Commercial, corporate and M&A in Tunisia

Adly Bellagha & Associates

Adly Bellagha & Associates is recognised in the oil and gas sector and is experienced in advising domestic and international clients. Adly Bellagha is a key name for corporate, commercial and M&A mandates.

Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze

Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze advises on M&A, privatisations, investments and commercial mandates. Key sectors for the firm include telecoms, real estate, insurance, energy and agriculture. Founding partner Donia Hedda Ellouze is a key contact to note.

Eversheds El Heni (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

Eversheds El Heni (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) has a broad corporate and commercial offering and displays expertise across the financial services, insurance, energy and natural resources, renewables, real estate and technology sectors. The team acts for clients including leading corporate entities and financial institutions doing business in Tunisia, frequently handling pan-African matters for multinationals. Managing partner Farès Koussay El Heni has significant experience in corporate, M&A and restructuring projects. Raouf El Heni and Soundès Mejdoub, who is noted for his expertise in advising multinational companies seeking to establish operations in Tunisia, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Farès Koussay El Heni; Raouf El Heni; Soundès Mejdoub

Testimonials

‘Multilingual team of lawyers able to work across several jurisdictions, offering high-quality legal services.’

‘Farès Koussay El Heni is always available and has a firm grasp of all matters.’

Key clients

Infor

ROCHE

NOKIA

GE

Emerson

TOTAL

Pathé Gaumont

Deloitte US

RINA

Veolia

Elektron

Work highlights

  • Assisting Nokia with employment, commercial and corporate law matters relating to its day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives.
  • Leading the advice to Pathé Gaumont in a first-of-its-kind restructuring project in the Tunisian cinema industry.
  • Advising General Electric Healthcare on a range of specific regulatory, corporate, exchange and tax issues in Tunisia.

Ferchiou & associés

Ferchiou & associés displays a broad range of expertise in restructurings and corporate matters in the real estate and oil and gas sectors. Senior managing partner Noureddine Ferchiou is a key name to note. Amina Larbi and Rym Ferchiou have expertise in corporate and M&A matters, as well as competition law. Omar Ferchiou, who is particularly active in the telecoms and oil and gas sectors, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Noureddine Ferchiou

Other key lawyers:

Amina Larbi; Rym Ferchiou; Omar Ferchiou

JurisMed

JurisMed advises on a wide range of issues from incorporation procedures to share transfers and liquidations. Maya Boureghda Chebeane has a strong background in private equity, capital markets and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Maya Boureghda Chebeane

Meziou Knani & Khlif

Meziou Knani & Khlif operates across a wide span of industries including oil and gas, finance, mass distribution, energy, telecoms and services. Ghazi Meziou is noted.

Abdelly & Associates

ABDELLY & ASSOCIATES NORTH AFRICA FIRM advises on M&A and privatisations, and has particularly strong experience in the energy and natural resources sector. The team regularly assists clients with cross-border transactions. Founding partner Samir Adbdelly, who focuses on corporate and M&A work, is a key individual to note.

Bennani & Associés

Bennani & Associés has a core focus on advising international companies and foreign law firms with business in Tunisia. The firm serves the North Africa region through offices in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Côte d’Ivoire. Key areas of work include M&A, joint ventures and foreign direct investment, regulatory advice and corporate finance. Managing partner Lamia Harguem advises multinationals on foreign direct investments into the Tunisian market, joint ventures, M&A, public and private contracts, and other areas of corporate law and support.

Practice head(s):

Lamia Harguem 

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

Ernst & Young Law GmbH

Enel Green Power

Safe Orthopaedics

Latham & Watkins LLP

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

TUI France

OPay Digital Services Limited

BonelliErede

Hogan Lovells (Paris)

Dentons (UK)

Western Union

Google

Stripe

Boiron

JUMIA

Les Laboratoires Servier

STMicroelectronics

Work highlights

  • Advising OPay Digital Services Limited on setting up a mobile payment project and a multi-service commercial platform in Tunisia.
  • Advising ArcelorMittal Construction France on the disposal of a 49% equity stake in a Tunisian joint venture.
  • Advised Safe Orthopaedics on the acquisition of a majority stake in LCI Medical, which has a subsidiary in Tunisia.

Caid Essebsi & Ben Salem Associés Law Firm

Caid Essebsi & Ben Salem Associés Law Firm advises on a range of commercial and corporate matters, M&A and competition law. The firm, which is praised for being 'responsive, knowledgeable, professional and available', has a strong presence in the oil and gas sector, and has become increasingly active in the renewables space. Salaheddine Caid Essebsi is experienced in the oil and gas, civil aviation and tourism sectors. Fakher Ben Salem is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Salaheddine Caid Essebsi; Fakher Ben Salem

Testimonials

‘I know I can contact this firm for the correct guidance. They are responsive, knowledgeable, professional and available.’

‘They have very good relations with aircraft lessees and the aviation authorities, so make all transactions go as smoothly as possible.’

‘What makes this practice unique is that it is a local legal practice with experience working with international clients on all matters of Tunisian law. It has a respected name and reputation for professionalism, ethical standards, supported client services and a high degree of competency in complex matters.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Lucia (ex-Quadran) on the submission of files related to the bid for a photovoltaic project and on renting lands for the project.
  • Assisted Nouvelair Tunisie with the lease and lease extension of aircraft.
  • Advised Dragon Oil (Bargou Tunisia) Limited with the liquidation of an oil and gas branch in Tunisia.

Chafter Raouadi Law Firm

Chafter Raouadi Law Firm has expertise in structuring complex cross-border and domestic M&A transactions and advising on private equity investments. The firm acts for a range of clients in regulated industries including the oil and gas, life sciences and aviation sectors. Elyes Chafter has a strong background in advising clients on corporate transactions, restructurings and general corporate matters.

El Ajeri Lawyers

El Ajeri Lawyers advises on a broad range of matters including corporate, M&A and private equity transactions. The firm is best known for its work in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals, automotive, logistics and energy sectors. Key names to note include Lotfi El Ajeri, Amel M’Rabet and Mohamed Abragh.

Practice head(s):

Lotfi El Ajeri; Amel M’Rabet; Mohamed Abragh

Key clients

Attijari Finance

Marquardt Group

Alaine Group

Saidane & Fils

Maersk Group

Groupe Scolaire René Descartes

Palm Beach Hotel

Al Baraka

AON

LC Packaging Africa NV

Work highlights

  • Assisting Al Karama Holding with the sale of all confiscated assets belonging to the family of the former president of Tunisia.
  • Advising and supporting the Marquardt Group in carrying out a merger of its Tunisian subsidiaries to optimise its resources.
  • Advised Palm Beach Hotel on the sale of a tourism company for the benefit of an Omani group.

Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel

Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel regularly advises on cross-border mandates and displays expertise in acting for overseas investors. The team utilises its international network, with practice co-heads Samy Laghouati and Jean-Gabriel Flandrois based in Algiers and Paris, respectively. Associate Anis Jabnoun, based in Tunis, has a strong background in commercial, corporate and competition law. Clients praise the team for its 'deep expertise' in market regulation and foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Anis Jabnoun; Samy Laghouati; Jean-Gabriel Flandrois

Testimonials

‘Anis Jabnoun and the team at GLN-A have deep expertise in market regulation and practice and provide clients with added-value advice.’

‘Anis Jabnoun and the team at GLN-A have a very strong background in foreign investments and M&A transactions.’

Key clients

BPCE

Alshaya

Laboratoires Servier

Philip Morris International Management SA

IFC

Sumitomo

BNPP

SIT SPA

Renault

Faurecia

Oracle

Roquette & Frères

Work highlights

  • Advising Alshaya Group on all aspects of the establishment of the first H&M and Starbucks stores in Tunisia by way of a joint venture with one of the leading private groups in Tunisia.
  • Advising BNP Paribas on the sale of its 39% stake in its banking subsidiary UBCI, particularly with respect to governmental authorisation and the specificities of market stock regulation.
  • Advising BPCE with respect to the sale of its majority stake in Banque Tuniso-Koweitienne, the leading Tunisia-based bank, to another overseas, non-resident bank.

Kammoun & Kallel

Kammoun & Kallel has a wide corporate offering with M&A being a key area of focus. Sectors of strength include banking, telecoms and energy. Mohamed Kammoun focuses on corporate law, M&A, restructurings and insolvency. Ahmed Kallel has experience in M&A, corporate reorganisations and privatisations.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Kallel; Mohamed Kammoun

Zaanouni Law Firm & Associates

Zaanouni Law Firm & Associates has expertise in a broad range of sectors, including real estate, shipping, tourism, manufacturing and aviation. The team advises on all aspects of business law and corporate transactions. Managing partner Mohamed Zaanouni is a key name to note and is experienced in corporate and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Zannouni; Houda Knani; Zied Lejmi; Amine Hamdi; Hager Jaibi