Thierry Laloum is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and head of the Public & Environmental Law practice of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris.
Thierry has a wealth of experience in economic law (e.g. privatisations, foreign investments in France and financing of local governments), planning law (building permits and expropriation procedures), public domain and regulated sectors. He also advises his clients in high-profile pre-litigation issues (negotiations between the parties, discussions before Experts Committees) and on litigation issues before the administrative judge.
Thierry advises both public (public bodies, local governments, semi-publicly owned companies) and private entities (mainly financial institutions and public works companies).
Significant projects he has handled include the development of underground trains, high speed railway lines, motorways, ports, hospitals, airports, stadiums, and waste treatment facilities among others, including in the context of Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Thierry is ranked by Chambers Europe (2018) as a "Star individual" in the area of Public Law and ranked in Band 1 for PFI/PPP. Chambers highlights that Thierry is considered "the 'crème de la crème' of the public law market.” Clients also add that "to choose him is not just to choose an excellent lawyer, it is also to choose a lawyer whose sole presence is a strategic and determining asset in a complex affair."
Thierry has also been recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" in Public Law & Financing by Best Lawyers/Les Echos in 2018 and 2010, and honored with a 2018 Lexology/ILO "Client Choice Award" in the Public Law category. Additionally, he is listed in Legal 500’s "Hall of Fame" for overall excellence in Administrative and Public Law.
Prior to joining Willkie in 2010, Thierry was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP since 2001, where he was the head of the Public Law and Environmental Department in Paris.