Gide Algiers is a key player in Algerian business life, advising on all areas of business law with teams involved in almost all major investment and disinvestment operations in the country over the past 15 years.
Active since 2003, Gide's team in Algiers includes practitioners of Algerian and foreign nationality who combine a perfect knowledge of law and business practices in Algeria with international expertise.
Our team, supervised by partner Samy Laghouati, mainly advises international investors on the legal and tax aspects of their activities, in all business sectors and in all fields of business law, in particular in terms of acquisitions, privatisations and joint ventures, as well as major infrastructure projects.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has advised on many of the most high-value matters in the oil and gas sector in Algeria in recent years. The firm has advised on both upstream and downstream mandates, and is particularly well versed in structuring joint venture arrangements between multinational energy companies and Sonatrach, Algeria’s state energy company. As well as handling projects work, the firm acts on general corporate matters for energy sector clients, including on share acquisitions. Structuring EPC contracts is another of the practice’s core strengths. Samy Laghouati, head of the firm’s Algiers office, has experience in drafting exploration licences, M&A transactions, and hydrocarbon asset securitisation. Of counsel Djamila Annad, formerly of Sonatrach and the Ministry of Energy until 2015, is another key name.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
Gide Loyrette Nouel’s dispute’s resolution practice has extensive experience in handling ICC arbitrations, having achieved successful outcomes in high-value disputes for clients in the energy, engineering and construction, and public utility sectors, which by their nature are highly technical. On the litigation side, the firm has recently handled a complex labour dispute with criminal aspects. The firm’s dispute resolution practice principally acts for foreign and multinational clients. Managing partner Samy Laghouati primarily focuses on energy mandates. Julien Gontier takes the lead on litigation work and has extensive expertise in EPC and O&M contracts and public procurement disputes
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. Of counsel Djamila Annad focuses on upstream and refinery projects. The wide range of mandates the firm has acted on this year includes structuring a capital investment fund, drafting a joint venture agreement for a pharmaceutical client, and handling the sale of a local subsidiary on behalf of Air Product to Sidal, a major Algerian gas producer. Julien Gontier is also noted.
Legal 500 EMEA 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
This firm maintains a market-leading position in Algeria, representing an impressive portfolio of clients that includes Volkswagen, ENGIE, Total, JCDecaux and Danone. The group recently advised Total on a joint venture petrochemical project with Sonatrach and remains heavily involved in several other significant energy matters in the country. Its expertise further includes public procurement, international arbitration, M&A and private equity. Sources note the firm's 'good team' and say: 'They did an excellent job. They went beyond pure legal advice to give guidance on cultural and strategic issues.' Interviewees also point to the team's 'excellent client service.'
Chambers Global 2019