The law of electronic communications / telecoms

Affected by a strong regulatory component and by a growing control of Competition Law, the Law of Electronic Communications has widened its field of application to keep pace with evolutions and the convergence of technologies.

For operators and service providers, the need for legal accompaniment appears with the conception of the Business Plan. The legal approach sometimes combines with strategic consulting. For clients, a mastery of contractual practices in this sector is mandatory.

With strong experience that dates back to the beginnings of liberalization, we accompany not only network operators, service providers, and equipment manufacturers but also end clients in the different aspects of their activities, particularly in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the sale or acquisition of equipment, infrastructures or transmission capacities (IRUs, spatial segments), the supplying of telecommunication services both to consumers (triple play offers) and to large accounts (IP networks, VSAT) and also on questions of interconnection, licensing and other regulatory aspects.

We help our clients in the implementation of their projects both within France and abroad, whether it be within the framework of mergers and strategic alliances or of internal development.



    FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE was named by the Best Lawyers 2019 as “Law Firm of the Year” in Technology Law for having the most listed lawyers in this practice area.

    Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has been selected as « Lawyer of the Year » in Media Law categories and is named in those categories for the second consecutive year.

    Christiane Féral-Schuhl, Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, Etienne Papin and Olivier de Courcel, have been selected in the following categories : Information Technology Law and Technology Law.

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

    Etienne Papin has been selected in Personal Data and Privacy category.

    Christiane Féral-Schuhl, Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie and Etienne Papin have also been selected in Intellectual Property Law category for the third consecutive year.

  • Who’s Who Legal 2018

    The 2018 Edition of the “Who’s Who Legal” ranks Christiane Féral-Schuhl as “well known” in the “Data” category for her long-standing experience in IT, telecoms, media and data privacy issues.

    Also, the 2018 Edition of the “Who’s Who Legal” recognises “Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie [as] highly respected in the IT law category and is a firm favourite among clients, who include IT service companies and major users of information systems.

    Finally, “Olivier de Courcel has over 15 years of experience in IT and communications where he is well versed in handling a range of related transactional and commercial matters”.


    Christiane Féral-Schuhl was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Technology LawLawyer of the Year” in Paris.

    Christiane Féral-Schuhl, Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, Etienne Papin, Olivier de Courcel and Olivia Luzi, partners of FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in France 2016 in the fields of Information Technology Law and other areas.