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Due to its uncompromising commitment to quality of service and professional integrity, Ferchiou & Associés law firm has scored, for the second year running, the trophy ‘Special mention’ in the category ‘North Africa’s best cabinets’ for Tunisia during the celebration of 2016 Law Trophies. With more than 30 years of experience in providing legal advice and assistance to its clients, the firm has become one of Tunisia’s leading business law firms. The cabinet is recognised for its involvement in the country’s highest profile projects, its cross-border expertise and its valuable insight into emerging and established markets. The firm is also strategically positioned in the Sub-Saharan African market where it started its business development in relation to renewable energy practice.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance, M&A, energy, land renewable energies, oil and gas, antitrust and competition law, commercial law, labour and employment, IT/communications, environmental law, litigation and arbitration, privatisation, real estate, tax, intellectual property, and legal assessments.

Transactional highlights:

Ferchiou & Associés is recognised as the market leader in Tunisia’s banking and leveraged finance industry, having experience in derivatives and structured finance transactions involving state-owned entities and the state of Tunisia. It is also experienced in acquisition and asset finance, syndicated loans and credit facilities, financial services, private equity or debt financing, and advises international financial institutions on the feasibility of transactions and regulatory compliance and procedures under Tunisian Law.

The firm represents local and international companies and investors in a variety of fields, such as cosmetics, pharma, textile, agri-food, industrial components including recapitalisation, restructuring, commercial partnerships, joint ventures and liquidation operations. The firm provides expertise in private acquisitions, takeovers of listed companies, share acquisition and sale, stock exchange transactions and corporate transition strategies. The firm advises on transfers of ownerships, transfer of dividends, security packages and buyout of public corporations.

Ferchiou & Associés is a market leader in the energy industry, offering expertise in upstream and downstream legal advice in oil project financing, hydrocarbon titles transfer and acquisitions, environmental due diligence, regulatory compliance, and policy counseling to the Tunisian government, major state-owned companies and multinationals.

In 2016, the firm has acted for a variety of transactions: advising Natixis in relation to repo transactions for a total amount of €300m; advising EBERD in relation to a €40m financing; advising the Tunisian National Oil Company Etap in relation to $120m financing; acted as Tunisian law advisor of Tunisie Telecom on the bid process, acquisition and financing of a its €300m acquisition of a majority stake; assisting Sanofi in the acquisition of a the consumer healthcare activity and the project of acquisition by Boehringer-Ingelheim of the branch of Sanofi operating in animal health (Merial); assisting Shell in relation its acquisition of British Gas; assisting national oil company ETAP in the acquisition of the hydrocarbons titles, offshore and onshore resources. Additionally, the firm has acted for one of the leading textile retail in the country in relation to the investment of a private equity firm. The firm is also the franchisee of over seven notorious brands including Zara, MNG, Bershka, Massimo Dutti etc.

Lately, the firm has advised JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs in relation to a $50m sovereign bond done by Central Bank of Tunisia. The firm has also assisted Baxter International and Baxalta in the creation of medical promotion and information agency; assisted Harvard Global Research and Support Services INC to incorporate in Tunisia through the creation of a local branch, to promote scientific research in Tunisia and help establish partnerships between Tunisian and American universities; advised EFACEC in the finalisation of partnership agreement with STEG and the execution of the renewal of electric posts in Tunisia. Currently, the firm is advising UAE Bukhatir Group in relation to the continuation of their integrated mix use facilities project to be developed in the Lake area over 250 hectares.

ContactsNoureddine Ferchiou (managing partner)
Amina Larbi (partner)


Number of lawyers 65

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