Laurent Battoue



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Laurent Battoue

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Laurent joined the Paris office of Watson Farley & Williams in January 2008.

He has a doctorate in public law and was a lecturer in administrative law and constitutional law at the University of Paris XII from 2000 to 2004. In keeping with the subject of his thesis, he focuses on issues relating to public law and public contracts. He advises public sector purchasers on the drafting and launching of calls for tender whether public or coming under law no. 2005-649 of 6 June 2005 relating to tenders not covered by the Public Procurement Code.

Laurent also advises local authorities and private operators in connection with complex contractual structures and institutional public-private partnerships. He specialises in law relating to renewable energy and, in particular, to wind energy, solar power, biomass and combined heat and power and advises on regulatory issues arising from the setting up and operating of wind farms, solar power plants, biomass and combined heat and power units. During the last few years, Laurent has assisted developers, investment funds and banks in acquiring and financing wind farms, solar and combined heat and power plants as well as advising on litigation relating to the operation of biomass plants.

With regard to renewable energy projects but also to infrastructure management and public procurement, he also advises on competition law issues, in particular in respect of antitrust law and State Aid.

Experience Open

    Laurent’s experience includes advising:
    • Crédit Agricole Assurances on the acquisition of a 50% of a stake in a 440 MW portfolio of 39 wind farms in France owned by GDF Suez.
    • The private equity arm of EFG Hermes, the leading investment bank in the Middle East, in relation to the acquisition for US$208m (€165m) of a 49% stake in EDPR France, a portfolio of 33 wind farms in France.
    • A German bank on the financing of a portfolio of 9 solar plants in the South of France developed by France’s leading solar plant developer.

Education Open

  • 2006: Doctorate in public law with top honours, thesis “Public contracts and state economic interventionism”
  • 2000: DEA (five-year masters degree) in public business law, University of Paris XII (first in year)
  • 1998: DEA (five-year masters degree) in public law – fundamental rights, University of Aix-Marseille III

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • “Investment in French renewable energy projects”, Magazine des Affaires, June 2018.
  • Speaker at workshop during “Energy for Smart Mobility” (the first European forum on innovative energy solutions for electric mobility) on 15 and 16 February 2018 on the theme of the status of charger activity and how it could be deployed.
  • “Energy Transition : pace, first feedback and new prospectsʺ, (“Transition énergétique : accélération, premiers retours d’expérience et nouvelles perspectivesʺ), Magazine des Affaires, June 2017
  • Innovation technologique et innovation juridique au soutien de la transition énergétique“, Panorama des Cleantech en France 2017, p. 71, GreenUnivers, March 2017.
  • “Multidisciplinary and sectoral knowhow serving the different players in the renewable marine energy industry”, La Jaune et la Rouge (monthly magazine of the École Polytechnique alumni association), June/July 2015.
  • “Fin ou renouvellement des concessions hydroélectriques? Questions autour d’un dilemme ”, Contrats Publics, no. 168, September 2016 (co-written with Arnaud Troizier).
  • Speaker at the “Calls to tender and direct sales: what new developments in the French and German solar markets?” conference on 23 June 2016, organised by the Office franco-allemand pour la transition énergétique (Franco-German association for the energy transition) during the InterSolar fair in Munich. Laurent gave details of the new support mechanisms available for the solar industry in France.
  • “Le Nouveau droit des Concessions”, Énergie Plus, 1 May 2016 (co-written with Arnaud Troizier).
  • “From a guaranteed feed-in tariff to a contract for difference: what risks and uncertainties?”  (« Du tarif d’achat garanti au complément de rémunération : quels risques et incertitudes ? »), Magazine des Affaires, no. 106, December 2015, pgs 28-29
  • Article in conjunction with the Office Franco-Allemand pour les énergies renouvelables (Franco-German Renewable Energy Association) giving an overview of the main legal challenges with which companies planning to set up onshore wind farms in France might be confronted – December 2015.
  • Speaker at conference on theme of :What type of finance for renewable energy projects?” on 16 June 2015 organised by GreenUnivers and the French Renewable Energy Association (SER)
  • “Nouveaux risques à évaluer pour le financement des EnR”, Énergie Plus, n° 544, pp. 24-25, 15 April 2015.
  • “Financement des énergies renouvelables”, Énergie Plus, 1 April 2015.
  • WFW Briefing : New decree related to foreign investments in the French energy sector, July 2014.
  • WFW Briefing: Decision of the CJEU regarding the French feed-in tariff litigation, January 2014.
  • “Quel support de diffusion pour une publicité adéquate ?”, Revue Droit Administratif no. 5, May 2009, comm. 68.
  • “La soumission des conventions d’occupation du domaine public à des obligations de publicité et de mise en concurrence.”, Revue Droit Administratif no. 1, January 2009, comm. 6.
  • Marchés publics : trop de formalisme tue la procédure”, Les Echos no. 20220 of 23 July 2008.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • FEE – France Énergie Éolienne (French Wind Energy Association) – member of the Regulatory Law Commission

Employment Record Open

  • 2008-present: Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2007: Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries Legal advisor in the Legal Department (public procurement contracts and competition office)
  • 2000-2004: University of Paris XII Lecturer in administrative law and constitutional law

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