Our approach

If actions speak louder than words, then our approach can be summed up by the reliability of our methods, the expertise and quick reactivity of our team, our ability to anticipate risks and our recognized leadership.

Reliability

We know how to commit to deadlines, fees, results and added value.

Expertise

Our pragmatic and operational solutions are adapted to the field of technology. Our expertise has been the basis of our activity for 20 years.

Quick Response

From the moment we are consulted, we express our opinion and our recommendations. We take a stance and go right to the heart of the matter.

Anticipation

Our solutions and our recommendations always take risks into account. We are proactive, imaginative and a driving force in the field.

Leadership

Our team is a leader in the field of information technologies and communication. For the last 30 years, we have contributed to the evolution of the law and to court precedents in this field.

Every technological project has a strong legal impact. The FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE dedicated team of highly specialized lawyers are experts in this field.

Our story

Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, both lawyers specializing in intellectual property law, set up, in 1988, the law firm FG Associés, devoted to the field of information and technology law. This law firm rapidly became a driving force in new technologies law.

The expertise of the law firm first developed from computer projects.
In the ‘90s, multimedia caused many upheavals in the legal world, particularly in the field of intellectual property. Numerous operators appeared both in the telecommunications sector and the media. Change was in the air and the internet revolution arrived.

In 1998, Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie, along with their team, became part of the international law firm Salans. The globalization of the economy and the internationalization of exchanges called for this evolution. As co-managers of the Information Technologies and Communication Department, they built a team of specialists who knew how to deal with a wide range of issues.

Bolstered by this double experience, Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie decided in 2006 to set up a new law firm called “Feral-Schuhl / Sainte-Marie.” They were joined in this project by their entire team. Feral-Schuhl / Sainte-Marie combine experience, dynamism and creativity in order to offer a quality service that is reactive and adapted to the new needs of their clientele.

Business Sectors
Images
The development of digital image distribution and digital photography has profoundly reshaped the sector of professional photography. Large French photographic press agencies have disappeared notably because of the competition from wire services, the reduction of the advertising market share of the news press, the progressive disappearance of the written news press in favor of the tabloid press, instant news disseminated by internet and the growing role of amateur photographers as witnesses or participants in the news. In parallel with professional product offerings, the choice and number of amateur products, notably through dedicated internet sites, is growing. Whether it is a question of video or photograph, the sector of hobbyist images is exploding, giving birth to new business models, and it is shaking up the hierarchies of the professional image market, where the mobile telephone is replacing the 24x36 box camera. Some companies are becoming unavoidable players in image production and become indispensable to press groups or television stations looking for new subjects at the lowest possible cost, with a view to attracting a large public and new advertising revenue.