Firm Profile > Taylor Wessing > Paris, France

Taylor Wessing
75008 PARIS

Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 1

The team at Taylor Wessing has a strong focus on intellectual property matters in the media sector, where it assists a number of key clients, including Mondadori Magazines and Fox Channels. Claire Saint-Laurent, who heads the practice along with Christian ValsamidisBenoît Goulesque-Monaux and Marc Schuler, recently led a team assisting Mandarin Télévision with one of the first French international originals for Netflix, in a matter which included the negotiation and drafting of all the agreements and was worth €1.2m per episode. Contentious matters handled by the team include copyright infringement lawsuits. Counsel Jeanne Léon-Dufour is also recommended.

Media and entertainment: Cinema Tier 1

Taylor Wessing is the go-to firm for French film production projects. The practice mainly assists independent production companies and major French directors and actors with the production of most of France's major feature films shot in the country and abroad. The practice is able to deal with the full range of matters, including financing, production, contract and IP rights issues. The group also advises on remake rights and is experienced in the management of movie catalogue rights in addition to advising on corporate transactions in the industry and taking on sensitive litigation. The key contacts are the renowned Christian Valsamidis, who needs no introduction, Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux and litigator Benoît Goulesque-Monaux.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Taylor Wessing stands out through its experience in advising on data breaches, data loss and data theft which complements its strong GDPR practice and international network. The group frequently conducts significant GDPR compliance audits and impact assessments and is adept at assisting clients with data breach incident responses, including the coordination of the investigation and of external forensic experts and PR specialists. Additionally, the practice demonstrates strength in advising insurers on the coverage of cybersecurity risks. Valérie Aumage, who is the main data protection and data privacy contact, and Marc Schuler, who is the key practitioner for IT- and insurance-related work, are the practice heads.

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The team is very responsive. It perfectly understands its clients needs and has a good value for money ratio.

Marc Schuler is extremely efficient and hard-working.

Marc Schuler explains very clearly and has good business insight.

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 2

Taylor Wessing acts for leading companies, as well as national, private and international banks, in addition to individuals such as company officers, politicians, lawyers and bailiffs. Practice head Paul-Albert Iweins is handling high-profile cases, notably in the political sphere and in relation to corruption, money laundering and tax fraud allegations. He is currently active in a very sensitive corruption case. The firm also regularly handles matters in the sport, film and media sectors. Benoît Goulesque-Monaux is also noted.

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Insurance Tier 2

The ‘very specialised’ group at Taylor Wessing is an increasingly popular choice for the management of complex and cross-border claims. The broad practice is experienced in matters relating to the industrial, transport, construction and technology sectors, with a solid presence in the corporate risk space. In addition, the group has a robust technology-related offering, which handles cyber risk management, fraud issues, IP claims and data processing. Pierre-Olivier Leblanc heads the insurance, industrial risks and transport practice and handles a comprehensive range of contentious insurance matters, with a strong background in marine and general liability work. The ‘efficient and hardworkingMarc Schuler focuses on insurance relating to the technology and media sectors.


Excellent service combined with knowledge of the industry and the international insurance sector.’

Ability to meet the very market-driven needs of an insurer and meet the requirements of the insurance code in the development of a product.’

‘Professional, always on time and on budget. Very high level of service.

The team is small but very specialised and available.’

Pierre-Olivier Leblanc has extensive experience in the maritime/transport and insurance sectors, with a great aptitude for mediation allowing the settlement of disputes.’

Pierre-Olivier Leblanc has an excellent ability to understand insured’s problems that are technical, legal or related to the insurance contract and its interpretations. Takes a very effective, pragmatic approach including in an Anglo-Saxon environment (US, UK).’

Pierre-Olivier Leblanc is smart, available, with big knowledge in insurance and industry sector. Knows how to work in a tense atmosphere with money at stake. Very competent in an international environment.’

Marc Schuler is extremely efficient and hard-working.’

Media and entertainment: Television/radio Tier 2

Taylor Wessing regularly advises audiovisual production companies on the production of French TV and video-on-demand series. Christian Valsamidis and Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux are the key contacts in the field. Also involved are Marc Schuler, who advises on IP rights regarding television series, and litigator Benoît Goulesque-Monaux.


‘Marc Schuler provides strategic advice in line with clients’ commercial expectations and focuses on core issues.’

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Taylor Wessing started its public law and project practice with the hiring of a team from Bird & Bird made up of public law expert Sophie Pignon and finance specialists Eric Charvillat and Sophie Nicolas, a counsel. The practice has a strong focus on greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects and PPP, advising banks, sponsors and local public sector entities alike. It is advising on several large broadband infrastructure projects across the country, as well as on various projects in other fields, including handling several matters in Africa.

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Compliance Tier 3

Taylor Wessing provides assistance with the setting up of Sapin II anti-corruption programmes to French and international companies. The firm also assists many pharmaceutical laboratories in dealing with specific industry-sector anti-gift and health compliance regulations. Litigator Paul-Albert Iweins, employment law partner Markus Asshoff and competition law and health sector specialist Evelyne Friedel all contribute.

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Taylor Wessing’s Evelyne Friedel advises a large client base composed of international pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, whom she assists with compliance, regulatory and distribution issues.

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Industry focus: IT and internet Tier 3

Taylor Wessing has a very prominent client base that features major French companies, a leading software companies' insurer, a leading US IT equipment provider and several high-profile internet companies. The 12-lawyer team assists clients with the negotiation of IT and digital project contracts and also handles related litigation. Data issues account for another significant part of the caseload, with recent examples including the representation of several clients in judicial proceedings relating to the accidental loss of data. Finally, the practice also advises clients on the launch of internet platforms and deals with other various internet-related issues, including copyright matters. The practice is co-headed by Valérie Aumage, Marc Schuler and Philippe Glaser.


‘The team is highly responsive and provides high-quality analysis.’

‘The team has great IT and data privacy expertise.’

‘Marc Schuler is responsive and provides highly relevant analysis. He demonstrates great listening skills.’

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 3

The team at Taylor Wessing brings its 'great business understanding' to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. Clients from a diverse range of industries, including financial services (Square), media (Fox Channels) and transportation (American Airlines) benefit from the team's standards of 'high professionalism'. Practice head Marc Schuler represents clients Orange and Tech Data in separate trade mark infringement action, as defendant and claimant, respectively. The team is also assisting RATP (Paris Metro Operator) with a pre-litigation matter relating to the exit conditions from a development project with G7 (the largest French cab company) and the consequences for the trade mark Netro.

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High experience; great business understanding; high professionalism.

Project finance Tier 3

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Sophie Pignon offers strong support, especially when dealing with complex and peculiar matters.’

Real estate Tier 4

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An efficient and available team.

EU, competition and distribution Tier 5

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 ‘The team is available and has acute knowledge of the competition and distribution law’.

The firm: Founded in 2003 the firm sets itself apart by its proactive approach, concentrating on the industries of tomorrow and dynamic sectors such as media, cinema, audiovisual, life sciences, clean-tech, automobile industry and sport.

Its teams are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to respond in a pragmatic manner to the expectations of their clients in every practice area of corporate law.

Areas of practice
M&A/private equity: the firm intervenes in the fields of M&A, LBO, MBO, OBO and private equity in general. It has also acquired a solid reputation in venture capital and capital markets and is particularly renowned for inward investment.

Capital markets: the capital markets group advises on transactions involving public companies engaged in European and global securities offerings. The team acts for underwriters, listed companies, their sponsors, and appointed advisers across all types of European securities offerings.

Real estate and construction: the firm’s real estate practice includes commercial real estate and financing, representation of institutional investors in cross-border transactional work, and advice on asset management. The construction practice has key strengths in finance and insolvency, energy, healthcare, hotels, major projects and infrastructure, etc.

Media, entertainment and arts: the team has extensive experience in every major area including: advertising and marketing, broadcasting and film, financing of media companies, gaming, interactive media, music, etc.

IP: the firm advises IP-rich businesses globally across all IP rights, including litigation, copyright, licensing, trade mark portfolio management, strategic or transactional advice. The French IP department’s strong experience is further enriched by the expertise of British and German IP teams, thus offering a highly specialised pan-European service.

IT and telecoms: the team works for diverse clients ranging from blue-chip global brands to smaller enterprises with novel business models and technologies. The team also advises startups through various funding rounds and eventual exit. The team also advises on digital media products.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm’s activity encompasses white-collar crime, fraud and asset recovery, IT litigation, disputes between shareholders and companies, and product liability. It also represents its clientele on ADR mechanisms such as mediation and conciliation.

Competition, EU and trade: the department has extensive expertise in distribution and commercial agreements, including commercial agency, manufacturing and supply agreements, terms and conditions of sale, etc. The firm works with the European Commission, the French Competition Authority and the antitrust division of the Ministry of Economy.

Public, environment and projects: the firm’s covers all fields of regulatory, administrative and environmental law, as well as contentious administrative proceedings. The team handles a wide variety of projects in government-related areas, with a particular focus on: PPPs, privatisations, liberalisation of regulated sectors, environment and public international law.

Tax: particular strengths of the firm’s tax team include international and cross-border tax planning, direct/indirect tax treatment, on/offshore funds, share incentives, IP planning, patrimonial taxation and tax litigation.

Employment: the firm advises on all fields of individual and collective employment law, including social security regulations and tax. The team is very experienced in advising on restructurings and in permanent employment law advice.

Compliance: Taylor Wessing assists clients to comply with the French Sapin II Law adopted on 8 November 2016, but also with the FCPA, the UKBA and other anti-corruption laws in force in many countries. Its services cover risk assessment, prevention, assistance during investigation procedures by relevant authorities, and preparation for the new ISO 37001 standard certification in compliance.

Department Name Email Telephone
M&A, private equity Gilles Amsallem
M&A, private equity Laurence Lapeyre
M&A, private equity Nicolas de Witt
M&A, private equity François Mary
Capital markets Nicolas de Witt
Real estate and construction Alfred Fink
Media, entertainment and arts Christian Valsamidis
Media, entertainment and arts Claire Saint-Laurent
Media, entertainment and arts Benoit Goulesque-Monaux
Intellectual property Christian Valsamidis
Intellectual property Claire Saint-Laurent
Intellectual property Marc Schuler
Intellectual property Benoit Goulesque-Monaux
IT and telecoms Valérie Aumage
IT and telecoms Philippe Glaser
IT and telecoms Marc Schuler
Litigation and dispute resolution Paul-Albert Iweins
Litigation and dispute resolution Philippe Glaser
Litigation and dispute resolution Benoit Goulesque-Monaux
Competition, EU and trade Evelyne Friedel
Competition, EU and trade Grégoire Toulouse
Tax Christophe Flaicher
Employment Claudia Jonath
Employment Markus Asshoff
Compliance Markus Asshoff
Compliance Evelyne Friedel
Compliance Paul-Albert Iweins
Insurance Pierre-Olivier Leblanc
Litigation and dispute resolution Pierre-Olivier Leblanc
Administrative and public law Sophie Pignon
Administrative and public law Eric Charvillat
Banking & Finance Eric Charvillat
Compliance Gilles Amsallem
Number of lawyers at this office : 70
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