Spread over Gide’s offices in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, the Projects team’s lawyers act on all types of infrastructure: mines, gas, oil, nuclear complexes, thermal power plants, renewable energy, airports, ports, roads and bridges, railways, drinking water and wastewater, waste processing, urban services, hospitals, prisons, stadiums, public buildings, aerospace and defence.
Gide works with its clients both on mature markets and on pilot projects in emerging countries. The Projects team has enabled the implementation of the first BOT in China, Vietnam, a number of countries in Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as in Brazil, India and Russia.
Our lawyers advise public institutions, international multilateral agencies, manufacturers, investment funds and lenders on the structuring and negotiation of project documentation and financing. They have drafted the legal framework of public-private partnerships (PPP) and sector laws in over 30 countries, and have contributed to the structuring of over 250 projects throughout the world.
Well-regarded for its public litigation expertise, as well as its experience in project development. Strong activity in Africa, where the team represents states, sponsors and lenders in projects in a variety of sectors including energy, water and waste, mining and infrastructure. Clients highlight 'their ability to provide cross-border resources, including internationally trained lawyers who speak local languages and understand local contexts.'
Chambers Europe 2017
- Eiffarie/APRR, France: advising two banking syndicates on the refinancing of the Eiffage and Macquarie debt contracted for the acquisition of motorway company APRR (EUR 3.5 billion).
- A63 motorway, France: advising sponsors on the financing of the A63 motorway concession (EUR 1.14 billion).
- Mayoko Mines, Congo: advising Exxaro (South Africa) on the operation of an ore min, the construction of a railway line and a deep-water port.
- High-speed railway, Brazil: advising the consortium led by Alstom and the SNCF on the Rio-Sao Paulo-Campinas HSR project (2.73 billion euros, excl. construction costs).
- Laibin B BOT, China: advising the government of Guanxi province on a pilot BOT project for a 700MW thermal power plant.
- United Kingdom, India and China nuclear power plants: advising Areva on projects for the construction and provision of third generation EPR-type nuclear reactors (1600 MWe) and the supply of fuel.
- Concession projects, Morocco: advising sponsors on the concession projects of water, electricity and sanitation services in Casablanca, Tangiers, Tetouan and Rabat.
- African Petroleum Producers’ Association, Africa: advising the APPA on conducting a comparative study of the regimes applicable to hydrocarbons and drafting a model contract for the sharing of production applicable to the 16 member states.
Remarkable expertise in PPP regulatory and institutional reforms. Advises clients in both the public and private sectors such as governments, sponsors and lenders.
Chambers Europe 2017
Gide Loyrette Nouel has ‘strong experience in infrastructure projects in Africa’. With almost 30 lawyers, the practice is involved in several port and airport projects and is also advising energy producers and sponsors on hydropower and other energy projects. It is assisting EGL and the three contracting states in the African Great Lakes region with the 147MW Ruzizi III hydropower plant, as well as acting for the Kingdom of Jordan in the Red Sea-Dead Sea water desalination and pipeline project. Stéphane Vernay has ‘good knowledge of African local practices and has a pragmatic approach’. John Crothers and François Krotoff are also top professionals. The firm also ranks among the best in France for PPP work through Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel, who both show ‘high technical project expertise and ethical sense’. Laetitia Lemercier and Marie Bouvet-Guiramand were elevated to the partnership.
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
A ‘top firm for infrastructure projects in Eastern Europe’ and France, Gide also has ‘vast knowledge, experience and know-how in the energy sector’.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015