Quirec de Kersauson
Quirec de Kersauson is a Counsel in the Project Development & Finance group of the Paris office.
His area of expertise covers French public law and international projects in France and in Africa, with a focus on public contracts (notably concessions and PPPs) as well as on regulatory matters.
As for concession and PPP projects, Quirec assists public entities, sponsors and lenders in every aspect of the award, execution and litigation of those contracts.
Quirec also works on regulatory matters, in particular in the energy, transportation, telecom or public health sectors, and also has experience in specific areas such as environmental law, data protection, foreign investment, export control or public law arbitration.
He is regularly involved on prelitigation and litigation matters before French courts or public authorities.
Before joining White & Case, Quirec de Kersauson worked for nine years in an international law firm as well as in public institutions (Conseil d'Etat, French Ministry of Defense and European Parliament).
Quirec de Kersauson lectures on subjects related to public law and European public law at Sciences Po Paris. He has written numerous articles in the field of public law.
Recent experience includes advising:
- the lenders and bondholders of a JV between Bouygues Telecom and Vauban Infrastructure Partners in relation to the financing of the acquisition of IRUs in France from multiple telecom operators ("Project Obelix");
- Eiffage and Groupe Arcade-Vyv on the first concession contract granted in France for outsourced management of a housing estate owned by the Ministry of Armed Forces for a total amount of more than €7 billion;
- Transdev in relation to the call for tenders launched by the French 'Région Sud' for the operation of the Marseille - Toulon - Nice rail line, the negotiation and the conclusion of the concession contract, contracts for the acquisition and maintenance of 16 new trains, and the construction of a maintenance and storage site in Nice. This is the first rail service concession awarded by a region since the opening of competition in passenger rail transport in France in 2019;
- Altitude Group, France's leading independent fibre operator on (1) the acquisition of 26 public and private fibre networks from Covage, a wholesale fibre operator in France, (2) the acquisition of infrastructure fund Marguerite's stake in three major French FTTH concessions: Losange (Grand Est region), Rosace (Alsace) and Fibre 31 (Haute Garonne) and (3) various regulatory issues;
- RTL Group, Europe's largest broadcaster, on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group;
- Korian, the leading European care services group for elderly and vulnerable people, on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Colisée to sell 21 facilities and Vivalto Vie to sell 11 facilities.
- sponsors and lenders on various concession or PPP contracts in the fiber-optic sector (DSP Nord Pas-de-Calais, Grand-Est, Eure, Yonne, Auvergne, Loire-Atlantique, Doubs, Jura etc.), on public buildings (university of Bordeaux, Centrale Supelec, Grand Nancy Thermal etc.) or in the transportation sector (Lille airport, Nantes-Saint Nazaire Montoir airport, high-speed rail lines etc.);
- TSOs, DSOs, storage facility operators or other market players in the electricity and gas sectors on development projects or on complex regulatory matters, including before courts or regulatory authorities;
- French highways operators on various contractual, regulatory and litigation matters;
- the French State within the framework of the renewal of hydroelectric concessions;
- a major gas company in an ICC arbitration procedure concerning the execution of an EPC contract and in the challenge of the arbitral award before the French supreme administrative court.
"White & Case LLP is recommended for its excellent public procurement expertise. […] Quirec de Kersauson is a key contributor."
The Legal 500 2022, Administrative and Public Law