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Christophe Barthélemy

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats

Partner – Public Law and Energy


Christophe joined Real Estate and Public Law department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2008 as partner in charge mainly of the Energy business. He has more than thirty years of experience in three different areas: French administration, industry and Bar (for Thales as a Director; as a Technical Advisor for Ministers’ private staffs; as a civil servant seconded to the Conseil d’Etat; and for the City Hall of Paris as Head of the Legal and Litigation Bureau). Christophe has an extensive national and international experience in the energy sector as EDF’s General Counsel for six years, and has been thereafter an adviser to energy companies, States and public bodies for almost ten years. He is a Sciences Po Paris graduate. He obtained a PhD in Political Studies, before being a student at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) as a civil servant of the City of Paris and a PhD in Economic Public Law. He was editor-in-chief of a legal review (CJEG / Revue juridique de l’entreprise publique). He regularly contributes to legal reviews (re. mainly energy law), as well as to legal or free opinion pages of the economic press (Les Echos, La Tribune, La Croix, Le Monde in France; Expansión in Spain). He is a member of the team that comments the Energy Code for LexisNexis editing company. Christophe Barthélemy is a co-director of, and a teacher in, the PhD of Energy Law at Paris I University, created five years ago. Before joining CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 2008 as a Partner, Christophe Barthélemy was in charge of the Energy matters for Bird & Bird Paris (2005 - 2008) as of Counsel, and was formerly working as Corporate Secretary and Group General Counsel of Electricité de France (EDF) from 1999 up to 2005. As General Counsel, Christophe Barthélemy was personally involved in all the major negotiations, cases, and regulatory matters for EDF, in France and in Europe (for instance in Germany with the EnBW case, or in Italy around the take-over of Edison, between 2001 and 2004); he supervised all the legal issues, including international and national nuclear law. As Corporate Secretary, he was in charge of the security of people and facilities, at Group level, and he was for instance the crisis manager during summer 2003, when EDF faced drought and heat, that prevented nuclear plants from normally delivering energy to France. He had to deal with nuclear long term liabilities when preparing the IPO of the undertaking, as well as the hydro litigation regarding the output of EDFs power plants discharged into the Etang de Berre, or the Nam Theun project in Laos.

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