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The Dispute Resolution team advises companies and their management at all stages of the dispute resolution process. The team represents clients before French civil, criminal and administrative courts and European courts, as well as in French or international arbitration proceedings and in disciplinary, investigatory or legal proceedings initiated by French administrative authorities.

It also performs due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, identifying and reviewing a target’s outstanding litigation and its internal dispute identification, processing and resolution procedures.

The team also helps implement preventive measures for the detection by companies of facts and circumstances likely to lead to disputes.

The close cooperation between the Dispute Resolution team and the firm’s other departments is one of the firm core strengths. It allows the team to handle complex cases in specialized areas such as securities litigation, competition law litigation, financial regulatory disputes and public law disputes.

Practice areas:

Pre-litigation and litigation of civil, criminal and administrative disputes in the areas of:

  • Banking and financial law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Employment law
  • EU Competition law & Distribution
  • Insurance and reinsurance law
  • Intellectual Property law
  • Public law
  • Real Estate law
  • Securities law
  • White-collar crime

Domestic & international arbitration

Ranks Energy

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)

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)

Chambers Europe 2020 / 2021: 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: One client highlights the team's "very high expertise, very high efficiency and the relevance of the advice" as clear strengths. Sources also applaud the practice for its "dealmaking culture with a balanced approach between all parties and a search for understanding and adaptation to the business context of the deal." (2021)

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." (2021)

IFLR1000 2019/2020: Energy - Tier 3

The firm also advised sponsors, lenders and borrowers on project finance work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. (2019)

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