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Allen & Overy LLP advises on transactional corporate and finance work as well as contentious matters in Algeria, with wide industry sector experience. Adrian Mellor and Roderic Cork recently assisted with a Murabaha financing structure for a term loan capital expenditure and revolving working capital facilities, while Michael Young represented a construction company in a dispute against Sonatrach.

Well organised and available’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLPobtains the best results for clients’. In recent highlights, Eduardo Soler Tappa and Manuel Rivero represented Grupo Ortiz in a claim against Algeria under the Bilateral Investment Treaty with Spain and Miguel Riaño acted for Rover Alcisa on infrastructure projects. Co-heads of the North Africa desk Bertrand Montembault and Craig Tevendale service Algerian matters from Johannesburg and London respectively.

King & Spalding LLP is ‘among the best in Algeria’ due to its ‘good service level’ and ‘communicative lawyers’, with Paris-based Mehdi Haroun noted as ‘easily accessible and very professional’. Haroun and senior associate Nora Djeraba advised Dragon Oil on its upstream interests in Algeria and assisted Maersk Oil on its prequalification status for oil and gas operations.

One of the most active foreign firms in Algeria’, Shearman & Sterling LLP’s recent key projects include representing Algeria as respondent in a $4bn ICSID arbitration and acting for Sonatrach in two ICC arbitrations. International arbitration head Emmanuel Gaillard is regarded as a ‘leader in Algerian matters’ and Guillaume Isautier, Yas Banifatemi, Coralie Darrigade and Maude Lebois are also active in international arbitration, M&A, public international law and project development as well as in financing pertaining to the energy and natural resources, construction and civil infrastructure, telecoms, power and water sectors.

Clifford Chance has an active North Africa practice, led by Casablanca¬¬-based banking and finance specialist Mustapha Mourahib. Finance, infrastructure and energy deals are all strengths and contentious work is also handled. The firm recently assisted Actis with the acquisition of a 40% stake in the Medis Group.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has strong experience advising on arbitrations with an Algerian component, particularly oil and gas-related cases. Galileo Pozzoli assists Algerian clients from Italy, having previously advised the Republic of Algeria and state-owned Sonatrach.

Responsive and informed’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP attracts praise for its ‘good local knowledge’. Boris Martor leads the firm’s Africa group, which works closely with Algerian firm Benslimane Avocats & Conseils. It handles a broad scope of arbitrations, corporate matters and regulatory issues.

White & Case LLP represents clients in high-value and complex dispute resolution matters in Algeria: Paris-based Christophe von Krause regularly leads the firm’s advice on major infrastructure project and construction disputes as well as litigious tax and customs matters among others.

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