Foued Bourabiat

A graduate of the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (post-graduate degree in English and American Business law) and of King’s College London (LLM), Foued Bourabiat started his career at the Algiers office of a leading French law firm.

His recent experience includes assisting and advising various major investors and credit institutions in respect of investments and financings in the MENA region, including in Algeria. He has been involved in complex cross-border financing transactions and cutting edge Islamic finance deals.

Before founding Bourabiat Associés, Foued spent eight years at top-tier international law firms in Paris (Hogan Lovells LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP).

Of French mother tongue, Foued speaks English and Arabic fluently.

Bourabiat Associés:

Founded by two highly experienced lawyers educated and trained in top universities and law firms in Algiers, Paris and London, Bourabiat Associés aims to provide to its clients in Algeria with a pioneering offering including the assistance of a fully independent local firm, offering its clients legal services matching international standards on a wide range of business law.

The firm assists clients in Algeria, France and throughout the MENA region, cultivating close relationships with leading law firms in the relevant jurisdictions which helps us to provide a seamless service to clients on their cross border transactions and projects.

We regard a deep understanding of the local laws, culture and business practices as essential to successfully meeting our clients’ needs in Algeria.

Amine Ghellal

Amine Ghellal, the founding partner of Ghellal & Mekerba, has 44 years of experience and is considered as one of Algeria’s leading law practitioners.

He is said to know the Algerian Business framework “like the back of his hand”.

He has a wide knowledge of all aspects of Algerian law regarding investment, corporate, financing, exchange control, tax and customs law.

He is an international arbitrator and a member of the International Arbitration Institute. He has a perfect knowledge of contractual mechanisms and precautions governing dispute resolution. Dr. Ghellal acts as an arbitrator before the International Chamber of Commerce (CCI) and the Algerian Chamber of Trade and Industry (CACI).

He is also currently seen as one of Africa’s leading gas and oil practitioners and regularly advises major international firms on all the intricacies of energy regulation. Dr. Ghellal has counseled the Algerian Ministry of Energy and has also headed Sonatrach’s “International Legal” and “International Negotiation” departments. Between 1979 and 1981, he was Algeria’s legal expert within the OPEC and the OPAEC.

Dr. Ghellal is a graduate in both public and private law and in political sciences. He studied in France and obtained a Higher Diploma in Public law with Magna Cum Laude, a Higher Diploma in Political Sciences with Magna Cum Laude and a PhD with Summa Cum Laude and praises of the examination board. He also taught public law, both in France and Algeria, for many years, and has published many articles. Dr. Ghellal is a member of the Algerian Bar Association, a member of the International Bar Association, a member of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), a correspondent of the World Bank in Algeria, an honored Member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals and of Project Finance, a member of the International Lawyers Club (Head Office in France), and a member of the International Lawyers Association “Mackrell International” (Head Office in Great Britain).

Over the last 25 years, Ghellal & Mekerba has been the trusted legal counsellor of prominent foreign and domestic corporations operating in Algeria.

Constant efforts to achieve outstanding performance substantiate Ghellal & Mekerba’s leading law firm status, particularly in the following specialties: investment, commercial, corporate, mining and natural resources, financing and mergers and acquisitions.

One of the partners (Amine Ghellal) is also a leading expert in Algeria on law relating to oil and gas, investment and international commerce, financing and project financing, telecommunications, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and international commercial arbitration.

Several of our attorneys have corporate experience at high-level posts. This particular feature has allowed our firm to build an extensive professional network and has ensured its thorough understanding of the Algerian, North African and international business environment.

Our firm’s key practice areas include but are not limited to: mining and natural resources, investment, privatizations, telecommunications, financing construction, international arbitration, litigation, economic regulation, employment, intellectual and industrial property, insurance, exchange control, customs, environment, health and pharmaceutics.