Jean-Luc Champy

Partner, Paris

Biography

Overview

Jean-Luc Champy is a partner in the Paris office's Project Development & Finance team of White & Case. His practice mainly includes public law, infrastructure concessions, PPP and public domain issues, public works and all aspects of the energy and environment matters.

Public entities, sponsors and subcontractors as well as lenders in every aspect of their concessions and PPP project look to Jean-Luc for advice on the contracts awarding, execution or litigation issues.

Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a key practitioner in Public law, clients praise him for being "very quickly grasp complex problems".

Jean-Luc works mainly on construction, transportation infrastructure (tunnels, motorways, railways) and grids (electronic communications, public lighting) matters, where he succeeded to act on major projects such as the highways L2 in Marseille* (for the State), A150*, A355*, RCEA* (for the sponsors), the LGV Bretagne-Pays-Loire* (for a lender), the refinancing of the Eurotunnel and Tours-Bordeaux railway concessions*, the Saint Nazaire hospital* (for the sponsors and the project company), universities Centrale Supelec* (for lenders) and Toulouse le Mirail* (for some sponsors), a video surveillance network* (for a bidder), the Balard project* (for two subcontractors), and the new Courthouse of Paris* (for a bidder).

In addition, he has been involved in the highly publicized restructuring and refurbishment of the Arche de la Défense*, where he advised the winning bidder Eiffage, and in the financing of the extension of the Port of Calais*.

Recently, he has advised a consortium led by Eiffage for the Lille airport concession and is advising the company in charge of the Nantes – Saint Nazaire Montoir airport concession.

Jean-Luc also guides many of the private and public companies in the energy sector and he has been notably advising the French Government on the development of 6 major offshore wind projects in France*, on the renewal of its hydroelectric concessions* and several grid operators such as Enedis* (formerly ERDF) and RTE*.

Jean-Luc joined the Firm in February 2020 from an international law firm in Paris where he was Partner in the Public Law and Project Finance department.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Education
DESS
Public Sector and Economic Law
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Diploma
Public Sector and Economic Law
Paris Institute of Political Studies
Languages
French
English

Experience

Offshore wind*
Advised the French Government (Department of energy) on the negotiation of the major public contracts (public domain occupancy, PPA) and on the renegotiation of the feed-in tariffs of the 6 first bottom fixed projects (Saint-Nazaire, Courseules, Fécamp, St Brieuc, Dieppe Le Tréport, Yeu, Noirmoutier).

Advised the French Government on the new call for tender of Dunkerque (first project with a CFD, awarded in 2019).

CDG Express link*
Advised the lender of a consortium in its bid for the attribution of the concession agreement regarding operation of the CDG Express link, a large and technically complex project connecting the CDG airport to the centre of Paris by express train).

Ports of Calais and Boulogne-Sur-Mer*
Advised the lenders and bondholders in relation to the financing of the concession agreement relating to the Ports of Calais and Boulogne-Sur-Mer (Port deal of the year 2016 – Infrastructure Journal - PFI).

Grand Paris Express*
Acted for Société du Grand Paris on public procurement issues and on the contractual relationships with other public entities (RATP GI and Ile de France Mobilités).

THD Yonne network*
Advised Altitude Telecom in connection with the public service delegation contract for the rollout of a high-speed internet network in Yonne (France).

THD Haute Garonne network
Advised the lenders to the project company in connection with the public service delegation contract for the rollout of a high-speed internet network in Haute Garonne (France).

THD Hauts de France network
Advised the lenders to the project company in connection with the public service delegation contract for the rollout of a high-speed internet network in the Hauts de France (France) (Telecom deal of the year 2017 – Infrastructure Journal - PFI)

L2/A507 Bypass*
Advised the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy for the new bypass in Marseille, known as the "L2" or the "A507" PFI project (Road deal of the year, 2014 IFLR European awards).

A355 Motorway*
Advised a consortium led by FAYAT and NGE bidding on the concession regarding the construction and the operation of the Strasbourg bypass motorway, following a tender offer launched by the French State.

BPNL (Northern Lyon bypass)
Advised a consortium led by Fayat and Sanef bidding for the partnership contract concerning the 10 km-long north Lyon ring road (BPNL).

Hospital of Saint-Nazaire*
Advised the company holding the BEH (long-term lease) of the hospital of Saint-Nazaire.

Supélec*
Advised Société Générale in relation to the financing of the PPP relating to the construction of the new campus of CentraleSupélec in Saclay.

TGI de Paris*
Advised consortium of industrial companies and financial investors as project participants (as well as the related project entity as borrower) on their bid for the development through a PFI project of the 66,000 sq. m. new building of the Paris Civil Court known as the "TGI de Paris".

 

*Transactions worked on prior to joining White & Case

Publications

Mise en concurrence des services de transport ferroviaire de voyageurs : vers un renouveau de la politique contractuelle ? author, Contrats et marchés publics, August 2019

Le stockage de l'électricité : un instrument d'avenir au service de la transition énergétique, author, Capital Finance, June 2018

La loi « Sapin II » prise aux mots : transparence - anticorruption - modernisation, co-author, Fauves Edition, January 2017

Contentieux de l'exécution des contrats publics : du bon usage des procédures d'urgence, author, Contrats et marchés publics, 2013

Awards and Recognition

Ranked Band 2 in Chambers Europe 2019, Public Law, France

Ranked Next Generation Lawyers in Legal 500 EMEA 2019, category Administrative & Public Law, France

Ranked Highly Regarded in IFLR 1000 2019, categories Project Finance and Project Development, France