Aliénor Avocats’ primary focus is major construction, industrial projects, and civil engineering works, both in France and abroad. ‘Highly specialised in complex litigation’, the firm is a go-to for contentious construction matters. The team has been working on highly technical matters such as nuclear plant infrastructures and hospital facilities, requiring an in-depth understanding of complex and highly regulated areas. Hélène Bourgine and Anne-Sophie Goapper are the names to note and are highly respected for ‘systematically offering adapted solutions’ and ‘demonstrating great rigour‘.
Construction in France
Other key lawyers:
‘Aliénor has a team that is highly specialised in complex litigation, while remaining accessible and available.’
‘We had the opportunity to work with Héléne Bourgine and Anne-Sophie Goapper. In addition to their skills, their listening and their availability at all times have enabled us to manage our operations with quality and responsiveness which have given us a head start compared to our opponents.’
‘Aliénor acts, produces and responds as a homogeneous entity, where we perceive a fluidity of exchanges, knowledge, data which, for the client, avoids repetition or reformulation. Aliénor also has experience in the field, but at any time, is ready to go further in new areas, and maintains a high level of research and creativity.’
‘Availability, expertise in our construction trades, correct and to the point assessments are the great qualities of this firm and in particular of Anne-Sophie Goapper. More than just advice, all of our exchanges are very rich and uplift me both professionally and personally.’
‘Above all, great availability, great listening, and in fact a very good understanding of our needs and our problems. Advice that is always judicious, adapted, balanced, and deeply relevant. Everything you would expect from a counsel. Perfect mastery of legal matters with great expertise in construction and public procurement. In short, great professionals with whom I have great pleasure in discussing and working.’
‘Aliénor Avocats is a niche firm specialising in the field of construction and public procurement. It supports its clients in France and abroad on large construction projects both in the call for tenders and execution phases, and during litigation.’
‘Good negotiators, listening to employees to define the best strategy together.’
‘Beyond their undeniable, remarkable skills in public and private markets, in France and internationally, in major construction projects, Hélène Bourgine and Anne-Sophie Goapper are available, responsive and creative. They systematically offer adapted solutions and demonstrate great rigour. Saturnin Champetier de Ribes also has remarkable qualities and great potential. The structure of the firm allows great agility while ensuring a high level of availability and commitment. Strong dynamism of the firm and extremely professional associates.’
ADVANT Altana‘s team has expertise in negotiating and preparing all major construction contracts, as well as bespoke contracts and other agreements, such as joint venture agreements. The team’s experience of using The New Engineering Contract (NEC) and the Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs – Conseils (FIDIC) contracts is notable. With a cross-border reach, the firm has ‘developed global skills of very high quality’. Louis des Cars is particularly focused on public procurement contracts, mainly contracts involving hospitals, transport infrastructures, and telecommunications installations, and private construction transactions. François Muller and Christophe Lapp are highly regarded litigators in the field.
‘Altana has been able to develop global skills of very high quality while always ensuring, despite growth, to maintain the quality of service and the involvement of associates. Young talents, very well selected, are quickly put in front of clients in a very effective way.’
‘I particularly appreciate the availability, professionalism and expertise of my contacts who have perfect knowledge of our market. We mainly work with Christophe Lapp and Philippe Goossens.’
SGP (Société du Grand Paris)
BOUYGUES and VINCI subsidiaries
WEBUILT (previously SALINI-IMPREGILO)
JAN DE NUL
Boutique insurance and construction firm Karila Avocats is specialised in insurance mandates in the construction sector, with its work for AXA as liability insurer of a construction company following the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral fire in April 2019 a recent stand-out matter. The practice drafts construction agreements for a diverse range of construction projects, such as the Royal Art Complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Laurent Karila leads the practice. Cécile Ellrodt provides key support.
Other key lawyers:
Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
AmTrust International Underwriters
- Advising AXA France IARD as liability insurer of a construction company in relation to the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Representing Ceetrus in a construction insurance dispute against the companies carrying out the construction and the project’s insurer, following a collapse on a site in Luxembourg that resulted in the death of a worker and bodily injuries to several others.
- Advising Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura on the project management contracts linked to the construction of the Royal Art Complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The construction team at PARME Avocats provides legal advice and litigation services to project managers, developers, construction firms, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers at all phases of the construction process from the pre-planning and contracting stage to dispute avoidance and resolution. Tony Janvier has developed unique expertise in the field of subcontracting and co-contracting. He also regularly represents his clients before the French administrative, civil, and commercial courts in disputes involving the liability of contractors. The ‘availability, responsiveness and professionalism’ of the team is greatly valued.
‘Responsiveness, availability and extensive knowledge of the construction and public procurement matters.’
‘Professionalism and efficiency in the management of disputes in public procurement contracts.’
‘Availability, responsiveness, professionalism.’
SPIE BATIGNOLLES Group
DEMATHIEU BARD Group
EIFFAGE GENIE CIVIL
Focusing on construction and insurance, Preel Hecquet Payet-Godel PHPG Avocats‘s ‘construction team possesses a solid understanding of the client’s needs and business’. Jean-Baptiste Payet-Godel, Françoise Hecquet and Jean-Marie Préel are the co-founders of the firm. Françoise Hecquet has extensive experience working for insurance companies and insured companies, primarily on civil liability and construction cases. Jean-Baptiste Payet Godel is likewise a name to note for civil liability. Expert in insurance, Charlotte Roger regularly advises construction companies and their insurers. Romain Bruillard was made partner in mid-2020. Counsel Cécile Tiberghien ‘is a skilled advisor and litigator’. Jean-Marie Préel has retired from the partnership but is still active as a counsel.
Other key lawyers:
‘The attorneys of PHPG’s construction team possess a solid understanding of the client’s need and business, and they provide high-quality counselling at short notice.’
‘Cécile Tiberghien is a skilled advisor and litigator who is able to comprehend and combine complex technical issues with her legal counselling in energy and infrastructure construction projects. The same can be said for Françoise Hecquet.’
‘A specialised and close-knit team with an important capacity for interaction. Very good practice of new technologies which allows a regular exchange regardless of circumstances.’
‘High availability and attentiveness to client expectations, clear and structured responses with an understanding of operational expectations. Romain Bruillard is a remarkable lawyer.’
SORBA PAYRAU remains a key address for clients from the construction, real estate and engineering sectors. Headed by Jean-Philippe Sorba, Emmanuelle Payrau and Xavier Guichaoua, the practice acts for private sector clients and public entities in high-stakes domestic and cross-border matters. The group demonstrates strength in contentious and non-contenious matters, including arbitration proceedings, and offers complementary expertise in urban planning, environmental and insurance law.
Jean-Philippe Sorba; Emmanuelle Payrau; Xavier Guichaoua
Alerion‘s practice is co-lead by one of the firm’s founders, Philippe Mathurin, who has over three decades of experience in contentious and non-contentious public and private law matters and regularly attracts major real estate operators for complex construction matters. Co-lead Nathalie Dupuy-Loup also handles advisory and litigation work, mainly in private law, with a specialty in constructors’ liabilities and construction insurance. Gérald Lagier left the firm at the end of 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Philippe Mathurin and Fahima Gasmi, are responsive and available. The relationships with them is very easy.’
DS Avocats handles French and international construction projects in the public and private sectors. The firm particularly stands out for its market-leading expertise in Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs - Conseils (FIDIC) contracts in France. Advising on the construction of various structures of the Paris Olympic Games, the team has also handled the construction of one of the largest data centers in France, an offshore wind turbine plant, one of the tallest skyscrapers ever built in France, and a highly ambitious energy project with 35 countries involved and cost estimates ranging between €22bn to €65bn. Frédéric Lévy leads both the real estate and construction department at the firm; Stéphane Gasne is another key name.
Other key lawyers:
CHINA NUCLEAR POWER ENGINEERING (CNPE)
SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY (SGRE)
- Advising Solideo on the development of structures for the 2024 Olympic Games, with Solideo acting on several flagship developments, including the Olympic and Paralympic Village ZAC, the Media Cluster ZAC and various other infrastructures and public facilities.
- Assisting the Société Fonciere Lyonnaise with the restructuring of the historic monument of the Louvre des Antiquaires, the project management of which has been entrusted to the architect Jean Nouvel, with the restructuring aimed at repurposing the building to house the Fondation Cartier.
- Advising the China Nuclear Power Engineering consortium, made up of CNPE, Framatome and four Chinese contractors, on the Iter nuclear fusion project.
Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP‘s construction team is led by Jacques Bouillon. The practice is known for its work on major transport and infrastructure projects, as well as for its experience in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts and major public procurement contracts and project financing. Involved in numerous market-leading matters, the firm has a strong capacity to handle complex matters with expertise covering project development, land planning issues, permitting, contractual drafting, subcontracting, dispute management, and litigation. Bruno Richard left the firm in September 2021.
FTPA advises contractors, project developers, and companies on their construction contracts in addition to assisting with pre-litigation and litigation before courts and in arbitration proceedings. The practice is best known for advising on the reconstruction of a major landmark. Its expertise extends to the construction of a solar site for which the team is handling the drafting of all construction and operating agreements. Robert Corcos is the head of the construction team. Bernard Cazin and Julien Marceaux joined from CMAA in 2020.
‘Very good experts in their field, very reassuring.’
‘They are involveed and proactive. A big thank you!’
‘The teams are made up equally and the partners are directly and immediately available.’
‘The cross-practice approach and a vision of legal issues arising from projects stand out. The teams are made up of experts who master the technical and concrete aspects of the locations where our projects are located.’
‘A team that suits us well. Robert Corcos has a real talent for synthesising and getting to the point. His team of professionals is discreet and recognised.’
They have kept an intimacy with their clients which the big machines have lost.’
GRUPPO VILLA MARIA
Renaud Dubois‘ team at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP acts for private and semipublic institutional clients, as well as for major players in the construction industry. The group's experience in construction disputes involving nuclear assets, and in particular its work for the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique in relation to numerous disputes, is notable. Renaud Dubois is ‘professional, responsive and pragmatic’ and leads the team of talented associates, notably Penelope Delestre and Ophélie Boulos.
‘Renaud Dubois is a very established lawyer of the group who assists us in both advice and litigation relating to construction law. He is very competent in real estate law and in construction law in particular, professional, responsive and pragmatic. His associate, Ophélie Boulos is also very professional.’
‘The structure of the firm allows work in synergy with other departments, for all legal questions related to construction law.’
Poste Immo / La Poste Group
Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA)
Eternit (Etex Group)
Spie Batignolles Immobilier
Terminaux de Normandie
- Assisting Icade and its subsidiary Icade Promotions with numerous construction disputes involving office, business and/or residential buildings.
- Advising La Poste and its real estate subsidiary Poste-Immo on numerous construction disputes involving industrial assets or offices of the La Poste Group.
- Acted for the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique in numerous construction disputes involving nuclear assets.
White & Case LLP advises companies across the board on construction and infrastructure, construction finance, or construction arbitration matters. The team is able to ‘address any subject, no matter how technical’ and acts for a varied client list of both major public and private entities. Representing the Republic of Georgia in parallel ICC and ICSID proceedings initiated by the Anaklia Development Consortium on the grounds of early termination of a concession for the development of a deep-water port in Anaklia, the firm demonstrated its ability to act in high-profile high-stakes matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘A key feature of any W&C team is their ability to address any subject, no matter how technical. It always amazes me how quick the speed of comprehension of detailed technical and quantum issues is. Complex issues which have been discussed for lengthy periods between the parties are dissected and understood very quickly, allowing you to get a better understanding of the fundamental issues of a claim that need to be addressed.’
‘Charles Nairac just keeps getting better and better, his ability to cross-examine witnesses is a joy to watch (unless you are the witness!).’
The Republic of Georgia
Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.
Caisse des dépôts
- Representing Georgia in parallel ICC and ICSID proceedings initiated by the Anaklia Development Consortium and one of its indirect stakeholders, Dutch businessman Bob Meijer.
Delsol Avocats‘ team prides itself on in-depth risk analysis and strong contractual practice. Nathalie Peyron co-heads the department with Adrien Williot and Benoit Boussier; she has a focus on the hospitality sector, assisting companies with the implementation and legal management of all their construction projects. Adrien Williot joined the firm from Ashurst LLP in March 2021, adding his expertise in the field of coworking, co-living, and flex offices, assisting some of the major players in the sector.
- Advised Réalités during the real estate investment operation carried out for the benefit of SCPI Primovie, SCPI of Primonial REIM, on a service residence for in the context of an off-plan lease agreement.
Klein Wenner‘s team has more than thirty years of experience in the field of construction, advising on matters in mainland France, in the overseas departments, and French-speaking Africa. In an ongoing dispute, the practice has been representing the operating company of the Eiffel Tower in litigation relating to the functioning of an elevator following structural work. Pierre Le Breton acts in both civil and administrative proceedings. Eve Derouesné has specific expertise in contract management cases related to public works for cultural events or international and national sports competitions. Christoph Schödel leads the practice alongside Derouesné and Le Breton.
‘The team set up for us is multidisciplinary and allows us to have both a return on the legal aspects (private and public law) and on the technical aspects (engineering profile).’
‘The team is innovative in its methodology, which is close to that of a contract manager, and which provides pragmatic support during negotiations, for example.’
‘The people are available, attentive, and have a capacity for understanding and rapid synthesis. In addition to these faculties, we appreciate their pragmatism in finding solutions, not only sticking to legal theory.’
SOCIETE DU GRAND PARIS
CCI SEINE ESTUAIRE
REPUBLIQUE DU GABON
- Assisted and represented an African State in an arbitration against a Spanish firm in a dispute arising out of the unlawful termination of two high-valued contracts on the construction of one of the main roads of the country and the rehabilitation of an important sports stadium.
- Represented freeway concessionaire A’LIENOR in litigation relating to issues affecting a highway.
- Defended an engineering construction group in litigation relating to issues affecting the concrete structure of three bridges in the North of France.
LPA-CGR avocats‘ ‘team and practice are at the forefront of construction issues‘. The firm’s strong track record of cross-border work was an asset when assisting Vinci Construction with the issuance of complex legal opinions related to the company’s contract with Ethiad Rail in the UAE. Leading the practice are Aurélie Dauger, François-Régis Fabre-Falret and Philippe Jacques. Recently welcomed to the partnership in early 2021 Stephan Lesage-Mathieu stands out for his competence and his ability to negotiate cross-border contracts involving German and French law.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team led by Stephan Lesage-Mathieu is very much oriented towards the actual practice of its clients.’
‘Stephan Lesage-Mathieu is our contact. He is always available and competent, it’s a pleasure to work with him.’
‘A team and practice at the forefront of construction issues with valuable knowledge of little-explored/niche/exploratory areas. An ability to adapt legal language to the operational and governance context of projects. Unwavering commitment to finding solutions in the common interest.’
‘A service focused on quality delivery and client satisfaction: the teams are committed to the project and its success.’
‘LPA-CGR offers assistance in Africa and the Middle East from Paris, which is more convenient for French clients. The firm provides a more global and strategic vision, which is very useful in particular for structuring partnerships and local presence.’
‘I work mainly with Arnaud Depierrefeu who brings his knowledge of the Middle East, of local clients and practices, with a particularly fine strategic vision.’
‘Pascaline Déchelette Tolot: Senior partner with excellent knowledge on co-ownership knowledge and other public right topics. Trustworthy person, high reputation, very good background communication in the interest of the client. Typhaine Geoffroy: Excellent and diligent lawyer, drafts exceptionally clear contracts. Louis Morvan: Diligent lawyer with a proactive approach, always available for clients. Aurelie Daugér: Very efficient and proactive lawyer.’
UNIBAIL RODAMCO WESTFIELD
The ‘friendly, competent, and responsive team’ at Meridian is well equipped to handle contentious and non-contentious issues for contractors and engineering companies in public and private sector construction projects. The firm has advised on construction projects for hospitals, research buildings and residential buildings as well as on complex energy infrastructure projects for nuclear plants. Xavier Desnos and Olivier Delsupexhe co-head the practice and are highly recommended. Delsuphexhe, in particular, stands out for his capacity to handle ‘complex projects, including claims and multijurisdictional arbitration.’
‘The team offers great diversity which is relevant to the client’s work. Construction law, employment law and IP law is needed and the firm can offer all of them.’
‘Olivier Delsupexhe knows exactly what the client needs. Gwilherm Le Bras has amazing technical knowledge as well as Marie-Christine Le.’
‘A friendly, competent & responsive team. All client documents are clear & detailed, all accompanied by an explanatory email. And the dossier is followed.’
‘The people are pleasant, pedagogical and we know they are available when needed. Confidence sets in quickly and the resulting work is of high quality – Xavier Desnos & Camille Davin’
‘Meridian has amazing working power, they are able to understand a complex file very quickly. Their ability to negotiate is impressive, too. They are very good business partners. The partners work on the files themselves, and don’t just pass them on to associates billed.’
‘Olivier Delsupexhe has a great capacity for work and understanding in complex projects, including claims and multijurisidictional arbitration. Xavier Desnos is also excellent at monitoring files and projects on a daily basis. Both are very hardworking. They also know European public clients very well, rare quality and very practical when you are a client. What’s more, they charge honestly which is a great quality in the practice.’