Ranks Legal 500 EMEA – Energy 2016/2021

Legal 500 EMEA 2019/2021 – Industry Focus: Energy (Band 1)

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei’s comprehensive practice unites high-level expertise in public law, regulatory, project, corporate and finance. The firm is managing a high volume of work pertaining to major French projects and frequently acts for France’s leading energy producers and operators as well as for leading French banks. Experience includes large refinancings and major brownfield renewables energy transactions as well as several corporate transactions, including in the biomass sector, and a floating wind farm project. Landmark international projects are also dealt with.  Christine Le Bihan-Graf, who co-heads the energy practice, is one of France’s most respected experts in the field of energy regulatory issues and assists high-profile energy clients their most strategic matters, often handling cases before the energy regulator and French courts. Also recommended are corporate M&A specialists Patrick JaïsThomas Bréart de Boisanger (who also co-heads the energy practice) and Cédric Chanas, as well as project finance expert Jean-Renaud Cazali (third co-head of the energy practice). Counsels Grégoire Balland and Laure Rosenblieh also contribute. Testimonials: The team has a very pragmatic approach.’ ‘Jean-Renaud Cazali and Charles Becquart have very good knowledge of the market. The firm has a very healthy approach to billing services. Excellent value. Global approach to subjects that permits negotiations in the best interests of the client.’ ‘Advice is fair, precise and direct.’ ‘Christine Le Bihan-Graf has a perfect knowledge of French regulations relating to electricity and more generally to energy. She is remarkably intelligent and full of energy; she provides the best advice and takes the best initiatives for her client.’ (2021)

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. 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.’ (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)

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)