Practice Areas

Public Law and Public Procurement Law

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Mastering all angles of public law

We have extensive experience in public law, public procurement law, town planning, environmental legislation, and administrative litigation. 

This enables us to advise private companies as well as public entities, such as municipalities.  

We partner with other specialist divisions at August Debouzy to ensure large industrial operators, particularly in the railway, aerospace, and waste treatment sectors, are fully serviced in both advisory and litigation cases. 

Interventions

  • Public Law and Public Procurement Law

  • Public Procurement

  • Public-private partnerships

  • Assistance with urban planning and development transactions

  • Public Ownership

  • Assistance in setting up local public companies

  • Public Institutions

  • Public Litigation

We have extensive experience in public law, public procurement law, town planning, environmental legislation, and administrative litigation. 

This enables us to advise private companies as well as public entities, such as municipalities.  

We partner with other specialist divisions at August Debouzy to ensure large industrial operators, particularly in the railway, aerospace, and waste treatment sectors, are fully serviced in both advisory and litigation cases. 

Public Procurement

Our expert team can assist both public and private actors at all stages of public procurement procedures, including with: 

  • Feasibility studies 
  • Preparation of tender documents 
  • Assistance during the procurement process (competition, advertising) 
  • Structuring bids 
  • Creation of analysis grids 
  • Advice on the selection of offers 
  • Negotiation and contracts drafting (financing, guarantees...) 
  • Fiscal impact studies and management of relations with  tax authorities 
  • Issues encountered during execution 
  • Amendments 

Public-private partnerships

We advise public institutions and businesses around complex legal arrangements such as delegation of public services (DSP) and public-private partnerships (PPP).  

Our services include risk analysis, creating consultations, handling bidding and negotiation processes for contractual terms, and finalizing  contracts. 

Our expertise also extends to financing agreements, execution phases, and contract termination. 

Assistance with urban planning and development transactions

Our experts provide comprehensive support to clients for all types of urban planning operations. We offer a wide range of services to facilitate urban planning operations, including: 

  • Feasibility studies 
  • Land acquisition or sale 
  • Contractual negotiations 
  • Assistance with administrative authorization requests 
  • Audit and drafting of urban planning and development documents 
  • Assistance with the structuring and financing of development operations 
  • Advice on pre-emption and expropriation procedures 
  • Audit of real estate assets before acquisition

Public Ownership

We assist public, semi-public, and private actors with all their issues related to public property: 

  • Development of real estate projects on public land 
  • Occupation of public spaces 
  • Development and renovation of government assets 
  • Outsourcing of management of public assets. 

Assistance in setting up local public companies

Our team advises public entities on the organization of their legal structure. We assist clients in the preparation of contractual documents, the selection of governance choices, with administrative formalities, and with the effective implementation of the preferred legal structure. 

Public Institutions

Our lawyers counsel clients on all aspects of public institutions law, including: 

  • Transfer of competencies between public structures 
  • Statutes update 
  • Governance 
  • Assessment of legal and financial risks 
  • Human resources 
  • Public grants and state aid 
  • Reports from the Court of Auditors and Regional Audit Chambers 
  • Electoral law 

Public Litigation

Our team represents clients in all forms of public law disputes, in national and European courts. We assist at all stages of potential disputes, from auditing legal risks, to pre-litigation mediation and management, and representation in court. 

We have developed extensive expertise in numerous types of litigation, related to: 

  • Agents 
  • Elections  
  • Contract conclusion and execution 
  • Liability of public agents or officials 
  • Urban planning and administrative authorizations 
  • Summary judgments against tender procedures 
  • Claims for annulment and compensation
  • Criminal components of public procurement, such as illegal acquisitions. 

Team

  • Working languages: French, English, German, Spanish

Rewards

"Clients describe the team as "very pleasant, responsive and committed both on the technical advice given in public law and on the more commercial aspects."

Chambers & Partners Europe 2024

Public law

Band 3

Chambers & Partners Europe 2024

Emmanuelle Mignon

Band 3

Chambers & Partners Europe 2024

Vincent Brenot

Band 2

“The team of about ten lawyers can deal with a varied range of cases, while its expertise in litigation and public procurement contracts is particularly well-known”

Legal 500 EMEA 2024

Administrative and public law

Tier 2

Legal 500 EMEA 2024

Emmanuelle Mignon

Leading individual

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Public domain law

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Excellent

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Administrative contracts & related litigation

Excellent

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Commercial urban planning

Highly recommended

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Urban planning and development

Recommended