Jacques Bouillon

Partner, Paris


“Very pleasant to deal with and a solid adviser”
“He goes straight to the point and he is dedicated.”
Chambers, PFI/PPP, France, 2017


Jacques Bouillon is a lead partner within the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group of the Firm's Paris office. He has 25 years' international experience in public and construction law, particularly in project financing in civil law countries.

Jacques' clients benefit from his experience in project finance, including BOT, PPP and concession projects in various sectors. He is particularly sought after for his in-depth knowledge of road, railway, ports, airports and urban transportation infrastructures, social infrastructure, energy (production and distribution), water, oil & gas conveyance infrastructures and telecommunications.

His international client list, extensive and varied, includes public entities, governmental and local authorities, municipalities, international financial institutions (including development finance institutions and export credit agencies), banks, sponsors and concessionaires for public works and services.

Jacques has extensive experience in cross-border concessions and the specific issues raised by this type of project. In particular, he advised international institutions, including IFC and Eximbank, in connection with the US$6 billion financing of the Chad Cameroon Pipeline.

Before joining the Paris office of White & Case, he was head of Time Warner France's legal department, and was notably responsible for the negotiation of cable television and video communication network licenses.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Specialized Higher Studies Degree and In-house Corporate Legal Counsel Degree
Université d'Aix-Marseille III
Graduate Degree in Business Law
Université d'Aix-Marseille III

Institut de Sciences Politiques, Public Service Sector



A355 motorway, 2018
Representation of the lenders of a consortium led by Vinci Concessions on all construction and public law aspects of the A355 motorway concession project in France.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency Campus in Turkey, 2017
Representation of the lenders in connection with the financing to be provided to CCN Holding Group for the construction of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency Campus Public - Private Partnership project in Turkey.

Ikitelli hospital in Turkey, 2017
Representation of lenders and hedging banks, including JBIC, NEXI, SMBC, MUFG, Standard Chartered Bank, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company and the Iyo Bank, on the $1.83 billion financing of the 2,682-bed Ikitelli Hospital public - private partnership (PPP) in Istanbul, Turkey. This transaction was awarded “ PPP Deal of the Year” 2017 by Project Finance International.

Lyon Nice Airports, 2016
Representation of a bidding consortium in connection with the process for privatisation of the Companies Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur and the Aéroports de Lyon in France.

The Ritz Hotel refurbishment, 2014-2016
Representation of the Ritz Hotel Limited in connection with the refurbishment of the luxury hotel located Place Vendôme. This representation includes various development matters, including the issuance of the required authorizations (building permits and public domain occupancy on Place Vendôme), the negotiation and drafting of the construction agreements with Bouygues and the management of various claims from neighbors of Place Vendôme.

The Carlton Hotel renovation, 2015
Representation of Katara Hospitality in connection with the renovation of the Carlton in Cannes, France.

Adana hospital in Turkey, 2014
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.

Expansion of the Dakar-Diamniadio toll road PPP, Senegal, 2014
Representation of the project company formed by Eiffage in connection with the concession, financing, building and operation of a new section of the Dakar toll road 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. We also advised the project company on the first section of the Dakar-Diamniadio Toll Road project which transaction was awarded "Africa Road Deal of the Year" by Project Finance 2010.

Financing a new tolling system, "Ecotaxe", 2011 – 2014
Representation of a group of six commercial banks providing finance to the consortium composed of Atlantia (Autostrade per l'Italia) and six of its partners, from its group of key suppliers, in the PPP project for the design, construction, financing and operation of a new tolling system, "Ecotaxe", which was first implemented in Alsace and subsequently all over France, for heavy load vehicles using the French national road network. This transaction was awarded "PPP Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International 2011 and "Technology Deal of the Year" by Project Finance 2011.

Further, representation of the lenders in connection with the major restructuring of the Ecotaxe project following the reassessment of the initial project by the French government.

Henri Konan Bédié toll bridge, Côte d'Ivoire, 2012
Representation of the lenders of a consortium led by Bouygues Travaux Publics (including AfDB, PAIDF, BOAD, EBID, AFC, BMCE Bank and FMO) for the financing, design, construction and operation of a toll bridge in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, under a concession scheme with a debt and equity coverage from MIGA. This transaction was awarded "African Transport Deal of the Year" by Project Finance 2012.

€8 billion high-speed railways between Tours and Bordeaux, 2011
Representation of the lenders for the financing of the project company formed by the winning bidder consortium led by Vinci Concessions, in connection with the construction, development and maintenance of the high speed railways between Tours and Bordeaux in France. This is one of the most complex infrastructure financing to date, involving State and state-owned entities guarantees, commercial bank debt, EIB financing (including a LGTT tranche) and the French CDC long term financing. The amount of the financing was in excess of €8 billion. This transaction was awarded "Rail Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International 2011, "High-Speed Rail Deal of the Year" by Project Finance magazine 2011 and "Deal of the Year – Transport" by Infrastructure Journal 2012.


French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award, Client alert, December 2016

Transposition of the Concession Directive in France, Client Alert, February 2016

Les aspects juridiques de la "bancabilité" des contrats de partenariat et de délégation de service public, Bulletin Juridique des Contrats Publics (BJCP), March-April 2012

Grands Projets d'infrastructure et protection de la biodiversité, Le Magazine des Affaires n°51, May 2010, (co-author)

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer: Chambers Europe 2018
PFI/PPP – France

Leading Lawyer: Chambers Europe 2018
Public Law – France

Leading Lawyer: Chambers Europe 2018
Projects: international projects - France

Leading Lawyer: IFLR 1000 2018
Project finance