Olivier Le Bars | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Olivier Le Bars
Olivier Le Bars

Olivier Le Bars

Associate, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 58 23

E Olivier.lebars@whitecase.com

Overview

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).

Olivier spent six months within the legal department of Veolia-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 also been a teaching assistant in public business law in the law school of the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) between 2009 and 2011.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • Paris Bar School
  • Master 2, (J.D equivalent) with a special focus on Public Business Law, Université de Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne
  • Complementary diploma in European Business Law, Université Paris XII

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

Morocco 850MW wind programme, 2017

Representation of the winning consortium in connection with the 850 MW Integrated Wind Energy Programme in Morocco launched by the Office National d'Eau et d'Electricité (ONEE), comprising a total of five on-shore wind farms.

Cairo metro, 2017

Representation of Taisei on structuring the bid submission to Egyptian NAT for the construction of the line 4 of the Cairo metro financed through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loans (amounting to 2-3 billion euros).

A355 motorway, 2017

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.

Yozgat hospital in Turkey, 2016

Representation of the lenders, including SMBC, BTMU and Siemens Bank, on the €150 million financing construction and operation of the Yozgat 475 bed Education and Research Hospital in the city of Yozgat in Turkey, public private partnership (PPP) project.

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.

First Public Project Bond Refinancing in France in the Motorway Sector, 2016

Representation of Deutsche Bank and HSBC as joint arrangers and bookrunners on the refinancing of Autoroute de Liaison Seine-Sarthe (Alis), the first public project bond refinancing in France in the motorway sector, which operates the A28 motorway between the city of Alençon and the Rouen area in France.

Multi-User Rail Line Operation Agreement in Guinea, 2015

Representation of the Agence Nationale d'Aménagement des Infrastructures Minières (ANAIM), Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC), the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) and the Compagnie de Bauxite et d'Alumine de Dian-Dian (COBAD) in connection with a multi-user operation agreement for a mining railway between the port at Kamsar and bauxite mines at Sangaredi in the Republic of Guinea.

PPP Hydroelectric Dam in the Republic of Mali, 2015

Representation of Eranove in connection with the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance, under a Public-Private Partnership agreement, of a €110 million 42MW hydroelectric dam in Kénié, Mali. This transaction named Best Water Deal of the Year 2015 in EMEA by EMEAFinance.

European Investment Bank's project bond issuance for the refinancing of Axione Telecoms, 2014

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.

The financing of the expansion of a power plant in Côte d'Ivoire, 2014

Representation of CIPREL, an Ivorian independent electricity producer, controlled by Eranove, on the financing of both sub-phases of the fourth phase expansion of its power unit turbine, Tranche A (a 111 MW gaz to power unit) and then Tranche B of such expansion (a 111 MW combined cycle expansion amounting to €200 million). This transaction was named Best Sustainability Deal of the Year in Africa by EMEAFinance 2015.