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Anne Petitjean is a partner in our Real Estate practice in Paris.

Anne is a Paris-based real estate lawyer who has almost two decades of experience with clients on all aspects of high profile real estate transactions and particularly complex construction, development and off-plan matters from the launch of the project right up to the sale or lease of the property.

Anne’s in-depth knowledge on off-plan sales and commercial leases, town planning, construction development enables her to provide strategic advice to landlords, tenants, institutional investors, French and international funders and developers in the office, industrial, logistic, leisure and fashion sectors.



  • Décideurs 2019 - Construction Planning & Infrastructure
    Anne is recognised for her legal expertise in Construction and Planning
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2019 
    “The practice [...] includes key member Anne Petitjean”
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2020
    Referred to as: “Next Generation Partner", 
    "Singled out for her property development expertise.”
    "A great professional whose high-level technique and business approach of matters are comforting for clients. She is a real asset to have on one’s side.”


Anne joined Herbert Smith Freehills in March 2018 after 11 years in the real estate department of an international law firm.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Aesio Mutuelles on the negotiation of an off-plan commercial lease for its new headquarters in Paris (17ème) consisting of a 5,000 square metre office building
  • Societe Generale on the sale and leaseback of a 10,600 square metre office building located 50, rue d’Anjou, Paris
  • Groupe La Francaise, a French real estate asset manager for multiple transactions
    • acquisition and negotiations of an off-plan commercial lease for a 5,600 square metre building at 47, avenue Berthelot in Lyon for ERAFP;
    • acquisition and negotiation of off-plan commercial leases for a 15,000 square metre building at 174 avenue Jean Jaurès in Lyon (Brickwall building).​
  • International Hotel Investments, a hotel and real estate developer and operator, on the implementation and the development of a five-star luxury hotel in Cannes
  • the joint venture created by La Francaise Real Estate Manager and CPPIB on a complex real estate development project Pleyel/Le Grand Paris
    • a complex real estate development project Pleyel/Le Grand Paris (one of the highlights of the “Grand Paris” project: ZAC Pleyel), for the development of a 33,500 square metre office building​
  • the joint venture created by La Francaise Real Estate Manager and CPPIB for the development of an office building with 21,500 square metres in Villejuif.