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Ravetto Associés
19 rue de Milan
75 009 PARIS
France

France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Ravetto Associés stands out through its ability to cover the full range energy production and distribution matters, spanning power, electricity, gas, heat, renewables and new electric mobility. The boutique notably has high-level regulatory know-how, making it a popular choice for strategic advice and litigation. For instance, the firm has been retained to handle high-stakes disputes in relation to the recognition of a force majeure situation caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Founding partner Paul Ravetto and of counsel Rémy Coin are among the market’s leading regulatory experts. In Anne-Laure Proisy the firm has an M&A and asset acquisition specialist on board. Claire Bretheau is the key financing contact and is particularly active for German clients. Public law expert Patrick Labayle-Pabet and Lucie Balmette, who was promoted to counsel  in 2021 and specialises in urban planning and environment law, are other key names. The firm has an extremely diverse international client list, including many French and German clients, and ranging from banks, public law entities and alternative producers to energy giants and large corporations. The firm handles all types of work, from small to large-scale projects, and is growing its corporate PPA practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ravetto; Patrick Labayle-Pabet; Anne-Laure Proisy; Claire Bretheau; Lucie Balmette

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is a very specialised team, providing cutting-edge legal advice on the various technical subjects we are confronted with. The firm is very responsive, present and available when necessary.’

‘Paul Ravetto is a specialist who has great adaptation and pedagogy skills. He is a very specialised lawyer making the processing of files accessible to a non-lawyer. Rémy Coin is a great specialist who through his expertise in the energy sector and knows how to respond to our various requests.’

‘Maître Anne-Laure Proisy perfectly combines technical mastery, contractual negotiation and warm contacts with both clients and co-contractors and colleagues. She knows how to be inventive while remaining within a strict legal framework and knows how to convince her interlocutors. Finally, she is very available and friendly.’

‘Claire Bretheau has a very good knowledge of the financing of energy projects.’

‘The firm is specialised in the energy sector and made up of a small, highly committed and competent team capable of adapting to any type of client, including international clients. Just as efficient as the larger firms, but charging much more reasonable fees, the firm can only experience growing success.’

‘The team does a very good job. In particular, Anne-Laure Proisy is very precise, available and flexible. Astute, thoughtful and honest, Anne-Laure is a very good lawyer.’

‘Everyone we have worked with has given us satisfaction. But the lawyer who remains central for us is Claire Bretheau who brings together all the qualities that can be expected of a lawyer: great mastery of her specialty (with a wide range of skills), precision in her work , flawless availability, comfortable in several languages and very friendly, which never does any harm!’

‘Perfect know-how in the renewable energies and project finance area, the team is flexible, fast and shows high client orientation.’

Key clients

Métropole Européenne de Lille

Ville de Paris

Landesbank Saar (SaarLB)

Demeter Partners

Bpifrance

TotalEnergies Renouvelables (ex. Total Quadran)

EDF Renouvelables

CIC

Enercon Independent Power Producer GmbH (“EIPP”) / Alterric (merger EIPP and EWE)

Industrie Werke Basel (IWB)

ABO Wind

Volkswind

VSB Energies Nouvelles

Voltalia

H2Air

Eolec (EcoJoule construct GmbH)

ArcelorMittal Energy

ArcelorMittal Méditerranée

Alpiq Energie France

GRTgaz

ArianeGroup

Exeltium

Aptar

Primeo Energie France

Norske Skog Golbey

Swiss Krono

UNIDEN (Union des industries utilisatrices d’énergie)

ENI

Engie

Gazprom

Endesa

Naturgy

Ferropem

Enel Group

Groupe Caisse des Dépôts (CDC)

Siplec

SIGEIF (Syndicat du gaz et de l’électricité en Ile-de-France)

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Advising the Communauté Urbaine Grand Paris Seine & Oise and several and a grouping of several companies (ArianeGroup, PSA group (Peugeot), Suez, Seqens) on the legal structure for the installation of photovoltaic plants at various production sites, as well as on the selection process of a photovoltaic operator and drafting and negotiation of related documentation (lease agreements, power supply agreements, notably in a context of self-consumption).
  • Advising the city of Paris on the renewal of the concession contract for heat distribution in Paris.
  • Advising SaarLB on the financing of an 11MW wind farm developed by the H2air group.

The firm: Ravetto Associés, a law firm exclusively specialising in the energy industry, was founded in February 2009 by Paul Ravetto, who dedicated his practice to the fields of electricity, gas, and heating. Patrick Labayle joined the firm as partner in 2010, in charge of Ravetto Associés’ public law practice.

After beginning their careers in prestigious French and Anglo-American firms, Ravetto Associés’ founding partners chose to create a human-sized firm in order to bring their clients tailored advice and to meet their expectations in terms of expertise, responsiveness, and availability.

The firm has grown to nine lawyers since its creation. Anne-Laure Proisy, who has been with Ravetto Associés since 2009, became a partner in 2016 and focuses on contractual, regulatory and M&A aspects in the renewable energy sector. The same year, Claire Bretheau joined as partner in charge of the financing of energy projects and French-German cross-border energy transactions.

Areas of practice: Ravetto Associés focuses on the legal, regulatory, and contractual aspects of the electricity, gas, and heat production industries.

The firm’s expertise also encompasses public business law, particularly public procurement law, and it represents the interests of local and national public authorities, as well as those of French and foreign corporate clients.

The firm’s clients vary in profile, status, nationality, and size. Ravetto Associés serves suppliers, producers, consumers, distributors, and regulators, as well as corporations and public authorities.

Ravetto Associés’ scope of practice covers the following: the legal and regulatory aspects of energy law (power and gas), including upstream (lobbying) and downstream (interpretation and appeal) reaction to new rules and legislation; public contract law (public procurement, public service delegations and PPPs) and litigation before administrative courts; energy supply agreements and other associated contracts (drawing rights), and agreements for accessing energy networks, including drafting, assisting in the negotiation, interpretation and litigation (especially before the energy regulatory commission, or before civil/administrative courts); energy trading agreements (EFET, ISDA and/or ad hoc contracts or framework agreements for underlying assets such as gas, electricity, capacity guarantees, allowances, etc; developing projects for new energy production plants, including the implementation of partnerships or development agreements between the parties involved, securing land tenure rights, permitting for energy rights, urban planning, and environmental protection, contracts for construction and operation of a new plant (turnkey contracts, delegated project management agreements, construction agreements, operation and maintenance agreements), creating and following up on project companies (drafting by-laws and shareholder agreements, financing through share capital increase or shareholder loan and corporate formalities); project financing, including legal audit, drafting the financing documentation and assistance in the negotiations of the financing documentation until the financial close; acquisition and takeover of companies involved in energy, including legal audit, drafting and assistance in negotiating share transfer agreements and following up on operation until the closing date.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Energy regulation Paul Ravetto
Energy contracts Paul Ravetto
Energy projects Paul Ravetto
Energy projects Anne-Laure Proisy
Corporate energy Anne-Laure Proisy
Corporate energy Claire Bretheau
Energy financing Claire Bretheau
Procurements and public Patrick Labayle-Pabet
Conflict resolution/litigation and arbitration Paul Ravetto
Conflict resolution/litigation and arbitration Anne-Laure Proisy
Company restructuring and bankruptcy Daniel Azan
Company restructuring and bankruptcy Anne-Laure Proisy
Number of lawyers : 9
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