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The team at Adly Bellagha & Associates regularly acts for international clients and handles corporate work in the oil, energy and gas sectors. Clients include Dell. Adly Bellagha remains a key contact at the firm.

Donia Hedda Ellouze remains the key contact at Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze. The team has experience in foreign investment and corporate privatisations. Meriem Belajouza Felli is recommended for her expertise in M&A matters.

Eversheds El Heni (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s team is led by Farès Koussay El Heni, who advises international companies on investments, competition and corporate regulation. The team also includes Mohamed Raouf El Heni and Mejdoub Soundès.

Ferchiou & associés advises international clients on the Tunisian law aspects of a range of corporate matters. Practice head Noureddine Ferchiou is the key name to note, along with Omar Ferchiou, Rym Ferchiou and Amina Larbi-Ezzine.

JurisMed provides clients with comprehensive advice on M&A matters, including merger control. Maya Boureghda Chebeane and Karim Hammami are key contacts.

Meziou Knani & associés’ team handles a variety of corporate law matters, including assisting with complex international transactions and advising private equity funds. Ghazi Meziou is recommended.

Samir Abdelly heads the practice at Abdelly & Associates North Africa. The team has experience in advising domestic and international clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the oil and gas industries.

The team at Ben Salem Law Firm advises local and international clients on M&A, incorporations and share purchase agreements. Bessem Ben Salem is recommended, as are Ibtissem Ben Salem and Amel Ben Salem.

Caid Essebsi & Ben Salem CE.BS. is noted for its expertise in the energy, oil and gas sectors. Salaheddine Caid Essebsi, Mohamed Kazdaghli and Yamen Akkari are recommended, as is Fakher Ben Salem.

Chafter Raouadi Law Firm advises local and international clients on competition law, tax issues and commercial contractual disputes. Elyes Chafter, Zine El Abidine Chafter and Habiba Raouadi are the key contacts.

The Tunisia practice at Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel is led by Anis Jabnoun, with assistance from Algiers-based Samy Laghouati and Paris-based Jean-Gabriel Flandrois. Commercial and merger control matters are an area of strength for the firm. Clients include the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Ahmed Kallel is the key figure in the commercial and M&A practice at Kammoun & Kallel. The team offers clients advice on a wide scope of matters, ranging from traditional acquisitions to asset transfers.

Bennani & Associés LLP’s Tunisia practice is led by Lamia Harguem, who has experience in joint ventures and M&A. The firm regularly assists international law firms with its expertise in local corporate matters. Senior legal consultant Amel Ferchichi joined the team in April 2018 from the Coca-Cola Company.

Mohamed Lotfi El Ajeri leads the team at El Ajeri Lawyers, which is part of DLA Piper's Africa group. The firm offers the full spectrum of services, including advising on commercial contracts and restructuring and handling commercial litigation. The team has assisted a number of multinational firms in the region with cross-border matters.

Recent highlights for Zaanouni Law Firm & Associates include Mohamed Zaanouni advising Airbnb on the local legal framework for its Tunisian operations. Ghassen Ben Amor joined the team from Ferchiou & associés.

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  • Turkey: Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

    Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (" SPAC "), which are incorporated to achieve the purpose of investing and merging with a non-public company, were first introduced in the United States in 1990s and recently increased its popularity globally. Unlike other countries, SPACs entered into Turkish legal system relatively late with the Communiqué on Common Principles Regarding Significant Transactions and Appraisal Right (Communiqué No. II-23.1) of the Capital Markets Board (" CMB "), published in the Official Gazette dated 24.12.2013 numbered 28861(" Appraisal Right Communiqué "). Currently, there is no SPAC listed under Borsa Istanbul (" BIST ") in Turkey. SPACs are very similar to venture capital structure and can be considered as a strong alternative for investors and shareholders in Turkey as well.
  • Right of Set off under the UAE Civil Transaction Law No. 5 of 1985 and the view from the DIFC

    In a 2018 judgment the DIFC, discussed and decided upon the concept of set-off under the UAE Civil Transaction Law No. 5 of 1985 (the ‚ÄúCivil Code‚ÄĚ).
  • Law of 16 July 2019 implementing the EuVECA and EuSEF regulations and amending the RAIF law

    The Law of 16 July 2019 implementing the regulations on EuVECA, EuSEF, ELTIF and MMF (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ) and amending the RAIF law entered into force on 22 July 2019 (the ‚ÄúLaw of 16 July 2019‚ÄĚ).
  • Thriving in Regulation: The case for DLTs

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  • Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

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  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (‚ÄúFTS‚ÄĚ) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept.¬†
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    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
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    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the ‚ÄúDanish Beneficial Ownership Cases‚ÄĚ, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).

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