THE FIRM This firm maintains its outstanding reputation for PPP/PFI work. It is impressively visible on the high end of the market, and is especially well known for representing public authorities. One of the group's main draws is its superb capacity both on the public law and on the finance side. Recent mandates include advising the Ministry of Transport on the Perpignan–Figueras high-speed rail link concession, and acting for the European Investment Bank on the financing of the direct express railway link between Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport.
Sources say: “One of the most amazing firms in this area.” “It has remarkable expertise in PPP and the capacity to mobilise specialists in a wide range of other areas.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS On the finance side, Daniel Zerbib maintains his outstanding reputation. “He has a strong and deep understanding of the public sector and public contracts in France, and provides solutions, not just advice,” enthuse clients.
Public law partner David Préat is “an enormously capable lawyer and a tough opponent,” acknowledge sources. “He has real vision when it comes to PPP in France, and is particularly imaginative and pertinent in the critical phases,” clients affirm.
Sources highlight "very impressive and ambitious" young counsel Benjamin de Blegiers as an increasingly visible member of the team. He focuses predominantly on the finance aspects of PPP, often working with Daniel Zerbib.
On the public law side, counsel Olivier Belondrade provides "an incredible level of availability and involvement, and faultless work," enthuse clients. Peers also recognise him as a well-respected name in the PPP/PFI field.