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François Tenailleau

Partner

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats
2 rue Ancelle
92522 Neuilly-sur-Seine
Cedex
France
Languages French, English

François Tenailleau is a partner in the Public Law Department where he leads the Infrastructure practice. He practices public business law, with a particular focus on the following areas: public contracts (including public procurement contracts, concessions, public-private partnerships, agreements relating to the occupancy of the public domain, complex contractual arrangements) as well as other public law matters: urban planning, environment, financing of public entities, public institutions and state aid.

For almost 20 years, he has been advising and defending his clients, which include actors in all economic sectors and construction companies, financial institutions and infrastructure funds, as well as public sector entities.

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Notable practitioners (Band 2): A talented practitioner in public contracts, François Tenailleau garners great praise from his clients in general public law matters, who say: "I can point out his availability, perseverance, strong ability to communicate and long experience in complex structured finance." He is also well regarded for his work in litigation before the administrative courts

Chambers Europe 2016 / Administrative and Public Law

Key partner: François Tenailleau – whose ‘long experience in complex financing projects makes him able to understand and analyse very complex and innovative projects’

Legal 500 EMEA 2016 / Administrative and Public Law

Key partner: François Tenailleau dont "la grande expérience en matière de financement de projets complexes lui permet d’intervenir dans des projets novateurs et très complexes, impliquant de nombreuses parties"

Legal 500 Paris 2016 / Administrative and Public Law

Key partner: Est fortement recommandé: François Tenailleau dont "la grande expérience en matière de financements lui permet d’intervenir dans des projets novateurs et très complexes impliquant de nombreuses parties"

Legal 500 Paris 2016 / Project Finance

Leading Lawyer

IFLR 1000 2016 / Administrative and Public Law / PPP/PFI / Project finance

Leading Lawyer in admistrative litigation and in Government Contracts

Who's Who Legal 2016 / Administrative and public law - PPP

Notable practitioners (Band 2): "Well thought of by his peers, François Tenailleau concentrates on PPPs and other public contracts. One source comments that "his advice has real added value," while another values the relationship of trust he builds with clients."

Chambers Europe - 2015

Key partner : "The ‘pragmatic and result-oriented’ François Tenailleau has ‘extensive experience in PPP’"

Legal 500 EMEA France - 2015

Key partner: "The firm is also praised for its ‘mastery of public law aspects in French project finance work’ through the ‘highly experienced’ François Tenailleau"

Legal 500 EMEA France - 2015

Notable practitioner (Band 3): "Well-known practitioner François Tenailleau remains active in the market this year, with a wealth of experience in public contracts and litigation before administrative courts."

Chambers Europe - 2014

L’activité de projets et de PPP est dirigée par le pragmatique François Tenailleau qui dispose ‘d’une grande maitrise’ dans ce domaine, associée à de bonnes ‘capacités de négociation’.

Legal 500 Paris - 2014

[…] pour les aspects de financement et le publiciste François Tenailleau développent également une activité réputée et réactive pour la conduite de projets en France. Ils sont particulièrement sollicités par les préteurs.

Legal 500 Paris - 2014

Key partner: "François Tenailleau is recommended as being pragmatic and a great negotiator."

Legal 500 EMEA France - 2014

Key partner: "François Tenailleau on the public aspects also runs a ‘reactive’ PPP practice in France, often assisting lenders"

Legal 500 EMEA France - 2014

Relevant experience

  • Lecturer on the Master's degree course in public business law at the University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
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Education

  • Post-graduate degree (DESS) in Public Law, specialising in Urban Planning & Public Works, University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne (1996)
  • Institute of Public Business Law, University Paris XI - Paris-Sud (1998)
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Memberships

  • Member of CEF-O-PPP (French Centre for Expertise and Observation of Public-Private Partnerships)
  • Member of the Legal Globalization Public Contracts Network
  • Member of group of experts responsible for drafting the French Public Procurement Code
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Publications

François Tenailleau is the author of several contributions to the Jurisclasseur (Lexis Nexis Editions), including recently a paper on global public procurement contracts (January 2018).

He also regularly publishes in legal and professional journals, example :

  • L'opérance des moyens soulevés devant le juge du référé précontractuel, co-author - Revue Contrats publics (june 2017)
  • Contentieux de la passation des contrats de la commande publique, co-author - Le Moniteur des travaux publics (24 et 31/03/2017)
  • La loi « Sapin 2 », quelles nouveautés en matière de contrats publics ? - Lexbase, (15/12/2016)
  • PPP du stade de Bordeaux, une censure qui préserve l’avenir - Le Moniteur des travaux publics (10/06/2016)
  • La recompositions du paysage des concessions, co-author - JCPA (21/03/2016)
  • Les contrats globaux après l'ordonnance du 23 juillet 2015 relatives aux marchés publics - Revue de droit immobilier (01/01/2016)
  • The new legal context of challenges to tender procedures tainted with illegality in France, Who's who Legal France 2015
  • Le fonds de commerce exploité sur le domaine public : un malentendu persistant ?, co-athor - Lexbase (11/12/2014)
  • Les contrats de partenariat : 10 ans de jurisprudence, co-author - JCP Administrations et collectivités territoriales(22/09/2014)
  • Délit de favoritisme : quelles sont les personnes visées ?, co-author - Contrats publics (CP-ACCP) (january 2014)
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