Public Law

Aramis is involved in all areas of public business law and has developed a particular expertise in public procurement (public contracts, concessions, public-private partnerships) and public contracting, which covers:

  • the implementation of in place of complex contractual arrangements, the creation of dedicated structures, contractual audit and risk analysis,
  • operational assistance during the awarding or execution of contracts (preparation and analysis of consultation files, applications or offers, drafting contracts and amendments),
  • legal representation to contest or defend tenders or contracts, the preparation of claims, expertise.

We support, on these issues, major companies or public operators especialy in transport, energy defense, telecom and business events areas.

We also have specific kills in the field of public law applicable in French Polynesia and in international context.

Aramis public law practise is recommended by Decideurs and legal 500.

Aramis is recommended for “its professionnalism, its availabiliy, its efficiency” and “its ability to bring solutions which always respond to its clients expectations and needs” (Legal 500 Paris, 2018).

Headed by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Etienne Amblard, Aramis’ two-lawyer team has strong public law contract expertise. Representing public and private sector clients, the practice is advising on major projects in the transport and telecoms sectors. It is notably assisting Tunnel Euralpin Lyon-Turin with the eponymous railway tunnel projects, as well as French Polynesia’s Post and Telecoms Office (OPT) with the awarding of the Manatua project, consisting in the setting up of an international high-capacity submarine cable system in the Pacific. Litigation is also a strong feature of the practice, which is handling several disputes. SNCF Mobilités, the City of Paris and Egis Airport Operation are clients.” (Legal 500 EMEA, 2019).


  • Syndicat mixte Autolib’: advice/representation for the termination process of “Autolib” public service delegation contract (electric care sharing program)
  • Keolis: legal advice for the acquisition of CarPostal France (SWISS Post group)
  • Public promoter in charge of a railway tunnel: representation in the proceeding against the decision of French Government to declare the general interest of the project (“declaration d’utilité publique”)
  • Players in the railway sector : legal advice in the context of several infrastructure and rail services projects
  • Public telecommunication operator : advice for the implementation of an international high-capacity submarine cable system in pacific (setting up a consortium between different operators, preparation of tendering procedures, drafting and negotiation of an intergovernmental agreement, construction contracts of the system)
  • Public railway operator : drafting/review of contracts for the financing and execution of infrastructure projects and the operation of rail transport services in Ile-de-France
  • Major French distribution group : representation in a litigation before French administrative court to challenge administrative fines imposed by French ministry of economy (price display regulation in supermarket)
  • German telecommunications operator : legal advice in the context of public tenders related to installation of jamming system in French prisons and telecoms / new digital services for prisoners (concession)
  • Airport management company : representation in a proceeding against the decision of the French Government (DGAC) to award the Tahiti Faa’a airport concession
  • French energy operator : regular assistance in public procurement law for the award of public insurance contracts
  • Services company : representation in a litigation related to major public industrial services contracts (cleaning, catering) in French prisons
  • Aramis represented Sabena Technics, aviation maintenance company, in the context of a compensation claim related to a public aircraft maintenance contract. On 28 February 2017, the administrative Court of Versailles ordered to provide a compensation of €1.8 million for his financial damage.