Leading Individuals

Rising Stars

Energy in Algeria

ADNA

ADNA, formerly Bourabiat Associés, has an office network that spans North Africa and acts for both domestic and international clients, including major corporates, financial institutions and public bodies, advising on M&A, share acquisitions, contracts and procurement matters. Founding partner Foued Bourabiat heads the team and has extensive experience in the oil and gas sector, and is also known to handle work involving public utilities. Associate Steven Aldrich is another key name of note.

Practice head(s):

Foued Bourabiat

Other key lawyers:

Steven Aldrich

Testimonials

Excellent advice on complex Algerian law issues. Commercial advice and ability to explain civil law matters to common law lawyers.

Foued Bourabiat – very responsive and will always come back with helpful advice in urgent scenarios. He also clearly understands (and advises on) the wider commercial impact of his advice and how to manage numerous different stakeholders.

Key clients

Occidental Petroleum

Air Products

Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)

Edison

DP World

Geodis

Danieli

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jamjoom Pharmaceuticals

Neptune Energy

Samsung C&T

Volotea

OPIC

Work highlights

  • Advised Air Products on the negotiation of two gas production and delivery plants for Sonatrach.
  • Advised Oxy on the acquisition of Anadarko and thte aborted divestment to Total of Algerian assets.
  • Advised Neptune Energy on the acquisition of an interest in the Touat asset (one of the largest hydrocarbon assets in Algeria).

CMS

CMS is uniquely positioned as the only international firm in the market  and is equipped to handle contract negotiations, energy regulations, procurement issues as well banking, insurance and labour issues. As such, the firm’s client roster contains major multinational oil and gas companies and their subsidiaries.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel's highly respected team counts Halliburton and E&P Energy among its client roster, and advises on major joint ventures, share acquisitions and contractual agreements. Samy Laghouati oversees the team and is highly skilled in the aforementioned areas, with expertise in both traditional and renewable energy projects. Highlights included advising on Total's joint venture with the publicly owned Sonatrach concerning the development of a major petrochemical project.

Practice head(s):

Samy Laghouati

Key clients

Total Refining & Chemical

Engie

Daelim Industrial

Halliburton

Schlumberger

Repsol

ENI

Total E&P

Sonatrach

Asmidal SPA

Work highlights

  • Advised Daelim Industrial on an EPC contract relating to the construction of a gas-fired combined-cycle plant.
  • Advised ENI on the acquisition of a participating interest owned by the Australiancompany BHP Billinton Petroleum.
  • Advised ENGIE on an exploration project as part of a partnership with Sonatarch.

Bennani & Associés

Bennani & Associés is a leading firm in the market for energy-related disputes, with expertise in both litigation and arbitration. Other attributes of note include advising on regulatory issues, contractual matters and M&A. Managing partner Mourad Seghir leads the team and is highly experienced in Algeria’s oil and gas sector, alongside its growing renewables market.

Practice head(s):

Mourad Seghir

Testimonials

‘Responsive, reliable, and a good presentation of advice.’

‘Mourad Seghir is a very good and calm lawyer who fits into any situation.’

‘The firm has strong relationships with the key stakeholders in Algeria’s energy sector, which allows them to have a unique level of insight on particular issues.’

Key clients

BP

ENI

Cairn

Stream Flo

Enel Green Power

Dragon Oil

Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company

Nabors

Noble Energy

Consortium including Centrotherm Photovoltaics

Linde Gaz

Freepoint

Work highlights

  • Acted for Centrotherm International AG and Kinetics Germany GMBH in an ICC arbitration opposite Rouiba Eclairage in relation to a compensation claim involving bank guarantees.
  • Advised Linde Gaz on regulatory issues related to importation and production of gas, as wellas assisting the client with corporate restructuring following the publication of the newFinance Law for 2021.
  • Advised Enel Green Power on a regulatory review of potential photovoltaic and wind projectsin Algeria in connection with a potential 5,000MW project.

LPA-CGR

LPA-CGR is highly skilled in regulatory and transactional matters in the oil and gas sector, more specifically in M&A, joint ventures, project finance and EPC contracts. The team’s client base consists of both domestic and international companies. Rym Loucif left the firm. Since publication, Samir Sayah joined the firm.