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Well organised and available’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLPobtains the best results for clients’. Paris disputes lead Isabelle Michou is a ‘reference on ICC arbitrations’. Michou advised Obrascón Huarte Lain in a €200m ICC arbitration concerning an infrastructure project in Algeria. The firm is also routinely involved in transactional work, particularly energy and pharmaceutical deals. London-based Robert Moore and Paris-based Hubert Segain advised Cipla on its joint venture with Biopharm for the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceutical products in Algeria. Craig Tevendale and Bertrand Montembault co-head the North Africa desk from London and Johannesburg respectively and are also recommended.

King & Spalding LLP is ‘among the best in Algeria’ due to its ‘good level of service’ and ‘communicative lawyers’. In particular, Paris-based Mehdi Haroun is ‘easily accessible and very professional’; he is advising Dragon Oil on its upstream interests in Algeria. Other representative clients include BAT Algeria and Maersk Oil. Paris-based senior associate Nora Djeraba is also recommended.

One of the most active foreign firms in Algeria’, Shearman & Sterling LLP brings to bear a strong history of involvement in the country – notably, it has been advising Sonatrach since 1965. From Paris, international arbitration head Emmanuel Gaillard is widely regarded as a ‘leader in Algerian matters’ and is respected for his ‘strong knowledge and local experience’. Gaillard paired up with Paris-based Yas Banifatemi to represent Sonatrach in a $400m ICC arbitration brought by Total Algérie and Repsol Exploración Argelia relating to a production sharing agreement. The same team is acting for the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in a $5bn investment treaty arbitration brought by Orascom. Paris-based projects specialist Christophe Asselineau joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016.

Allen & Overy LLP advised on a diverse spread of transactional and contentious matters in Algeria over the past year, with partners based in Paris, London, Casablanca and Abu Dhabi among those most active in the local market. On the litigation side, Paris-based Michael Young advised a major engineering and construction company in a dispute against Sonatrach. In a significant deal, London-based Jeremy Parr advised Cepsa on the acquisition of Hess’ stake in the Bir el Msana field in Algeria.

Clifford Chance has an active francophone North Africa practice, led by Casablanca-based banking and finance specialist Mustapha Mourahib. Finance, infrastructure and energy-related deals are all areas of expertise, and it is also routinely involved in contentious work. Mohamed Hamra-Krouha splits his time between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh and is also a key contact.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has strong experience advising on arbitrations with an Algerian component, particularly oil and gas-related cases. David Hesse splits his time between Paris and London and has represented Sonatrach and Algeria in international arbitrations. Galileo Pozzoli splits his time between Milan and Rome and is recommended for arbitration, regulatory and corporate matters.

Responsive and informed’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP attracts praise for its ‘good local knowledge’. Paris-based projects specialist Boris Martor leads the firm’s Africa group, which works closely with affiliated Algerian firm Benslimane Avocats & Conseils, and handles a broad scope of arbitrations, corporate matters and regulatory issues. Highlights included advising Volvo Group Trucks on the establishment of a joint venture for the assembly of trucks in Algeria.

At Simmons & Simmons LLP, Paris-based Yves Baratte has strong expertise in advising on energy and infrastructure projects. The firm also has a solid record in local M&A deals and international arbitrations.

White & Case LLP houses a very capable EMEA Africa disputes practice under the leadership of Paris-based Christophe von Krause, who is highly active in litigation and international arbitration matters. Von Krause has recently advised on high-value disputes in the construction, energy and life sciences sectors.

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