press review

Press review

Check our press review, which lists the different legal & professional articles in which the lawyers from London law firm for creative industries Crefovi are interviewed or mentioned, in international, national or industry-related press and magazines.

You can read Crefovi’s audiovisual and written content on the page entitled ‟Crefovi’s publications”. However, if you wish to browse our content in an organised manner, we suggest you to explore the other pages of our knowledge library, which classify our publications by categories. On this page, you have access to the press review of Crefovi, which lists the legal & professional articles citing our lawyers.

BFM Business30 January 2023

Hermès: what verdict in the NFT case?

Start this Monday, in New York, of the trial between the American artist Mason Rothschild and Hermès, who accuses him of having marketed NFTs representing the iconic Birkin bag. Lawyer Annabelle Gauberti, founding and managing partner of the law firm Crefovi, gives her take on the possible outcome of this lawsuit.

AFP4 February 2022

Can Hermes and Nike stop ‟unauthorised” NFTs?

As digital objects in the form of NFTs have exploded in popularity and value over the past year, so too have the legal headaches and complications. Nike became the latest company to file a lawsuit over the issue on Thursday – suing shopping platform StockX for creating and marketing NFTs with its logo and branding. It follows a lawsuit last month by French luxury brand Hermes against artist Mason Rothschild, who has auctioned 100 ‟MetaBirkins” – a digital ‟homage” to the label’s famous Birkin bag – some fetching tens of thousands of dollars. Can these cases succeed? The Hermes case could go either way, said lawyer Annabelle Gauberti, whose firm Crefovi specialises in creative industries.

Beverly Hills Bar Association28 September 2021

How to sell your fashion and luxury wares on the other side of the pond, at high margins, despite taxes and duties as well as stringent health & safety regulations?

In the globalisation age, fashion and luxury brands aspire to doing business everywhere, servicing their retail clients on each continent. Yet, trade and geographical barriers are still in place, and even increased during the inward-looking Trump era in the US and Brexit transition in the UK, making smooth and seamless fashion and luxury purchase transactions a challenge. So, what is the best approach, in the post-COVID, post-Trump, and post-Brexit world, to sell your fashion and luxury wares around the world, while making high margins? The Global Fashion Lawyer published our article in its September issue.

Spears-Art Lawyers25 August 2021

The best art lawyers for high-net-worth individuals

Welcome to the Spear’s ranking of the best art lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in the UK. The list features our Top recommended lawyers. Annabelle Gauberti, founding and managing partner of Crefovi, is nominated as top recommended art lawyer by Spear’s.

L'Agefi Actifs19 July 2021

Art: legally atypical assets

To qualify them, it is an art. Some artworks go beyond the provisions of our laws and raise questions in relation to their exact definition. Five examples. L’Agefi Actifs interviewed our founding and managing partner Annabelle Gauberti, on atypical art assets.

22 April 2021

Chanel loses interlocking ‟Cs” TM case against Huawei

WIPR senior editor Muireann Bolger interviewed our founding and managing partner Annabelle Gauberti, on the Chanel v Huawei judgment, handed down on 21 April 2021 by the EU general court.

9 March 2021

Cancel culture

France Bleu columnist Willy Rovelli interviews our founding and managing partner Annabelle Gauberti, on cancel culture, and its arrival in France.

Press review7 January 2021

These are the Top Legal Tech Companies in France (2021)

This article showcases Welp Magazine’s top picks for the best France-based legal tech companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the legal tech industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow. Crefovi is one of these best France-based legal tech companies, according to Welp Magazine!

Winter 2020/2021

La revue dessinée: Le freeport Luxembourg

This comic strip sets out a fascinating story about greed, lack of transparency, and retaliation in the art world, in which our founding and managing partner, Annabelle Gauberti, is cited (and portrayed!) several times, to illustrate her views about the ongoing Dmitri Rybolovlev v Yves Bouvier legal saga.

Press review23 November 2020

Perfume makers are fighting back against an illegal fake scent boom

Inside the tactics that luxury perfume makers are using to throw counterfeiters off the scent. Our founding and managing partner, Annabelle Gauberti, gets interviewed by Carly Page, journalist at Wired UK, about how to fight efficiently against perfume counterfeiting. 

Press review20 February 2020

Art market: France places its pawns

Record sales, opening of a conservation centre of art works at the Bourget airport, reform of the Conseil des ventes… France wants to take advantage of Brexit and the Chinese-American standoff in order to take its ranking back on the art market. The two top auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, are now in French ownership. But at what price is this development? Crefovi’s founding and managing partner, Annabelle Gauberti, is interviewed in this very insightful and gritty piece on the current state of the French art market.

Press review11 February 2020

Counterfeiting: brands fight on the terrain, despite internet explosion

Depending on their means, businesses fight counterfeiting both in brick and mortar as well as physical retail points, than on online retail platforms. This is David against Goliath. Our founding and managing partner, Annabelle, is interviewed in this article on the fight against counterfeiting.

press review27 March 2019

Art and arbitration: what needs to be done to improve the security of art sales and transactions

A better option than litigation is needed in the art sector, such as arbitration. However, there is a lack of effective arbitration services offered to stakeholders operating in this industry. What can be done about it, to increase the trustworthiness of this opaque yet dynamic market?

press review29 March 2018

Francois Pinault: the godfather of contemporary art

Businessman or collector? The billionaire, owner of the auction house Christie’s and of around 3,000 art works, merges both. His latest temple: the Bourse du commerce, in Paris. Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of Crefovi, is interviewed by Challenges here and gives her opinion.

press review23 February and 7 March 2017

A $100 Million Mystery: A Russian, His Art, and His Big Losses

Dmitry Rybolovlev sold three works for an estimated $100 million loss and stands to lose even more in upcoming auctions. Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of Crefovi, is interviewed by Bloomberg here and there and gives her opinion.

press review27 June 2016

Design firms should ‟relocate their operations to the EU” if Brexit talks fail, says lawyer

Moving would allow these business to get round trade barriers that could be erected if the UK fails to negotiate access to the single market, said Annabelle Gauberti, partner at law firm Crefovi.  Annabelle Gauberti is interviewed by Dezeen Magazine here.

1 January 2016

Why selective distribution makes sense for luxury and premium businesses

Why selective distribution can be an excellent option for luxury brand owners allowing them to control how their products are sold within a certain territory, there are potential clashes with competition law, particularly in the European Union. Annabelle Gauberti’s article is published by the World Trademark Review here.

press review13 November 2015

Samples: Toxic loans

If using musical samples in new musical compositions has become common practice, obtaining lawful authorisations remains a hardcore task. And a lot of artists keep on avoiding it. Annabelle Gauberti is interviewed by Libération here.

press review9 October 2015

Neighbouring rights in the digital era

Sound recording producers, artists and performers have everything to win in finding a consensus on neighbouring rights in the digital era. Annabelle Gauberti explains why.

press review1 September 2015

EU court invalidates Louis Vuitton’s trademark on checkerboard pattern

Annabelle Gauberti was interviewed by Jenny Davis from the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal in relation to the latest fight in court of luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton. What is going to happen to Louis Vuitton’s trademarks on chequerboard patterns? Find this out in this article!

press review2 July 2015

Amy Winehouse documentary: why capturing the life of a star on screen is risky business

Fundamentally, though, it’s tricky to stop someone saying anything they want about you, explains Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner at legal firm Crefovi. ‟However, it is possible to make the life of the content creator very difficult”, she adds.

press review25 March 2015

Defeating counterfeits – Why do fakes flourish and what does it take to fight the counterfeit menace?

Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of Crefovi, was interviewed by the Blackbook in order to provide information about legal and non-legal tools against counterfeiting to the mainly Indian readership of this magazine. Read her point of view, from page 20 onwards of the pdf version of the Blackbook.

IPKat 2015 conference8 March 2015

IP in Luxury Goods and Fashion: a patent Kat investigates

This Kat had a great time at ialci recent conference on ‟Intellectual Property: how to protect, manage and & monetise the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands”. Coming from a ‟staid” patents background, it was fascinating to see the different concepts at play in protecting fashion: IP rights being used in an environment where what is ‟in fashion” is always changing, where the subtleties of aesthetics and subconscious copying are important and where the internet is creating new ways of infringing and new ways to protect celebrity rights.

press review22 February 2015

Protection of trade secrets and craftsmanship: what is in the works?

In the legal field, craftsmanship is usually referred to as ‟know-how” or ‟trade secrets”.
Unlike trademarks, copyright, designs and patents, trade secrets – which are an integral part of the creative strategy of 75 percent of companies in the European Union (‟EU”) – do not currently benefit from strong protection granted by a harmonised and set framework of rules! Read it from Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of the London and Paris luxury law firm Crefovi, in this article published in Info Magazine.

Counterfeiting, an ancestral art15 December 2014

Counterfeiting, an ancestral art!

Before being a victim of counterfeiters, France has long been the specialist of copying products … from China! Frédéric Brillet interviews and quotes Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of the London and Paris luxury law firm Crefovi, for this article published in Le Capital, Dossier Spécial Luxe.

press review17 November 2014

Fashion law is becoming a ridiculously profitable industry

Long considered ‟too fluffy” for serious lawyers, fashion law has emerged in recent years as one of the most lucrative -– and occasionally absurd -– new battlegrounds for the legal profession. Hear it from Eric Randolph, from AFP, who quotes Crefovi’s Annabelle Gauberti.

music licenses1 September 2014

IP Clinic: They’re playing our song. Sue them!

What happens when brands fail to secure the right music licences for their advertising campaigns? Read the answers from three perspectives: the point of view of the licensor, given by Tom Foster, Head of Film & TV – Licencing at Universal Music Publishing; the point of view of the licensee, given by Richard Kirstein, founder of Resilient Music and the advice from the music lawyer, given by Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of Crefovi.

press review25 July 2014

A tale of sports stars, rappers and lawyers

I spent Tuesday morning this week learning about IP licencing from Lionel Messi, Sachin Tendulkar, Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix at a seminar discussing celebrity endorsement and music rights.

press review6 June 2014

Bitcoin venture opens digital payment system to jewellers

Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of Crefovi, was interviewed by the Financial Times on the legal angle in relation to the use of the virtual currency Bitcoin, in the fine jewellery sector, for this article.

11 October 2013

Understanding Rihanna vs Topshop

Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of law firm for creative industries Crefovi, explains the law surrounding ‟passing off” and what Rihanna’s recent victory against Topshop means for artists. This article was published in Music Week.

press review12 August 2013

Raid on London’s street art 

Annabelle Gauberti, founding partner of Crefovi, was interviewed by Le Figaro on the legal angle to street art, provenance and ownership, for this article.

26 July 2013

How the art market became a luxury goods business – revisited 

I came across an interesting piece, on Phaidon’s website, recently, entitled ‟How the art market became a luxury goods business”.  This article describes the reactions to, and contains an interview about, artist Andrea Fraser’s essay ‟L’1 pour cent c’est moi”, freely available to download from the Whitney Museum’s website as part of its 2012 Biennial.

1 January 2013

Art tax law: a double-hedged sword

How art tax law is a decisive tool to promote, or demote, global art market hubs. The art market is booming. It only took 18 months for it to recover from a severe contraction, from October 2008 to the summer of 2009.

1 March 2012

Wig and gown in vogue on the catwalk

Behind the scenes during a fashion week, it’s not just models, designers and their production teams working frantically backstage. Perhaps the busiest member of a label’s in-house team might not be the first figure to spring to mind: its lawyer.

May 2004

Law of luxury goods – fashion law

London and Paris luxury law firm publishes some proprietary research on the law of luxury goods and fashion, in collaboration with prestigious legal publication brand Lamy Wolter Kluwers. The supplement is the first, and broadest, opus on the law of luxury goods and the law of fashion, under French law, ever published.

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