LONDON & PARIS - Reed Smith today announced the continued expansion of its growing capabilities in the entertainment and media sector with the promotion of Sophie Goossens to the role of partner. Sophie will split her time between London and Paris.

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“We are thrilled to announce Sophie’s promotion. Sophie’s cutting-edge expertise in copyright law and technology, her highly commercial approach and her knowledge of the European policy-making scene have played a pivotal role in developing our group’s European offering since her arrival in 2017,” says Gregor Pryor, co-chair of Reed Smith’s global Entertainment & Media Industry Group. “Sophie’s distinctive skillset and capability enhances our French and broader European offering in a market that is set to influence the European regulatory landscape for years to come. As part of our growth strategy, we also welcome Julien Abella (senior associate) to our Paris office, where he will be working closely with Sophie and the rest of the group.”

“Working across Paris and London means bridging the usual divide between common law and civil law,” says Sophie. “It is exciting, has a lot of inherent value for our clients and brings a unique perspective to our work. I’m excited at the prospect of growing our Paris-based team this year and I am looking forward to unveiling a series of exciting global projects in the field of AI and EU law during the course of 2020.”

Sophie has acted as counsel and litigator for clients in the field of media, entertainment, technology and innovation for over 15 years, with a current focus on AI, pan-European licensing and European copyright reform. Her practice stretches from advising the largest players in the market to cutting-edge start-up companies on digital content, including music, audiovisual works, video games, AI, imagery, audiobooks, podcasts, data and AR/VR to navigating the intricacies of EU law.