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Ferchiou & Associés

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Managing Partner: Noureddine Ferchiou
Number of partners: 5
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian

Firm Overview:
With over 30 years of experience in providing legal counsel and assistance to its clients, Ferchiou & Associés has been consistently involved in the country’s high-profile projects whether in terms of investment or complexity and is well known for its high level of negotiating skills. Clients of the firm are international corporations and investors seeking to develop a business activity on the Tunisian market as well as active local groups in relation to their project development in the Tunisian market and overseas. The firm is also strategically consolidating its presence in the Sub-Saharan African market where it is carrying out its business development in relation to renewable energy and infrastructure projects with Guinea – Benin -Burkina Fasso and Niger.

Noureddine Ferchiou, founder and managing partner, has over 30 years of government and institutional expertise and professional knowledge of the country’s opportunities, challenges, and ongoing business and legal environment. Amina Larbi offers more than a decade of experience with a prominent international law firm located in Tunisia. Ms Larbi is recognised for her expertise in projects and foreign investments, acting both for local and international corporations in their partnership ventures in an array of industry and trade sectors.

The firm has made partner one of its own associates Nasr Kemicha who has developed an extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration both domestic and international.

Omar and Rym Ferchiou were made partner in 2018 and act as lawyers who specialises in regulatory work and M&A transactions for international clients.

With partners from different experiences and background, clients draw upon the experience of the country’s most connected, respected and integrated law firm.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
Ferchiou & Associés has a long history of representing both international and local lenders and is recognised today as the market leader in Tunisia’s banking and leveraged financing industry. The firm provides expert counsels in acquisition and asset finance, syndicated loans and credit facilities and capital markets.
2017 – 2018 Transactional Highlights:
■ Legal advisor to the arranging banks of a 500 MEuros bond issued by The Central Bank of Tunisia, acting on behalf of the Republic of Tunisia
■ Legal advisor to BEI in connection with approximately 70 MEUR credit granted to a State owned entity in connection with the financing of a sewerage programme together with other lenders including AFD

Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm is very dynamic in the corporate sector representing emerging companies and investors in a variety of industries including: recapitalisation, restructuring, commercial partnerships, joint ventures and liquidation. The firm also provides expertise in private acquisitions, takeovers of listed companies, share acquisition and sale, stock exchange transactions, and corporate transition strategies.
2018 Transactional Highlights:
■ Legal advisor to French company Lesaffre in relation to the acquisition of a controlling stake in Rayen Food Industries, a major yeast producer in Tunisia
■ Legal advisor to Nokia in relation to a restructuring plan further to the acquisition of Alcatel Lucent
■ Assistance of L’Oréal France SA in the acquisition of a minority stake in the share capital of its local distributor for more then 4 decades, Lipp Distribution

Regulatory:
Assistance of international clients in connection with the analyse and understanding of the Tunisian legal environment in areas like data protection, importation of pharma equipment’s, public procurements, IT, IP telecommunication, banking and foreign exchange regulations, import and export processes.

Employment & Labour:
As a full-service law firm, Ferchiou & Associés advises on employment issues including advising multinationals on the implementation of internal employment policies and their compliance with Tunisian legislation.

Energy & Renewable Energies in the Subsaharian African Region:
Ferchiou & Associés is a market leader in the energy industry offering expertise in relation to renewable energies projects in Tunisia and Africa, it also assists its clients in relation to transfer of oil and gas assets, due diligence and regulatory compliance.
2018 Transactional Highlights:
■ Advisor to TerniEnergia- Enerray for the building of a Photovoltaic plant of 10 MWc at Tunisian Southern town Tozeur with the National Electicity Company ( STEG)
■ Advisor to Smart Energy Tozzi Green for the building of a 10 MWc photovoltaic plant in Bir El Hfay
■ Advisor to UNDP in relation to drafting a bill in relation to the energy sector in Tunisia

Retail & Commercial Real Estate:
The firm is advising several important real estate developers for the negotiation and implementation of their mixed use integrated real estate projects including the development of residential and commercial complexes in various Tunisian regions.
2018 Transactional Highlights:
■ Legal advisor to a major local group in relation to their commercial real estate projects and urban development project in Tunisia including the development of Mall of Sousse, the set up of Spvs together with French leaders in the distribution sector dedicated to Malls and Hyper Markets construction in Center Tunisia as well as the development with the lake development company of a multi purposes project located in Northen West and Southern West of the Lake area in Tunis
■ Legal advisor to a major sportswear French Brand in connection with their commercial leases and MOD contracts in Tunisia

Litigation:
The firm is advising several important real estate developers for the negotiation and implementation of their mixed use integrated real estate projects including the development of residential and commercial complexes in various Tunisian regions.
2018 Litigation Highlights:
■ The firm represented an Emirati Telecommunication company for the enforcement of its contractual rights in an international arbitration valued at 40 million TND
■ The firm represented a major Emirati group before Tunisian courts in several civil litigations related to its investments in Tunisia
■ The firm represented a Tunisian Telecommunication company in tax litigations valued at 46 million TND

Sector Expertise:
■ Banking & Financial Services
■ Energy & Renewal Energies
■ Industrial Investments
■ Oil & Gas
■ Pharma & Life Sciences
■ Commercial & Real Estate
■ Tech & Telecoms