France: Government Contracts 2018

This year we highlight 16 practitioners for their exceptional work in the public procurement space, handling contracts, as well as reviews and disputes arising from the tender process.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thierry Laloum Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Paris
2. David Preat Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris

HOGAN LOVELLS achieves two nominations this year.
Bruno Cantier is a first-rate lawyer who is greatly respected by market sources for his outstanding practice which spans a wide array of public procurement and public law matters.
Ludovic Babin is “highly visible” in the French government contracts market, where he comes highly recommended for his expert handling of PPPs and concession contracts across a range of sectors.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL’s Thomas Courtel is “a great lawyer” according to respondents who commend his strong expertise in public-private partnerships, particularly regarding civil engineering works.
Bénédicte Mazel is a projects and public law specialist who comes highly recommended for her excellent work on infrastructure projects and public procurement law.

At WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER, Thierry Laloum enjoys a strong reputation as a leading light in the government contracts space where he stands out for his strong expertise handling foreign investment in the domestic market.

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s David Preat is “a clear inclusion” according to sources, who commend his extensive experience advising both public and private entities on a range of public procurement matters including PPPs.

At CMS FRANCIS LEFEBVRE AVOCATS François Tenailleau is highly respected by respondents who consider him “very impressive” when it comes to representing clients on PPPs and public entity financing.

At LINKLATERS, Paul Lignières is a standout figure in the domestic market who is considered an expert on issues relating to privatisations, public procurement and state aid.

ALLEN & OVERY’s Romaric Lazerges heads the firm’s public law department in Paris and is renowned for his work on media regulation and public contracts where he regularly advises both public and private entities.

The “excellent” Marc Fornacciari of DENTONS is a top-tier lawyer who is recognised as a specialist on matters in the field, most notably when it comes to public-private partnerships.

Thierry Dal Farra at UGGC AVOCATS is one of the standout players in the field and boasts a wide-ranging practice that encompasses public-private partnerships as well as regulatory issues involving the liability of public authorities.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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