Environmental Law in France
40, Boulevard Edgar Quinet 75014 Paris - Palais B502, Paris
Richelieu Avocats was founded in April 2008, with the ambition to support, advise and defend its clients. The DNA of Richelieu Avocats is making life easier for companies, their directors and business owners, with a focus on risks prevention and management.
The firm has twelve fee earners including six partners who specialize in all aspects of business law (corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, environmental law, contractual law, complex commercial disputes and arbitration, insurance law, employment law, bankruptcy, tax law). Partners work in pairs with another colleague and on a cross-functional basis, depending the case. Each partner is directly and personally involved in cases. We implement a controlled costs practice.
The headquarter is located in Paris, with two other offices in Laval and Reims.
Profile of our clients:
- Corporate group with turnover of more than €1 billion
- SMEs and intermediate-sized enterprises
- Start-ups and growing enterprises
- Public administrations
- Partners or directors involved in complex disputes
- Non-profit organisations and foundations
All business sectors:
- Banking, insurance
- Media, communication
- Transport / logistics
- Real estate, building & public works construction
- Real estate investors
- Regional and local authorities
Sylvain has been an environmental specialist since 2004. He has been teaching environmental law at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne since 2005. After a 10-year-practice in the French environmental boutique Huglo Lepage and two so called “magic circle” law firms (Linklaters and Allen & Overy), he has been running his own business since 2015 and joined Richelieu Avocats as partner since September 2019.
He has been writing numerous articles for specialised and national press (Les Petites Affiches, BDEI, Jurisclasseur, Magazine Geo, Challenges, L’Opinion). He is referred to as environmental expert at “Institut Sapiens”, a think tank which bears an observatory for sustainable development.
The firm’s environmental team advises both industrialists and investors in order to assist them in assessing industrial risks, in particular in connection with the operation of classified facilities, restructuring operations, the sale of polluted sites or the setting up of project. The team is led by Sylvain Pelletreau, a specialist in environmental matters, who has been practicing and teaching this field for over 15 years, both in its advisory and litigation aspects.
The environmental team deals in particular with:
- Classified facilities
- Real estate assets
- Waste management
- Environmental risk management in business transfers
- Environmental litigation
- Water law
- Air and atmosphere
- Natural heritage