Etienne Papin


Etienne began his career in 1999, as an Attorney at the Paris Bar. He practices in the IT, Internet and media sectors.


Etienne advises companies in all areas of technology and production law.

He has 20 years’ experience in providing support to his clients in their IT and internet projects, concerning both the contractual and litigation aspects, in particular during expert appraisals. Etienne advises the IT software and service users and providers for all types of projects: system integration, SaaS, maintenance, development and co-development, user license and license audits, software and database distribution, etc.

In the production, music and edition sector, he is regularly involved in issues relating to copyright, in both the contractual and legal aspects. In particular, he advises live entertainment producers and the film and audiovisual production industries with innovative projects and the protection of their rights.

In the internet sector, he advises companies on the regulatory and contractual aspects for the setup of platforms or online sales services. He assists his clients on the aspects related to the protection of their reputation and their brands on the social networks or search engines.

Etienne has accompanied his clients with all the personal data developments, from the law dated August 6, 2004 to the GDPR.

Etienne has also developed a specific expertise in the issues related to dematerialization, electronic signature and electronic archiving.


Etienne graduated with a postgraduate degree (DEA) in literary, artistic and industrial property (Paris II Panthéon-Assas University) which he was awarded in 1995. In 1996, he completed this specialization in intellectual property by a Diplôme de Juriste Conseil d’Entreprise (DJCE) (corporate lawyer diploma) (Cergy-Pontoise University) specializing in company law, taxation, competition law and employment law.

Etienne was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1999.


He also runs several sessions per year of training on the themes: “Dematerialization and electronic signature” and “Computer Contracts”.

He regularly speaks at current affairs conferences, particularly on the legal issues of dematerialization and electronic evidence.




    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.


    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.”


    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.”


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