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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.

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Classements récents :

  • 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
  • Best Lawyers - 2020: Individual rankings
  • Legal 500 - 2020: Public Law
  • Décideurs - 2018: Public law
  • Legal 500 - 2018: Administrative and public law

Trophées récents :

  • 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

Racine articles


Market manipulation and Cordis sanction

Sylvain Bergès, writes an article “Market manipulation and Cordis sanction” for the November issue of Europ’Energies.
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News flashes


Covid-19: the management of urban planning procedures in times of health emergency

This news flash is written in french. A jour de l’ordonnance rectificative du 15 avril 2020 L’épidémie de coronavirus (covid-19) ralentit, voire stoppe l’activité de nombreux services communaux, et a donc un impact direct sur les procédures d’urbanisme en cours (élaboration des...
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Can an employer organise a pre-dismissal interview by videoconference?

This news flash is written in french. Les textes adoptés par voie d’ordonnance dans le cadre de l’état d’urgence sanitaire n’ont pas eu pour effet de suspendre ou d’interrompre les procédures de licenciement déjà engagées à l’encontre des salariés de droit privé ou des agents...
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