Linklaters strengthens Paris Public Law and Projects practice with hire of Pierre Guillot

Linklaters today announced the hire of Pierre Guillot, a leading French public law expert who will be joining the firm in Paris from FinInfra, the Infrastructure Finance & PPPs Unit within the French Treasury, where he was a Project Manager – Legal Affairs. Prior to this he spent seven years working in Linklaters’ Public Law team in Paris.

Bertrand Andriani, National Managing Partner, Paris, Linklaters said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Pierre Guillot back to the Linklaters’ global network. As well as being an extraordinarily capable lawyer who will significantly strengthen our Public Law and Projects practice, he was an extremely popular and key member of our Paris team."

“Public Law is a vital element of any major transaction involving French and European government entities. We have strong track record of advising on the most significant project finance matters, PFI/PPPs, privatisations, IPOs of state-owned companies and M&A in regulated sectors as well as acting for foreign investors on issues related to inbound investment in France.”

Public Law in France is a separate corpus of law with separate courts and not one on which civil lawyers as a rule are able to advise. It is an essential component of domestic projects work, as well as projects work in Francophone African jurisdictions which follow the same system as France, and M&A transactions in regulated sectors, particularly infrastructure and energy. Most notably, Linklaters has advised: 

  • Sumitomo Corporation on its acquisition, from Engie and EDPR, of a stake in two French offshore wind farms in France
  • on high profile litigation matters in relation to public projects such as the termination of the Ecotaxe public-private partnership and the privatisation of Toulouse Blagnac airport
  • on 25 applications for authorisation under foreign investment law in France (out of 180 which were notified this year in France)
  • financial institutions in regards to their Brexit preparations and on their regulated activities in France
  • Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers now called Vauban Infrastructure Partners, on the acquisition alongside MEAG and financing of a 50% stake in the Indigo Group, the world leading car parking and individual mobility group from ARDIAN Infrastructure
  • a consortium on the structuring and financing of the first IPP project in Mali with a total project cost of EUR 123 million
Pierre Guillot career history
  • Since April 2017: FinInfra - Mission d’Appui au financement des infrastructures (Infrastructure Finance & PPPs Unit within the French Treasury) – Project Manager – Legal Affairs
  • April 2015 – April 2017: Dunaud Clarenc Combles & Associés – Counsel
  • February 2008 – April 2105: Linklaters Paris, Public law team – Associate and Managing associate
  • February 2007 – February 2008: Latournerie Wolfrom & Associés – Associate
  • August 2004 – February 2007: August & Debouzy – Associate
Education
  • 2002: Master’s degree in Public Law – Paris I Panthéon – La Sorbonne
  • 2001: Undergraduate degree in Public law and English – Paris X Nanterre