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Christophe Barthelemy

Christophe Barthelemy


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

Christophe Barthélemy joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in October 2008 as a partner with primary responsibility for developing the Energy unit within the Public Business Law team.

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Band 1 : Projects & Energy: Domestic

Chambers Europe 2019

Administrative and public law; Leading individual: (Industry focus: energy) Regulatory and public law

Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Leading individuals: Industry focus: Energy (Regulatory and Public Law)

Legal 500 Paris-2019

Energy and Natural Resources, Band 2

Chambers Europe 2018

Relevant experience

  • Head of the Bureau of Administrative Affairs at the Highways Department, City of Paris (1988-1990)
  • Head of the Legal Department, City of Paris (1990-1993)
  • Conseil d'Etat (Council of State), Finance Division and Litigation Division (secondment) (1993-1995)
  • Technical Adviser, with primary responsibility for legal issues, to several Government Ministers (1995-1997)
  • Senior Adviser attached to the Group Chief Administrative Officer, Thomson-CSF (1997-1999)
  • Head of National Legal Department (1999), first Director of the new Group Legal Division (2000-2003), Corporate Secretary (2003-2004), EDF (1999-2005)
  • Lawyer specialising in public law and energy law in France and in Europe, Bird & Bird (2005-2008)
  • Lecturer at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Masters II in Public Business Law) (2005/2006-present)
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  • Graduate of the Institute of Political Studies (IEP), Paris and a 3-year law degree, University of Paris II - Panthéon-Assas (1981)
  • Holder of a Masters degree in Social Sciences (1982), a research-based post-graduate degree (DEA) in Political Science, University of Paris II - Panthéon-Assas (1983) and a research-based post-graduate degree (DEA) in Public Business Law, University of Paris X - Nanterre (2005)
  • ENA (National Administration School-Higher Education for top civil servants), trained as a civil servant of the City of Paris (1986-1988)
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  • Member of the University of Paris I Sorbonne Centre for Studies and Research in Economic Public Law (“Tunc Institute”)
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  • Numerous articles edited either in law reviews or economic press, mainly on energy issues
  • Gas Regulation 2018, co-author - Guide Getting The Deal Through 2018
  • L'implantation des éoliennes terrestres en zone littorale dans les départements d'Outre-Mer, co-author - E.N.R. & Développement Durable/Maison Chaleur Bio Magazine n°43 (May 2014) 
  • Le droit de l'énergie face à la complexité : tarification progressive, éolien terrestre, effacement des consommations et obligations de capacités, co-author - Semaine juridique entreprise & affaires, Lexisnexis (october 2013)
  • Code de l’énergie, co-author - LexisNexis, first commented edition of the French Energy Code (2013)
  • Quel monopole la prohibition de la « rétrocession » d’électricité protège-t-elle ?, co-author - Revue française de droit administratif (march-april 2013)
  • Eolien off-shore, co-author - Energie & développement durable (march 2012)
  • European Energy Market Observatory (takes part in the drafting of the European observatory of energy markets of Capgemini since 2006), 15th annual report (2013)
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Awards & Rank­ings


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Cham­bers Europe 2020
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Sup­port­ing your in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects
Our law firm sup­ports you in im­ple­ment­ing your in­fra­struc­ture...
November 2019
CMS Re­new­ables guide
Leg­al 500 Par­is 2019
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Leg­al 500 EMEA 2019
Dis­cov­er our law firm­'s rank­ings
20 Mar 19
Cham­bers Europe 2019
Dis­cov­er our law firm­'s rank­ings
Leg­al 500 EMEA 2018
Dis­cov­er our law firm­'s rank­ings
Cham­bers Europe 2018
Dis­cov­er our law firm­'s rank­ings
Leg­al 500 Par­is 2018
Dis­cov­er our law firm­'s rank­ings
07 Apr 18
Get­ting the deal through - Gas reg­u­la­tion 2018
Get­ting the deal through - Gas reg­u­la­tion 2016
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