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Simmons & Simmons

5 BOULEVARD DE LA MADELEINE, 75001 PARIS, FRANCE
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Work +33 1 53 29 16 29
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Yves Baratte

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Work +331 5329 1614
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www.simmons-simmons.com/en/people/ck0eau9vuwjel0b36ipr7zplw/yves-baratte
Simmons & Simmons

Work Department

Projects/Energy & Infrastructure / Africa

Position

Yves heads the Paris Office energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects team. He advises international corporate clients, funds, financial institutions and governments on the most complex power, water, natural resources (mining and oil & gas) and infrastructure projects internationally with a particular focus on France and North and Sub-Saharan Africa. He regularly speaks at energy and natural resources conferences in France and internationally.

Career

Yves joined Simmons & Simmons in September 2001 and is a French qualified lawyer. He became partner in 2010. Yves was seconded to Simmons & Simmons’ London office in 2002-2003.

Languages

French, English.

Education

Qualified (France, 2001); Joined Simmons & Simmons (2001); Partner Simmons & Simmons (2010).


France: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy

Within: Industry focus: energy

Simmons & Simmons ‘helps to make things happen’. The ‘outstanding team’ is singled out for its ‘active listening and solid ability to convert knowledge into business value’, as well as for its ‘abilities in francophone Africa and its rare ability to develop strong relationships with governments and regulatory bodies’. Lawyers are ‘on top of their game with the latest legislation both for the sector but also for businesses to operate in such jurisdictions’. The firm has a strong energy and natural resources African practice and the team is currently advising on a number of large-scale and complex projects, notably involving Chinese investors. It is assisting China Three Gorges International Corporation with its bid for the Inga 3 hydro-power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (4,500MW). The firm is also advising investors and sponsors on several other power, renewables and off-grid projects. The practice is also handling oil and gas work in Senegal and Gabon and is advising on large mining projects, particularly in Guinea. It is assisting Mauritanian Copper Mines with its mining operations in Mauritania, as well as De Run International Resources with the negotiation of a mining convention concerning a bauxite mining project in the Republic of Guinea. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Yves Baratte is ‘a trusted adviser’, ‘delivers very high-standard work’ and ‘marries high levels of intellect and general commercial acumen with a razor sharp understanding of a client's particular culture and approach’.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Simmons & Simmons' mining team is adept at advising on complex projects in emerging countries, as demonstrated by its work for De Beers on its new operations and purchasing arrangements in Sierra Leone. The practice's stellar client base also includes banks, alternative lenders, private equity investors and major mining companies, which Iain Duncan and his team advise on the full spectrum of matters. Key lawyers include 'exceptional' Paris-based partner Yves Baratte and the well-regarded Paul Baker in London.

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Morocco

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Yves Baratte leads the Paris projects team of Simmons & Simmons and is co-head of the firm’s Africa group. He advises international corporate clients on complex power, water, mining and infrastructure projects. He recently acted for a consortium of lenders in two major solar projects in Midelt.

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