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Public law - Energy


Public law covers all interactions between economic actors and the administration. These interactions may be found in 100,000 annual public contracts representing represent €80 billion. More generally, given the number of regulated professions and activities (health, agriculture, security, energy, etc.), these interactions make up entire swathes of our economy.

Finally, public law sits at the heart of building and development initiatives. Compliance with town planning, environmental regulations, safety, accessibility or still yet overall commercial equilibrium is ensured by the administration, which authorizes transactions relating to 38 million square meters annually.

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Public contracts, regulated activities, town planning

Racine is active in each of these three central areas: public contracts, regulated activities and town planning.

We exclusively represent project owners, whether public or private, and act both as advisors and litigators.

Our six-partner strong Public Law department leads a team of about 20 lawyers. The team strives to furnish efficiency and pragmatism so that it may provide public players true decision-making capacity and help private developers navigate an often-complex administrative environment.

We also work closely with the firm’s other departments, and in particular the real estate, corporate and agri-food departments.



  • Analysis of state aid and European subsidies
  • Management of regulated professions and activities


  • Execution and performance of public contracts (works concessions, service concessions, public-private partnerships)


  • Assistance with drafting town planning documents
  • Advice and assistance in connection with various administrative authorizations
  • Environnemental issue management

Law of the public service

  •  Territorial, hospital and state civil service.
  • Counseling, support and legal representation in disciplinary litigation, promotion, grading, trade union rights, functional protection, and more generally on all issues related to the status of public servants and contractual agents under public law.

of the team


  • Le Point - 2019: Public Law
  • Décideurs - 2019: Public law
  • Best Lawyers - 2019: Individual rankings
  • Who's Who Legal - 2019: Individual rankings
  • Legal 500 - 2019: Public law
  • Décideurs - 2018: Public law
  • Legal 500 - 2018: Administrative and public law
  • Décideurs - 2017: Public law

Awards :

  • 2019: Trophées du droit et du contentieux

    Public Contracts: Silver Trophy

  • 2018: Palmarès des cabinets d'avocats

    Town planning: Silver Trophy

  • 2018: Top Legal

    Top Legal

  • 2017: Palmarès des cabinets d'avocats

    Public law: Bronze trophy

  • 2017: Trophées du droit et du contentieux

    Multi-office firm and regional firm: Silver trophy

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News and publications

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Racine is ranked in the new "Public actors and companies" edition of Décideurs Magazine

The public law team is ranked in different categories in Décideurs :Commercial urban planning : Key player Town planning and development : Excellent Owned public domain : Excellent Renewable energy law : Strong reputation Market regulation : Stronf reputation Taxation of urban planning : Strong...
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Press releases


Anthony Bichelonne appointed partner, within the public law department of Racine Lyon

Racine Lyon announces the appointment of Anthony Bichelonne as a partner in public law as of January 1st , 2020. The public law department in Lyon will have on January 1st six lawyers including two partners and thus continues its growth. Anthony Bichelonne advises and assists private and public...
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Racine Lyon advises Patriarche as part of the Linklab town planning project in Chambery

Racine a conseillé Patriarche, agence d’architecture pluridisciplinaire, dans le cadre du projet LINKLAB, un ensemble immobilier de 10 000 m2 de locaux (6 niveaux et 2 bâtiments) et services partagés pour le développement des startups, dans le quartier de la Cassine. L’objectif est en...
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