Michel Guénaire specialises in domestic and international public law, acting for governments and other public authorities. As an expert in the regulatory field, he advises companies investing in public utilities (particularly in the energy sector). He has experience in handling government contracts (public procurement and concession contracts) and is frequently involved in finding appropriate legal structures for privately funded public facilities. In addition, he advises a number of clients on disputes and assists French businesses with legal safeguards for their foreign investments.
Michel Guénaire has recently been instructed by various public authorities in cases concerning agreements for the financing of major projects. He provides advice on investments by gas and electricity companies since the Electricity Directive came into effect in France and has assisted major energy buyers such as the Exeltium consortium. He also advises several major French companies on securing their international investments.
Advising Exeltium and Exeltium 2 on setting up long-term electricity purchasing agreements; Advising financial institutions on the financing of an energy purchasing campaign; Advising several major electricity users on their purchasing strategy; Advising Enedis (the French electricity distribution system operator).
Leading legal publisher LexisNexis asked Michel Guénaire to supervise the first commenting of the French Energy code, whose fourth edition is currently under preparation.
Awarded the Trophée d’or "Droit public des affaires" (Public and Administrative Law Gold Trophy) (2005 and 2007)
Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (2008)
Member of the Conseil d'Analyse de la Société (Premier ministre)