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Firms To Watch: Media and entertainment: Music

An entertainment law boutique with a strong focus on the music industry, Claire Prugnier Avocats advises leading artists on contractual and royalties issues, among others.
Stéphanie Foulgoc and Étienne Papin jointly head the team at NEXT AVOCATS, which has developed niche expertise in the combatting the marketing of illegal tickets for live music shows.
Xavier Près and Vincent Varet at VARET PRÈS KILLY draw on their expertise in copyright, trade mark, media and IT law to advise key players in the music sector, including Philharmonie de Paris and SACEM.
Vercken & Gaullier acts for a plethora of notable names in the music industry, from leading rap artists to major streaming platforms, with particular expertise in copyright litigation.

Media and entertainment: Music in France

Herald Avocats

With considerable expertise in complex litigation, Herald Avocats frequently acts for notable record labels. Commanding an in-depth knowledge of the music sector, the team is co-led by two industry experts: Juliette Félix, who maintains an excellent reputation for handling litigation in the field of music and entertainment law, and Jean Castelain, who has specialist knowledge of media and intellectual property law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Juliette Félix; Jean Castelain

UGGC Avocats

A dominant force in the market, UGGC Avocats handles complex, cross-border matters for many leading global figures in the music industry and is commended for its ‘legal and technical excellence’ in the field. Recent landmark cases for the group have included defending music service provider Mood Media in a dispute before the European courts and advising a successful French pop-rock band on copyright protection. The team is led by Anne-Marie Pecoraro, a highly renowned media lawyer who has a niche expertise in matters relating to music and live shows, whilst Rodolphe Boissau is also an expert in media and IP law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne-Marie Pecoraro

Autres avocats clés:

Rodolphe Boissau

Les références

‘The UGGC Avocats team is very responsive, provides sound and relevant advice, and knows how to direct us towards other pathways if necessary.’

‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro and Rodolphe Boissau are available and respect our often very tight deadlines. They both have undeniable experience in their field and we know we can trust their recommendations.’

‘They truly serve the needs of their clients. Legal and technical excellence in their fields is their trademark. They are truly committed to supporting their clients, notably through their strategic and negotiation skills, and their human and ethical qualities.’ 

‘I highly recommend this exceptional team, which combines expertise in the sectors with long knowledge of the legal environment and practices, legal expertise, and a methodical approach.’ 

‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro nurtures long-term relationships with her clients. Her passion for the law and skills in negotiation stand out.’

‘They are experts and understand the subject matter and environment perfectly. They are personally involved and very passionate throughout the case.’

‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro is an undisputed leader in the field of music law. She stands out for her ethics and dedication and is a visionary on the evolution of music.’

Principaux clients

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Philippe Aglae


Paradiso Media

Maylin Pultar (The Buffalo Girl)


CDC (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)

spectacle AURA

Rafe Production

Cité de la musique Philharmonie de Paris

Emmanuelle Haim and Concert d’Astrée

Echo Studio

Thierry Mugler

Mood Media

ELYX – Fondation ELYX

Yacine Ait Kaci

Principaux dossiers

  • Defended Mood Media Corporation, a leading in-store media solutions company, in very complex music business dispute before the European courts.
  • Advised French rock-pop bank Nosonic in connection with the protection of their music business development, the financing for their concerts, and the review of all music agreements for sound recordings.
  • Advised Philippe Aglaé, a choral conductor and chorus leader, on the negotiation of agreements to provide music for Netflix and for Citroën advertising.

WAN Avocats

WAN Avocats provides a full-service offering to leading artists and record companies in the sphere of music law, with particular expertise in IP and IT matters. The team is strengthened by the considerable expertise of Isabelle Wekstein-Steg, a highly regarded figure in the field, who leads the team alongside Raphaël Naccach. Amélie Gouazé, whose practice focuses on copyright, trade mark, unfair competition and commercial matters, and Nicolas Rzeznik, who is skilled in both litigation and advisory work, are also key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Isabelle Wekstein-Steg; Raphaël Naccach

Autres avocats clés:

Amélie Gouazé; Nicolas Rzeznik

Les références

‘Isabelle Wekstein-Steg’s team stands out for the quality of the analysis provided and for their precise knowledge of the law and the players in the music sector. Isabelle strives to offer very precise and tailored solutions, delving into all the issues, including on complex subjects.’

‘Isabelle Wekstein-Steg proposes innovative solutions that are adapted to the client and can mobilise the other departments of the firm and its network.’

‘The team stands out for its cohesion, responsiveness, and skill.’

Barnett Avocats

Specialist IP boutique Barnett Avocats possesses in-depth knowledge of the music industry and an extensive client base of artists, producers, management agencies and record labels. The practice runs the full gamut of contractual and litigation matters, with recent highlights including advising Association des Superviseurs Musicaux on drafting recording and other agreements and assisting the Maria Callas Foundation with day-to-day issues. IP specialist Marc-Olivier Deblanc heads the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marc-Olivier Deblanc

Les références

‘It is a very professional and very competent team, particularly in IP and copyright matters. The quality of services, advice, and deliverables is always good. The team on a human level favours creating a strong link with the client, and adapts its agenda in order to always be efficient in offering rapid and well-argued responses.’

‘Organisation, rigour, in-depth legal analysis and availability at all times perfectly characterise this firm.’

‘Marc-Olivier Deblanc is an experienced and very knowledgeable lawyer. He has a perfect mastery of the subject of IP law.’

Principaux clients

Maria Callas Foundation

John Malkovich & Anastasya Terenkova

Page 114 – Jacques Audiard

Rush Management

GMT Productions (Lagardère Group)

Association des Superviseurs Musicaux

Intervista Law Firm

Agence Gloria – Jeff Génie

Sixième Son

Pigalle Production


Evgueni and Sacha Galperine

Josette Music Club

Un Plan Simple

French Flair


Bleu Kobalt

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Association des Superviseurs Musicaux on drafting template agreements (including music supervisor agreements, master services agreements and recording agreements).
  • Providing day-to-day legal and strategic advice to the Maria Callas Foundation.

CMS Francis Lefebvre

CMS Francis Lefebvre’s IP and TMT department draws on the firm’s global network to assist both national and international clients with a multitude of matters in the music space. IP specialist Anne-Laure Villedieu heads the team, whilst Florentin Sanson has significant expertise in advising on the production and exploitation of musical works, collaborating closely with the full-service firm’s tax, employment and corporate teams.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne-Laure Villedieu

Autres avocats clés:

Florentin Sanson