Nicolas Jean joined Gide in 2008. He specialises in projects, project financing, and banking and structured financing. He acts primarily in sub-Saharan and North Africa, where he specialises in advising governments and public authorities on legislative and regulatory reforms to conduct change. To this end, he is currently steering the project to reform the regulatory framework that governs the banking and financial activities of the Central Bank of Mauritania. Nicolas is also supervising the reform of the tourist and leisure sector in Côte d'Ivoire and the mobilisation of related funds, and has recently coordinated the drafting of Côte d'Ivoire's new construction code.
Nicolas is recommended in the Energy and Project Financing categories of the Legal 500 2019 edition for France, and is among the fifty most influential business lawyers in French-speaking Africa (ranking by Jeune Afrique).
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 in 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.
« 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