Partner Olivier Cousi helped set up Gide’s Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Media & Technology pratice group.
He is particularly in charge of the Media & Entertainment practice, as well as telecommunications, audiovisual regulation, press, libel and publishing, music, theatre and cinema law, such as the management of copyright and related law, art law or issues related to sponsoring, partnership and advertising.
He is widely acknowledged for his experience in handling both criminal and commercial disputes with regard to the press, intellectual property, the right of personal portrayal, disparagement, advertising, telecommunications and the Internet. His strong experience in these fields makes him a renowned expert, in particular in managing reputational risks before French and international authorities, institutions, and courts. He is also a mediator at the French centre for mediation and arbitration in the above-mentioned fields.
A former Secretary of the Paris Bar young lawyers' association and former member of the Paris Bar Council, Olivier is regularly ranked as a Leading Individual in the main legal directories, such as Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal or Best Lawyers. He has recently been inducted to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The criteria for entry is to have been recognised by Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years.
« Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is highly rated for its ability to pull together multidisciplinary teams to assist with all aspects of advisory telecoms work. Typically retained by blue chip French, Chinese and US operators, the practice also has a strong presence in Africa, where clients benefit from the firm's emphasis on streamlined and virtual forms of communication to avoid the costs associated with travelling and on field visits. The department, led by Olivier Cousi, also works closely with the projects team to advise on the structuring and implementation of public service delegation or PPP contracts. Contentious matters are also dealt with. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« Olivier Cousi specialises in media, entertainment and telecoms. He is also active in the regulatory sector, advising on the regulation of electronic communications in both France and Africa. He recently advised Radio France on several press and media matters. »
Chambers Europe 2017
« Sources rate Olivier Cousi as a pre-eminent TMT practitioner with prowess across a range of disputes concerning the internet and telecommunications. Source particularly note his strong reputation in media law. »
Who's Who Legal 2017
«Olivier Cousi is a talented litigator acting for clients in media, entertainment and telecoms. He also advises on the regulation of electronic communications in France and Africa. »
Chambers Europe 2016
« One client comments: 'He stands out to me and everyone else working with me. He goes beyond the mandate to explain what he is doing'. »
Chambers Europe 2013