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Editorial

Index of tables

  1. Commercial corporate and M&A
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla - LPA-CGR
    • Foued Bourabiat - Bourabiat Associés
    • Mohammed Chemloul - Chemloul & Associés
    • Amine Ghellal - Ghellal & Mekerba
    • Mustapha Hamza - Hamza Law Office
    • Rym Loucif - LPA-CGR
    • Amine Sator - CMS

Next generation lawyers

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Bourabiat Associés has expertise in assisting sponsors and financial institutions in the oil and gas, mining, power and water industries with company formation, M&A, disposal of assets and shareholder relations among others. Managing partner Foued Bourabiat, assisted by senior associate Amar Benafla, recently led advice on Kapsch CarrierCom’s rail sector joint venture project with a state-owned company as well as Actis’ acquisition of an equity stake in Medis Group.

CMS’ local and international standing attracts a steady stream of instructions from international clients, particularly related to complex cross-border deals and servicing domestic clients on local matters. Samir Sayah recently assisted a client with the distribution and promotion of pharmaceutical products and Amine Sator advised pharmaceutical companies on tax and restructuring matters.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s corporate lawyers are valued for their ‘excellent service’ as well as for ‘making themselves available at short notice and providing a quick turnaround time’. The team recently acted for Volkswagen on a project with Sovac and advised IPIC on regulatory issues related to its $125bn merger with Mubadala Development. Samy Laghouati has ‘excellent inside knowledge of the Algerian legal framework’. Rym Loucif joined LPA-CGR in 2018.

Bennani & Associés LLP provides companies and public entities with advice on M&A, joint venture agreements, privatisations and restructuring matters. Recent work highlights include advising Sovac on the assembly plant joint venture project with Volkswagen and assisting John Deere in relation to its distribution activity in Algeria. Managing partner Mourad Seghir leads the practice.

Chemloul & Associés possesses expertise in the telecoms, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors and is held in high regard for corporate and commercial work. Mohammed Chemloul leads the team.

Ghellal & Mekerba handles a range of corporate and commercial matters, including contract negotiation, investment vehicle creation and corporate filing. The firm is active in the existing Algerian privatisation process. Amine Ghellal is the key contact.

Hadj-Hamou/Djouadi is an associate office of Dentons and has a strong reputation for its corporate work, with notable expertise in the oil and gas industry. Name partners Ahmed Djouadi and Sid Ali Hadj-Hamou lead the practice.

A consistent performer’, Hamza Law Office enjoys a strong reputation locally for corporate deals. Mustapha Hamza is widely regarded as being one of the market’s leading figures, with the telecoms, energy and defence sectors all being areas of expertise.

LPA-CGR has an impressive track record of corporate work in Algeria, acting for ministries and authorities, multilateral banks, international groups and industrial concerns among others. Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla, who has considerable experience in international commercial contracts, IP and arbitration, joined from Lanouar Partners. Alain Gauvin heads the team. Rym Loucif was a new arrival in 2018 from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Lanouar Partners provides commercial and corporate advice to international high-profile clients such as GlaxoSmithKline, Renault and Pfizer. Mohamed Lanouar, Mounir Ait Belkacem and Arezki Djadour are the key contacts.

Cabinet d'Avocats Samir Hamouda is a respected player in Algeria, due to the reputation of the highly regarded Samir Hamouda. The firm specialises in tax and foreign investment issues and regularly advises oil and gas clients on local corporate law issues.

Law Office Yamina Kebir advises a number of high-profile multinational clients including British Airways, Mars and Cojaal on Algerian law: the group assists with the incorporation of Algerian subsidiary companies, joint ventures, distribution contracts and day-to-day legal operations. Yamina Kebir is the key contact.

Aidoud Law Firm routinely advises on a range of foreign investment, customs law and tax matters. Mamoun Aidoud is the key figure.

Ben Abderrahmane & Partners is an independent regional law firm with platforms in Algeria, Libya and Morocco. Dahman Ben Abderrahmane is recommended for foreign investment issues.

At Benslimane Avocats & Conseils, name partner Samir Benslimane advises Maghreb Invest Algerie on corporate matters on an ongoing basis. The firm is a member of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Africa Law Institute network.

Bouchaib Law Firm regularly advises clients on foreign investment issues such as company incorporations, contract negotiation, benefits agreements and tax law. The telecoms, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors are key sources of work.

Experienced and well connected’, Haroun & Associés is recommended for corporate work due to the distinguished reputation of ‘market doyen’ Ali Haroun.

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