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Clifford Chance
Gauthier Martin

Gauthier Martin


Gauthier Martin

Gauthier Martin's practice encompasses all fields of French public law, both in advice and litigation. He specialises in public contracts, taking part in most of the Paris office’s interventions in relation with PPPs and infrastructures for the last twelve years, advising and representing public entities, project sponsors as well as financial investors and lenders.

Gauthier notably enjoys an in-depth knowledge of the energy sector, advising number of utility companies on regulatory matters and for the implementation of their business in France. He also developed a recognised expertise in the fields of transportation, telecommunications, State-owned undertakings, State aids and sport.

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Career and qualifications

  • Institut d’études politiques of Lyon with honours 2004
  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Master's degree in Business Public Law) with honours 2005
  • Member of the Paris Bar since 2007
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2007
  • Counsel 2014-2019
  • Partner since 2019

Awards and citations

  • Gauthier Martin is active across a range of public law matters, well placed to advise public bodies on regulatory issues in the energy sector. One impressed client states: "His support is invaluable and his advice very relevant. His opinions are precise and allow us to respond with clarity and efficiency to our needs."
    Chambers Europe 2021, Public Law - France
  • Gauthier Martin enters the rankings, as sole "up & coming" lawyer for Public Law in France, following extensive client feedback. He assists clients with public contracts and public tenders, in addition to advising on the regulatory framework in the energy sector. One impressed source comments: "He is technically perfect and his commercial mindset really makes him stand out."
    Chambers Europe 2020, Public Law - France
  • Gauthier is ranked in the Next Generation Partners.
    "Gauthier Martin has a high level of expertise."
    Legal 500 EMEA 2020, Administrative and Public Law – France
  • Gauthier Martin "is the other key name in the practice".
    Legal 500, EMEA 2019, Administrative & Public Law - France
  • Gauthier is ranked in the Next Generation Lawyers
    Legal 500, EMEA 2018, Administrative & Public Law - France
  • "Clifford Chance routinely handles France’s largest and most sophisticated public law contract matters and is involved in headline ongoing road, rail and internet greenfield projects. The practice acts for sponsors, investors and the French state and is ‘at the market’s forefront in preventing any possible conflict of interests - which is a major safety insurance for clients’. It notably assisted Transdev-led biding consortium with the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Express rail project, as well as advising Eiffage Concessions on the bidding for the RCEA road concession project. The team is also handling highly sensitive matters dealing with performance issues affecting several high-profile PPPs, especially in the high-speed rail sector. It notably advised Lisea as project concessionaire on performance difficulties regarding the new Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail link. The firm also recently completed several brownfield transactions, notably in the energy sector, and is advising on large renewables offshore projects. The French Ministries of Environment and Justice, Meridiam and EDF EN are other clients. The ‘excellent and creative’ practice head David Préat ranks among the best in his field. Also recommended are counsels Marion Roquette-Pfister and Gauthier Martin."
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018, Administrative & Public Law - France
  • "Clifford Chance has one of the market’s top public-private partnership (PPP) practices. The firm is involved in major road, rail and other transport projects, advising on issues such as bids or refinancing and handling sensitive litigation. The practice is representing the Ministry of Environment and Energy in dealing with the complex issues challenging the construction of the new Nantes Airport, as well as acting for the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in managing problems relating to the Perpignan-Figueras new high-speed rail project. Vinci, Eiffage and EDF Energies Nouvelles are also clients. David Préat ranks among the best in his field. Counsels Marion Roquette-Pfister and Gauthier Martin are also key figures".
    Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Administrative and Public Law - France
  • "Clifford Chance is a leading firm for PPP, public contracts and litigation. The practice, which variously assists public sector entities, sponsors and lenders, is involved in key matters. It is notably advising APRR and AREA regarding the French state’s decision to freeze privately owned motorway toll rates, and assisting the French Ministry of Transport with the A355 motorway project. The firm also advises on regulatory matters. The practice is led by David Préat. Counsels Marion Roquette-Pfister and Gauthier Martin are also involved".
    Legal 500 EMEA 2016, Administrative and public law - France