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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Bourabiat Associés assists national and international corporates, financial institutions, government bodies and sponsors with various corporate and commercial matters as well as M&A. The practice, headed by Foued Bourabiat, advised technology company ABB on the transfer of its worldwide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) business to a third-party purchaser. The Carlyle Group and Cevital are other notable clients. Valérie Veaux Muller is another key contact.

Providing an 'excellent knowledge of the regulatory environment', CMS is experienced in M&A and corporate transactions involving industrial PPPs and joint ventures, particularly in the food, pharmaceutical, construction and oil and gas industries. Practice head Samir Sayah, who is 'available and accessible', advised Ipsen Pharma on the establishment of an industrial partnership in Algeria with two local financial partners. Partner Amine Sator, senior associate and tax expert Nabil Abdessemed and associate Amina Rabai are other names to note.

Led by Samy Laghouati, the team at Gide Loyrette Nouel handles privatisations, joint ventures, acquisitions, divestments and large-scale infrastructure transactions, assisting both public bodies and foreign investors. A notable highlight was advising Total on a joint venture with Algerian state-owned oil and gas company Sonatrach. Other notable clients include Engie, Volkswagen and Sanofi. Rym Loucif moved to LPA-CGR in 2018.

Bennani & Associés LLP assists clients with setting up joint ventures, due diligence, import and export contracts, trade marks and distribution agreements, with a focus on the energy, automotive and agricultural sectors. The practice, which is led by Mourad Seghir, advised Siemens and Alstom on aspects related to the concentration authorisation of the merging of their rail operations. Key clients also include British Petroleum (BP) and Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ).

Chemloul & Associés specialises in corporate and commercial work in the areas of investment and privatisation, public procurement, infrastructure implementation, project financing and banking. Mohammed Chemloul is the key contact.

Ghellal & Mekerba handles M&A, joint ventures, investment and international commerce, and project finance, with a focus on the oil and gas and telecoms sectors, among others. Amine Ghellal heads the practice.

Dentons’ associate office in Algiers, Hadj-Hamou/Djouadi, has a strong focus on the oil and gas sector, and is adept in contract and deal structuring, banking, government regulation, bankruptcy and insolvency, project finance and privatisation. Ahmed Djouadi and Sid Ali Hadj-Hamou  are the names to note.

Hamza Law Office specialises in corporate work with a focus on telecoms, energy and defence. Mustapha Hamza is the main contact.

Led by name partner Mohamed Lanouar, Lanouar Partners assists clients with joint venture negotiation and structuring, large-scale transactions, foreign exchange control, intellectual property and tax-related issues. Arezki Djadour advised the Algerian assembling plant of Renault vehicles on the setting up of a new plant, while Mounir Ait Belkacem advised manufacturer Centaure on a joint venture with local group Mimoun. The client portfolio also includes Pfizer and LafargeHolcim. The practice is member of DLA Piper Africa.

LPA-CGR’s corporate and M&A work encompasses business ventures, private equity deals and privatisations. The practice is jointly led by Alain Gauvin and Rym Loucif, the latter of whom arrived from Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2018. Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla, who is well versed in dispute resolution and arbitration, is another name to note. Recent highlights include assisting Tell Group with the creation of the first investment fund for Algerian companies and investors and advising local private company Mageco on a number of corporate transactions.

Law Office Yamina Kebir assists multinational companies with their investments in Algeria, their setting up Algerian subsidiaries, and their drafting of joint venture agreements, license agreements and articles of association. The firm's client portfolio includes British Airways, Mars and Givaudan. Yamina Kebir is the main contact.

Led by name partner Mamoun Aidoud, Aidoud Law Firm advises foreign investors on a wide range of matters related to national and international commercial and business law, tax and custom law.

Ben Abderrahmane & Partners assists domestic corporations and financial institutions, as well as international businesses doing business in Algeria, and has a focus on the manufacturing, sales and distribution, technology, natural resources, infrastructure, energy and banking sectors. Dahman Ben Abderrahmane is the name to note.

Benslimane Avocats & Conseils is equipped to advise on domestic and international corporate and commercial work, including joint ventures, contract negotiation and trade law. Samir Benslimane is the key contact. The firm is member of the Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP network.

Bouchaib Law Firm handles corporate and commercial matters, banking issues, and licence and association agreements, and has a focus on the energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. Adnane Bouchaib heads the practice.

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