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. He advises French companies on the legal security of their investments abroad.
Michel Guénaire advises in many energy-related disputes: connection of solar production units to the public distribution network, compliance with the monopoly of the public electricity distribution network operator, installation of Linky meters, application of the framework agreement setting up the regulated access to nuclear-generated electricity (ARENH), settlement of disputes and requests for sanctions before the Settlement and Sanctions Committee of the Energy Regulation Commission, the Paris Court of Appeal and the Council of State.
Legal publisher of reference, LexisNexis, has entrusted him with supervising the fourth commented edition of the Code de l'énergie (2021).
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)
« [...] Through Michel Guénaire the practice has state-of-the-art regulatory expertise that is sought after by leading French energy producers. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 | Industry focus : Energy
« Michel Guénaire has a noted reputation in the French market for his expertise in energy as well as experience in the regulatory field. He maintains an impressive client base mainly comprising large French corporates. »
Chambers Europe 2021