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
Internet and E-Commerce
The Internet sector has been subjected to growing pressure for several years. With the increasing number of consumer complaints over the last few years (an increase beyond 200% between 2004 and 2005) and the multiplication of initiatives by consumer protection associations such as UFC Que Choisir acting on behalf of their members, the Internet sector has become more and more regulated, as shown, for example, by the requirement to “clean up” contracts by getting rid of clauses considered unfair, by protests against the cost of telephone assistance in regards to waiting time, by proposals to make filtering tools available for free to users, etc. In addition to these direct actions against Internet providers, the providers have also been called upon to take legal action within the framework of the recent “law for confidence in the digital economy” of June 21, 2004 (LCEN), whether it be for the communication of the identification information of subscribers or the removal or filtering of contents considered illicit. Through the Internet, any company is, or may become, a cyber merchant. A few figures illustrate the success of e-commerce after ten years of existence: 10 billion euros in turnover (30% more than what the traditional mail order business has achieved in 30 years), one out of two internet users buys on-line and there is still margin for an enormous progression (10,000 e-sellers in France and 40,000 in Germany). Using the Internet as a new sales channel is not, however, without risk in regards to the legal regulations applying to on-line commerce, to the specific regulations for the concerned line of business, to the data protection and privacy laws, and to the strengthening of cyber seller liability within the framework of a BtoC business, as now provided under the LCEN.