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Bennani & Associés

Tunisia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Bennani & Associés' multidisciplinary group finds favour for being able to provide 'in-depth legal analysis in all business areas', with its recent work spanning the auto, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and technology sectors. The group specialises in advising global corporates and law firms doing business in Tunisia and it often leans on the firm's offices in Morocco, Algeria and Ivory Coast for assistance in cross-border transactions. The 'responsive and astute' Lamia Harguem has broad expertise in advising international clients on M&A, joint ventures, foreign direct investment and public and private contracts. Associate Sarra Ben Salem provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Lamia Harguem

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is multidisciplinary and is able to provide in-depth legal analysis in all business areas.’

‘Lamia Harguem is a highly skilled lawyer in corporate law and pharmaceutical law.’

‘We recently undertook a Tunisian merger control filing with this firm. They did a good job despite the process being rather opaque and long. We were happy with the quality of the firm. Lamia Harguem is responsive and astute.’

‘A reliable firm in a country.’

‘The firm handled a rather complex divestiture efficiently and timely.’

‘The Team is very professional, responsive and able to work in three languages (French, English and Arabic).’

‘I worked mainly with Lamia Harguem who is an excellent professional, both in corporate and litigation matters, with a high standard of ethics.’

Key clients



Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ)

Delfingen Industry

Daimler AG



Solix Group AB

Zimmer Biomet

Japan Tobacco International

MAIF Avenir


Work highlights

  • Advised Delfingen Industry on the acquisition of a 100% shareholding in the Tunisian subsidiary of Schlemmer group.
  • Assisted MAIF Avenir with the acquisition of a stake in Expensya.
  • Advised Volkswagen on merger clearance matters relating to its joint venture with Rimac.

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)
Arbitration and dispute resolution
Banking and project finance
Banking litigation
Commercial litigation
Intellectual property
Labour litigation
Private equity
Real estate
Stock exchange and capital markets
Tourism and hotel projects
Number of lawyers : 53
At this office : 8
Contact : Lamia Harguem
Other offices : Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Other offices : Algiers (Algeria)
Other offices : Casablanca (Morocco)
Other offices : Kinshasa (DRC)