Firm Profile > Herald Avocats > Paris, France

Herald Avocats
75008 PARIS

France > Media and entertainment: Music Tier 1

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.

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France > Media and entertainment: Television/radio Tier 1

The 'versatile, competent and reactive team' at Herald Avocats is comprised of partner Jean Castelain and counsel Juliette Félix. Together, the team acts as adviser to France Télévisions, frequently defending it in defamation suits, including relating to the broadcast of Complement d'enquête Vincent Bolloré, un ami qui vous veut du bien? As well as its highly regarded contentious offering, the practice has deepened its advisory capabilities, in conjunction with the firm's general growth, in M&A, private equity and restructuring. Other key work includes negotiating broadcasting rights and providing strategic guidance on broadcasting issues.

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Versatile, competent and reactive team, whose interventions are always appreciated on both small and large matters.

Jean Castelain is excellent. Juliette Félix has fantastic client relations and is always responsive.

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France Télévisions

France > Environment Tier 2

Herald Avocats advises several leading corporations, including an oil and gas major on several remediation and environmental liability matters. The practice mainly advises on waste and site remediation and pollution matters, including the representation in related litigation. William Azan and Christophe Bourdel form the lead duo.

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William Azan; Christophe Bourdel


‘It is a pleasure to work with the team, and in particular Me Christophe Bourdel. He is extremely responsive, is always well prepared, thinks strategically and tactically and has a good sense of humour.’

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France > Insurance Tier 3

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

Under the direction of practice head Richard Milchior, the team at Herald Avocats is experienced in assisting creators and companies, both small and medium-sized companies and major corporations, with their non-contentious and litigious copyright needs. With its varied client list -which includes publishers, production companies, cultural institutions and individuals among many others- the practice has proven versatility and offers comprehensive expertise across the different aspects of copyright issues. In particular, all the team's members possess in-depth knowledge of the country's media sector. On the international front, the firm is a member of Geneva Group International.

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France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

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France Télévisions

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 4

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A firm founded on January 1, 1957 by Bernard de Bigault du Granrut
President of the Paris Bar from 1982 to 1984, Bernard du Granrut was known both for his dedication and his forward-looking vision of the profession as well as for his civic commitments, his high standards and his moral values. He was a celebrated litigator, acting in several high-profile cases.

The firm has built its reputation in the field of business litigation for both private companies and public institutions. It has continued its evolution by developing its consulting activity, mirroring the transformation of the business world, both in its legal and entrepreneurial dimensions.

To serve our clients better, we have expanded and strengthened some departments (M&A, private equity, restructuring, new technology law, healthcare). We have joined top ten multi-disciplinary alliance Geneva Group International to ensure that when needed, we can connect our clients with trusted advisers around the world.

Herald, a new challenge
In November 2018, the firm became Herald, thus taking a strong stance: to enhance the value of the collective, while maintaining its historical positioning.

Herald is a symbol of the heritage that has shaped the firm and of its ability to constantly evolve in order to offer a range of high-end, tailor-made and transversal services in all areas of business law.

Expertise, excellence, commitment, attentiveness, creativity: these are the values shared by all the partners and their teams with one goal in mind: outstanding client service.

We strive to provide a high-end, bespoke and integrated service to address the most complex issues facing our clients, from SMEs to large groups. We work both in France and internationally, thanks to our different networks.

Herald, member of the Geneva Group International network
In 2018, our firm joined Geneva Group International, a global alliance of more than 700 independent law firms, consultants, audit and accounting firms, which is consistently ranked among the top ten global multi-disciplinary associations.

Through this network, we enable our clients to benefit from the support of professionals from over 120 countries, experts in local legal, accounting and tax differences, who provide a gateway to global markets. This relationship enhances our abilities to serve our French and international clients, both private and public sector, whether looking for new opportunities or strengthening an existing presence.

Our quality management system has been ISO 9001 certified since 2008.

Areas of practice: Herald is a full-service law firm, composed of seven departments and a German Desk: Banking-Insurance, Labour Law, Corporate-M&A-Tax, Property, Media – IP/IT, Economic, Administrative law. The lawyers work in a cross-disciplinary way, in order to best answer its clients’ needs.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration - Media - White Collar Crime Jean Castelain
Insurance - Commercial Litigation - Arbitration Bruno Quint
Competition and distribution - Real estate Olivier Binder
Insurance Emmanuelle Cardon
Corporate - M&A - Commercial litigation Bertrand Pébrier
Corporate - M&A -Commercial litigation Etienne Rocher
Competition and distribution - Intellectual Property Richard Milchior
Corporate - M&A - Capital Markets Vincent Siguier
Insurance - Real Estate - Environment Christophe Bourdel
IT - Telecommunications - Data Anne Cousin
Insurance - Real Estate Pierre-Yves Rossignol
Intellectual Property Jérémy Cardenas
Media - Intellectual Property Juliette Félix
Patrimonial issues and home office - White Collar Crime Stéphane Micheli
Tax Réginald Legenre
labour and employment Guillaume Roland
Public law - Real estate William Azan
Corporate - M&A - Capital Markets Antoine Denis-Bertin
Distressed companies – restructuring Fabrice Dalat
Partners : 17
Counsels : 2
Of Counsel : 3
Associates : 24
Paralegals : 3

Aware of the impact of any organization on society, the Herald firm has for several years decided to invest in CSR by creating a dedicated commission. These commitments cover actions impacting both the internal functioning of the firm and the consideration of environmental issues.

At the end of 2016, in order to provide a more comprehensive response to the issues of corporate social responsibility, our firm decided to commit pro bono to two themes: the fight against exclusion and the promotion of equal opportunities. The firm is therefore committed to the Samu Social de Paris and the Institut Télémaque.

The Samu Social has a professional approach to the fight against extreme exclusion. It aims to provide assistance to homeless people at all times, day and night, and to seek the most appropriate responses.

The firm is committed to its work by offering free legal advice to families supported by the organisation. It also provides support in all areas of law for problems encountered by the Samu Social.

The Institut Télémaque intends to fight against academic and social determinism by supporting deserving and motivated young people from modest backgrounds from the 5th grade until they obtain their Baccalauréat, thanks to a tutoring principle: a company tutor and a pedagogical tutor.

Our teams work alongside the Télémaque Institute by sponsoring young people and providing them with regular extra-curricular follow-up.

In October 2019, the firm was awarded the Pro Bono Trophy “Team Prize” by the Paris Bar Association for all our actions.

CLIENT: Jane Sullivan (General counsel) & Caroline Kanso (Head of operations for France) COMPANY/FIRM: HOME INSTEAD
“Herald have supported us throughout the acquisition of our first venture into the French market. We have been very pleased with their responsiveness, professionalism and expertise which have been of a tremendous help in facilitating the transaction. They have provided great advice in line with our strategy and have well-represented our business interest. We would recommend any businesses looking to carry similar projects to work with their team”.

CLIENT: Aurélia Giorda-Léoni (CEO)
COMPANY/FIRM: AGL (for their corporate operations)
TESTIMONIAL: “your rigorous attitude, your recommendations, your seriousness and your professionalism have really given me back “confidence” in jour profession”. I was very satisfied with your practice from the always very cordial, friendly and smiling telephone reception, to your availability and feedback, whether by email or by phone; I sincerely thank you for your prompt response, in view of our imperatives of the time, and for your natural attention to our requests for information and advice”.

COMPANY/FIRM: M9 Partners (family office for the acquisition of La Potion des Lutins )
TESTIMONIAL: “Tremendous support from the Herald teams, an ability to adapt and entrepreneurial agility that allowed us to secure our operation and be serene during the process”.

HERALD continues its growth and welcomes Fabrice DALAT as a partner

HERALD structures its Companies in difficulty department by welcoming Fabrice Dalat, as a partner, and his team, composed of one associate and one lawyer. This arrival brings the firm's staff to 45 lawyers, including 17 partners. The firm's positioning is to provide a top-of-the-range, tailor-made and cross-disciplinary service to its clients in order to respond to the most complex issues, both in advisory and litigation matters.