France: Real Estate 2018

In this chapter, 29 leading lawyers have been singled out for their expertise in a broad range of domestic and international real estate services, including real estate financing, development projects and single asset and portfolio transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Frédéric Nouel Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris
2. François Bonteil Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris
3. Guillaume Rossignol De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Paris
4. Pierre Popesco CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Neuilly-sur-Seine

Full-service national firm DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI sees four practitioners recognised.
Guillaume Rossignol is a standout name in investment transactions and has significant experience advising leading real estate developers on commercial acquisitions in the French market.
Emmanuel Fatôme is a distinguished figure in the market and a highly respected practitioner. He receives widespread praise for his expertise in real estate finance and banking law, with a particular focus on urban planning and development.
Paul Talbourdet is an esteemed name in real estate financing and complex projects who is frequently instructed for his expertise in banking and insurance-related matters.
Pierre Gebarowski is a well-known and well-respected figure in acquisitions and financing matters and stands out for his work in urban development law.

Three outstanding practitioners are listed from GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL.
Frédéric Nouel is a widely respected presence in both the public and private sector and regularly acts for multinational companies on commercial and hospitality deals in the real estate market.
Eric Martin-Impératori is a leading name in real estate and planning law. He has an in-depth knowledge of acquisitions and project financing and is frequently instructed to act on real estate projects.
Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse draws widespread praise for his work on real estate transactions and financing and is a go-to name in the French market.

LACOURTE RAQUIN TATAR also sees three leading names recommended.
Jean-Jacques Raquin is a leading authority on real estate law, regularly acting on disposals, acquisitions, management and development matters. He is commended by sources, one of whom notes, “Jean-Jacques is a major player in this field.”
Jean-Yves Charriau has extensive expertise in real estate taxation where he frequently advises listed companies, investment funds and institutional investors.
Damien Grosse is highly sought after by developers for his expertise in contracts drafting and negotiation, including complex leases and division of property rights.

FRANKLIN achieves two listings in this chapter.
Olivier Mesmin is a well-established name when it comes to real estate taxation in the French market. He advises both national and international clients on transactional aspects including investment structuring and tax planning.
Henry Ranchon is recommended for his impressive work on real estate investment and development. He frequently advises on commercial and residential acquisitions including shopping centres, warehouses, hotels and healthcare facilities.

KING & SPALDING sees two practitioners recognised.
Pascal Schmitz receives high praise for his work acting for leading developers in the space and is recognised for his vast experience handling real estate finance and acquisition matters.
Benoît Marcilhacy is widely respected for his work in corporate real estate matters and is considered a major player in the French market.

Two lawyers from DLA PIPER receive recognition in this chapter.
Antonia Raccat is an expert on real estate investment and financing and has in-depth experience of handling complex asset portfolios for large institutional investors.
Antoine Mercier has a pan-European practice in real estate acquisition and financing, an area in which he is considered a standout expert.

François Bonteil at CLIFFORD CHANCE is a leading name in real estate M&A. He is an expert on disposals and portfolio management and is widely respected for his work advising real estate groups and investment trusts on acquisitions and IPOs in the French market.

At CMS FRANCIS LEFEBVRE AVOCATS, Pierre Popesco receives high praise within the market for his expertise in partnership structuring, formation of REITs and commercial leases.

ALLEN & OVERY’s Jean-Dominique Casalta is a strong name in the field of real estate law who is frequently instructed on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio structuring for both French and multinational entities.

Jean-Louis Martin of PAUL HASTINGS is widely regarded in the real estate market as a go-to name on acquisitions, portfolio management, sale of assets and implementation of complex contracts.

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