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Classements Immobilier

Classements Corporate – M&A

Classements Droit social

Classements Banque-Finance

Droit Bancaire et Financier

Classements Fiscalité

Classements Private Equity

Classements Propriété intellectuelle

Classements Urbanisme et Aménagement

Classements Opérations immobilières

Classements Entreprises en difficulté / Restructurations

Classements Droit public économique – Activités industrielles régulées

Classements Droit de la concurrence / Contrôle des concentrations / Droit de la distribution

Classements Fiscalité immobilière

Classements Fiscalité corporate et LBO

Classements Distressed M&A

Classements Droit et contentieux boursier

Classements Fusions – Aquisitions / Droit des sociétés

Classements Énergie

Legal 500 EMEA 2018/2020: Project Finance (Band 2)

Headed by Jean-Renaud Cazali, the team at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei regularly receives instructions from banks to advise on large and mid-size infrastructure and energy projects in France. The practice shoulders a high volume of work, primarily for banks, but also for energy companies. Recent work includes several significant refinancings, for example assisting EIB with Lisea’s €2bn debt in the context of the new high-speed railway line 'SEA', and advising Puy du Fou on the financing of a new leisure park in Spain. Financing and refinancing deals in the cogeneration and renewals sector is another busy line of work, with recent examples including assisting CIC and Auxifip with the financing of the acquisition of a majority stake in a Dalkia-held cogeneration facilities portfolio by Amundi Transition Energétique, and advising the lenders on the financing of the conversion of a 33.5MW coal-fired power plant into a thermal biomass plant. Senior associate Antoine Payen is also recommended. Testimonials: ‘Jean-Renaud Cazali is a very experienced and highly technical lawyer who has a strong knowledge of the market and a commercial approach. He is an excellent negotiator, very pragmatic and business-friendly. He perfectly defends his clients’ interests and has the ability to find solutions, to reconcile positions and to conclude a deal.’ ‘Senior associate Antoine Payen is very efficient, reactive and has a good knowledge of the market. His understanding of legal and business issues make him a very competent and reliable adviser, able to fully defend his clients’ interests while being very pragmatic and a deal maker.’ (2020)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has strong project infrastructure finance expertise. The firm regularly advises domestic and international lenders on project financing in France. It recently handled the financing of several new mid-sized infrastructure projects and was also involved in large refinancing transactions in the broadband telecoms and energy sectors. Other work includes assisting the European Investment Bank with the refinancing of Nord-Pas de Calais’ broadband network project and advising Neoen on the refinancing of Europe’s largest photovoltaic park near Bordeaux. The firm, which is a key player in the energy sector in France, has strong financing capabilities in this area and also has considerable experience acting for sponsors on high-profile brownfield transactions. Practice head Jean-Renaud Cazali is highly respected. Also noted are Christine Le Bihan-Graf for public law issues and Thomas Bréart de Boisanger for corporate matters. (2019)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has ‘excellent project finance’ expertise, especially for lenders. The practice recently advised on some of France's largest broadband network PPP projects, including assisting the European Investment Bank with the financing of a high-speed internet network in the Hauts-de-France region. Energy is another strong field of expertise: here the group recently assisted the lenders (CIC and Auxifip) with the financing of a €150m acquisition of a majority stake in a 330MW cogeneration facilities' portfolio held by Dalkia. The ‘brilliant’ Jean-Renaud Cazali impresses with ‘very high level expertise’ and ‘exceptional quality of work’; Christine Le Bihan-Graf is also involved in the regulatory and public law aspects. (2018)

Legal 500 EMEA 2014/2015: Project Finance (Band 2)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei A.A.R.P.I has ‘strong knowledge of the renewables field’, where it provides ‘a high level of legal engineering’. The firm is involved in some of France’s largest biomass, wind and solar energy projects and M&A deals; it recently advised Neoen on the financing of the construction of a biomass cogeneration plant. Key figures include Jean-Renaud Cazali, Christine Le Bihan-Graf and M&A partners Patrick Jaïs and Thomas Bréart de Boisanger. (2015)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei A.A.R.P.I advises lenders and sponsors in the renewable energy sector and assisted TIGF during its sale to a consortium. Regulatory expert Christine Le Bihan-Graf is highly regarded. Jean-Renaud Cazali often acts for lenders on university and energy projects. Corporate partner Patrick Jaïs is also active in the energy sector. (2014)

Legal 500 EMEA 2019/2020: Industry Focus: Energy (Band 1)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei's comprehensive energy practice combines regulatory, project finance and M&A expertise. The practice is retained by leading energy producers and lenders, as well as project developers and investment funds, mainly handling work from the French renewable energy, gas and electricity industry sectors. Co-head of practice Christine Le Bihan-Graf has state-of-the-art regulatory expertise and regularly receives instructions to tackle the most complex regulatory matters, with her recent successful representation of French electricity grid operator Enedis before the Constitutional Council as a prime example. Jean-Renaud Cazali, with whom Le Bihan-Graf shares the lead of the practice, is a reference for project finance and highly sought after by lenders. Finally, the group fields a busy caseload advising on the market's most high-profile brownfield and other M&A transactions. Patrick Jaïs and Thomas Bréart de Boisanger are also highly recommended. Public law and regulatory specialist Laure Rosenblieh made counsel in 2019. Senior associate Ian Ouaknine is also noted. Testimonials: The firm has very high level of proficiency on gas and electricity regulation issues.’The firm provides high-quality work and a great strategic vision.’The team shows strong engagement and availability. It demonstrates excellent ability to liaise with regulators and make the complex world of energy regulations seem simple and understandable.‘The firm has deep local market insight and experience on infrastructure and energy M&A transactions. They have the required experience and relationships to handle the biggest and most complex mandates in that area.’ ‘Christine Le Bihan-Graf has excellent sector knowledge, a personable manner and strong engagement. She is able to make complex things simple and to get things done in difficult and tight deadlines.’ ‘Senior associate Ian Ouaknine goes above and beyond the usual commercial and legal aspects of a transaction to managing and advising on government and regulatory process compliance. He is always exceptionally responsive.’ (2020)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has ‘very good knowledge of energy market regulations and efficiently answers precise and complex questions’. The practice stands out for its combination of leading regulatory, financing and corporate expertise. It receives instructions from all sides: banks, sponsors, developers, French blue-chip producers and many leading energy players. The practice recently advised on highly strategic brownfield infrastructure and M&A transactions while the financing of renewables projects in France remains a key area of expertise. Highlights included advising Orano on its reorganisation in view of its asset transfer to Framatome and the sale to EDF of a 75.5% stake in Framatome. It also assisted Total with the acquisition of the Pont-sur-Sambre and Toul Power companies which operate combined 825MW gas powered plants. The team also assisted Neoen with a €245m green bond financing for a global 1.6GW global project portfolio. Enedis, Green Yello, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Veolia are other clients. Regulatory law expert Christine Le Bihan-Graf and Jean-Renaud Cazali, who is the key name on the financing side, jointly head the practice. Patrick Jaïs, the ‘very good’ Thomas Bréart de Boisanger and Cédric Chanas are noted for corporate work. (2019)

Legal 500 EMEA 2016/2018: Industry Focus: Energy (Band 2)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei provides ‘exceptional quality work’. The ‘responsive and available’ practice ranks among the market's few go-to-firms for highly strategic M&A and regulatory matters in France. It recently advised on several landmark transactions such as assisting Areva with the sale of Areva NP and Areva TA, as well as CNP Assurances with the joint acquisition of a 49.9% stake in Réseau de Transport d’Electricité. The practice is also ‘excellent’ for project finance work in the energy sector advising sponsors and lenders and notably assisting CIC and Auxifip with the €150m acquisition financing of a majority stake in a 330MW cogeneration facilities' portfolio held by Dalkia. Bank of Tokyo, Neoen, Solaire Direct and Green Yellow are clients. The practice is co-headed by Christine Le Bihan-Graf who features among the market's top regulatory advisers, and ‘brilliant’ project finance expert Jean-Renaud Cazali who has ‘very high level expertise’. Corporate partners Patrick Jaïs and Thomas Bréart de Boisanger are other names to note. (2018)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has been advising Areva NP during its sale to EDF. The firm also advises banks and developers on the regulatory, financing and M&A aspects of renewable energy projects in France. Christine Le Bihan-Graf is a ‘very good’ regulatory expert. Finance expert Jean-Renaud Cazali is also recommended along with corporate partner Patrick Jaïs. (2017)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has leading regulatory expertise and also provides ‘high-quality advice and creative deal solutions’. The firm is able to work for all sides: leading energy producers and operators, investors and lenders. It handles strategic corporate transactions, litigation and development work, such as assisting Neoen with Cestas’ 300 MW photovoltaic solar project. The practice is led by Jean-Renaud Cazali, who focuses on the finance side, and the ‘very professional and pragmatic’ Christine Le Bihan-Graf. Corporate partners Patrick Jaïs and Thomas Bréart de Boisanger are also highly involved. (2016)

Chambers Europe 2020: Project & Energy : Domestic (Band 3)

What the team is known for: Strong team acting for major corporate clients, banks and energy providers on domestic energy and infrastructure projects. Boasts particular strength in project finance mandates, with expertise in transport infrastructure, renewables and natural resources. Additionally well versed in M&A and regulatory issues. Strengths: Clients laud the team for its proactive advice and also describe it as being "good in project and strategy design as well as on the regulatory side."

IFLR1000 2019: Energy - Tier 3

The firm also advised sponsors, lenders and borrowers on project finance work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. (2019)
Décideurs Stratégie Finance & Droit – Guide "Énergie, Environnement & Ressources Naturelles" 2019
  • Énergie - Secteurs régulés (conseil & contentieux - Hors ENR) : Excellent
  • Droit des Energies renouvelables : Forte Notoriété
  • Oil, Gas, Mining, Ressources naturelles et Energies - Afrique : Forte Notoriété
  • Installations classées (ICPE), Sites et sols pollués, Friches industrielles : Forte Notoriété
  • Droit de l'eau et de l'assainissement (Concessions, gestion déléguée, GEMAPI) : Pratique réputée
  • Contentieux de l'environnement : Pratique réputée
 

Classements Contentieux des affaires

L’équipe Contentieux des affaires du Cabinet, composée de 6 associés et d’une dizaine de collaborateurs spécialisés, accompagne les entreprises et leurs dirigeants à toutes les étapes des situations conflictuelles auxquelles ils peuvent être confrontés.

Elle représente les clients du Cabinet devant toutes les juridictions civiles, pénales et administratives françaises, les instances européennes, les institutions d’arbitrage françaises et internationales ainsi que devant les autorités administratives investies de pouvoirs disciplinaires, juridictionnels ou d’enquête.

À l’occasion d’opérations d’acquisitions, de fusions ou de rapprochements, l’équipe intervient pour auditer les dossiers contentieux, ainsi que les procédures internes d’identification, de traitement et de règlement des litiges des sociétés concernées.

Elle participe également à la mise en place de méthodes de prévention et de détection des situations contentieuses ou pré-contentieuses.

Par ailleurs, la qualité de la coopération entre l’équipe contentieuse et les autres départements du Cabinet constitue l’un de ses ajouts majeurs. Ainsi dans le domaine des contentieux spécialisés, tels le contentieux boursier, le contentieux relatif au droit de la concurrence, le contentieux en matière de réglementation financière, ou le contentieux de droit public, les membres de l’équipe contentieuse travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les membres des équipes concernées.

Nos Compétences :

Contentieux & précontentieux civil, pénal, administratif en :

  • Droit des assurances et de la réasssurance
  • Droit bancaire, financier et des sûretés
  • Droit boursier
  • Droit commercial
  • Droit de la concurrence et de la distribution
  • Droit immobilier
  • Droit pénal des affaires
  • Droit de la propriété intellectuelle
  • Droit des procédures collectives
  • Droit public des affaires
  • Droit social
  • Droit des sociétés

Arbitrage interne & international

Classements Réglementation financière

Classements Marchés de capitaux / Produits dérivés

Classements Financements immobiliers

Classements Financements