Olivier de Courcel


Member of the Paris and New York Bars

Olivier de Courcel is a member of the Paris and New York Bars and specializes in the digital field.  He regularly advises both foreign and French clients on the implementation of information technology, in particular through business law and intellectual property law.


Olivier de Courcel assists multiple actors and users of online services, software and telecommunications. He has acquired extensive experience in the sector, both in supporting technological developments in information systems (SaaS, Big Data, Cloud Computing…) and in major integration, facilities management and outsourcing projects (ERP, offshore, ITO/BPO). Alongside clients or digital services providers (ESN), he negotiates IT services, software licensing and maintenance agreements, as well as development or distribution agreements. He establishes confidentiality policies, IT company regulations, as well as privacy or personal data protection policies.

He regularly advises companies on data management issues (in regard notably to personal data, cybersecurity), licensing and copyright disputes (in particular in software license audits), as well as on e-commerce and consumer law requirements. He assists his clients in the protection of the intangible assets they develop or acquire (due diligence), as well as in their regulatory compliance (data management, GDPR compliance).

In the world of the Internet and the media, Olivier de Courcel regularly deals with issues related to website content, advertising, e-reputation and defamation, digital signature and invoicing, online payments and more generally e-commerce.

In the field of telecommunications, he contributes to investment transactions on operators and networks, both fixed and wireless. He assists companies on interconnection issues, frequency access issues, conditions of use and network management.

Olivier de Courcel works for startups as well as for leading players in their sector. Before joining the bar, he worked in large companies as well as in China and the United States.


Olivier de Courcel is a graduate of the University of Paris II – Assas (Masters 1 in Business Law and Public Law, Master 2 in International Law) and Sciences Po Paris. After a few years in house on a variety of matters, including in relation to the United States, he obtained an LLM. from Columbia Law School and joined the Paris (2002) and the New York Bars (2003).


TMT – Technology, media and telecom laws and regulations – France (3d ed.), The Legal 500 TMT Country Comparative Legal Guides, August 2019

e-Discovery – France, The e-Discovery and Information Governance Law Review, July 2019

Advertising: Cross-border overview – France, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, July 2019

Cloud Computing – France, Getting The Deal Through, November 2018

Ethics and the Digital, conference, CHECy, May 2018

The tricks of Cloud agreements, conference (FR), CIO, February 2015


French and English.



    Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has been selected as « Lawyer of the Year » in Information technology law.

    He has also been selected in Litigation and Media law categories.

    Christiane Féral-SchuhlBruno Grégoire Sainte MarieEtienne Papin and Olivier de Courcel, have been selected in the following categories : Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law.

    Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Etienne Papin has been selected in Personal Data and Privacy category.

    Olivier de Courcel has also been selected in Telecommunications Law category for the third consecutive year.


    FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE has been awarded Law firm of the year in the Technology Law category by Corporate Intl Magazine for their 2020 Legal Awards.

  • LEGAL 500 EMEA – EDITION 2019

    The Legal 500 EMEA recommends, for the nineteenth year in a row, FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE’s team in the category “IT, Telecoms & Internet”.

    Covering the full range of IT contracts, data privacy, licensing and telecom issues, Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie handles both litigation and transactional matters. Etienne Papin is currently advising an IT services provider on the drafting of its contractual documents, as well as handling all its disputes with clients and suppliers; he is also collaborating with senior counsel Justine Sinibaldi to review the documentation relating to a French hotel operator’s online reservation platform and management software. On the data side, Richard Willemant advises clients on GDPR compliance, while Olivier de Courcel assisted a client in the perfume industry with an audit of the licensing rights on its databases. Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie  founded the firm and are also key individuals to note alongside associate Stéphanie Foulgoc.


    Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie and Christiane Feral-Schuhl are also ranked as “leading individuals” in this category.

    FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE is also awarded in the categories “Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Designsand Media and Entertainment: Music.


    Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie is a boutique dedicated to new technologies and intellectual property. The firm regularly deals with files related to the IT, new technologie or Internet law. Richard Willemant is particularly involved in the firm and also handles classic brand cases for French and international groups. In particular, he manages trademark infringement litigation.

    “The five-partner team at Féral-Schuhl/Sainte-Marie specialises in software, IT and intellectual property advice, especially with regard to trademark and copyright disputes, domain names and licensing issues. Etienne Papin recently acted for a concert hall operator in litigation against a spectator, and assisted a producer with the management of a concert abroad in the context of its compulsory liquidation. In other highlights, an internationally renowned producer instructed the group to oversee its action against a website reselling illicit tickets and internet providers providing access to the site in question. Associate Stéphanie Foulgoc plays a key supporting role in the practice and is also a name to note.”


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