France: Sports & Entertainment 2019

In this chapter, we recognise 13 highly esteemed sports and entertainment specialists who have been identified for their expertise in a range of IP, contractual, data protection and financing matters in the sector.

Romain Soiron at Joffe & Associés is one of the best sports lawyers in the country and “knows the sport business actors and intricacies inside out”. Clients praise his “impressive professionalism and legal expertise”.

Yves Wehrli of Clifford Chance is recognised by respondents as a "senior figure in this practice area”, with one source imparting, “If I had a really big international issue, I'd go to him.” His practice encompasses the full range of sports and media law matters.

Winston Maxwell with Hogan Lovells is a distinguished data protection specialist in the market. He is experienced at advising large internet, telecommunications and media companies on privacy laws and other regulatory regimes.

Jean-Jacques Bertrand at Bertrand & Associé has over 40 years of experience handling the full range of matters under international and domestic sports law.
Christophe Bertrand receives plaudits from peers across Europe for his sports practice. He has over 20 years of experience advising individuals, groups and coaches.

Christian Valsamidis of Taylor Wessing is one of France’s most prominent entertainment lawyers, with peers effusing that they “rate him very highly”. He is well versed in advising clients in the entertainment industry on IP and banking laws.

Nicholas Dalton at Nicholas Dalton Avocats is highly regarded in the French market for his work as an entertainment lawyer. He is well versed in advising producers, distributors and financiers on a range of issues connected to cross-border film and television matters.

At WAN Avocats, Isabelle Wekstein is experienced in competition, finance, labour and IP law, and advises press organisations, TV broadcasters and artists on a range of entertainment-related matters.

Intervista’s Cédric Monnerie is highlighted as one of France’s leading entertainment specialists. His practice focuses on advising clients on the full range of matters pertaining to cinema and audio-visual works.

Patricia Moyersoen at Moyersoen Avocats is praised by peers for her excellent work advising sports clubs and federations, as well as defending individual athletes before national and international sporting bodies.

At ATurquoise, Anne-Marie Pecoraro is a well-regarded figure in the French market. She is a specialist in IP and unfair competition matters, and is well acquainted with contract preparation and negotiation in the entertainment industry.

François Klein at KGA Avocats draws acclaim from respondents for his considerable experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings as well as his strong expertise in sport and IP law.

Philippe Cavalieros at Simmons & Simmons is “a renowned lawyer” who is a favourite among clients who “appreciate his calm and coherence”. One client effuses, “He has great knowledge of what a sportsman needs.”

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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