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Herald Avocats
75008 PARIS

Industry focus: IT, telecoms and the internet Tier 3

Herald Avocats has an established presence in the media and entertainment sectors, where it advises on data privacy and technology law. Anne Cousin heads the offering and provides regular and ongoing advice on GDPR compliance. In other highlights, she handled the IT aspects of corporate transactions and is currently acting in two litigation proceedings arising from software infringement and counterfeiting. Associate Cloé Lescourret recently joined from Bersay & Associés.

Intellectual property: copyright Tier 3

Herald Avocats' client roster includes TV broadcasters, literature and music publishers, production companies, research institutes and industrial groups. Jean Castelain and Richard Milchior jointly head the offering with the support of counsel Juliette Félix. Recent highlights include a number of copyright infringement disputes in the music space, as well as a dispute over the copyright aspects of the use of medical software following the dissolution of the inventor partnership.

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Herald Avocats' five-lawyer team has strong public sector and urban-planning expertise. The firm notably advises towns on the defence of building permits and major property developers on obtaining urban-planning authorisations. The practice is also assisting clients with urban law matters relating to the construction of an office tower and a luxury hotel. The practice also has good knowledge of public law contracts and projects. It is representing Philips France in an administrative dispute with the Agen hospital over the supply of medical devices. La Poste, the Department of Yvelines and the City of Issy-les-Moulineaux are clients. Marc Bellanger heads the practice, and Donatien De Bailliencourt is also recommended.

Media and entertainment: advertising

The IP/IT department at Herald Avocats consists of Jean Castelain and counsel Juliette Félix, who recently represented France Télévisions in several defamation proceedings, one of which was filed by a foreign government after two of the client's journalists referred to it as a 'dictatorship' in a documentary programme. Recent work in the music and art spaces includes contractual disputes, litigation pertaining to copyright issues and anti-fraud cases. Associate Rebecca Nahon recently joined the firm from VIGO Cabinet d'Avocats.

Leading individuals: Music

Next Generation Partners: Music

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 Jean Castelain
Arbitration Bruno Quint
Commercial litigation Olivier Binder
Commercial litigation Christophe Bourdel
Commercial litigation Emmanuelle Cardon
Commercial litigation Bertrand Pébrier
Commercial litigation Bruno Quint
Commercial litigation Etienne Rocher
Competition and distribution Olivier Binder
Competition and distribution Richard Milchior
Corporate - M&A - Capital Markets Bertrand Pébrier
Corporate - M&A - Capital Markets Etienne Rocher
Corporate - M&A - Capital Markets Vincent Siguier
Environment Christophe Bourdel
Health - Biotechnologies Anne Cousin
Health - Biotechnologies Stéphane Micheli
Health - Biotechnologies Richard Milchior
Health - Biotechnologies Olivier Binder
Health - Biotechnologies Vincent Siguier
Industrial risks - defective products Christophe Bourdel
Industrial risks - defective products Pierre-Yves Rossignol
Insolvency and restructuring Etienne Rocher
Insurance Christophe Bourdel
Insurance Emmanuelle Cardon
Insurance Bruno Quint
Insurance Pierre-Yves Rossignol
Intellectual Property Jean Castelain
Intellectual Property Richard Milchior
Intellectual Property Juliette Félix
IT and telecommunications Anne Cousin
Media and entertainment Jean Castelain
Media and entertainment Juliette Félix
Patrimonial issues and home office Stéphane Micheli
Property Olivier Binder
Property Christophe Bourdel
Property Stéphane Micheli
Property Pierre-Yves Rossignol
Tax Réginald Legenre
White Collar Crime Jean Castelain
White Collar Crime Stéphane Micheli
labour and employment Guillaume Roland
public law William Azan
Intellectual Property Jérémy Cardenas
Corporate - M&A - Capital Markets Antoine Denis-Bertin