In this chapter we recognise France’s top 16 project finance lawyers, selected for their experience and expertise advising borrowers and lenders on PPPs, structured finance issues and regulatory matters across a range of sectors.
Most Highly Regarded
Clifford Chance’s Anthony Giustini is “adored by clients” as “a phenomenal lawyer and an absolute favourite to have on the other side of any negotiating table”. One peer effuses: “He is probably the best lawyer I have come across.”
Nikolaï Eatwell is “an absolutely fantastic lawyer”, regularly engaged on financing projects involving commercial banks and multinationals.
Stéphane Brabant of Herbert Smith Freehills is a household name in Europe’s project finance market, with plenty of expertise in mining projects based in francophone Africa.
Bertrand Andriani at Linklaters is a key figure in France for structured finance, secured and unsecured syndicated loans and derivative products relating to projects.
François April is distinguished for his 20 years of experience in the financing of energy and infrastructure projects in both civil and common law jurisdictions.
Christophe Asselineau of Norton Rose Fulbright is singled out for his vast experience advising clients on establishing projects in Africa and France.
Paule Biensan with White & Case is a stalwart of the market, well versed in advising both borrowers and lenders in domestic and international financings.
Olga Fedosova focuses her top-notch practice on debt and equity-linked issuances, capital product regulation and liability management issues.
Christine Poyer-Rufenacht at Allen & Overy is adept at handling financings across the energy and infrastructure sectors, especially renewables projects such as offshore wind, solar and hydro.
Adrian Mellor is a go-to name for project finance matters including acquisition and structured finance, particularly in the telecommunications sector.
Pascal Cuche with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is sought after for his skill and experience with PPP projects, sponsors and lenders, and has a special focus on renewable energy regulation.
Antoine Maffei at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is a true statesman of the French legal market, and has over 30 years of experience in project financing matters.
Jean-Renaud Cazali has an impressive practice advising domestic and international banks and finance institutions on project financing issues and structured finance.
Colin Millar of Simmons & Simmons is applauded for his excellent work advising private equity funds and other debt providers on LBO transactions.
Simon Ratledge with Asafo & Co gains endorsements for his remarkable facility for advising lenders and borrowers on projects in emerging markets.
Stéphane Vernay at Gide Loyrette Nouel impresses with his expertise in the financing of PPPs across the energy, transport and water treatment sectors.