Thomas Courtel joined Gide in 1999 and became partner in 2008. He specialises in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), i.e. the financing, construction and operation of public infrastructures and facilities, and advises the private partners involved. These include leading building and civil engineering works companies, major public service providers, investment funds and institutional investors, as well as banks active in the area of project financing.
Thomas has represented the sponsors and lenders of most PPPs developed in France over the course of the last decade, which include roads, motorways and engineered structures, railway lines and airports, electronic communication, public lighting and urban heating networks, stadia and entertainment venues, prisons, court houses and Ministry buildings, hospitals, schools and universities.
His team offers a comprehensive legal service, covering the contractual and financial structuring of the projects, negotiation with administrations, support during the construction phase and implementation of infrastructure operation, transfers and acquisitions of project companies, and refinancing of assets.
Thomas Courtel holds a Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Public Economic Law from the University of Paris II (1998).
« Thomas Courtel is highly regarded for his experience advising public entities and private companies on the implementation of concession contracts. He represented Nice Eco Stadium in a dispute with the city of Nice regarding the execution of the Allianz Riviera stadium PPP. Clients say that he 'combines first-class technical and negotiation skills with a unique deal-making approach.' »
Chambers Europe 2019
« Sources say Thomas Courtel is 'outstanding', citing his charisma and intelligence. He boasts strong expertise in PPP and often advises private companies on large-scale infrastructure projects such as railroads, airports and stadiums. »
Chambers Europe 2018
« Gide Loyrette Nouel is regularly retained by the French government and sponsors to advise on large infrastructure projects in France. The team recently assisted the Minister of Transport with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Express rail project. Thomas Courtel ranks among the best in his field. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2018
« Thomas Courtel has a wealth of financial expertise that has attracted some of the largest sponsors and lenders in French infrastructure in recent years. He advises private entities on public-private partnerships in a number of areas including transportation, communications and other public services. »
Chambers Europe 2017
« Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Thomas Courtel focuses his top-notch practice on all aspects of PPPs, from financing to construction. »
Who's Who Legal 2017
« The firm also ranks among the best in France for PPP work through Thomas Courtel and Bénédicte Mazel, who both show ‘high technical project expertise and ethical sense’.»
Legal 500 EMEA 2017