Jérôme Pentecoste

Jérôme Pentecoste ensure the legal and financing security of public interest projects such as French and cross-border PPP, public service delegations, emphyteutic administrative leases and rentals with purchase options and tax or financial leasings.

He has developed a specific advisory and lobbying practice in public law and regulations with the regulatory authorities and other public authorities.

Qualified with the Paris Bar, Jérôme is registered as an Exempt European Lawyer with the SRA.

He has worked with public authorities, private operators and financial institutions for 25 years and has extensive experience of Public Private Partnerships (PPP). He specialises in the financing of public infrastructure projects including French and cross-border PPP, EMTN, and bonds program, public service delegations, emphyteutic administrative leases, rentals with purchase options, energy performance contracts and leasings. He advises key players in the pharmaceutical industry, telecoms, transport, and energy sectors. He was involved in the drafting of official documents and good practice guidelines relating to PPP contracts with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and participated in government review on the reform of PPP.

Jérôme ... develops his PPP experience with advice to municipalities and energy companies on public infrastructures. Leading individual: Jérôme Pentecoste - Band 2 - PPP

In Chambers & Partners Europe, 2015, he is a 'Leading Individual' for Public Law and PPP.


The last two major projects that can be highlighted are the 'French Pentagon' in the Balard District in Paris (€1billion), the construction of the future headquarters of the French Ministry of Defense, and the new Courthouse of Paris (€700 M), a tower of 160 meters designed by Renzo Piano, under construction.

The French Pentagon project has been awarded as the European PPP Defence Deal of the Year, in 2011 by Project Finance Magazine, and we won the 'PPP & Project Finance' 2014 Golden Trophy.

Jérôme has extensive experience in Public Private Partnerships (PPP), working with public authorities, private operators and sponsors and financial institutions. He specialises in the financing of public interest projects such as French and cross-border PPP, public service delegations, emphyteutic administrative leases and rentals with purchase options and tax or financial leasings.


Public authorities, private operators and sponsors, financial institutions.



Advising a consortium including Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France (lead construction), Bouygues Energie & Services FM France, HICL and Fin Partner 1, in connection with the Ecole Centrale Supelec PPP project, a new 25,000sq m facility for the Ecole Centrale Supelec on plateau de Saclay, near Paris.

Advised a consortium including Dalkia, Idex and CDC Infrastructure in connection with concessions for network projects in Greater Lyon.

Advised a consortium including Bouygues, Exprimm, Sodexo, Thalès, Dalkia, FIDEPPP, SEIEF and CDC in the attribution of a major PPP contract and involving the construction of the new French Ministry of Defense site (Balard Project - the French Pentagon).

Advised a consortium led by the Bouygues construction group in connection with a partnership contract for the construction of the new Paris District Court (tribunal de grande instance).

Advised the company, Urbaser Environnement, as part of the legal and tax structuring of a waste treatment concession in Guadalupe involving the CDC, Société Générale and the Ministère de l'Outre Mer(on-going - deal value: EUR 200m)

Advised EADS in connection to a tender offer launched by the Ministry of Defense to subcontract the military telecommunication department of the Syracuse and Sicral satellites.

In 2008/2011, advised the Thales and Vinci consortium in connection with a competitive dialogue relating to the RDIP-Air project, a PPP concerning the installation, operation and maintenance of several telecommunications networks for the French Air Force (deal value: EUR 170m).

In 2007/2012 advising Université Paris VII in relation to the first PPP university for the construction of a new campus (deal value: EUR 110m - ongoing).

Carried out a valuation, on behalf of the Principauté de Monaco, of the legal public procurement structure for the construction of the new Grace de Monaco hospital and various real estate projects (Îlot Pasteur, Centre commercial Fontvielle)

Tax leasing

Advised the RATP (Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports) on a tax leasing transaction for the purpose of financing the new Paris subways.

Advised the Région Aquitaine (Aquitaine regional council) for the setting up of a tax leasing structure to finance the acquisition of new TER trains.

Advised the Région Rhône-Alpes on the setting up of a tax leasing structure to finance the acquisition of new TER trains.


Advised the City of Rennes, the Rhône-Alpes Region, the Departement of Savoie and the Britanny Region on the implementation of EMTN programs.

Advised the AP-HP in connection with the update of its € 2,000,000,000 EMTN program with Deustche Bank AG, Succursale de Paris and Dexia Banque Internationale as arrangers.

Advised SNCF (French National Railway Company) on the transfer of its € 12,000,000,000 ETMN program from Luxembourg to Paris.

Advised the Département de l'Essonne on the implementation of the first EMTN program set up by a French department (notes issued for a maximum amount of 1 billion euros).

Procurement law

Represented the Sénat (Senate) in 2009/2012 in relation to various contractual or pre-contractual disputes on public procurement contracts for services and supplies.

Represented the Prime Minister's office (La Documentation Française) in 2008/2010 in relation to contractual disputes regarding public procurement contracts for telecom services and the "3939" government information service.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2017

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers & partners EMEA - Public Law (Individual)
    • Rankings & Awards
      Legal 500 EMEA - Project finance
    • Rankings & Awards
      Legal 500 EMEA - Public Law
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2015

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2012

    • Career
      Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2008

    • Career
      Orrick Rambaud Martel, partner
  • 2007

    • Career
      Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, partner
  • 1999

    • Career
      Own law firm (Cabinet Pentecoste)
  • 1994

    • Education
      Certificat de spécialisation en Droit Public du Barreau de Paris
    • Career
      Lecturer in public law at Sciences Po Paris
  • 1993

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Admitted to the Bar, Paris
  • 1990

    • Career
      Cabinet Jean Alain Blanc, Avocat au Conseil d’Etat à la Cour de Cassation
  • 1989

    • Education
      Master of Studies, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • 1987

    • Education
      DEA, Business and Economic Law, Université Paris XII - Val de Marne