Representing mainly English-language publishers and agents for French-language rights, Agence Michelle Lapautre has been striving for the past fifty years to develop the presence of English-language authors in French-speaking countries.
The agency was founded in 1961 in New York by Georges Borchardt in partnership with Michelle Lapautre, based in Paris. They concluded four contracts the first year. Five years later, the number of deals had reached a hundred. In 1968, Agence Michelle Lapautre became fully independent. Michelle built the agency’s reputation and activity, making it one of the foremost French literary agencies. Her daughter, Catherine Lapautre, joined the agency in 1994. After Michelle retired, Catherine took over and is now running the agency.
Claire de Robespierre is in charge of contracts and subsidiary rights.
Claire Teeuwissen handles reversions and license renewals.
Pascal Petiteau is the accountant.
Manuscripts, submissions, and follow-up on deals and publications are handled by Marion Schwartzbard and Mathilde Lamborot.