Lionel Levain

Lionel Levain

Partner – Paris Bar


  • Public contracts
  • Public procurement contracts
  • Public contracts litigation
  • General administrative litigation
  • General economic public law
  • Administrative liability
  • Rail regulation

  • DEA de droit public économique – Paris II Panthéon-Assas
  • Certificate in public management – School of Public and Environmental Affairs – Indiana University
  • Langues: French/English

For many years Lionel has been ranked among the best public business law practitioners by French and international guides.

Lionel provides both advisory and litigation services in the field of public contract law and particularly in public procurement law. With a wealth of experience in the industry, defence, transport and property sectors, he advises and assists French and foreign public entities and private companies in all areas of public business law.

He is also the counsel to private companies and to public authorities, for the development and management of complex arrangements in the water, waste, district heating and public rail and road transport sectors.

Lionel usually represents public and private entities, whose contracts are awarded subject to advertising and competition obligations, to prepare the call for tenders and the consultation file, and to oversee the award procedure and any disputes relating to said procedures.

He is also heavily involved in general public and economic law and in general administrative litigation concerning, in particular, economic interventions of public bodies, with regard to public finances, outsourcing of public body services, administrative liability and financing of public bodies.

Having practised for twelve years in the Public Law – Environment department of Gide Loyrette Nouel, Lionel joined the firm in January 2011 as partner.

  • « Street Furniture in Lyon: the court validates the global contract »
    Representation of the company Smoove in pre-contractual summary proceedings against the competitive tendering procedure organised by Métropole de Lyon, to award a contract to supply street furniture, information media and mobility services.
  • « Export of works of art: The Paris Administrative Court of Appeal upholds the return of unlawfully detained goods »
    RMT News, 3 July 2015
  • « Reinhart Marville Torre obtains a declaration of unconstitutionality of Article 2 of the law of 23 June 1941 on the export of works of art »
    The firm represented the plaintiff in the context of a priority preliminary ruling on the issue of constitutionality referred to the Constitutional Council (Conseil constitutionnel) on 8 September 2014 by the Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) and relating to compliance with the rights and freedoms, which the Council guarantees, of the provisions of Article 2 of the law of 23 June 1941.
    RMT News, 17 November 2014