Olivier de Courcel

Partner

Member of the Paris and New York Bars

Olivier de Courcel is a member of the Paris Bar and of the Bar of New York. He has been active in the area of information technology and communications for more than fifteen years and practiced as in-house counsel as well as abroad. He regularly works on transactions concerning information technologies and involving commercial and corporate law, as well as intellectual property, for foreign clients as well as French ones

EXPERTISE

Olivier de Courcel’s expertise is focused on Information Systems acquisition, hosting and outsourcing projects as well as on the supply and integration of ERP software and applications. He represents software providers as well as medium or large size companies. His experience also encompasses a number of transactions in the areas of e-commerce and telecommunications, with a specific expertise on outsourcing projects.

TRAINING 

Olivier de Courcel is a graduate of Paris-II University, DEA, Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques and of Columbia University School of Law, LL.M

ASSOCIATIONS

Association pour le Développement de l’Informatique Juridique (Worshop on new technologies in the public sector), Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York State Bar Association, Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprise

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

  • 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...
  • To read the interview of Olivier de Courcel for « The Legal 500 » in « The In-House Lawyer » issue of September 4, 2018.
  • Talk of Olivier de Courcel, Partner, on this subject during a conference organized by the CHECy (Center of High Studies of Cyberspace) on May, 4, 2018. For more information...

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