Mehdi Haroun


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Mehdi Haroun

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Mr. Haroun is a dual French/Algerian qualified lawyer with a broad practice that covers general corporate and commercial matters (mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, restructurings), project development, finance and dispute resolution. He works principally in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors, with a geographic focus mainly on France and North Africa, but also on Francophone Africa more generally.

Mr. Haroun was the alternate representative for Algeria at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration for four consecutive years, and is the current vice-president of the Board of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Haroun speaks French, English and Arabic fluently.

Representative Experience

  • DONG Energy on the tender process, launched by the French Government in July 2011, for the development, construction and operation of five offshore wind farms in France and on-going advice in relation to the development of the project and Dong’s corporate structuring in France

  • OMV on the US$866 million acquisition of the Tunisian oil exploration and production subsidiaries of Pioneer Natural Resources

  • BG Group, BHP Billiton, BP, Burlington Resources, Chevron, Japex, Maersk Oil, Petrofac, PetroSA, Sasol-Chevron, Shell, Statoil and others  on acquisitions/disposals of interests in production sharing contracts, concessions and construction of related infrastructure, and/or on complex liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gas-to-liquids and petrochemicals projects in North Africa

  • BG Energy Holdings Limited on a review of the general terms and conditions (governed by French law) for access to LNG capacity at the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal in France, operated by GDF SUEZ

  • EnBW on the regulatory framework applicable to capacity bookings and gas network access in France

  • BG Tunisia, Chevron Texaco, GE and others on various aspects, including the drafting and negotiation of turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contracts, long-term maintenance contracts and other project documentation, in relation to independent power projects in North Africa and France

  • Solar Euromed on the development of the first CSP project in France (Corsica) and the a solar power plant development programme (total capacity 2,000 MW) with the Republic of Sudan

  • Gestamp Asetym Solar SL on the acquisition of five photovoltaic rooftop projects (total capacity 55 MW) in France from Eiffage

  • EDF on the development and operation of France’s second European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) nuclear power station at Penly in Normandy (France)

  • Islamic Development Bank and European Investment Bank on the multi-sourced financing of the TIFERT phosphoric acid production project in La Skhira, Tunisia

  • EUTELSAT IGO and International Telecommunications Satellite Organization on their continuing relationships with the operating companies and their shareholders, and the regulators (e.g. leveraged recapitalization and space frequency rights)

  • A member of the team which successfully represented Kuwaiti telecom operator Wataniya against Egyptian group Orascom Telecom in a US$1.2 billion dispute over the control of their highly profitable cellphone joint venture in Tunisia


  • "Le regime des investissements en Algerie”, éditions Litec, a 700-page book on investment laws and regulations in Algeria (2000)

  • "The new one stop-shop for investments in Algeria”, IBLR December 2002

  • "Aperçu du cadre juridique de l’investissement en Algérie" MOCI, 1629 bis, 18 December 2003, p. 81

  • "Banques islamiques : la problématique de la mise en place de cofinancements"  with P. Grangereau; Banque Magazine, No. 657 April 2004, p. 52

  • "Financements de projets et financements islamiques ; quelques réflexions prospectives pour des financements en pays de droit civil"  with P. Grangereau ; Banque & Droit, No. 97, Sept. Oct. 2004

  • Co-author of “Overview of the legal and regulatory framework for energy in France”, European Energy Review (2011, 2012, 2013)

Seminars and Speaking Engagements

  • Various presentations on shale gas and shale oil legal and contractual developments (Bucharest Oil & Gas Conference – Vienna Gas summit) (2012-2013)

  • Presentation on contractual issues in renewable energy projects (Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Casablanca, Morocco, 2012)

  • External lecturer for a one-day seminar for post graduate students at the University of Montpellier (France) on BOT and Project financing (1999 to 2008)

  • Draft your Industrial Maintenance Contracts” three-day seminar on industrial maintenance agreements organized by “Les Rencontres d’Affaires” (2000 to 2004)

  • Joint Venture Contracts” a two-day seminar organized by Lamy – Paris (2003)

  • "How to anticipate the termination in an international contractual relation ?" (EFE seminar 2002)