Gide has represented manufacturers, investors and lenders on most PPPs developed in France, regarding roads, motorways and engineered structures, railways and airports, e-communication, public lighting and urban heating networks, stadiums and theatres, prisons, courthouses, ministry buildings, hospitals, schools, universities and military assets.
Our firm offers a comprehensive service throughout projects, from their contractual and financial structuring through to the sales and acquisitions of project companies and the refinancing of assets. Gide sets itself apart thanks to its ability to support clients throughout the construction phase and the implementation of the infrastructure’s operation, well beyond the usual transactional aspects of PPPs, in particular thanks to its lawyers practising urban planning and environment law.
Ten years after having played a part in creating the current legal framework of PPPs, Gide now contributes to developing new financing sources for major public facilities, as counsel to the sponsors of the first bond financing for a PPP in France.
Gide is involved in high-profile international power and energy projects in Africa. The practice is also advising the IFC on a water production and treatment facilities project at Kigali in Rwanda, and is handling high-end projects in Brazil and the UK, as well as several airport rehabilitation projects globally. The firm also ranks among the key players for energy and infrastructure projects in France. John Crothers, François Krotoff and Stéphane Vernay are the key contacts for international projects. Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel are recommended for projects in France.
Legal 500 EMEA 2016
- Sponsors: advising sponsors on a partnership contract for the Cité Musicale in the south-west suburbs of Paris
- Lenders: advising lenders on the partnership contract regarding the public lighting network of the city of Cergy-Pontoise
- Operators: advising the operator on prison partnership contracts
- Project company: advising the project company on the concession of French motorway A63
Gide’s 'highly available and flexible' team shows 'remarkable expertise and creativity', and draws together a broad range of expertise including PPP, regulatory, litigation and urban law.
Legal 500 EMEA 2016
Considerable practice specialised in public and administrative law. Active in public procurement, PPP, energy, public property and urban planning. Advises clients in both the public and private sectors.
Chambers Europe 2016