Stéphane Vernay is a member of the Projects (Finance & Infrastructure) practice group. With over 30 years of experience in the Projects industry, he focuses on projects in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. He acts in particular on large scale power generation projects (thermal, nuclear and renewable), on infrastructure projects (ports, airports or railways) as well as in the environmental sector. Stéphane advises developers, sponsors, financial institutions and public authorities. He advises on projects in Europe, Africa, Asia, LATAM and Australia.
He is currently advising a major international utility group on several +1600MW/unit nuclear power plant projects in India, the United Kingdom, the People's Republic of China, the Czech Republic and Poland as well as, on several hydro, solar and wind power projects (onshore and offshore) in Africa and Asia. On the M&A front, he has advised MSC on the Euro 5,7 billion acquisition of Bolloré Africa Logistic, which has been selected as "Deal of the Year 2021" by Jeune Afrique in June 2022 and is currently advising MSC on various projects in Europe and Africa.
He has also developed particular expertise in the fields of national and international contracts in the aerospace and defense industries, advising on construction, maintenance and service contracts related to space launchers, ships, aircraft, submarines, simulators, satellites and other military products. He has advised a French defense contractor on the $30 billion Australian Future Submarine Program and he currently advising the French DGA on various missions.
Stéphane Vernay is ranked in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame as well as in Chambers Global in Projects&Energy: International - France 2022, in IFLR1000 and in Decideurs 2022 in natural resources and renewable energies. In 2022, he was ranked among the 100 most influential corporate lawyers in French-speaking Africa by Jeune Afrique.
He spent more than 12 years in Gide's Chinese team as co-head of the Beijing office and helped open the Hong Kong office in 2006.
« Marie Bouvet-Guiramand , specialist in transport infrastructure and public facility projects, co-leads the sizeable practice at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., alongside Thomas Courtel , John D Crothers , Farah El-Bsat, Victor Grandguillaume, Nicolas Jean , Laetitia Lemercier and ‘outstanding business lawyer’ Stéphane Vernay. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Project Finance
« The energy department at Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is led by practitioners with an array of expertise, including project finance specialists Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, John D Crothers, Victor Grandguillaume, Nicolas Jean and Stéphane Vernay, alongside public law and energy specialist Bénédicte Mazel and experienced M&A lawyers Alexis Pailleret and Anne Tolila. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Industry Focus : Energy
« Stéphane Vernay moves up the rankings this year on the back of positive market feedback. His diverse practice encompasses transactional and development project matters across various countries in Africa and Asia. He is particularly active in the energy sector, including nuclear and hydro power projects. »
Chambers Europe & Global 2023 - Projects & Energy: International
« Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, John Crothers, Victor Grandguillaume, Nicolas Jean et Stéphane Vernay sont les grandes figures de l’équipe pour l’international. »
Legal 500 Paris 2022 - Financement de projets
« Les associés experts dans le domaine des grands projets Stéphane Vernay, John Crothers, Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, Nicolas Jean et Victor Grandguillaume sont recommandés. Le spécialiste des opérations de fusions-acquisitions Alexis Pailleret contribue également. »
Legal 500 Paris 2022 - Energie
« Stéphane Vernay is an outstanding business lawyer. He possesses a far-reaching legal expertise and masters all fields of law. In addition, he has broad experience in terms of jurisdiction and industries. As a result, he is able to provide high-value advice for structuring a complex industrial project. He is solution-oriented in the way he addresses legal and contractual issues. He is reliable, hardworking and always delivers on time. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Project Finance
« [...] Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, John Crothers, Victor Grandguillaume, Nicolas Jean and Stéphane Vernay are all excellent. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Project Finance
« [...] Project experts Stéphane Vernay, John Crothers, Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, Nicolas Jean and Victor Grandguillaume are all excellent. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Industry focus: Energy
« Stéphane Vernay's diverse practice encompasses transactional and development project matters across Africa and Asia. He is particularly active in the energy sector, including solar and hydro power projects. »
Chambers Europe & Global 2022 - Projects & Energy: International
« [...] Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, John Crothers, Victor Grandguillaume, Nicolas Jean and Stéphane Vernay are the key names for international work. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« [...] Project partners Stéphane Vernay, John Crothers, Marie Bouvet-Guiramand, Nicolas Jean and Victor Grandguillaume are the key contributors. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 - Industry focus : Energy
« Stéphane Vernay boasts a highly international practice, with particular expertise on the African continent, acting for clients on energy and power projects. He is also well versed in M&A transactions within the energy sector. One impressed client describes Vernay as an 'outstanding business lawyer', before going on to say: 'He is solution-oriented in the way he addresses legal and contractual issues. He is reliable, hard-working and always delivers on time.' »
Chambers Europe & Global 2021