France: Government Contracts 2019

Over the course of our research this year, we have identified 16 practitioners who stand out for their impressive public procurement work and ability in complex bidding and tender proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. David Preat Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris 
2. Thierry Laloum Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Paris
3. Thomas Courtel Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris 

 Gide Loyrette Nouel sees two experts listed in this chapter.
Thomas Courtel is hailed as “one of the best” by sources familiar with his top-tier work on procurement and PPP proceedings across a spectrum of infrastructure projects.
Bénédicte Mazel is recognised for her extensive experience handling a range of procurement matters including funding, public sector restructuring and classic construction work.

Hogan Lovells is home to two leading practitioners in the government contracts arena.  
Ludovic Babin possesses strong expertise in complex concession and PPP contracts, and is known for his impressive ability in high-value matters across the defence and transport industries.
Bruno Cantier is a well-respected procurement lawyer with a broad client base. His wide-ranging experience covers a variety of matters across the transport, energy and infrastructure sectors.

At Clifford Chance, David Preat has a top-tier practice that prompts peers to note he is “certainly a player” in the market. He stands out in contentious and non-contentious work, distinguishing himself as a go-to practitioner for large infrastructure projects.

Thierry Laloum of Willkie Farr & Gallagher expertly acts for private and public clients in a range of matters such as refinancing, partnerships and concession agreements in the infrastructure sector.

François Tenailleau from CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats is a dedicated procurement lawyer whose impressive practice runs the gamut of complex public contract matters.

Romaric Lazerges at Allen & Overy is a seasoned expert with experience acting in high-value litigation as well as supporting clients in an advisory capacity on regulatory issues and public contracts.

Marc Fornacciari of Dentons has vast experience in public law and project financing, advising state authorities and private investors on major infrastructure projects.

Thierry Dal Farra at UGGC Avocats focuses his first-rate practice on public procurement law. His work spans litigation and transactional matters in relation to large-scale public contracts.

At Linklaters, Paul Lignières is an expert in public law matters, acting for clients in major infrastructure projects and offering them support in PPP contracts, privatisations and regulatory issues.

Jean-Luc Champy of Orrick Rambaud Martel is a long-standing expert in the French market, with impressive experience advising clients on major transport and energy projects.

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