Established in Algiers in 2003, Gide Algiers is the first international law firm to have established itself in Algeria. Our team is composed of Algerian and foreign legal advisors, who combine international expertise with perfect knowledge of the law and business life in Algeria.
Gide Algiers, headed by Samy Laghouati, advises mainly international institutions, states, public establishments and companies, banks, investment funds, foreign investors and leading Algerian groups, on the legal and tax aspects of their investments and commercial and financial operations. Gide Algiers is very present in the energy sector, such as hydrocarbons and renewable energies.
In addition to the consulting activity, Gide Alger has developed an expertise in dispute resolution by assisting leading foreign or Algerian groups in a large variety of contractual disputes (joint-venture, infrastructure, hydrocarbons, etc.) within the framework of ad hoc or institutional arbitration procedures (ICC, ICSID). Gide Algiers is also involved in dispute resolution through conciliation and mediation.
Gide Casablanca has been present in Casablanca since 2003 and is one of the leading legal consultancies in Morocco. Our local office, which is also very active in French-speaking Africa, brings together Moroccan and French lawyers specialising in the various branches of business law and is today one of the few firms in Morocco able to offer legal assistance covering the various areas of Moroccan and international finance and business law.
Gide Casablanca, co-led by Wacef Bentaibi and Simon Auquier, advises mainly international institutions, states, public institutions and companies, banks, investment funds, foreign investors or leading Moroccan groups on the legal and tax aspects of their investments and commercial and financial operations in Morocco and Africa.
Present in Tunis since 2001, Gide Tunis is one of the few firms in Tunisia able to offer legal assistance covering the various areas of Tunisian and international finance and business law. For aspects of local law, and in accordance with the rules of the Bar Association, Gide works in partnership with the professional law firm Global Lawyers North Africa (GLN-A), a firm of about ten lawyers.
Gide Tunis, headed by Samy Laghouati and working with Anis Jabnoun, assists foreign investors and offers them all the services related to the establishment and setting up of financing linked to their activities, as well as the restructuring and the daily assistance of their activities in Tunisia. We assist them in the development of their projects, their negotiations and potential litigation, as well as in their dealings with the Tunisian authorities and courts. GLN-A also has significant litigation activity before the Tunisian courts as well as in the context of ad hoc or institutional arbitration proceedings (CCI, CIRDI).
A strong presence in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa
From Dakar to Kinshasa, via Abidjan, Yaoundé and Libreville, Gide Africa's experience in this area is extensive. In addition to the regular presence of our lawyers in this region of Africa, our network of local experts has developed a detailed knowledge of the business environment, in permanent dialogue with the appropriate contacts to defend our clients' interests.
We offer a multi-sector service and expertise in the various national and regional legal systems and regimes, such as ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), CEMAC (Central African Economic and Monetary Community), UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) and OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa).
Over the past year, Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel secured roles in a significant volume of international disputes, with particular activity in Europe-related litigation. The group is equipped to handle a diverse scope of contentious work, with its recent cases spanning shipping, competition, tax and employment matters, among other areas. Office managing partner Anis Jabnoun is noted for his experience in cross-border disputes, where he is often engaged by global law firms to advise on local law issues. Associate Mohamed Essid specialises in dispute resolution and has a broad contentious focus.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Tunisia - Dispute Resolution
Over the past year, Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel secured roles on a slew of high-profile transactions, with notable activity in private equity, M&A, restructurings and joint ventures. The practice is particularly well-versed in acting as part of a cross-office team to provide local advice on multi-jurisdictional matters. In a recent example, managing partner Anis Jabnoun acted alongside groups in Casablanca, Paris and Brussels to advise SPE Capital on its $33m equity investment for the acquisition of a majority stake in Outsourcia group.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Tunisia - Commercial / Corporate & M&A
Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s Tunis group is noted for its ability to team up with the firm’s Paris and Algiers offices for support on multi-jurisdictional financing transactions. Enjoying close relationships with many of Tunisia’s major banks, the group is also a popular choice to assist international law firms on local issues. Anis Jabnoun has recently undertaken work for government development banks, funds and corporate borrowers, among other clients.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Tunisia - Banking & Finance
The real estate team at GIDE LOYRETTE NOUELworks with the firm’s international network to support clients on significant international real estate transactions. The practice covers construction, hospitality, large-scale tourism projects, lease agreements and real estate financing. Counsel Loris Marghieri leads the team, advising domestic and international operators in Sub-Saharan Africa on all aspects of real estate transactions, particularly in regard to real estate finance and property development. Projects head Wacef Bentaibi is also active in the field, with a particularly strong construction practice.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Morocco - Tourism & Real Estate
GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL works on behalf of local and foreign clients on the full range of tax issues. In addition to day-to-day matters, work includes global tax strategies, capitalisations, capital withdrawals and transfer pricing. In addition, the team supports clients on tax audit procedures and other administrative procedures. The department is led by co-managing partner Simon Auquier, who assists international clients on cross-border matters, and heads the corporate practice. Associate Julien Nouchi specialises in handling the tax aspects of M&A and restructurings, as well as day-to-day tax matters.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Morocco - Tax
Regularly acting on behalf of private operators, public entities and financial institutions, GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL has deep experience in the structuring and implementation of projects within the infrastructure and energy sectors. This includes matters related to PPP and BOT, as well as projects surrounding green hydrogen and other forms of renewable energy. Wacef Bentaibi leads the team, advising sponsors and lenders on public and private infrastructure projects across Africa with a particular expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors. He is supported by associate Frédéric Pia, who acts on renewable and infrastructure projects.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Morocco - projetcs & Public Law
The M&A and corporate team at GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL assist a series of major Moroccan and multinational clients on high-magnitude M&A transactions in Morocco and the wider Sub-Saharan Africa region. In addition, the team is regularly involved in capital market transactions for local and foreign issuers. Hospitality, tourism, energy, healthcare and real estate are key areas for the team which is headed by Simon Auquier , an expert in joint ventures, acquisitions and restructuring, both domestically and internationally. Senior Counsel Chloé Joachim De Larivière specialises in M&A, private equity and corporate law in North Africa.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Morocco - Commercial / Corporate & M&A
The expertise of GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL‘s banking and finance team encompasses all aspects of banking and finance transactions, including securitisation, bond issuance and hedging arrangements. A wide range of banks, financial institutions and borrowers instruct the firm on all types of structured financings, particularly project finance, assets and acquisition finance. In addition, the team advises a number of foreign banks on regulatory issues within Morocco. Wacef Bentaibi manages the Casablanca office, advising clients on complex financing transactions.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Morocco - Banking / Finance & Capital Markets
Gide Loyrette Nouel is an international law firm with a well-established presence in Algeria and significant expertise in energy matters. The firm has a growing and impressive client roster consisting of key energy and oil and gas players such as Eni and Sonatrach. Recently, the firm has been advising on acquisitions, PSC and EPC contracts, joint ventures, ICC arbitrations and project financing. Practice head Samy Laghouati has significant experience advising on business ventures, transactions and investments in Algeria. He is supported by of counsel Djamila Annad, who has former experience at Sonatrach and the Office of the Ministry of Energy. Associate Xavier Lecomte and counsel Julien Gontier are other key lawyers.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Algeria - Energy
Gide Loyrette Nouel is known for its expertise in ICC arbitration and litigation involving oil and gas, construction and retail clients. Recent disputes work for the team has covered an array of matters, including termination and performance of contract matters as well as labour and criminal litigation. Managing partner Samy Laghouati leads the team. Counsel Julien Gontier has been developing the firm’s disputes activity; he specialises in litigation and arbitration and regularly advises major overseas and Algerian entities.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Algeria - Dispute Resolution
Gide Loyrette Nouel is an international law firm with a longstanding presence in the country and a strong energy practice. The firm advises on a wide array of matters, ranging from the setting up of capital investment funds to acquisitions and joint ventures across a range of industries, including oil and gas, automotive and pharmaceuticals. The firm advises on landmark transactions in the region, with a highlight including its advice to Total on setting up a joint venture with Sonatrach for a major petrochemical project and the corresponding project financing. Samy Laghouati heads the team and has wide-ranging experience in acting for public bodies and foreign investors, especially in the energy sector. Laghouati is supported by counsel Xavier Lecomte, who is based in the Paris office.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Commerical / Corporate & M&A
Gide Loyrette Nouel is a top French law firm which is widely thought of as a go-to team for international businesses investing into Algeria. The lawyers often assist clients with the formation of joint ventures, acquisitions and related corporate structuring issues.
Chambers Global 2023 - Algeria - Corporate / Commerical : International Firms
The Casablanca-based law firm is the product of a joint venture between French heavyweight Gide Loyrette Nouel and Spain's Cuatrecasas. The team boasts extensive expertise in projects, infrastructure and energy mandates. In these areas the team is well accustomed to assisting with the creation of PPPs and joint venture project companies, as well as counselling energy companies on the licensing and commercial contract issues essential to their operation. The firm has further experience advising on private equity matters.
Chambers Global 2023 - Morocco - Corporate / Commerical
Leading French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has operated in Tunisia for more than two decades, its collaboration with Global Lawyers North Africa allowing it to advise on the full gamut of local and international business law. The group has substantial experience assisting foreign companies with the establishment of their local operations and is active on behalf of players in a range of sectors, including oil and gas, banking and IT.
Chambers Global 2023 - Tunisia - General Business Law