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Very experienced in oil and gas’, CMS acts for numerous multinational energy companies on investment projects, public tenders and regulatory matters. Samir Sayah is highly active in the industry and Amine Sator is also recommended. Significantly, the firm’s 2017 merger with Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP should reinforce its energy expertise.

Ghellal & Mekerba has experience across the full spread of energy and natural resources matters, but particularly excels in oil and gas-related work. Name partners Amine Ghellal and Sid Ahmed Mekerba both have in-house experience of leading the international legal department at state-owned Sonatrach.

Gide Loyrette Nouel is widely regarded as ‘among the best’ for energy matters in Algeria. In particular, Samy Laghouati is ‘knowledgeable and provides appropriate advice’; he advised Air Liquide on the establishment of a joint venture with a local partner.

At Hamza Law Office, Mustapha Hamza is singled out as being ‘strong in project finance’; he also handles general corporate matters, regulatory work and contentious issues. The client roster is dominated by major multinational companies.

Thompson & Knight LLP’s Algiers office has a strong focus on the energy industry and regularly advises companies and government bodies on oil and gas matters, including exploration and development, M&A and tax issues. Hassan Yassine is recommended.

Bennani & Associés LLP has a diverse energy practice, with strength in transactional matters and litigation. Highlights included advising a French energy company on the sale of its Algerian oil assets.

Benslimane Avocats & Conseils combines ‘good local knowledge’ with strong international credentials through its membership of the Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP network. Samir Benslimane is recommended for energy advice.

Energy is a core area of focus at Chemloul & Associés, which advises energy companies on project finance, corporate matters and litigation. Mohammed Chemloul worked at Sonatrach for over 20 years.

Hadj-Hamou/Djouadi’s association with Dentons is particularly fruitful on the oil and gas side, and it regularly acts for global energy players on corporate, finance and contentious issues. Ahmed Djouadi and Sid Ali Hadj-Hamou are recommended.

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