Construction in France

Alerion

Alerion  advises leading French and international contractors on public and private sector construction projects. The firm also advises project sponsors.  The practice handles strategic construction projects in the nuclear and aerospace sectors, as well as public infrastructure building projects. The team is also notable for advising on renovation contracts and the construction of privately owned buildings, including advising on litigation issues. Philippe Mathurin, Gérald Lagier and Nathalie Dupuy-Loup are the key team members.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Mathurin; Gérald Lagier; Nathalie Dupuy-Loup

Testimonials

‘The team is always available and provides great quality work. Clients can blindly trust their analysis’.

Key clients

VINCI CONSTRUCTION FRANCE

ARIANE GROUP

SCBSM

Société Générale

ERI

Work highlights

  • Assisting ArianeGroup in connection with the construction of the new launch pad for Ariane 6 rocket in Kourou (French Guyana).  
  • Assisting Vinci subsidiary CBC in connection with construction works for a new campus for the Sorbonne University.

Aliénor Avocats

Seven-lawyer boutique firm Aliénor Avocats advises many of France’s largest contractors and engineering companies on construction projects in relation to both public and private sector work. Its overseas mandates include matters relating to Qatar and advising on hospital construction projects in France’s overseas territories. Its expertise extends to contentious cases such as court-ordered judicial surveys on major ongoing construction projects and arbitrations. Hélène Bourgine and Anne-Sophie Goapper are highly recommended, while of counsel Alain Bourdeaux  is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Hélène Bourgine; Anne-Sophie Goapper

Testimonials

The firm has intimate knowledge of major construction project practice in France and overseas, and of litigation and disputes procedures’.

Clients’ interests come first’.

The practice follows a very practical approach and provides very high quality work’.

The team shows great mastering of court hearings and is also knowledgeable about the rules of arbitration proceedings’.

‘Hélène Bourgine  and Anne-Sophie Goapper are both outstanding, competent, available and always creative lawyers who are real business partners, always thinking out of the box in order to find solutions to issues’.

Key clients

VINCI

EIFFAGE

Altana

Altana is regularly appointed by leading French and European engineering companies to advise on construction contracts regarding major public sector infrastructure projects, such as roads, tunnels and hospitals. The firm also advises on private sector projects, international work and is highly regarded for its litigation expertise. The eight-lawyer practice is co-led by Christophe Lapp, Louis des Cars and François Muller.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Lapp; Louis des Cars; François Muller

Key clients

BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION

VINCI CONSTRUCTION

SPIE BATIGNOLLES

FAYAT (RAZEL-BEC)

VARIOUS BOUYGUES AND VINCI SUBSIDIARIES

SALINI-IMPREGILO

VAN OORD

BOSKALIS

Work highlights

  • Assisting RAZEL-BEC and IMPLENIA CONSTRUCTICON with the construction of the second Frejus tunnel linking France to Italy.  
  • Advising BOUYGUES BATIMENT ILE-DE-FRANCE on the construction of a temple.

Karila Avocats

Karila Avocats is a well established, leading construction boutique. The 21-lawyer firm advises a diverse client base made up of many of the key players in the field, including sponsors, developers and insurers. The team advises on contract drafting and negotiations through to litigation. It is involved in several prominent housing, office and commercial premises construction projects in addition to landmark public-sector work such as advising on insurance liability in relation to the fire at  Notre Dame Cathedral. Laurent Karila heads the practice. Other key members include Jean-Pierre Karila, Cécile Ellrodt, Laure Furgé and associate Bruno Demont.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Karila

Testimonials

‘The firm has great construction and insurance expertise. They provide great client service and practical advice, and are flexible and responsive’.

‘Laurent Karila and Laure Furgé are flexible, available and provide high quality work’.

Key clients

AREAS

AXA

GECINA

NEXITY

LVMH

RICARDO BOFILL TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA

DALKIA

THYSSENKRUP

AMTRUST

P.R.O DISTRIBUTION

CEETRUS

ACCOR HOTEL

Work highlights

  • Advising AXA France IARD as liability insurer of a construction company in relation to the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.  
  • Assisting Ceetrus with contract drafting work regarding Paris’ Gare du Nord station renovation work.

Preel Hecquet Payet-Godel PHPG Avocats

Boutique firm Preel Hecquet Payet-Godel PHPG Avocats specialises in construction, insurance and litigation matters. The eight-lawyer team advises leading engineering and construction companies as well as top French and international insurers. It has in-depth experience handling liability, delays and other types of compensation claims before courts, often in cases involving court-ordered technical surveys. It is also handling key matters in relation to private sector building and industrial site projects, while also being involved in several high-profile public-sector transport disputes. The practice is co-headed by of counsel Jean-Marie Preel, Françoise Hecquet and insurance expert partner Charlotte Roger. Partner Jean-Baptiste Payet-Godel and of counsel Cécile Tiberghien are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marie Preel; Françoise Hecquet; Charlotte Roger

Testimonials

‘The firm has very good knowledge of issues faced by construction companies. They have excellent expertise, both in public and private-sector construction, and a real experience handling litigation. At its heart, the team aims to solve issues in good collaboration with all the stakeholders’.

SORBA PAYRAU

Boutique firm SORBA PAYRAU focuses on serving clients specialising in construction and engineering work. The team, which combines strong public law, insurance and litigation expertise, represents large construction companies dealing with damage compensation and other claims. Its caseload encompasses public and private sector projects, such as tower, stadium, road, rail and other industrial construction. Jean-Philippe Sorba, Emmanuelle Payrau-Sorba and Xavier Guichaoua all have vast experience.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Philippe Sorba; Emmanuelle Payrau-Sorba; Xavier Guichaoua

Testimonials

‘A very responsive and client-focused team with deep expertise in construction, providing expert advice.’

‘They know the construction sector very well’.

‘Emmanuelle Payrau is always available, quick and very reactive. Her advice is always very relevant’.

Key clients

Delsol Avocats

Delsol Avocats advises prestigious companies such as luxury goods and hotel brands. The practice offers full-service expertise, handling advisory work and disputes. In addition, the team also assists developers and offers commercial property lease expertise. Nathalie Peyron and Benoit Boussier lead the practice and of counsel Virginie Delannoy is also a notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Peyron; Benoit Boussier 

Other key lawyers:

Virginie Delannoy 

Testimonials

‘Benoit Boussier knows the construction industry very well’.

FTPA

FTPA assists engineering companies and contractors, as well as developers, on office, residential and commercial building projects. It provides advisory, contract and litigation expertise through Robert Corcos. Public law partner Raphaël Crespelle  is also a key team member who advises public sector institutions and companies on infrastructure work. He recently managed sensitive matters linked to the building of a major public hospital.

Practice head(s):

Robert Corcos; Raphaël Crespelle 

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s Renaud Dubois leads a four-lawyer team which is retained by leading contractors and developers, as well as prestigious sponsor companies. The practice advises on public and private sector construction projects. It also manages a significant disputes caseload pertaining to industrial, scientific, cultural and other infrastructure buildings. Associate Penelope Delestre  is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Renaud Dubois

Key clients

Bouygues Travaux Publics

Bricqueville

Centre Hospitalier Local de Mauléon

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)

Eiffage group

Fondation Cognacq-Jay

Icade

Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

Poste Immo

REI La Fonderie

SBI Operations (Spie Batignolles)

Société Forézienne d’entreprises et de Terrassement

Société d’Exploitation du Terminal Porte Océane (Terminaux de Normandie)

Université de Marne la Vallée

Work highlights

  • Representing Eiffage in dealing with various construction claims in relation to Le Havre tramway, Lille stadium and East-line high-speed train projects.  
  • Helping Icade in monitoring construction work in relation to the Grand Paris development project.

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats assists property owners and developers on matters ranging from contract negotiations to litigation. The firm is notably advising a famous luxury goods brand on two landmark construction and renovation projects. It is also involved in several office, commercial and renewable energy construction and refurbishment projects in France and in North Africa. Aurélie Dauger, François-Régis Fabre-Falret, Denis Chardigny and Philippe Jacques co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Aurélie Dauger; François-Régis Fabre-Falret; Denis Chardigny; Philippe Jacques 

Testimonials

‘Aurélie Dauger has excellent knowledge of the construction sector’.

Key clients

Primonial Reim

Meridian

Meridian is entrusted with public and private sector projects by leading engineering companies and contractors. The six-lawyer team can provide a range of both advisory and litigation expertise. It is handling strategic work on several landmark projects, notably in relation to LNG plants, nuclear facilities and offshore wind farm projects. Co-heads of the practice Olivier Delsupexhe and Xavier Desnos are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

 Olivier Delsupexhe; Xavier Desnos

Testimonials

‘The team can find simple solutions which make a real difference even when dealing with  the most complex issues’.

‘They do not promise unrealistic goals or deadlines and they always deliver extremely valuable advice’.   

‘Olivier Delsupexhe is the key partner for international projects. He has a very technical and practical mind and can solve complex problems using simple words, even when confronted with unexpected complications’.

‘Xavier Desnos knows everything about construction litigation in France’.

PARME Avocats

PARME Avocats welcomed Tony Janvier (who previously had his own firm) to head its construction practice in 2018. Part of a five-lawyer team, he acts for public and private-sector sponsor companies, as well as private contractors, which he assists on contract drafting and related litigation. The firm is involved in several public sector infrastructure projects pertaining to roads, transport and school renovation matters. It also assisted a luxury goods brand with the renovation of its headquarters.

Practice head(s):

Tony Janvier

Testimonials

‘The team is expert in dealing with public and private sector construction work claims’.

‘Tony Janvier’s team has great expertise dealing with construction claims and stands out through its high involvement and ability to grasp technical aspects of matters, beyond the legal issues’.

Key clients

SPIE BATIGNOLLES

FAYAT

DEMATHIEU BARD

BALAS

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP advises leading contractors dealing with major construction contracts and litigation issues. The firm is advising on several strategic public nuclear infrastructure projects in France. It is also handling private sector construction work and regularly works on international projects. The firm also advises on arbitration matters.  Frédéric Gillion leads the practice. Since publication Stéphane Gasne joined DS Avocats.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Gillion

Testimonials

‘The construction team has true knowledge of the area. They seek practical solutions to issues, taking into account the various legal aspects together with commercial constraints’.

‘Frédéric Gillion is an expert in construction matters. His experience allows him to find the best solutions in difficult situations’.      

Key clients

Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE)

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co

Balfour Beatty

Salini Impregilo

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's Paris office can work in concert with its global offices to provide an all round, cross-border construction offering. This expertise encompasses advisory, contractual matters, financing, litigation and arbitration cases. Paule Biensan and practice head François-Guilhem Vaissier led the team which advised on the €825.5m financing of the French A65 motorway concession and is advising the Government of Nigeria in an arbitration concerning a hydro power plant.

Practice head(s):

François-Guilhem Vaissier

Key clients

The Ritz Hotel Limited

Katara Hospitality

European Investment Bank

CaixaBank

CA-CIB

BBVA

Societe Generale

JBIC

SMBC

EBRD

Georgia

BMCE Bank

Bouygues

Eiffage

Vinci

TVO

Grupo Unidos por el Canal

Constructora Nuevo Maipo

Odebrecht

Government of Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Advised The Ritz Hotel in connection with the refurbishment of the historic Ritz building hotel in Paris.
  • Advising Qatar-based owner Katara Hospitality on the on-going refurbishment of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.
  • Representing the State of Georgia in relation to the 434MW Namakhvani hydro power plant BOO project.

DS Avocats

Marie-Pierre ALIX heads the team at DS Avocats. The team acts for public and private project owners, developers and investors on all aspects of construction operations. It is handling a number of financial disputes which it endeavours to settle without recourse to litigation. Since publication of the ranking Stéphane Gasne joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Pierre Alix

Other key lawyers:

Stéphanie de Laroullière

Genesis Avocats

The Genesis Avocats team handles the full range of construction-related matters from the drafting and negotiation of development and works contracts to representing clients in court and administrative proceedings. Philippe Feitussi is one of the leading partners; he provides clients with advisory, finance, litigation and arbitration assistance. Marie-Yvonne Benjamin, a founding partner, has extensive experience which extends to environmental and criminal law.  

Practice head(s):

Philippe Feitussi; Marie-Yvonne Benjamin

Key clients

CATINVEST

PARLEMENT EUROPEEN

BONATTI-GRT Gaz

UGC

NACARAT

EPICURE (Groupe DESJOUIS

CHU POINTE A PITRE

ATALANTE (EM2C)

ICADE

Work highlights

  • Representing Catinvest in post-construction litigation regarding the construction of a large office building as well as a major shopping centre.  
  • Assisting ICADE with the construction of a Hospital in Pointe à Pitre in La Réunion.

Kennedys

Kennedys is especially adept in the areas of insurance/reinsurance and liability litigation relating to construction disputes. It also handles construction-related professional and product liability disputes. It is acting for one client on 15 different construction disputes, some of which are at the pre-trial technical investigations phase, whilst others have given rise to judicial proceedings before the first instance and the appellate Courts. Aurélia Cadain and Alexis Valençon head a team that is part of a global network of offices.

Practice head(s):

Aurélia Cadain; Alexis Valençon