Samy Laghouati is the partner in charge of Gide's Algiers office which he founded in 2003. He also managed the firm's activities in Tunisia. He is mainly involved in business ventures and investments in Algeria and Tunisia, acting for both public bodies (government agencies and state-owned enterprises) and foreign investors. He handles in particular privatisations, acquisitions, as well as large-scale infrastructure transactions (real estate, energy, water, etc.).
He assists his clients with every stage of the deals, from the structuring (legal and fiscal) to the execution and following through of the investments.
He lectures at the Algerian Higher Business School (international taxation).
Samy Laghouati is consistently ranked as a Leading Individual in M&A / Corporate and Energy by international legal guides Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. He has been inducted to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The criteria for entry is to have been recognised by Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years.
« Samy Laghouati oversees the team and is highly skilled in the aforementioned areas, with expertise in both traditional and renewable energy projects. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Energy
« Samy Laghouati, who has a particularly strong focus on the energy sector, heads the team and is supported by counsel Julien Gontier. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Commercial, Corporate & M&A
« The founding partner of Gide's Algiers office,Samy Laghouati is a leading lawyer who often assists international clients with the creation of joint ventures. Alongside his experience in oil and gas transactions, he is also seasoned in international arbitration. "He is a very capable and good lawyer. He has good knowledge about Algeria." »
Chambers Global 2022 - Corporate / Commercial: International Firms
« Samy Laghouati, head of the firm’s Algiers office, has experience in drafting exploration licences, M&A transactions, and hydrocarbon asset securitisation. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« Gide Loyrette Nouel’s corporate and commercial group is led by Samy Laghouati, whose practice is chiefly focused on the oil and gas sector, having acted for ENI and Total on major projects. »
Chambers Global 2021
« The founding partner of the firm's Algiers office, Samy Laghouati is a leading practitioner who often assists international clients with setting up joint ventures. Alongside his experience in oil and gas transactions, he is also seasoned in international arbitration. One commentator said that he is "extremely business-oriented; he always provides a high level of value to his clients." »
Chambers Global 2021
« Led by Samy Laghouati, the team at Gide Loyrette Nouel handles privatisations, joint ventures, acquisitions, divestments and large-scale infrastructure transactions, assisting both public bodies and foreign investors. A notable highlight was advising Total on a joint venture with Algerian state-owned oil and gas company Sonatrach. Other notable clients include Engie, Volkswagen and Sanofi. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2019
« Samy Laghouati is a prominent figure in the Algerian market and is well known for his corporate and commercial work. Interviewees note: 'He's very knowledgeable about Algerian law. He's a very good adviser.' He is highly praised for his work in the energy sector, advising on acquisitions and divestitures, as well as infrastructure projects and commercial partnerships. His practice also covers fund formation and foreign investment. »
Chambers Global 2019
« The Tunisia practice at Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel is led by Anis Jabnoun, with assistance from Algiers-based Samy Laghouati and Paris-based Jean-Gabriel Flandrois. Commercial and merger control matters are an area of strength for the firm. Clients include the European Investment Bank (EIB). »
Legal 500 EMEA 2019