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King & Spalding LLP
75008 PARIS
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Mehdi Haroun specializes in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the energy (oil & gas, power) and infrastructure sectors (major infrastructure projects), covering France and French speaking countries, in particular North Africa. A partner in the Paris office, Mehdi represents clients in various types of projects and transactions, as well as related disputes. Mehdi is one of the few international law firms partners qualified to practice in France and Algeria.

Mehdi works with leading energy and infrastructure clients on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings, as well as on project development, finance and dispute resolution relating specifically to these areas.

A dual French and Algerian lawyer, he works mainly with clients and projects in France, North Africa (from Mauritania to Egypt) and Francophone Africa. 

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Morocco > Foreign firms

King & Spalding LLP is a major player in energy projects in both anglophone and francophone Africa, with Morocco a hotspot for project development and financing. Mainly focused on the energy sector, the firm is also active in projects in the telecoms sector. It is a long-standing adviser to Chevron on its joint venture with Moroccan conglomerate Akwa. Mehdi Haroun in Paris is the main contact. He is an energy specialist and focuses on project development, M&A, divestitures and the acquisition of upstream and downstream interests, as well as related dispute resolution work.

Tunisia > Foreign firms

The Paris-based team at King & Spalding LLP focuses primarily on the energy, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors and on complex corporate restructurings and acquisitions. Dual-qualified in France and Algeria, Mehdi Haroun is an energy specialist and has expertise in project development, M&A, divestitures and the acquisition of upstream and downstream interests, as well as related dispute resolution work.

Algeria > Foreign firms

(Hall of Fame)

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King & Spalding LLP’s practice in Algeria focuses primarily on advising large multinationals on high-value projects and transactions, with a strong focus on the country’s oil and gas industry. Mehdi Haroun, the head of the practice, is Algerian-qualified and has extensive experience of the social, political, and economic environment of the country, which he brings to bear in both transactional work and in litigation. Associate Nora Djeraba, a dual French-Algerian national, also provides deep knowledge of Algeria’s legal environment. Recent work includes advice on oil and gas projects, as well as major construction and infrastructural projects in the leisure, retail, and energy spaces.

France > Industry focus: Energy

(Leading individuals: Mining, oil and gas and natural resources)

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Leading oil and gas companies turn to King & Spalding LLP for their most strategic matters in relation to France or North Africa. The practice is advising on several of the region’s largest downstream and upstream projects in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, such as the Reggane project in Algeria. Practice head Mehdi Haroun and associate Nora Djeraba are key names for these projects. Oil and gas giants retain the firm to assist with strategic permit issues in France, including litigation against the French state regarding damage claims following the adoption of a set of new legislation aiming at stopping hydrocarbon-based activities in the country. Counsel Ruxandra Lazar is recommended in that regard. The firm is also developing its involvement in unconventional energies, with recent work including the launch of bio-gas stations. Top arbitration and environment expertise are also available.

Paris > Secteurs et industries > Energie

(Les grands avocats du marché: Mining, oil and gas and natural resources)

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King & Spalding LLP est mandaté par de grandes sociétés pétrolières et gazières pour la gestion de leurs dossiers les plus stratégiques en lien avec la France ou l’Afrique du Nord. Le cabinet intervient dans plusieurs projets parmi les plus importants en Algérie, au Maroc et en Tunisie (comme le projet Reggane en Algérie). Mehdi Haroun , qui dirige la pratique, et la collaboratrice Nora Djeraba sont recommandés pour ces aspects. De plus, les majors du pétrole et du gaz font aussi appel au cabinet pour les accompagner dans la gestion de dossiers stratégiques en matière de permis d’exploitation en France. L’équipe traite notamment des litiges initiés contre l’État français en réclamation de dommages et intérêts suite à l’adoption d’un nouveau cadre juridique mettant fin aux activités d’exploration d’hydrocarbures dans le pays. Ruxandra Lazar (counsel) est incontournable pour ce type de procédures. A noter, le cabinet développe parallèlement son implication dans le domaine des énergies non-conventionnelles – il est notamment intervenu sur le lancement de stations de bio-gaz. Enfin, le cabinet traite des dossiers d’arbitrage et d’environnement en lien avec le domaine énergétique.