LPA-CGR > Algiers, Algeria > Firm Profile


Algeria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

LPA-CGR is a major French law firm that has been operating in Algeria since 2007, primarily focusing on M&A, joint ventures and commercial contracts. Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla, who has expertise in commercial contracts, is also noted. Rym Loucif left the firm. Since publication, Samir Sayah joined the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Algeria > Energy Tier 2

LPA-CGR is highly skilled in regulatory and transactional matters in the oil and gas sector, more specifically in M&A, joint ventures, project finance and EPC contracts. The team’s client base consists of both domestic and international companies. Rym Loucif left the firm. Since publication, Samir Sayah joined the firm.

Algeria > Dispute resolution Tier 3

A widely respected French firm, LPA-CGR’s Algiers offices is led by Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla , who handles arbitration cases. Rym Loucif left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Algeria > Banking and finance

The firm: LPA-CGR avocats is a leading French law firm with an international reach born from the merger of Lefèvre Pelletier & associés and CGR Legal, and existing in Paris since 1983. Our teams of over 230 lawyers and professionals in 13 offices located in key business centers advise you locally and abroad on your strategic projects.

With the opening of its office in Algiers in 2007, LPA-CGR avocats is one of the few international law firms that can rely on a local presence of more than ten years, combining a legal expertise with an in-depth knowledge of the country.

The recognised legal expertise of the office’s lawyers and their perfect understanding of the Algerian legal and business system have allowed them to advise large international groups but also state-owned corporations on recent landmark transactions in Algeria.

Areas of practice: LPA-CGR avocats is the adviser to large international groups, Algerian subsidiaries of international groups, central administrations and ministerial departments, state-owned corporations and institutions as well as commercial and industrial undertakings, assisting them with their complex transactions in the areas of foreign direct investment, Corporate / M&A, Energy, and with any resulting disputes.

In particular, LPA-CGR avocats provides services in Algeria both on complex transactions in M&A, Oil & Gas, Banking and Finance, Project, Arbitration or in specialised regulated sectors (tobacco, pharmaceuticals, automotive, etc.) as well as on general matters with which foreign companies established in Algeria are faced on a day-to-day basis.

LPA-CGR in Algeria is one of the few international law firms on the ground that is fully integrated to the head office in Paris. Our Algerian office is mainly composed of western-educated lawyers trained in top international law firms and can rely on our specialized teams in Paris and worldwide.

Fatima-Zohra Bouchemla photoMme Fatima-Zohra BouchemlaPartner accredited to the Supreme Court and to the State Council
Samir Sayah photoMr Samir SayahSamir Sayah is a partner and advises on mergers and acquisitions and…
At this address : 10
in this country : 10
worldwide : 230
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First of all, we can say that our international dimension illustrates our diversity :  

  • 13 foreign offices (in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe (with women as partners and associates) 
  • 5 foreign desks in Paris (German, Africa, Japan, Middle-East and China) 
  • 1st Franco-German Law Firm 
  • More than 15 nationalities are represented within the firm 

 Secondly, we have achieved parity, with 50% women partners, more than 50% women heads of departments, and at our Comex, a Chairwoman, 50% women heads of support functions. This situation reflects our constant collective vigilance to implement a genuine gender equality policy. 

This successful gamble is undoubtedly explained by the fact that the firm, founded on the initiative of two men, were led by three female associates during more than 35 years ago. They were committed to carrying and transmitting this diversity. 

 Our objective is to maintain this parity within the firm and to enable women to take on responsibilities by ensuring that the balance between professional and private life is respected. 

A series of concrete measures implemented by the management ensure this objective : an equal salary policy, flexible meeting hours, access to mobility, the right to disconnection, the  right to replace women on maternity leave, support for women returning from maternity leave,  access for talent to partner positions and to management bodies, the promotion of talent in  support functions, feminization of names, etc. 

Our Firm published its 2nd CSR report in early 2020. We were the first Law Firm to publish a CSR report, aware very early of the spine that this could represent within an organization. 

This 2020 Report, which aims to gather and illustrate our approaches, particularly in terms of governance, diversity, environment, etc., reflects the commitments in which the firm’s  women and men find themselves. 

 Finally, our law firm is engaged in associations. For example , the firm is a partner of the Relay Night (la Nuit des relaisorganized by the Women’s  Foundation (Fondation des Femmes) at the Grand Palais (Paris). It is a festive, supportive and a sporting evening of fundraising for the Women’s  Foundation, whose main action is to financially and legally support associations working to  promote gender equality and combat violence against women. Our lawyers are also doing some probono : for example, during the covid-19, some lawyers contributed to the drafting of a partnership agreement, at the end of which Gecina made available free of charge to the associations of the Fédération Nationale Solidarité des Femmes network several equipped and vacant dwellings in its student residences to accommodate women victims of domestic violence for a period of four months.  

To conclude, our diversity and commitment values allows us to attract great talent by offering an international platform open to the world and other cultures.