Christophe Lefort is a French-law qualified partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and the head of the firm’s infrastructure practice in Paris.
Christophe has 30 years of experience advising on the construction and financing of large-scale PPP and concession projects across a broad range of jurisdictions and industry sectors, including in particular renewable energy, transport and telecommunications. He worked previously at French construction giant Bouygues Travaux Publics, and prior to that Veolia Environment.
Christophe’s experience spans the entire project life cycle and includes negotiations between public authorities, builders, operators and financial institutions. Notable experience includes acting for EDF, IFC and the government of Cameroon (as an investor) on the development and financing of the Nachtigal hydroelectric project in Cameroon; the lenders to the successful biding consortium comprising Cintra, Macquarie Capital and PORR AG on the financing, construction and operation of the Bratislava D4 Highway and R7 Expressway PPP project in Slovakia, which is the first PPP project in Slovakia and one of Central Europe’s largest PPP infrastructure projects; and Cellnex Telecom on its strategic partnership with Bouygues Telecom for the roll-out, marketing, and operation of a 31,500 kilometre fibre-optic network throughout France, as well as for the financing (via bank and shareholder contributions) required for the planned investment in this project of over €1 billion.
Christophe holds a diploma of public law – administrative contracts and maîtrise degrees in private law, public law and international law, all from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne.
The Public-Private Partnership Law Review is an overview of the legal and regulatory regimes governing public-private partnership (PPP) projects in key jurisdictions worldwide. Focusing on recent trends and developments, it examines the essential aspects of PPP projects for the provision of public services and infrastructure – including primary contractual requirements; bidding and award procedures; financing; disputes; and much more.