Bennani & Associés > Algiers, Algeria > Firm Profile

Bennani & Associés
25, Rue Djnane El Malik
16035 Hydra
Algiers
Algeria

Algeria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bennani & Associés is a highly respected regional law firm, as illustrated by its enviable client base of household names such as Novartis, Facebook and Uber. The team’s workload primarily consists of advising international clients on entering and maintaining its presence in Algeria, with expertise across all aspects of corporate and commercial law. Managing partner Mourad Seghir  oversees the team and is a New York qualified lawyer with expertise in M&A and joint ventures, as well as public and private contracts. Senior associate Mohamed Debbouche is also noted.

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Testimonials

‘Bennani & Associés offers the level of service  that meets the standards of the most sophisticated international law firms. I work with them in full confidence to cover my clients’ needs in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.’

‘Mourad Seghir provides articulate and to-the-point advice.’

‘Responsive, efficient, independent.’

‘Strong expertise in Algerian laws and regulations.’

‘Always available and friendly, we are definitely convinced of its loyalty, competence and analytic qualities. They are always available to answer quickly and qualitatively to our requests.’

Key clients

Novartis

Facebook

Sanofi

Uber

Hyundai Motor Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb

British American Tobacco

Bloomberg

Daimler

Caterpillar

IFM Investors

LG

Phillips

Sandvine

Stream Flo

CFAO

Artelia

Align Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook on the launch of new products and data privacy issues.
  • Advised Hyundai on a joint venture with an Algerian partner (Tahkout Manufacturing Company) for the production of passenger vehicles.
  • Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb in relation to its disinvestment in Algeria.

Algeria > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bennani & Associés is a strong regional firm and its disputes offering in Algeria typically handles commercial, IP, tax, construction and energy matters. The team is led by managing partner Mourad Seghir and senior associate Zakaria Zereg, who specialises in contentious matters. The team is equipped to handle both litigation and arbitration cases, and has regularly acted for clients before the ICC.

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‘Mourad Seghir provides comprehensive and timely advice on very technical areas of Algerian law.’

‘I have worked with many other Algerian law firms in the past and Bennani is definitely my preferred one. Excellent communication.’

‘Mourad Seghir is a reliable lawyer who places great importance on client service. He is extremely professional. ‘

‘Mourad Seghir and. Zakaria Zereg provide accurate explanations and solid advice.’

Key clients

EVATHERM AG

Consortium: Centrotherm International AG / KineticsGermany GMBH

BP

Motion Picture Association, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended EVATHERM AG  against Enasel in the commercial courts in relation to a penalty claim in the execution of a turnkey salt production plant.

Algeria > Employment Tier 1

Bennani & Associés is a popular choice for major employers such as Philips and Daimler, and has been advising on health and safety issues, employee contracts, terminations, immigration and outsourcing matters. Managing partner Mourad Seghir heads the team and alongside the aforementioned areas is also skilled in downsizing and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. He is often supported on matters by associate Imene Meddeber.

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The firm has remarkable legal knowledge and a strong and solid team.’

Bennani & Associes is a very trusted law firm and we highly appreciate to have trusted and discreet partners on the ground.’

‘In a nutshell, competence and trustworthiness is what I appreciate most.’

‘Mourad Seghir is  very proactive and keeps both himself and his team up to speed.’

‘Mourad Seghir is always available and ready to support his clients. ‘

Key clients

BP

ENI

ING

Daimler AG

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Phillips

Lincoln Electric

IQVIA

Stream Flo

ABB

Simalga

Paul Wurth International

Luxury Motors Works

Firmenich

Elekta

Work highlights

  • Advised Simalga on applicable indemnities and the termination of more than 30 employment relationships due to the closure of the business.
  • Assisted IQVIA with the review of its internal regulations and applicable health and safety rules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised ING on the terms and conditions for hiring foreign employees in Algeria and the applicable authorisations and visas, as well as legislation concerning teleworking.

Algeria > Energy Tier 2

Bennani & Associés is a leading firm in the market for energy-related disputes, with expertise in both litigation and arbitration. Other attributes of note include advising on regulatory issues, contractual matters and M&A. Managing partner Mourad Seghir leads the team and is highly experienced in Algeria’s oil and gas sector, alongside its growing renewables market.

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‘Responsive, reliable, and a good presentation of advice.’

‘Mourad Seghir is a very good and calm lawyer who fits into any situation.’

‘The firm has strong relationships with the key stakeholders in Algeria’s energy sector, which allows them to have a unique level of insight on particular issues.’

Key clients

BP

ENI

Cairn

Stream Flo

Enel Green Power

Dragon Oil

Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company

Nabors

Noble Energy

Consortium including Centrotherm Photovoltaics

Linde Gaz

Freepoint

Work highlights

  • Acted for Centrotherm International AG and Kinetics Germany GMBH in an ICC arbitration opposite Rouiba Eclairage in relation to a compensation claim involving bank guarantees.
  • Advised Linde Gaz on regulatory issues related to importation and production of gas, as wellas assisting the client with corporate restructuring following the publication of the newFinance Law for 2021.
  • Advised Enel Green Power on a regulatory review of potential photovoltaic and wind projectsin Algeria in connection with a potential 5,000MW project.

Firm overview: Founded in 2004, Bennani & Associes is a leading independent pan-African firm with offices in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and now also Democratic Republic of Congo. If offers cutting-edge business law expertise to listed and unlisted companies as well as public entities and international law firms active in the region. In each market, the firm has a particular expertise in representing foreign investors across a wide range of complex issues, including:

  • General corporate law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Competition/antitrust and other regulatory advice
  • Employment law
  • Financing
  • Commercial litigation and arbitration

Industries served: The firm has extensive experience in representing a range of major industry sector, including (but not limited to):

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer electronics
  • Energy
  • Engineering and construction
  • Financial Services
  • Food
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private equity
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport

Recent highlights:

  • Antitrust counsel to Alstom on filing of its €6.2bn merger with Bombardier (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Sage Global Automotive S.R.L. on its acquisition of a 30% stake and voting rights in the Moroccan company, ERT Automotive Morocco Sarl-Au (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Bunzl on Moroccan aspects of its acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Proin Pinilla, S.L., and Protec & Marti, S.L. (Morocco)
  • Counsel to global investment management firm Carlyle in a $404m bankruptcy litigation procedure against the SAMIR refinery (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Representing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Morocco in commercial arbitration against its former distributor (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Facebook on data privacy and payment instruments for new products (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Hyundai on a new vehicle manufacturing joint venture with Tahkout Manufacturing Company (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Evatherm AG in successful defence against penalty claims relating to a turnkey salt production plant (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Enel Green Power on regulatory review of 5,000MW of photovoltaic and wind farm projects (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Delfingen Industry in the acquisition of a 100% shareholding in Schlemmer group’s Tunisian subsidiary (Tunisia)
  • Counsel to Volkswagen regarding merger clearance of its joint venture with Rimac (Tunisia)
  • Counsel to Salama – Islamic Arab Insurance Company PSC on the sale of its Senegalese subsidiary, Salama Senegal, to Groupe Duval (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Counsel to Paystack Nigeria on regulatory authorisation of the company’s activities (Côte d’Ivoire)
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