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Samir Sayah

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Managing partner - CMS Francis Lefebvre Algérie conseil juridique et fiscal.


As founder and head of CMS Francis Lefebvre Algérie Conseil juridique et fiscal, Samir has concentrated his practice on foreign direct investments, public works, oil and gas related transactions. He is specialised in M&A. He is also active in various areas of international taxation and foreign exchange controls.


Arabic, French and English


CAPA [Algerian Bar admission certificate] (University of Algiers). Law and administrative procedures graduated (University of Algiers).


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

At CMS, practice head Samir Sayah is a renowned expert in Algerian tax and business law, advising clients on the financial aspects of major transactions across the manufacturing, energy, health, food and beverage, distribution and telecoms sectors.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Providing an 'excellent knowledge of the regulatory environment', CMS is experienced in M&A and corporate transactions involving industrial PPPs and joint ventures, particularly in the food, pharmaceutical, construction and oil and gas industries. Practice head Samir Sayah, who is 'available and accessible', advised Ipsen Pharma on the establishment of an industrial partnership in Algeria with two local financial partners. Partner Amine Sator, senior associate and tax expert Nabil Abdessemed and associate Amina Rabai are other names to note.

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Within: Energy

CMS¬†provides a number of services to energy clients, including advice on contracts, licences, tax, foreign exchange regulations, due diligence and negotiation with public and private entities. Practice head¬†Samir Sayah¬†is ‚Äėproactive and accessible‚Äô.¬†Amine Sator¬†is another name to note.

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    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
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