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Taylor Wessing
69 AVENUE FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
75008 PARIS
France
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Position

Benoît Goulesque-Monaux is a Partner within the Dispute resolution department and concentrates on litigation, disputes, arbitration and bankruptcy.

His extensive experience includes in particular civil and commercial, intellectual property, press and liability litigations. He acts for both national and international clients ranging from start-ups to large public companies.

He acts primarily for major Media Entertainment and technology clients (producers, distributors, editors, actors, designers, writers…), as well as bank or financial institutions.

Career

After having obtained a Master degree of procedure law in 1998, a “DEA” in “law of obligations” in 1999, a “Diplôme de Juriste Conseil d’Entreprises, DJCE” in 2000, a PhD in “corporate and tax law” and a certificate in “competition law” in 2000, Benoît Goulesque-Monaux began his career as corporate lawyer in a French law firm in 2000. Benoît joined the litigation department of Landwell (one of the “Big 4”) in 2001. He joined Taylor Wessing France as from its creation in November 2003.

Lawyer Rankings

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime

Taylor Wessing has defended clients in several trials that made headlines in 2021, notably in the political and sport spheres. The firm is acting for a number of elected officials in addition to defending several lawyer peers who are being prosecuted in relation to corruption allegations. Its caseload also extends to other areas such as high-profile international corruption cases involving executives and a sensitive Covid-19 public healthcare-related case. The practice also has experience in advising clients who had become victims of data theft, securing very positive outcomes. Prominent practice head Paul-Albert Iweins and Benoît Goulesque-Monaux are the main contacts.

France > Intellectual property: Copyright

With a dedicated media group to lead on mandates in segments including broadcasting, social media, publishing, and advertising and marketing, Taylor Wessing‘s copyright team offers an array of services to clients in the media sector, advising among others on regulations, licensing and distribution issues, and rights exploitation. The practice works closely with the tax and corporate teams to provide seamless counsel on content-related corporate transactions and tax schemes. In addition to handling copyright infringement and other judicial procedures, the group also assists digital platforms with the development and implementation of policies and alert systems. Christian Valsamidis, Claire Saint-Laurent, Benoît Goulesque-Monaux and Marc Schuler direct the department.

France > Media and entertainment: Cinema

Taylor Wessing‘s cross-disciplinary media practice enjoys a very good reputation for advising French and international feature and television films on the production and financing of audiovisual content. Handling contract negotiations for production companies, the firm also negotiates loan-out agreements and escrow agreements for high-profile actors. The firm also advises start-ups, for example the first online SVoD cinema platform whom it assisted with the legal aspects of its launch. Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux has particular expertise in copyright law. On the contentious side, Benoît Goulesque-Monaux handles disputes for clients in the audiovisual space. With extensive experience in international film financing, Christian Valsamidis is considered a specialist in international co-production and distribution.

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Droit pénal des affaires

Taylor Wessing handles a series of highly publicised cases involving the political sphere, with several going to trial in 2020 or expected for 2021. Practice head Paul-Albert Iweins is regularly appointed by peers as well as political and public servant figures to defend them, with instructions including the defence of the prominent colleague Thierry Herzog in a landmark bribery case also involving former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy. Iweins also acts in the Bygmalion political scandal. Outside of the political field, the practice manages a caseload encompassing embezzlement, breach of trust and corruption allegations, and defends notaries and bailiffs in criminal liability cases. Other key member Benoît Goulesque-Monaux regularly acts in cases involving the cinema and media sector. Assisting clients who have suffered a cyber attack is another area of strength.

Taylor Wessing est intervenu en défense dans plusieurs procès ayant défrayé la chronique en 2021, en lien notamment avec les sphères politique et sportive. Le cabinet représente plusieurs élus et assure aussi la défense de plusieurs confrères avocats poursuivis pour corruption. Le volant d’affaires couvre aussi des affaires emblématiques de corruption internationale et de santé publique liées à la Covid-19. Enfin, le cabinet est appelé au secours par des clients victimes d’actes de piratage sur leurs données. A la tête de la pratique Paul-Albert Iweins est l’une des grandes figures du barreau. L’équipe comprend aussi  Benoît Goulesque-Monaux .

Paris > Résolution des litiges > Contentieux commercial et de droit des sociétés

Taylor Wessing traite principalement des contentieux commerciaux, notamment dans le domaine informatique. Le cabinet dispose aussi d’une forte compétence dans la gestion des contentieux industriels et de droit des assurances, auprès des entreprises ou des assureurs. Il traite enfin des litiges financiers et de droit des sociétés. La pratique est codirigée par Philippe Glaser, Pierre-Olivier Leblanc, Paul-Albert Iweins,   Benoît Goulesque-Monaux et Lare Hüe de la Colombe  qui se consacre au développement de l’arbitrage international.

Paris > Propriété intellectuelle > Droits d’auteur

Le pôle médias de  Taylor Wessing intervient dans les secteurs de l’audiovisuel, des médias sociaux, de l’édition, de la publicité et du marketing. Il offre une large gamme d’expertises, couvrant les sujets réglementaires, d’accords de licence, de distribution, et d’exploitation des droits. L’équipe travaille en étroite collaboration avec les experts du droit fiscal et de droit des sociétés du cabinet, dans le cadre d’opérations transactionnelles ou pour l’application des règles fiscales. L’équipe accompagne aussi des plateformes numériques dans la gestion de procédures contentieuses en violation du droit d’auteur, ainsi que dans le développement de systèmes d’alerte dans ce domaine. La pratique est codirigée par  Christian Valsamidis, Claire Saint-Laurent, Benoît Goulesque-Monaux et Marc Schuler .

Paris > Médias, culture, sport et loisirs: Cinéma

Taylor Wessing est une référence incontournable pour les questions de production et de financement d’œuvres longs métrages et de séries télévisuelles françaises et internationales. Le cabinet assiste les sociétés de production dans la négociation de leurs contrats de production et de financement. Le cabinet conseille aussi des start-up. Il a participé au lancement de la première plateforme de cinéma SVoD. Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux dispose d’une expertise particulière en droits d’auteur. Benoît Goulesque-Monaux traite le contentieux. Enfin, Christian Valsamidis est un grand nom du marché pour les questions de financement, de coproduction et de distribution d’œuvres cinématographiques.