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Allen & Overy LLP‚Äôs Casablanca office acts as a hub for North Africa deals, while lawyers in London and Paris also have strong regional experience. Among its recent cases, Paris-based La√ętitia B√©nard advised a global pharmaceuticals company on the enforcement of its IP rights in Tunisia. Casablanca-based Hicham Naciri and Paris-based counsel Lachlan Poustie are also key contacts for Tunisia-related matters.

Clifford Chance advises on a diverse spread of work in Tunisia, with recent experience in arbitration, M&A and restructuring matters. In a recent highlight, the firm advised a private equity fund on the acquisition of a significant stake in a regional pharmaceuticals manufacturer. Casablanca-based Mustapha Mourahib and Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin are recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works hand-in-hand with Eversheds El Heni (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) to provide extensive on-the-ground coverage in Tunisia, with specialist expertise in corporate, insurance and dispute resolution matters. Paris-based Boris Martor heads the firm-wide Africa group and recently paired up with Fares El Heni to advise the Tunisian government on the launch of its renewable energy policy. Other representative clients include BIAT Insurance, Star and Swicorp.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Africa group calls on the services of over 100 lawyers globally to cover a broad base of corporate, finance, regulatory and litigation matters. Dubai-based MENA managing partner Pervez Akhtar has a solid track record in Tunisia-related work. Private equity, M&A and joint ventures are all strong areas of activity.

Few foreign firms are as entrenched in the market as Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which has enviable experience across a diverse spread of international arbitration, projects, finance and corporate matters. Paris arbitration head Isabelle Michou continued to defend the Republic of Tunisia in a $1bn ICSID arbitration concerning allegations of expropriation. Other key contacts include London-based Craig Tevendale and Johannesburg-based Bertrand Montembault, who co-lead the North Africa desk.

‚ÄėHighly active in the local market‚Äô, King & Spalding LLP is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable on the Tunisian energy environment‚Äô. Paris-based North Africa expert Mehdi Haroun is ‚Äėresponsive and professional‚Äô and advised OMV on gas sales agreements with the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (STEG), as well as on the development of the Nawara gas pipeline. Paris-based senior associate Nora Djeraba is also recommended.

At Linklaters, London-based capital markets specialist Richard O’Callaghan has advised the Republic of Tunisia on several sovereign bond transactions. The firm has also handled work in the projects and telecoms spheres.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s North Africa practice is led by Alain Malek, who splits his time between Casablanca and Paris. The firm also houses a multidisciplinary Africa group that calls on partners in South Africa, Australia, the UK and Tanzania. Energy, transport and infrastructure are areas of expertise.

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