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Public Law

France

The different forms of state intervention and, more generally, intervention by the national or local public sector in the economy are covered by public law.

Irrespective of the size of your business, whether you are a non-profit organisation or part of the public sector, we can advise you and defend you in any matter relating to public law.
For any public law issues or issues falling within other legal areas, such as tax implications, our highly technical team can offer you multi-disciplinary support, oriented towards the implementation of appropriate solutions.

With more than 25 associates including 6 partners, our specialists can assist you in all areas of public business law and public property law. We can help you respond to calls for tenders from public and private buyers and we can assist public sector organisations with their outsourcing policies, their implementation and their financing. We can also advise public authorities and their associated entities on the reorganisation of their intervention methods. We can assist you with knowing and understanding industry regulations applicable to you and your negotiations with regulators. We can help make your building projects possible in a climate where urban and environmental rules and land control (in the private and public sector) are becoming increasingly complex. We can also help you optimise costs: our work concerns the set-up of such operations, such as drafting and negotiating any related contract documents. Finally, with confirmed litigation experience in all public law disciplines, we can represent you, whether you are a claimant or a defendant, in all types of litigation before administrative, judicial, financial and European courts.

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    Organisation and financing of the public sector

    In France the public sector is particularly vast: the Government, local public entities, public institutions, public and para-public bodies, as well as mixed-economy companies and public companies.

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    Public Law Litigation

    Whether you are asking the court to vindicate your rights or you are defending yourself, litigation is sometimes unavoidable in situations that involve public entities or in the broader context of public operations.

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    Public real estate, urban planning and development

    Carrying out a real-estate operation, whether it is in the housing, office, commercial or industrial sector, requires knowledge of all the legal tools needed to carry out your projects, as well as of the relevant risks.

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    Regulated industries

    Energy, electronic communications, transport, postal services, online gaming - all these industries are subject to specific, complex and constantly evolving rules, not just for technical reasons, but especially because these markets have been opened to competition within Europe, which raises a number of issues.

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    26/06/2020
    Best Law­yers 2021
    This year, our law­yers re­ceived 133 re­com­mend­a­tions; 3 law­yers are re­cog­nised as "Law­yer of the year" in Ad­min­is­trat­ive Law and in La­bour and Em­ploy­ment Law.
    10 October 2019
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to pub­lic pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tion and law
    This guide provides an over­view on the EU Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Dir­ect­ives and 20 na­tion­al pro­cure­ment laws fol­low­ing ten ques­tions, answered by CMS pub­lic pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ists.
    05 May 2020
    Coronavir­us crisis: More flex­ib­il­ity for European struc­tur­al and in­vest­ment...
    On 23 April 2020, the European Uni­on ad­op­ted Reg­u­la­tion (EU) N° 2020/558 on spe­cif­ic meas­ures to provide ex­cep­tion­al flex­ib­il­ity in the use of European Struc­tur­al and In­vest­ment Funds in re­sponse to...
    08/04/2020
    Cov­id-19 and pub­lic con­tracts
    Find out the French pub­lic au­thor­it­ies po­s­i­tions in the field of pub­lic pro­cure­ment in re­sponse to the health crisis re­lated to the Cov­id-19 epi­dem­ic.
    04 May 2020
    In­ter­na­tion­al Law in times of crisis: COV­ID-19 and For­eign In­vest­ments
    As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to un­ravel without re­gard to na­tion­al bor­ders, coun­tries around the world are faced with both pub­lic health and eco­nom­ic is­sues on a scale not pre­vi­ously seen. In this...
    14/05/2020
    Cov­id-19: Re­quis­i­tion re­gime for res­pir­at­ory masks and the raw ma­ter­i­als...
    Our law­yers de­cipher the de­cree which or­ders a tem­por­ary re­quis­i­tion of res­pir­at­ory masks to deal with the short­age dur­ing the health crisis linked to cov­id-19.
    06 April 2020
    Pub­lic pro­cure­ment con­tracts in the con­text of the Cov­id-19 crisis in France
    Has spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions been ad­op­ted by the Gov­ern­ment in the con­text of Cov­id-19? Yet, it has: emer­gency Law No. 2020-290 of 23 March 2020 to deal with the Cov­id-19 epi­dem­ic...
    04/05/2020
    CMS ad­vising Apollo
    Our law firm ad­vised Apollo Glob­al Man­age­ment, Inc. on the ac­quis­i­tion of a sub­stan­tial por­tion of SPX FLOW, Inc.’s former Power and En­ergy re­port­able seg­ment.
    06 April 2020
    Cov­id-19: re­quis­i­tion re­gime for res­pir­at­ory masks
    By de­cree No. 2020-247 of 13 March 2020, which was ab­rog­ated and re­placed by de­cree No. 2020-293 of 23 March 2020 pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial journ­al on 24 March (art­icles 12 and 13), the Prime Min­is­ter...
    26/04/2019
    Leg­al 500 EMEA 2020
    Our law firms are rank­ing in Leg­al 500 EMEA 2019. Tax law, cap­it­al mar­kets, em­ploy­ment,... See all our 2019 rank­ings!
    27 March 2020
    Man­aging clin­ic­al tri­als un­der COV­ID-19: New EU guid­ance is­sued for spon­sors...
    The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had a dra­mat­ic im­pact on European health sys­tems, whose pri­or­ity first and fore­most is the treat­ment of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from this dis­ease both in the in-pa­tient and out-pa­tient...
    09/04/2020
    Con­struc­tion sec­tor – en­cour­age­ment to gradu­ally re­sume activ­ity
    Our law­yers ana­lyse the com­mon ground reached between rep­res­ent­at­ives of con­struc­tion com­pan­ies and the gov­ern­ment for the gradu­al re­sump­tion of activ­ity.