France: Project Finance 2019

Here we recognise 15 lawyers as outstanding figures in the French project finance market. Their expertise covers issues ranging from capital markets transactions to PPPs and joint ventures.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Anthony Giustini Clifford Chance Europe LLP, Paris
2. Stéphane Brabant Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Paris

White & Case achieves three listings in this chapter.
Philippe Herbelin is a well-recognised project finance lawyer who stands out for his extensive experience in matters such as cross-border financing, IPOs and securities.
Paule Biensan has notable experience advising a variety of clients, including public bodies, and private lenders and borrowers, on projects across a range of sectors.
Olga Fedosova is known for her excellent work acting for institutional clients in complex matters such as debt and regulatory issues on an international scale.

Clifford Chance has two standout practitioners recognised.
Anthony Giustini offers clients expert advice in project finance matters, focusing his top-tier practice in energy, mining and infrastructure areas with specific expertise in African jurisdictions.
Nikolaï Eatwell is an experienced practitioner who regularly advises clients on sophisticated project finance transactions across the energy, mining and telecoms sectors.

Allen & Overy also sees two experts highlighted.
Christine Poyer-Rufenacht has an international practice where she focuses on renewable energy and large-scale infrastructure projects, with experience acting for a wide range of clients.
Adrian Mellor is well known for his work acting for institutional clients and private borrowers in complex financing proceedings with a focus on the telecoms sector.

Stéphane Brabant at Herbert Smith Freehills is a long-standing expert in the market. He offers clients deep expertise in issues relating to high-value financing projects, and has notable experience in francophone Africa.

Bertrand Andriani from Linklaters regularly advises clients in high-value financings across a wide array of sectors including transport, energy and manufacturing.

Simon Ratledge from Orrick Rambaud Martel focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure projects, advising a wide range of clients in emerging markets with an emphasis on African jurisdictions.

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