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OYAT entered the market in early 2022. Laurent de la Brosse is the key name.

Administrative and public law in France


CABANES Avocats is an impressive public law boutique with a particularly deep bench. The firm’s public procurement expertise is second to none and is retained by leading private sector corporations and France’s main metropolis to assist with the awarding of some of the market’s largest mandates, including high-stakes contract validity, performance and other related litigation. The team handles work spanning various areas, such as waste, city lightening, road, construction and transport. The practice is particularly involved in high-profile matters pertaining to the railway sector; it is notably advising on the opening of the French regional railway sector and is managing high-stakes litigation concerning the supply of trains where huge financial amounts are at stake. The boutique was also recently retained to provide strategic advice in the context of a high-profile M&A transaction. Founding partner Christophe Cabanes and Vincent Michelin are particularly recommended. They co-head the practice alongside Benoît Polderman and young partners Charlotte Pezin and Jérémie Couette, who joined the partnership in early 2021. Founding partner Benoît Neveu left the firm in May 21.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Cabanes; Vincent Michelin; Benoit Polderman; Charlotte Pezin; Jérémie Couette


‘Christophe Cabanes is an exceptional man with great synthesis and pragmatic skills. Vincent Michelin is also a very appreciated for the pugnacity of his advice.’

‘The team is extraordinary; all the lawyers (partners and associates) complement each other wonderfully. They are always ready to find solutions and help us, especially during the COVID-19 period when they really helped us going through serious difficulties, including in terms of fees.’

‘They are fully available from 6 am to 1 am and weekends included. They listen a lot and they are always keen to find a solution by talking to the client.’

‘Christophe Cabanes has excellent knowledge of our business and our challenges. His availability in the event of a crisis is total.’

‘Christophe Cabanes is astonishing and remarkable and his associates show a high level of competence.’

‘The team is responsive, dynamic and efficient. Exchanges always take place in a very positive spirit.’

‘Christophe Cabanes and Vincent Michelin are very available, very accessible and show a great ability to grasp contextual elements.’

‘Strong knowledge of the public sector and public service delegations.’

‘Extensive experience in the public sector.’

‘The team is made up of seasoned professionals in public law and more particularly in litigation.’

‘The partners of the firm are concerned with responding in a tailor-made way to the needs of their clients without a priori.’

‘Christophe Cabanes shows great responsiveness and precision.’

‘High availability of partners and associates; exchanges are fluid and very fruitful.’

‘Extensive practice in public litigation, and in particular contract litigation; permanent concern to find innovative solutions and new means of disputes; full of new ideas.’

‘Vincent Michelin is a lawyer who listens to his clients, is present and available. He embodies the inventiveness of the firm, and its resolutely modern positioning. He knows how to resolve difficult situations and brings a keen eye to cases.’

‘The team is highly specialised in administrative law, very available, with a lot of resources and good advice.’

‘Equipped with a multidisciplinary team in public law, which allows it to cover all the fields of this vast law, the firm also has skills and solid references in private law, in particular criminal law, which makes this firm an ideal entry point into the world of public procurement law. The firm is to be distinguished for its excellent quality of expertise, as well as by the finesse, robustness and relevance of its analyses, both in its advisory and litigation activities. This firm is also to be distinguished for its immense availability, its extraordinary responsiveness, as well as its ability to take on an incredible workload, which allows us to have at all times, as quickly as possible, extremely reliable, cutting-edge and high quality advice and analysis.’

‘This firm is to be distinguished in particular for the quality of the relationships that it maintains, in particular Christophe Cabanes with whom exchanges take place systematically, not only in a deeply cordial setting, but also and above all against a background of absolute trust, regardless of the sensitivity of the issues raised. Christophe Cabanes also has a very good knowledge of the actors and the practices in the world of law (courts, lawyers, legal experts and mediators), which gives an additional and particular acuity to his advice in terms of strategy.’

‘The team is particularly available and attentive to its clients.’

‘We particularly appreciate the great availability of Christophe Cabanes, his sense of listening and his very wise advice. He is particularly responsive and offers analyses in a particularly short time.’

‘Benoit Polderman is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Christiphe Cabanes and his partners have always met our expectations with great responsiveness. The relevance of their analyses and the quality of their pleadings have always been a major asset in defending the interests of our company.’

‘Benoit Polderman is excellent.’

‘Benoit Polderman is readily available to provide immediate advice on key issues. He diligently produces quality legal notes. He quickly understands the issues and knows how to offer suitable solutions. He is a trusted partner.’

‘A very good knowledge of the law and trades in which the firm operates, which greatly facilitates the speed and efficiency of processing cases as well as the litigation success rate. Reasonable overall fees (not hourly rates which are insignificant) on files.’

‘We appreciate the cohesion of the team and its ability to quickly upgrade its knowledge as well as the simple and efficient way to both to nurture confidence.’

‘Particularly solid legal training and professional experience, remarkable ability to listen, a spirit of synthesis, great availability as well as an excellent sense of communication.’

‘Highly responsive teams, sensitive to the particular constraints of the business of the company and its consequences on the actions and strategies to be carried out on the legal front. Fluid invoicing.’

‘Christophe Cabanes and Jérémie Couette, both pay great attention to the business of our company, its challenges, its organization so as to optimize their know-how and their advice on said issues and problems. Great responsiveness and availability.’

‘High expertise, experience and knowledge of the team.’

‘Responsive firm, good knowledge of the field. The advice and recommendations from Christophe Cabanes give full satisfaction every time.’

‘Great availability and responsiveness of Christohpe Cabanes and Benoit Polderman. They are very attentive to their clients. Indisputable expertise in public procurement law. Christophe Cabanes is trained in mediation, which is an added value. The experience of Christophe Cabanes allows optimal support.’

‘The firm is highly specialised in public contract law in all its dimensions; their knowledge is exhaustive in that area. Their know-how is remarkable. They do not hesitate to suggest to explore, and to follow, alternative ways of settling disputes if it seems advisable for his client. In addition, through a delicate know-how, the firm knows perfectly how to mobilise its client’s teams to work as a project team where everyone can add their own stone.’

‘We appreciate the relationship of trust that has been able to develop over time. We can attest to the great consistency in the high level of quality provided, whether in the preparation of defense cases or in the provision of legal analyses in advice. The responsiveness and availability of Christophe Cabanes and his team are remarkable, in normal times and in times of crisis, as we have seen during the various lockdowns.’

‘High quality of the interventions, relevant analyses and availability of each partner.’

Key clients

Bouygues Construction

Bouygues Travaux Publics

Derichebourg Environnement


Alstom Aptis



Derichebourg Aqua


Vinci Construction


Clear Channel




Europe Service Propreté



Ville de Paris

Présidence de la République

Métropole de Bordeaux

Métropole de Nice

Métropole de Lille

Métropole d’Aix Marseille

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Etablissement public du Mont Saint-Michel

Région Occitanie

Région Ile-de-France

Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur

Université Sorbonne

Grand Port Maritime de Marseille

Etablissement Public Paris Terre d’Envol

Ile de France Mobilités

Ville de Nice

Ville de Bordeaux

Work highlights

  • Representing ALSTOM Transports in a litigation launched by the RATP for the renewal of RER trains.
  • Advising the Région Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur on the first awarding of public contracts in the field of public passenger transport by rail.
  • Successfully represented Region Occitanie in a litigation regarding the awarding of a port concession contract.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s stellar workload and client base make the firm stand out. The practice is able to deal with the most complex work, spanning almost any industry and field of public law. It is retained by many leading players including the French state which also turns to the firm for its most challenging issues, especially in the transport sector. The team is praised for its high-level public procurement and PPP expertise which materializes by its involvement in many of the country’s largest projects in the motorway, rail, public housing and construction and broadband areas. It is also assisting sponsors and lenders on many of France’s ongoing landmark offshore wind projects. In parallel, the team is solicited to assist with complex regulatory situations and issues, notably in the energy sector. The practice is also trusted to resolve the most pressing issues pertaining to landmark projects and public procurement, including before administrative or arbitral courts. This is notably the case in the railway and airport sectors where the team is handling high-profile matters, such as damage compensation and indemnities claims. Co-heads of practice David Préat and Gauthier Martin rank among the best in their field. They are supported by counsel Jean-Baptiste Merigot de Treigny and associate Daphné Celet.

Practice head(s):

David Préat; Gauthier Martin

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Baptiste Merigot de Treigny; Daphné Celet


‘The firm has been handling our matters with outstanding efficiency, thanks to its long experience in the public private partnerships (PPP) and its capacity to call up lawyers in different countries, with a very deep knowledge of national laws. Thanks to their international presence, they are eager to suggest the best solutions to exceed our expectations, no matter what laws are concerned and what problems are encountered.’

‘The firm has advised us in a very convenient and efficient way, that has helped us to best protect our interests. Its valuable advice and legal strategy have been leading to extremely valuable judgments for us.’

‘This firm has a lot of strengths (I can hardly think of any weakness) : top quality of its staff, from junior lawyers to associates ; the depth, the rigour and the intelligence of their analysis; their reactivity and proactivity. Our main contacts at the firm are David Préat and Daphné Celet.’

‘David Préat’s team is doing outstanding work with us. They do not just deliver legal aid, they craft tailored solutions for their clients, combining strategic and legal analysis. They very much care about sharing their analysis with us and discussing on the different options, which is necessary to share the same means and goals and to be linked by strong bonds with the team.’

‘David is really one of the most talented lawyers in the field of public private partnerships. He has managed to build a team of exceptional quality. We are used to working with Daphné Celet on a day-to-day basis, and we are more than highly satisfied by her work, under the supervision of David. We highly value their work and advice and we totally trust their judgement.’

‘The team has very good expertise.’

‘David Préat has a very good knowledge and expertise of public and administrative law. In addition, he knows perfectly well the functioning and the mysteries of the various services of the state and their way of functioning. These two elements combined, mean that he immediately knows how to understand the cases and guide us in a legal process so that they lead to the best possible outcome for the client.’

Key clients

French Ministry for an ecological transition (Ministry in charge of transport and in charge of energy)

EDF Renouvelables

Société du Grand Paris

Eiffage Concessions

Vauban Infrastructure Partners



Bolloré Energie

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF)

French Rugby Fédération (Fédération française de rugby – FFR)

Work highlights

  • Advising SGP regarding public procurement contracts for the design and the construction of the western and the eastern sections of the Line 15, part of the new Paris metro network project ‘Grand Paris Express’.
  • Advising Eolien Maritime France (the joint venture between EDF Renouvelables, Maple Power and wpd) and the project company on the financing of an offshore wind farm off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer, with an installed capacity of 448 MW.
  • Advising and representing CAF in the context of the public tender launched for the replacement of the rolling stock operated on one of the lines of the Paris regional train service (RER B).

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier ’s compact, but extremely high-level team advises an impressive client base and manages a highly prominent workload. The team is retained by many of France’s leading public or private sector operators, notably in the railway, telecoms, energy and media sector. It is entrusted with high-profile regulatory advisory work and litigation files, often raising high stakes for its clients. Working alongside the corporate team, the public law practice is also very experienced in handling key public law aspects connected to some of the market’s most prominent M&A transactions concerning strategic public sector infrastructures, such as recently the Suez-Veolia deal. The practice is also a reference for public aids and EU law issues. Another strong level of expertise lies in the public procurement contract and litigation area. For instance, the team is currently involved in several of France’s largest ongoing infrastructure and public procurement projects, notably in the railway sector and in port infrastructure. Practice head Henri Savoie is one of the most respected public law experts in France. He is ably support by counsels Patrick Mèle and Jean-Baptiste Aubert.

Practice head(s):

Henri Savoie


‘In-depth knowledge of French public law and of market’s practices. Their recommendations are very precise and clear in the most complicated circumstances. Work is always appropriately allocated between senior and junior team members.’

‘Henri Savoie, partner, is one of the most experienced lawyers I have ever met. In addition to his utmost professionalism, he is a delight to work with. Jean-Baptiste Aubert, senior associate, is a rising star. He quickly captures the essence of any issue.’

‘High-level firm.’

Key clients


Bouygues Telecom

SNCF Réseau



Vinci Airports

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa

Groupe Lucien Barrière





La Banque Postale

Naval Group



Agence des participations de l’Etat


TechnipFMC et Technip Energies

CCI Nice Côte d’Azur

Groupe Infopro


Work highlights

  • Assisting Bouygues Telecom in dealing with multiple legal actions challenging the new regulation relating to cybersecurity of 5G networks and in litigations concerning the roaming agreement between Orange and Free Mobile.
  • Advising SNCF Réseau on ongoing disputes concerning the performance of the SEA high-speed railway line concession agreement and the implementation of CDG Express project.
  • Advising Bouygues and TF1 on the media regulation aspects of the contemplated merger of TF1 and M6 Groups.


Dentons houses one of the market’s most established practices. The firm shows high-level public procurement expertise. It regularly assists public local and other public sector entities, the state as well as sponsors with the awarding of large PPP and public procurement contracts. Recently, it has worked on the awarding of several landmark projects, including the construction of governmental facilities and projects in the railway and road sectors. The team is also solicited to advise on regulatory issues or new initiatives, such as the opening of regional railway lines in France and the implementation of new motorway tolls for heavy vehicles. Litigation is another strong area of expertise. Recently the practice handled a number of issues and negotiations related to public procurement and PPP projects affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The highly regarded Marc Fornacciari is in charge. 2021’s newly promoted partner Dorothée Griveaux is the other key name in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marc Fornacciari

Other key lawyers:

Dorothée Griveaux



‘Highly available.’

Key clients

Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Seine Estuaire

Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace (CEA)

Compagnie Des Alpes

Ile-de-France Mobilités


French Ministry for the Ecological Transition


Paris Saclay University

Stade de Bordeaux (subsidiary of the Vinci Group)

Work highlights

  • Advising the consortium composed of Meridiam and Immobilière 3F on the awarding process of the project launched by the French Ministry of Defence called ‘Cegelog’ project.
  • Advising the French Transport Authority for the Paris Region (Ile-de-France Mobilités) on the awarding of two concession contracts concerning the operation of four new automatic metro lines of the ‘Grand Paris Express’.
  • Advising the French Ministry for the Ecological Transition on the awarding process of the highway concession between Toulouse and Castres.

Jones Day

Jones Day has an excellent team recommended for complex matters. The practice has high-level public law contract and procurement expertise. It regularly advises on prominent infrastructure work, such as recently advising on new waste concession projects. The team is also increasingly retained for its high regulatory know-how. Transport and energy are key areas in that regard. The practice is notably handling prominent work concerning tariff and distribution issues in the energy sector, as well as matters pertaining to the development and modernisation of energy networks. It has also been solicited to assist with disputes challenging administrative decisions and to manage issues linked to the Covid-19 lockdown. The impressive client base includes many leading French companies and state agencies. The excellent  Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice are in charge.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Delelis; Nicolas Brice



‘Philippe Delelis is the best public law lawyer in Paris. With his remarkable intelligence, creativity and availability, he is a game-changer for his clients.’

‘The team has demonstrated responsiveness and clarity in its billing process.’

Key clients




Caisse Des Depots Et Consignations






Work highlights

  • Advising Enedis (EDF’s subsidiary in charge of the electricity distribution network) on the setup of an industrial partnership in order to design, develop and operate a new distribution network digital system.
  • Advising the consortium on the Cegelog tender process launched by the French Ministry of Armed Forces for the construction, modernisation and management of all the residential complexes and buildings of the Ministry.
  • Assisting the Agence des Participations de L’Etat (APE) with the privatisation of the company Aéroports de Paris (ADP) which runs the Parisian airports (Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, Orly and 11 other airports in the Ile-de-France Region).


Linklaters is increasingly retained by the French State to assist with sensitive or strategic matters, including projects and regulatory issues, notably in the energy sector, while also assisting all types of stakeholders beside the state. Alongside the project practice, the public law team is particularly involved in large French infrastructure projects, such as new motorway and waste projects. It has a leading presence in the energy sector where it both advises on landmark renewables energy projects and on regulatory matters, for example handling renegotiation issues pertaining to French sponsored renewables tariffs. The team also provides strategic advice in the nuclear field and regularly assists clients with M&A projects involving foreign investment authorisation procedures. Practice head Pierre Guillot is warmly recommended. He is ably support by managing associate Pierre Sikorav.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Guillot

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Sikorav


‘The team is very responsive and available. They offer a true support in case of extraordinary events. Their sound experience is of great value.’

‘Pierre Guillot is an expert in his field and at the same time a true business partner. He is available, follows up, provides sound and pragmatic advice. He has in-depth knowledge of public entities, their cultures and procedures, his legal background is rock solid, and yet he has an excellent view of business concerns.’

‘The team is dedicated to serving their clients’ interests and works efficiently to achieve a pragmatic solution.’

‘Pierre Guillot knows the administration well and advises with in-depth knowledge on law and strategy.’

Key clients

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank France


European Investment Bank

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Ardian SAS


BlackRock Inc.

Nestlé S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on all aspects linked to the landmark financing of the 448MW Calvados offshore wind farm in Courseulles-sur-mer.
  • Advised EIB and CDC on investments in clean buses fleets and associated charging stations.
  • Advising private equity investors Ardian and Global Infrastructure Partners on their takeover offer for Suez.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP impresses by its ability to provide high-level expertise spanning a diverse range of areas. The team is retained by many of France’s leading private and semi-public corporations to advise on the drafting of new laws and regulations, and to assist with complex regulatory issues and other strategic issues. The practice is notably handling high-profile work in the telecoms, transport, aviation and energy sectors. It is well versed in assisting with the setting up of new major regulatory changes in addition to handling regulatory litigation and providing key support in the context of high-profile M&A transactions. Lately, it has been asked by several leading operators to help conduct negotiations with the French state as to obtain damage compensations in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis which had a severe impact on their operations. Another highly prominent area of expertise lies in the public procurement sector where the team assists private and public and semi-public sectors clients with the awarding of some of France’s largest projects, for example in the railway and water distribution sectors. Lately, the team is also advising clients on public procurement contract renegotiations with the state in relation to the impact of Covid-19. Frédéric Salat-Baroux is a superstar in the field and co-heads the practice alongside Marc Lordonnois.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Salat-Baroux; Marc Lordonnois


‘Highly competent and confirmed experience, both for advisory work and litigation, which constitute an essential asset in the management of difficult files and particularly of concessions. In-depth knowledge of the various players which is a rare asset and particularly useful to facilitate relations and allow cases to move forward.’

‘Frédéric Salat-Baroux and Marc Lordonnois stand out for their ability to understand the environment and the finesse of their analyzes. They are rare.’

‘Very good public business law team with two partners and several senior lawyers. Excellent knowledge of the legal framework and more generally of public sector entities. A team that has a broad competence that allows it to deal with complex legal issues, projects as well as litigation.’

‘Frédéric Salat-Baroux is a true expert in public law.’

‘Very high level of expertise and analysis.’

‘Excellent listening and communication skills, very precise legal strategic analysis and high quality of drafting. Very high-level team.’

‘Frédéric Salat-Baroux is remarkable and endowed with a great capacity for work.’

Key clients


Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur (ACA)



iCON Infrastructure


Compagnie des Alpes




Caisse des dépôts et consignations

SNCF Group


Aéroports de Paris





Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

Gestionnaire d’Infrastructure CDG Express

CDC Habitat

Action Logement Group



Agence des Participations de l’Etat (French State)

FGTI (Fonds de garantie des victimes des actes de terrorisme)

HLD Europe

Advent International Corporation

Berkshire Partners

SA du Parc du Futuroscope


Work highlights

  • Advising Meridiam on the acquisition of assets to be disposed of by Suez in the context of the acquisition of Suez by Veolia.
  • Advising Orange on the reorganisation of its French optic fiber business, the creation of a dedicated entity (Orange Concessions) and the sale of a stake in Orange Concessions to a consortium.
  • Advising TDF in relation to the evolution of the regulatory framework of TDF’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcasting business.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP ‘s practice, headed by the highly regarded Thierry Laloum, is called upon by leading companies to assist with their most challenging issues. The firm has built a strong reputation handling highly strategic public concession performance issues. It has recently been retained to advise on possible ways to obtain compensation damages from the French state in the aftermath of the Yellow Vest and the Covid-19 crisis which both had a major impact on their operations, especially in the motorway sector. The firm is also a reference for assisting lenders and sponsors with the awarding of France’s most high-profile procurement and PPP projects. It is currently advising key clients involved in major projects, notably in the transport sector. Finally, the practice provides regulatory guidance and is managing a high volume of strategic disputes. European counsel Charles-Antoine Erignac, senior associate Anne-Laure Barel and associate  Virgile Chanel complete the team.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Laloum

Other key lawyers:

Charles-Antoine Erignac; Anne-Laure Barel; Virgile Chanel


‘Thierry Laloum always knows how to innovate and create operational solutions by using with talent his great knowledge of the matter at hands.’

‘Availability, creativity, responsiveness.’

‘Thierry Laloum and Anne-Laure Barel show high quality, professionalism, great responsiveness, strong understanding of issues, and good listening skills.’

Key clients

Bouygues Telecom


Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Bouygues Travaux Publics

Air France/KLM Group



Vinci Concessions



Bouygues Construction

Vinci Autoroutes


EDF Invest

Vinci Airports

PG Finances

Searchlight Capital Partners

Altitude Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising VINCI Autoroutes on its legal strategy to obtain compensation from the French State for the financial damages caused by the restrictive measures implemented to fight the spread of COVID-19.
  • Advising the consortium on the acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Orange Concessions.
  • Advising Ardian 0n its acquisition of a controlling majority stake in the Société du Pipeline Méditerranée–Rhône (SPMR), which manages the oil pipeline from the area of Marseille to the regions of Lyon and Switzerland.

Adaltys Avocats

Adaltys Avocats has large resources which allow the firm to advise on the full range of public law issues. With several offices across the country (Paris and Lyon are as its main bases, followed by Bordeaux and Marseille), the firm has a strong presence alongside public local entities, including large metropolises such as Lyon, but also an equally prominent client base in the private sector where it assists leading companies, notably in the transport, energy, waste and football industry sectors. The firm manages an impressive workload, advising on high-profile construction projects, public procurement and general public law subjects. It is involved in a number of ambitious urban revitalisation projects, notably in Lyon where its combined leading expertise in the energy and transport sectors are other assets. The team also assists many top clients in the sport and leisure sectors; it is involved in several Paris Olympics projects and is also a key adviser to many of France’s largest ski resorts in the Alps. Gilles Le Chatelier in Lyon and Laurent Sery in Paris co-head the practice, which also includes the Lyon-based Romain GranjonJean-Marc Petit, Clément Nourrisson, Philippe Nugue; the Paris-based Guillaume Chaineau; the Marseille-based Benjamin Boiton and Xavier Heymans in Bordeaux.

Practice head(s):

Gilles Le Chatelier; Laurent Sery

Other key lawyers:

Romain Granjon; Guillaume Chaineau; Jean-Marc Petit; Benjamin Boiton; Philippe Nugue; Clément Nourrisson; Xavier Heymans


‘The firms stands out by its responsiveness and the accuracy of its analyses.’

‘Active listening and perspicacity.’

‘A very available team, attentive to our needs, with very committed partners. High-quality interventions.’

‘Partners are very available and attentive, keen to best meet our needs.’

Key clients

Ile De France Mobilité

SNCF Group



CNR – Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

UTC Group (OTIS/Chubb)

Xerox – Conduent







Sequano Aménagement

Radio France

JOA Group




Métropole de Lyon

Métropole de Marseille

Métropole Européenne de Lille

Métropole de Nice

Métropole de Rouen

Métropole de Bordeaux

Métropole de Saint-Etienne

Métropole de Toulon

Métropole de Nantes

Métropole d’Annecy

Région AuRA – Auvergne Rhône Alpes

Ministère de la transition écologique

Ministère de la cohésion des territoires

Département de la Haute-Garonne

Département de la Dordogne

ADEME – Agence De l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie

APIJ – Agence Pour l’Immobilier de la Justice

OPPIC – Opérateur du Patrimoine et des Projets Immobiliers de la Culture

Grand Port Maritime de Rouen

Grand Port Maritime de Marseille

Grand Port Maritime de Nantes St Nazaire

Grand Port du Havre

SYTRAL – Syndicat des Transports de l’Agglomération Lyonnaise

Région Sud – Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur

Région Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Région Centre Val de Loire

Région Occitanie

Val d’Isère Ski resort

Courchevel Ski resort

Serre-Chevalier Ski resort

Collectivité de Corse

Work highlights

  • Renegotiating Ile de France Mobilité’s historic contract with the RATP, pertaining to the largest transport concession in Europe.
  • Advising Stade de France on the future of the stadium following the completion of the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.
  • Advising Toulon Metropolis on a new public passenger transport concession, involving numerous types of transport (land and sea), and highly innovative aspects (development of a hydrogen maritime shuttle powered by a land-based refueling station).

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP‘s strong public law team regularly advises on the market’s largest PPP and public law procurement matters. Recently, the team has been busy advising on major brownfield French infrastructure transactions, notably in the telecoms sector; while also handling a large new flow of greenfield matters pertaining to the awarding of prominent concession projects, for example involving roads and airports. The team is also advising a key client on the opening of France’s regional passenger train network. Renewable energy is another key area of activity, with the firm advising on several landmark offshore projects. Finally, the team provides strategic regulatory advice, spanning various sectors. It is notably advising on France’s landmark M&A deal in the media sector and assists clients with foreign investment issues in the context of M&A transactions. Finally, the practice also handles litigation and is acting in one of France’s first climate change trials. Many leading companies and banks are clients. Practice head Romaric Lazerges is highly recommended and surrounded by counsels Antoine Coursaut-Durand, Luc Lamblin and Arthur Sauzay.

Practice head(s):

Romaric Lazerges

Other key lawyers:

Antoine Coursaut-Durand; Luc Lamblin; Arthur Sauzay


‘Very high quality team, available and responsive. The team offers highly operational solutions tailored to the business issue at hand. Great contentious qualities.’

‘Romaric Lazerges is very available and active in each case and can rely on high quality associates.’

‘The team’s experience allowed us to save a lot of time in the analysis of legal risks (public law side) and allowed us to conclude our transactions in a short timespan. The team was commercial in its approach to invoicing.’

‘The firm shows a very comprehensive, yet very technical, understanding of our business. It is close to our needs, it understands them and adapts its offer as best as possible while remaining competitive, thanks to well-sized and balanced teams between seniors and juniors.’

‘Partners, such as Romaric Lazerges, are as close as possible to clients, attentive and reassuring in their ability not to present too many options, but to orient the client towards the best legal solution. The firm is very responsive while maintaining a high level of service.’

‘The team is always available. They are professional while not taking themselves seriously, which is very appreciable. They show strong legal strength of course, but also understanding of our issues and our ecosystem. Ability to offer us several solutions and to support us in decision-making.’

‘Romaric Lazerges was our point of contact. He has very strong analytical skills, great understanding of the subject entrusted to him, provided impeccable follow-up of our file from start to finish and very strong mobilisation. He has the ability to convince stakeholders and get them on board. Excellent intervention in every way.’

‘On all our questions with multiple angles, sometimes formidably complex, the team of Romaric Lazerges advises and guides us and we are completely satisfied with the result.’

‘We work above all with Romaric Lazerges, who has assembled a very strong and united team around him, including a series of passionate interns, and counsel Luc Lamblin, who offers valuable advice, and counsel Arthur Sauzay. Romaric Lazerges is experienced, balanced, available when we need him and has always advised and guided us in the best of our interests in a sometimes very complex environment.’

‘Always available, Romaric Lazerges is a person with whom it is very pleasant to work. He has a very strong ability to learn about technical and very complex subjects. His advice is very structured and thus makes it possible to make an informed decision. He is open-minded which allows him to establish connections with the legal sectors on the periphery of public and administrative law and to fully understand the issues.’

‘Motivated, dedicated, competent and rigorous team. High human and professional qualities of partners and associates.’

‘Romaric Lazerges and his team are efficient and committed to clients.’

‘Excellent and talented team, very responsive and proactive in monitoring current affairs, strong ability to organise cross-functional work with other teams from the same office and from foreign offices with very efficient coordination. High-quality work, always on time. Very well composed (and diverse) team in the distribution of time between partner and associates. Very fluid and pleasant client contact.’

‘Perfect knowledge of the client ‘s industry, great ability to understand issues and adapt to the clients’ needs and organisation. Excellence of legal skills from all team members. Perfect coordination within the office and with foreign offices. Romaric Lazerges has built a team of very talented colleagues (Arthur Sauzay in particular): great availability, adaptability, high-quality work, attentive listening to the client and taking into account his organisation, great proactivity in the follow-up of the current events around the file, the whole in an excellent atmosphere of team very pleasant for the client.’

Key clients

Agence Française de Développement

Agence des Participations de l’Etat (APE)

Air France


CDC Habitat

Engie and EDPR

Infrared Capital, Equitix and SLAM

Metropole Television (M6)

SBS Transit

Total Energies



Work highlights

  • Advising M6 on the merger between TF1 and M6.
  • Advising the French state, acting through the Agence des participations de l’Etat (the APE),  on the elaboration and implementation of all the exceptional measures aiming at supporting French strategic companies throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Advising UBS/SLAM on the acquisition of  a minority stake in Altitude Infrastructure THD.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is entrusted by many of France’s leading public and private sector operators and companies to deal with their most strategic regulatory and public contract issues, including litigation files. The firm is notably acting in several high-stakes public procurement disputes concerning the awarding of contracts involving airports and city lighting. It also provided strategic guidance to SNCF and EDF regarding train and energy-related matters. The team has in-depth expertise in a number of sectors, including energy, telecoms and media. The hire of Francis Donnat  in July 2021 who was general secretary and a member of the executive committee of France Télévisions further strengthened the firm’s regulatory expertise, especially in the TMT sector. Finally, the team is also handling prominent work in the healthcare sector, notably several strategic files in relation to public health. The practice is co-headed by the very experienced Emmanuel Guillaume and Arnaud Cabanes. Counsel Rémi Ducloyer is another key member.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Cabanes; Emmanuel Guillaume

Other key lawyers:

Francis Donnat; Rémi Ducloyer


‘Excellent responsiveness, high quality of analyses, wide area of expertise.’

‘Great availability from Arnaud Cabanes who is always extremely clear and provides reliable analyses.’

‘Emmanuel Guillaume is probably one of the finest connoisseurs of public company law. His practice as a lawyer combined with his previous experiences as legal director of a large public company give him very significant experience as well as remarkable efficiency and pragmatism!’

‘A very solid expertise and experience in dealing with complex public contract law.  The firm has demonstrated a great ability to mobilize cutting-edge expertise in an extremely responsive manner. Its knowledge of complex contracts and of the associated players and mechanisms makes the firm’s expertise contribution indispensable.’

‘Emmanuel Guillaume and his team, beyond their skills, are appreciated for the responsiveness, availability, reliability and quality of their analyses.’

‘Arnaud Cabanes is very sharp and knows his field perfectly; he has a very pragmatic approach while being very rigorous was a great support in a difficult case of construction law.’

Key clients


ADP (Aéroports de Paris)

Agence Nationale de Santé Publique (SPF)



Canal +



Citelum (subsidiary of EDF)

Conseil Départemental de l’Aube / Syndicat Mixte de l’Aérodrome de Troyes Barberey (SMATB)

Conseil Départemental d’Eure-et-Loir

Cote d’Azur Airport (ACA)

Electricité de France (EDF)

Grand Port Maritime de Marseille

Groupe Loret

Khephren Ingénierie


La Banque Postale

La Poste

Merck Sharp Dohme (MSD)

Métropole Européenne de Lille


Racing Club de Lens

Région Ile-de-France – IDFM (Ile-de-France-Mobilités)





Work highlights

  • Representing Aéroporst de Paris in a dispute with the Weizmann Pharmacy which challenged an authorisation for the creation of a new pharmacy in the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport terminal 2.
  • Represented Citelum in a pre-contractual summary proceeding filed by EVESA, which is the current holder of the contract for lighting and traffic lights for the city of Paris.
  • Assisting the Department of Aube in a dispute regarding the contestation before the Administrative Court of Chalons-en-Champagne of the awarding of an airport concession contract.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Thanks to its deep and experienced bench, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is able to offer a large coverage of public law issues, spanning regulatory, public procurement and urban planning law matters. The team assists a prominent client base, comprising state and other public sector entities, leading French operators as well as leading developers in addition to international companies. The practice is notably handling highly significant work in the energy, aviation and transport sectors, and is a key adviser for public procurement contracts concerning the Paris 2014 Olympics. It regularly handles strategic regulatory energy advice and disputes for leading energy providers, with Michel Guénaire as a leading expert in the field. The practice is also retained to assist with ambitious public and private development projects, including several large Parisian urban renovation projects. Emmanuel Vital-Durand and Alexandre Gauthier are the key contacts for those matters. Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel are strong references for general public law and public sector projects. Environment law expert Jean-Nicolas Clément completes the lead sextet.


‘Always at the forefront of new developments; strong intellectual acuity and understanding of subjects submitted; exceptionally fast and relevant  analyses; safest and most effective solutions.’

‘Excellent level team: analyzes are always relevant, availability is high and the reactivity is systematically there. I highly recommend this team.’

‘Michel Guénaire is a high-level partner, very close to his clients, very attentive to their needs, and who has a perfect knowledge of public law. He is also surrounded by very committed associates.’

‘An available and experienced team, with in-depth expertise in the field of concessions, always pleasant and efficient.’

‘Their great availability, responsiveness, listening skills and knowledge, the quality and precision of their legal analyses were particularly appreciable.’

‘The team combines very strong legal expertise and pragmatism, with real support to find operational solutions while respecting the interests and choices of the client.’

‘Thomas Courtel shows great responsiveness and expertise. They provide reliable and pragmatic advice in support of decision-making. High quality of customer relationships.’

‘Bénédicte Mazel ‘s team combines a very high level of technical expertise in handling cases and a perfect understanding of the particularities and issues of various subjects. The response to our needs is thus excellent.’

‘Bénédicte Mazel is very attentive to the clients’ expectations.  Technically competent, she comprehends issues and provides concrete, very pragmatic and operational solutions with great reactivity.’

‘Great scope of expertise; high quality and skills; availability, good listening skills and responsiveness; ability to mobilise additional expertise when needed.’

Key clients

SAS Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin




Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques

The French State


Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris

Paris 2024 – Comité d’organisation des Jeux olympiques et paralympiques

Veolia Eau France

La Banque Postale, Crédit Agricole de Savoie

CCI Seine-Estuaire


Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats

Latournerie Wolfrom Avocats acts for a balanced client base made up of the state, leading public and semi-public companies and entities, as well as private companies. The practice is recommended for complex matters, such as large or strategic public procurement contracts. High-profile regulatory issues, especially in the rail and telecoms sectors, are another area of strength. The practice has also been retained to help with the implementation of highly strategic technology projects in the defence sector. Finally, the team is also recommended for complex litigation and for construction and large commercial and real estate development projects. The practice is co-headed by the excellent Jean LatournerieTérence Cabot and Marion Delaigue.

Practice head(s):

Jean Latournerie; Térence Cabot; Marion Delaigue


‘Medium-sized firm allowing to have reasonable costs compared to large firms while having good technical skills, especially on the part of the partners.’

‘Jean Latournerie: extensive practice of public law, good knowledge of public actors, balanced approach, sound judgement.’

‘Great fluidity of exchanges and excellent availability; the reflexes of the team are good and fast, especially in matters of public law; a particularly intuitive working relationship has been established over the years.’

Key clients

Free/Free Mobile

Groupe SNCF

Ministery of Ecological Transition and Territories

Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes



Grand Paris Aménagement

Pôle Leonard de Vinci

Société du Grand Paris

Dassault Systèmes

Société Française des Aéroports

Agence France Presse

Université de Lille

Aire Nouvelle (Engie Solutions)


Haute Garonne Numérique

La Fibre 64


Val de Loire Numérique

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel particularly stands out for its high-level expertise in large public infrastructure and energy projects. The team assists a prominent client base in that area, namely leading private sponsors and operators, while also receiving mandates from lenders and French governmental entities. The firm has recently been particularly involved in several new motorway projects in the country in addition to advising motorway concession operators on negotiations with the French state to compensate for business revenues loss due to the Covid-19 crisis. The team is regularly also entrusted to deal with regulatory and public contract performance issues spanning various sectors, notably managing a high-stakes file concerning the abrupt termination of a large commercial project. The team is finally highly involved in the French renewables sector, advising the French state on the development of large-scale offshore projects, but also regularly acting alongside the firm's corporate and project teams in greenfield and brownfield work. The team is co-headed by Geoffroy Berthon and senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï.

Practice head(s):

Geoffroy Berthon; Noël Chahid-Nouraï


‘High availability and ability to support the client with creative legal solutions.’

Key clients

Alliages et Territoires (groupe Auchan)

Allianz Global Investors


Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM)

Bolloré Transport & Logistics

Bouygues Construction

Caisse Des Dépôts et Consignations

DIF Capital Partners


EOS Holding


French Government – Ministère de la Transition écologique

Heuliez Bus

ICT France




Société Générale

Societé Générale Equipment Finance

Work highlights

  • Advising the French government on the fourth and fifth tenders concerning the construction and operation of offshore wind farms in Normandy and Brittany.
  • Advising a bidding consortium including Egis Projects and Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) on the €535m tender process launched by Ile de France Mobilités for the operation of lines 16 and 17 of the ‘Grand Paris Express’ metro system.
  • Representing lenders on tender processes launched on the motorway and toll road concessions in France (A69 route) and in Cameroon.

PARME Avocats

One of France’s oldest established public law boutiques, PARME Avocats has large resources and is able to cover the full range of public law issues. The team acts for public and private sector clients, including many leading operators, especially in the energy and waste management sectors, as well as for major municipalities and regions. The firm has a strong focus on large public law projects, frequently joining forces with other leading law firms. It is currently involved in significant strategic projects, notably in the energy, waste, transport, culture and healthcare sectors. The firm advises clients on the entire life cycle of projects, starting with awarding issues all the way to execution issues, and also handles related litigation, for example disputes arisen from construction issues. The practice has a very strong presence in the energy sector where its expertise spans regulatory and procurement issues. Finally, the team was also retained to advise on the public law issues linked to a high-profile M&A transaction in 2021. The teams are based in Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes and Lyon. The practice is co-headed by the highly recognised Xavier Matharan and Karine Hennette-Jaouen, and also includes key partners Mathieu NoelEmmanuel Guillini,  Ludovic Cuzzi and Tony Janvier. Serge Pugeault and Scheherazade Abboub  were promoted to partner in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Matharan; Karine Hennette-Jaouen

Other key lawyers:

Mathieu Noel; Emmanuel Guillini; Ludovic Cuzzi; Tony Janvier


‘Karine Hennette-Jaouen knows perfectly well the mysteries of concession contracts, and has been a force of proposal in negotiating an agreement while firmly protecting our interests.’

‘Ability to analyse long-term resources in a spirit of respect and preservation of everyone’s interests, but with the objective of finding a favourable outcome.’

‘Knowledge of French long-term public procurement.’

‘Excellent ability to listen to clients’ needs.’

‘The firm’s team is dedicated to a file, highly available and understands the technical and political issues and wins all its cases. The firm knows how to manage a multidisciplinary and competent team. The firm is agile: every obstacle is an opportunity. The firm’s network is particularly appreciated because it is operated for its client. Rigour and support also define the team. This firm anticipates the evolution of the legislation.’

‘The firm’s lawyers are relevant, knowledgeable and always available 24 hours a day. Their loyalty brings solidity to the management of current affairs and strength when it comes to building a project, an organization with all the legal certainty that is required. Well done, great team.’

Key clients


Region Hauts de France

City of Paris


City of Marseilles

Principality of Monaco

Dijon Metropolis

SYCTOM (Paris)

the Ministry for the Ecological Transition

the Ministry of Economy, Finance and the Recovery

the Ministry of Justice




Corsica Linea

The Chamber of Commerce and industry (CCI) of Greater Nancy Metropolis Meurthe-et-Moselle






UGGC Avocats

UGGC Avocats has a large team comprising both highly experienced partners and a promising bench of more junior partners. The firm is able to cover a large range of matters, including public procurement and litigation, construction matters, regulatory and urban planning matters. It is sought after for strategic matters by an impressive client base made up of leading engineering companies and operators, notably in the transport and energy sectors, as well as public sector entities. The practice is currently advising on major procurement contracts, and in some cases in related litigation, in the fields of IT, defense, construction and transport. It is assisting a client with the awarding procedure of a major new French regional rail line concession and is also providing strategic guidance on key regulatory issues, including challenging current legislation before the French Constitutional Court. The practice is headed by the highly regarded Thierry Dal Farra who was recently retained to act as a mediator in a high-profile public procurement dispute. Franck Lepron, Philippe Hansen and the younger partners Benjamin de Sevin and Edouard Caupert  are also warmly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Dal Farra

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Hansen; Franck Lepron; Benjamin de Sevin; Edouard Caupert


‘The public business law team has all the qualities required to deliver very high-level services. The firm is incredibly responsive (great rigour in meeting deadlines), very demanding and technically sharp and perfectly meets the expectations of its clients.’

‘Franck Lepron and Benjamin de Sevin are very attentive to clients and show great strength in proposing to meet client needs within a framework and sometimes very tight deadlines.’

‘Availability; professionalism; competence; listening; adaptability; experience.’

‘The lawyers are always available, with high-level expertise, always working on time (in particular, Me Thierry Dal Farra, Me Philippe Hansen). The quality of their services is a valuable gain in my daily work.’

‘A team that is always efficient,  does extensive research and provides very constructed reasoning.’

‘Exchanges with Franck Lepron are very pleasant and very rich; this is due to the fact that he fully understands the context and constraints linked to the project, but also to the company; advice is always relevant and well-argued.’

Key clients





PARIS 2024
















Work highlights

  • Assisting the French Central Bank with the construction of the Museum of Economy in Paris.
  • Assisting SNCF with a control conducted by the French Anticorruption Agency (AFA) regarding the implementation of the anticorruption and compliance policies.
  • Advising Paris 2024 on all matters related to administrative law.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is recommended for its excellent public procurement expertise. The firm is regularly retained to advise on some of France’s largest greenfield and brownfield projects, with recent work including several strategic brownfield matters involving broadband issues. The team is currently involved in various prominent projects, notably in the transport and railway sectors, assisting clients with the opening of regional lines and the awarding of large procurement contracts concerning the supply of railway rolling stock equipment. It has also been retained to advise on a landmark housing project in the defence sector. Clients also turn to the practice to resolve public procurement litigation. Finally, the team is also active in the energy sector, handling both projects and regulatory issues, notably handling work involving renewable energy players and battery storage specialists. The highly regarded Jean-Luc Champy co-heads the practice with François-Guilhem Vaissier who is recommended for his construction and energy project expertise. Senior associate Quirec de Kersauson  is a key contributor.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Luc Champy; François-Guilhem Vaissier

Other key lawyers:

Quirec de Kersauson

Key clients


Vinci Construction



Société du Grand Paris





Vinci Concessions

RTL Group

Iberdrola Renovables

Altitude Infrastructure

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LP


Aéroports de Lyon

Aéroports de Lille

Aéroports du Grand Ouest

Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité (CIE)

Altitude Infrastructure

Emerging Mkts Partnership


Chaabi International Bank Offshore (Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire)

Société Générale

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

Work highlights

  • Representing RTL Group on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group.
  • Representing the bidding consortium, including Eiffage and Groupe ArcadeVyv, in connection with the CEGELOG concession, consisting into the outsourcing by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces of nearly 20,000 military housing units.
  • Advising Iberdrola Renovables Energia on its bid submissions for the 1GW offshore wind mega-project in Normandy and the South Brittany’s floating offshore wind farm project (270MW).

AdDen avocats

AdDen avocats is one of France’s largest public law boutiques and has offices in Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Lyon and Nantes. As a  is a go-to-firm for large urban, commercial and real estate brand-new or refurbishment projects, the practice is sought after by many leading developers and sponsors. The firm is currently involved in several iconic or ambitious projects including the so-called Arboretum campus project, handling both advisory and litigation issues. The breadth of expertise also includes strong public law contract and procurement know-how. In that area, the practice regularly assists public local entities, including the municipality of Bordeaux and Ile-de France. The practice is co-headed by the highly regarded Elsa Sacksick for urban planning issues; Nicolas Nahmias who has strong public law contract expertise; as well as by the very experienced Laurent FérignacLeïla Gosseye and Alexia Robbes, and Simon DaboussyJean-Joseph GiudicelliLaurent GivordAudrey Lebeau and Anne Davy.

Practice head(s):

Elsa Sacksick; Nicolas Nahmias; Laurent Férignac; Leïla Gosseye; Alexia Robbes; Simon Daboussy; Jean-Joseph Giudicelli; Laurent Givord; Audrey Lebeau; Anne Davy


‘Outstanding availability and responsiveness; great respect for announced quotes; proactivity and technicality.’

‘Elsa Sacksick has impressive technique, and good knowledge of the challenges of the sector and a good network.’

‘Anne Davy shows availability and responsiveness.’

‘We appreciate the quality of the work delivered, the great availability of the team, its technical expertise in administrative law and the strategic vision of Nicolas Nahmias and Laurent Givord. It is extremely reassuring to be assisted in our litigation by this team.’

Key clients

TNP Consultants

Champagne Hospitality

Tishman Speyer

Covea Immobilier

AEW Ciloger

HYImmobilier – ArtNova

Icawood et WO 2


Unibail Rodamco Westfield

MIN Bordeaux

Poste Immo



Docks en Seine

Commission nationale du débat public (CNDP)

Ile-de-France Mobilités


Groupe Galia


Work highlights

  • Assisting Bordeaux Métropole with its water concession procurement.
  • Assisting Poste Immo with the refurbishment of La Poste du Louvre.
  • Assisting Icawood with the Arboretum project consisting in the creation a new eco-district and low-carbon campus  in Nanterre.


Aramis has a strong focus on public law contracts and is increasingly active in public procurement projects. The group handles advisory work and litigation and demonstrates particular strength in the transport sector where it notably handles a high-stakes public contract resiliation dispute regarding a Parisian car sharing public procurement contract. A high-profile tunnel project, in which the firm handles expropriation disputes and construction claims, is further proof of the firm's renown in the transport sector. The practice also acts in major matters in French Polynesia, for example advising on the construction of a new airport and on renewable energy projects. Finally, the team is increasingly involved in issues pertaining to the energy sector. Private and public sector operators are clients. Etienne Amblard is highly recommended. He is ably supported by associate Kévyn Gillet.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Amblard

Other key lawyers:

Kévyn Gillet


‘One of the most competent lawyers I know and work with. Etienne Amblard is very available and takes the subjects he manages to heart. He is very attentive. He also integrates the sectoral dimensions of the projects. This is what makes the practice unique.’

‘Etienne Amblard and Kévyn Gillet succeed in the projects they are working on. They have excellent interpersonal skills, it is a pleasure to work with them every time.’

‘Efficient and responsive. The answers provided, the legal analyses and the solutions proposed are clear and explicit.’

‘Affordable, available and attentive to the needs of his client. Efficient and rapid in its interventions, its legal analyses and risk analyses are clear and explicit.’

‘Understanding of business issues before dealing with the legal aspect.’

‘Availability and listening; good knowledge of business issues, clear and effective summaries.’

‘Étienne Amblard and Kévyn Gillet made themselves available inspite of huge time differences. This was reassuring for us in order to maintain a certain fluidity with our customers and partners. We also appreciated that they defend their positions with vigour and conviction.’

Key clients

Hello Paris

Commune des Deux-Alpes

Mobilier National

Société du Grand Paris

GL Events

Thaï Union




Caisse des dépôts et consignations


Syndicat Mixte Autolib’

Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin


Egis Airport

Gepsa (ENGIE)

Emovis (Abertis group)

Sphere Sante

Télio Group

Office des postes et télécommunications de Polynésie française

Tahiti Nui Telecom

Work highlights

  • Represented SAVM in a flagship litigation related to ‘Autolib’ concession termination (electric car sharing program).
  • Advising SGP (public agency in charge of the future Grand Paris Express lines construction) on public law issues related to the set-up of major  contracts.
  • Advising Egis Airport amd Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on their submission to the new Tahiti airport concession contract.

Ashurst LLP

Headed by Jacques Dabreteau, Ashurst LLP ’s lean public law team has a strong focus on transport and energy projects. Often acting alongside the firm's project finance practice, the public law team is advising on many of France’s landmark offshore renewables projects in addition to advising a consortium as a bidder to a prominent road project. The development of energy corporate PPAs, obtaining foreign investment authorisations needed to complete transactions, and projects in Africa are other core lines of work. Additionally, stand-alone work includes contract execution issues linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and litigation. Michel Lequien left the firm in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Dabreteau


‘Strong responsiveness and involvement.’

‘The public law team excels in its ability to deal with the full range of issues surrounding public business law. Extremely available and agile in the conduct of their work, they provide valued advice and particularly sophisticated insights. It is a real luck to work with lawyers of this quality.’’

‘Jacques Dabreteau and his associates ensure that they provide their clients with the tailor-made advice they are looking for. Their business-oriented vision facilitates discussions and allows us not only to be enlightened on specific issues, but also to find solutions when one thinks there are none. Their technical skills are matched only by their great willingness to help and their commitment to the task in hand.’

Key clients

Veolia Eau

BAI Communications Europe Limited

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Marguerite Fund


Omnes Capital

The Carlyle Group




European Investment Bank

Robert Bosch France

Séché Environnement


Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium on its bid to the award of a major motorway concession contract (Autoroute A69).
  • Advising a consortium in relation to the awarding of the 1GW Normandy offshore wind project and the 250MW Brittany floating offshore wind project.
  • Advising a global communications infrastructure provider in the context of the tender process launched by the Société du Grand Paris for the awarding of an occupancy agreement of the public domain for the roll-out of a mobile electronic communications network accessible to the public.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy’s strong team assists a prominent client base consisting of many leading French and international corporations from a wide range of sectors, including the IT, energy, real estate, and the water and waste sectors. The practice unites high-level regulatory, public contract and urban planning expertise, including strong litigation skills, and is a popular choice for the awarding of major public procurement contracts. The team also handles a busy workload dealing with strategic regulatory issues, including public and constitutional law, European law and civil liberties issues. Recently, the practice has received instructions for a number of  strategic files lately, notably in the healthcare and data privacy sectors. Litigation pertaining to major administrative construction permits and various Covid-19 related administrative restrictions imposed on commercial shops are other areas of expertise. Vincent Brenot and Emmanuelle Mignon co-head the practice, which also includes counsel Hélène Billery.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Brenot; Emmanuelle Mignon

Other key lawyers:

Hélène Billery


‘The team is dedicated to the client, understands the issues, assists with decision-making, provides support in all circumstances and at all times. You feel confident and know that you can count on them and that mobilising them quickly and effectively will not be a problem. Good network which allows quick information to be obtained.’

‘I work with Vincent Brenot and Hélène Billery who are great legal professionals and technicians, with great technical expertise. They familiarise themselves very quickly with my field of activity, great work force (impressive), unparalleled pugnacity, pragmatism. Excellent duo, one tempers the other or redesigns the strategy when conditions change. They inspire great confidence in top management. Know how to help us take risks or, on the contrary, when to invite us not to.’

Key clients


Printemps Group

Apsys Beaugrenelle SAS / SNC Beaugrenelle Patrimoine

SMB (Société Minière de Boké) – Winning


Philip Morris




SNCF / SNCF Réseau /SNCF Mobilités



Galeries Lafayette Group

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Work highlights

  • Assisting LVMH with helping the French State with the sourcing and supply of medical devices.
  • Advising Veolia in the context of the awarding of an eight-year public water supply concession.
  • Advising Printemps Group on obtaining the reopening of several stores closed in the context of the Covid-19.

Bredin Prat

Bredin Prat provides strategic regulatory advice to leading companies and professional bodies from various sectors, including the energy, aviation, press and digital economy sectors. The practice notably assists leading internet platforms and other clients with challenging newly adopted regulations. It is also regularly involved in high-profile M&A transactions led by the firm and assists public sector institutions with their restructuring. The practice is headed by Yann Aguila, who is ably assisted by counsel Guillaume Froger.

Practice head(s):

Yann Aguila

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Froger


‘Good understanding of client issues and excellent team investment.’

‘Excellent interpersonal skills and high legal drafting skills from Guillaume Froger.’

‘The involvement of the team is exceptional. The legal level is very high.’

‘Yann Aguila is a former magistrate of the Council of State. He knows how to analyse a file instantly and build a winning strategy.’

‘Agility – competence – technicality – knowledge of the workings of the administration – effort on fees.’

‘Yann Aguila is competent –  responsive – reasonable on fees.’

Key clients

ADP Group

Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegacion Aérea (AENA)

Agence de la transition écologique (ADEME)


Alliance Française des Industries du Numérique (AFNUM)

Association française de l’immobilier locatif

CCIR Paris Île-de-France

COJO Paris 2024 (Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games of Paris 2024)

Conseil interprofessionnel du vin de Bordeaux (CIVB)

Défense Conseil International

Fédération des exportateurs de vins et spiritueux

Fédération des sociétés immobilières et foncières

Fédération française des vins d’apéritif (FFVA)

Groupe de Presse Les Echos / Le Parisien


Maison Ginestet

Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët – Pernod Ricard

Naval Group



Union des maisons et des marques de vin


Work highlights

  • Advising the French State Agence de la transition écologique (ADEME) on reform projects.
  • Advising CCIR Paris Île-de-France on the public law aspects of the project of reorganisation of its activities.
  • Advising newspapers ‘Les Echos’ and ‘Le Parisien’ on various disputes, in particular concerning the government’s refusal to disclose to a journalist an internal report on the management of the Covid-19 health crisis.

Centaure Avocats

Centaure Avocats is retained by a prominent client base of public and private sector operators. The practice is endowed with a wide range of expertise, from mainstream to niche know-how in administrative law. Its public law contract knowledge is particular impressive and covers related litigation. The team advises both sponsors and public law entities on large public procurement and construction projects, notably assisting several public hospitals with major construction work and recently handling a high-stakes litigation arisen from the awarding of an airport concession in French Polynesia. The team also regularly acts for a major operator in the water and waste sector regarding strategic procurement contracts. The highly experienced Yves Claisse and Jehan Bejot co-head the practice which also includes the very strong counsel Nicolas Ferré, Jean-Alexandre Cano and Olivier Magnaval.

Practice head(s):

Yves Claisse; Jehan Bejot


‘The lawyers are very competent and very involved in cases (including partners). An admirable project approach and a permanent concern to take into account the specific challenges of the client. A truly admirable firm in public procurement law.’

“I had the chance to work with Nicolas Ferré on a complex subject of public procurement law. His involvement was a great help to me. His knowledge of litigation is impressive and serves his advisory activity very usefully. His recommendations concerning risks were indeed quite relevant. To say that he facilitated the structuring of this project is an understatement.’

Key clients

Assemblée nationale

Préfecture de Paris

Collectivité territoriale de Guyane

CHU de Nantes

CHRU de Brest

Agence nationale de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (ADEME)

Ile de France Mobilités

Campus Condorcet

Business France

Campus France


École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles (ESPCI)

Ecole Polytechnique

Région de Bretagne

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nantes’ public hospital with the construction of a new center hosting research, formation and medical care facilities and expected to open in 2026.
  • Advised Campus Condorcet, a public university, on the construction of its new facilities in Paris.


CMS stands out through its ability to cover a wide range of matters. The firm has excellent public procurement expertise which is recognised by lenders and sponsors alike. The practice recently advised on several prominent matters, including the awarding of the future Olympic Aquatic stadium project. It is also able to deal with related public procurement litigation. The practice’s strength in the healthcare sector recently showed in its highly strategic work for major healthcare laboratories and its work on several sensitive files concerning public procurement issues related to the Covid-19 crisis. Several clients from other sectors entrusted the practice with the negotiation of damage indemnities to compensate for Covid-19’s imposed restrictions on their business. Finally, the team also deserves an acknowledgement for its ability to advise on public procurement matters in the context of construction contracts. Co-head of practice François Tenailleau is a key contact and ably supported by counsels Kawthar Ben Khelil  and Thomas Carenzi. Counsel Geoffrey Levesque handles financing aspects. Claire Vannini, who co-heads the practice with Tenailleau, specialises in regulatory, public economic law and EU regulation work, with recent matter frequently coming from the transport, energy and audiovisual sectors. Cendrine Delivré  left the firm in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

François Tenailleau; Claire Vannini

Other key lawyers:

Kawthar Ben Khelil; Thomas Carenzi; Geoffrey Levesque


‘Perfect knowledge of status and particularities of our company, which allows increased responsiveness in the management of our files as well as a great ability to find solutions to the challenges encountered.’

‘Kawthar Ben Khelil shows expertise and pragmatism, which confer great efficiency and responsiveness to the team.’

‘The firm, well known for its tax aspects, has demonstrated great efficiency in public and administrative law. Strategic advice made it possible to set up a winning strategy. Working in pairs, the lawyers are always available and up to date with our case: a major asset that does not exist at all firms, especially in public law.’

‘Proximity and availability, excellent understanding of the needs and constraints of clients allowing the team, beyond the legal analyses provided, to give very operational legal recommendations.’

‘Listening skills and availability are what sets them apart.’

‘In-depth knowledge of cases, both regarding technical aspects and procedure. High reactivity.’

‘Very accessible and responsive. Able to forge a trustworthy and quality lawyer-client relationship over time.’

‘We appreciated the availability of the partners and lawyers with whom we worked, their ability to understand precisely the issues submitted, to mobilise the right expertise within the firm, the pedagogy they demonstrate to support their conclusions and their capacity to adaptation to quickly integrate the evolutions of the submitted projects.’

‘The team is highly skilled, also able to intervene effectively in all areas related to energy law. Its members have exceptional intellectual rigour and demonstrate real availability.’

‘Christophe Barthelemy has extensive experience in the public sector. This experience is coupled with an encyclopedic knowledge of energy law. Finally, the energy team knows how to provide innovative answers when new issues arise.’

‘The team is always very available and accessible, with an excellent knowledge of public and administrative law in particular. It knows how to adapt to the challenges and constraints of the company. It shows excellent responsiveness. It also knows how to be very pragmatic in providing analyses.’

‘I specifically worked with Me Tenailleau and Me Ben Khelil. They are two lawyers who are not only very competent, but also very available, accessible and responsive. Very rigorous, their work is of high quality. They know how to adapt to their interlocutors (lawyer, project manager/director, etc.).’

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited

La Banque Postale




DEME Concessions NV


Caisse des dépôts et consignations

SNCF Gares & Connexions

Eiffage Construction


Léon Grosse

Corsica Linea

Total Raffinage France

Société d’exploitation des ports du détroit (concessionaire of ports of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais)

Syndicat Mixte des Transports en Commun de l’Agglomération Clermontoise

Work highlights

  • Assisting Engie SA with submitting observation to the Conseil Constitutionnel (French constitutional court) in order to repeal a law aimed at reducing regulated tariffs for photovoltaic energy.
  • Assisted the lender with the awarding of a concession contract relating to the construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the Olympic aquatic centre.
  • Negotiating a lease contract and a contract in relation to Aix-Marseille-Provence’s financing of buses.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés frequently advises the French state, regional entities and other public entities, while also regularly assisting sponsors and private operators. The firm demonstrates strong public procurement expertise, managing several significant matters in relation to prison facilities, roads and waste recycling areas. Handling several strategic disputes in the railway sector on behalf of a major corporation, the group further bolstered its litigation experience, with Agnès Macaire as the key contact for public procurement matters. The firm is also handling the full range of work in French overseas territories, notably assisting public entities with important modernisation projects in French Guyana. Frédéric Destal is the key name here. Finally, the firm also has strong expertise in the healthcare sector, where Louis de Gaulle notably advises on various public procurement and regulatory issues. Gaïa Witz is the key contact for regularly issues in renewables projects.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Destal; Agnès Macaire; Gaïa Witz


‘A diverse team with complementary skills; easy collaboration and good competence; no billing problems; good reactivity compared to other firms. The firm gives full satisfaction.’

‘Agnès Macaire demonstrates great competence and pedagogy in the fields of public law and public law procurement and PPP etc. Her help is invaluable during our internal meetings.’

Key clients


Atout France

Caisse des dépôts et des consignations


Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane

Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique

Fédération Française du Transport de Personnes sur Route (FFTPR)

Gouvernement de la Nouvelle Calédonie

Gouvernement de Wallis et Futuna

La Poste

Ministry of Justice


Province Sud Nouvelle-Calédonie


SCI Mousset


Société publique local d’aménagement numérique de la Guyane


The committee of planning of the 7th district of Paris (Septième arrondissement de Paris)




De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s Christine Le Bihan-Graf is held in high esteem for her high-level regulatory expertise. She advises leading names in the transport and energy fields, such as Enedis and RATP, on their most challenging regulatory issues, including landmark matters such as privatisations and the opening of markets to competition. The practice also handles energy and infrastructure projects in France, leveraging the firm’s strong complementary project finance expertise. Leading public and private sector operators are clients. Counsel Laure Rosenblieh also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Christine Le Bihan-Graf

Other key lawyers:

Laure Rosenblieh


‘The team is reliable, responsive and precise. Legal opinions are always perfectly clear and detailed, which allows us to move our complex operations forward.’

‘A responsive and very available team, with fine knowledge of legal issues relating to public law. Analyzes are always done on time, with a high level of technicality.’

‘Christine Le Bihan-Graf is of a very high level in public law. She provides a global vision, while  at the same time being able to go into the most technical details. She is also very well supported (especially by Laure Rosenblieh).’

Key clients




























Work highlights

  • Representing RATP and SNCF Voyageurs in several disputes led by Alstom Transport and Bombardier Transport for the awarding of a contract consisting in the supply of 146 Parisian regional trains.
  • Advising TOTAL Direct Energie on the acquisition  from Gazel Energie Génération of a company holding two gas-fired combined cycle power stations located in Saint-Avold in Moselle.
  • Advising Amundi on the acquisition of Panhard group’s rights over the use of public facilities concluded with Grand Port Maritime du Havre.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a strong expertise in public private partnerships and public procurement contracts. The firm is involved in several large matters in that area, notably in the transport, broadband and recycling sectors. It also handles related litigation concerning PPP performance issues and has recently won a case challenging the transcription of a EU directive in France. Lately, the firm has increased its involvement in renewable energy projects in France and Africa, notably advising on France’s latest offshore wind project tender offer. The practice recently expanded its range of expertise through the hiring of partner Ruxandra Lazar (ex King & Spalding LLP) in November 2021 who adds remarkable regulatory know-how, especially in the energy sector. The team mainly acts for sponsors, but also assists lenders and public entities. Jérôme Pentecoste is in charge. Pascal Martin left in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jérôme Pentecoste

Other key lawyers:

Ruxandra Lazar

Key clients

ACOSS (Agence Centrale des Cotisations d’Assurances Sociales)

Banco de Sabadell


CEIDF (Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France)


Crédit Agricole


Département de la Meuse

EG Group



Forum de Lille

ICC Corsica Council

LCS SPL SEMIDEP (Port de la Ciotat)



Région Ile de France

Région Normandie

Région Occitanie

Société Générale


STIF (Syndicat des transports d’Ile de France)



Université de Paris (Diderot – Paris VII)

Vinci Construction


Vinci Grands Projets

Work highlights

  • Advising the consortium of bidders on the negotiation of a public procurement process to build and operate a wind farm off-shore in ZEE (zone économique exclusive) off Normandy.
  • Advising Vinci Grands Projets on the negotiation of a public procurement contract relating the ligne 15/Grand Paris Express.
  • Advising and representing a public service concessionaire in court against the provisions of the Concessions Decree relating to the prohibition of bidding on operators convicted of breach of probity, securing a favourable prejudicial ruling from the CJEU and a favourable ruling from the Council, in line with the CJEU decision.

DS Avocats

DS Avocats' large team is able to cover a wide range of public law issues. The firm stands out through its high-level urban planning law expertise and is regularly retained by public entities and universities to assist with ambitious re-urbanisation development and modernisation projects. The team is notably advising on the development of new research centres as well as on several major urban projects in and around Paris and a new large port redevelopment project. Other work includes matters for various private sector clients, for example real estate development projects. The practice is co-headed by the Paris-based Frédéric Lévy and Lyon office managing partner Jean-Marc PoissonMonique AmbalDavid GuillotLaura Ceccarelli-Le GuenMichaël Moussault and Nathalie Sultan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Lévy; Jean-Marc Poisson

Other key lawyers:

Monique Ambal; David Guillot; Laura Ceccarelli-Le Guen; Michaël Moussault; Nathalie Sultan


‘The lawyers are attentive, available, responsive and transparent.’

‘Ability to offer and mobilise the right skills; reasonable budgetary approach, and permanent concern to provide client satisfaction.’

‘A team that listens; great complementarity of skills and availability.’

Key clients








Work highlights

  • Advising Etablissement Public d’Aménagement Paris on the creation of a research, teaching and economic activity center on a former military and industrial wasteland.
  • Advising Banque des Territoires on its acquisition of a stake in a SEMOP created for the management of the commercial port of Port la Nouvelle (Aude).
  • Advising SPL PARISEINE on the Porte Maillot public space redevelopment project.


FIDAL has a solid public law practice. Thanks to its large geographical coverage and deep bench, the practice is very active for public local entities and private operators alike. The team’s high-level combined public law contract and urban planning expertise makes it a popular choice for major urban infrastructure projects, for instance a number of sport infrastructure projects, including several Paris Olympic 2024 landmarks. The practice is also advising leading operators and sponsors on key mandates in the transport sector. Various smart city and urban renovation projects across the country are also part of the caseload. Jean-Sébastien Oriou in Paris is the key name and co-head of  the practice alongside the Lyon-based Alain Lauriac. Laetitia Santoni is recommended for urban planning law projects. Cécile Fontaine left in January 2021 to join a public entity. Hugues de La Forge left in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Sébastien Oriou; Alain Lauriac

Other key lawyers:

Laetitia Santoni


‘The firm expertise, particularly in public law and sports law, is a great asset to deal with issues linked to the organisation of major sporting events.’

‘Jean-Sébastien Oriou is efficient and demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills.’

Key clients



VINCI – ENGIE – UCPA consortium


Engie-Suez-La Poste- Vyv


Métropole Aix Marseille Provence

SIVU Font Romeu Pyrénées 2000

Département de la Savoie

Work highlights

  • Advising EIFFAGE/UCPA consortium on a public service concession for the operation of a nautical stadium in Merignac.
  • Advising the client on a public service concession for the design, construction, and operation of a swimming pool in Gif sur Yvette.
  • Advising the client on the development of a 16ha site on the territory of the commune of Bagneux for the realisation of an eco-district.

Fréget Glaser & Associés

Fréget Glaser & Associés was founded in early 2021 after Emmanuel Glaser left Veil Jourde  to join Fréget & Associés. Competition law star Olivier Fréget  and Glaser have created a prominent alliance of high-level economic law, competition law and public law expertise. Glaser is highly regarded for his excellent regulatory expertise and co-heads the public law practice alongside Sandrine Perrotet who joined the firm alongside Glaser. The team is particularly well regarded for its strong knowledge of the media, energy and transport sectors where it assists leading players in the field in dealing with their most strategic issues, often involving major industry reforms and regulatory disputes. It recently completed significant work in those areas, notably challenging regulated tariffs issues before courts. The practice is also in charge of significant matters on behalf of regulated judicial professions.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Glaser; Sandrine Perrotet

Key clients














Work highlights

  • Successfully represented AFIEG in litigation to obtain the suspension of contracts entered into by the electricity suppliers with EDF.
  • Advised Canal Plus Group on the very sensitive issue of the modification of the French ‘media chronology’ for films (the equivalent of the release window in the UK).
  • Advising SNCF Réseau on strategic railway regulation issues and its most sensitive litigation.


FTPA has a strong presence in the rail and culture sectors, with strong public procurement, regulatory and litigation expertise. The practice also advises on major construction and infrastructure matters and assisted a major client with the creation of a duty-free zone. Raphaël Crespelle co-heads the practice alongside Bernard Cazin  and Julien Marceaux, two new partners who joined in September from law firm CM Société d’Avocats, adding further strength in urban planning, public finance and public taxation.

Practice head(s):

Raphaël Crespelle; Bernard Cazin; Julien Marceau


‘The team is particularly attentive to its clients. Faced with complex situations, pragmatic and useful solutions are found within very tight deadlines. The prices offered are competitive with regard to expertise.’

‘Sports enthusiasts and very good technicians, it is a pleasure to work with that firm.’

‘Precise knowledge of issues and internal culture of public establishments. Remarkable expertise in public law and legal agility.’

‘Ability to listen and analyse situations quickly, especially in times of crisis. Advice and dialogue that are both constructive and reassuring for our institution. Remarkable availability and speed in handling and monitoring cases which has led to a strong and lasting relationship of trust.’

‘Responsiveness, very good knowledge of the sector, offers interesting solutions to the legal issues raised.’

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn's public law practice focuses on advising clients on their most strategic regulatory issues, including in proceedings before specialised courts and agencies. The small, but highly experienced team assists a highly prominent client base comprised of many leading French and international companies, banks and investment funds. The versatile team has got a strong litigation practice and often advises financial institutions on matters involving the regulators (AMF, ACPR), including in challenging current regulations. The team also assists clients with strategic compliance issues, public-private partnerships, restructuring of public assets and complex transactions. The French State, governmental bodies and state-owned and private sector entities are also clients. Practice head Nicolas Baverez and of counsels Nicolas Autet and Maïwenn Beas are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Baverez

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Autet; Maïwenn Beas


‘They are not only very knowledgeable and experienced, but also service-oriented and dedicated advisers. I would strongly recommend the firm for the quality of the advice coupled with legal creativity.’

‘We work mainly with Nicolas Baverez and his team. They are able to mobilise their legal skills, knowledge of the market and good contacts with authorities to provide outstanding advice. I could only strongly recommend this team.’

‘Excellent team. Very good reactivity. Perfect knowledge of the sector.’

Goutal Alibert & Associés

Public law boutique Goutal Alibert & Associés solely advises public sector entities. The sizeable boutique has a prominent client base that includes leading metropolises, regions and cultural institutions as well as foreign states. The practice has excellent know-how in large-scale construction and infrastructure projects. Ethics and criminal law matters relating to the public sector are also part of the group’s range of expertise. Yvon Goutal and Florence Alibert co-head the practice which includes Elisa Corazza, Nathalie Kaczmarczyk  and Mounia Idrissi who were part of the 2020 partner promotions.

Practice head(s):

Yvon Goutal; Florence Alibert

Other key lawyers:

Elisa Corazza; Nathalie Kaczmarczyk; Mounia Idrissi

Key clients


Nantes Métropole

Métropole du Grand Paris

Département des Hauts de Seine

Musée du Quai Branly

Centre George Pompidou


France Agrimer

Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur



Work highlights

  • Assisting Métropole du Grand Paris with the financing, construction and exploitation of the Olympique Aquatic Center.
  • Assisting Nantes Métropole with the realisation of several large projects.
  • Assisting the Principauté de Monaco with several landmark projects such as the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace and a sea extension of its territory.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP often advises sponsors and lenders on public procurement contracts, projects and brownfield transactions, both in France and overseas. The team is notably advising on the awarding of several major French airport projects and is regularly involved in the energy sector, taking on projects and stand-alone regulatory matters. Recent work included a strategic matter concerning offshore grid connection issues and French-sponsored solar tariffs. The practice is co-headed by  Christophe Lefort and  Mathias Dantin who was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Lefort; Mathias Dantin


‘The key advantage of the firm lies in its ability to connect the legal dots across many borders and different areas of regulation. The team is dedicated to the client’s success and provides advice that makes a difference.’

‘Mathias Dantin is a very driven professional with exceptional breadth of experience. He is very proactive in anticipating client needs. Artem Soloshchenkov, associate, is an outstanding lawyer, with great attention to detail and strategic thinking. He provides concise and to-the-point advice.’

‘Available, attentive and caring, Christophe Lefort’s team is a reference in Paris. We are extremely satisfied with their contribution. Their support in contract or regulation has been invaluable at all times. The team is now essential on offshore subjects.’

‘We work with the team of Christophe Lefort, who is present on all the subjects we have to deal with and no detail is overlooked. Mathias Dantin follows the files with precision and rigour from A to Z and accompany us at all times.’

‘High availability and a strong team to deal with a large number of complex subjects simultaneously.’

‘Great listening skills to understand and identify the needs of their clients. Excellent knowledge of the applicable regulatory framework allowing to propose relevant solutions to the issues raised.’

Key clients



BNP Paribas CIB

BPI France

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

CEETRUS/SEMOP Gare du nord



DGE – Mitsubishi Corporation





Réseau Transport d’Electricité (RTE)

Société Générale CIB

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium on its bid to the Nantes-Atlantique and Saint Nazaire Montoir airports concession project.
  • Advising Cellnex on various acquisitions, leasebacks and roll-outs of telecoms towers and fibre networks in France.
  • Advising Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE), France’s electricity transmission system operator, on the creation of the template documentation for the offshore wind grid connection of the Dunkirk offshore wind farm and other future offshore wind projects in France.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is particularly recommended for its know-how in projects and public procurement. The practice acts for sponsors and public authorities undertaking major infrastructure projects in France and in Africa, especially in the transport and energy sectors. Lately, the team has also been defending a public authority in dealing with several compensation damages claims coming from operators. The team is led by Bruno Cantier with counsel Perrine Limousin providing key support. Ludovic Babin left the firm early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Cantier

Other key lawyers:

Perrine Limousin


‘Good team cohesion and featuring brilliant of counsels.’

‘The team is extremely available. The consultations are quick, thorough and very solid.’

‘Bruno Cantier provides high-quality advice and is extremely available to his clients. He leads a quality team.’

‘Bruno Cantier ‘s team was very responsive and very educational to help us understand the real issues of an unusual contract for us. Their remarks and comments were clear and constructive.’

‘The work of Bruno Cantier, partner, and Perrine Limousin, counsel, was really appreciated. Responsive, clear and pragmatic, the team was able to give appropriate and useful advice.’

‘Knowledge of the African market, value for money, focus on what is important.’

‘I worked closely with Bruno Cantier and Perrine Limousin. Beyond legal knowledge, the team shows humility and persuasion in negotiations.’

Key clients



Themis Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium led by Engie and Meridam as sponsors in relation to the financing of two solar PV plants in Senegal being developed under the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme.
  • Advising Themis Energy with regards to the construction and the operation of a 44MW hydro power plant in Côte d’Ivoire.

Joffe & Associés

Joffe & Associés' high-level public law contract and regulatory expertise is especially visible in the transport and telecoms sector where the firm advises leading public and private sector entities. The practice has been assisting key client SNCF in dealing with a wide range of strategic matters, including new rail reforms and the market opening of regional networks. The team has also won a new major client in the airport sector. Urban planning, state aid and litigation are also dealt with. Mathieu Gaudemet is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Mathieu Gaudemet


‘A very available and agile team.’

‘Good consideration of the context in which the client operates and the objectives pursued.’

‘Particularly available and dynamic team, alert and expert on the various subjects dealt with and proactive as to the solutions to be provided. The fluidity of contacts is particularly appreciable and makes it possible to lead to documentation or shared solutions which correspond precisely to the legal but also operational issues encountered by the company.’

‘Great flexibility and availability of the partner in charge of the department (Mathieu Gaudemet). High listening skills in order to present and use the legal rules and reasoning as solutions rather than focusing on the constraints they may induce. A pragmatic vision of things which makes dialogue very fluid with both lawyers and operational staff.’

‘The team has all the qualities expected: great responsiveness, unfailing professionalism, fees adapted to its clients and to the challenges of each case.’

‘I have the opportunity to work with Mathieu Gaudemet and his teams. I particularly appreciate his availability, his legal skills in public business law, his understanding of both legal and operational cases. He also knows how to show great combativeness in the contentious cases entrusted to him.’

‘Very high availability of the team, the written briefs are both precise and synthetic allowing a powerful argumentation, very good strategic advice based on an in-depth knowledge of litigation in public law.’

‘Responsive and innovative team. I particularly appreciate their ability to find operational solutions and their good knowledge of the constraints of my company and my sector of activity.’

‘Mathieu Gaudemet is an excellent professional, he quickly identifies the difficulties encountered and is always a source of proposals. He is also always very available on matters of prime importance as well as on smaller files when they require his intervention.’

‘The team led by Me Gaudemet has one of the best expertise in public business law coupled with a very good knowledge of the rail transport sector which allows an efficient collaboration.They are very responsive and close to the expectations of companies’ executives.’

‘Mathieu Gaudement and his team provide strategic and enlightened expertise. They show great availability and are a valuable ally to clients.’

Key clients
















Work highlights

  • Assisted SNCF Voyageurs’ Transilien branch with the renegotiation and execution of rail operating agreements.
  • Assisting SNCF Réseau with the implementation of the new legislative reforms.
  • Assistance to Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC).

Lacourte Raquin Tatar

Lacourte Raquin Tatar considerably enhanced its public law practice in 2021 by adding to new experienced partners. Urban planning expert Xavier de Lesquen, a former member of the Conseil d’Etat, arrived and bolstered the already very established practice of  Vincent Guinot and counsel Anne-Laure Gauthier. The trio assists leading property developers with their high-profile projects, including in defending permits before administrative courts, and complements the firm’s leading real estate practice well. Increasingly, the practice is also active in the environment and energy sectors. The second hire, Benoît Neveu (formerly at Cabanes – Neveu et Associés) adds new high-level public procurement contracts and public business law expertise, particularly in acting for public law entities on high-profile public procurement contracts in the water and waste sectors. Neveu is developing his private operator practice, notably advising on strategic matters in the rail sector. He also regularly handles strategic work in the real estate and culture sectors as well as matters involving hydrogen facilities and port areas. Additionally, Neveu provides support to the real estate and corporate teams, notably on conducting audits. His expertise covers both advisory and litigation issues.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Guinot; Benoit Neveu; Xavier de Lesquen

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Laure Gauthier


‘Very efficient and responsive collaboration; provides solutions that are both pragmatic and legally secure.’

‘Benoît Neveu shows a real quality of listening, he is driven by the desire to provide his clients with the most suitable solution and for this, he sets up a co-creation process that involves the client.’

‘Expert and available team, with a strong reputation in its field and particularly in town planning.’

‘Vincent Guinot is a recognised and major player in construction and town planning law. He intervenes to resolve complicated situations and find reassuring solutions for clients.’

‘Discussions are clearly accessible to all of our teams, who are not all lawyers. There is a real pedagogy in the rendering of the consultations. The entire team listens to its client and adapts to it, in search of clear, innovative solutions adapted to needs.’

‘The responsiveness and technical competence of the team, in particular, in town planning law and administrative litigation are essential. More particularly, Vincent Guinot knows how to be available, pragmatic, efficient and innovative in the face of the subjects we encounter. He understands the expectations as well as the operational issues specific to the subjects presented by his clients.’

‘We mainly solicit the team for questions of town planning law. In addition to his great technical qualities, Vincent Guinot and his team are ‘business-oriented’ and have extremely clear analyses illustrated by diagrams. Consultations are appreciated as much by the legal department as by the operational staff of the business, which is quite rare because the material is very technical. The team is perfectly familiar with our sector, its players and the ecosystem which allows a very good understanding of the problems encountered. Vincent Guinot and his team are available and diligent in providing their services (building permit audits, various consultations/analyses).’

‘Vincent Guinot, partner in public law, provides us with practical legal answers with flawless responsiveness and efficiency.’

‘This is a very united team, where information circulates quickly. A great reactivity is implemented, at the service of the client.’

‘A privileged and direct treatment with the lawyers dedicated to our case. Benoit Neveu was able, throughout, to be very present and to respond quickly and precisely to our requests.’

‘Remarkable lawyers.’

‘Suggests alternative solutions beyond the strict question asked in case of difficulties.’

‘Vincent Guinot is responsive and clear.’

‘Vincent Guinot and his team are always very available. Their legal qualities are undeniable. What particularly sets them apart is their pragmatism and legal agility in adapting theory to practice. Vincent Guinot also regularly organises training courses for us to keep us abreast of legal developments.’

‘Vincent Guinot is always very available and very pleasant. The discussion is fluid, constructive and innovative.’

‘Availability and speed of response. Knowns, when necessary, to adapt to the client using less legal terms.’

‘A team that listens to its client with an approach that is both legal and practical.’

‘An approach that is available, pragmatic and sensitive.’

‘Benoit Neveu stands out for his pragmatism. His mastery of law and his experience mean that his advice is always imbued with the realities on the ground. It is a great quality, he is a lawyer like few others. He translates the law into simple words, accessible to our legal collaborators or not, and knows how to take into account contextual data.’

Key clients


Poste Immo



Carrefour Property

Groupe Panhard


Allianz Real Estate

LaSalle Investment Management




Pitch Promotion

SNCF Immobilier (Property branch of the group)

JP Morgan





Syndicat des eaux d’Ile-de-France

Bordeaux Métropole

Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur

Toulouse Métropole

Grand Port Maritime du Havre

Région Occitanie

Institut de France

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats is the go-to-firm for auditing, applying or defending high-stake permits and other administrative authorisations in relation to landmark public and private sector projects. Fabrice Cassin and younger partner François Versini-Campinchi are the top experts to call in relation to the French renewables sector and are involved in most of France’s landmark offshore projects, including handling high-stake administrative and permit litigation concerning those projects. The trio is also well versed in energy regulatory work and tariff regulation issues. Hélène Cloëz is the most sought-after adviser in France for high-profile real estate construction permits and advises on several landmark office tower constructions, including the Tours Duo project, with the finished twoers to be among the highest buildings in Paris. The practice is also called upon to help with administrative permits pertaining to prominent public infrastructure projects and also handles some public law contract work. The practice is headed by the four partners mentioned above.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Cassin; Hélène Cloëz; François Versini-Campinchi

Key clients

Gazel Energie

EP Power



Société du Grand Paris

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI

McDermott Will & Emery AARPI‘s practice is particularly well known for its strong sector approach. The firm notably advises leading players in the energy and telecoms sectors on strategic regulatory, public contracts and public law matters. Increasingly, the team is involved in the transport sector; it recently won a high-profile case regarding the legality of state aids provided to a public maritime transport line before the administrative court of appeal. Lately, the team has also handled significant work concerning healthcare and life-sciences product regulation, notably handling a strategic dispute regarding the sale of prescription drugs online. Sabine Naugès and Laurent Ayache co-head the practice, which also includes Charlotte Michellet who made counsel in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Naugès; Laurent Ayache

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Michellet


‘A solid, responsive team, attentive to clients’ concerns and issues at hand; great transparency in invoicing.’

‘Great courtesy, which makes the working relationship very pleasant; exceptional quality of writing which allows the client to easily grasp analyses and legal opinions; cutting-edge expertise that adapts to the operational environment and that can be used and understood by the company.’

‘Very responsive and a permanent attention to problems and opportunities.’

‘High availability.’

‘Very competent; great strategists.’

‘Excellent advice on regulated sectors.’

‘Sabine Naugès’ expertise is particularly suited for public law litigation concerning regulatory decisions.’

‘Very high availability and responsiveness; very high added value advice.’

Key clients

Orange Group and its subsidiaries (Orange Marine, Orange RDC)

Engie and its galaxy (SHEM, Climespace, GRDF)

Groupe Action Logement

Aéroports de Paris (ADP)

Arriva Plc

Corsica Ferries

Remington Seeds

IPC Petroleum (ex-Lundin), Geopetrol and BridgeOil


Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Var

Work highlights

  • Assisting Orange with a very high-profile dispute relating to 5G regulations.
  • Advised Vallourec on economic sanctions pronounced against it in Europe and the USA and on customs law issues.
  • Advising Engie on regulatory issues.

Schmitt Avocats

Schmitt Avocats has strong public contract and public real estate expertise. In the former area, the team advises several leading private companies, notably in the energy, defense and engineering sectors, and regularly acts in related performance issues litigation. In public real estate, the practice advises many leading private developers on urban law issues linked to various private sector projects, and advises on town-planning issues in relation to major public sector projects, notably handling disputes concerning several of the Grand Paris projects. The boutique also assists other business law firms that do not have in-house public law expertise. The excellent Olivier Schmitt and Emmanuel Bachelier co-head the team. Antoine Tabouis and Elias Berkani are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Schmitt; Emmanuel Bachelier

Other key lawyers:

Antoine Tabouis; Elias Berkani


‘Excellent collaboration and very knowledgeable.’

‘Real specialists in the field which allowed a quick conclusion of our case.’

‘Emmanuel Bachelier is responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Very high level of technical expertise in public business law in the real estate sector, in particular with regard to the law applicable to public contracts and to urban planning issues. The partners are responsive, inventive, competent and reassuring for the client.’

‘Olivier Schmitt has extensive expertise in all areas of public business law relating to real estate. Olivier Schmitt is approachable, pragmatic, calm and considerate. Elias Berkani has exceptional competence in handling public law contract issues. He is always available and diligent. Emmanuel Bachelier analyses the situations linked to urban planning issues very finely.’

‘I find the team particularly responsive and of good advice. We have Emmanuel Bachelier and Antoine Tabouis as interlocutors: opinions are measured, fluidity between partners is guaranteed.’

‘Solid expertise in public procurement law, particularly in the context of the railway sector and more generally good ability to advise in the context of complex infrastructure projects.’

‘I particularly appreciate working with Elias Berkani. His availability, his good understanding of our industrial projects, his ability to support us within tight deadlines and a solutions-oriented practice are the qualities appreciated by our legal team.’

‘Olivier Schmidt and his partners are very available and responsive and show great pragmatism in managing complex issues. They also have a very good command of technical subjects.’

Key clients










COVIVIO (ex-Foncière des Régions)



























Work highlights

  • Advising NEXTER (KNDS Group) on performance issues of three major defence procurement contracts awarded by the French MoD for the design, development and production of armoured vehicles.
  • Advised TRANSDEV PARK (part of TRANSDEV GROUP) in relation to the public law aspects linked to the selling to Indigo Group of its French off-street parking activities.
  • Advising COVIVIO (ex-FONCIERE DES REGIONS) on expropriation issues related to the site ‘Cap 18’ in order to create the ‘CDG express’ line between the CDG Airport and Paris.

Seban & Associés

Seban & Associés is among France’s largest boutiques exclusively dedicated to the assistance of public sector entities: cities, départements, regions, elected officials, governmental entities and many other public sector entities rely on the practice. The firm is well implanted in Paris as well as in the regions and is able to provide a wide range of expertise, spanning various industry sectors. It has strong public procurement know-how and frequently attracts large matters, for example advising a major region on the opening of its local transport rail network to competition, one of the largest matters in Europe. The group is also involved in a number of greenfield and brownfield projects concerning broadband infrastructure, and handled a number of energy-related disputes regarding the payment of tax revenues. The practice is co-headed by founding partner Didier Seban, Marie-Hélène Pachen-Lefèvre, Thomas Rouveyran, Guillaume Gauch, Alexandre Vandepoorter, Lorène Carrère, Aloïs Ramel, Solenne Daucé, Céline Lherminier, Anne-Christine Farçat and Philippe Guellier.

Practice head(s):

Didier Seban; Marie-Hélène Pachen-Lefèvre; Thomas Rouveyran; Guillaume Gauch; Alexandre Vandepoorter; Lorène Carrère; Aloïs Ramel; Solenne Daucé; Céline Lherminier; Anne-Christine Farçat; Philippe Guellier


‘The team is available and has good negotiation skills. They provide strong analyses’.

Key clients

Ministère de l’intérieur

VILOGIA (groupe HLM)


Agence Nationale de Cohésion des Territoires (ANCT)

BCTG Avocats

BCTG Avocats is known as one of the few go-to-firms for high-stakes permit authorisations pertaining to renewables projects. The practice handles a high volume of work in that area and is involved in many of France’s landmark offshore projects, including disputes. The practice also provides regulatory expertise, foremost in the energy sector, but also in other sectors such as the telecoms and healthcare sectors. Public contract work is also handled. The practice primarily acts for private sector companies. Practice head Paul Elfassi and counsel Nelsie Bergès are the key contacts. In early 2022, the firm recruited Ludovic Babin from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, extending the firm’s range of expertise to public contract law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Elfassi

Other key lawyers:

Nelsie Bergès; Ludovic Babin


‘The public law team offers real listening, great availability; they are pragmatic and support us to find solutions even in complex situations. They are also recommended for their accessibility, their expertise in the field of intervention (renewable energies sector), their relevance, and their humility.’

‘The partner in charge is very available and can be contacted, particularly if there is an emergency. He accompanies us on a day-to-day basis if necessary.’

Key clients









Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the client in litigation and financing work associated to three offshore windfarm projects (St Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer).
  • Advising Newmont on the progressive acquisition of major mining assets in French Guyana.


Bersay handles advisory and litigation work. The practice has a strong presence in the telecoms sectors where it assists clients with long-term broadband infrastructure projects. It has recently been retained by Société du Grand Paris to assist with strategic data and telecoms network projects. Lately, the practice has extended its range of to advising on electric vehicle station activities in France. In collaboration with the firm's commercial litigation practice, the team assists with the management of a dispute in the highway sector. General administrative law is also handled. Martin Tissier is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Martin Tissier


‘Extremely fine knowledge of public law and regulation of telecommunications. Rarely has a firm mastered the legal technique of this sector to such an extent.’

‘Martin Tissier is constantly looking for legally secure, but innovative solutions, always ready to find arrangements and operations that meet the needs of his client.’

Key clients

Société du Grand Paris

Syndicat Mixte Gers Numérique

Caisse des dépôts et consignations


Le Havre Seine Métropole

Canal+ Telecom

Société du Canal de Provence


Métropole de Toulouse

Syndicat Mixte Berry Numérique

Work highlights

  • Advising ‘Société du Grand Paris’ on the designing and granting of a public concession contract regarding the deployment of a fibre optic infrastructure that will be incorporated in the new metro lines infrastructure.
  • Advised Canal+ telecom on the creation of a SPV intended to provide wholesale access (bitstream) on the copper local loop (XDSL).
  • Advised SMO PACA THD on the organisation of a tender to sell their public initiative fibre optic network.

Pamina Avocats

Pamina Avocats is a compact boutique firm which regularly handles challenging regulatory matters, often acting before France’s highest administrative court. The firm is notably managing several strategic cases in relation to the press, media and aviation sectors. It was also retained to advise in the context of a high-profile contentious public M&A transaction. The firm's public contracts expertise is also noted and sought after for prominent projects in Africa. Rémi Sermier and David Epaud assist a loyal client base comprising many leading and smaller French companies, as well as private syndicates and some public sector bodies.

Practice head(s):

Remi Sermier; David Epaud


‘A very competent and responsive firm, which adapts to demand and finds pragmatic and ingenious solutions.’

‘David Epaud is a very competent lawyer in his field, up to date with the latest case law. His advice is always very informed and relevant, and perfectly suited to the context of the case presented. He is a very reliable partner.’

‘The team is made up of lawyers with very rich experience in public law due to the background of the partners.’

‘David Epaud shows high responsiveness, writing skills and legal analysis. The case law research is always meticulous and complete. David knows how to serve the client above all. I also appreciate Rémi Sermier who brings his dual professional experience as a former senior civil servant and a lawyer, which allows me to recommend this firm to my clients with complete confidence.’

‘The firm’s lawyers and their team are particularly available and diligent. They also have a perfect mastery of their field of competence and do not hesitate to accompany their advice with a great pedagogy for a perfect understanding. Their way of working is very personalised and the collaboration is very appreciable.’

‘Reactivity, powerful analytical skills, efficiency and friendliness are rare qualities, which are nevertheless essential.’

Key clients

DP World

IN Groupe (Imprimerie Nationale)

France Galop

Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring



Syndicat des compagnies aériennes autonomes (SCARA)

ASL Airlines

Secure Identity Alliance


Ilex Ascenseurs

BAT Environnement

CRDP (Commission du reseau de la diffusion de la presse)

ARCEP (Autorité de regulation des communications électroniques, des postes et de la distribution de la presse)


Work highlights

  • Advising DP World on their project of creating a deep-sea port in Banana (DRC).
  • Advising IN Groupe (formerly Imprimerie Nationale) on the electronic Identity Card project, to be implemented nationwide in 2021.
  • Defending ARCEP, the French regulatory authority for electronic communications, postal services and press distribution, against an action for annulment of one of its decisions brought before the Supreme Administrative Court.


Racine houses a large and experienced team, able to assist clients with the full range of public law issues. The practice is especially strong in urban planning and development where it frequently acts for leading developers on public and private sector development and construction projects. Public domain matters, such as recently advising on several issues concerning several of France’s fluvial and sea ports, are another area of strength. Lately, the team has also been involved in a number of matters pertaining to the energy sector, advising on various public law issues such as regulatory, litigation and projects. Finally, clients also turn to the practice for public procurement work. Public and private sector companies as well as public local entities are clients. The practice is co-headed by Thierry Gallois and Sylvain Bergès in Paris alongside Damien Richard and  Anthony Bichelonne in Lyon.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Gallois; Sylvain Bergès; Damien Richard; Anthony Bichelonne

Key clients


Bourgoin-Jallieu City

CDC Habitat and Patriarche

Crédit Agricole Immobilier

Eiffage Immobilier Centre Est




National Office of the Cognac Industry

Pure Salmon – Boulogne sur Mer

Saint Quentin en Yvelines Urban Community


Union of judicial officers

Reinhart Marville Torre

Reinhart Marville Torre is recommended for its public law contract know-how. The team provides both advisory and litigation expertise from the awarding of such contracts to execution issues. The firm is particularly visible transport and mobility-related matters, advising on several major public procurement procedures initiated by major municipalities. The client base combines both public and private entities. Lionel Levain is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Lionel Levain


‘ Their assistance is relevant and allows us negotiate on a solid and clear basis concerning applicable regulations.’

‘Lionel Levain shows exemplary availability and listening. He understands the level of assistance required and his expertise in public procurement allows us to have quick and concise advice within tight deadlines.’

Key clients


Corsica Ferries

Française de l’Energie (FDE) / Gazonor

Ghent Dredging

Marfina – CityBike France – CityBike Global (Moventia – Moventis)

Metrobus – MediaGare (Mediatransports)


Région Île-de-France


Smovengo (Vélib’)

Marck & Balsan


SEM Île-de-France Loisirs


Département de l’Isère

Lov Group





Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk ’s Yamina Zerrouk is a reference for all projects requiring high-level zoning and urban planning expertise, including solid environment law know-how. She advises French and international companies and developers undertaking various projects, notably in the hotel and tourism sectors, but has also got experience in landmark project in the school sector. Recently, she was entrusted with a very innovative and ambitious project in the renewables sector. Public contracts work and disputes are also in Zerrouk's portfolio of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Yamina Zerrouk


‘Yamina is very available and efficient. She has very good knowledge in public law (and in particular in public real estate law). Very good knowledge of the market. She is also very pragmatic. It is a pleasure to work with her.’

‘The team is extremely attentive. They are sharp, yet warm. Not only are they some of the smartest folks I know, but also some of the kindest. They have become dear friends over the years.’

Key clients

123 IM





Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing acts for both public entities and private companies, with a strong focus on projects and public procurement work. Lately, the practice has been handling a number of telecoms and broadband-related projects, including advising on a satellite concession in French Guyana. The team has also advised on projects in various other fields, for example the culture sectors, and port and airport infrastructure projects. Additionally the practice advises on renewable energy projects and on several projects in Africa. Sophie Pignon is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Pignon


‘The firm perfectly responded to our expectations and allowed us to win a public law contract. The team is competent, available and efficient.’

Key clients


Edeis Concessions

Apex Energy

Centre Pompidou

Owini / Mitrelli Group

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP regularly handles work in relation to energy infrastructure, one of the firm's core sectors. The team advises on various solar, wind and hydrogen projects, and has recently been involved in the development of electric battery stations. The practice is also frequently solicited to advise on M&A transactions pertaining to renewables assets. The practice’s strong public contract expertise earns it regular mandates in other areas. A particularly busy line of work is assisting private entities, including lenders, for example on high-profile public real estate construction projects. Additionally, the group has been advising on several matters concerning port assets in France and Africa, and is developing its activity in the French rail sector. The practice is led by practice head Laurent Battoue and Arnaud Troizier.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Battoue

Other key lawyers:

Arnaud Troizier


‘Unique experience in infrastructure projects concerning electric vehicles, supporting large-scale or legally innovative projects.’

‘Excellent responsiveness; the level of practice is quite on par with a large business firm.’

‘Quality of expertise. Excellent knowledge of its clients and the eco-system.’

Key clients


Predica (Crédit Agricole Assurances)

Work highlights

  • Advising French independent renewable energy producer RES on the signing of long-term green Corporate Power Purchase Agreements with SNCF Énergie, a subsidiary of SNCF Voyageurs, the French national railway company.
  • Advising Predica, an investment subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Assurances, on its share acquisition of the Renvico 329MW Franco-Italian wind portfolio from Engie.

Wilhelm & Associés

Wilhelm & Associés shows high-level expertise in the field of commercial development. The practice acts for many leading commercial brands and developers on permit applications concerning key commercial projects. The team regularly represents clients before the regulator (CNAC) and in courts. Additionally, the team assists with regulatory issues and is well versed in representing clients before various disciplinary bodies. The practice is co-headed by Marie-Anne Renaux, who is an expert in urban planning law and regulatory specialist, for example in the sports and audiovisual sectors, and Delphine d’Albert des Essarts, whose expertise lies in urban planning and real estate work.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Anne Renaux; Delphine d’Albert des Essarts


‘The firm keeps a very valuable watch on news relating to real estate and the public sectors, in particular concerning commercial authorizations (CDAC).’

‘Marie-Anne Renaux perfectly knows the regulatory environment and the ecosystem of commercial real estate development, its challenges and its players. She provides very detailed analyses.’

‘Very high-level of legal analysis from Marie-Anne Renaux; and great practical and groundwork approach by Delphine d’Albert des Essarts.’

‘Availability, openness and good negotiation skills.’

‘An available, competent, ultra-responsive team, up to date with the latest texts and case law in matters as complex as urban planning and environmental law.’

‘Marie-Anne Renaux and Inès De Cirugega (counsel): availability at all times, critical minds, strategists, search for suitable solutions adapted to each situation; up to date with the latest legal developments, and above all, I appreciate that the ‘counter’ does not go off with each call!’

‘Motivated, determined and attentive team.’

‘Meticulous approach to cases, which are treated in depth.’

‘Competent, available and brilliant firm.’

‘Marie-Anne Renaux is remarkable for her competence in commercial development.’

Key clients





















































Work highlights

  • Advising CEETRUS and NHOOD on the urban-qualification of the commercial area AUCHAN in Bordeaux.
  • Assisting LEROY MERLIN with the realisation of a wide real estate operation, including commercial and office buildings, located in the joint development zone (ZAC) Parc Centre-Atlantique, in Saintes.
  • Advising CARRERE HOLDING on all commercial development issues.


Practice head(s):

Gérard Falala

Key clients

Ville de Paris (City of Paris)

Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie

Institut national de la  propriété industrielle

Agence nationale de santé publique

Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée MUCEM

Bignon Lebray

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Pinot


‘The team is experienced, dedicated, focused and provides excellent service quality.’

‘Sébastien Pinot is the key figure, always responsive, never losing the wood for the trees and a strategic thinker.’

Key clients


Action Logement

Agence française de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie

Agence Française Anticorruption

CCI Finance

CHU de Rouen

Crédit Agricole

Direction Générale des Finances Publiques (DGFIP) – ministry of budget


Fusion for Energy

Grand Port Maritime du Havre (Le Havre Harbour)

Immobilière 3 F

Lille Métropole

Ministry of Defense

Ministry of Culture

Ministry of Economy & Finance

NH Hoteles

Direction générale des douanes et des droits indirecte (Ministry of finance)


Radio France

Ville de Paris

Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes

Région Bourgogne Franche Comté

Région Nouvelle Aquitaine

Région Ile de France



NG Biotech

Akzo Nobel

Agence Nationale de la Cohésion des Territoires

B&B Hotels

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Work highlights

  • Advising Ville de Paris on the negotiation of a €200m loan under its EMTN programme.
  • Advising the Ministry and Atout France on international public law issues in their defence in the litigation in the USA relating to the domain name ‘’.
  • Advising ADEME on the setting up and negotiation of complex subsidy contracts and their combination with the project finance of four major innovating floating wind farm projects

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

Practice head(s):

Boris Martor

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Claude Vecchiatto

Key clients

RTE Network No


BayWa r.e. France No

Société du Grand Paris No

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

Ministry of Post and Digital Economy from Togo

An US Defence company

Electricité du Mali

Expertise France

Work highlights

  • Advising Société du Grand Paris on the implementation of an innovative transport and communication system for the Paris area.
  • Advising Expertise France and the Federal Housing corporation of Ethiopia on a large PPP accommodation project.    

Chatain & Associés

Practice head(s):

Muriel Fayat


‘The responsiveness of the team and the complementarity of the partners allow our full satisfaction.’

‘Muriel Fayat allowed us to take a step forward in our public law consultations. We have gained in capacity for engagement thanks to a greater conviction regarding our legal security.’

‘The team has multiple skills and the management is particularly effective.’

‘Many qualities, in particular the ability to adapt to the context of the client and its constraints.’

‘The legal side and the risk factor is an essential aspect for each file, however, they are not always the only ones to be taken into account. Maître Fayat has always understood this perfectly and the results and the solutions proposed have always taken into account the technical and operational constraints while being aware of the challenges for our community.’

‘Maître Fayat is very available and has been able to adapt to our often very short time constraints. She took charge of very complex and very sensitive cases. She has always fully understood the technical aspects of cases before understanding its legal side. Our discussions have always been fruitful and her expertise has enabled us to have the most suitable solutions to our constraints while minimising legal risks. The solutions are always very concrete.’

‘The firm is very well established in the field of construction. The lawyers have recognised expertise.’

‘I work mainly with Muriel Fayat who is extremely available, very competent, efficient and of good advice. I also appreciate her great rigour in the management of cases.’

‘A team always attentive to our expectations and available even in case of emergency.’

‘I currently have the pleasure of working with Maître Muriel Fayat who is very professional, attentive to our expectations and above all of very good advice in dealing with disputes in our current cases.’

‘Very responsive and available, in addition to being competent.’

‘Good advice which has enabled us to win our litigation.’

‘A team of specialists.’

‘Advice with personalized follow-up and mastery of deadlines’.

Cornet Vincent Ségurel

Cornet Vincent Ségurel

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Marchand; Christophe Pichon; Christian Naux


‘Total availability, total pragmatism, permanent commitment to success. High level of expertise.’

Key clients

Département des Yvelines

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Rennes Métropole

CCI Nice Côte d’Azur

CCI Nantes St-Nazaire

Brest Métropole

Département des Hauts de Seine

Région des Pays de la Loire


Agence régionale des Pays de la Loire

Département de la Vienne

Département de la Charente

Loire-Atlantique Développement


Practice head(s):

Matthieu Ragot; Maxime de Guillenchmidt


‘The firm shows great tenacity and imagination in analysing the legal situation and in the search for arguments. It combines a research quality of academic level with a mastery of the procedures. It is a unique combination in the landscape of French public law, which is rarely both sharp and combative.’

‘Maxime de Guillenchmidt demonstrates finesse in his analyses and efficiency of argument before courts.’

‘Very attentive and available team. High technique. Pragmatic and concrete approach.’

‘Matthieu Ragot: easy contact and strong expertise. Great availability and easy to  exchange with.’

‘All the lawyers are very pragmatic; they approached each of our problems with a real top-down approach in order to clearly identify our needs and to bring the best possible answer.’

‘Appointments are always well prepared, so that every minute our teams spend with them allows us to move forward very quickly.’

‘Great availability and quality of relationship at a very high level; excellent advisory capacity, flawless legal expertise.’

‘Maxime de Guillenchmidt is very involved and very well connected.’

Key clients





Work highlights

  • Advised VOI TECHNOLOGY, a Swedish company which offers a service of rental scooters throughout Europe, on starting its activities in France.
  • Advised SOS OXYGENE on its relationship with the government regarding the status of its services.
  • Advised the Departement of Eure et Loir on challenging a decision from a public entity refusing to pay the Departement family subventions (Allocations familiales) for the orphans.

DWF (France) AARPI

DWF (France) AARPI

Practice head(s):

Bruno Richard

Key clients




Earth Avocats

Practice head(s):

Yves-René Guillou; Thomas Laffargue; Florence David; Karim Hamri; Bruno Kern; Benoit Perrineau; Véronique Vanden Hacker; François Viseur


‘The team is available, attentive, educational and very competent.’

‘Great relational quality, adaptation to needs and situations and high quality work.’

Key clients

SNCF Voyageurs

Bouygues Telecom

Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille (APHM)

Agence Française du Développement (AFD)

Hospital Sector

Social Housing Actors

Public Institutions

Transport Organizations


Grand Port Maritime de Marseille

Fiducial Legal by Lamy

Fiducial Legal by Lamy

Practice head(s):

Clarisse David; Michaël Karpenschif; Walter Salamand; Ludovic Midol-Monnet


‘Outstanding team able to analyse a situation from all perspectives.’

‘Walter Salamand: goes the extra mile to craft the right strategy; special talent dealing with and for joint ventures embarked in complex projects; impeccable ethics.’

‘Teams are available, attentive and competent.’

‘Great human qualities and excellent expertise from Walter Salamand.’

‘Ludovic Midol-Monnet shows a good ability to understand operational problems and to find the legal solutions adapted to specific cases.’

Key clients

GL Events

Métropole Européenne de Lille

Région Réunion

Région des Pays de la Loire

Région Ile-de-France



Le LOU Rugby

Région Bretagne

John Cockerill

Prefecture de Mayotte

Grand Port Maritime de Marseille

Compagnie Européenne des Bains, Valvital

La Plagne 2000

Demathieu Bard



Voies Navigables de France (VNF)

Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile DGAC

Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB)


Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

RégieLigne d’Azur

Région Normandie

Région Nouvelle Aquitaine

Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

CollectivitéTerritoriale de Corse

Village Club du Soleil

EPA Plaine du Var

Aéroport de Lyon

Métropole de Lyon

Lyon Métropole Habitat

Office Public de l’Habitat (OPH) de la Loire

Office Public d’Aménagement et de construction (OPAC) du Rhone

Gaz et Electricité de Grenoble (GEG)

Grenoble Habitat

Ile de France Mobilité

Ville de Paris

Département du Morbihan

Département de la Côte d’Or

Département nouveau Rhone

Lyon Parc Auto (LPA)

Work highlights

  • Assisted GL Events with the execution of an administrative emphyteutic lease relating to the renovation of the Gerland stadium in Lyon and the creation of a business district.
  • Assisted the Etablissement public d’Aménagement (EPA) Eco-Vallée Plaine du Var, a public establishment with the awarding of the Grand Méridia development project in Nice.
  • Assisted the Réunion Region with the rescue of the Air Austral airline company.


Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Paillard

Key clients

Société du Grand Paris

Bouygues Bâtiment IDF

Biogénie Europe

Nouvelle Calédonie Energie (NCE)


Work highlights

  • Advising the Société du Grand Paris on judicial proceedings regarding the conditions of buildings and constructions located in close proximity to the construction area of the Grand Paris Express.
  • Advising Nouvelle Calédonie Energie (a French public company located in New Caledonia) on the development of an LNG power facility in Noumea.
  • Advising BIOGENIE Europe (French subsidiary of the Canadian group Englobe Corp.) on several aspects of their activity, the treatment of polluted soils.

Fleurus Avocats

Fleurus Avocats

Practice head(s):

Fleur Jourdan


‘Excellent interpersonal skills and great availability constitute one of the great qualities of the team. Things are always simple and professional. The firm knows how to use the rules of law without complicating matters.’

‘Benevolence, quality of human relationships.’

‘Responsiveness and creativity, careful follow-up of files.’

‘A contact that is both very professional and friendly.’

Key clients

Team active




Atelier Medicis

Vinci Autoroutes



Mini Palais – Groupe Luderic


Commune de Ventraben



Fédération française de golf

Jet Air


Département des Hauts de Seine

Work highlights

  • Advising the Hauts de Seine Department on the awarding of the public contract for the ‘Musée du Grand Siècle’.
  • Advised Proparco on compliance issues.    
  • Advised Keep cool on sport law litigation and on all its administrative issues linked to the Covid-19 crisis.


Practice head(s):

Jérôme Michel


‘The team has high technique. In addition to their great availability, they have excellent knowledge of their clients’ constraints and specificities. There is a real attention to provide ‘tailor-made’ advice.’

‘Jérôme Michel stands out through the quality of his analyses and proximity to his clients. He is also surrounded by quality lawyers.’

Key clients




Plaza Premium Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Enedis on litigation related to the installation of Linky smart meters.
  • Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the acquisition of a stake in a company in charge of developing and operating the largest ground-based photovoltaic power plant in Europe.
  • Advised Kéolis on public law matters, including in relation to public procurements, public service concessions and infrastructure project-related issues, relating to the regional express train project to be operated from Dakar, Senegal.

Genesis Avocats

Practice head(s):

Marie-Yvonne Benjamin; Isabelle Cassin

Key clients





Authority of Saint Martin

Cine Star







Work highlights

  • Supporting the University Hospital of Guadeloupe on the transfer of public contracts, monitoring of construction contracts and litigation.
  • Advising the CITY OF CHARENTON-BERCY on the largest urban development project in the Paris’ region.
  • Advising PIERRE & VACANCES CENTERS PARC on the opening of a new 5 stars hotel in the winter resort of Morzine in the French Alps.

KGA Avocats & Wenner

Klein Wenner

Practice head(s):

Eve Derouesné; Marc de Monsembernard; Christoph Schödel


‘Very operational approach, without sacrificing legal rigour. Complete vision of a problem (not just legal). Great availability and responsiveness. Relationship of trust based on several years of relationships. Eve Desrouesné and Virginie Delannoy are exceptionally efficient and constitute a definite asset in decision-making and securing complex legal issues.’

‘Excellent approach to files; quickly forming an opinion, identifying the key points and focusing the approach on the most promising areas. Large amount of work provided in a short time, rapid exchanges, clear and precise requests and consideration of exchanges; very good teamwork, with great distribution of roles to optimise efficiency.’

‘An iron fist in a velvet glove. Excellent knowledge of practices and of the environment, associated with a human dimension and a humble approach. Eve Desrouesné was particularly impressive.’

Key clients






Work highlights

  • Assisted a subsidiary of Vinci Construction Terrassement with a precontractual referee litigation against a public procurement procedure.
  • Assisted ABC Dezobry with a precontractual referee litigation against a public procurement procedure launched by a public hospital on the grounds that the successful tenderer had submitted abnormally low tenders and that the environmental criterion had not been met.
  • Acted for a defence company during the period of the national health emergency caused by COVID-19.

Lapisardi Avocats

Practice head(s):

Sophie Lapisardi



Practice head(s):

Vincent Jaunet; Fanny Mahler

Other key lawyers:

Sylvain Justier

Key clients

Arenadour Capital

Arverne Drilling



Sagesse Santé Retraite

Work highlights

  • Advising Arenadour Capital on tendering procedures launched by cities for the award of long-term concession agreements for the rehabilitation and operation of a spa complex for thermal treatments.

Noëlle Lenoir Avocats

Noëlle Lenoir Avocats

Practice head(s):

Noëlle Lenoir


‘This small firm provides very good quality work. The team is efficient, competent and engaged towards assisting clients in the best way.’

NS Avocat

Practice head(s):

Nadia Saïdi


‘Excellent listening skills, relevance of analyses, high level of competence, dynamism and great responsiveness.’

Key clients


Ville de TAVERNY

















Ville de TAVERNY
















Osborne Clarke

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Le Mière

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuelle Yvon


‘Very dynamic and creative team. Perfect mastery of public law.’

‘Alexandre Le Mière always knows how to find the right balance between theory and practice, between theoretical risk and real risk. His sound advice is key.’

‘Professionalism, sound analyses, good quality of advice, responsiveness.’

‘Very professional and innovative approach.’

‘A friendly and professional lawyer.’

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Assisting Onepoint with all its public contracting projects.
  • Advising UNICANCER, a national public purchaser in the field of health, on all its public procurement contracts.
  • Advising CRAM, a private designer, manufacturer and operator of heating and air-conditioning systems on all its operations with public purchasers.

VLD Avocats

Practice head(s):

Virginie Lachaut-Dana



‘Remarkable. Everything is there. Knowledge of the sector and willingness to deepen, responsiveness, speed, availability. Excellent value. Nothing is ever too much.’

‘Responsiveness, effective communication. Time saving. Openness for a global, but in-depth approach to an ultra complex case with multiple facets and multidisciplinary in nature. Long-term commitment, follow-up of the file by the same team.’

‘Very specialised and proactive firm.’