Jones Day bolsters Government Regulation Practice in Paris with addition of high profile lawyers
Xavier Domino and Amandine Delsaux, with a team of energy lawyers, have joined the Firm's Government Regulation Practice. They will be based in the Paris Office. Mr. Domino joins as of counsel, Ms. Delsaux joins as counsel, and her team arrives as associates.
Prior moving to private practice, Mr. Domino was a magistrate at the Conseil d'Etat (French Administrative Supreme Court) where his role was Rapporteur Public (Public Reporting Judge) and chief spokesperson of the institution. He also served in other management roles at the Conseil d'Etat and as deputy rapporteur at the Conseil Constitutionnel (French Constitutional Court). More recently, Mr. Domino was the General Secretary of Radio France—the French national radio broadcast company—where he was responsible for all corporate governance, compliance, ESG, and public affairs.
"Xavier has worked on regulatory issues from both a public and corporate perspective, and is experienced in complex contractual, regulatory, and litigation matters involving public and constitutional French law as well as European law", said Sophie Hagège, Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Paris Office. "We are delighted that this skilled professional has chosen to join Jones Day and are pleased to welcome him to the Paris Office."
"With 15 years of experience, Xavier is a brilliant lawyer who has a deep understanding of how government oversight functions in France and its consequences, particularly in the conduct and organization of State-owned companies and more broadly in the public sector," said Françoise Labrousse, Co-Leader of the Firm's Government Regulation Practice, who is also based in the Paris Office. "He gives strategic advice to our clients in cases of regulatory investigations and complex litigation before administrative courts."
Mr. Domino graduated from the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA), Sciences-Po Paris, and École Normale Supérieure (ENS).
"Jones Day partners Philippe Delelis and Nicolas Brice have assembled a global team of leading regulatory lawyers with a strong reputation in government contracts, public projects and infrastructure, regulatory law, as well as administrative litigation," said Mr. Domino. "I am excited to be part of this excellent group of lawyers and look forward to working together to build the practice and serve clients."
Ms. Delsaux focuses on energy and infrastructure projects in France and French-speaking Africa, advising sponsors, investors, and financial institutions on regulatory and contractual issues in relation to the development, construction, acquisition, and financing of multi-sourced energy projects. She has 18 years of experience assisting clients on various regulatory and environmental matters, involving renewable energies (wind, solar, biomass, cogeneration, hydroelectricity, hydrogen) and traditional energies (nuclear, CCGT, gas). Ms. Delsaux advises clients on risks analysis through vendor or seller due diligences; review, drafting, and negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts; and drafting and negotiation of corporate PPAs. She joins with two associates, Mehdi Ait Said and Lara Clarke.
"Amandine has advised clients in international law firms on a wide range of regulatory and contractual matters pertaining to energy projects. We are delighted that she has chosen to join Jones Day and are pleased to welcome her to the Paris Office. Her arrival undeniably strengthens the Firm's project and infrastructure capabilities," said Ms. Hagège.
At Jones Day, Ms. Delsaux will work alongside her colleagues in the global Government Regulation Practice, as well as with the Firm's Energy, Financial Markets (in particular Project Finance), M&A, and litigation practices to counsel clients on energy and project transactions in France and French-speaking Africa. She will collaborate with partners Audrey Bontemps and Alexandre de Verdun on transactional projects in the energy sector and Rémy Fekete on projects in Africa.
"Amandine's in-depth knowledge of energy trends and her comprehensive understanding of energy market players will contribute to meeting the expanding needs of our clients in the energy sector, including for low carbon energy. Amandine and the new team will strengthen our ESG multidisciplinary team supporting our clients with the energy transition challenges they are facing in the context of climate change. They bring their key experience not only in traditional renewable energies, but also in emerging energy transition technologies, with the purpose to ensure energy supply security to our clients," said Ms. Labrousse.
Ms. Delsaux graduated from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas with a master degree in Business Public Law and from the University of Nottingham with an LLM in European Law.
"Jones Day has a worldwide reputation for legal excellence in advising clients on project and regulatory matters, as well as a renowned law firm culture of cross-border collaboration among lawyers. I'm grateful for the opportunity to join Jones Day and look forward to working alongside my new colleagues," added Ms. Delsaux.