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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.

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Classements Financements

Legal 500 EMEA 2021: Banking & Finance (Band 1)

Best known for its real estate finance practice, the team at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is instructed by lenders on innovative mandates including setting up a 'green-loan' financing for the development of a low-carbon campus. It predominantly acts for leading French and international banks and debt funds active in the mid-cap LBO market, with the department's core strengths lying in corporate financing, syndicated lending, leveraged financing and acquisition financing. Christophe Gaillard leads the banking department and Olivier Hubert heads the capital markets practice. Emmanuel Fatôme is noted for his work in the real estate financing space. Testimonials: ‘Highly recognised team.‘ ‘Christophe Gaillard is an excellent technician and able negotiator and has always performed highly on mandates. He is always calm regardless of how complex the matter.‘ ‘We appreciate the team’s professionalism, close proximity to its clients and the breadth of its expertise.‘ ‘Christophe Gaillard’s team is one of the best in the sector. Technically excellent, with great negotiation skills and a good understanding of the market.‘ (2021)

Legal 500 EMEA 2015/2020: Banking & Finance (Band 2)

'The banking team is one of the best, if not the best, in the market', says a client of De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. The firm has a deep bench with 11 partners, and its core strengths lie in real estate finance, corporate financing, syndicated lending, restructuring financing, and acquisition and leveraged financing for large French and international banks and debt funds. Christophe Gaillard, who handles syndicated loans and acquisition finance, and capital markets partner Olivier Hubert lead the practice. Emmanuel Fatôme is a key name in the corporate finance and real estate financing market. Testimonials: ‘My main contact is Christophe Gaillard who is the first choice for clients in this sector. He deserves this recognition for the combination of his many qualities but also due to the team around him, in which each member is a very good professional.‘ ‘I work mainly with Christophe Gaillard and his team. Christophe is an excellent lawyer who brings together a very high level of technical skill, a good understanding of business issues and good negotiating skills. He knows how to surround himself with colleagues of different levels of seniority who are very involved in the matters and who understand them very well.‘ (2020)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has particular strength in real estate finance, alongside longstanding experience in acquisition and leveraged finance, especially in the mid-cap leveraged buyout market, general lending and refinancings. Yannick Le Gall advised Tikehau Capital on a €115m facility agreement with Conforama Group aimed at financing development projects in France and abroad. Christophe Gaillard, who jointly directs the practice with Olivier Hubert, assisted BNP Paribas with the financing of senior debt for the acquisition of Quadran by Direct Energie. The firm also acted for BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on the financing of LaSalle Investment Management's €100m acquisition of a Paris office building from RTL Group. Other key practitioners include structured finance specialist Corentin Coatalem, while the team has recently been bolstered by the promotions of Sébastien Bouiller de Branche and Katia Belhiteche to partner and Nicolas Bricaire to counsel. (2019)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s expertise includes syndicated and acquisition financing, real estate and asset financing, project and structured finance. The team has experience in an array of sectors, with asset finance capability in the maritime, aeronautics and military sectors among others and project finance specialisms including infrastructure and energy, as well as transport and telecoms. Christophe Gaillard heads the ten-partner team, with Corentin Coatalem, Olivier Hubert, Yannick Le Gall and real estate expert Emmanuel Fatȏme also key contacts. Recent work includes advising a consortium of seven banks on the financing of a €400m revolving credit facility for OVH, as well as assisting the same banks with the debt refinancing as part of OVH’s global expansion strategy, and assisting French agricultural group Terrena with its €630m inaugural syndicated loan. In the acquisition finance space, the practice assisted BNP Paribas with the financing of the senior debt concerning Altrad’s acquisition of Cape. The group also acted for the European Investment Bank on the €500m financing for the construction of 13,000 intermediary housing units. Eramet, Bastide and Aareal Bank are also clients. (2018)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei excels in property finance transactions, where it advises investors and lenders. The practice acted for ING and Natixis on the financing of the Celsius portfolio acquisition and assisted Blackstone with financing the acquisition of GE’s real estate assets.Corporate and acquisition finance are other areas of expertise. Emmanuel Fatôme and Guillaume Rossignol are highly rated, as is the ‘iconicPierre Gebarowski, who ‘brings very strong technicality, ability to find practicable solutions and very reliable timing for complex financings’. Corentin Coatalem, Christophe Gaillard and Yannick Le Gall are also recommended, as is regulatory expert Olivier Hubert. (2017)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s ‘highly efficient and available’ 30-lawyer team has ‘very good expertise’ and a strong practice acting for banks; it dominates the market for property finance work. It also advises on regulatory, corporate finance, project finance and acquisition finance transactions, and handles litigation. Recent highlights include assisting Axéréal with a €150m private placement issuance and a €775m syndicated loan. Olivier Hubert heads the regulatory team, while the ‘superb’ Emmanuel Fatôme is in charge of the property finance practice. Pierre Gebarowski, Guillaume Rossignol and Paul Talbourdet are key names for property finance work. Jean-Renaud Cazali, Corentin Coatalem, Christophe Gaillard and Yannick Le Gall handle other types of finance work. (2016)

Recommended for its ‘listening abilities and efficiency’ and ‘good quality work’, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei A.A.R.P.I’s 28-lawyer team advises lenders on corporate, PPP and banking deals. It assisted Casino with obtaining a €1.2bn syndicated credit facility. Corentin Coatalem, Christophe Gaillard, Olivier Hubert, Yannick Le Gall and Antoine Maffei are the key figures along with property finance experts Emmanuel Fatôme, Pierre Gebarowski, Guillaume Rossignol and Paul Talbourdet. (2015)

Legal 500 EMEA 2018/2021: Project Finance (Band 2)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is one of the banks’ preferred advisers for mid- to large-scale French infrastructure projects. Headed by Jean-Renaud Cazali, the practice handles work spanning a wide range of areas, including telecoms, public building and sport facilities. It is frequently involved alongside banks and energy operators on project work in the renewables energy area. Recently, the practice also advised on the refinancing of large projects, including the new home of the Tribunal de grande instance de Paris. Senior associate Antoine Payen also provides strong support. Testimonials: ‘Beyond a very high level expertise proven in financing, we noticed that the firm has a culture of dealmakers with a balanced approach between all parties and a search for understanding and adaptation to the business context of the deal.’ ‘Antoine Payen (senior associate of Jean-Renaud Cazali) demonstrates great determination in representing the client’s interests and real listening skills.’ (2021)

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)

Chambers Europe 2012 / 2021: Banking & Finance (Band 2)

What the team is known for : Offers notable capabilities across the full range of banking and finance matters, including debt refinancing, real estate and asset finance, as well as LBO acquisition financing and syndicated finance. Solid client base consisting of leading international and French banks, in addition to credit institutions. Provides a full-service offering for clients through cooperation with its real estate, tax and corporate teams. Strengths : Sources highlight the team for its client service and dedication, with one interviewee also highlighting the lawyers for their "ability to be structurally creative, to involve the various departments of the firm and to cover all aspects of a single transaction," which is "particularly impressive." Clients also applaud the team members for "very high reactivity, good execution quality and proactivity in managing issues." (2021)

What the team is known for : Offers notable capabilities across the full range of banking and finance matters, including debt refinancing, real estate and asset finance, as well as LBO acquisition financing and syndicated finance. Solid client base consisting of leading international and French banks, in addition to credit institutions. Also advises corporate clients from the IT, retail and leisure sectors. Provides a full-service offering for clients through co-operation with its real estate, tax and corporate teams. Strengths : Clients laud the lawyers for being "technically very strong and having very good judgement on situations." (2020)

What the team is known for : Offers notable capabilities across the full range of banking and finance matters, including debt restructuring, real estate and project finance, as well as LBO acquisition financing and syndicated finance. Solid client base consisting of leading international and French banks, in addition to European and US investors and credit institutions. Also advises corporate clients from the natural resources, life sciences and renewable energy sectors. Provides a full-service offering for clients through co-operation with its real estate, tax and public law teams. Strengths : Clients highlight the team's "reactivity, knowledge of local practices and anticipation and measurement of the risks" as its main strengths. Interviewees also describe the lawyers as "thorough and precise," and admire how they "really facilitate the negotiations by going straight to the point." (2019)

What the team is known for: Offers notable capabilities across the full range of banking and finance matters, including debt restructuring, real estate and project finance, as well as LBO acquisition financing and syndicated finance. Solid client base consisting mainly of leading French banks, in addition to European and US investors and credit institutions. Strengths: "Client are impressed by team members' "amazing attention to customers at any time of the day or night; they make you feel like you are their only client." Interviewees appreciate the team's "efficient interactions on key topics or problems during negotiations." (2018)

What the team is known for: Offers notable capabilities across the full range of banking and finance matters, including LBO acquisition financing, real estate and project finance. Solid client base consisting mainly of leading French banks, in addition to European and US investors and credit institutions. Strengths: "The team has a good understanding of banks' expectations, but also takes into account the limits acceptable to the clients in terms of negotiation." (2017)

What the team is known for Strong French firm advising banks, investors and credit institutions on mid-cap transactions. Particularly focused on real estate finance, but is also active in other areas of financing including acquisition and leveraged finance transactions. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "De Pardieu is a really good firm, responsive, with great quality in the work and good knowledge." (2016)

What the team is known for: Sizeable practice handling LBO financings, real estate finance and project finance. Also noted for the cross-disciplinary nature of its transactional work, and its coverage of structured finance, securitisation and derivatives. (2015)

What the team is known for: Well known for its market-leading real estate finance practice. Also noted for its securitisation, derivatives and regulatory work. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "I like that the firm has a partner who's the main point of contact and who's always involved. Partners there don't follow things from afar but are very present on the deals." (2014)

This widely respected French firm has a solid offering in the banking sphere. Real estate finance is perhaps the team's strongest suit, but commentators are also full of praise for its work on mid-cap acquisition financings. The banking team works closely with the firm's market-leading restructuring and insolvency group, and houses experts in financial services regulation. Sources say: Very high quality and very good for real estate.” “Strong on the French market.” (2013)

This acclaimed banking and finance group regularly advises national and international financial players, insurance companies and public sector bodies. The team is traditionally renowned for its property finance work, and draws upon this strength for many mandates involving key international property operators. Sources say: “The go-to lawyers for mid-cap deals in Paris.” (2012)

Chambers Global 2021 - Banking & Finance (Band 4)

What the team is known for : Offers notable capabilities across the full range of banking and finance matters, including debt refinancing, real estate and asset finance, as well as LBO acquisition financing and syndicated finance. Solid client base consisting of leading international and French banks, in addition to credit institutions. Provides a full-service offering for clients through co-operation with its real estate, tax and corporate teams. (2021)

Chambers Global 2016 / 2020 - Banking & Finance (Band 3)

What the team is known for : Offers notable capabilities across the full range of banking and finance matters, including debt refinancing, real estate and asset finance, as well as LBO acquisition financing and syndicated finance. Solid client base consisting of leading international and French banks, in addition to credit institutions. Also advises corporate clients from the IT, retail and leisure sectors. Provides a full-service offering for clients through co-operation with its real estate, tax and corporate teams. (2020)

What the team is known for: Acts for a range of French banks as well as European and US credit institutions on matters spanning the financial sector, with particular expertise in UK, US and German law. Adept at handling the French angle of larger multi-jurisdictional mandates. (2018)

What the team is known for: Acts for a range of French banks as well as European and US credit institutions on matters spanning the financial sector, with particular expertise in UK, US and German law. (2017)

What the team is known for Assists a range of French banks as well as European and American credit institutions with a range of financings. (2016)

Who's Who Legal 2017 / 2020: Project Finance

Jean-Renaud Cazali has an impressive practice advising domestic and international banks and finance institutions on project financing issues and structured finance. Antoine Maffei is a true statesman of the French legal market, and has over 30 years of experience in project financing matters. (2020) Two lawyers from independent French firm DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI are listed here. Jean-Renaud Cazali is a highly knowledgeable adviser to major banks and financial institutions who he frequently counsels on a range of project financing matters. Antoine Maffei is a long-standing expert in the market who receives widespread endorsements for his sophisticated counsel to major financial sector clients. (2018) French independent DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI is a key player in the country’s finance space. Name partner Antoine Maffei is a well-known figure in the domestic market with a longstanding practice focusing on project finance transactions. The “superb” Jean-Renaud Cazali regularly advises domestic and international banking clients and financial institutions on cross-border project financings. (2017)

IFLR1000 2017 / 2021: Banking - Tier 1

In the banking area the firm is primarily mandated by lenders on acquisition finance, syndicated loans, LBOs, real estate finance and refinancing work. It also advises foreign banks, investment funds, fund managers, fintech companies, insurance companies and payment services on financial services regulatory matters. (2019)

The banking and finance team advised primarily lenders in acquisition finance, syndicated loan matters and refinancing. Their main clients include leading French and international banks like BNP Paraibas, Natixis and JP Morgan. / "It has dedicated lawyers with deep knowledge and expertise."/ "Excellent work and highly reactive with nice teams to work with." / "It also has a very strong financing team, which is key in our market" (2018)

"Its banking and finance team has advised borrowers in relation various bilateral and syndicated loan matters, often in the context of an anticipated acquisition. Debt refinancing has also featured. Some of the firm’s most noteworthy clients include Crédit Agricole Group, BNP Paribas, Barclays Bank, HSBC, Louis Dreyfus Company and the European Investment Bank." / “The firm houses diligent, knowledgeable lawyers with a solid commercial understanding”. “Corentin Coatalem demonstrates pedagogy with our customers.” “Christophe Gaillard is a very good negotiator.” “Olivier Hubert is a very experienced practitioner who is of great assistance when steering through the often rather baroque particularities of French law.”(2017)

IFLR1000 2014 / 2016: Banking - Tier 2

A client from a well-known European bank, who worked with the firm on a financial restructuring, says: “An excellent law firm with extremely talented, committed and well connected people. It is always extremely beneficial to have such quality individuals on your side to assist during complex restructuring transactions. They are a firm with a strong level of expertise but also with the right approach to business.” Separate clients call partners Yannick Le Gall and Corentin Coatalem excellent. Known for its expertise in banking, the firms ten partner strong team is well versed in financing, structured finance and securitisation and regulatory work. Highlights include working for InVivo in connection to its €800 million financing through a syndicated loan and a EuroPP bond issuance. Other clients include Tour Eiffel, who the firm aided with its first EuroPP issuance. The firm worked for the banks in connection with the financing of Cerelia’s LBO, and in the real estate sector advised both ING and Natixis with the financing and acquisition of Celsius Portfolio, from CBRE Retail Property Fund, by an institutional investor and AEW Europe. (2016)

The firm are highly rated in the banking and finance sector, with activity in financing and regulatory work. The firm tends to act domestically for the major French banks in some capacity, in one instance advising a pool of banks with an acquisition and refinancing loan, an investment loan and a revolving loan, relating to the LBO of printing company Armor. Elsewhere, the firm advised Natixis and BNP Paribas as lenders in relation to the syndicated financing of the takeover of Dutch group Hertel by Altrad, valued at €500 million. (2015)

The firm’s ten partner banking practice saw some movement in and out at senior associate and counsel level over 2013 but otherwise maintained a consistent bench which, although domestic-focused, remains very strong in certain areas such as real estate financing. A “diligent, commercially astute firm with knowledgeable and experienced individuals,” says a client for real estate financing. Another says: “we usually work with them on LBO transactions or on corporate loans, and they meet very well our (and our client) needs”. In 2013-14 the firm won panel appointments from Barclays, BNP Paribas and Natixis, among others and in one notable deal advised BECM, BNP Paribas, CA-CIB, Crédit du Nord, HSBC France, Lloyds Bank, Natixis and Société Générale on refinancing two syndicated facilities to ICADE for €875 million in March 2014 and lenders including Natixis and ING Bank on a €400 million on the mortgage refinancing of a real estate portfolio of the CBRE Global Investors retail fund (RPFFB France). On the borrower side, the firm acted for agribusiness Axereal on a syndicated facility worth €1.12 billion from 21 French and international banks. The loan is divided into four facilities comprising a refinancing, capex, revolving credit facility and structured facility. It won similar mandates for clients including Wendel, which its advised on a €700 million syndicated facility. (2014)

Chambers Europe 2013 / 2018: PFI/PPP (Band 2)

What the team is known for: Well-established French firm advising on a wide range of PFI and PPP projects. The team demonstrates notable skill advising lenders, hedge funds and investors on the project financing and contractual aspects of infrastructure and telecommunications projects.  Strengths:  Interviewees appreciate the firm's efficiency, pragmatism and "very strong expertise in the market in terms of infrastructure and financing." (2018)

What the team is known for: Prestigious French firm advising both public and private clients in the PFI/PPP sector. Works on partnership contracts, long-term leases on publicly owned land, temporary occupation permits and complex contractual agreements. Lawyers represent investment funds, sponsors and credit institutions operating in different sectors such as transport, energy and urban services. Strengths: Clients praise the team's method of work, saying: "The lawyers are practical and they propose solutions to ensure the deals go forward." Other clients highlight the lawyers' flexibility and responsiveness. (2017)

What the team is known for Prestigious French firm advising both public and private clients in the PFI/PPP sector. Works on partnership contracts, long-term leases on publicly owned land, temporary occupation permits and complex contractual agreements. (2016)

What the team is known for Advises both private and public clients across the energy and infrastructure sectors for defence, urban services, transport, environment and leisure. Acts on project financing and structure documentation, complex contractual negotiation and the implementation of PPP. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "The lawyers are very positive, responsive and provide a good infrastructure in their offices." (2015)

What the team is known for: Accomplished team with a wealth of experience advising both public and private sector clients across a range of industries including defence, urban services, transport and environment. Advises on partnership contracts, contractual arrangements and leases on publicly-owned land. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "A very active firm; the team is proactive and has a great relationship with clients." "One of the best French firms; we appreciate its work."  (2014)

What the team is known for: This firm continues to receive praise for the high quality of its work in this area. It generally works on medium-sized projects with a strong focus on the real estate sector. A recent case of note was advising the lenders on the financing of the refurbishment of 12 schools in Seine Saint Denis. It also assisted Caisse des Dépôts with the EUR800 million financing of the Eco-Tax project awarded to a consortium led by Autostrada, an Atlantia subsidiary. Other clients include Spie Batignolles, Demathieu & Bard and the French Ministry of Defence. Sources say: "I think it's an excellent law firm, dynamic and able. I definitely recommend it for PPP." "The team is efficient and business-minded, and it delivers. The lawyers are pragmatic and make deals happen." (2013)

Chambers Europe 2012: PFI/PPP (Band 3)

What the team is known for: Clients enthuse about this relatively young but increasingly successful PPP/PFI team, and peers recognise it as an impressive new contender in the market. The team benefits from the firm's long-standing strength in banking and real estate and it recently advised the European Investment Bank on the EUR800 million financing of the A63 concession. Sources say: "It finds the details that the other side would prefer that it did not find." "Increasingly present in the market."

IFLR1000 2014/2021: Project Finance - Tier 3

The firm also advised sponsors, lenders and borrowers on project finance work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. (2019) The infrastructure, technology and energy sectors represent areas of strength for the project finance and development practices, and the firm has been working for investors and lenders. (2018) The construction, technology and energy sectors represent areas of strength for the project finance and development practice, with PPP projects featuring regularly. (2017)

In projects, a domestic highlight saw the firm acting for Société Générale in connection with the financing of a PPP (public-private partnership) between the University of Lorraine and Melotech, a subsidiary of Eiffage and the acting project company, in respect of the financing of a new wing of the university. (2016)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei focus primarily on domestic projects, with a particular emphasis in the PPP (public-private partnership) sector. The firm has been involved in eight successfully closed PPP projects since the summer of 2013, in sectors including defence, transport, infrastructure and energy. One example saw Jean-Renaud Cazali advise Societe Generale and Banco Santander as lenders on the €192 million long term lease of the Grande Arche de la Défense. Other projects the firm was involved with include the extension of universities in Lille and Marseille. A client in the construction sector who worked with the firm on a PFI (private finance initiative) project describes the firm as “excellent, quick and reliable”. Referring to key partner Jean-Renaud Cazali, the same client labels him an “excellent lawyer, always available and (has) high levels of expertise. Excellent to work with, always seeking pragmatic solutions and has a great ability to convince his counterparties”. (2015)

In 2013-14 the firm saw some changes in its projects department, among them the recruitment of senior associate Laure Rosenblieh from Orrick Rambaud Martel and loss of public law head Olivier Schmitt and three senior associates to Schmitt Avocats. Among its highlight roles the firm was advising Vinci Concessions and Meridiam on the financing, design and dismantling of the manual dams of the Aisne and Meuse basins and construction, operation and maintenance of 29 dams. The €350 million 30-year project was the largest PPP (public-private partnership) closed in France in 2013. In other notable deals, the firm advised Crédit Foncier de France, la Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance d’Ile de France and BPIFrance Financement on the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the €60 million Cergy-Pontoise ice rink and Société Générale, NordLB and CDC as lenders on the extension, construction and fitting-out of a Lille University campus for €80 million. Both projects were under public-private partnership. The firm was also very active on biomass projects across France. (2014)