Gide acts on all business segments that have a public administrative law component: major transactions between administrations and companies thanks to our specialists in public procurement contracts and public-private partnerships, industry growth thanks to our energy, environment and sustainable development specialists, public and private real estate operations thanks to our specialists in public property, urban planning and development.
All the lawyers of our public and administrative law department enjoy in-depth knowledge of how the public sector works, and represent Gide clients every day before administrative courts.
Our clients appreciate our constant search for new and innovative solutions, our pragmatic approach and our determination in seeing their projects through, far removed from the stiffness that is often associated with public and administrative law cases.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s Jean-Nicolas Clément leads an experienced team that is particularly active for leading companies in the industrial, engineering, oil, energy and nuclear sectors. The practice handles high-profile work in the nuclear sector, such as assisting the national agency in charge of radioactive waste management (Agence Nationale de Gestion des Déchets Radioactifs) with the landmark CIGEO project consisting in the building of an underground radioactive waste storage site. The practice also advises on various road and land development projects and provides regulatory advice such as recently on the new EU circular economy directive. Associate Alice Bouillié also deserves a mention.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s large team allows the firm to cover most of the market’s strategic public law matters with high-level expertise. In Michel Guénaire, the practice counts a high-level energy regulatory expert among its ranks which fits well in the group's strong wider regulatory expertise. Also of high repute is the firm’s public procurement expertise which is sought after by governmental and local public entities as well as private companies, increasingly so with the advent of new urban transport projects such as free-floating scooter and electric vehicle charging stations projects in Paris. Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel are the two key names in that area. Finally, Emmanuel Vital-Durand and Alexandre Gauthier both provide excellent urban planning and public domain expertise. They assist public and private sector companies with ambitious public and private retail, infrastructure and construction projects. Environment law expert Jean-Nicolas Clément also contributes.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
Top-tier firm for public contract mandates, benefiting from a large team of specialists. Has strong experience in the negotiation or restructuring of concession contracts, including high-profile mandates that facilitate the development of major rail infrastructure projects. Regularly assists clients with public tender processes and concession contracts. Notable experience in road, airport and public utility projects.
Chambers Europe 2021
Well-regarded environment law team acting for key public and private clients from the energy, mining and waste management industries. Has standout experience in nuclear energy mandates, including regulatory issues relating to the storage of nuclear waste. Experienced in contentious permitting applications and civil claims flowing from soil and water pollution incidents. Clients benefit from the close collaboration with the firm's public law department. Offers additional expertise in environmental criminal law.
Chambers Europe 2021
Top-tier firm for administrative law mandates, benefiting from a large team of specialists in energy, environment and urban planning. Has strong experience in the negotiation or restructuring of concession contracts, including high-profile mandates that facilitate the development of major rail infrastructure projects. Assists clients with proceedings before the administrative courts and the Conseil d'État, seeking to challenge aspects of public policy or the outcome of individual public tender processes. Sources say: 'The public law department demonstrates a very high level of responsiveness and excellent knowledge of its clients' issues.'
Chambers Europe 2019
Gide Loyrette Nouel delivers ‘strong customer services’. The ‘always readily available’ 20-lawyer team has ‘expert knowledge’ in its field, and ‘the more you work with them, the more you feel you should always follow their advice’. The practice offers a wide array of expertise spanning public law contracts and projects, regulatory and privatisation issues, urban law and litigation. It is regularly retained by the state, as well as by sponsors and private sector companies. The firm is advising on several large-scale infrastructure projects, including assisting the Transport Ministry with the CDG Express airport rail project. It is also advising SNCF Réseau on major railway reform and dealing with contentious work such as representing Nice Eco Stadium in a dispute with the City of Nice. Thomas Courtel is highly recommended, and ‘great professional’ Bénédicte Mazel and Alexandre Gauthier are also key members of the team. Emmanuel Vital-Durand has a strong reputation for urban-planning work. Finally, energy is another area of expertise for the practice; Michel Guénaire regularly advises leading energy and power operators such as Exeltium and Engie on strategic matters.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Gide Loyrette Nouel provides ‘high quality services’, ‘takes time to understand business constraints and really acts as a business partner to reach its clients' goals’. The team has a full range of industrial and mining environmental expertise and also stands out for its niche in high-level nuclear law knowledge. The practice is appointed by leading names in the oil, nuclear and other industrial fields to handle high-profile strategic projects, disputes and crisis management situations. It is providing continuous assistance to Andra with its Cigeo project, which involves building the only French underground nuclear waste site storage. The practice is also advising Euro Disney with the expansion of a leisure park. In addition, the team is frequently consulted to provide guidance on key matters. It notably advised UUFIP - the trade union representing the oil industry players in France - on the French Environment Ministry’s decision to cancel energy savings certificates. Total, PSG football club, Vinci Airport and EDF are other clients. Practice head Jean-Nicolas Clément is among the most respected experts in the field.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019