Marc Frilet

Marc Frilet – the French infrastructure, Concession and PPP expert

Marc Frilet’s law firm Frilet Société d’Avocats is considered as one of the leading French law firms operating within the construction, infrastructure and mining domains. Both nationally and internationally, Marc Frilet is known as one of the most skilled and knowledgeable lawyers within these domains. He is continuously recognized for his achievements by the legal guide Who’s Who Legal who listed him several times as a go-to lawyer for construction, infrastructure and mining, especially in regards to the implementation of concession and PPP projects. Most recently, Marc Frilet was honored as the construction lawyer of the year 2014 in France by the Construction Law Experts.

After being an active member of the French law firm Bureau Francis Lefebvre for several years, including the position of partner and head of the complex project division within the international department, Marc Frilet decided to embark on a new venture. He founded his own law firm in 1998, focusing his efforts on advisory work and contract management within the complex area of international mining, infrastructure Concessions and PPP Projects. As a result of his extensive experience and elaborate expertise, Marc Frilet is able to assist many public and private clients during the inception and development of oftentimes large and complex Concessions and PPP projects, while ensuring a successful development of the project through is excellent dispute avoidance and resolution skills.

Besides his extensive experience in the construction and infrastructure domain, Marc Frilet also co-organizes seminars and conferences worldwide, while regularly participating as an expert speaker. His engagements often cover topics such as international concession and PPP projects, international procurement, litigation and others.

Moreover, he has written numerous articles on mining, public procurement, Concessions and PPPs, methods to disseminate good practices, litigation, comparative law in France and internationally, particularly Francophone Africa and Latin America. His regularly published in some of the world’s most recognized and known journals and magazines for law practice. Thus, it is not a coincidence that for more than 10 years according to The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Marc is “one of the most highly regarded individuals” internationally, especially in the construction domain.

His unique blend of expertise both with the public and private sector developed within more than twenty countries has been an important contribution to the international movement for the development of framework regulations and standards in the Concession and PPP area. This role has culminated with his leading participation to the creation by IFEJI, where he is vice president, and the Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) of the UN International Centre of Excellence for Concessions and PPP ‘Policies, Laws and Institutions’ in May 2015.


Contact Information
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  • 1975 – McGill University – LLM on Common Law of Contract and Commercial Transactions
  • 1973 – Institut de Sciences Politiques (Sciences-Po) – Master in Political Sciences and Public Law
  • 1972 – Université de Aix-en-Provence – Graduate Studies in Law and Degree in Juris-Law
  • 1971 – Université de Aix-en-Provence – Law License

Experience & projects

  • Advice and drafting standard condition of contract and laws and regulations mostly for countries of civil law backgrounds.
  • Large national and international utilities and infrastructure projects
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Madagascar
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Burkina Faso
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Vietnam
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Congo
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Guinea Conakry
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Cameroon
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Gabon
  • Advise and participation in complex projects in Senegal
  • Disputes concerning public-private partnerships
  • Disputes concerning public markets
  • Disputes concerning infrastructure and transportation (railways, port, airport)
  • Chair of different seminars and conferences
  • Emerging economy laws

Publications & conferences

  • “Legal Innovation for Development: The OHADA Experience” The World Bank Legal review Volume 4, Legal Innovation and Empowerment for Development, 2013
  • “The critical role of judicial experts in construction litigation and arbitration in France” with Laurent Karila Construction Law International, Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2013
  • “Foreign investments in public infrastructure and mining: facing the challenge in civil law Africa,” Business Law International – 15 May 2011
  • “International Public Procurement: A Guide to Best Practices : Public Procurement: The World Bank System,” 2009
  • Co-author of the Chapter : “Public Procurement in Francophone Africa/The World Bank System/Practices in France”, Global Law and Business Book – September 2009
  • “Preparing Public-Private Partnerships Regional Workshop, Johannesburg 24th-28th June, 2013 with the participation of AFD, ALSF, ADETEF, PPIAF, IDC, BOAD, DBSA, PACBP
  • “United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Team of Specialists on Public Private Partnerships: The PPP Specialist Centers in the pipeline” Specialist Center on PPPs legislation and institutions in Geneva, 4th-6th February , 2013
  • “Conditions for success of concessions and others PPP in developing countries: how to make it work?” “Sharing views on PPP: French experience in France and in developing countries” Washington, October 2012

Qualifications & memberships

  • Member of the Global Construction & Infrastructure Legal Alliance (GcilA)
  • General Secretary of French Institute of International Legal Experts (IFEJI)
  • Advisory Board Member Legal Profession and World Organisations Committee
  • Head of the PPP Working Group, Paris Bar
  • Board member of the French PPP Institute (IGD)
  • Member of the PPP working group of the International Contractors Association (CICA)
  • French Representative of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)
  • “Fellow” of the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL)
  • Expert appointed by French Bar Association (CNB) for European Contract law Project
  • Board member Int. Committee of the French Association of Business Lawyers (ACE)
  • Member of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
  • Member of the Expert College for OHADA Uniform Laws in Africa (UNIDA)
  • Board Member College of Governors, African Law Institute
  • Member of the French Arbitration Committee
  • Member of the Indian Institute of Arbitration
  • Member of the French Construction Law Association
  • Past vice chair International Committee, Paris Bar
  • Past co-chair PPP Task Force (IBA)
  • Past chair International Section of the French Association of Business Lawyers (ACE)
  • Past council member section of Business Law, International Bar Association
  • Past co-chair of Committee T (International Construction Project) (IBA)
  • Past co-chair section of Energy & Natural Resources, Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Frequent speaker in France and foreign countries for private and public organisations (list of more than 100 publications, slides and papers on request)
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Seminar 24 June: Intl. #Construction #Law: Bridging Common And Civil Law; is standardisation possible? More at:
Take a look at Watt Tieder's most recent newsletter including a two-page spread about GcilA.
ICLA holds it's inaugural seminar in Paris. Speakers include GcilA's Marc Frilet, Jack Tieder & Wolfgang Breyer.
New Project Spotlight: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. #litigation #construction
GcilA developed a unique Knowledge Center that aggregates over 600 documents, files and presentations. Read more:
Join us for our workshop in November. Speakers include Michel Démarre, Marc Frilet, Wolfgang Breyer, and more. #law
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Breyer Rechtsanwälte joins the Global Construction & Infrastructure Legal Alliance! - #construction #law #Alliance
Our member firm Karila Société d’Avocats launched its brand new website, available in English and French.
New Project Spotlight: Watt Tieder represented SWAI in arbitration proceedings in Taiwan | | #disputes #arbitration
The @MEDEF_I hosts the formal launch of the International Centre of Excellence on PPP policies, law and institutions.
CBIC & CICA conference on infrastructure/PPP in Brazil. GcilA's Marc Frilet and Chris Wright were expert speakers.