Next Generation Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Algeria

Bennani & Associés

Bennani & Associés is a highly respected regional law firm, as illustrated by its enviable client base of household names such as Novartis, Facebook and Uber. The team’s workload primarily consists of advising international clients on entering and maintaining its presence in Algeria, with expertise across all aspects of corporate and commercial law. Managing partner Mourad Seghir  oversees the team and is a New York qualified lawyer with expertise in M&A and joint ventures, as well as public and private contracts. Senior associate Mohamed Debbouche is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mourad Seghir

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Debbouche

Testimonials

‘Bennani & Associés offers the level of service  that meets the standards of the most sophisticated international law firms. I work with them in full confidence to cover my clients’ needs in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.’

‘Mourad Seghir provides articulate and to-the-point advice.’

‘Responsive, efficient, independent.’

‘Strong expertise in Algerian laws and regulations.’

‘Always available and friendly, we are definitely convinced of its loyalty, competence and analytic qualities. They are always available to answer quickly and qualitatively to our requests.’

Key clients

Novartis

Facebook

Sanofi

Uber

Hyundai Motor Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb

British American Tobacco

Bloomberg

Daimler

Caterpillar

IFM Investors

LG

Phillips

Sandvine

Stream Flo

CFAO

Artelia

Align Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook on the launch of new products and data privacy issues.
  • Advised Hyundai on a joint venture with an Algerian partner (Tahkout Manufacturing Company) for the production of passenger vehicles.
  • Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb in relation to its disinvestment in Algeria.

ADNA DELETE

ADNA, formerly Bourabiat Associés, has an office network that spans North Africa and advises on an array of issues including M&A, disposals, share capital increases and joint ventures. This work has been carried out for corporations, financial institutions as well as state-owned enterprises. Foued Bourabiat leads the team and is a reputed name in the market for his work handling corporate transactions within the energy sector. He is supported by associate Steven Aldrich, who also focuses on the energy sector but also has notable expertise in assisting with work related to the pharmaceutical sector.

Practice head(s):

Foued Bourabiat

Other key lawyers:

Steven Aldrich

Testimonials

Excellent client service. They are exceptionally available even at short notice. They bring a user-friendly commercial approach focusing on solutions rather than issues.

Foued is extremely well informed and super-connected. We go to him for his views on “under the radar” legal developments.

Key clients

Air Products

Cevital

Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)

Edison

DP World

Al Ghurair Group

Fruital (Coca-Cola)

Geodis

Danieli

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jamjoom Pharmaceuticals

Neptune Energy

Samsung C&T

Azadea

Volotea

OPIC (now DFC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Occidental Petroleum Company  on the Algerian aspects of the acquisition of Anadarko.
  • Advised Suzuki Motor Corporation in connection with the construction of a vehicle assembly plant in Algeria.
  • Advised Emerging Capital Partners on the divestment of a significant stake in Générale Assurance Méditerranéenne(GAM), one of Algeria’s main private insurance companies.

CMS

CMS is a leading international firm in Algeria and is uniquely positioned to assist global clients and work on cross-border matters. The group has recently been advising on M&A, infrastructure projects and restructurings, with a particular focus on the oil and gas, real estate, TMT and life sciences sectors. Fatiha Aouam, who assists domestic and international clients with commercial issues, is also a notable practitioner.

Practice head(s):

 

 

Other key lawyers:

Fatiha Aouam

Testimonials

‘I’ve been working with CMS since 2008/2009 and have always received  good quality support. They know their market very well including the pragmatic aspects.’

‘Available, reachable, flexible.’

‘Strong presence and knowledge of the markets. Able to anticipate changes and plan accordingly.’ 

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel has advised on some landmark transactions, most recently advising on the $1.5bn joint venture between Total Refining & Chemical  and Sonatrach concerning a petrochemical project in Algeria. As well as joint ventures, the team is also active in advising on M&A, restructuring and capital investments. Samy Laghouati, who has a particularly strong focus on the energy sector, heads the team and is supported by counsel Julien Gontier.

Practice head(s):

Samy Laghouati

Other key lawyers:

Julien Gontier 

Testimonials

Gide Algeria is for sure one of the most reliable law firms in Algeria.

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Engie

Total

Daewoo E&C

Sanofi

Chine Road and Bridge Corporation

Halliburton

BNP Paribas

Schlumberger

Repsol

Danone

Novo Nordisk

British American Tobacco

Work highlights

  • Assisted CRBC with setting up a joint venture with the Algerian state owned entity Société Nationale de Travaux Publics aiming to carry out mega-infrastructure projects in Algeria.
  • Advised TATA Motors on the creation of a joint venture operating in the assembly of vehicles in Algeria.
  • Advised Verallia Packaging on the sale of 100% of its assets to an Algerian company

L&P Partners

L&P Partners, which is a member firm of DLA Piper Africa, is highly skilled in cross-border matters and is a popular choice for international clients. Leading the team are Mounir Ait Belkacem, a renowned expert in corporate contracts, and Arezki Djadour, who is highly skilled in property transactions. M&A specialist Mohamed Lanouar is another key name.

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Lanouar

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable team with very friendly approach. The team is extremely business oriented

Availability at any time and eager to understand the constraints of the clients.

‘Knowledgeable about local law and practices but capable of handling international clients and transactions.’

Key clients

Toyota

Veon

Renault

LafargeHolcim

OCEA

Pfizer

Marubeni

Sanofi Aventis

Hoffman-La Roche

Oman Refreshment Co

GlaxoSmithKline

Sodexo

Terramin

Johnson & Johnson

Société Générale Algérie

As Salam bank Bahrain

Careem

Michelin

Amgen

Shariket Kahraba hadiret Ennous (SKH)

Hasnaoui

Biopharm

Stellantis

URGO

Work highlights

  • Assist Pfizer with the implementation of the Upjohn/Viatris deal implying the transfer of generic activities and related employees from a local affiliate to another company based also in Algeria.
  • Advising Veon on the sale of a stake of its Algerian subsidiary which indirectly holds telecom and VSAT licenses.
  • Advising Renault two affiliates in Algeria in two Social Plans with the termination of more than 1000 employees.
  • Assist Pfizer in the implementation of the Upjohn/Viatris Deal implying the transfer of generic activities and related employees from a local affiliate to another company based also in Algeria

LPA-CGR

LPA-CGR is a major French law firm that has been operating in Algeria since 2007, primarily focusing on M&A, joint ventures and commercial contracts. Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla, who has expertise in commercial contracts, is also noted. Rym Loucif left the firm. Since publication, Samir Sayah joined the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla

Cabinet d’Avocats Samir HAMOUDA DELETE

Cabinet d'Avocats Samir Hamouda advises international companies on commercial and regulatory issues, as well as joint ventures. Samir Hamouda, who has particular experience in the TMT, life sciences and financial services sectors, leads the practice. Eli Lily and The World Bank are among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Samir Hamouda

Key clients

Eli Lilly and Company

Alliance Assurances

GE Healthcare

Air Liquide

Yves Rocher

Henkel

The World Bank

Biogaran-Servier

COGEA Design & Construction

Mylan NoSociété d’Automatisation des Transactions

Interbancaires et de Monétique (SATIM)

Arkas NoHysis Medical

Matouk Bassiouny in association with SH-Avocats

Matouk Bassiouny in association with SH-Avocats‘ team acts for household name clients including Philip Morris, KFC and Kellogg’s, focusing on corporate transactions, commercial agreements and regulatory support. Managing partner Houda Sahri leads the team and has prior experience working as a lawyer for one of The Big Four’s legal firms and as in-house counsel for General Electric.

Practice head(s):

Houda Sahri

Key clients

ADES

Al Ghurair Group

Astellas NoCudd (US)

Europmarkets

Fujitsu

GE Healthcare

Ghabbour Auto

Hassan Allam

Hyundai

Iovate Health Sciences

Kellogg’s

KFC (group Yum!)

LafargeHolcim

Land O’ Lakes (US)

Marriott

Mondia

Novabase Group

Pernod Ricard

Philip Morris

Pfizer

PWC Middle-East

Qatar Petroleum

Renault

RMBV

Sorfert

Summit

Taghleef Industries

TTC

Zoetis

Work highlights

  • Advising KFC for the launch of a restaurant chain in Algeria.
  • Advised Hyundai in connection with the acquisition of a stake in Doosan Infracore.
  • Advising General Electric in relation to compliance with new stringent regulatory requirements, including a possible corporate restructuring.

ZAALANI & Associés

ZAALANI & Associés is a full service practice which supports both domestic and international clients and is led by managing partner Hicham Zaalani. Zaalani is an expert in transactions like M&A and joint ventures as well as regualtory issues surrounding custos and trade law.

Practice head(s):

Hicham Zaalani

Work highlights