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Allen & Overy LLP’s Casablanca office is the hub for Tunisia-related matters and wider North Africa work; Hicham Naciri and Yassir Ghorbal are key figures. Other practitioners are based in London, Paris and Antwerp. The team’s workload includes M&A, project finance, intellectual property and dispute resolution.

Clifford Chance excels in corporate transactions, regulatory issues and various other matters with a nexus to Tunisia. It has a first-class reputation for acting for financial institutions, investment funds, oil and gas sector operators and service providers, and mining companies, among other clients. Mustapha Mourahib in Casablanca, Delphine Siino Courtin and David Préat in Paris, and Spencer Baylin in London are key team members.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Tunis-based team is led by Farès Koussay El Heni. Its diverse workload spans corporate transactions, disputes and insurance-related matters. It also provides ancillary advice on finance and labour law issues. Mohamed Raouf El Heni and recent hire Soundès Mejdoub who joined from Ferchiou & associés are recommended. In one highlight, the firm advised Italian pharmaceutical company Recordati on its acquisition of a Tunisian pharmaceutical company and it is acting for Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé in all aspects of the multimillion-euro construction of multiplex cinemas in several cities in Tunisia. Paris-based Boris Martor co-heads the firm’s Africa group with London-based John Kemkers.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises financial investors, including private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds and alternative capital providers on their acquisitions of, and exits from, companies in the healthcare, consumer and pharmaceutical industries. Dubai-based Pervez Akhtar is the managing partner of the Middle East and North Africa practice.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s North Africa practice is co-led by Bertrand Montembault in Johannesburg and London-based Craig Tevendale. Christophe Lefort led a team which acted for Sumitomo, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Gama in a consortium bid to construct a 450MW thermal power plant at Radès. The firm also handles work involving sectors such as mining, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. At associate level, Lucien Bou Chaaya and Sharif Abousaada are key figures in Paris.

King & Spalding LLP has a dedicated team in Paris which focuses on the North African market. It features in some of the largest oil and gas projects in Tunisia; Mehdi Haroun and senior associate Nora Djeraba advised OMV on various upstream gas developments, including the Nawara gas pipeline. The team also handles acquisitions and divestments of oil and gas assets. Counsel Ruxandra Lazar specialises in public law issues associated with project developments.

Linklaters LLP provides a full-service offering through its offices in London, Lisbon and Paris. Its workload spans a wide range of matters, including project finance and development, dispute resolution and capital markets transactions. An area of strength is projects and regulatory matters in the TMT sector; Julian Cunningham-Day in London and Brussels-based Tanguy Van Overstraeten have expertise in this space. From Paris, Mark Barges handles energy and infrastructure projects across Francophone Africa (including Tunisia). Bertrand Andriani, Paul Lignières, Roland Ziadé and Aymeric Voisin, who are also based in Paris, are also recommended. Richard O’Callaghan led the team advising J.P. Morgan Securities as lead manager and bookrunner on an €850m notes issuance by Banque Centrale de Tunisie.

Alain Malek, who divides his time between Casablanca and Paris, leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s North Africa practice. The firm acts for clients such as France Telecom, Regus, SNC Lavalin and Vermeg. The group, which includes Godefroy Le Mintier and Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissieres, handles M&A, project development, and banking and finance transactions, among other areas.

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