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Bruno Cantier

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Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects (IERP)


Bruno Cantier is a partner of Hogan Lovells LLP, specialising in project finance and PPP, with a particular focus on energy and transport infrastructure. Bruno assists sponsors, lenders and public authorities on the project aspects of concessions and PPPs, and in particular on the drafting and negotiation of PPAs, concessions and PFI agreements, and of their construction and O&M subcontracts. He works in close association with the project finance lawyers of the banking department in relation with the drafting and negotiation of the finance agreements. Qualified as a public lawyer, he has over 20 years' experience in advising sponsors, lenders and public authorities in the field of accommodation, energy and infrastructure concession and PPP projects, in France but also in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa.


Bruno joined Lovells in 2002 after having spent over than 6 years at PwC's PPP practice.


English, French, Creole


D.E.A. Droit Public Interne, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1992


Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is recognised for its expertise in advising governments on large-scale transport projects in France and Africa. The five-lawyer team, which regularly works in combination with the firm's strong banking department, has been involved in the most high-profile of the country's transport projects. It is notably assisting the French government with the awarding of the concession for the €1bn A45 motorway project, and ADP with the CDG Express airport rail link project. The practice has also become increasingly involved in energy projects domestically and in Africa; it recently assisted ABB as a candidate for a contract relating to the 1.4GW France-Britain electricity interconnector project. Finally, the team is advising Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel on the renewal of its catering and merchandising operations. Bruno Cantier and Ludovic Babin are highly recommended. Counsel Perrine Limousin is also a key contact.

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Project finance

Within: Project finance

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has long-standing experience advising governments on high-scale transport projects in France and Africa. The ten-lawyer practice is involved in several of France’s most high-profile matters in that area and is also advising on road and airport concession projects in Francophone Africa. It is notably assisting the French government with the awarding of the A45 motorway concession project, and development banks with the financing of the construction and operation of Dakar international airport in Senegal. The firm is also increasing its involvement in the energy market in France and Africa, acting for utilities companies and investors. It is advising the Africa Legal Support Facility as adviser to the government of Burkina Faso on the Ouagathermal 50MW power plant project, and ABB as the bidder on a 1.4GW interconnector EPC project between France and Britain. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are very experienced. Counsel Perrine Limousin is also noted.

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France: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy

Within: Industry focus: energy

Energy is one of Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s core sectors. The firm advises high-profile utilities and developers, as well as investors on projects, financing and M&A matters. The group also has additional expertise in several other areas including in the arbitration and property space. The practice is advising on large-scale domestic projects encompassing renewable and electricity interconnector projects. It is also very active in Africa and elsewhere, assisting clients with power and renewables projects. The team recently advised Themis Energy on the construction of a 40MW hydro power plant in Ivory Coast. It also handled significant matters for key client EDF, including advising on the sale of its minority stake in Powernext, and on the acquisition and financing of four power plants (750MW combined) in Chile. GE, ABB and NEoT Capital are other clients. Ludovic Babin, Bruno Cantier and finance expert Olivier Fille-Lambie are the key contacts, as well as Xavier Doumen for corporate matters and Sharon Lewis for structured finance work.

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