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Olivier Le Bars is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group of the Paris office.
He has a sound knowledge of public contractual issues (public service concessions, public works concessions, partnership agreements, PPPs, BOT frameworks, etc.).
His practice mainly includes public law and construction law.
Olivier is essentially involved in all aspects of the structuring and financing of infrastructure, industrial and energy projects, notably by drafting PPPs, back-to-back agreements (EPC agreements, O&M agreements and interface agreements) as well as security documents (direct agreements).
Before joining White & Case, he worked during one year as a junior associate at a major French law firm. He advised private companies, lenders and public bodies in national and international PPPs related to the construction of airports, sports arena, engineering works (dams and sub-fluvial tunnels) and public service infrastructures (public lighting, heating plants, transportation, water), as well as in the implementation of real estate programs (project management contracts, real estate, promotion contracts and energy performance contracts) and in the drafting and negotiation of public defense and security contracts.
Olivier also spent six months within the legal department of veola-transdev (a world leader in public transport), where he developed a good understanding of operational and legal issues relating to PPPs in the transport sector.
Olivier has been a teaching assistant in public business law in the law school of the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) between 2009 and 2011.
Representation of the lenders, including international financial institutions International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, DEG, Proparco and Korea Development Bank, and a syndicate of commercial banks including BBVA, SMBC, HSBC, Siemens Bank and Deutsche Bank, on the €550 million financing of an integrated healthcare campus public-private partnership (PPP) in Adana, Turkey, which transaction was awarded "European PPP Deal of the Year" by IJGlobal 2015, "Best PPP Deal of the Year" and "Best social development Deal of the Year" by EMEA Finance 2015.
Representation of the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the project bond which refinances 11 French telecoms concessions that are owned by Axione Infrastructures. This transaction awarded the European Telecoms Deal of the Year by IJ Global 2015. This is the first project bond with EIB credit enhancement product issued in France and the first in Europe issued for digital infrastructure and the first project bond listed on Euronext Paris.
Representation of the sponsors in connection with the refurbishment of the Ritz hotel in Paris (private sector).
Representation of BOAD and BIDC, as co-arrangers, in connection with the financing, construction and operation of a combined cycle thermal power plant project (372 MW) in Songon, Côte d’Ivoire.
Representation of Emerging Capital Partners in connection with the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a hydroelectric facility in the Republic of Mali.
Representation of BMCE Bank as the sole lender supporting a consortium composed of Abengoa Water and InfraMaroc on the financing of a desalination plant in Agadir, Morocco. The large scale PPP is the first delegated management contract of this importance in Morocco under the law n° 54-05, and also the first for the production of drinking water which will contribute to the major development taking place in Agadir, particularly in the tourism, agrifood and industrial sectors.
Representation of a consortium in the bidding phase of a 850MW wind projects in Morocco.
Representation of the project company formed by Eiffage in connection with the concession, financing, building and operation of a new section of the Dakar (Senegal) toll road, which represents an investment of € 121 million to be fund by the Senegalese government, AFD, Eiffage and its lenders. These additional 16,5 km will connect the first section of the Dakar-Diamniadio Toll Road to the new Blaise Diagne international airport.