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Editorial

Index of tables

  1. Energy
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Foued Bourabiat - Bourabiat Associés
    • Amine Ghellal - Ghellal & Mekerba
    • Sid Ali Hadj-Hamou - Hadj-Hamou/Djouadi
    • Hassan Yassine - Thompson & Knight LLP

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Bourabiat Associés provides an ‘excellent level of service’ combined with ‘acute expertise, practical advice and good value for money’. The group recently acted for Arab Petroleum Investments on a Sharia-compliant financing for Oil Recovery Services and advised Amimer Energie on the construction of power plants. Managing partner Foued Bourabiat has ‘strong expertise as well as the capacity to work well’ and ‘manages his team with high efficiency’.

CMS assists with the full range of matters related to energy and natural resources, including hydrocarbon and mining law, oil and gas and public sector contracts. Samir Sayah and Amine Sator are the key figures for energy clients seeking advice on investment projects and public tenders.

Ghellal & Mekerba are considered specialists in the hydrocarbons area. The group advised on the construction of many of Algeria’s important power plants and assisted international corporations with mining operations in Algeria. Amine Ghellal and Sid Ahmed Mekerba are noted for their experience.

Samy Laghouati of Gide Loyrette Nouel has developed a strong practice in the energy sector, recently advising Repsol on the acquisition of two Algerian production-sharing contracts as well as assisting Total Refining & Chemical with two major petrochemical projects. Rym Loucif is recommended. Rym Loucif joined LPA-CGR in 2018.

Hamza Law Office handles work for major multinational companies in the energy sector, with expertise in oil and gas being a particular strength of the firm. Mustapha Hamza is ‘strong in project finance’, but also advises on corporate, regulatory and contentious matters.

Thompson & Knight LLP’s office in Algiers advises a number of corporations and government entities in the energy sector, with a focus on the oil and gas sector; it assists with exploration and development, investment, M&A, privatisation, contracts, tax matters and contentious issues. Hassan Yassine is the key figure.

Bennani & Associés LLP handles transactional and contentious matters in the energy sector and recently assisted Chevron in connection with the distribution of lubricants in Algeria. Managing partner Mourad Seghir is the key figure.

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 mainstay at Chemloul & Associés, which advises energy companies on project finance, corporate matters and litigation. Amel Chemloul is the key contact.

Hadj-Hamou/Djouadi obtains a good amount of international work by virtue of its association with Dentons, particularly from oil and gas clients, and regularly represents global energy clients on corporate, finance and dispute matters. Ahmed Djouadi and Sid Ali Hadj-Hamou are notable figures.

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