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Allen & Overy LLP leads its Tunisia and North Africa work through the Casablanca office, where the key contacts are Hicham Naciri and Yassir Ghorbal. The team has expertise in advising on complex transactions and cross-border M&A and acts for investors in the region across all sectors.

Clifford Chance is the firm of choice when it comes to complex M&A work, restructuring and dispute resolution in North Africa. The practice, which is led out of the Casablanca office, handles significant Tunisia-based matters, including advising on regulatory activities. Managing partner Mustapha Mourahib  and Franck Coudert are the key figures to note, along with Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Tunisia team is led by Farùs Koussay El Heni and excels in corporate M&A, banking and insurance, among other areas. In recent work, the firm advised the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the banking regulations and investment aspects of two high-value financial projects. Clients include the state of Tunisia and Nokia. Paris-based Boris Martor co-heads the Africa group and is recommended for his expertise in energy and infrastructure.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has an extensive North Africa practice, handling matters pertaining to mining, projects and energy, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. Co-led by Bertrand Montembault in Johannesburg and London-based Craig Tevendale, the team recently assisted Mitsubishi Corporation in its bid for the acquisition of upstream oil and gas interests in Tunisia.

Linklaters Business Services’s centralised team in Paris leads the firm's Africa work with assistance from its offices in London and the United Arab Emirates. Highlights included the team advising Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT) on the sale of its 35% stake in SociĂ©tĂ© Nationale des TĂ©lĂ©communications (Tunisie Telecom), and London-based Richard O’Callaghan acting for J.P. Morgan Securities as lead manager on a €850m notes issuance by Banque Centrale de Tunisie. TMT specialist Tanguy Van Overstraeten and Marc Petitier from the Paris office are recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's North Africa work is led by Dubai-based Pervez Akhtar, whose clients include major regional and international financial investors and corporations. Past highlights have included advising Tunisie Telecom on its voluntary public offer for shares in GO, Malta’s largest communications provider.

Mehdi Haroun leads King & Spalding LLP's North Africa group, which is noted for its experience in the Tunisian market. Haroun’s expertise lies in corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has advised OMV on upstream gas developments, including the ongoing Nawara gas pipeline project; senior associate Nora Djeraba was also involved in this matter. The team regularly handles complex corporate restructuring and acquisitions.

Ashurst’s work in Tunisia is led out of the firm’s offices in Paris and London, where practice head Yann Alix leads the Africa group. Alix has substantial experience in the oil, gas and mining sectors, and often acts for African governments.  Clients include BP and the government of Uganda. Michel Lequien from the Paris office is recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s North Africa practice is led by Alain Malek, who is based in Casablanca and Paris. His focus lies on M&A and cross-border transactions in the region, particularly in the telecoms and tourism sectors. Key contacts include Godefroy Le Mintier and Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissieres.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s practice covers a wide range of sectors across Africa, and clients include local and national governments and corporations. Paris-based Lachlan Poustie, who recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP, leads the firm's project development and finance group and has been involved in complex transactions and project work in Tunisia. Sanja Udovicic is recommended for her expertise in energy and infrastructure.

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