Acteur incontournable de la vie des affaires en Algérie, Gide Alger intervient dans tous les domaines du droit des affaires depuis plus de quinze ans. Nos équipes sont notamment intervenues sur la plupart des opérations d'investissement et de désinvestissement majeures de ces dix dernières années dans le pays.
Active depuis 2003, notre équipe comprend des conseils juridiques, algériens et de nationalité étrangère, qui allient une parfaite connaissance du droit et de la vie des affaires en Algérie à une expertise internationale.
Gide Alger, dirigé par Samy Laghouati, conseille principalement les investisseurs internationaux sur les aspects juridiques et fiscaux de leurs activités, dans tous les secteurs d'activité et pour tous les domaines du droit des affaires, notamment en matière d'acquisitions, de privatisations et de joint ventures, et les grands projets d'infrastructures.
Gide Loyrette Nouel's highly respected team counts Halliburton and E&P Energy among its client roster, and advises on major joint ventures, share acquisitions and contractual agreements. Samy Laghouati oversees the team and is highly skilled in the aforementioned areas, with expertise in both traditional and renewable energy projects. Highlights included advising on Total's joint venture with the publicly owned Sonatrach concerning the development of a major petrochemical project.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Energy
Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Algiers office has a strong track record in ICC arbitrations, particularly in cases involving construction and public infrastructure. Managing partner Samy Laghouati is a generalist who often works on disputes, particularly those in the energy sector. Counsel Julien Gontier specialises in disputes and has handled contractual breaches involving EPC, O&M, supply contracts and power projects.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Dispute Resolution
Gide Loyrette Nouel in association with EAH & Associates has advised on some landmark transactions, most recently advising on the $1.5bn joint venture between Total Refining & Chemical and Sonatrach concerning a petrochemical project in Algeria. As well as joint ventures, the team is also active in advising on M&A, restructuring and capital investments. 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
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. Its lawyers often assist clients with the formation of joint ventures and related corporate structuring issues.
Chambers Global 2022 - Corporate / Commercial
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