Dispute resolution in Algeria

Bennani & Associés

Bennani & Associés’ disputes practice is broad, with the firm recently handling litigation in the employment, intellectual property, and financial spheres. Its caseload includes commercial litigation regarding price revisions in the infrastructure sector and a breach of contract in the construction sector. Mourad Seghir, managing partner, is highly experienced in assisting international clients with issues relating to joint ventures, public, and private contracts. Senior associate Zakaria Zereg is well versed in oil and gas litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mourad Seghir

Other key lawyers:

Zakaria Zereg

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb

BP

Colas Rail

WeBuild SpA

Motion Picture Association, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Colas Rail in commercial litigation related to price revision disputes with subcontractors on the Algiers metro extension project.
  • Acted for the Motion Picture Association, Inc. (whose members include Netflix, CANAL+, Disney, WB, Discovery, Sky, etc.) in relation to several copyright infringements by parties in Algeria.
  • Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on its disinvestment in Algeria, including advice on the layoff of employees and subsequent labour litigation.

Chemloul & Associés

The practice at Chemloul & Associés has experience representing clients in a range of commercial and civil litigation matters. Practice head Mohammed Chemloul also has a track record in international arbitration.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s dispute’s resolution practice has extensive experience in handling ICC arbitrations, having achieved successful outcomes in high-value disputes for clients in the energy, engineering and construction, and public utility sectors, which by their nature are highly technical. On the litigation side, the firm has recently handled a complex labour dispute with criminal aspects. The firm’s dispute resolution practice principally acts for foreign and multinational clients. Managing partner Samy Laghouati primarily focuses on energy mandates. Julien Gontier takes the lead on litigation work and has extensive expertise in EPC and O&M contracts and public procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Samy Laghouati

Other key lawyers:

Julien Gontier

Key clients

Daelim Industrial

Saur

ThyssenKrupp

CMS

CMS represents clients in a range of disputes. The team has acted in labour law, maritime law and commercial disputes, as well as administrative litigation.

L&P Partners

A member of DLA Piper Africa, L&P Partners is well versed in handling contentious proceedings as well as advising on the pre-contentious aspects of commercial matters, with a track record in representing clients before local courts and in ICC international arbitration actions. Associate Lamia Naamoune has notable experience in international arbitration in the oil and gas sector in particular. Mounir Ait Belkacem and Arezki Djadour  are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mounir Ait Belkacem; Arezki Djadour

Other key lawyers:

Lamia Naamoune

Key clients

Toyota (Abdul Lateef Jameel)

Renault

LafargeHolcim

Novo Nordisk

Pfizer

Marubeni

Al Salam Bank

Hoffmann-La Roche

Hydrapharm

Biopharm

GlaxoSmithKline

Ooredoo

NATIXIS

Ferconsult ( Metropolitano de Lisboa)

Novabase SA

AMGEN

SHIRE

VEON

PEUGEOT ALGÉRIE SPA

Shariket Kahraba Hadjret En Nouss SKH spa

Technip

Ontex

Sanofi Aventis

Société Générale

Ghellal & Mekerba

Amine Ghellal, managing partner of Ghellal & Mekerba, is a member of the International Arbitration Institute and has acted as an arbitrator before both the ICC and the Algerian Chamber of Trade and Industry (CACI). Amine Haddad focuses mainly on labour and employment disputes, while specialist litigators Maitre Sofian Touati and Imene Azeli have extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation.

LPA-CGR

LPA-CGR's dispute resolution team shifted its focus in 2020 to advise on the structuring of commercial contracts, particularly joint venture agreements between foreign companies and local firms under the 51-49 ordinance. Rym Loucif, whose practice is focused on oil and gas, has historically advised on disputes in this sector. Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla, a litigation and arbitration specialist, takes the lead on the firm’s disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Rym Loucif

Other key lawyers:

Fatima-Zohra Bouchemia