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Clifford Chance routinely handles France’s largest and most sophisticated public law contract matters and is involved in headline ongoing road, rail and internet greenfield projects. The practice acts for sponsors, investors and the French state and is ‘at the market’s forefront in preventing any possible conflict of interests - which is a major safety insurance for clients’. It notably assisted Transdev-led biding consortium with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Express rail project, as well as advising Eiffage Concessions on the bidding for the RCEA road concession project. The team is also handling highly sensitive matters dealing with performance issues affecting several high-profile PPPs, especially in the high-speed rail sector. It notably advised Lisea as project concessionaire on performance difficulties regarding the new Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail link. The firm also recently completed several brownfield transactions, notably in the energy sector, and is advising on large renewables offshore projects. The French Ministries of Environment and Justice, Meridiam and EDF EN are other clients. The ‘excellent and creative’ practice head David Préat ranks among the best in his field. Also recommended are counsels Marion Roquette-Pfister and Gauthier Martin.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP provides ‘added-value advice in highly complex situations’. The six-lawyer team is second-to-none when dealing with large and complex public law projects: it has ‘in-depth knowledge of project finance requirements and deploys highly strategic skills’. The firm is commonly retained to work on the market’s most high-profile projects and more recently has been dealing with sensitive negotiations and contentious claims regarding PPP performance contract issues on some of the country's largest infrastructure projects. It obtained ground-breaking decisions that created new jurisprudence regarding PPP swap and performance issues that are now framing market practice standards and acted for SNCF Mobilités - as main user of the Sud Europe Atlantique (SEA) high-speed railway link - in negotiations with the Lisea project consortium and the French state regarding the risk of financial default and the French state’s guarantees. It also assisted a consortium comprising Atlantia, Aeroporti di Roma and EDF with its entry into Nice and Cannes airports following their privatisation. Practice head Thierry Laloum, who ranks among the very top names in France, is praised for his ‘mastery of negotiations, prudence and ability to anticipate issues’. Special European counsel Charles-Antoine Erignac and associate Anne-Laure Barel are other key members in a practice that also relies on the highly regarded Amir Jahanguiri for finance aspects of transactions.

Dentons has excellent PPP and public law contract expertise. The four-lawyer team is often retained by ministries and public-sector entities to assist with the realisation of some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects. The practice is notably advising on landmark projects in the transport sector. It assisted the RATP Développement and Keolis’ consortium with the awarding of the operation of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Express rail connection; advised Paris transport operator (STIF) on the awarding of concession contracts for the operation of the Grand Paris Express’ four new automatic metro lines; and assisted the Ministry of Transport with the awarding of the RCEA road concession contract. The firm also advises on a series of school and university projects and handles litigation and regulatory work. Marc Fornacciari ranks among the best in his field. Counsel Dorothée Griveaux is also highly involved.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has one of the market’s largest teams for a full-service firm with some 21 lawyers involved. The practice is especially strong on public contracts. It is regularly retained to advise on large infrastructure projects and also handles litigation. The team also advises on regulatory and urban planning law matters. Energy is also a key area of expertise. Highlights included assisting the Agence des Participations de l’Etat with the privatisation of Nice Côte d’Azur and Lyon airports, and the Transport Ministry with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Express rail project. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and PSA Peugeot Citroen are clients. The ‘formidableThomas Courtel is highly regarded for infrastructure projects. Also highly recommended are Bénédicte Mazel, Michel Guénaire, Emmanuel Vital-Durand and Alexandre Gauthier.

Jones Day stands out for its ‘efficiency, in-depth experience and responsiveness’. The six-lawyer team is highly recognised for its public law contract and PPP expertise. It is assisting sponsors and lenders with several high-profile projects in the transport, telecoms and university sectors. The firm notably advised the winning consortium lenders on the financing of Nice Airport’s privatisation, as well as assisting the CDC with Touraine Cher Numérique’s high-speed broadband network project. The practice also has strong litigation and regulatory expertise and advises key players in the energy and transport industries. It is assisting EDF with all its hydropower concession contracts and new regulatory law changes. RATP is another client. Philippe Delelis ranks as one of the market’s most recognisable figures, while Nicolas Brice is also a strong asset.

Linklaters’ team stands out for its ‘availability and remarkable work’. The five-lawyer practice has strong regulatory and public law contract expertise. It is regularly involved in high-profile M&A transactions and complex public law contract matters, recently handling work in the energy and healthcare sectors. The firm advised on restoration works concerning Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, and assisted CDC with the transfer of the French state’s export guarantees management activities from Coface to Bpifrance. Paul Lignières has ‘high-level contacts within the French administration that are key to helping reach clients’ objectives in a short amount of time’.

The ‘responsive and efficient’ team at Orrick Rambaud Martel stands out for its ‘ability to anticipate issues and its high knowledge of the public sector which bring trust to the table’. The firm is also acknowledged for its ‘ability to conciliate stakeholders in tense or even deadlock situations and find compromises even when it was initially thought impossible’. The seven-lawyer team, which is able to ‘perfectly address public sector entities’ expectations’, is the market’s reference for managing large PPP projects including financing and post-project contentious issues. It acts for public-sector entities, state-owned companies and lenders and sponsors. The practice recently assisted lenders with the €400m financing of a high-speed internet network in the Haut de France region, and acted for seven French highway companies in complex negotiations with the French state regarding highways concessions. The team also has top regulatory expertise that is particularly sought after by clients in the energy sector where it acts on some of France’s most high-profile projects. Practice co-heads Jean-Luc Champy and senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï are top advisers who ‘listen carefully to their clients’ needs’ and whose ‘in-depth knowledge and expertise are essential assets’. Of counsel Geoffroy Berthon is also one to watch.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides ‘exceptional work’, ‘is not scared to innovate’ and has ‘an ability to integrate business aspects into strategic analysis’. The six-lawyer team is recommended for ‘high-level’ matters, particularly public procurement, high-stakes litigation, and complex regulatory and public law issues. The practice is assisting a prominent client base made up of many of France’s leading private and public sector companies in regulated areas such as energy, transport, audio-visual, telecoms and housing. It is advising on high-profile infrastructure projects, as well as strategic state aids and privatisation issues. Highlights included assisting SNCF Réseau, Aéroports de Paris and CDC consortium with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle express rail project, and Compagnie Nationale du Rhône with the renewal of its hydroelectric concessions over the Rhône River. The practice also represented Transdev before the EU Commission regarding EU State aid subsidies, and Engie before the Conseil d’Etat regarding gas transmission networks and regulated tariffs. Frédéric Salat-Baroux stands out for his ‘great understanding of clients’ needs, extremely good skills and strategic vision’: ‘after consulting his advice, clients have no more doubt about the best decision to take’. Counsel Marc Lordonnois has ‘perfect knowledge of concession law and complex projects’.

Allen & Overy LLP has ‘a skilled practice and a team that deals with advisory and contentious work, for French and foreign clients’. The firm has strong PPP and public law contract expertise. The seven-lawyer team is regularly retained by banks and sponsors to advise on some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects. It notably assisted ADP, SNCF Réseau and CDC’s consortium lenders with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle express rail project. The practice also has strong energy and media regulatory expertise, and regularly advises in the context of M&A deals. It is advising Areva on the spin-off of its nuclear reactors’ manufacturing business. Romaric Lazerges heads the practice in which counsel Antoine Coursaut-Durand and finance expert Driss Bererhi are also key contributors.

The ‘efficient and availableBaker McKenzie is ‘result-oriented and provides real added value during negotiations’. The firm has one of the market’s largest teams and its 15-lawyer practice advises many French blue-chip state-owned companies, as well as local government entities and private corporations. It is dealing with sensitive regulatory issues in the defence and energy sectors while also handling high-stakes litigation. The practice is also involved in some major public law projects. Highlights included successfully assisting LVMH with Paris’ Jardin d'Acclimatation tender process, and acting for Métropole Européenne de Lille in litigation pertaining to the Stade Pierre Mauroy PPP contract. Atos Worldline and Pages Jaunes are other clients. Emmanuel Guillaume and the ‘client-focused and very responsiveArnaud Cabanes are high-level experts. Alexia Robbes has ‘excellent knowledge of planning and zoning rules’.

CMS provides ‘a good level of services’ and has ‘an amazing network within the French administration’. The firm has strong public law contract and PPP knowledge and is also involved in major broadband and transport projects alongside sponsors. It notably assisted Altitude Infrastructure with the refinancing of six broadband network concessions. The team also has strong energy regulatory and urban planning law expertise. CDC, Fin Infra, TDF and SFR are clients. The practice is jointly led by Jean-Luc Tixier, François Tenailleau and Christophe Barthélemy, who is ‘an amazing lawyer, very practical and has huge experience and strong political connections’.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has strong regulatory, litigation and public law expertise. The firm is regularly appointed on strategic matters. Henri Savoie is recommended for ‘his high-level technical expertise and ability to handle privatisation and a large array of subjects’.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei provides ‘exceptional quality advice, especially for energy regulatory and public procurement issues’. The five-lawyer team, which is a top reference for regulatory matters, recently completed landmark work in the transport and energy sectors. The firm also has strong public law and infrastructure expertise. Lenders and sponsors are clients. Highlights included assisting Antin Infrastructure Partners with the sale of its 35.6% stake in the CIM CCMP, and handled CNP Assurances’ acquisition of a 49.9% stake in Réseau de Transport d’Electricité alongside CDC. Practice head Christine Le Bihan-Graf is the key name.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provides ‘high quality service’. The five-lawyer team is well known for handling strategic regulatory matters, often in relation to M&A and large PPP projects. The firm has been very involved in the energy sector recently, advising on key M&A and infrastructure projects. Major public sector and state-owned entities are clients, as well as leading infrastructure sponsors and corporations. Highlights included acting for the French state in negotiations with different stakeholders to save the high-speed SEA Tours-Bordeaux rail concession, and advising Meridiam Infrastructure and Spie Batignolles, as part of a consortium, on the public tender launched for the RCEA road upgrade. CDC, Engie, EDF, Siemens and Direct Energie are other clients. Practice head Pascal Cuche is ‘flexible and easy to work with, dedicates personal time and energy to his clients, and provides practical and legally robust solutions in complex situations’. Counsel Geoffrey Levesque adds complementary financing expertise.

Gowling WLG has ‘strong PPP expertise’ and stands out for its ‘practical advice and excellent availability’. The five-lawyer team is recommended for large and complex public sector projects. It advises sponsors, as well as various banks and local government entities. The practice is involved in landmark high-speed internet projects and notably advised Altitude Infrastructure on a €500m high-speed internet network project in the Alsace Region. The team also advised on road and university projects such as assisting the Occitanie and Nouvelle Aquitaine regions with the grand projet ferroviaire du Sud-Ouest rail infrastructure project. Urban planning law and property development projects are also areas of expertise. Société du Grand Paris, CDC, Lyon Metropole and SFR are also clients. The team is led by ‘experts’ Jérôme Pentecoste, whose ‘high-level expertise, ability and pragmatism’ are real assets, and Emmanuel Paillard.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has strong PPP and public law contract expertise. The firm is regularly retained by government entities to advise on large transport infrastructure projects in France and also in Africa. The five-lawyer team is currently involved in several strategic projects including assisting ADP with the Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport express rail project, and advising the French government on the awarding of the A45 motorway concession contract. The practice is also advising on key projects in the tourism, defence and energy sectors. AccorHotels Arena, Babcok International and ABB are clients. Practice head Bruno Cantier and Ludovic Babin are highly regarded.

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI manages highly strategic matters for leading French corporations. The five-lawyer team combines strong regulatory, public law and litigation expertise. It is especially strong in the transport, energy and telecoms sectors, where it recently earned several major victories. The practice notably won the first stage of proceedings for key client Orange in a high-profile dispute with SFR regarding the use of telecoms infrastructure and successfully acted for Corsica Ferries in a landmark dispute with Société Nationale Maritime Corse. The group also advised on several top M&A transactions. ADP, Engie/Shem and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are clients. Sabine Naugès and Laurent Ayache are recommended.

Veil Jourde has strong regulatory expertise and is a popular choice for leading French companies in the energy, media, transport and press distribution sectors. The firm is handling strategic matters, including high-end files dealing with deregulation, in key industrial sectors. The practice successfully represented Direct Energie in challenging the validity of regulated electricity and gas tariffs before French and EU courts. SNCF, Canal+, Potel et Chabot and Véolia are clients. The three-lawyer team also handles public law and state aid matters. Emmanuel Glaser is recommended.

Adamas has large resources with some 30 lawyers involved. The firm is handling several key matters pertaining to public contracts and infrastructure projects including in the transport sector. It is assisting Lyon Métropole with conducting several strategic projects including the renovation of the Lyon Part Dieu business district. Public sector entities and private companies are clients, for example the Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes regions, the city of Nice and several ski resorts. Romain Granjon heads the practice. Gilles Le Chatelier, Jean-Marc Petit and Laurent Sery have considerable experience, and Gaëlle Ezan is also highly involved in matters. Guillaume Chaineau was promoted to the partnership.

The ‘excellentAdDen avocats provides ‘qualitative and reliable service and expertise’. The 30-lawyer boutique has several regional offices, ‘understands clients' needs’, has ‘great litigation expertise’ and is ‘highly recommended for urban planning law’. The practice assists major public and private sector entities. It is handling key public law contract matters, urban law planning issues and infrastructure projects. Elsa Sacksick shows ‘great attention to clients’ needs and navigates easily among the high amount of legislation ’, Nicolas Nahmias is ‘excellent, practical and has great litigation expertise’ and Laurent Férignac provides ‘practical advice’, while Laurent Givord, Jean-Joseph Giudicelli and Simon Daboussy are other key contacts. Audrey Lebeau was promoted to the partnership.

Ashurst LLP is advising major French and US sponsors and corporations on PPP infrastructure projects, including handling litigation arising from such projects. The practice successfully assisted Babcock Mission Critical Services France with the award of a strategic PPP project by the Ministry of Defence. It is currently involved in several transport projects and is advising the French Ministry of Transport on freight transport intermodal projects. Fayat, EDEIS, SNC Lavalin and Veolia Eau France are other clients. The firm is also involved in several large power projects abroad. Counsel Jacques Dabreteau heads the practice. Michel Lequien is also a key contact.

August Debouzy provides ‘remarkable analysis in very short time frames’. The nine-lawyer team is ‘highly available to address clients’ numerous solicitations’ and has deep knowledge of public contracts and strong litigation expertise including on constitutional prejudicial questions. Leading French corporations, state-owned entities and international groups are clients, such as the French Ministry of Culture, EDF, Enedis, RATP, SNCF, Systra and Costco. The practice recently assisted Havas with investigations regarding conditions surrounding the awarding of the French Tech Night event organisation at Las Vegas, and represented Orange before French courts regarding constitutionality issues concerning tax legislation. The ‘powerful and complementary team’ is made up of Christian Pierret, Emmanuelle Mignon, a former Conseil d’Etat member whose ‘in-depth knowledge of the running of the French state and administration’ is a key asset, and the ‘smartVincent Brenot who adds a more ‘operational and practical vision’.

Boivin & Associés provides ‘timely’ advice and has ‘a great understanding of the underlying context and of clients’ expectations’. The ‘dynamic, available and open-minded’ 20-lawyer boutique assists many leading industrial groups, as well as public sector entities. It has strong expertise in public law contracts and litigation. AP-HP, Direct Energie, Eiffage Infrastructures and Eurotunnel are clients. Jean-Pierre Boivin, Manuel Pennaforte, Malik Memlouk, Frédéric Defradas and Steve Hercé are the key contacts.

Bredin Prat is entrusted by high-profile companies and public sector bodies to handle strategic matters. The four-lawyer team notably advised on complex regulatory matters pertaining to the media, press and new digital economy sectors and is familiar with the process of challenging the validity of ongoing or new legislation. It is advising Uber on new regulations affecting private transport operators, and is assisting BeIN Sports with broadcasting issues and regulations. The firm is also advising sponsors on major infrastructure projects and public procurement contracts. Yann Aguila heads the practice.

Claisse & Associés produces ‘efficient and skilled work’. The 30-lawyer firm has a large array of expertise spanning general public law, urban planning law and public law contracts. It mainly assists public sector entities but also acts for some private operators. The practice recently assisted Dunkirk Harbour with a terminal extension project. It also regularly advises on issues arising from industrial and natural catastrophes and has civil and alien rights expertise. The Réunion and Pays-de-la-Loire regions and the Paris Zénith are other clients. Key contacts include Yves Claisse, Jean-Alexandre Cano, Guillaume Noël, Olivier Magnaval, the ‘available, thorough and great listener’ Jehan Bejot and Ludovic Landivaux.

Earth Avocats provides ‘serious, thorough, timely and high-quality work’. The firm, which is dedicated to public sector projects, advises public sectors entities (government bodies, cities and other public sector bodies), as well as several major French companies. The 16-lawyer team notably advises on public contract, construction and urban planning matters including dealing with litigation. It recently assisted Toulouse public transport body Smat with the realisation of an urban aerial cableway. Société du Grand Paris, Eau de Paris and SNCF Réseaux are clients. Key figures in the practice include Yves-René Guillou, Thomas Laffargue, the ‘committed and involved’ Florence David, who ‘provides pertinent input’ and is ‘discreet, honest and frank’ , and of counsels Charles Papon and Pierre-Eric Spitz. Clémence Cordier established Margerie Reine Cordier.

FTPA has ‘a remarkable and high-level team’ of four that is ‘equally reliable for advisory and contentious work’. The practice ‘intervenes in close collaboration with its clients and provides solutions to problems’. It is assisting several prestigious French cultural institutions with strategic matters and is sought out by public sector entities and major engineering companies to handle significant public projects and litigation, particularly in the rail sector. Raphaël Crespelle is ‘a recognised public procurement contract expert who heads a remarkably efficient and high-quality team’.

Foley Hoag provides ‘an excellent and responsive level of service’. The team combines its ‘global understanding of the legal and factual issues at stake with its technical expertise’. The practice notably advises key clients in the energy – where it handles interconnection matters – and environment sectors. It has strong regulatory expertise and is able to handle complex administrative and constitutional litigation. The firm is managing several sensitive disputes concerning strategic projects. Practice head Frédéric Scanvic ‘understands the legal, economic and political underlying environment so as to provide the optimal answer’. Corentin Chevallier is also involved.

Franklin is handling several high-stakes regulatory and public law disputes for key client SFR. Other work includes acting for a telecoms operator in various disputes, including representing it in its dealings with the telecoms regulator, handling a major state aid dispute and acting for the client in another case dealing with fibre infrastructure issues. The practice is also involved in litigation in the electricity sector and handles public procurement matters. Jérôme Michel heads the team, with of counsel Jean-Pierre Delvigne another name to note.

Gibson Dunn has expertise in advising on high-end matters such as privatisations, regulatory law, complex transactions and litigation. The four-lawyer team has a strong litigation practice and has experience bringing landmark cases before the French Constitutional Court. It also regularly acts before diverse French regulatory authorities. The firm is particularly involved in the transport, insurance, energy and banking sectors. State-owned and private entities are clients, such as Scor, SNCF and Vinci. Nicolas Baverez is a well-known adviser. Of counsels Nicolas Autet and Maïwenn Beas are also key names in the team.

Goutal Alibert & Associés is able to draw on its sizeable resources of some 27 lawyers who assist public sector entities with a broad range of matters. The firm notably advises on major public procurement contracts and projects. It is advising on landmark construction projects including handling related litigation matters. The practice is assisting Monaco with its territory extension project and is also advising the Cuban state on the La Havana Airport PPP project. Other work includes handling sensitive state aid and criminal law cases with public law elements. The city of Toulouse and Radio France are other clients. The practice also assists high-profile clients in the arts sector. The firm has offices in Paris, Versailles, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nîmes and Nice. Yvon Goutal, Florence Alibert, Aurélie Aveline, Philippe Peynet and Eve-Line Bernardi are the key contacts.

KGA Avocats has great knowledge of the defence industry and is also involved in the energy, sport and transport sectors. The team is handling various strategic infrastructure, public law procurement and litigation matters. It is notably assisting public sector entity CCI Seine-Estuaire with conducting a major investment programme. Lagardère Sport Entertainment is also a client. Marc Sénac de Monsembernard is highly recommended, as is Eve Derouesné. Laurent-Xavier Simonel left the firm.

LPA-CGR avocats has ‘strong expertise in various public law fields’ and ‘a committed and passionate’ team. The practice is ‘a real expert in urban planning law’ and property-related projects and handles headline work in the space. It is notably advising on the construction of the Tours Duo. The firm is also assisting Bouygues Immobilier’s consortium with the building of a new "éco-quartier" in Lyon. The practice also has leading regulatory expertise in renewable energy and energy efficiency. It also advises on public contracts and handles litigation. Hermitage, Iberdrola/Res and Unibail are other clients. Fabrice Cassin, Hélène Cloëz, who ‘perfectly masters urban planning law matters provides wise advice on complex topics’, Hélène Gelas and Olivier Ortega make up a strong team.

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats provides ‘highly professional work that demonstrates in-depth PPP expertise’. The 15-lawyer team is frequently instructed by public sector entities to advise on major infrastructure projects, including recent work pertaining to ports and telecoms. It assisted the Grand Est region with a high-speed broadband network project, and advised SNCF Réseau on performance issues affecting the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire and Nîmes-Montpellier high-speed rail projects. Jean Latournerie, the ʻ highly skilled and availableTérence Cabot, Laurent de la Brosse and Marion Delaigue are the key names. Eric Charvillat joined Bird & Bird.

PARME Avocats provides ‘very practical advice’ that ‘takes into consideration the full extent of legal and commercial aspects’. The firm has ‘precious public procurement contract expertise’ and ‘excellent judgement in commercial urban planning law’. The 20-lawyer boutique acts for public law entities, industrial groups and some US investment funds. It is involved in some major public projects and also deals with regulatory work. The firm recently advised GL Events & Club Lou Rugby on the acquisition of the Gerland stadium in Lyon, and assisted Syctom Paris with the renovation of a major waste incinerator plant for Ivry. The cities of Paris, Dijon and Marseille, and Babcok are other clients. The public law contract team is led by Xavier Matharan, who stands out for ‘his ability to foresee issues and his understanding of public sector matters’, and Mathieu Noel whose analysis and pleading skills are particularly valued. Emmanuel Guillini, who supervises the urban planning law and development practice, has ‘excellent strategic vision’. Alexandre Le Moal, Karine Hennette-Jaouen and of counsel Serge Pugeault are also noted.

Schmitt Avocats is ‘a leading player in the market with, in particular, a pre-eminent position in the field of litigation before the administrative courts’. The ‘very efficient’ eight-lawyer boutique is made up of ‘team players who are very easy to interact with’. The practice acts for several leading French and international corporations, including clients in the healthcare, defence, and property sectors. It has strong public law contract, regulatory and urban law expertise. The practice recently assisted CDC with the acquisition of Veolia’s 20% stake in Transdev, and successfully defended Thalès Communications & Security and Thalès Systèmes, as the winning consortium, against a challenge to its award of the €977m French Air Force Lorca PPP contract. GSK, SNI, Total and Vinci Immobilier are other clients. Olivier Schmitt has ‘a lot of experience and provides practical assistance with complex and sensitive matters’. Also recommended are Emmanuel Bachelier, Elias Berkani, Romain Douineau and the ‘responsive, expert and precise’ Antoine Tabouis.

The ‘highly efficientSeban & Associés is ‘able to provide expertise in many diverse and complex areas’. The firm solely acts for public sector entities including many major cities, departments and some ministries, meaning ‘public local entities can really trust the firm’. With some 70 lawyers involved, the boutique firm has one of the market’s largest dedicated resources. The team is handling major property development and public project work: it is assisting Syndicat Mixte Nord-Pas-Calais Numérique with a large-scale high-speed internet network project, as well as advising various cities and departments on purchasing large quantities of energy supplies. CDC, the cities of Lille and Paris and Société du Grand Paris are other clients. Key names include Didier Seban, My-Kim Yang-Paya, Marie-Hélène Pachen-Lefèvre, Thomas Rouveyran, Guillaume Gauch, Jean-Louis Vasseur, Matthieu Hénon, Claire-Marie Dubois-Spaenlé, Lorène Carrère and the ‘expert and available’ Alexandre Vandepoorter. Solenne Daucé, Céline Lherminier and Aloïs Ramel were promoted to the partnership.

UGGC Avocats’ 12-lawyer team is highly experienced and is instructed on significant transport projects, regulatory and litigation matters. The practice advises major clients. Thierry Dal Farra ranks among the best in his field. Philippe Hansen and Franck Lepron are also noted.

White & Case LLP is renowned for its PPP capabilities advising sponsors and lenders. The firm was recently involved in some key transport and road projects. It assisted Vinci with the A45 motorway project and is advising on various renovation projects for luxury hotel brands. Jacques Bouillon is the key name. François-Guilhem Vaissier and counsel Orion Berg are also noted.

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