France: Project Finance 2018

This year’s research features 25 outstanding project finance lawyers who have been recommended by the market as the leading names in France. Their expertise spans a broad range of matters pertaining to major public and private projects in a range of sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Anthony Giustini Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris
2. Bertrand Andriani Linklaters LLP, Paris

Global powerhouse LINKLATERS boasts the leading project finance team in the country and achieves four listings in this chapter.
Bertrand Andriani is a renowned expert in project financing transactions. He boasts deep financial knowledge and broad experience representing major clients across the energy and infrastructure industries.
Paul Lignières is an esteemed expert in public law who stands out for his vast experience handling a range of PPP and public procurement projects.
Olga Fedosova is highly visible in the French market and draws praise for her intricate understanding of project finance matters.
François April has strong expertise in complex infrastructure and energy projects and is recommended for his wide-ranging experience throughout the renewable energy sector.

CLIFFORD CHANCE sees three practitioners listed here.
Anthony Giustini is a highly regarded figure in this year’s research who is known for his impressive knowledge of energy and mining projects in Africa.
Nikolaï Eatwell is a seasoned expert in the mining and telecommunications industries. Peers speak highly of his broad project experience and sector-specific expertise.
Daniel Zerbib is highly recommended for his projects work and impresses market commentators with his superb knowledge of debt restructuring and refinancing matters.

Two lawyers from independent French firm DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI are listed here.
Jean-Renaud Cazali is a highly knowledgeable adviser to major banks and financial institutions who he frequently counsels on a range of project financing matters.
Antoine Maffei is a long-standing expert in the market who receives widespread endorsements for his sophisticated counsel to major financial sector clients.

ORRICK RAMBAUD MARTEL’s Simon Ratledge possesses over 20 years’ experience in the projects space and is a trusted advisor to major banks, lenders and sponsors in the energy industry.

Paule Biensan is a standout name at WHITE & CASE. She leads the energy and project finance practice and impresses peers with her experience in cross-border infrastructure, energy and telecommunications projects.

Christine Poyer-Rufenacht at ALLEN & OVERY is a highly regarded project finance lawyer who draws praise for her expert handling of multijurisdictional infrastructure projects as well as her expertise in the renewable energy sector.

Stéphane Brabant is a leading figure in HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ mining practice. Clients endorse his sophisticated crisis management and compliance advice, as well as his deep understanding of projects in Africa. 

At SIMMONS & SIMMONS, Colin Millar draws praise for his intricate knowledge of the real estate and construction markets, and is regularly called upon by major corporations and financial institutions seeking counsel in the space.

Pascal Cuche leads the public law department at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER and is held in high esteem for his expertise in PPP projects. Peers speak highly of his excellent work across the renewable energy sector.

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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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