Clifford Chance LLP

Public Law Department

France
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What the team is known for Market-leading firm acting on the structuring of high-profile public infrastructure contracts and the defence of litigation or arbitration arising under the same. Acts for construction companies, operators and public authorities on large-scale projects including motorways, airports and offshore wind farms. Experienced assisting government bodies with privatisation of state-owned entities, with further activity advising on the regulatory framework in the energy sector.

Strengths Clients praise the practice for its expertise, saying that the lawyers "are able to mobilise resources internally, to mobilise the best specialists," before going on to add: "They have a strategic vision, they have perfect knowledge of the law but also of the administration and the decision-makers."

Another client says: "The firm has many strengths: the top quality of its people from junior lawyers to partners, the depth, the thoroughness and the intelligence of the lawyers' analysis."

Work highlights Assisted the Directorate General for Civil Aviation with the structuring and award of a new concession contract for the Nantes-Atlantique and the Saint-Nazaire Montoir airports.

Notable practitioners

According to sources,
David Préat
"is really one of the most talented lawyers in the field of public-private partnerships."He regularly acts for private and public clients on concession agreements, with further expertise advising on privatisation of state entities. Clients report him to be a "very experienced and determined lawyer," before adding: "He has a pragmatic approach to business issues, an ability to take strong positions and excellent drafting and negotiations skills."


Gauthier Martin
enters the rankings following extensive client feedback. He assists clients with public contracts and public tenders, in addition to advising on the regulatory framework in the energy sector. One impressed source comments: "He is technically perfect and his commercial mindset really makes him stand out."