Nicolas Jean joined Gide in 2008. He specialises in projects, project financing, and banking and structured financing. He acts mainly in sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of infrastructure, energy, real estate and telecommunications. He advises governments, public authorities, investors, local and foreign developers and industrial companies, and banks on development projects, their structuring, implementation (during construction and operation) and financing.
Nicolas recently assisted state-owned companies PETROCI-Holding and CI-Energies in negotiating a shareholders’ agreement with Total, SOCAR, Shell, Golar and Endeavor Energy to create a joint venture for building new infrastructure to supply the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in liquefied natural gas.
Nicolas joined Gide’s Tunis office in 2008, before moving to the Structured Finance team in Paris from 2011 to 2015, and the Projects (Finance & Infrastructure) practice group since January 2016. He holds a specialised Master’s degree in International Business Law and Management from ESSEC business school (2008), and in Business Law and in European Business law from Nancy II University (2007). Nicolas is a lecturer in structured finance law at Science-Po Paris and in business law (Master’s level) at Lorraine University. Nicolas is admitted to the Paris Bar.
« Gide Loyrette Nouel's wide-ranging expertise and international reach makes the team a popular choice for large-scale projects, especially in France and Africa. The group has considerable French PPP expertise and is notably assisting the Ministry of Transport with the landmark Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport express rail project. Thomas Courtel is highly regarded for domestic work. The team is also advising on key infrastructure projects in Africa and other parts of the world. It is assisting EBRD and IFC as advisers to the government of Kazakhstan with the country's very first PPP pertaining to the building of a road project. The group also has a leading presence in large-scale international energy projects and in recent highlights, it is advising EGL and the contracting states on the development of Ruzizi III 147MWh hydropower plant in the Grands Lacs region in Africa, as well as EDF on the development of six EPR nuclear reactors in India. Stéphane Vernay, John D Crothers, Marie Bouvet-Guiramand and counsels Victor Grandguillaume and Nicolas Jean are other key names. Nicolas Jean was recently promoted to partner. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2019