Foreign firms in Tunisia

Allen & Overy LLP

With a vast global footprint, Allen & Overy LLP handles cross-border M&A and investment mandates from its Casablanca office. Hicham Naciri, who is experienced in a range of corporate, real estate, finance and foreign investment work, and Yassir Ghorbal, who is noted for M&A, capital markets, projects and project finance instructions, are key names to note.

Clifford Chance

The North Africa team at Clifford Chance is led from its Casablanca office where it handles a range of cross-border M&A, private equity, projects, restructuring, dispute resolution and regulatory mandates for clients and investors across the financial services, industrial, oil, gas, power, construction, transport and public sectors. Managing partner of the Casablanca office Mustapha Mourahib handles a raft of M&A, private equity, PPP and project finance transactions. Franck Coudert is noted for M&A, infrastructure projects, joint ventures and commercial contracts work. Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin, who focuses on projects and project finance instructions, is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Mustapha Mourahib; Franck Coudert

Key clients

TAV Tunisie S.A

Enel Green Power

Work highlights

  • Advised TAV Tunisie on the restructuring of the indebtedness of TAV owed to certain lenders under a common terms agreement.

Eversheds Sutherland

Able to utilise the firm's international network, the Tunisia practice at Eversheds El Heni (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) is 'reactive and thorough'. It is regularly engaged on cross-border corporate, M&A, restructuring, employment, IP, IT and projects-related mandates, as well as insurance, banking, finance, energy and real estate work. Tunis-based Farès Koussay El Heni, who is 'proactive, extremely available, flexible and accommodating', and Raouf El Heni are notable figures. London-based John  Kemker is also a key contact in the firm's Africa group.

Practice head(s):

Farès Koussay El Heni; Raouf El Heni; Soundes Mejdoub

Testimonials

The team is able to assist on a comprehensive range of matters in the Africa region and it is well connected thanks to the Eversheds Sutherland network.

‘The team is reactive and thorough.’

Farès Koussay El Heni is proactive, extremely available, flexible and accommodating.

Key clients

State of Tunisia

TIFERT

Roche

Nokia

GE

Manpower

Total

Pathé Gaumont

Deloitte US

RINA

Work highlights

  • Advising Rina on a corporate, M&A and restructuring project in Tunisia.
  • Acting for Pathé Gaumont on an innovative restructuring project in the Tunisian cinema industry.
  • Assisting Emerson with a corporate, M&A and restructuring project in Tunisia.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Leveraging its international footprint, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a 'strong' North Africa practice, with a specific focus on transactional and contentious matters across the mining, transport, energy and infrastructure sectors. Paris-based Bertrand Montembault is regularly engaged on cross-border corporate and project mandates. London-based Craig Tevendale is noted for international arbitration cases, as are Paris-based duo Laurence Franc-Menget and Thierry Tomasi.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Montembault; Craig Tevendale; Stéphane Brabant

Linklaters LLP

Benefitting from the firm's international network, and largely operating out of its Paris office, Linklaters LLP's Africa group includes Paris-based Bertrand Andriani, who jointly heads the firm's Francophone Africa group and heads the banking and projects practice. London-based Richard O’Callaghan regularly leads on complex capital markets mandates, as does Bertrand Sénéchal in Paris.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Work highlights

  • Advised Natixis on a sovereign bond issue for Tunisia.
  • Assisted Citigroup Global Markets as the global coordinator, lead manager and bookrunner with €700m 6.375% notes due 2026, issued by Banque Centrale de Tunisie.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP's Paris-based team handles transactional mandates across the African continent, with a focus on the energy, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors. Complex restructuring and acquisitions are key areas of expertise. Practice head Mehdi Haroun is experienced in advising leading oil and gas companies on their upstream activities in North Africa. Senior associate Nora Djeraba, who regularly advises international clients on corporate and commercial matters, is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Key clients

OMV

Ashurst

Ashurst's 'experienced' offering is based across the firm's London and Paris offices. The team handles a raft of oil and gas sector mandates in the region and is experienced in energy sector transactions in Tunisia. Paris-based Mark Barges, who joined from Linklaters, is often engaged on the financing and development of energy and infrastructure projects in North Africa, while London-based projects and M&A partner Yann Alix heads the Africa practice group and is regularly instructed by oil, gas and mining companies. Michel Lequien in Paris, who is experienced across energy and infrastructure projects, is also a central figure in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Yann Alix

Key clients

Total

Groupe PSA

Cell C

ACWA Power International

BP

ENEL

EIB

Government of Uganda

Aeolus Energy Ltd

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Iluka resources

JX Nippon

China New Era Group Corporation

Mitsui & Co. Ltd

Newcrest Mining

Nomura International

Randgold Resources

Tullow Oil

Vaalco Energy

Woodside Energy

Martifer Solar

China Construction Bank

The Export-Import Bank of China

ENGIE

Nareva

JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation)

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's North Africa offering is largely based out of the firm's Paris and Casablanca offices where group head Alain Malek is based. Makek is a key name for M&A and cross-border transactions and is experienced in infrastructure and natural resources projects. Counsels Godefroy Le Mintier, who is experienced in financial services sector work, and Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissieres, who is a  corporate and banking specialist, are also noted.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Based across its London and Paris offices, Shearman & Sterling LLP's team handles high-profile transactions across Africa. London-based project development and finance partner Iain Elder heads the Africa strategy group and acts for sponsors and lenders on large energy and infrastructure projects. Sanja Udovicic, who is also based in London, focuses on project development and finance matters for financiers, borrowers and sponsors. Paris-based counsel Lachlan Poustie, who is experienced in project finance instructions, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Iain Elder

Key clients

IFC