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Eric Villateau


Eric Villateau is involved in project finance and public-private partnerships (PPP).

He advises both French and international banks, as well as investment funds and industrial companies, predominantly in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. Eric has experience in structuring, documenting and negotiating finance documents and investment documents, both in the context of greenfield and brownfield transactions. He is involved in the preparation of contractual documents for transactions on the primary or secondary market.

Professional QualificationsAvocat admitted to the Paris Bar


  • Telecom – advising the German bank Nord/LB on the €156,000,000 financing of Covage Infra to accelerate its development plan to connect 100% of businesses to fiber
  • University - Advising the Lenders for the financing of the partnership contract for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of four buildings dedicated to digital operations and communications infrastructure. This PPP project brings together 28 education and research establishments (universities, grandes écoles, research centres, etc.)
  • Court of Justice - Advising the consortium in relation to the financing of a Court of Justice partnership contract
  • Airport - Advising the banks on the financing of the engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of an airport located in a French overseas territory
  • Energy - Advising a European investment fund dedicated to renewable energy, for the acquisition and long-term project financing of two wind farms of 16 MW and 6 MW respectively, located in the Haute Normandie and Nord Pas de Calais regions in France
  • Telecom - Advising a French bank and a German bank on the proposed refinancing of a High Speed Network of telecommunication, based on a public-private partnership contract concluded between one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators and a French local authority
  • Debt Fund - Assistance of debt funds managed by the same management company for their investments made in bank debts in the context of various underlying PPP and concession projects
  • French
  • English
  • EFB (Bar School), Paris, 2003
  • University of Paris II Assas, IEJ, 2002
  • University of law, Toulouse 1 Post-graduate degree in business law, 1997

    University of Law, FNDE (Fédération Nationale du Droit de l'Entreprise), Montpellier, Specialisation in Economic Law, 1997

    University of Law, Toulouse 1, Masters in Business Law (Maîtrise en Droit des Affaires), 1996

    University of Law, Toulouse 1, Bachelor

Awards and Recognitions

Team recognitions

  • Tier 2, Legal 500 EMEA – Project Finance
  • Acritas Star™ Lawyer - Finance, Projects & Restructuring 2020–21
  • Jeune Afrique’s Top 100 Lawyers in Francophone Africa – Ranked for the 4th time – 2021

Individual recognitions

  • Best Lawyers – Project Finance and Development Practice – 2020-25

Prior Experience

  • 2011 – 2014, Partner, International law firm (Paris)
  • 2004 – 2011, Counsel, International law firm (Paris and London)
  • 1999 – 2004, Associate, International law firm (Paris and Libreville (Gabon))

Memberships And Affiliations

  • FEE (France Energie Eolienne)