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Clifford Chance is a leading firm for PPP, public contracts and litigation. The practice, which variously assists public sector entities, sponsors and lenders, is involved in key matters. It is notably advising APRR and AREA regarding the French state’s decision to freeze privately owned motorway toll rates, and assisting the French Ministry of Transport with the A355 motorway project. The firm also advises on regulatory matters. The practice is led by David Préat. Counsels Marion Roquette-Pfister and Gauthier Martin are also involved.

Jones Day has leading public contract and regulatory expertise. The seven-lawyer team assists high-profile French groups in the energy, telecoms and transport sectors, for which it handles major public projects and sensitive litigation. The practice is representing Vinci Autoroutes regarding motorway toll issues. The highly regarded Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice head the group.

Linklaters LLP is ‘a leading firm in PPPs’, thanks to its ability to ‘integrate financial matters into legal structures’. The five-lawyer team often advises lenders on complex PPP financings and assisted NGE’s consortium lenders with the A355 motorway financing. The firm also has strong regulatory expertise. Practice head Paul Lignières shows ‘very high analytical capabilities, high intellectual rigour and a perfect understanding of banking issues’.

Orrick Rambaud Martel is ‘highly efficient when dealing with large public projects involving complex financing or litigious issues’. The seven-lawyer team is often involved in the market’s largest public projects and advised the lenders on the Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer Ports project financing; it also handles sensitive regulatory work. The practice is co-led by senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï and Jean-Luc Champy. Yves Lepage is also a key element in the practice.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has ‘leading expertise’ in public law, public contracts and litigation, and ‘handles pressure very well’. The four-lawyer team successfully represented Ecomouv in its negotiations with the French state and is assisting the winning consortium with the Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer Port projects. The firm is also handling key state aid issues. Practice head Thierry Laloum is ‘a public contract superstar’ and ‘a fine negotiator’. Associate Anne-Laure Barel is recommended for her ‘fine analysis and great management of challenging situations’.

Baker McKenzie SCP delivers ‘exceptional quality of work’ at ‘a rare level of professionalism’. The 12-lawyer team is retained by public sector companies and entities to advise clients on key matters, spanning regulatory, public contract and litigious issues. The firm successfully represented EDF in a dispute with the French government regarding heavy fuel purchases. La Poste and SNCF are clients. The practice is jointly led by the ‘highly availableArnaud Cabanes and Emmanuel Guillaume; Alexia Robbes is also recommended.

CMS is recommended for its ‘public finance knowledge, strength-in-depth of team and constant adaptability’. The firm has strong public contract expertise and is assisting Côte d’Opale Chamber of Commerce, Meridiam and CDC Infrastructure with the Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer Port projects. The firm also handles high-profile litigation and has top expertise in energy, urban planning and public sector taxation. Eiffage Construction and SNCF Réseau are also clients. The practice is led by Christophe Barthélemy, François Tenailleau – whose ‘long experience in complex financing projects makes him able to understand and analyse very complex and innovative projects’ – and Jean-Luc Tixier. Former Conseil d’Etat member Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe recently joined the team, which also includes counsel Céline Cloché-Dubois.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has strong expertise in public contracts, litigation and regulatory matters. The practice recently advised on key matters in the rail and telecoms areas, including representing SNCF Réseau in the CDG Airport Express project, as well as acting for Elecling on the creation of the first private electricity interconnector between France and the UK. Henri Savoie heads the practice, which also includes Didier Théophile.

Dentons is handling various highly strategic litigation cases. Recent work includes representing the Ministry of Ecology following the termination of the Ecotaxe project and acting for Schuepbach Energy in litigation with the French state regarding shale gas exploration in France. Marc Fornacciari heads the four-lawyer practice, which also deals with state aid and PPP projects.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘highly available and flexible’ team shows ‘remarkable expertise and creativity’, and draws together a broad range of expertise including PPP, regulatory, litigation and urban law. It recently assisted Gepsa with the La Santé Prison rehabilitation project and advised the French state regarding the transfer of state export guarantees from Coface to Bpifrance. Laurent Deruy, Michel Guénaire, Emmanuel Vital-Durand, Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel lead the practice. Alexandre Gauthier was promoted to partner.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is recognised for its leading PPP expertise and regularly earns instructions from the French government. The practice is handling high-profile projects in the road sector, as well as contentious matters in the wider transport industry. It also assisted RFF with a new railway station project in Montpellier. The Ecology Ministry and CDC are other clients. Ludovic Babin and practice head Bruno Cantier are the key figures.

UGGC Avocats’ large team has wide-ranging expertise, including in public contracts, litigation and urban law, as well as strong regulatory expertise which attracts strategic cases. It is representing SNCF in a dispute with engineering companies regarding the awarding of the Eole rail project. Suez Sita and Philharmonie de Paris are also clients. Leading market figure Thierry Dal Farra jointly heads the practice with Jean-Nicolas Clément, Philippe Hansen and Franck Lepron.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s five-lawyer team delivers the ‘highest standard work’ and is often retained to advise clients on ‘strategic matters’. It has leading regulatory and litigious expertise, and advises key clients in the telecoms, energy and transport sectors, such as Orange and Engie. The team is assisting CDC with the privatisation of Nice and Lyon airports. Counsel Marc Lordonnois, who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, added extra depth in public contracts and infrastructure, areas in which the firm is assisting the French state, ADP and SNCF on the CDG Airport Express project. Practice head Frédéric Salat-Baroux has ‘high technical expertise, creativity and strategic sense that make him an ideal partner’.

Adamas has one of the market’s largest teams and regularly acts for major public sector entities and companies on public procurement and projects, notably in the transport industry; urban law, public contracts and regulatory are other areas of expertise. It is representing VIIA/SNCF on the negotiation of Autoroute Ferroviaire Atlantique’s first railway procurement contract. Lyon Urban Community and STIF are also clients. Romain Granjon heads the 30-lawyer practice, in which Philippe Nugue, Jean-Marc Petit, Gilles Le Chatelier, Laurent Sery are noted for their extensive experience. Gaëlle Ezan was promoted to partner.

AdDen avocats’ ‘young and responsive team adapts its advice to its clients’. The 23-lawyer practice provides a full range of services and has leading commercial urban law expertise. It assisted Unibail-Rodamco with the sale of six shopping centres to Carmila. Public contracts and litigation are also strong areas. The team is led by Elsa Sacksick who has ‘excellent technique and great creativity’, the committed Laurent Férignac, the ‘responsive and pragmatic’ Nicolas Nahmias, as well as Laurent Givord, Jean-Joseph Giudicelli and Simon Mareschal de Charentenay.

Allen & Overy LLP fields ‘an outstanding practice made up of highly valuable people who deliver high-quality services’. The six-lawyer team advises on major infrastructure and public contracts, and also has strong regulatory and litigation expertise. The firm assisted the French Ministry of Transportation with the negotiation of a new concession contract with SNCF for the non-high-speed rail network. Practice head Romaric Lazerges ‘has an impressive track record and a very good reputation both as an adviser of banks and sponsors’.

Bird & Bird regularly advises sponsors and public entities on PPP projects. The practice was recently involved in several projects in the university sector, including handling a PPP development for University of Grenoble. Sophie Pignon-Xardel heads the practice, which notably includes finance experts Driss Bererhi and counsel Sophie Nicolas.

Boivin & Associés has strong public contract, litigation and urban planning expertise. Jean-Pierre Boivin, Manuel Pennaforte, Malik Memlouk, Frédéric Defradas and Steve Hercé are the key contacts.

Headed by Yann Aguila, Bredin Prat’s three-lawyer team is adept at advising on complex regulatory matters, especially in the areas of public contracts, finance, transport and communications. The practice is representing Uber in lodging a number of constitutional claims.

Claisse & Associés is ‘expert in public law’ and assists many public sector entities and some large private sector companies. The practice is currently advising on the merger of four public sector property and development entities and is involved in major infrastructure projects. The team is led by Yves Claisse, Jean-Alexandre Cano, Guillaume Noel, Jehan Bejot and Ludovic Landivaux, as well as Olivier Magnaval, who has ‘great understanding of overseas territories’.

DS Avocats offers a broad range of expertise including strong litigation and public law experience. The 25-lawyer team also shows ‘great mastering of urban law issues’ and is involved in key mandates in that area, including the Grand Paris project. The practice is led by Daniel Chausse and Frédéric Lévy. Monique Ambal, Frédérique Olivier, Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen and David Guillot are also involved.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s ‘rapid, expert and creative’ six-lawyer team advises leading companies in the transport and energy areas on high-end regulatory, M&A and project matters. The firm is also assisting Predica with the privatisation of Toulouse Airport and also handles PPP work. Practice head Christine Le Bihan-Graf has ‘an excellent network’.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is regularly involved in major PPP projects and is routinely consulted on regulatory matters. The five-lawyer team is assisting Bouygues Construction’s lenders with the potential financing of the A355 and A831 motorway concessions, and advised EDF on the acquisition of a significant participation in Areva NP. Engie and Ardian are also clients. Pascal Cuche heads the practice. Counsel Geoffrey Levesque joined from Allen & Overy LLP, while counsel Marc Lordonnois moved to Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Gibson Dunn is able to deal with highly complex or critical situations. The four-lawyer team is adept at advising on regulatory matters and was recently consulted on key issues in the energy, transport, insurance and healthcare sectors. It also deals with litigation before all types of courts. Clients include SCOR, SNCF and Vinci. Practice head Nicolas Baverez is a one-of-a-kind adviser. Of counsels Nicolas Autet and Maïwenn Beas are also highly involved.

Goutal Alibert & Associés has a broad range of expertise, particularly in assisting public entities and cultural institutions. Florence Alibert and Yvon Goutal have extensive experience.

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats’ ‘dynamic, creative and open-minded’ team advises private operators and many public sector entities. It has strong public contracts expertise and assisted Aix-Marseille University and Ecole Centrale de Paris with university PPPs. The team also advised Région Nord Pas de Calais on the Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais Port projects. Térence Cabot jointly heads the practice with Laurent de la Brosse and Jean Latournerie, whose ‘added value advice’ is greatly appreciated.

Schmitt Avocats ranks ‘among the best firms for public contracts’. The ‘immediately responsive’ seven-lawyer team assists major industrial groups, property developers and pharmaceuticals laboratories. Recent work includes handling sensitive disputes involving public contracts; urban law is another active area of practice. The team is led by Olivier Schmitt, Emmanuel Bachelier, Elias Berkani, Romain Douineau and Antoine Tabouis.

Seban & Associés has ‘a very high level of expertise’ and fields more than 60 lawyers who are dedicated to assisting public sector entities across a wide range of issues, particularly in the transport, telecoms and energy sectors. It is assisting Oise Department with a road PPP and is representing local public entities in proceedings pertaining to toxic loans. Stif and Société du Grand Paris are clients. Key contacts include: Didier Seban; ‘tenacious negotiator’ Marie-Hélène Pachen-Lefèvre; Thomas Rouveyran; Guillaume Gauch, who has ‘great knowledge in the transport area’; Jean-Louis Vasseur; Matthieu Hénon; and My-Kim Yang-Paya, who produces ‘fine commercial law analyses’. Recently promoted partners include Claire-Marie Dubois-Spaenlé, Lorène Carrère, Cécile Fontaine, Marie-Céline Pelé, and Alexandre Vandepoorter, whose ‘subtle analysis and positions’ are particularly noteworthy.

White & Case LLP advises on large PPP projects and is currently involved in various major road projects. The firm also advises on urban law and regulatory matters. Clients include Banco Santander and Vinci Concessions. Jacques Bouillon heads the practice, in which Jean-Paul Tran Thiet is also noted.

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