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Betsy Pearce

Betsy Pearce entered the fashion and luxury sector with experience in business, law and creative-driven industries.

Betsy trained as a management consultant before entering Columbia Law School in 1988.  She first practiced law for a Federal District Judge in New York and then as a litigation attorney at the New York firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Betsy transitioned to entertainment law and practiced for nearly a decade at two entertainment law firms in New York.  Her practice included film, television, theatre, publishing and advertising, as well as three years negotiating Prada's talent engagements for its worldwide advertising campaigns.

Pearce LLP was founded in 2003.  Among Betsy's first transactions were representing Alexander McQueen in the Gucci Group's acquisition of his company and namesake brand, and later Nicolas Ghesquiere in the Gucci Group's acquisition of Balenciaga.  Soon after Betsy joined the Board of Directors of Balenciaga.  

The practice continues to serve an international clientele.  Based in New York, Pearce is fluent in French and maintains a business presence in Paris.

Professional activities include speaking engagements with Harvard Business School and the Council for Fashion Designers of America and serving as judge at the Yale Law School college championship moot court competition. 

Community affiliations include Catholic Guardian Services, Board of Directors.

Columbia Law School, J.D. 1991; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Human Rights Law Review.

Brown University, B.A. 1988; summa cum laude; women's varsity ice hockey team.

L’Universite de Lyon II, 1985.