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Gaspar Cottard's practice focuses on French, European, and international environmental law. Dually trained in public business law and environmental law, Gaspar advises French and international clients on civil, administrative, and criminal litigation and regulatory issues related to natural resources, industrial risks, sustainable development, non-financial reporting, and corporate social responsibility.

Gaspar has particular experience in issues relating to the Classified Installations for the Protection of the Environment (ICPE), environmental audits, polluted sites and soils, and chemical substances, especially under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) and other European regulations. He also has in-depth knowledge of the French management of state and local administration.

Gaspar teaches environmental, health, and safety law at the University of Tours and is also guest speaker at the Paris Chamber of Commerce on EHS matters.


  • State-owned company involved in post M&A arbitration proceedings relating to environmental reps and warrantiesJones Day has successfully represented a French state-owned company in an arbitration that was commenced by another company in ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of claims concerning certain environmental guarantees and indemnities that were granted under a Contribution Agreement concluded with respect to a joint venture.
  • French Gas Association appeals for annulment of energy regulationsJones Day represents the French Gas Association (AFG) before the Conseil d’État, the French administrative supreme court, in petitioning for the annulment of various provisions that determine technical factors of energy sources as outlined in the Multiannual Energy Programme (PPE) that was adopted in a Decree dated April 21, 2020.
    • January 25, 2024
      Le risque environnemental au cœur de la stratégie de couverture des risques de l’entreprise
    • October 26, 2023
      Responsabilités administrative, civile et pénale en matière de déchets
    • May 20, 2022
      Evolving EU Chemical Strategy and Implications for Liability Portfolios