15 February 2019
Deals | France & Australia | Projects | Finance & Infrastructure
Gide, working alongside Australian law firm Allens, has advised Naval Group, the European leader in naval defence and its subsidiary Naval Group Australia Pty Ltd, on the Strategic Partnering Agreement with the Commonwealth Government for Australia's AUD 50 billion (EUR 31 billion) Attack Class Submarine Program.
This Program is the largest Commonwealth defence procurement in Australia and is among the largest defence procurements in the world.
Gide and Allens advised on all aspects of Naval Group's engagement as the platform system integrator for the Program, including the Strategic Partnering Agreement, mobilisation, design and submarine construction yard infrastructure development.
The multidisciplinary Gide and Allens team drew on expertise from various practice groups, including Projects (Finance & Infrastructure), Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Media & Technology (IP-TMT), and Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate.
"This signature is the culmination of more than two years of work for Gide and Allens alongside the Naval Group teams, of which we are very proud. This case has allowed us to fully demonstrate the multidisciplinary nature of our teams, and their expertise in the context of complex industrial projects with major challenges", said lead partner for Gide, Stéphane Vernay.
The advice builds on Gide's and Allens' extensive experience in the defence sector, which includes leading expertise in the French defence industry and in French military programmes (Gide), and significant procurement work in the Australian defence sector (Allens).
Gide's team was led by partner Stéphane Vernay (Projects (Finance & Infrastructure), assisted by partners Anne Tolila (Mergers & Acquisitions), Thierry Dor (IP-TMT), Charles-Henri Leger (Projects (Finance & Infrastructure), and Fleur Irvine (senior associate, Projects (Finance & Infrastructure), Gabrielle Vivier (associate, Projects (Finance & Infrastructure), Pierre-Antoine Degrolard (associate, Mergers & Acquisitions), Claire Labouré (associate, Projects (Finance & Infrastructure), Antoine Guyomard (associate, Projects (Finance & Infrastructure).
Allens' team was jointly led by partners Nigel Papi (Projects & Development), Andrew Mansour (Projects & Development), Ian McGill (Technology, Media & Telecommunications), assisted by partners Nicholas Adkins (Banking & Finance), Malcolm Stephens (Disputes & Investigations), Veronica Siow (Employment & Safety), Miriam Stiel (Intellectual Property, Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys), and Larissa Chu (Managing Associate, Projects & Development), William Coote (Senior Associate, Technology, Media & Telecommunications), Flora Ma (Associate, Projects & Development), James Higgins (Associate, Technology, Media & Telecommunications), Connie Ye (Lawyer, Projects & Development).
Gide and Allens also drew on the expertise of Morrison & Foerster for the American law aspects of the case.
The Commonwealth Government for Australia was advised by Clayton Utz.