Formerly known as Granrut, Herald Avocats‘ three-person media department regularly handles mandates from music producers. Jean Castelain is a key name for music law and is particularly active in contentious matters. He advises major publishers on copyright issues, breaches of publishing agreements, counterfeiting, and online piracy. Juliette Félix joined the partnership in September 2021.
Media and entertainment: Music in France
UGGC Avocats‘ merger with ATurquoise in June 2020 established the firm’s music law practice with the arrival of Anne-Marie Pecoraro. Working for some of the biggest music producers and world-famous stars, Pecoraro has made a name for herself in the industry over the last 25 years. The firm has expertise in tracking down music online piracy. Pecoraro and her associate Rodolphe Boissau ‘perfectly master the field of intellectual property law and music’.
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‘This practice is based on trust itself based on long experience and highly valued expertise in the field of intellectual property. In addition, there is a capacity for support in determining the right business model to negotiate. Availability, quality of listening and analysis are also important factors. Finally, the ability to provide very solid support in the context of international negotiations is a critical point that is always satisfactory.’
‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro and Rodolphe Boisseau combine intelligence, pragmatism and excellent advice in a factual and nonetheless human way. They are genuinely attentive to then propose the best avenues for reflection or solutions.’
‘The team is always available and provides a comprehensive approach, with a very sharp analysis of the issues raised. Dynamic team, very friendly and efficient!’
‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro and Rodolphe Boissau are very responsive. They perfectly master the field of intellectual property law and music, and manage to innovate to provide tailor-made solutions to each case. The team consistently meets our expectations!’
‘Very strong firm in the area of music.’
‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro has a great reputation and a lot of knowledge of the market. She is great to work with and always quick to respond.’
‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro is a very attentive and competent lawyer’
Rafe Production ‘Rappeuses en liberté’
Cité de la musique Philharmonie de Paris
DiscAmbiance Michel Pruvot
Emmanuelle Haim and Concert d’Astrée
Cross over Prod, Mayssa Issa
Crédit Agricole Immobilier
Zahia Dehar / de Z à A productions
Makever (subsidiary of Mediawan)
Le Reservoir de Mary de Vivo
Mako, LeSonDesVilles, NoSonic
Tornika / Cliq Digital
360 Paris Music Factory
ELYX – Fondation ELYX
- Advising Rafe Production SASU on a structuring project for diversity.
- Assisting BLASTA PROD with drafting contracts to structure musical productions.
- Acting as counsel to Jean-Paul Gaultier regarding all aspects of the creation and the music of his show ‘Folies Bergères’ as well as on the export of this show and its music all over the world.
WAN Avocats is a boutique firm dedicated to intellectual property, media, and IT, including new technologies and data protection matters. With regard to music law, the team regularly assists clients with copyright and related rights matters, mainly acting for music production companies and artists. Founder Isabelle Wekstein-Steg is a certified specialist in intellectual property and has ‘excellent knowledge of the specificities of performers’ rights, including complex cases of collective rights management’. Nicolas Rzeznik and Amélie Gouazé stand out at the associate level.
‘Fast, competent, listening, always available’
‘Isabelle Wekstein’s firm is different from other firms in that there is not only great technical competence, but also enormous emotional intelligence which is essential in negotiations.’
‘Isabelle Wekstein has an excellent knowledge of the specificities of performers’ rights, including complex cases of collective rights management. She has longstanding experience which allows her to know us and our challenges well.’
‘Isabelle Wekstein surrounds herself with specialised associates such as Nicolas Rzeznik and Amélie Gouazé. All are responsive and relevant in their advice and analysis. The firm’s network also makes it possible to seek out lawyers from other areas, if necessary.’
CMS‘ cross-disciplinary music practice is led by counsel Florentin Sanson, with several associates from the IP and technology, media and communications team providing key support. Testament to the practice's international and cross-border capabilities, the German, China and Africa desks are managed out of the Paris office. Sanson has developed a strong practice in drafting and negotiating production and exploitation agreements regarding podcasts and music. The team often liaises with the sector experts from the tax, employment and corporate teams. Anne-Laure Villedieu heads the wider IP and technology, media and communications practice.
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