Awards & Rankings
Chambers Global 2015: Corporate/Commercial/Foreign Legal Consultants - Algeria
Band 1: This well-respected firm is regarded as a leader for taxation issues, while also benefiting from a strong corporate practice, advising on acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. The team frequently acts for clients from the food and beverage, energy, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors. Sources say: ""They stand out from others and have a presence here in corporate matters."
""Market leader"" Samir Sayah is highly regarded for his expertise in acquisitions and restructurings. Work highlights include advising an Algerian broadband operator on the USD1.3 million acquisition of a telecoms company.
Amine Sator's corporate and commercial practice draws praise from observers, and he is described as ""a lawyer to watch.
IFLR 1000 2015: Financial & Corporate - Algeria
Band 2: French firm CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre re-opened its Algiers office in 2007. The team is led by local partner Samir Sayah, who is flanked by head of legal Amine Sator and head of tax Mourad Nabil Abdessemed. The firm is especially strong when it comes to tax matters but it is also dedicated to corporate activities and has been recently acting on joint ventures, restructurings, M&A and commercial transactions. The team advises a mix of foreign investors and domestic private and public clients. CMS is often considered one of the markets top two firms and this is backed by a strong portfolio of active clients, currently including CFAO, Nestlé Food, Repsol and Baker Hughes, and roles on some of the biggest deals. “Very responsive and accessible, timely [and] high quality across the several legal areas involved,” says one client for corporate commercial matters, noting that the team created a “friendly atmosphere in discussions with the counterpart”.
Recent work saw the firm engaged by an international law firm on a major acquisition by the state in a private company. The team was representing an African company in negotiations relating to a $400 million industrial plant and assisting SLC, the Algerian WiMAx and broadband operator, on its acquisition of a telecoms subsidiary of Monaco Telecom.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015: Corporate/M&A - Algeria
Band 1: Samir Sayah at CMS, which has ‘local lawyers with international experience’, has experience of advising clients on large M&A deals in the pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and energy sectors. Sayah and Amine Sator recently advised a local company on a multimillion-dollar deal to bring on board a foreign investor.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015: Energy - Algeria
Band 1: Samir Sayah and tax expert Mourad Nabil Abdessemed at CMS provide ‘sound advice on local law’ to international investors. Sayah represented an exploration company in a multimillion-dollar arbitration against a state-owned energy company.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015: Dispute Resolution - Algeria
Band 1: Samir Sayah at CMS regularly represents energy sector investors in litigation. He recently acted in a multimillion-dollar case against a state-owned energy company. Head of tax Mourad Nabil Abdessemed is also recommended for disputes.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015: Banking & Finance - Algeria
Band 1: CMS’ Samir Sayah, Amine Sator and head of tax Mourad Nabil Abdessemed count high-profile global businesses among their clients, and recently advised a financial institution on the financing and tax aspects of a multibillion-dollar telecoms company acquisition.
Chambers Global 2014: Corporate/Commercial/Foreign Legal Consultants - Algeria
Band 1: This leading firm is noted for its strength and broad expertise advising on all tax-related matters in Algeria, including restructuring, contract negotiation and associated litigation. This is complemented by a corporate, commercial and social law team with a strong reputation for helping companies establish their local operations. The firm recently advised AGCO Massey Ferguson on its joint venture with two Algerian public companies for the manufacture and marketing of Massey Ferguson tractors. Samir Sayah is the firm's key local partner, and acted on the AGCO Massey Ferguson deal. He is well respected for his specialisation in taxation. Amine Sator operates a general corporate and commercial practice and has significant experience in employment and competition law.
Legal 500 EMEA 2014: Corporate/M&A - Algeria
Band 1: At CMS, Samir Sayah advised on major acquisitions in the telecoms and mining sectors, and acted alongside Mourad Nabil Abdessemed on CFAO’s restructuring of its Algerian interests.
Legal 500 EMEA 2014: Energy - Algeria
Band 1: Samir Sayah and Mourad Nabil Abdessemed at CMS provide ‘excellent service’ and are ‘well versed in local practices and regulations’. They advise leading US and European energy companies on taxation, investment, regulation and project finance.
Legal 500 EMEA 2014: Dispute Resolution - Algeria
Band 2: CMS recently represented energy sector investors in a multimillion-dollar arbitration. Mourad Nabil Abdessemed is recommended for tax disputes.
Legal 500 EMEA 2014: Banking & Finance - Algeria
Band 1: CMS’ Samir Sayah and Amine Sator advised on a multibillion-dollar telecoms financing. Other work included mining, minerals and energy deals.
IFLR 1000 2014: Finance & Corporate - Algeria
Band 2: French firm CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre (CMS-BFL) re-opened its Algiers office in 2007. The team is led by local partner Samir Sayah, who is flanked by head of legal Amine Sator and head of tax Mourad Nabil Abdessemed.
According to a client from an energy company, the firm "has a very good team, they reacted very promptly when we needed them, even on very short notice and they could always attend to us". Clients recommend both Sayah and Sator.
The firm is especially strong when it comes to tax matters but it is also dedicated to corporate activities and has been recently acting on joint-ventures, restructurings, M&A and commercial transactions. The team advises a mix of foreign investors and domestic private and public clients.
Recent work saw the team act as local counsel alongside international firms on a large due-diligence and acquisition mandate, a substantial equipment acquisition and a foreign acquisition of a 49% stake, the largest permitted under Algerian foreign investment rules, in a local mining sector company.