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Public Law — France


Allen & Overy LLP - Public Law Department

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Band 1

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What the team is known for Skilled team regularly advising French construction companies, institutional investors and public entities. Acts on M&A transactions, concession agreements and project financing as well as administrative litigation. Demonstrates expertise in public contracts and infrastructure issues stemming from both brownfield and greenfield projects. Also handles regulatory issues in a range of sectors such as infrastructure, media and energy.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the knowledge of the lawyers, as well as their "openness, friendly contact and dedication to our case."

Additional sources say: "What amazed me about this firm was its ability to mobilise resources and its respect of deadlines."

Work highlights Advised The French Ministry of Transportation and Sustainable Development on the non-high speed national rail network, including the negotiation of a new concession contract with SNCF.

Acted for the consortium led by VINCI Airports on the EUR535 million acquisition from the French state of a 60% stake in the Lyon airports operator.

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Head of department Romaric Lazerges has strong expertise in administrative litigation, regulatory issues and public contracts. Clients say that he has a "global vision of the situation, his experience brings depth to the analysis." Further sources describe working with him as "simple, clear and efficient – we found the right rhythm of working together."

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Clifford Chance Europe LLP - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading firm, focusing primarily on high-profile public contracts and litigation in major infrastructure matters, acting for sponsors, public authorities and lenders. Involved in PPP on an international level, with significant experience in related state aid issues. Highly active on brownfield projects such as acquisitions and refinancing operations. Also handles innovative greenfield projects in transportation and telecoms.

Work highlights Acted for the French Ministry of Justice on the partnership contract with Arelia regarding the financing, construction and maintenance of the future Paris courthouse.

Assisted a consortium led by Transdev with its EUR1.7 billion bid for the operation of the express rail link between Paris and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

Notable practitioners

David Préat is well recognised for his significant experience in the public law area. He acts for both public and private clients on high-profile infrastructure transactions, mostly in the energy and transportation sectors.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Top-tier firm for public administrative law with a wide range of specialists in energy and environment, urban planning and development. Seasoned in litigation for sponsors and public authorities, particularly those in the industrial and banking sectors. Strong experience in public procurement contracts, PPP and regulated sectors.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's precision, speed of response and business acumen, also admiring the "practical and simple solutions" it provides.

Sources also praise the breadth of the practice, saying that it covers every part of public law.

Work highlights Advised Fédération Française de Tennis on the restructuring of Stade Roland Garros.

Advised PSA Peugeot Citroën on the administrative aspects of the conversion and development of its 180 hectare production site in Aulnay.

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Sources say Thomas Courtel is "outstanding," citing his charisma and intelligence. He boasts strong expertise in PPP and often advises private companies on large-scale infrastructure projects such as railroads, airports and stadiums.

Michel Guénaire is noted for his experience in the energy sector. He handles domestic and international public law issues, advising public bodies and private companies on public procurement, concession agreements and litigation proceedings.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Exceptional team for project financing. Advises a range of public entities, concession holders and lenders. Highly active on high-profile concession agreements and project refinancings, particularly related to transport infrastructure projects such as high-speed trains, airports or motorways. Offers further experience in administrative disputes, regarding contractual issues and tax.

Strengths Clients say the firm offers an "excellent middle ground between public law and PFI/PPP," adding: "It is one of the best combinations you can find in Paris."

Work highlights Assisted Printemps with its challenge before the administrative court of a building permit issued by the city of Vélizy.

Advised the lenders to Arcour on the potential refinancing of the A19 motorway.

Notable practitioners

Star individual Thierry Laloum is considered the "crème de la crème" of the public law market by interviewees, who describe him as a "tactician and strategist with a great subtlety." He is also valued for his availability and pragmatism and collects further praise from clients for being "very pleasant, polite and affable, with a lot of precision in his work." He specialises in PPP and concession agreements, assisting domestic and international clients with their litigation proceedings before the French administrative courts.

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Our public law team advises public bodies, local governments, semi-publicly owned companies and financial institutions on the construction, financing and management of public assets and services (underground trains, hospitals, stadiums, plants for treatment of household waste, etc.), including in connection with public-private partners.

We advise on a wide range of domestic and international transactions in particular for sponsors and corporates as well as a number of leading lending institutions.

Our attorneys provide advice in all areas of environmental law as it relates to M&A transactions as well as administrative, civil and criminal litigation, shut downs of industrial sites, negotiation with French and European authorities and regulatory issues.

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Baker McKenzie SCP - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong administrative and public law team with a loyal client base deriving from public entities and domestic and international commercial companies. Also strong in antitrust law, privatisation and public sector restructuring. Expertise encompasses both constitutional law and administrative litigation. Often advises clients from regulated sectors such as energy, TMT and transportation.

Strengths Clients appreciate the "great skill and legal knowledge of the lawyers," as well as their availability.

Work highlights Acted for ATOS Worldline on a EUR50 million litigation before the Paris administrative court concerning a tender for the automation of road speed limit offences.

Notable practitioners

Emmanuel Guillaume is admired by interviewees for his "analytical skills, good relations with clients and availability." He offers expertise in advisory and litigious matters, with particular experience in the regulation of energy, transport and telecoms networks.

Arnaud Cabanes is described by sources as "very helpful and always available, even on the weekend." He boasts extensive experience in public contracts, tenders and litigation in front of the French administrative courts.

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Dentons - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for High-quality, compact team with great experience in regulatory law involving transportation, energy and media. Handles PPP and PFI among other contractual schemes and technical deals on behalf of sponsors, lenders and public authorities. Particularly strong focus on public services and infrastructure such as public transportation, roads and university buildings.

Strengths The team distinguishes itself for its "diverse practice."

Work highlights Assisted Limack with the privatisation of the Nice and Lyon airport.

Acted for Engie on state aid issues relating to their sea-water air conditioning project in La Réunion.

Notable practitioners

Marc Fornacciari is "very client-oriented and a good listener" according to interviewees. He boasts strong expertise in PPP, concession contracts and regulatory law in the energy, transport and environment sectors. He also advises on privatisations, state aid issues and contentious matters.

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Jones Day - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong ability in administrative litigation concerning both regulatory and contractual issues. Advises on commercial and non-commercial joint ventures and the restructuring and reorganisation of public entities. Diverse range of experience of regulatory law within the energy, telecoms and transportation sectors. Further expertise in public procurement and concession contracts.

Strengths Sources suggest the firm is "absolutely excellent."

Work highlights Represented SYNLAB in a litigation against the National Chamber of Pharmacists regarding anticompetitive rules imposed on medical laboratories by the agency.

Assisted RATP with the regulatory aspects of the Grand Paris transportation project.

Notable practitioners

Philippe Delelis advises private clients and public authorities on regulatory and contract issues. He also offers expertise in administrative litigation proceedings. Clients praise him for being "very efficient," while further interviewees highlight his "capacity to give good advice in regulatory matters."

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Linklaters - Public Law Department

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Basic facts about the Department Distinguished team of experts in energy and renewables projects, acting on the financing and structuring of transactions. Advises domestic and international clients from the public and private sector on litigation, pre-litigation and regulatory matters. Strong links with the firm's M&A and finance teams. Also handles privatisation, public procurement and concession contracts.

Strengths Clients say the team is made up of "very efficient, reactive and creative people," adding: "We are happy to recommend such a quality team."

Interviewees also suggest: "They have a full picture of the market."

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Paul Lignières' "technical expertise and strategic vision," adding: "He is a real negotiator – able to turn a situation around and win the case." He boasts strong expertise in public procurement, privatisation, state aid and competition law issues. Sources also highlight the "extreme excellence and precision of his legal reasoning, and his perfect knowledge of the operation of public organisations."

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Orrick Rambaud Martel - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Established practice in contractual public law assisting sponsors and lenders with PPP and public procurement. Advises some of the highest-profile concession companies in the market and is active in public infrastructure development and financing. Also acts for the French state and semi-public companies. Well versed in regulatory issues arising from the energy, telecoms and media sectors. Offers further experience in litigious matters.

Work highlights Assisted the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea with the contract negotiations with the developers of six offshore wind farm projects.

Acted for Caisse des Dépôts on its potential investment in Synnov.

Notable practitioners

Noël Chahid-Nouraï is well regarded for his broad expertise. His practice covers the full spectrum of public law, including concessions, PPP, regulatory issues and disputes. He often acts for the French government and other public bodies.

Jean-Luc Champy often advises lenders, public authorities and private companies on high-value infrastructure projects in the energy, transportation and telecoms sectors.

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Bredin Prat - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Compact department known for its activity in public business law, frequently supporting the firm's M&A and corporate team in transactional matters. Notable experience in regulated sectors, including energy and transportation. Also handles contentious matters, offering expertise in tax litigation and administrative proceedings.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the depth of knowledge demonstrated by the lawyers and highlight the "overwhelming quality of their work and their will to bring the service you really need," adding: "They can mobilise all their skills and energy for you – it's great."

Additional sources have an excellent opinion of the firm, citing the "perfect knowledge and expertise" of the team.

Work highlights Assisted Uber with public law matters, particularly related to new regulations concerning private transportation operators.

Acted for Air Liquide on a litigation regarding French tax on the final consumption of electricity.

Notable practitioners

Yann Aguila acts on a wide range of public law matters such as regulatory issues, transactions and litigation before the French courts. Sources are quick to highlight his previous experience in the Conseil d'Etat, suggesting he "knows perfectly well the functioning of the administrative courts." Further clients are impressed with his remarkable approach and "knowledge of public law issues and institutions," adding: "His experience has no comparison."

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Bredin Prat advises on all aspects of public law, public business law and environmental law, in respect of both French and cross-border matters, in connection with both transactions and litigation.

Our public law team works with public bodies and economic operators to design complex contractual arrangements and to draft and negotiate agreements regarding public-private partnership (PPP) agreements, concessions, public procurement contracts and agreements for public property occupancy. Assisting public sector bodies and companies on numerous M&A transactions and litigation matters has strengthened the firm’s knowledge and expertise in this field.

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CMS - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Expert in advising private companies on public business law, as well as handling high-profile mandates in urban planning law and regulatory law for national institutions and semi-public companies. Involved in documentation matters including the introduction, development and implementation of public contracts, as well as litigation arising from the performance of public contracts. Advises on matters in regulated sectors, such as telecoms, energy and transportation.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the "broad range of legal expertise" offered by the firm and say it maintains "good communication between experts in different fields."

Further sources highlight the quality, availability and flexibility of the team.

Work highlights Advised Altitude Infrastructure on the EUR150 million refinancing of a portfolio of six broadband concessions.

Assisted Caisse des Dépôts with its first green bond issue, with a volume of EUR500 million.

Notable practitioners

François Tenailleau boasts extensive experience in public law, acting on complex contract matters such as PPP, public procurements and concession agreements. Clients value his "good understanding of the business matters," While additional sources point out that he is "easy to communicate with and reliable."

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Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Advises on a range of public contracts, including public procurement, PPP and concession agreements. Also handles privatisation mandates and the public law aspects of M&A. Assists with regulation across the transportation, finance and telecoms sectors. Strong experience in litigation before the administrative and commercial courts.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the "very good quality team."

Work highlights Advised Safran on the public law aspects of its EUR8 billion merger with Zodiac.

Assisted SNCF Réseau with the structuring of the concession contract for the EUR1.8 billion CDG Express project.

Notable practitioners

Henri Savoie advises clients on the public law aspects of M&A transactions as well as litigation proceedings before the administrative courts. He often acts for private clients and public authorities in regulated sectors such as energy, TMT and transportation. Sources say he is "really well organised."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Significant administrative and public law group highlighted for providing guidance on corporate and regulatory law. Advises clients on real estate and privatisation mandates. Integrated energy and infrastructure team offers specific expertise in regulatory matters in the energy, telecoms and infrastructure sectors, while maintaining impressive cases in greenfield projects. Well versed in cross-border issues, particularly involving Germany.

Strengths Interviewees admire the client-oriented approach of the team, highlighting its "great reactivity and ability to make good decisions quickly."

Work highlights Advised Boehringer Ingelheim on obtaining foreign investment authorisation from the French state for the strategic swap of its consumer healthcare business with the animal health business of Sanofi.

Acted for Airbus Defense and Space on the regulatory aspects and foreign investment clearance of the EUR1 billion carve out and sale of its defense sensors and border security businesses to KKR.

Notable practitioners

Acting on advisory and litigious matters, Pascal Cuche offers experience in regulated sectors such as energy, life sciences and transportation, assisting private clients as well as public bodies. Clients say he is "diligent, reactive and very clear in his analyses."

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UGGC Avocats - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Handles a range of public law issues for public entities and private companies. Represents clients in disputes before the administrative and constitutional courts, especially concerning contracts, economic regulations and liability issues. Offers further experience in public procurement, urban planning and public real estate matters.

Notable practitioners

Thierry Dal Farra is well regarded by interviewees for his "great reactivity and availability," while others highlight his "very good knowledge and efficiency." He acts on public contracts, public authority liability and public finance matters, as well as contentious issues.

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August Debouzy - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong team advising both public bodies and multinational companies on contentious and advisory public law matters. Significant experience in litigation before the administrative and constitutional courts. Further expertise in public procurement contracts and restructuring in the public sector.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the "very high-level and multidisciplinary" composition of the team.

Work highlights Assisted the Commune de Manigod with its dispute against the former concession holder of a ski resort.

Notable practitioners

Vincent Brenot offers strong expertise in contentious matters, regularly advising both public and private sector clients before the French administrative courts.

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Bird & Bird - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable practice for public infrastructure project finance, especially smaller PPP and renewable energy. Team advises on public real estate, public service delegations and public procurements. Co-operates with a wider financing team to provide advice to a broad range of domestic and foreign clients including lenders, borrowers and investors. Also advises a number of developers, infrastructure operators and construction companies.

Strengths Clients value the team's attentiveness and "big experience of complex contracts," while further sources highlight the precise analysis provided by the lawyers.

Work highlights Acted for the consortium formed by NGE and Altitude on the award of a EUR500 million public service delegation for the financing, design, construction and operation of a high-speed communication network in Alsace.

Assisted the SYVADE de la Guadeloupe with a number of disputes arising from the termination of a concession contract.

Notable practitioners

Sophie Pignon handles the contractual and financing aspects of concessions and PPP, particularly in the real estate, transportation and telecom sectors. Clients appreciate her ability to find solutions to complex contractual matters and say she is "reactive and brilliant."

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An experience and expertise adapted on the demands of our clients:

  • Our team advices industrial operators, lenders, governments and public authorities, investment banks and constructors about infrastructure projects, energy and utilities and privatisation projects.​Our team developed an expertise concerning
  • Public contacts (public sector delegations, public-private partnership contracts, administrative emphyteutic leases, public procurements, lease agreement / lease contract in the public sector);
  • Regulatory aspects and regulation in the transport, electricity gas and telecommunication sectors;
  • Litigation in administrative courts.

Our team in public law is supported by a financing team which has a renowned expertise and acts as adviser to lenders, borrowers, mezzanine funds or financial investors, in project finance, acquisition finance, and real-estate finance.

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De Pardieu Brocas Maffei - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Prominent team for complex public contractual structures, including dispute resolution arising from governmental contracts. Attracts clients from domestic industrial groups and state-controlled enterprises. Experienced in regulated industries and public services, with a strong practice in PPP, public finance and government grants. Particularly active in the energy sector.

Strengths Clients appreciate the pragmatism and availability of the team.

Work highlights Advised AREVA on the public law aspects of the EUR2.5 billion sale of a controlling stake of AREVA NP to EDF.

Notable practitioners

Well versed in regulated industries, Christine Le Bihan-Graf is particularly recognised for her experience in the energy sector. She boasts significant expertise in economic public law and regularly advises on project financing issues.

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Our Public Law team regularly contributes its expertise in public contracts and complex contractual structures to major industrial groups, banks and investment funds, service providers, national authorities and State-controlled enterprises in France and abroad.

Our experience extends to all regulated industries (energy, electronic communications, audiovisual, transport, defence, finance, etc.) and all public services (utilities, waste management, public transport).

Lawyers from our Public Law practice work closely with members of the other firm’s teams to provide comprehensive, multi-practice services. 

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  • Public contracts – Public property
  • Public sector – Economic regulation and deregulation – Competition
  • Public finance – Tax
  • Government grants

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LPA-CGR avocats - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Significant experience in energy and public law, especially the renewable energy sector. Involved in public procurement, service delegations and finance. Attracts clients from utilities groups, the energy sector, local authorities and semi-public companies. Assists with both litigation and advisory issues on contractual and permitting matters. Well versed in urban planning and public real estate.

Strengths The lawyers collect praise for their dedication, fast responses and the "very good co-operation between the different teams of the firm."

Further clients describe the team as "passionate and engaged," while others highlight its "pragmatism and agility."

Work highlights Advised Eiffage Immobilier Méditerranée on the creation of the design, implementation and operation contracts for Smartseille, a new eco-area of Marseille.

Assisted EDSB with a litigation concerning the building permit of a biomass heating plant.

Notable practitioners

Hélène Gelas, Hélène Cloëz, Fabrice Cassin and Olivier Ortega are key contacts at the firm.

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Schmitt Avocats - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Boutique public law firm specialising in public business law and public real estate law, handling state aid, public criminal law and urban planning. Attracts clients from a range of business sectors such as manufacturers, construction firms and service companies. Handles contracts including PPP, public procurements and public service concessions, as well as related litigation before the French administrative courts.

Strengths Sources praise the reactivity of the lawyers and say they are "reliable, they respect the deadlines and they know how to work as a team."

Work highlights Represented SEA-invest in its dispute with the port of Bordeaux regarding the operation of the Verdon container terminal.

Notable practitioners

Olivier Schmitt is widely recognised for his technical capabilities and offers significant experience in public contracts and administrative litigation. He advises clients active in the hygiene, defence and real estate sectors.

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Watson Farley & Williams LLP - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Significant focus on energy matters and public real estate, as well as regulatory issues. Strong sector experience in communications, transport and water. Interdisciplinary team works with firm's corporate and tax practices on public contracts such as procurement, PPP and concessions. Advises a broad range of clients such as public authorities, lenders and international companies on their contractual matters and litigation proceedings.

Strengths Clients applaud the quality of the expertise demonstrated by the team and praise its "skill in negotiations."

Work highlights Assisted the French Ministry of Defence with its A400M aircraft programme.

Acted for Exterimmo on its bid for a public service concession for the financing and operation of a leisure centre.

Notable practitioners

Laurent Battoue is the key contact for the team.

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Our highly regarded practice covers a wide range of issues in public business law including public contracts (public procurement, concessions and PPPs), regulatory expertise, litigation and foreign investor regimes. The team variously assists sponsors, public entities and lenders on high-profile matters. Our advice is not restricted to purely regulatory or contractual issues but extends to competition rules which often overlap, especially the rules on State aid, abuse of a dominant position and on mergers. We assist clients in proceedings before the relevant authorities and/or before the courts. Our partners also have complementary expertise in real estate/public domain law and project contracts. 


The team is active in regulated industries in which our firm has strong sector expertise, such as energy (including renewable energy and energy infrastructure), infrastructure, water/waste/sewage, transport (including maritime, aviation, rail, and roads), networks communications and defence. 


We have worked with government agencies, international organisations, industrial groups and banks on matters ranging from renewable energy and infrastructure schemes to telecommunications and pharmaceutical projects.

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White & Case LLP - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed firm with expertise in state ownership, procurement and regulation. Provides advice to high-profile public sector bodies, with a specialism in privatisations and the reorganisation of public services. Strong experience in domestic and cross-border transport infrastructure projects.

Work highlights Assisted VINCI Concessions with the construction and public law aspects of the A45 motorway concession.

Advised PlasticsEurope on its dispute before the Conseil Constitutionnel regarding the constitutionality of a French law suspending the sale of food packaging containing bisphenol A.

Notable practitioners

Jacques Bouillon has a wealth of experience in public law, regularly advising on project financing, infrastructure projects and PPP. Clients appreciate that he is "on top of things," and say he is "good to work with on complex projects" in public law.

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Senior Statesperson

Noël Chahid-Nouraï

Orrick Rambaud Martel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Noël Chahid-Nouraï is well regarded for his broad expertise. His practice covers the full spectrum of public law, including concessions, PPP, regulatory issues and disputes. He often acts for the French government and other public bodies.

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Star Individuals

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Star individual Thierry Laloum is considered the "crème de la crème" of the public law market by interviewees, who describe him as a "tactician and strategist with a great subtlety." He is also valued for his availability and pragmatism and collects further praise from clients for being "very pleasant, polite and affable, with a lot of precision in his work." He specialises in PPP and concession agreements, assisting domestic and international clients with their litigation proceedings before the French administrative courts.

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Star Individuals

Clifford Chance Europe LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Préat is well recognised for his significant experience in the public law area. He acts for both public and private clients on high-profile infrastructure transactions, mostly in the energy and transportation sectors.

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Band 1

Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say Thomas Courtel is "outstanding," citing his charisma and intelligence. He boasts strong expertise in PPP and often advises private companies on large-scale infrastructure projects such as railroads, airports and stadiums.

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Band 1

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marc Fornacciari is "very client-oriented and a good listener" according to interviewees. He boasts strong expertise in PPP, concession contracts and regulatory law in the energy, transport and environment sectors. He also advises on privatisations, state aid issues and contentious matters.

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Band 1

Emmanuel Guillaume

Baker McKenzie SCP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emmanuel Guillaume is admired by interviewees for his "analytical skills, good relations with clients and availability." He offers expertise in advisory and litigious matters, with particular experience in the regulation of energy, transport and telecoms networks.

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Band 1

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Romaric Lazerges has strong expertise in administrative litigation, regulatory issues and public contracts. Clients say that he has a "global vision of the situation, his experience brings depth to the analysis." Further sources describe working with him as "simple, clear and efficient – we found the right rhythm of working together."

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Band 1

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Paul Lignières' "technical expertise and strategic vision," adding: "He is a real negotiator – able to turn a situation around and win the case." He boasts strong expertise in public procurement, privatisation, state aid and competition law issues. Sources also highlight the "extreme excellence and precision of his legal reasoning, and his perfect knowledge of the operation of public organisations."

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie SCP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arnaud Cabanes is described by sources as "very helpful and always available, even on the weekend." He boasts extensive experience in public contracts, tenders and litigation in front of the French administrative courts.

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Band 2

Orrick Rambaud Martel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jean-Luc Champy often advises lenders, public authorities and private companies on high-value infrastructure projects in the energy, transportation and telecoms sectors.

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Band 2

Thierry Dal Farra

UGGC Avocats

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thierry Dal Farra is well regarded by interviewees for his "great reactivity and availability," while others highlight his "very good knowledge and efficiency." He acts on public contracts, public authority liability and public finance matters, as well as contentious issues.

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Band 2

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Delelis advises private clients and public authorities on regulatory and contract issues. He also offers expertise in administrative litigation proceedings. Clients praise him for being "very efficient," while further interviewees highlight his "capacity to give good advice in regulatory matters."

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Band 2

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henri Savoie advises clients on the public law aspects of M&A transactions as well as litigation proceedings before the administrative courts. He often acts for private clients and public authorities in regulated sectors such as energy, TMT and transportation. Sources say he is "really well organised."

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Band 2

François Tenailleau

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

François Tenailleau boasts extensive experience in public law, acting on complex contract matters such as PPP, public procurements and concession agreements. Clients value his "good understanding of the business matters," While additional sources point out that he is "easy to communicate with and reliable."

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Band 3

Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yann Aguila acts on a wide range of public law matters such as regulatory issues, transactions and litigation before the French courts. Sources are quick to highlight his previous experience in the Conseil d'Etat, suggesting he "knows perfectly well the functioning of the administrative courts." Further clients are impressed with his remarkable approach and "knowledge of public law issues and institutions," adding: "His experience has no comparison."

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Band 3

August Debouzy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Brenot offers strong expertise in contentious matters, regularly advising both public and private sector clients before the French administrative courts.

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Acting on advisory and litigious matters, Pascal Cuche offers experience in regulated sectors such as energy, life sciences and transportation, assisting private clients as well as public bodies. Clients say he is "diligent, reactive and very clear in his analyses."

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Band 3

PDGB Avocats

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laurent Deruy of PDGB Avocats is experienced in a range of public law issues, regularly advising both public and private clients on contractual matters and litigation.

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Band 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michel Guénaire is noted for his experience in the energy sector. He handles domestic and international public law issues, advising public bodies and private companies on public procurement, concession agreements and litigation proceedings.

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Band 3

Schmitt Avocats

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olivier Schmitt is widely recognised for his technical capabilities and offers significant experience in public contracts and administrative litigation. He advises clients active in the hygiene, defence and real estate sectors.

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Band 3

Symchowicz Weissberg & associés

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Nil Symchowicz of Symchowicz Weissberg & associés boasts wide-ranging expertise in public law, particularly regarding contractual matters and PPP. He is also experienced in contentious public law matters.

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Band 4

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacques Bouillon has a wealth of experience in public law, regularly advising on project financing, infrastructure projects and PPP. Clients appreciate that he is "on top of things," and say he is "good to work with on complex projects" in public law.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Cantier of Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP provides expertise in energy, infrastructure and transportation projects, advising private companies and state entities. He is experienced in cross-border issues, often acting for governments on African infrastructure projects.

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Band 4

Christine Le Bihan-Graf

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

From the Chambers Europe guide

Well versed in regulated industries, Christine Le Bihan-Graf is particularly recognised for her experience in the energy sector. She boasts significant expertise in economic public law and regularly advises on project financing issues.

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Band 4

Christophe Lefort

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christophe Lefort of Herbert Smith Freehills specialises in the financing and construction of energy and infrastructure projects, including advising on cross-border matters. He is also experienced in litigious matters.

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Band 4

Jeantet

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Malléa of Jeantet leads the public law department and focuses on project financing and PPP. He advises both public and private sector clients, offering notable experience in cross-border mandates.

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Band 4

Jérôme Pentecoste

Gowling WLG (France) AARPI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jérôme Pentecoste of Gowling WLG (France) AARPI advises public authorities and private clients on the contractual and financing issues of PPP. He is also experienced in assisting public entities with debt securities.

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Band 4

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sophie Pignon handles the contractual and financing aspects of concessions and PPP, particularly in the real estate, transportation and telecom sectors. Clients appreciate her ability to find solutions to complex contractual matters and say she is "reactive and brilliant."

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