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Firm Profile

Ferchiou & Associés

Firm Profile

Tunis

  • Profile
  • 34 Place du 14 Janvier 2011,
  • Tunis
  • Tunis
  • Tunisia
  • 1001

Firm profile submitted by Ferchiou & Associés

Managing Partner: Noureddine Ferchiou
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 65 (lawyers, tax advisors and legal staff)
Network memberships: LinkedIn
Languages:Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish


With more than 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 positioning in the Sub-Saharan African market where it started its business development in relation to renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

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 who leads the firm as partner offers more than a decade of experience with a prominent international law firm located in Tunis. Ms. Larbi is recognised for her expertise in projects and foreign investments, acting both for government bodies and private companies in their partnership ventures in an array of industry and trade sectors. With Mr. Ferchiou and Ms. Larbi leadership, clients draw upon the experience of the country’s most connected, respected and integrated law firm.

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 counsel in acquisition and asset finance, syndicated loans and credit facilities, financial services, capital markets, private equity, debt financing and regularly advises international financial institutions on the feasibility of transactions under Tunisian law.
2017 Transactional Highlights:
■Legal advisor to Natixis, one of arranging banks of a 1 billion Euros bond done by The Central Bank of Tunisia, acting on behalf of the Republic of Tunisia. The issue of this Eurobond was closed at 850 million Euros over 7 years maturity
■Legal advisor to Qatar National Bank QNB in relation to its issuance of 1 billion Euros bonds
■Legal advisor to EBRD for the granting of a loan of up to a TND25 million unsecured loan to a leasing company to finance various sub-leases to MSME clients in Tunisia

Mergers & Acquistions:
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 provides also expertise in private acquisitions, takeovers of listed companies, share acquisition and sale, stock exchange transactions, and corporate transition strategies.
2017 Transactional Highlights:
■Legal advisor to Shire in relation its restructuring (acquisition of Baxalta) and its implications for Tunisian entity Baxalta - Tunisia
■Legal advisor to HP in relation to a restructuring plan including a spin off and merger of its worldwide enterprise services business (ES Business) with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
■Assistance to Pirelli in relation to the adhesion to a Public Offer to purchase the remaining share constituting the capital of the Tunisian Company of the Tire Industries -STIP

Regulatory:
Assistance of major clients by the expectation of national and international regulations that could affect operations or corporate strategy. For that purpose, we study project’s legal and regulatory framework and set up a global regulatory data appropriate for the need of information of clients and applicable in their activities’ area.

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.
2017 Transactional Highlights:
■Legal advisor to Colgate Palmolive for all labour and social aspects of their business in Tunisia
■Legal advisor to a several foreign embassies and investors and investors in relation to their labour law related to issues and HR follow-up

Energy:
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.
2017 Transactional Highlights:
■Legal advisor to the National agency for energy conservation (ANME) and Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (STEG) regarding the preparation of the PPA applicable to wind project in relation to the new legal framework
■Legal advisor to Rénergi+D (Spanish Company) for the development of a windfarm in the center of Tunisia (self-production) for a Tunisian industrial group
■Legal advisor to EPPM Engineer Procurement & Project Management in relation with the project of exploration of the methane gas for electricity generation in KIVU and the construction of a power plant in Congo

Retail & Commercial Real Estate:
The firm is advising a several important real estate’s 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.
2017 Transactional Highlights:
■Legal advisor to a major local group in relation to their commercial real estate projects in Tunisia including the development of various malls in the country
■Legal advisor to a major sportswear French Brand in connection with their development projects in Tunisia

Sector Expertise:
■Banking
■Energy
■Financial Services
■Industrial
■Oil & Gas
■Pharm & Life Sciences
■Social Infrastructure
■Real Estate
■Tech & Telecom

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