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Firms To Watch: Industry focus: Energy

Allégorie Avocats welcomed Guillaume Mezache in January 2022 and offers strong expertise in French and African oil and gas markets.
Bentam Societe D’Avocats is a new boutique firm launched in March 2021 by Guillaume Ansaloni (ex FIDAL) who has extensive experience advising banks and sponsors on small to mid-sized French renewables projects.
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Industry focus: Energy in France

Adaltys Avocats

Adaltys Avocats has an impressive client base comprising many of France’s leading private companies and their subsidiaries, alternative developers, as well as large metropolises such as Lyon and a number of regions as public sector clients. The practice acts on matters pertaining to all types of energy production, including solar, nuclear, biogas, hydrogen, as well as on electricity transport and storage matters. With its state-of-the-art regulatory expertise, the practice is regularly retained for the country’s most strategic matters, including managing regulatory disputes before courts and the regulator. The group's contract and project expertise is also first-class and in demand for cutting-edge projects, such as the development of biogas charging stations for vehicles in the city of Lyon. The team is also a popular choice for market firsts, such as the setting up of the first fiducie (trust) in France in relation to the sale of energy.  Jerome Lépée heads the practice, which also includes Gilles Le Chatelier, both leading references in the field. Romain Granjon and Cyril Delcombel are other key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jérôme Lépée

Autres avocats clés:

Gilles Le Chatelier; Romain Granjon; Cyril Delcombel

Les références

‘Great listening skills and technical understanding of subjects related to energy.’

‘Client-focused.’

‘Good knowledge of the energy sector and quite creative.’

Principaux clients

CNR (Engie Group)

GRDF (Engie Group)

TEKSIAL (Engie Group)

ENEDIS (Engie Group)

EDF

EDF ENR (Engie Group)

AXPO

GCK Energy

ENGIE GREEN

SHEMA (EDF group)

DALKIA (EDF group)

VINCI energy

STEF group

SERFIM group

TENERGIE

IRISOLARIS

INNERGEX

IB Vogt

Terre et Lac

SMA Group

RES Group

Térega group

E.ON Group

Solarcentury

BCM / Planète Oui

Région Grand Est

Région AuRA

Région PACA

Métropole de Bordeaux

Métropole de Aix-Marseille

Métropole de Lyon

Jersey Guernsey electricity

ZE Energy

Aéroports de Lyon

Planète OUI

ZE Energy

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting the CNR on a wide range of issues.
  • Assisting GRDF group with issues related to biogas in France.
  • Assisting a major energy company with contractual arrangements around Power Purchase Agreements (electricity and heat) and energy saving certificates (CEE).

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP runs one of the market’s most complete practices thanks to its large and experienced bench. The team provides the full range of expertise, spanning corporate, regulatory, financing and litigation, acting for all types of stakeholders, including leading French and international and alternative developers, investment funds and banks. Many of the Paris partners are dual-qualified, making the practice an excellent choice for cross-border work as well as for domestic matters, with French and African matters featuring prominently in the caseload. Greenfield and brownfield projects and transactions, spanning renewable projects including solar, wind as well as emerging hydrogen and biomass projects are core areas of expertise. In France, the team is advising on the largest offshore renewables projects and acted on large European renewable asset portfolio transactions. The African practice, which is headed by the Paris- and London-based Yann Alix, who also serves as co-head of the Paris energy practice and the firm’s global mining practice, focuses on gas and renewables projects, including hydrogen projects. Many leading corporations as well as mid-size companies, as well as banks and lenders turn to the firm for that area of expertise. Additionally, the practice is involved in several large African mining projects and advised on projects in Uzbekistan and Cuba. The practice is co-headed by the highly experienced project partners Tom Longmuir, Mark Barges and Vincent Trévisani, and public law partner Jacques Dabreteau.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Barges; Tom Longmuir; Yann Alix; Vincent Trevisani; Jacques Dabreteau

Les références

‘Mark Barges has the great advantage of being both a lawyer under French law and a solicitor under English law, which allows him to have a broad understanding of the subjects and specific issues according to the laws applicable to our contracts.’

‘Mark Barges is responsive and close to his clients.’

Principaux clients

J.P. Morgan

UK Export Finance

Natixis

Ophiliam

Octopus Renewables

Engie

Deutsche Bank

African Development Bank

wpd Offshore

Enel Green Power

VAALCO Energy

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Société Générale

Goldman Sachs

Fortescue Future Industries Pty Ltd

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

Sonnedix

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Allied Irish Banks, Société Générale and La Banque Postale on the refinancing of Octopus Renewables’ portfolio of solar photovoltaic power plants in France.
  • Advised VAALCO Energy on the acquisition of Sasol Gabon S.A.’s 27.8% working interest in the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon.
  • Advising wpd Offshore on its joint venture with EDF Renewables and Enbridge for the development, construction, operation and financing of two 500 MW offshore wind farms off the coast of Fécamp and Courseuilles sur Mer.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s full-service practice is experienced in advising any type of stakeholder on any energy-related matter in France or overseas. The team’s excellent public law, corporate, regulatory and finance expertise has earned it mandates on France’s largest ongoing  offshore projects as well as complex regulatory matters, especially in renewables. Public law experts David Préat and Gauthier Martin, banking and finance partner Daniel Zerbib and corporate partner Laurent Schoenstein are the key names here. In overseas matters, the team’s renowned project finance expertise stands out. Sponsors, development banks and lenders alike entrust their projects to the team. The practice has a strong presence in Africa, advising on numerous solar projects as well as on several landmark hydropower and other projects. The group’s geographical reach also extends to other regions, for example to central Asia. Several strategic oil and gas pipeline projects are highlights in the group’s overseas practice. The team of first-class international experts includes project and finance partners Anthony GiustiniDelphine Siino CourtinNikolaï EatwellRichard Tomlinson and Milica Zatezalo-Falatar, who made partner in 2021, Emmanuel Mimin, Pierre-Benoit Pabot Du Châtelard and counsels Corinne Duvnjak and Nadezhda Varbanova.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anthony Giustini; Delphine Siino Courtin; Nikolaï Eatwell; Richard Tomlinson; Milica Zatezalo-Falatar; David Préat; Laurent Schoenstein; Daniel Zerbib; Gauthier Martin; Emmanuel Mimin; Pierre-Benoît Pabot du Châtelard

Autres avocats clés:

Corinne Duvnjak; Nadezhda Varbanova

Les références

‘One of the top energy practices in Europe with global reach.’

‘Anthony Giustini is one of the top project finance practitioners, full stop.’

‘In-depth knowledge and ability to provide creative solutions.’

‘Delphine Siino Courtin is extremely experienced in working on energy projects in Africa, has a strong ability to lead negotiations and demonstrates great energy during negotiations, and is able to work with a very large pool of lenders. Nikolaï Eatwell is extremely experienced working on energy projects in central Asia, able to provide very useful insights on a transaction. Milica Zatezalo-Falatar shows the ability to adapt to clients’ expectations in terms of negotiation strategy and fees, and is very pragmatic. Corinne Duvnjak is extremely clear and persuasive during negotiations, concise and efficient.’

‘A strong sense of team work ensuring that there is always access to legal advice, especially relevant today in international negotiations across multiple time zones. Strong language skills, enabling easy comprehension for multiple team members of different nationalities. Clear billing, easy to read and understand. Always professional as well at the same time highly personable.’

‘Anthony Giustini is always available, shows the ability to simplify the legal requirements, is personable and professional, has extensive legal knowledge, is patient and able to put clients at ease, and is fluent in several languages.’

‘Richard Tomlinson is always available, has strong legal knowledge, and is professional and calm. Nadezhda Varbanova is a subject matter expert on complicated legal matters, calm and professional, fluent in several languages.’

Principaux clients

Corporates

Bahrain Steel

Africa50 Infrastructure Fund

Bouygues

CDC Group Plc

Eiffage

EDF

ENGIE

ENEL

Meridiam

TOTAL

International Financial Institutions

Agence Française de Développment (AFD)

Africa Finance Corporation

African Development Bank (ADB)

Asian Development Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

DEG

EBRD

EIB

FMO

IDA

IFC

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Investment Corporation

MIGA

OeEB

OFID

OPIC

Proparco

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

The Korean Development Bank

ECAs

Bpifrance

Euler Hermes

K-sure

SACE

UK Export Finance

International Banks

Auxifip

Barclays

CIC

HSBC

Macquarie

MUFG

Santander

Standard Chartered bank

Türkiye Garanti Bankasi A.Ş.

UniCredit

French Banks

BNP Paribas

CACIB

Natixis

Société Générale

Government Authorities

Ethiopian Electric Power

French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy, Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the international and domestic lenders on the 253 MW expansion of the Azito Power Plant, located in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).
  • Advising Soladvent as coordinator for Seasons 1 and 2 of the consultation platform of approximately 50 value chain participants in respect to a full value chain green hydrogen project with production in Spain (solar powered), transport and offtakers in Spain, France and Germany.
  • Advising the DGEC on the structuring, design and drafting of related legislative texts and the assessment of legal robustness, under national and EU law (in particular State aid law) of several economic regulation mechanisms relating to the historic nuclear facilities operated by EDF, and their impact on the upstream power production market, that should supersede the current ARENH applicable until 2025.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei ranks among the top firms energy matters in France. The firm is particularly renowned for the state-of-the-art regulatory expertise of expert Christine Le Bihan-Graf , who is ably supported by counsel Laure Rosenblieh. The practice acts for a high-profile client base of leading French power producers and distributors, as well as renewables developers and the French state, frequently on highly strategic regulatory files, including proceedings before the energy regulator, but also on the development and restructuring of some energy projects. Several disputes concerning energy tariffs stand out in the recent caseload. Additionally, the practice acts alongside the firm’s corporate and finance colleagues on project and transactions work. Project finance experts Jean-Renaud Cazali and Antoine Payen, who made partner in 2021, shoulder a very busy practice, assisting lenders and developers alike with the financing of renewables projects and asset portfolio deals. The M&A practice is often involved in strategic deals, especially in the renewables sector, with Thomas Bréart de Boisanger, who co-heads the practice with the Le Bihan-Graf and Cazali, as the key contact.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Bréart de Boisanger; Jean-Renaud Cazali; Christine Le Bihan-Graf

Autres avocats clés:

Antoine Payen; Laure Rosenblieh

Les références

‘The team, and Jean-Renaud Cazali in particular, has a very business-oriented and pragmatic approach.’

‘Christine Le Bihan-Graf and Laure Rosenblieh are very knowledgeable and straightforward.’

‘Christine Le Bihan-Graf is absolutely brilliant.’

‘Available and attentive; they take into account comments, constantly, even if it means having to redo the work to perfectly match the evolution of a file.’

‘Christine Le Bihan-Graf’s team is available and capable of producing work within very tight deadlines. They have perfect knowledge of the sector which allows for fluid and efficient exchanges.’

‘The team is responsive and perfectly competent in the regulatory field.’

‘The team is well-sized, particularly relevant and precisely mobilised on each subject.’

‘Christine Le Bihan-Graf has remarkable mastery of energy issues, and makes good use of her relationships forged through past experience. She provides invaluable help in dealing with legal issues, as well as strategic politically sensitive ones.’

Principaux clients

BORALEX

INNOVENT

NEOEN

ALBIOMA

DIF Infrastructures

ENEDIS

EDF RENOUVELABLES

GREEN YELLOW

VEOLIA

BANK OF TOKYO / MITSUBISHI UFJ / SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION GROUP

DEUTSCHE PFANDBRIEFBANK (PBB)

LA BANQUE POSTALE

ORANO (ex AREVA)

SUEZ

TOTAL

IPM / SAMSUNG ASSET MANAGEMENT

SAUR

PERIFEM

COMMISSION DE REGULATION DE L’ENERGIE

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising TOTAL Direct Energie on the acquisition from Gazel Energie Génération of a company holding two gas-fired combined cycle power stations.
  • Advising Total Quadran on the acquisition by an investor, SH Predica Energies Durables, of a minority stake in the capital of Leuret, an energy project subsidiary of Total Quadran.
  • Advising the lenders on the refinancing of the ‘ELCANO’ portfolio holding 13 Valorem wind and photovoltaic farms, for a total amount of €300m.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. can do it all thanks to its large resources and high-level expertise in regulatory, projects and M&A work. In France, the team is one of the go-to-practices for leading operators concerning strategic regulatory issues, including related litigation, thanks to Michel Guénaire. Increasingly, the group is visible as adviser on large M&A transactions and small to large French renewables projects, including new types of biomass projects and large offshore projects. The international practice is also highly impressive and includes acting for EDF on the development of several nuclear EPR projects in Europe and in Asia. In Africa, team regularly assists governments, multilateral institutions and sponsors with large hydropower projects, as well as with numerous solar projects. Project experts Stéphane VernayJohn CrothersMarie Bouvet-GuiramandNicolas Jean and Victor Grandguillaume are all excellent. M&A specialists Alexis Pailleret and Anne Tolila and public law expert Bénédicte Mazel are strong references in their respective fields and complete the lead group.

Les références

‘Great rigour and pragmatism; flawless availability and sustained support; impeccable quality of the documents provided.’

‘Very good expertise in renewable energies under the leadership of Alexis Pailleret and Marie Bouvet-Guiramand.’

‘Alexis Pailleret is an exceptional lawyer. He is a pragmatic M&A expert, but also has solid transversal knowledge in renewable energies. His rigour and his capacity for synthesis are remarkable. His availability and responsiveness are flawless. He is also impressive in his fine way of interacting both internally and with his clients. Marie Bouvet-Guiramand is also very competent.’

‘One of the only firms in the Parisian market able to understand and master the subjects of REMIT and transparency concerning the energy markets which are at the crossroads of energy law, competition and financial law, and with an important litigation component.’

‘Michel Guénaire has incredible knowledge of local stakeholders, magistrates, regulators, market participants. He is a leading reference in relation to the opening of the energy sector towards transactional solutions.’

‘Excellent knowledge of solar projects in French-speaking Africa and a great deal of expertise in terms of negotiation and strategies.’

‘Victor Grandguillaume is an excellent lawyer and expert in the mysteries of renewable energy production projects in Africa. He has excellent human qualities and great availability and flexibility, which is decisive in this type of negotiation.’

Principaux clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

ALSF

Government of Malawi

Government of the Republic of Botswana

Government of Ivory Coast

TOTAL SA

TOTAL Renewables

EDF SA

EDF International

ENEDIS

ENGIE

EGL

SNEDAI

Société Ivorienne de Raffinage

Petroci Holdings

Brahms Group

NEOT CAPITAL

Caisse Des Dépôts et Consignations

Mirova

MERIDIAM and FGIS

Crédit Agricole

ARIANE GROUP

SAGEMCOM ENERGY & TELECOM

Tenergie

Enel Green Power

Eurazeo Infrastructure Partners

Marguerite

ContourGlobal

VEOLIA FRANCE

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the IFC and the Government of Ivory Coast and Niger on the design and tendering process for a partnership to develop photovoltaic power plants under the ‘Scaling Solar’ initiative, which aims to create a viable market for solar energy in Africa and expand access to electricity.
  • Advising EDF on a high-stakes issue relating to the Regulated Access to the Historical Nuclear Electricity (ARENH).
  • Advising Total Renewables on several offshore wind farms in China as well as on two high-profile wind offshore tender procedures in France.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's leading energy practice demonstrates impressive capabilities. The firm combines high-level regulatory, project, finance and corporate expertise which attracts a large base of French and international clients, including sponsors, corporations, investors, lenders and state entities. The team is increasingly involved in the renewables sector in the French, European and African markets. Its ability to combine civil and common law know-how allows for coverage of both the anglophone and francophone Africa markets. Lately, the team has been particularly busy advising leading corporations and producers as well as alternative operators on strategic investments and the setting up of partnerships in order to develop battery storage, electric vehicles, hydrogen and biofuel offers. The firm is also among the most active in the field of oil and gas, especially in Africa where it recently advised on some of the largest transactions in Nigeria, but also in other parts of the world. The practice is headed by Rebecca Major and includes Christophe LefortNina Bowyer and Mathias Dantin, who made partner in 2021. Stéphane Brabant left the firm in April 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rebecca Major

Autres avocats clés:

Christophe Lefort; Nina Bowyer; Mathias Dantin

Les références

‘Reliable and dedicated team, providing high-quality advice.’

‘Mathias Dantin is eager, very client-centric and proactive. A dedicated legal partner for us on the ground.’

‘Great and excellent experience with Christophe Lefort: good listening and great availability, understands our needs very well and knows how to provide quality responses on time.’

Principaux clients

Acciona

ACT Commodities

Africa50

Air Liquide

Akuo Energy

Amarenco

Aquind

BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Banking (BNP CIB)

BP

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

CGN Energy Europe (CGN EE)

Chevron

Diamond Generating Europe (DGE) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation

DWS Investments

EDF

EDPR

ENGIE

Eni SpA

Glencore

Green Investment Group / Macquarie

Hydromine

Inpex

International Finance Corporation

Les Eoliennes en Mer

Maurel & Prom

Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

Neoen

NGE

Noble Energy

OMV

Perenco

Petrolin

Proparco

Réseau Transport d’Electricité (RTE)

SAPETRO

Sinopec

Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB)

Statkraft France

West African Power Pool

Woodside

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised ACCIONA on the establishment of a green hydrogen 50:50 joint venture with the US-based Plug Power Inc. to serve clients in Spain and Portugal.
  • Advised RTE (France’s electricity transmission system operator) on the creation of the template documentation for the offshore wind grid connection of the Dunkirk offshore wind farm and other future offshore wind projects.
  • Advised Enyo Retail and Supply Limited Holding and certain of its shareholders on the disposal to Ardova Plc of 100% of the share capital in Enyo Retail and Supply Limited, one of the leading downstream oil and gas players in Nigeria.

Linklaters

Linklaters runs a very busy practice in renewables and energy transition. The practice offers high-level project, finance, corporate and public law know-how, advising all types of stakeholders, including banks and sponsors. The large team is involved alongside the lenders in several of France’s landmark offshore wind projects. Its work on one of the first hydrogen projects developed in France’s overseas territories and growing caseload of corporate PPA and batteries storage projects deserve a particular mention. The brownfield market in the renewables sector provides a strong flow of large asset portfolio transaction mandates. In regulatory work, the group is experienced in the renegotiation of French sponsored renewables tariffs, a key line of work for the practice. Abroad, the practice also advises on renewables and hydropower projects, notably in Portugal and francophone Africa. Large-scale renewables projects in Turkey also feature in the caseload. In Stephen Le Vesconte, the team counts one of the most experienced experts in LNG projects in Asia and in Russia among their own. The first-class team includes project finance partners Bertrand Andriani, the head of the practice, François April and Darko Adamovic, as well as public law expert Pierre Guillot. Counsel Samuel Bordeleau and corporate partners Bruno Derieux and Pierre Tourres are also regularly involved.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bertrand Andriani

Autres avocats clés:

François April; Darko Adamovic; Pierre Guillot; Stephen Le Vesconte

Les références

‘The team is dedicated, always available and pleasant.’

Principaux clients

Proparco

Crédit Agricole CIB

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

European Investment Bank

Oscaro Power

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc (ORIT)

EVLO

Valorem

Kalyon Enerji Yatirimlari AS

Acofi Gestion

Amundi

Storengy

GazTransport & Technigaz (“GTT”)

Amur Gas Chemical Complex LLC

Engie

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Bpifrance

Auxifip

CaixaBank

InfraVia Capital Partners

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Ardian

Tenergie SAS

Idex Services SAS

Sumitomo Corporation

Teréga SAS

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

KomunalKredit

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

Novawood (the project company)

Novacarb

Sonnedix France SAS

Neoen SAS

Proparco

Crédit Agricole CIB

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

European Investment Bank

Oscaro Power

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc (ORIT)

EVLO

A private fund managed by Omnes Capital

Valorem

Kalyon Enerji Yatirimlari AS

Acofi Gestion

Amundi

Storengy

GazTransport & Technigaz (“GTT”)

Amur Gas Chemical Complex LLC

Engie

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Bpifrance

Auxifip

CaixaBank

InfraVia Capital Partners

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Ardian

Tenergie SAS

Idex Services SAS

Sumitomo Corporation

Teréga SAS

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

KomunalKredit

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

Novawood (the project company)

Novacarb

Sonnedix France SAS

Neoen SAS

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the commercial lenders (including mandated lead arrangers BNPP, CACIB and SMBC) and the European Investment Bank on all aspects of the financing of the construction of the Courseulles-sur-Mer offshore wind farm.
  • Advising GIP in its acquisition of New Suez, through a consortium including, alongside GIP which is the lead consortium member, Meridiam, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and CNP Assurances.
  • Advised Oscaro Power and Pierre-Noël Luiggi, founder of the auto part website Oscaro.com (sold in 2018 to PHE), in the context of the first fundraising of Oscaro Power.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a very attractive practice, both in France and globally. With experience in acting for all types of clients, including leading producers, banks, developers, public and multilateral institutions and corporations, the group is well versed in financing, project development, M&A and partnerships, and joint venture matters. The booming French practice is in high demand for solar and wind projects and transactions, for example one of France’s landmark offshore projects, and is a safe choice for innovative hydrogen and biomethane projects. Large interconnection projects and corporate PPAs are other areas of strength. The group’s strong Africa practice successfully concluded several solar projects in Chad in spite of the difficulties caused by Covid-19. In Morocco, where the team is very established, a strategic LNG project was a recent stand-out matters. Additionally, the team acts on high-profile projects in Asia. The practice is driven by the tireless Anne Lapierre. Key members Arnaud Bélisaire, Simon Cudennec and Christophe Asselineau are the other key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne Lapierre

Autres avocats clés:

Christophe Asselineau; Arnaud Bélisaire; Simon Cudennec

Les références

‘The team is one of the best in France when it comes to renewable energies. We have never experienced the slightest problem. We therefore highly recommend them.’

‘Arnaud Bélisaire has always been an exceptional partner. Arnaud has excellent legal knowledge and very good negotiating skills. His knowledge of the market has always been extremely useful to us in our negotiations.’

Principaux clients

Akuo Energy

Dutch development bank FMO

Engie Green

INELFE

Masen

Mirova

RATP

Total Energies

Tullow Oil

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the lenders and hedge banks on the financing of the 122MW Sud Marne wind project on behalf of Hexagon Renewable Energy SA.
  • Advised Total Energies on its agreement with wpd to acquire 23% interest in Yunlin Holding, the owner of Yunlin offshore wind farm located off the coast of Taiwan.
  • Acted for Engie Green France and Mirova in relation to the refinancing by Auxifip, BPCE Energeco and Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance Ile-de-France of six PV projects in France.

Asafo & Co.

With its unmatched network of African offices, Asafo & Co. is the go-to-firm for energy projects across the continent. The versatile Paris team works in close collaboration with its Africa-based colleagues to offer a wide range of expertise, spanning project, finance, corporate and since March 2021 public law thanks to the hiring of  Cendrine Delivré (ex CMS). The firm acts for all kinds of stakeholders, including public entities, developing banks and sponsors, and is experienced in advising on all project sizes and different energy types, from small to mid-size solar, off-grid and mini network to large-scale hydropower projects. The Paris team is highly visible in francophone Africa, with recent matters in Senegal, DRC, Ivory Coast and Guinea on thermic, power and mining projects, but also covers anglophone African countries, for example recently working on a corporate PPA project in Kenya. The practice’s strength in mining matters earns it instructions from mining companies to advise on some of the world’s largest mines, notably in DRC and Guinea. Cobalt mine projects are a mainstay of the practice. Practice co-heads Pascal Agboyibor and Simon Ratledge are highly recognised. Also recommended are Bob Bastos and Sébastien Gaudu.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pascal Agboyibor; Simon Ratledge

Autres avocats clés:

Bob Bastos; Sébastien Gaudu; Cendrine Delivré

Principaux clients

Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (“EGC”)

Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

La Générale des Carrières et des Mines S.A. (Gécamines)

MGI Energy

Opec Fund for International Development (OFID)

Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (managed by Lion’s Head Global Partners)

African Development Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

EOS Holding

MIFERSO

STOA

QAIR

CEC

SENELEC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the development of the Inga 3 hydroelectric project, which consists of the construction of a 11,000 MW hydroelectric power plant.
  • Advising AfDB and OFID on the financing of the 120 MW heavy fuel oil (HFO) power plant developed in Malicounda (Senegal) by Melec Power Gen, Africa 50 and Senelec.
  • Advising EGC on landmark transaction aiming to transform the artisanal cobalt mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BCTG Avocats

BCTG Avocats has established itself as one of the few firms to turn to for high-stakes regulatory and permit authorisations relating to renewables projects in France. The firm acts in a high number of disputes in that area, including most of France’s landmark offshore wind projects in which the practice secured excellent results. The practice assists a large and prominent client base, notably wind and solar energy players. Lately, the team assisted clients with the development of new clean energy projects, such as self-consumption, hydrogen and ‘agrivoltaic’ projects (which combined a solar operation and agricultural activities). Corporate PPAs, and contract and corporate matters are other areas of strength. Star partner Paul Elfassi and the excellent Catherine Dupuy-Burin des Roziers and Diane Mouratoglou are the heads of the practice. M&A partner Alain de Rougé and public law counsel Nelsie Bergès are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Diane Mouratoglou; Catherine Dupuy-Burin des Roziers; Paul Elfassi

Autres avocats clés:

Alain de Rougé; Nelsie Bergès

Les références

‘Excellent team in public law, both in an advisory capacity and in litigation.’

‘Paul Elfassi is an excellent adviser, always measured in his approach, who has very great expertise and mastery of regulations and jurisprudence. He is surrounded by a team of associates and counsel (in particular Nelsie Bergès) who are very sharp and competent. On the transactional side, strong competence from Diane Mouratoglou, and in M&A with Alain de Rougé.’

‘Very fine and very concrete knowledge of the renewable energy sector, the applicable regulations and of case law.’

‘Paul Elfassi and Nelsie Bergès are extremely available, know our cases very well and the various legal issues related to onshore wind power. We appreciate the quality and richness of their writing.’

Principaux clients

EDF RENOUVELABLES Group

VALOREM

TOTAL EREN

VOLTALIA

JPEE

VSB ENERGIES NOUVELLES

WPD

TOTAL QUADRAN

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for EDF RENOUVELABLES in a litigation regarding France’s biggest onshore windfarm project.
  • Successfully represented EDF GROUPE et ENDBRIDGE (CONSORTIUM EOLIEN MARITIME FRANCE) in a litigation and the financing associated with three offshore windfarm projects.
  • Assisting several clients with the implementation of agrivoltaïsm schemes (combining solar operation and agricultural activities).

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a leading reference for oil, gas and mining work in Africa and the Middle East. The team is equally at ease advising state entities as it is assisting oil and gas majors. It notably handles a significant amount of work in relation to Iraq and was recently retained by the Iraqi oil ministry to advise on the country’s largest-ever gas project. The practice is also involved in large oil and gas projects in Chad, Senegal, Mauritania and Congo. The firm is able to provide the full range of expertise from strategic sovereign debt advice and project financing to corporate work and reframing of sovereign legislation, with high-profile mining transactions and power project matters for states and investors under its belt. Barthélemy Faye and Andrew Bernstein co-head the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Barthélemy Faye; Andrew Bernstein

Principaux clients

Petrosen

Republic of Senegal

Republic of Iraq

Republic of Benin

Africa Oil and Gas Corporation

Qair

OCI

Société des Hydrocarbures du Tchad

Republic of Chad

ArcelorMittal

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq and two Iraqi state-owned companies in the Gas Growth Integrated Project, a major investment project with TotalEnergies that is expected to include total investments estimated at $27bn, making it one of the largest projects ever in Iraq.
  • Advised mining major Vale on its sale of Vale New Caledonia (VNC) nickel and cobalt mining business to a consortium composed of Singapore-based Trafigura, managers and employees of the VNC business, New Caledonian governmental entities, and other local interests.
  • Advising Petrosen and the Republic of Senegal on agreements for the development and financing of the Sangomar oil field and the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim Project.

CMS

CMS assists a prominent client base comprising several of France’s leading energy producers and operators, as well as large corporations and other alternative developers on their most strategic regulatory files. Christophe Barthélemy, one of France’s top references in that area, shoulders a varied caseload that includes energy economy certificates, LNG and renewables projects as well as new areas such as corporate PPAs and mobility-related matters. Related regulatory disputes are also part of Barthélemy’s extensive portfolio of experience. Claire Vannini specialises in regulatory and EU law matters while Céline Cloché-Dubois is an expert in environmental, real estate and urban planning law, frequently chosen to conduct audits in the context of renewable projects. Associate Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio also deserves a mention.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christophe Barthélemy; Céline Cloché-Dubois

Les références

‘Very good knowledge of the energy sector, its players and its challenges.’

‘We work with Claire Vannini who has been able to build a solid team to address all of our subjects. Beyond that, we particularly appreciate the responsiveness of Claire Vannini and the team.’

‘An exceptional knowledge of the energy sector allowing to understand both the technical aspects of the subjects as well as the legal aspects with all the areas of law that this sector brings together. A strong capacity to analyse questions and subjects, to answer them and to propose solutions with a global vision while taking care to underline the most risky issues for the client.’

‘There are not many firms that have such experience; this includes knowledge of the subjects, relations with the administration and clients and good management and knowledge. The firms stands out for knowing how to adapt to the current times, their work has not changed at all, but improved, they have shown that they can work under stress and in a difficult climate.’

‘Christophe Barthélemy is always available, has a lot of experience and really knows his subjects. I would say that Christophe is one of the best lawyers I have known in France.’

‘Team of a rare quality in this sector. Multidisciplinary and attentive to its clients, we trust them to handle on our files, including the most sensitive.’

‘Maître Christophe Barthélemy: his legal and technical expertise make him a valuable adviser for our company. He understands all our operational issues and provides cutting-edge, pragmatic legal solutions tailored to business. His listening skills, his availability and above all, his remarkable expertise in the energy sector (all energies combined), are all assets that make him essential. Each document delivered testifies to his excellence. Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio: her responsiveness and availability are remarkable. Her mastery of the sector is also appreciated, in particular in the field of energy saving certificates.’

‘Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio: excellent advice, quick understanding of the issues.’

Principaux clients

Photosol

Nordex

MontanSolar

Waga Energy

Meridiam

Regulated subsidiaries of Engie Group: GRTgaz

Storengy

Elengy

GRDF

Butagaz

Ailes Marines

Voltalis

Sorégies

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising GRTgaz, the regulated subsidiaries of Engie (regulatory advice).
  • Advising Ailes Marines (Iberdrola Group) on all aspects of the project to build, operate and dismantle a 500 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Saint-Brieuc (Brittany).
  • Advising Voltalis on its development in Europe.

Jones Day

Jones Day offers comprehensive coverage of the energy sector. The corporate, financing and public law teams act for leading French renewables, nuclear and traditional energy providers, as well as many alternative developers and international clients. In France, the team recently advised on a sustained volume of brownfield M&A and refinancing transactions pertaining to renewables assets. The renowned regulatory practice was chosen for several prominent French projects, spanning power batteries stations and French Polynesian-related energy work. Abroad, the practice is notably advising on renewables projects in the Middle East, Africa and Chile in addition to completing several strategic global corporate transactions in the nuclear sector.  The practice is co-headed by public law experts Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice, corporate partners Alexandre de Verdun and Audrey Bontemps, project partners  Rémy Fekete and Sophie Chevallier and Françoise Labrousse, a recognised environmental law specialist.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicolas Brice; Philippe Delelis; Alexandre de Verdun; Audrey Bontemps; Rémy Fekete; Sophie Chevallier; Françoise Labrousse

Les références

‘Great expertise in French PPP projects. Documentation is produced to a high standard. Ability to deploy resources quickly to meet very tight deadlines in periods where availability is generally difficult (e.g., summer).’

‘Sophie Chevallier is very experienced and capable of leading negotiations with multiple parties in a very calm and focused manner and delivers good results. She leads a very efficient and responsive team, which covers all the aspects of a PPP deal (including banking finance and public law).’

‘Very good knowledge of the industrial context.’

‘Empathy, leadership, availability.’

Principaux clients

Total

Engie

Enedis

RTE

EDF

Izivia

Agence Togolaise d’Electrification Rurale et des Energies Renouvelables

Framatome

Pisto

Cap Vert Energie (CVE)

Voltalia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Enedis on the setup of an industrial partnership in order to design, develop and operate the new digital system for the operation of the French power distribution network.
  • Advising Framatome on its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France, China and the Czech Republic, as well as on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Valinox Nucléaire SAS, a French company specialising in the production of seamless tubes for nuclear use.
  • Assisted TotalEnergies Gaz Electricité Holdings France with the acquisition of Fonroche Biogaz, a company that designs, builds and operates anaerobic digestion units in France.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is particularly praised by leading oil and gas companies undertaking high-profile projects in North Africa, especially in Algeria. The practice is advising on several of the region’s largest downstream and upstream projects in addition to handling related litigation. The practice also handles work in France, including hydrocarbon and renewables matters. Practice head Mehdi Haroun and associate Nora Djeraba are recommended. Ruxandra Lazar left the firm in autumn 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mehdi Haroun

Autres avocats clés:

Nora Djeraba

Principaux clients

Endesa Energia

General Electric

Anadarko

Vermilion Energy

Maurel & Prom

ConocoPhillips

OMV

CNPC

Renaissance Heavy Industries

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Fosmax LNG (Engie group) with a proceeding before the French Council of State which confirmed and enforced an arbitral award in favour of our client.
  • Advised McPhy in the framework of its €180m share capital increase.
  • Representing Spanish energy company Unión Fenosa Gas (UFG) in three arbitrations concerning the failure to supply natural gas to a major LNG export plant in Egypt that Unión Fenosa Gas constructed.

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats is recognised for its deep knowledge and know-how in the field of France’s renewables energy sector, acting for established and alternative developers. The comprehensive practice spans regulatory, corporate, tax and financing matters, with wind and solar as the primary lines of work thanks to the group’s high-level regulatory and public law expertise, one of the best in the market. Several landmark offshore wind projects, the conduct of regulatory audits and acting in strategic long-term litigation concerning some urban law authorisations stand out among recent matters. The team is also increasingly active in new fields such as biogas and hydrogen and has notably acted on a new hybrid wind and hydrogen test project. While mainly involved in France, the Paris office regularly joins forces with the Munich and Morocco offices. Co-heads of practice  Fabrice Cassin and Hélène Gelas are excellent for public law and regulatory work, as is the up-and-coming François Versini-Campinchi. Also recommended are corporate partner Philippe Raybaud, contract and real estate specialist Philippe Jacques, finance partner Alexae Fournier de Faÿ and corporate partner Florence Trognon-Dumain.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fabrice Cassin; Hélène Gelas

Autres avocats clés:

François Versini-Campinchi; Philippe Raybaud; Philippe Jacques; Alexae Fournier-de Faÿ; Florence Trognon-Dumain

Les références

‘LPA-CGR is a renowned firm in the field of renewable energies, very involved in the sector with a headstart on many subjects. The relationship is extremely fluid (availability, use of technologies) and they offer excellent responsiveness.’

‘We work almost exclusively with François Versini-Campinchi, who is very professional (responsiveness, interpersonal) and who is a recognised expert in his field. The fees are reasonable in view of the quality of the service.’

‘I especially appreciate working with Hélène Gelas and Philippe Jacques, both particularly available despite their workload and very responsive. Their analyses are precise, accessible and they also demonstrate great pragmatism.’

‘Multi-jurisdictional team that brings together the different expertise needed on the same project.’

‘Hélène Gélas has an excellent knowledge of the offshore wind sector.’

‘We benefit from a detailed understanding of our daily sectorial issues, and from very high quality support on regulatory changes, new case law, and their transposition to our concrete cases. The exchanges are extremely fluid and transparent which allows us to benefit from a strong expertise with a level of discussion equivalent to an internal service.’

‘Great expertise of the team on public energy law issues. Very high responsiveness to respond to unforeseen requests.’

‘François Versini-Campinchi is a great expert who is very educational, but also pragmatic. He has a very good ability to identify the main risks of an operation.’

Principaux clients

Iberdrola

Gazel Energy

EP Power

SNCF Energie

Orano

Corsica Sole

Calycé

Neoen

BayWa RE

Akuo

JP Energie Environnement (JPEE)

Urbasolar

Windstrom

Banque des Territoires

Caisse des Dépôts

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is a strong choice for African energy projects, acting for state entities, sponsors and international lenders, including Chinese institutions. The practice’s substantial caseload includes mid-size renewables solar and biomass projects and is increasingly features larger projects, such as gas and combined power projects and a large-scale wind project. The group assisted the state of Benin with the development of a major LNG project and advised Mauritania on a deep offshore gas project, building expertise outside of its core practice. Additionally, the team demonstrates particular strength in mining matters, acting for lenders and mining companies. The practice is co-headed by Olivier Mélédo and Alban Dorin.

Responsables de la pratique:

Olivier Mélédo; Alban Dorin

Les références

‘The team is very professional and provides tailored-made advice on international finance transactions.’

‘Alban Dorin handles complex cross-border transactions very well, in particular in Africa, and is also easy to work with. He is solutions-oriented and always makes sure that the transaction closes smoothly and in a timely manner.’

‘One of the best international energy practices in the market, Mayer Brown is strong in every region around the world, and in particular for covering the difficult markets of Latin America and Africa.’

‘Olivier Mélédo is a rising star of the African energy market. His depth of knowledge across the chain of energy markets is among the very best. He has developed expertise in a variety of matters, industries and countries that very few lawyers can match. In addition he is a pleasure to work with and always attentive to client needs.’

Principaux clients

Africa Finance Corporation

Africa Legal Support Facility

Coris Bank

En/Power

Générale du Solaire

IB Vogt

Jera

Karadeniz

Kouros France

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Premier Oil

Presidency of the Republic of Benin/The Government of Benin

Qatar Petroleum

Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine minier

Total EREN

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine minier SMHPM in connection with the financing of its equity share in the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project, (Mauritania and Senegal); and the Government of Mauritania in connection with same.
  • Advising Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) on its $247m investment to acquire circa 45 percent of Nouvelle Gabon Mining (NGM), a company holding two major manganese concessions in Gabon and subsequent acquisitions.
  • Advising the MCA-Benin II (an entity of the U.S.-based Millennium Challenge Corporation), the Government of Benin and the SBEE (Beninese electricity distribution company) on the development of an Independent Power Project (IPP) legal and institutional framework, standard form typical contracts (including concession and PPA) and a competitive bidding process in Benin; as well as on the implementation of 4 IPP transactions in the solar PV sector to be developed by Green Yellow and financed by IFC and Proparco.

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Orrick Rambaud Martel offers the full range of expertise, spanning project, finance, regulatory and corporate issues, as well as disputes, acting in matters in France and abroad, notably in Africa. The firm has a strong presence in the French renewables sector, with its work for the French state on the development of large-scale offshore projects and its caseload of acting for operators and sponsors on greenfield and brownfield work standing out. Public law experts Geoffroy Berthon and senior counsel Noël Chahid-Nouraï, as well as corporate partner George Rigo  are the key names for French renewables matters. In Africa, the team’s wealth of experience earns it instructions from sponsors and operators for various projects, including renewables, mini-grid development and more conventional power plant projects. The group is notably active in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo and Cameroon. Practice head Yves Lepage and Foucaud Jaulin, who was promoted to partner in 2021, are the key contacts here.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yves Lepage

Autres avocats clés:

Noël Chahid-Nouraï; Geoffroy Berthon; Foucaud Jaulin

Les références

‘They have a sophisticated understanding of how to present information to governmental counterparties.’

‘Yves Lepage is well connected and has a good feel for what is necessary to make a transaction work. Foucaud Jaulin is dynamic and responsive to client needs.’

Principaux clients

Africa50

CDC Group Plc

Crédit Agricole

ENEO

EOS Holding

Eranove Group

The French Government

Geogas LNG

Neoen

Republic of Mali

Société Générale

Voltalia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the French government on calls for tenders regarding the implementation of several offshore wind farms.
  • Represented Gazprom in two separate arbitrations concerning price revision provisions with major European gas purchasers.
  • Assisted Gridworks, Eranove and AEE Power in the conclusion of concession agreements for the $100m development and financing of mini-grids and power generation plants in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ravetto Associés

Ravetto Associés stands out through its ability to cover the full range energy production and distribution matters, spanning power, electricity, gas, heat, renewables and new electric mobility. The boutique notably has high-level regulatory know-how, making it a popular choice for strategic advice and litigation. For instance, the firm has been retained to handle high-stakes disputes in relation to the recognition of a force majeure situation caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Founding partner Paul Ravetto and of counsel Rémy Coin are among the market’s leading regulatory experts. In Anne-Laure Proisy the firm has an M&A and asset acquisition specialist on board. Claire Bretheau is the key financing contact and is particularly active for German clients. Public law expert Patrick Labayle-Pabet and Lucie Balmette, who was promoted to counsel  in 2021 and specialises in urban planning and environment law, are other key names. The firm has an extremely diverse international client list, including many French and German clients, and ranging from banks, public law entities and alternative producers to energy giants and large corporations. The firm handles all types of work, from small to large-scale projects, and is growing its corporate PPA practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Ravetto; Patrick Labayle-Pabet; Anne-Laure Proisy; Claire Bretheau; Lucie Balmette

Autres avocats clés:

Rémy Coin

Les références

‘This is a very specialised team, providing cutting-edge legal advice on the various technical subjects we are confronted with. The firm is very responsive, present and available when necessary.’

‘Paul Ravetto is a specialist who has great adaptation and pedagogy skills. He is a very specialised lawyer making the processing of files accessible to a non-lawyer. Rémy Coin is a great specialist who through his expertise in the energy sector and knows how to respond to our various requests.’

‘Maître Anne-Laure Proisy perfectly combines technical mastery, contractual negotiation and warm contacts with both clients and co-contractors and colleagues. She knows how to be inventive while remaining within a strict legal framework and knows how to convince her interlocutors. Finally, she is very available and friendly.’

‘Claire Bretheau has a very good knowledge of the financing of energy projects.’

‘The firm is specialised in the energy sector and made up of a small, highly committed and competent team capable of adapting to any type of client, including international clients. Just as efficient as the larger firms, but charging much more reasonable fees, the firm can only experience growing success.’

‘The team does a very good job. In particular, Anne-Laure Proisy is very precise, available and flexible. Astute, thoughtful and honest, Anne-Laure is a very good lawyer.’

‘Everyone we have worked with has given us satisfaction. But the lawyer who remains central for us is Claire Bretheau who brings together all the qualities that can be expected of a lawyer: great mastery of her specialty (with a wide range of skills), precision in her work , flawless availability, comfortable in several languages and very friendly, which never does any harm!’

‘Perfect know-how in the renewable energies and project finance area, the team is flexible, fast and shows high client orientation.’

Principaux clients

Métropole Européenne de Lille

Ville de Paris

Landesbank Saar (SaarLB)

Demeter Partners

Bpifrance

TotalEnergies Renouvelables (ex. Total Quadran)

EDF Renouvelables

CIC

Enercon Independent Power Producer GmbH (“EIPP”) / Alterric (merger EIPP and EWE)

Industrie Werke Basel (IWB)

ABO Wind

Volkswind

VSB Energies Nouvelles

Voltalia

H2Air

Eolec (EcoJoule construct GmbH)

ArcelorMittal Energy

ArcelorMittal Méditerranée

Alpiq Energie France

GRTgaz

ArianeGroup

Exeltium

Aptar

Primeo Energie France

Norske Skog Golbey

Swiss Krono

UNIDEN (Union des industries utilisatrices d’énergie)

ENI

Engie

Gazprom

Endesa

Naturgy

Ferropem

Enel Group

Groupe Caisse des Dépôts (CDC)

Siplec

SIGEIF (Syndicat du gaz et de l’électricité en Ile-de-France)

Volkswagen

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Communauté Urbaine Grand Paris Seine & Oise and several and a grouping of several companies (ArianeGroup, PSA group (Peugeot), Suez, Seqens) on the legal structure for the installation of photovoltaic plants at various production sites, as well as on the selection process of a photovoltaic operator and drafting and negotiation of related documentation (lease agreements, power supply agreements, notably in a context of self-consumption).
  • Advising the city of Paris on the renewal of the concession contract for heat distribution in Paris.
  • Advising SaarLB on the financing of an 11MW wind farm developed by the H2air group.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Energy is one of Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s core focus industry of involvement. The practice offers a comprehensive range of expertise and demonstrates particular strength in finance, public and corporate matters. The practice focuses on France’s renewables sector work as well as on innovative energy transition projects, such as new hydrogen and electricity storage. The busy caseload includes matters for lenders, investors, developers and utilities, with notable matters including landmark offshore and floating wind farm projects, as well as interconnection electricity projects. The group is also involved in corporate PPAs and electricity storage projects. Abroad, the practice acted on a power plant project restructuration in New Caledonia and on a solar project in Uzbekistan. The team’s experience in corporate and brownfield transactions is also noted. Its ability to draw on the firm’s other departments for complementary expertise in the field of transport is another asset. The practice is co-headed by regulatory and public law expert Laurent Battoue, structured finance expert Laurence Martinez-Bellet, corporate partners Arnaud Félix and Thomas Rabain, and tax partner Romain Girtanner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Laurent Battoue; Laurence Martinez-Bellet; Arnaud Félix; Thomas Rabain; Romain Girtanner

Principaux clients

Predica

BW Offshore

Glennmont Partners

Akuo

Technique Solaire

RES

ING

Société Générale

Groupe Crédit Agricole

Bpifrance

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Banque des Territoires)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Predica on its share acquisition of the Renvico 329 MW Franco-Italian wind portfolio from Engie.
  • Advising BW Offshore on the acquisition of Ideol, the French floating offshore wind technology specialist, to create BW Ideol, a global integrated floating offshore wind company.
  • Advising Akuo on the debt and equity refinancing of the 103 MW Phoenix solar and wind portfolio.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP combines strong domestic and international capabilities. The practice’s main work has shifted from conventional power and oil and gas, although the group remains active here, to clean energy work: renewables, hydropower and cogeneration projects and new types of electricity storage and hydrogen projects. The team is also assisting a sponsor with several of France’s landmark offshore projects. The Paris practice is also heavily involved in renewables and hydropower projects in Africa. François-Guilhem Vaissier and Amaury De Feydeau are the key contacts for the above. Beyond its excellent projects capabilities, the firm also has strong regulatory expertise thanks to public law partner Jean-Luc Champy, who is notably assisting several clients with sensitive renegotiations of sponsored renewables tariffs. Seasoned project finance partner Paule Biensan and arbitration partner Michael Polkinghorne co-head the practice. Corporate partner Marc Petitier brings extensive sector expertise to the table.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Polkinghorne; Paule Biensan

Autres avocats clés:

François-Guilhem Vaissier; Amaury De Feydeau; Jean-Luc Champy

Principaux clients

Lightbridge Corporation

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Government of Nigeria

Enedis

Teréga

DIF Capital Partners

Eranove

Iberdrola Renovables

Fonds Gabonais d’Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS)

Themis Energy

Eiffage

Coriance

NGE

Sanef

Vinci Autoroutes

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LP

Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité (CIE)

Principaux dossiers

  • Representating Lightbridge Corporation in a joint venture dispute with French nuclear reactor company Framatome, a subsidiary of Electricité de France.
  • Representaing Iberdrola Renovables Energia in connection with its bid submissions for the 1 GW offshore wind mega-project in the Normandy region in France (AO4) and for the South Brittany floating offshore wind farm with a capacity of up to 270 MW.
  • Advising the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the sale of its minority stake held in three biomass plants (Kogeban, Cogénération Biomasse d’Estrées-Mons et Cogénération Biomasse de Novillars) to PEARL Infrastructure Capital.

Aramis

Aramis

Responsables de la pratique:

Cédric de Pouzilhac; Etienne Amblard

Principaux clients

EDF S.A.

Enedis

Izivia

Citelum

Syndicat Mixte Autolib’

Tahiti Nui Telecom

La Poste

Renault Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing EDF in a dispute concerning a force majeure clause related to the COVID-19 situation within the scope of French regulated access to nuclear energy (ARENH).
  • Representing Izivia (a subsidiary company of EDF S.A. specialized in electric mobility) in product liability proceedings initiated against the manufacturer and the supplier of 200 electric charging stations in France.
  • Representing Enedis, the French company in charge of the distribution of electricity within 95% of the French territory, in a class action brought by abouyt 150 plaintiffs in relation to the implementation of intelligent electric metering system (Linky).

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexandre Ancel; Driss Bererhi; Romaric Lazerges

Les références

‘Alexandre Ancel is a high-quality lawyer.’

‘Alexandre Ancel is very efficient, proactive and gives excellent advice.’

‘The team is particularly remarkable for its knowledge of the markets in which its client operates. This quality is also the result of the stability of the team, some of the lawyers having been loyal for many years.’

‘At the head of the team, Alexandre Ancel ensures a very special proximity to the file, by providing solutions and dialogue with the counterpart, by ensuring a flawless representation of the interests of his client.’

‘Great responsiveness, attention to detail and the ability to be a force for proposals set the team apart.’

‘Alexandre Ancel is a brilliant lawyer, determined and a force of proposals to complete mergers and acquisitions.’

‘Flexibility, openness and courage.’

‘Very transparent.’

Principaux clients

Total

Predica

Engie

Infravia Capital Partners

Holding Gay

Caisse des dépôts et consignations

DIF

Omnes Capital

Vauban Infrastructures

CDPQ

PGGM

Infracapital

IFM

APMC

Macquarie

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Les Eoliennes en Mer (Engie and EDPR subsidiary) on the construction and operation of offshore wind farms in Dieppe and Le Tréport, one of the largest offshore infrastructure/energy projects in France.
  • Assisting Predica, via Omnes Capital, with the acquisition of 50% of Fleuret (owner of 39 companies operating 285 MW in the wind and solar energy sector) from Total.
  • Advising Total on climate change litigation and regulations.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy

Responsables de la pratique:

Leïla Hubeaut

Principaux clients

NEoT Capital

SMB (Société Minière de Boké) – Winning

Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM)

African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

EDF

SARP (Veolia Group)

TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies Renouvelables

Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)

NEoT Capital

SMB (Société Minière de Boké) – Winning

Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM)

African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

EDF

SARP (Veolia Group)

TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies Renouvelables

Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the International mining consortium SMB-Winning in connection with the $14bn tender of the Republic of Guinea for the allocation of the Simandou iron ore deposit and related rail and port infrastructure.
  • Advising NEoT Capital regarding the financing of mini-grid projects in Sierra Leone and Uganda and the structuring of a joint venture with Winch Energy.
  • Advising a company of the Veolia Group in the context of its acquisition of Suez RV Osis from Suez.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

Responsables de la pratique:

Sibylle Weiler; Boris Martor

Les références

‘The firm is able to mobilise various skills to provide a global response to the clients’ needs.’

‘Boris Martor has strong knowledge of construction, energy and Africa projects and supports his clients with pragmatism and an operational vision.’

Principaux clients

Volkswind GmbH

Envitec AG

RTE Eirgrid CELTIC interconnector

Eiffage Energy system

State of Guinée

Canadian Solar

West Africa Power Pool

ENGIE

WKN France SAS PNE AG

JDR Cable Systems Ltd

Electricité du Mali

Enagas

Terna

Boreas SARL

Acciona

Alight

Ferme Eolienne de la Belle Etoile

Poste de la Couture

Baywa r.e. France

Ferme Eolienne d’Haucourt

Volkswind GmbH

Envitec AG

RTE Eirgrid CELTIC interconnector

Eiffage Energy system

State of Guinée

Canadian Solar

West Africa Power Pool

ENGIE

WKN France SAS PNE AG

JDR Cable Systems Ltd

Electricité du Mali

Enagas

Terna

Boreas SARL

Acciona

Alight

Ferme Eolienne de la Belle Etoile

Poste de la Couture

Baywa r.e. France

Ferme Eolienne d’Haucourt

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising French and Irish TSOs (RTE and Eir Grid) on the procurement and construction aspects related to the Celtic Interconnector construction project.
  • Negotiating multi-party tender contracts with respect to offshore cabling and offshore construction contracts (EPC Contracts), as well as consortium contracts and collaterals.
  • Advising Envitec AG on EPC financing as well as on corporate and restructuring matters.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Responsables de la pratique:

Sylvie Perrin; Jonathan Souffir; Gaïa Witz

Les références

‘A highly competent team in the fields of energy transition.’

‘Sylvie Perrin is very available, flexible, pragmatic, and has good commercial sense.’

‘The work provided by the team is of very high quality: very high responsiveness, strong mobilisation and availability. We were extremely satisfied with the quality of the team and the work produced. The team has excellent knowledge of our industry, which is very valuable.’

‘We worked with Sylvie Perrin who is extremely reliable, responsive and efficient. Very good knowledge of the business. We will continue to work with her on our next deals.’

‘We benefit from the committed services of this team in terms of energy transition. Legal innovation is also essential to these developments and we are happy to count on them as partners in these efforts.’

‘Multidisciplinary team, foolproof responsiveness, night work to meet the timing objectives. Pragmatism appreciated compared to other law firms, this firm is a seeker and a finder of solutions.’

‘On the M&A side, Sylvie Perrin is an excellent lawyer, very assertive and didactic, she knows how to find the right words to convince the most picky clients.’

Principaux clients

Aspiravi

Clean Energy

Crédit Mutuel Capital privé / Fonds Siloé Infrastructures

Datafarm

Energie Circulaire

Enertime

Eoden

Inno Biogaz

Lhyfe

NTR Plc

Pearl

Quenea’ch

Seqens

Solveo

Tag Energy

Verkor

Acofi

Ademe

Amundi Transition Energétique

Banque Palatine

Baywa r.e. France

BNP Paribas

BPCE

BPCE Energeco

BPI Groupe

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation

Caisses d’Epargne

Cap Vert

Ciel et Terre

Credit Agricole

Crédit Coopératif

Crédit du Nord

Crédit Mutuel – CIC

Demeter Partners

Eiffel Investissement Group

Engie

Engie Green

Evergaz

Finergreen

Futuren

Générale du Solaire

Greensolver

Helia Conseil

Infram

InnoEnergy

John Laing

La Banque Postale

La Poste

Meridiam

Neoen

Photosol

Prejeance Capital

Prosolia

Quaero

Res

RGreen

Santander

See You Sun

Serenysun

Smeg

Statkraft

Tenergie

Terravolta

Total

Triodos

Urbasolar

Valeco

Valorem

Vinci

Watt Group

Windvision

Dentons

Dentons

Responsables de la pratique:

Marc Fornacciari; Nicholas Georges

Les références

‘A very useful ability to coordinate cross-border teams.’

Principaux clients

Greencells

AERA Group

CVE

ENGIE

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Gran Colombia Gold

Ministry for the Ecological Transition

Misen Enterprises AB

Petróleos de Venezuela

Qair

Rio Tinto

Statkraft

STX

Total

Veolia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising EOLFI on the implementation of a €250m offshore floating wind farm project off the coast of Brittany (Groix & Belle-Ile).
  • Representing Misen Enterprises AB on an $500m ICSID claim against the Government of Ukraine over a gas royalty hike that led to the collapse of a joint venture – after settling a related SCC case.
  • Representing Noveo Finance and the French company Eco Delta in the negotiation of hedging transactions and hedging agreements in relation to the financing of the Hauts de Lune wind farm located in France.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Villateau; Jérôme Pentecoste

Autres avocats clés:

Ruxandra Lazar

Principaux clients

Idex

Total

Glennmont Partners

Omnes Capital

PROPARCO

Urbaser Environnement

EG Group

C2E Market

ENERGY OBSERVER DEVELOPMENTS

CEA

SEPCO

IDEAL INDUSTRIES

DS Avocats

DS Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Grégory Gutierrez; Véronique Fröding; Stéphane Gasne

Les références

‘Great expertise on financing and guarantees for energy projects in France and abroad. Excellent understanding of needs and issues. Adapted response based on great expertise and knowledge of the proposed solutions. Significant work capacity. Wide spectrum of topics covered; taxation, financing, due diligence, etc. Stéphane Gasne and his team stand out.’

Principaux clients

CNPE

Difko

EDF

Eqiom

Enercon

Energiequelle

GRDF

Hy2gn

IDEC

Innogy

Les Mousquetaires

Rencore Energy

RWE

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

STEAG

Sun’R

Teréga

Urbanomy

Vergnet Hydro

World Bank

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Rencore Energy on the development and financing of the largest wind farm in francophone West Africa.
  • Advising Eqiom on the first industrial scale carbon capture and storage project in France.
  • Advising Sun’R on the acquisition of a large portfolio of solar power plants in France.

Franklin

Franklin

Responsables de la pratique:

Jérôme Michel; Xavier Marchand

Principaux clients

Enedis

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Total Petrochemicals France

Ineo Provence and Cote d’Azur

Vantage Infrastructure

ENI

Evergaz/Meridiam

Seven

Biometha

Methaelven

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Enedis in disputes related to the installation of Linky smart meters.
  • Advised Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations on the acquisition of a stake in a company in charge of developing France’s largest onshore photovoltaic power plant in Europe.
  • Advised Total Petrochemicals France on the management of issues linked to an explosion at the Petrochemical Plant Naphachimie.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Laurent Gouiffès; Bruno Cantier; Olivier Fille-Lambie

 

Les références

‘High pragmatism, great listening skills, availability, rigour and competitiveness of fees.’

‘Extremely responsive team, available and able to propose innovative terms during negotiations over the term sheet, shareholder and investment agreement.’

‘I greatly appreciate the quality of the deliverables, the promptness and responsiveness and proximity to clients shown by the firm.’

‘Olivier Fille-Lambie is remarkable for his constant listening, his technical competence and his ability to coordinate. Always available, he instills a good dynamic to find innovative contractual and legal solutions adapted to the different scenarios that may arise.’

‘The arbitration practice is business-focused and identifies important legal and strategic aspects of a case. They have a broad understanding of the business, great resources to make thorough preparations, give good advice through the process and are very well prepared for arbitrations. Their arbitration skills are regarded to be in the high end.’

‘Laurent Gouiffes is a very experienced arbitrator with great strategic understanding who leads a very professional arbitration team that delivers on promise.’

Principaux clients

Electricité de France (EDF)

Bertin Technologies

Vale Nouvelle Calédonie

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising EDF on the  issuance of a €850m and €1,2bn Reset Perpetual Subordinated Notes.
  • Advising EDF on its inaugural issue of hybrid corporate bonds for a nominal amount of €1.25bn.
  • Advising Bertin Technologies on the sale of Bertin Energie Environnement.

Jeantet

Jeantet

Responsables de la pratique:

Karl Hepp de Sevelinges; Thierry Lauriol; Christophe Jacomin

Autres avocats clés:

Adrien Fourmon

Les références

‘Commercially-minded, pragmatic and solution driven. Impressive contact base in Africa – both at government and private sector levels.’

‘Thierry Lauriol is always mindful of commercial implications. Thorough, pragmatic and excellent legal analysis. Great to have with you in a tricky situation. Rare to have a commercial lawyer who can also conduct and manage complex international dispute resolution proceedings.’

‘The team has demonstrated a solid knowledge of the energy saving certificates system.’

‘Adrien Fourmon really went into depth in the subject that we had entrusted to him. Maître Fourmon has continuously adapted to the twists and turns and new requirements of the case. He made himself very available for our questions, including in the evening or early in the morning.’

‘The firm offers extensive expertise.’

‘Available, open-minded and professional people.’

‘Extensive expertise in the development and financing of heat networks. So far, we have not found an equivalent.’

‘Adrien Fourmon is particularly competent in financing and development of heat networks. His technical skills and his human and relational qualities are exceptional. Maître Fourmon also shows absolutely remarkable responsiveness.’

Principaux clients

ENBRIDGE

ISLAMIC REPUBLIQUE OF MAURITANIA – MINISTER OF PETROLEUM, MINING AND ENERGY

BPIFRANCE

ALSTOM

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the Canadian energy producer Enbridge on the development and financing of an offshore wind farm located off the coast of Fécamp (Normandy).
  • Advised Alstom on its acquisition from Areva Energies Renouvelables of Areva Stockage d’Energie (brand Helion Hydrogen Power), specialising in high-powered fuel cells and hydrogen technology.
  • Advised Unifergie and Bpifrance on the financing of nine wind farms of the Ostwind group, located in the Pas-de-Calais department for €90m.

LMP Avocats

LMP Avocats

Responsables de la pratique:

Flore Mazas; François Loubières

Les références

‘Unique legal expertise in energy saving certificates (CEE). The firm deals with its clients’ problems as if they were its own. It provides very responsive and relevant advice. The firm is also particularly effective in negotiating contracts  and managing disputes.’

‘François Loubières has a unique expertise in the CEE sector. He has very fine legal analysis and very good interpersonal skills and provides excellent advice. I particularly enjoy negotiating contracts with him, because his approach with the other party is never aggressive and always in search of the most suitable solution for both parties.’

‘Francois Loubières and Flore Mazas are lovely people, easy to exchange with (also in English). They can assist with a large variety of topics, and they practice very reasonable hourly rates.’

‘They are very accessible, down to earth and reactive people. It’s a pleasure to work with them, because they are good professionals.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the industry issues, flawless availability, relevance of recommendations, proximity.’

‘The partners, through their knowledge and the history of our relationships, always provide good advice and are very efficient.’

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Eran Chvika

Principaux clients

Axima Concept

Empresarios AgrupadosInternacional

InfraRed Capital Partners

NORD/LB – NorddeutscheLandesbank

Cho Tiper (Europlasma group)

Engie

Neoen

International Finance Corporation

VTB Capital plc

Société Générale

La Banque Postale

Envision

Atalante Energies

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Black & Veatch Deutschland GmbH

HSBS Bank plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Axima Concept (Engie Group) in a dispute with Fusion for Energy.
  • Assisting Spanish sponsor “Empresarios AgrupadosInternacional” with the review and negotiation of the forthcoming FIDIC Red Book construction contract with the ITER Organisation.
  • Advising InfraRed Capital Partners in connection with the financing by La Banque Postale and BPIfrance of the acquisition from Envision of a portfolio of wind farms with a total capacity of 42 MW.

Reed Smith

Reed Smith

Responsables de la pratique:

Victoria Westcott; Fernand Arsanios; Peter Rosher; Clément Fouchard

Les références

‘The firm assisted us on two extremely complex arbitrations: responsive team that takes very technical matters in hand, responsive and available.’

‘Peter Rosher is extremely helpful, kind and very responsive. He is very open to discussing fees. Clément Fouchard knows his cases very well.’

‘Peter Rosher and his team have an excellent knowledge of the energy sector and the players in this field. Peter’s expertise in the energy sector allows him to provide tailored and pragmatic advice which sets him apart from other lawyers.’

‘Peter Rosher is an available partner who has a pragmatic and strategic vision.’

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons

Responsables de la pratique:

Yves Baratte

Les références

‘Responsive and proactive.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge and strong experience.’

‘Yves Baratte is exceptional; responsive and commercially-minded, he provides excellent value for money and has exceptional experience.’

‘Dedicated and hardworking.’

‘Yves Baratte has excellent francophone Africa experience.’

Principaux clients

Djibouti Ports & Free Zone Authority

Republic of Guinea

First Quantum Minerals Ltd

KfW

Globeleq Limited

NordGold

Resource Capital Fund

Ernst & Young

Africa Legal Support Facility

Electricité de France (EDF)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised First Quantum Minerals Limited on all aspects of its mining operations in Mauritania, including an ICSID arbitration against Mauritania for tax and royalty matters.
  • Advised DPFZA on all aspects of the development of Africa’s largest free zone in Djibouti.
  • Advised KfW on the concessional financing of the Noor IV solar power project in Morocco.

Trinity International LLP

Trinity International LLP

Responsables de la pratique:

Pierre Bernheim; Marianna Sédéfian

Principaux clients

AFD (French Development Agency)

Africa 50

Africa Ren Invest Ltd

Africa Synergy

Africinvest

Aggreko International Projects

ALSF

AP Moller

ATI (African Trade Insurance Agency)

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

CIGen CO

Coöperatief Climate Fund Managers U.A.

Cross Boundary Energy Management

EAIF (Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund)

EDFI Management N.V

Endeavor Energy

ERAMET and Grande Côte Opérations

FEI Ongrid LP

Evolution II ESCO Mauritius

Globeleq

Government of Ivory Coast

Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons of Madagascar

JIRAMA

Proparco

Qair International

Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP)

Scatec Solar ASA

Senergy2 SASU

STOA Infra& Energy S.A. (STOA)

Voltalia SA

Walo Storage SASU

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising AFD (the French development bank) on a solar project in Guinea.
  • Advising the Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons of Madagascar, and JIRAMA (Madagascar’s state-owned electricity and water utility company) on the development and financing of the 200MW Sahofika hydro IPP.
  • Advising Qair International and AFRICA REN in respect of the project financing of three solar power projects with a total installed capacity of 80 MW.