dedicated music group, specialising in drafting production and exploitation agreements in relation to audiovisual, cinematographic and musical products.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Laure Villedieu

Other key lawyers:

Florentin Sanson

Testimonials

Clear advice and good understanding of the client.

Herald Avocats

Partner Jean Castelain and counsel Juliette Félix are the key names at Herald Avocats, representing several leading music publishers. Regularly involved in litigation, the team is well versed in acting in defamation proceedings and in infringement matters. Non-contentious work includes advising clients on distribution projects as well as drafting and negotiating related contracts. The firm's accession to the Geneva Group International network in 2018 has increased its global coverage, facilitating cross-border work on behalf of clients.

Practice head(s):

Jean Castelain

Other key lawyers:

Juliette Félix

NomoS

At boutique media and entertainment firm NomoS, the highly regarded Eric Lauvaux demonstrates particular strength in advising on over-the-top ('OTT') music services. Sylvain Naillat who focuses on assisting US clients after having passed the Californian bar, is another key name in the practice. The team is also recognised for its copyright expertise.

Practice head(s):

Eric Lauvaux

Other key lawyers:

Sylvain Naillat

Key clients

LAGARDERE ACTIVE

EURONEWS

LAGARDERE STUDIOS

PJP PRODUCTIONS

RHAMSA/ FRANKLIN PRODUCTIONS

Ox avocats

Founding partner of Ox avocats, Jean Aittouares is highly regarded in the music sector, in particular for his expertise in copyright and trade mark disputes. The wider practice also advises on 360°contracts, downloads, paid streaming and commercial partnerships.

UGGC Avocats

UGGC Avocats' merger with ATurquoise has strengthened the department's position in the music sector, in particular with the arrival of 'top media and entertainment lawyer' Anne-Marie Pecoraro. The practice represents studios, labels, performers and live show producers in the industry, with particular strength in audiovisual, regulatory, competition and financing law.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Pecoraro

Testimonials

The work was completed very quickly and they were always available to us even though we are only a small client.

Anne-Marie Pecoraro was always available and did a fantastic job.

Anne-Marie Pecoraro is a top media and entertainment lawyer that I always enjoy working with. She has in-depth knowledge of copyright law.

Anne-Marie Pecoraro had in-depth knowledge of the field and is highly recommended.

Key clients

Jean Paul Gaultier

Cité de la musique Philharmonie de Paris

Leonor  Scherrer

Cross over Prod, Mayssa Issa

DiscAmbiance Michel Pruvot

Kendell

Le Reservoir de Mary de Vivo

Continental productions

Mako, LeSonDesVilles, NoSonic

Tornika / Cliq Digital (streaming)

Maylin

360 Paris Music Factory

Katch Music

Work highlights

  • Advising highly acclaimed classical and Baroque musical conductor Emmanuelle Haim on the renewal and restructuring of all contracts.
  • Advising Jean Paul Gaultier on the export of his show and its music all over the world.
  • Advising music publishers NTS KENDELL on all their contracts, regarding both owners rights and in connection with producers looking for new areas for growth in the US through sub-publishing deals.

WAN Avocats

WAN Avocats represents a diverse client list featuring authors, composers, performers, artistic directors, DJs and independent producers. Work includes non-contentious and contentious matters, with advisory matters spanning contract negotiations and assisting artists with recovering their rights from collective management organisations, producers and publishers, and contentious matters including litigation in relation to music counterfeiting. Founding partner Isabelle Wekstein-Steg, who is a registered European lawyer and a member of the French bar, is a highly regarded practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Wekstein-Steg