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Christine Le Bihan-Graf

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De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

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Energy, Industrial activities and Economic public law

Position

Christine Le Bihan-Graf is the partner in charge of the Industrial Regulation and Economic Public Law department and has skilled experience on issues related to all regulated industrial sectors She operates mainly in areas where public authorities are very active, either directly or through a regulator (energy, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads, postal delivery).

Career

Before joining De Pardieu Brocas Maffei as Partner in April 2012, she held senior positions in the French Civil service: - Christine Le Bihan-Graf started her career at the French Council of State, the highest administrative jurisdiction and the legal adviser of the executive branch. - Deputy Director to the Director-General in charge of public service and State reform of the Prime Minister’s Office (Directeur, adjoint au Directeur general de la fonction publique et de la rĂ©forme de l’Etat auprĂšs du Premier Ministre) (2003-2006), - Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (SecrĂ©taire gĂ©nĂ©ral du MinistĂšre de la Culture et de la Communication) (2006-2008), - Director-General of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (Directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral de la Commission de RĂ©gulation de l’Energie) (2008-2011).

Languages

French, english

Member

Member of the French Council of State since 1998. Christine Le Bihan-Graf has been decorated with the awards of “Chevalier de la LĂ©gion d’honneur” and “Chevalier de l’ordre national du mĂ©rite”.

Education

Associate Professor (agrégé) of Philosophy, Christine Le Bihan-Graf joined the ENA (National School of Administration) in 1996 (Valmy Promotion).


France

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has a strong track record of advising on complex public economic, state aid and regulatory issues in highly regulated sectors. Headed by the highly regarded Christine Le Bihan-Graf, the five-lawyer team is strongly established in the energy sector and is also appointed to work on highly strategic matters in the transport area. It is assisting blue-chip clients in various sectors in the context of privatisation projects. The team also handles regulatory issues linked to infrastructure transactions, and as such advised IPM Korea and Samsung on the acquisition of 39.24% of Dunkerque LNG, the owner and operator of the Dunkerque liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, from EDF. Benefiting from the firm's banking and finance expertise, the practice is also noted for PPP and infrastructure work. It recently assisted the lenders with the financing of a large high-speed internet network in the east of France.

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Project finance

Within: Project finance

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has strong project infrastructure finance expertise. The firm regularly advises domestic and international lenders on project financing in France. It recently handled the financing of several new mid-sized infrastructure projects and was also involved in large refinancing transactions in the broadband telecoms and energy sectors. Other work includes assisting the European Investment Bank with the refinancing of Nord-Pas de Calais’ broadband network project and advising Neoen on the refinancing of Europe’s largest photovoltaic park near Bordeaux. The firm, which is a key player in the energy sector in France, has strong financing capabilities in this area and also has considerable experience acting for sponsors on high-profile brownfield transactions. Practice head Jean-Renaud Cazali is highly respected. Also noted are Christine Le Bihan-Graf for public law issues and Thomas BrĂ©art de Boisanger for corporate matters.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy

Within: Leading individuals: Regulatory and public law

Christine Le Bihan-Graf - De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

Within: Industry focus: energy

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has ‘very good knowledge of energy market regulations and efficiently answers precise and complex questions’. The practice stands out for its combination of leading regulatory, financing and corporate expertise. It receives instructions from all sides: banks, sponsors, developers, French blue-chip producers and many leading energy players. The practice recently advised on highly strategic brownfield infrastructure and M&A transactions while the financing of renewables projects in France remains a key area of expertise. Highlights included advising Orano on its reorganisation in view of its asset transfer to Framatome and the sale to EDF of a 75.5% stake in Framatome. It also assisted Total with the acquisition of the Pont-sur-Sambre and Toul Power companies which operate combined 825MW gas powered plants. The team also assisted Neoen with a €245m green bond financing for a global 1.6GW global project portfolio. Enedis, Green Yello, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Veolia are other clients. Regulatory law expert Christine Le Bihan-Graf and Jean-Renaud Cazali, who is the key name on the financing side, jointly head the practice. Patrick JaĂŻs, the ‘very good’ Thomas BrĂ©art de Boisanger and CĂ©dric Chanas are noted for corporate work.

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