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Paris High Court PPP, France

We are lenders’ technical advisor for the €575 million Paris High Court project that will incorporate 90 courtrooms and 2200 offices into a landmark 160m tall, 40-storey tower and an adjacent six-storey building.

We've drawn on our experience from more than 50 PPP projects in France to help make the High Court development bankable.

Presently, the High Court is spread across different locations, making access and seamless service provision difficult. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the new development will create one central home for the court.

The project’s scale and complexity called for highly efficient risk management to reassure international lenders of its viability – particularly in light of ongoing economic uncertainty and impending French elections at the time.

Mott MacDonald’s Paris-based technical, operational, contractual and cost specialists provided the lenders with a clear understanding of the project’s risks. A detailed analysis was provided covering key technical constraints – particularly the challenging brownfield site conditions, which included pollution issues, difficult geotechnical conditions and a constrained urban footprint. The methodology and clarity of our risk assessment were greatly appreciated by the lenders and the sponsors.

The focus shifted to contractual mitigations during financial close, for which we drew on our experience on more than 50 public private partnership (PPP) projects in France. We established and maintained a strong relationship of trust with the lenders and the sponsors. This enabled all parties to collaborate in producing a clear risk structure and equitable funding conditions to successfully close the deal.

Financial close was reached in 2012. We've been monitoring construction and will monitor operation when the building enters service under a 27 year concession.

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