Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie

Partner

Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, a founding partner of FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the negotiation and litigation of cases and in technology projects. His practice is mainly devoted to the information and communication technologies sectors.

His French and foreign clients are mainly IT service companies, major users of information systems, software publishers, technical publications companies, databases or photography agencies. He is also involved in matters relating to managers’ liability, governance and internal control, particularly in the information systems area.

Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie is also a specialist in intellectual property and labour law and he is often consulted on new issues related to the digitalization of contents, outsourcing transactions or innovative projects.

In the media industry, Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has developed particular expertise representing media professionals, in particular during litigation cases pertaining to copyrights of digital pictures. With regard to e-commerce, he handles contracts in connection with the Internet.

In 1988 with Christiane Féral-Schuhl, he founded the law firm FG Associés, specialized in computer law and new technologies. FG Associés merged with Salans in 1998. He co-headed the Information Technology and Communications practice group with Christiane Féral-Schuhl.

He graduated from the University of Paris V (Maîtrise de Droit des Affaires, 1977) and the University of Paris X (D.E.A. Droit des Affaires, 1980). He was admitted to the Paris bar in 1979.

Awards

  • CHAMBERS EUROPE 2019

    For the 19th consecutive year, FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE is ranked in the TMT – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY France category.

    “What the team is known for:

    Respected French IT boutique active in litigation, advisory and transactional matters. Handles a variety of IT contracts and agreements as well as advising on digitalisation, electronic archiving and regulatory compliance. Increasingly engaged with personal data compliance audits on behalf of companies and public entities.

    Strengths:

    The lawyers are highly commended for the personalised service they offer to clients, as one source explains: “They reassure us and explain the strategy,” adding: “We have always felt taken care of and accompanied.”

    Other comments touch on the team’s strong experience in IT matters, with one interviewee noting: “I admire their experience and intelligence,” and another source highlighting their skill in litigious matters: “They have the weapons to fight and have all it takes to win.”

    Notable practitioners:

    Christiane Féral-Schuhl specialises in IT and software law, handling both advisory and contentious work, as well as contract negotiations. She is described as a real expert and is strongly regarded for her “very good comprehension of the client’s matters and openness to discussion.”

    Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has “tremendous experience” in the French TMT market. He assists clients with IT agreements and licensing matters. He has further skills in IP transactions. Sources underline his technical expertise and ability to listen to the client.”

  • LEADERS LEAGUE & DECIDEURS MAGAZINE 2019

    In its 2019 Edition of the best law firms in France, LEADERS LEAGUE ranked FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE  as “Leading” in the Internet category.

    LEAGUE LEADERS & DECIDEURS MAGAZINE ranked FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE as “Excellent” in the categories:

    Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, with a special mention for Christiane Féral-Schuhl

    Personal data law, with particular mention for Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Etienne Papin

    Computer Law, with particular mention for Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, Christiane Féral-Schuhl, Olivier de Courcel and Etienne Papin

    Richard Willemant has been ranked as “Highly recommended” in the Intellectual property – Brands, Designs, and Models category.

    Also, Olivier de Courcel and Etienne Papin has been ranked as “Recommended” in the Telecommunications law category.

  • 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.

    “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.”

News

  • Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Richard Willemant are on the front page of the newsletter issued by the Japanese firm Toranomon Chuo, partner with FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE, referring inter alia to the seminar "100 Lawyers...
  • FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE is involved in combating violence against women and will participate to the third edition of the charity run organised by the Fondation des Femmes, a fundraising...
  • Talk of Richard Willemant, Partner, on this subject at the seminar organized by the French National Bar Council and the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) for the "100...

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