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Lacourte Raquin Tatar
75008 PARIS

France > Real estate Tier 1

As a leader in real estate transactions, Lacourte Raquin Tatar often acts as counsel for some of the world’s largest investment managers. Renowned for its ‘excellent knowledge of the business sector, the market, and its challenges’, the team has advised on some of the largest transactions in real estate in the last year, namely the acquisition and the financing of ENGIE’s future headquarters as well as the construction of TOTAL’s future headquarters in Paris. Jean-Jacques Raquin leads the practice; Emilie Capron and Cyrille Bailly stand out for their respective expertise in real estate investment and the corporate aspects of real estate. Guillaume Jeannet is ‘proactive, pragmatic and commercial’ and is lauded for going above and beyond for each client.

Practice head(s):


‘The LRT real estate team is pragmatic and commercial and knows how to adapt to its audience whether they are American funds, local French partners, private or institutional sellers.’

‘Guillaume Jeannet is proactive, pragmatic and commercial. He is dedicated to his clients and brings a multi-disciplinary approach to his work. Guillaume often goes beyond the initial assignment to provide his clients with personalised and relevant advice, taking the time to fully understand the specific issues at stake for each organisation.’

‘Excellent team of recognised professionals. The partners are very involved in the matters and have a business approach that is very well adapted to investment fund investors.’

‘The team is very consistent and of high quality: the advice is quick and very competent.’

‘The Lacourte Raquin Tatar team has an excellent knowledge of the business sector, the market, and its challenges. The team is able to make proposals to bring deals to a successful conclusion while preserving the interests of the client. A firm with a great capacity to deliver analyses and reports within deadlines that are consistent with the issues at stake.’

Key clients



Hines France

Oxford Properties

BNP Paribas

Groupe Lagardère

The Student Hotel

Groupama Immobilier

Poste Immo



Aermont Capital

LaSalle Investment Management

JP Morgan

Unibail-Rodamco Westfield





Angelo Gordon

Tivoli Capital

CDC Habitat






Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel for leading asset management firm Swiss Life Asset Managers France on the acquisition and the financing of ENGIE’s future headquarters located in La Garenne-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine.
  • Assisted Hines France with the agreement with Kaufman & Broad relating to the acquisition, through off-plan sales, of eight high-profile housing projects for a total surface area of 30,000 sq.m, with 500 apartments to be leased.
  • Advising the consortium of BNP Paribas Real Estate and Citallios on the acquisition of BIC Group’s former head office located in Clichy, in order to carry out a mixed real estate operation.

France > Banking and finance: Bank regulatory Tier 2

Lacourte Raquin Tatar’s banking and finance team is co-led by Damien Luqué and specialises in asset management, financial regulatory matters and fintech-related regulatory work. Credit institutions, MiFID firms, portfolio management companies, and other regulated entities seek out the firm's expertise. Damien Luqué  is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):


‘The key strength of the advice provided by Lacourte is that it is pragmatic, practical and tailored to our particular business model and risk appetite.’

‘Damien Luque at Lacourte not only applies French law and regulation, but he also takes into account the nuances of the business so that his advice is commercial rather than purely academic and theoretical.’

Key clients

Lucky Oldstone

Russell Investments

LaSalle Investment Management

Sogelym Dixence

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa – Federal Finance Gestion

BNP Paribas


Aviva Investors

Work highlights

  • Advised Korian on the restructuration of its investment portfolio and the entry of new institutional investors within the portfolio (EDF Invest and BNP Paribas Cardif).

France > Administrative and public law Tier 3

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:


‘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.’

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

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 3

Hailed for its ‘consistently high-quality work’, Parisian firm Lacourte Raquin Tatar frequently handles standout transactions in the transport and infrastructure, beverage, professional services, real estate, banking and finance sectors. Team head Serge Tatar  is the key point of contact for M&A and joint venture transactions in addition to strategic partnerships and alliances; his team is often engaged on matters throughout Europe and Africa, from both an inbound and outbound perspective, and is also well placed to support on capital market, corporate governance and reorganisation matters.

Practice head(s):

Serge Tatar

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Jüllich; Renaud Rossa; Guillaume Roche; Renaud Rossa; Nicolas Jüllich


Flawless involvement of the teams. The partners Renaud Rossa and Serge Tatar follow the files perfectly and are very involved in all phases. The allocation of work within their team between the time of the partner and that of the associate is perfectly adjusted/reliable according to the files. Renaud and Serge take the time necessary to understand the project at stake. This desire to understand the in-depth business of their client is one of the remarkable qualities of this team.’

‘Responsiveness, availability and unique commitment on the Paris market, coupled with a first-rate quality of work.’

‘We work with Renaud Rossa and Serge Tatar, who are very experienced, reliable and very committed professionals for their clients.’

‘Excellent practice of real estate M&A, business oriented with very pragmatic and creative approach but always looking out for a secured solution.’

‘Nicolas Jüllich: very precise, excellent anticipation, very committed and straightforward communication’.’

‘Perfect legal expertise, great understanding of business subjects, adaptability, proactivity, responsiveness, pragmatism are the main qualities of the mergers-acquisitions department of Lacourte Raquin Tatar. Excellent communication skills.’

‘Serge Tatar and Guillaume Roche are dealmakers who know how to navigate complex transactions, especially with cross-border implications. Solution-oriented, they not only have the technical skills but also the macro vision necessary to get all those involved in these operations (investment bank, auditors, local councils) to work together and bring them to fruition.’

Key clients




BPI France

BNP Paribas


Oddo BHF


Amundi Immobilier

MCS & Associés – iQera



Vinci Immobilier



Poste Immo

Work highlights

  • Advising SNCF in connection with the contemplated combination of Eurostar and Thalys.
  • Advised Korian in connection with the conclusion of its long-term partnership with EDF Invest and BNP Paribas Cardif in a real estate vehicle controlled and managed by Korian, made up of 81 real estate assets (retirement homes and clinics) located in France, Belgium, Italy and Germany, worth €1bn.
  • Advised Group CASTEL in connection with the reorganisation of the shareholding structure of Société Anonyme des Brasseries du Cameroun.

France > Tax Tier 3

Lacourte Raquin Tatar houses one of France’s leading tax teams for real estate tax work. The group, which works on a stand-alone basis or alongside the firm’s excellent property practice, acts for a prestigious client base of leading international and French investors. It is retained to handle high-end real estate transactional work on the French market, advising on asset, partnership and other corporate and transactional matters. The versatile practice also assists clients with fund structuring work, in real estate and in other fields. Jean-Yves Charriau is a real legend in the market. Julien Souyeaux and David Sorel are also excellent references. They are supported by counsel Sophie Duboy-Maurel.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Yves Charriau; Julien Souyeaux; David Sorel

Other key lawyers:


‘An expertise in real estate taxation that is just unbeatable in France.’

‘David Sorel is an excellent professional, very technical and fully focused on finding solutions for his clients. He is a reference for any subject of real estate taxation. Also very solid expertise in general tax matters (corporate tax).’

‘The tax team provides high-quality services. They are essential professionals in the real estate world recognised by clients and peers. They are always very responsive, client-oriented and reliable with a high level of technical expertise.’

‘They have a perfect knowledge of the market and especially of real estate tax issues. David Sorel has extensive experience and a strong understanding of tax issues and related financial mechanisms. They both operate at a high level.’

‘The tax team is always available, responsive, and clear in its recommendations. It does respond to questions asked (which is not the case for all tax specialists) and is very pragmatic in its recommendations. The team does not hesitate to give quantified examples of tax impact (including in Excel, which is a tool rarely used by lawyers!).’

‘In addition to having a perfect knowledge of his legal practice, David Sorel is dynamic, pragmatic, commercial and pleasant. He is by far the best tax expert I have worked with in France.’

‘The tax practice distinguished itself by its excellent knowledge of the real estate sector both in transactional and technical matters, allowing it to support long-term positions. The members of the tax team demonstrate remarkable human qualities and unfailing commitment.’

‘A mention of excellence to David Sorel who stands out for his listening, his clarity in his advice and his willingness to take into account all our issues, both fiscal, financial and operational.’

Key clients

Vinci Immobilier

Allianz Group

Poste Immo (La Poste Group)



Ivanhoé Cambridge

JP Morgan Asset Management

Tishman Speyer

Aermont Capital LLP

Lasalle Investment Management

MCS & Associés





Antin Infrastructure

Gulf Islamic Investments (GII)

Almaviva Santé

Clarion Partners Europe



KKR real estate

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 4

Lacourte Raquin Tatar's financial services and asset management team works with the real estate, corporate and tax departments to cover a full range of investment funds mandates. Its work covers the formation of private equity funds, alternative investment funds, mutual funds and other collective investment vehicles, as well as advice on regulatory issues. The practice is led by Damien Luqué.

Practice head(s):


‘The team was able to listen to us by offering a response adapted to the expressed need, while providing advice on solution optimization. The firm has leading partners and collaborators, truly multidisciplinary, available and open to discussions. The team formed around Damien Luqué has been remarkable in all respects.’

‘Damien Luque demonstrates extremely valuable expertise. Unlike many others, Damien Luque also offers the advantage of having general training allowing him to assist clients on many subjects ranging from the structuring of funds strictly speaking to specific questions relating to the procedures for exercising a regulated activity.’

‘Damien Luqué has extensive experience and is ready to listen & provide clear and pragmatic explanations.’

Key clients

Aviva Investors France

Lucky Oldstone

Turenne Capital Partenaires

Russell Investments

LaSalle Investment Management

Sogelym Dixence

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa – Federal Finance Gestion

Tikehau Investment Management

Aquila Asset Management

Axipit Real Estate Partners

France > Industry focus: Energy

Lacourte Raquin Tatar was established in 1993. With more than 75 qualified lawyers and legal practitioners, of whom 21 are partners, the firm is organized around three major areas of expertise: mergers and acquisitions, real estate and taxation.. These practices are enhanced by the lawyers’ recognised expertise in public, planning and environment law, financing and regulatory, asset management and litigation. All lawyers perfectly know their clients’ sectors and are able to handle any complex issues arising, both on a national level and international level.

Clients include institutions, industrial and financial groups, and investment funds. The firm’s notable clients are BNP Paribas Real Estate, Aermont, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, VINCI Immobilier, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Orange, SNCF/Eurostar/Thalys, Eiffage, Gecina, Kaufman & Broad, Amundi Immobilier, AXA Reim, Westbrook among others. The overriding objective of the firm is to offer its clients a high-quality service that is adapted to their specific expectations.

Mergers and acquisitions:

The firm’s strong experience in both French and cross-border corporate/M&A allows the M&A team to advise its clients in all their strategic operations, joint ventures and external growth. The M&A practice focuses on transactional matters such as legal and tax structuring of transactions; acquisitions and disposals of groups of companies and assets; joint ventures and agreements between shareholders; company reor­ganisations; private equity, venture capital, companies’ turnarounds; corporate aspects of real estate collective investment funds (OPCI & SCPI); corporate law and specific governance issues; and disputes between share­holders and post-acquisition; securities law and capital market transactions.

Contacts: Serge Tatar, Nicolas Jüllich, Renaud Rossa, Guillaume Roche

Real estate transactions:

The firm possesses expertise in all aspects of real estate for both traditional and complex transactions and operations relating to offices, shops, logistics, hotels, residential buildings, health establishments, institu­tions, investment funds, real estate companies and developers, both in an advisory role and for litigation purposes. The practice focuses on investment and dis­investment; partnership between investors, developers and users; property rights, land management, securi­ties and leases; development and construction; town planning; and regulated and unregulated real estate investment funds.

Contacts: Jean-Jacques Raquin, Cyrille Bailly, Emilie Capron, Damien Grosse, Guillaume Jeannet, Alexis Le Liepvre, Irène Cottaris


The firm assists public and private French and inter­national clients, including industrial groups, property companies, REITs and developers, institutional inves­tors and private equity funds, on tax aspects of complex transactions, joint-ventures or reorganisations as well as in the context of tax litigations.

Contacts: Jean-Yves Charriau, Julien Souyeaux, David Sorel

Public law:

The firm advises and litigates in the various fields of public law, mainly in the areas of urban planning, public contracts and environment.
The firm’s public law team acts on behalf of investors, developers, industrialists, professional federations, as well as public authorities and public service operators for the regulatory, operational and financial implementation of their projects.

The lawyers in the team have recognized experience, particularly in the real estate, urban development, environment, renewable energy, local public services and infrastructure sectors..

Contacts: Vincent Guinot, Xavier de Lesquen, Benoit Neveu


The firm advises arrangers, lenders, debt funds, insurance companies and financial institutions on the setting-up of a wide variety of financial instruments and products. The firm assists lenders and investors to structure and implement their financing. The practice also focuses on structuring of financial vehicles and investment funds (AIF, ULITS, other AIF), asset man­agement and financial regulation

Contacts: Cédric Bonnet, Chloé Thiéblemont

Financial Services:

The firm  advises investment firms, credit institutions, insurance companies and debt funds to assist them with their regulatory issues in banking (treatment of issues related to the banking monopoly, distribution of banking and insurance products) and investment services (regulatory constraints related to the provision of investment services, creation of investment services providers).

Contacts: Damien Luqué, Cédric Bonnet


The firm assists companies, banks and insurance firms at all stages of a dispute, from the analysis of risks and their prevention. It represents clients before state courts. The practice includes: commercial litigation; real estate disputes; post-acquisition and shareholders’ disputes; restructuring of debts.

Contacts: Alexis Le Liepvre, François de Bérard, Jean-Jacques Raquin

Asset Management: 

The firm assists credit institutions, investment firms, participative financing platforms, management companies and institutional investors in all issues related to asset management.
For its financial institution clients, it provides services in France, the creation of management companies, investment firms, and representative offices in France, as well as the marketing of financial and banking products in France and investment services to French clients.

Contacts: Damien Luqué, David Sorel, Jean-Yves Charriau, Emilie Capron, Cyrille Bailly, Guillaume Jeannet, Nicolas Jüllich

Mergers & Acquisitions Serge Tatar
Mergers & Acquisitions Nicolas Jüllich
Mergers & Acquisitions Renaud Rossa
Mergers & Acquisitions Guillaume Roche
Taxation Jean-Yves Charriau
Taxation Julien Souyeaux
Taxation / Asset Management David Sorel
Real Estate Transactions / Litigation Jean-Jacques Raquin
Real Estate Transactions Cyrille Bailly
Real Estate Transactions / Financing Emilie Capron
Real Estate Transactions Irène Cottaris
Real Estate Transactions Damien Grosse
Real Estate Transactions Guillaume Jeannet
Public Law Vincent Guinot
Public Law Xavier de Lesquen
Public Law Benoit Neveu
Financing Cédric Bonnet
Financing Chloé Thiéblemont
Financial Services / Asset Management Damien Luqué
Litigation / Real Estate Transactions Alexis Le Liepvre
Litigation François de Bérard
Damien Luqué photo Damien LuquéPartner
Number of lawyers : more than 75