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White & Case LLP
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75001 Paris
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France > Administrative and public law

White & Case LLP is recommended for its excellent public procurement expertise. The firm is regularly retained to advise on some of France’s largest greenfield and brownfield projects, with recent work including several strategic brownfield matters involving broadband issues. The team is currently involved in various prominent projects, notably in the transport and railway sectors, assisting clients with the opening of regional lines and the awarding of large procurement contracts concerning the supply of railway rolling stock equipment. It has also been retained to advise on a landmark housing project in the defence sector. Clients also turn to the practice to resolve public procurement litigation. Finally, the team is also active in the energy sector, handling both projects and regulatory issues, notably handling work involving renewable energy players and battery storage specialists. The highly regarded Jean-Luc Champy co-heads the practice with François-Guilhem Vaissier who is recommended for his construction and energy project expertise. Senior associate Quirec de Kersauson  is a key contributor.

France > Industry focus: Energy

(Leading individuals: Energy projects)

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White & Case LLP combines strong domestic and international capabilities. The practice’s main work has shifted from conventional power and oil and gas, although the group remains active here, to clean energy work: renewables, hydropower and cogeneration projects and new types of electricity storage and hydrogen projects. The team is also assisting a sponsor with several of France’s landmark offshore projects. The Paris practice is also heavily involved in renewables and hydropower projects in Africa. François-Guilhem Vaissier and Amaury De Feydeau are the key contacts for the above. Beyond its excellent projects capabilities, the firm also has strong regulatory expertise thanks to public law partner Jean-Luc Champy, who is notably assisting several clients with sensitive renegotiations of sponsored renewables tariffs. Seasoned project finance partner Paule Biensan and arbitration partner Michael Polkinghorne co-head the practice. Corporate partner Marc Petitier brings extensive sector expertise to the table.

France > Project finance

White & Case LLP advises leading banks and sponsors on projects in France and abroad. In France, the firm has been particularly active in the transport and the renewables sectors, but also acted on a large public housing project in the defense sector  as well as a number of social housing projects. The firm is also assisting a sponsor with several of France’s landmark offshore wind projects. The Paris team is increasingly sought after for French and European brownfield work and has notably been handling large broadband, telecoms towers and data center brownfield transactions lately. The Paris practice’s coverage extends to many other regions in the world, regularly collaborating with the firm’s international offices, notably in Asia and the US. Africa is a strong region of focus for the team, with Europe and Central Asia growing in importance, with matters including renewables, hydropower, oil and gas and mining projects as well as several transport projects. The team is increasingly collaborating with the Paris arbitration team to resolve project issues raised by the Covid-19 crisis. Public law partners Jean-Luc Champy and François-Guilhem Vaissier and project finance partner Amaury De Feydeau direct the team. Quirec De Kersauson and Paul Loisel were promoted counsel early 2022.

Morocco > Foreign firms

White & Case LLP has a long track record in high-profile mandates in Morocco and across Francophone Africa.  The practice, jointly led by Paule Biensan and François-Guilhem Vaissier, hired additional project development and finance partners in 2020, namely Amaury De Feydeau and Jean-Luc Champy from Orrick Rambaud Martel, who boost the firm’s capability in project finance in North Africa. The firm recently advised China Communication Construction Company Ltd on its $1bn investment in the development over a 2000-hectare area in Tanger.