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Marie-Laetitia De La Ville-Baugé

Counsel
Baker & McKenzie A.A.R.P.I.

Biography

Marie-Laetitia De La Ville-Baugé practices in the Public/Environment Group of Baker McKenzie in Paris. She joined the Firm as an associate in January 2005 and spent one year in the London Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Practice Group in 2010-2011.

Ms. De La Ville-Baugé writes a monthly column entitled "Jurisprudence/Environnement" in le Moniteur Des Travaux Publics et du Bâtiment.

Practice Focus

Ms. De La Ville-Baugé focuses her practice on environmental law, general administrative law and public procurement contracts. She is particularly active in matters involving environmental issues related to industrial projects, including major litigation involving soil and groundwater pollution, dismantling of industrial sites, environmental damages and claims, environmental negotiation in acquisition of industrial sites and companies, and post-acquisition litigation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for the French leader of electricity production against the French state for damages caused by the limitation of hydroelectric production of one of its operating facilities in France.
  • Acting for a major US chemical company in litigation related to the execution of a dismantling and remediation agreement for a former industrial site located near Paris, and in criminal litigation due to an incident that occurred during the dismantling of a former industrial site operated by the company in France.
  • Assisting a mining operator in litigation with a petrochemical company relating to pollution issues on a polluted site. The claim amounted to EUR90 million.
  • Acting for an industrial company regarding legal issues connected to the pollution of a production site. The pollution identified a few years ago has migrated and groundwater and soil located downstream are polluted by chlorinated solvents.
  • Acting for a mining company in the acquisition of mining activities in France (due diligence analysis on regulatory issues, including environmental and mining law issues — application files required under mining law; negotiation of the environmental guarantees), as well as for different mining law issues (change of operator, acquisition and transfer of mining permits).
  • Acting for a leading company in the supply of products and services for the production, transport and distribution of electricity, gas and petrol regarding the negotiations of an agreement for the design and construction of a photovoltaic plant using solar energy (130,000 solar panels to be built in the South of France providing energy for around 15,000 houses).
  • Advising governments, funds and companies on the development of carbon projects (CDM, JI, forestry, carbon capture and storage, and REDD) and on trading in carbon and broader environmental rights (AAUs, CERs, ERUs, EUAs, VERs, biodiversity units, renewable energy credits and other domestic units).
  • Acting on behalf of a carbon fund, drafting and negotiating the terms of a SERPA for the sale of carbon credits from one JI and two CDM projects.
  • Acting for the company operating the major French airports after the collapse of a new build terminal near Paris (airline company's complaint amounted to EUR250 million), involving contractual and extra-contractual responsibilities, master building, construction and pre-litigation consulting).

Admissions

  • Paris~France (2005)

Education

  • C.R.F.P.A. Versailles (2004)
  • University of Versailles (DESS) (2003)
  • University of Paris II (DEA droit public de l economie) (2002)
  • University of Paris II (Maitrise) (2001)
  • Institut d'Etudes Politiques/Paris (1998)

Languages

  • English
  • French