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Jean-François Marquaire

Managing Partner
Head of Corporate | Head of Infrastructure & Projects

Naberezhnaya Tower 10C
123112 Moscow
Languages English, Russian, French

Jean-François Marquaire is the Managing Partner of the  heading corporate practice in the firm. Jean-François’ practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, project financing, constructions, and PPP projects.  

Jean-François has over 30 years' experience as executive officer with various companies in France, Europe and North America. 

In the framework of his duties, Jean-François has also participated in large projects, particularly in the construction, transportation, energy and automotive sectors and coordinated major acquisitions, divestitures, business combinations and reorganisations. Coordinating the efforts of large working groups, he has directed all legal and tax aspects, including structuring and negotiating the legal documentation required in these types of transactions. 

Jean-François is being constantly recognised as one of the leading practitioners for Project Finance and Development, Energy and Infrastructure, PPP/PFI, Project finance by Best Lawyers, IFLR1000, CRE-100 and Legal 500. 

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Memberships & Roles

  • CCI FR – French-Russian Chamber of Commerce, member of the administrative board 
  • One of the judges for the CEE Deal of the Year Awards by CEE Legal Matters 
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  • Expat on the Market: An Interview with Jean-Francois Marquaire of CMS, November 2021
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  • HEC School of Management, CESA Executive Human Resources Programme
  • INSEAD, Finance Programme for Executives
  • 1983 − University of Aix-Marseille III, LL.M. in Business Law
  • 1983 − University of Aix-Marseille III, LL.M. in International Law
  • Paris II University, LL.B. in Business Law
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SEAM­LESS Leg­al re­cog­nised by Pravo-300 2022
We are more than happy to share our first re­cog­ni­tion as SEAM­LESS Leg­al by the na­tion­al rank­ing Pravo.ru-300. This year SEAM­LESS Leg­al has earned 17 re­cog­ni­tions, in­clud­ing Band 1 award for the In­sur­ance...
SEAM­LESS Leg­al ad­vises Nis­san on Rus­sia exit
SEAM­LESS Leg­al team has ad­vised ma­jor Ja­pan­ese car man­u­fac­turer Nis­san on its exit from Rus­sia.SEAM­LESS Leg­al team was led by firm’s man­aging part­ner Jean-François Mar­quaire, sup­por­ted by loc­al part­ners...
The former Mo­scow of­fice of CMS to con­tin­ue work­ing as an in­de­pend­ent law...
On 15 June 2022, the former Mo­scow of­fice of the in­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS an­nounces the start of work as an in­de­pend­ent law firm un­der the new brand name SEAM­LESS Leg­al.Over 80 col­leagues of the Mo­scow of­fice con­tin­ue work­ing as one team, led by Man­aging Part­ner Jean-Fran­cois Mar­quaire and Seni­or Part­ner Le­onid Zubar­ev.We keep ad­vising our cli­ents across all 23 prac­tices and sec­tors: We lean on 30 years of ex­pert­ise and an im­pec­cable repu­ta­tion as part of an in­ter­na­tion­al law firm. We have al­ways abided by strict pro­fes­sion­al stand­ards and will con­tin­ue provid­ing ser­vices of the highest qual­ity. Jean-Fran­cois Mar­quaire, Man­aging Part­ner: “We are proud of hav­ing been able to cre­ate and pre­serve a united team with a friendly cor­por­ate cul­ture and re­spons­ible at­ti­tude to our busi­ness.”Le­onid Zubar­ev, Seni­or Part­ner: “Our new brand SEAM­LESS Leg­al most ac­cur­ately re­flects the ap­proach to work that has de­veloped over the years in our firm – in­teg­rity and co­her­ence, im­pec­cab­il­ity, con­tinu­ity and un­in­ter­rup­ted sup­port to our cli­ents at any time."
The Mo­scow of­fice of CMS to con­tin­ue as an in­de­pend­ent law firm
Dear FriendsWe have been through a lot dur­ing 30 years in Rus­sia. Now a dif­fi­cult de­cision has been taken by CMS to leave the Rus­si­an mar­ket. We are grate­ful to our in­ter­na­tion­al col­leagues for their...
Leg­al de­vel­op­ments that may af­fect your busi­ness in 2022
CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have pre­pared their an­nu­al se­lec­tion of the most sig­ni­fic­ant leg­al de­vel­op­ments that may af­fect your busi­ness in Rus­sia in 2022.
Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia
This is the 2021 edi­tion of the Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia guide. 
CMS Rus­sia earns a re­cord num­ber of re­cog­ni­tions by Best Law­yers 2022
Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 32 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2022 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers rank­ing. In total, we have earned 74 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing :Ant­on...
CMS Rus­sia in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2021
The 2021 edi­tion of The Leg­al 500 EMEA re­cog­nises CMS Rus­sia across 10 prac­tice areas and hon­ours 10 firm ex­perts CMS Rus­sia has been ranked this year in the fol­low­ing 10 cat­egor­ies:Bank­ing & Fin­ance:...
In­fra­struc­ture & pub­lic private part­ner­ships
In this chapter of Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia, we char­ac­ter­ise the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture in­dustry and pub­lic private part­ner­ship (“PPP”) op­por­tun­it­ies both in gen­er­al and in some sec­tors (i.e. trans­port, com­mun­al util­it­ies, health­care and so­cial in­fra­struc­ture).
In this chapter of Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia, we out­line the Rus­si­an polit­ic­al and ad­min­is­trat­ive struc­ture. The chapter also gives a fla­vour of the leg­al en­vir­on­ment in the coun­try from an in­ter­na­tion­al per­spect­ive (touch­ing on as­pects such as the WTO, for­eign in­vest­ment and sanc­tions).
CMS Rus­sia Man­aging Part­ner Jean-François Mar­quaire se­lec­ted as a jur­or...
CMS Rus­sia Man­aging Part­ner Jean-François Mar­quaire has been se­lec­ted as a jur­or for the 2020 CEE Deals of the Year Awards – the most pres­ti­gi­ous and sought-after peer-se­lec­ted awards for the leg­al...
CMS Rus­sia ranked in IFLR1000, World Tax and World Trans­fer Pri­cing 2021
The 2021 edi­tions of IFLR1000, the World Tax and World Trans­fer Pri­cing, op­er­at­ing with­in the pub­lish­ing house Eur­omoney In­sti­tu­tion­al In­vestor PLC, named CMS Rus­sia one of the best law firms in Rus­sia...