Foreign firms in Algeria

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has a longstanding history in Algeria of assisting international clients with transactions and financing major energy projects. The team is also active in the retail, leisure and construction sectors. Paris-based Mehdi Haroun oversees the team, which includes team members qualified in both France and Algeria, with additional expertise working across other Francophone Africa countries. Haroun is supported by associate Nora Djeraba.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Other key lawyers:

Nora Djeraba

Key clients

Baker Hughes GE

Anadarko

GE Power

Baxter

OMV

CNPCIA

Renaissance Heavy Industries

Bloom/EIIC

Dalma NoTo ad

Work highlights

  • Advised Anadarko on its day to day operations of the Berkine Project, including contractual, employment, customs, regulatory, tax and social security issues.
  • Advised Anadarko on the change of control of its Algerian assets in relation to Anadarko’s acquisition by Occidental Petroleum (Oxy).
  • Advised Baker Hughes – GE on the restructuring of its investment in Algeria through new corporate structures and service contracts, in the context of restricted foreign ownership legislation and following the merger between Baker Hughes and GE.

Ashurst

Ashurst is highly active in energy and infrastructure matters, especially in relation to the oil and gas sector. The team is kept busy advising on corporate transactions, contract negotiations and restructurings. London-based Yann Alix heads the team and is qualified in both France and England and Wales. He heads the firm's Africa group.

Practice head(s):

Yann Alix

Key clients

Sunny Hill

Total

Energies

Isuzu

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sunny Hill in its dispute with Sonatrach.
  • Advised Total Energies in relation to the development of the TFT gas project.
  • Advised Isuzu Motors on a distribution agreement.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has been extremely active in Algeria’s oil and gas market, with the capacity to handle major entries and exits into the market, commercial agreements, construction contracts and dispute resolution. The team is also known to handle pan-African mandates, most recently assisting Willis Tower Watson with the sale of its business across 15 African markets. Bertrand Montembault oversees the team and is assisted by Laurence Franc-Menget and senior associate Thomas Herman. All lawyers are based in the firm’s Paris office.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Montembault

Work highlights

  • Advised Willis Towers Watson on the sale of its entire share-holdings in businesses in 15 African markets, including Algeria.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has a strong record in oil and gas projects, most recently assisting Algeria’s state-owned energy company Sonatrach and Total on a $1.5bn petrochemical project. The team is also active in the mining and retail industries, with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Key names include Andrew Jones, who is head of the firm’s Africa Group and is based in London, and Bertrand Andriani, who leads the firm’s Francophone Africa team and works from Paris. Also in Paris is senior managing associate Aymeric Voisin, who is experienced in project financing and development.

Other key lawyers:

Aymeric Voisin

Key clients

Carlyle Investment Management L.L.C.

Sonatrach

Total S.A.

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

L1E Acquisitions GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised an international oil and gas exploration company on the sale of its upstream Algerian oil and gas assets located in the Ghadames Basin.
  • Represented a major French company in a dispute and a potential investment arbitration involving the State.
  • Advised Blackrock on the acquisition of a stake in the company operating the Medgaz transnational and submarine Gaz Pipeline from Algeria to Spain.

White & Case LLP

Operating from the firm’s London and Paris office, White & Case LLP‘s team has been very active in mandates concerning the oil and gas, construction and TMT sectors. The team is particularly strong in major arbitrations, both in a domestic and international context. The group has also worked on project finance, capital markets and restructurings. The team is led by Paris-based Christophe von Krause, who heads the firm’s EMEA Africa disputes group, and London-based Mukund Dhar, who oversees the firm’s Africa group.

Testimonials

‘W&C team’s vast experience in this country is second to none. You can rely on them in finding the right business partners in Algeria to resolve your disputes especially if you are a foreign firm.’

‘Christophe von Krause is an expert in the field. He knows the way things should be handled in Algeria and he proves to be right almost every time. He is the guy if you would like to do your legal arrangements right in Algeria.’

‘From my experiences, I am sure that White & Case LLP, as an international law firm, has great advantages of establishing an excellent team which can deal with international disputes involving many complicated issues among multiple jurisdictions. The team is composed of various excellent experts across the world who have deep knowledge on any specific field.’

‘Mr. Christophe von Krause has an outstanding ability to give his clients great confidence with his sharp insight and articulation. He is also so responsive and communicative that he is very good at quickly understanding what his client needs and getting to the point in a straightforward way. He is a highly reliable attorney who can give rays of hope to his clients.’

Key clients

ADES International Holding

Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l (OTMTI)

Work highlights

  • Advised ADES International Holding PLC in connection with the issuance of a $325m high-yield bond.
  • Represented OTMTI, a Luxembourgish company, in its $4b claim against Algeria in relation to the unlawful expropriation of its significant investments in the Algerian telecoms sector.

ASAFO & CO. MOROCCO Sarl

ASAFO & CO. MOROCCO Sarl is a Moroccan law firm launched in 2019 by former partners at international firms. The team’s skill set includes advising on matters relating to banking and finance, private equity, trade and real estate. Leading the team is Alain Gauvin, who formerly worked for a Magic Circle firm and is highly skilled in banking, capital markets and fintech.

Practice head(s):

Alain Gauvin; Patrick Larrivé