As an experienced lawyer and negotiator, I am able to rapidly identify my clients’ issues and come up with innovative and tailor-made solutions in order to build lasting business relationships.
With more than 25 years of practice, Christophe Masse is a lawyer and manager with extensive experience in commercial law, with recognized expertise in entertainment law and intellectual property. Over the course of his career, he has worked with some of the biggest players in the telecommunications industry at both regional and national levels, including CBC/Radio-Canada and Quebecor Media Group. He also headed the Canadian Retransmission Rights Association (CRRA), the organization that administers retransmission rights for the radio and television stations of the largest Canadian and U.S. broadcasters, including CBC/SRC, ABC, CBS, NBC and Télé-Québec.
Equipped with strong negotiating skills, Christophe assists his clients in their most complex commercial and intellectual property matters, including licensing, copyrights, trademarks, patents, innovations, software licensing and technology development contracts. He also advises them on entertainment law matters, including partnership, distribution, acquisition and production agreements. His expertise and strategic vision, combined with his strong interest in innovation and process optimization, make him a valuable ally.
Prior to joining Delegatus, Christophe worked at CBC/Radio-Canada for over 15 years as Senior Legal Counsel and Head of the Copyright Licensing Department. In these roles, he advised various sectors of the company in a wide range of legal and business situations, including the management of intellectual 2 delegatus.ca property and the development of new services and platforms. He has drafted and negotiated various types of legal documents, led the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and the industrial relations with various artistic associations, and managed litigation and arbitration files.
Christophe was also Manager of the Canadian Retransmission Right Association (CRRA), where he managed all strategic and legal aspects of the organization, and acted as point of contact with key executives of member broadcasters and other collective societies.
Previously, he was legal counsel at Loto-Québec, Quebecor Media Group, Copibec (Société québécoise de gestion collective des droits de reproduction), and Competition Law Officer in the Legislative Affairs Department of the Competition Bureau of Canada.