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Mehdi Haroun specializes in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. A partner in our Paris office, Mehdi represents clients in various types of projects and transactions, as well as disputes relating to these areas. Mehdi is a qualified lawyer in France and in Algeria. He is fluent in French, Arabic and English.

Mehdi works with leading energy and infrastructure clients on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings, as well as on project development, finance and dispute resolution relating specifically to these areas.

A dual French and Algerian lawyer, he works mainly with clients and projects in France, North Africa (from Mauritania to Egypt) and Francophone Africa. Mehdi has extensive experience in upstream oil and gas, as well as downstream and mainstream. He has also worked on several power projects, both on conventionals (various IPPs and IWPPs in North Africa and France) and renewables (PV, CSP, Biomass, Wind and Hydro), and also on nuclear projects in France. He also advised on several industrial projects in France and North Africa, mainly in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

Fluent in French, English and Arabic, Mehdi is a Board Member of the Franco Arab Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Algerian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He was the Algerian representative at the ICC Court of Arbitration for four consecutive years. Mehdi also regularly lectures in project structuring and project finance at the University of Montpellier (France).

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Credentials

French

English

Arabic

Expert Based Abroad for Algeria (Corporate/Commercial), Libya, Morocco and Tunisia (General Business Law)


Chambers Global, 2017

France: Projects


Chambers Europe, 2016

France, International Projects and Africa-Wide Projects & Energy


Chambers Global, 2016

“This Paris-based team is a heavyweight contender in corporate and commercial matters, especially connected to the oil and gas sector.”


Chambers Global, 2017

“Highly capable in project finance and transactional work.”


Legal 500, 2016

“Sources praise the team’s local and specialized knowledge.”


Chambers Global, 2016

“One of the 'go-to people' for Algerian matters.”


Chambers Global, 2016

“A deep understanding of the Algerian legal environment.”


Chambers Global, 2016

Matters

CEPSA in relation to the renegotiation of its contractual arrangements with Sonatrach.

A U.S. company in relation to the negotiation of a joint venture with Sonatrach for the manufacturing and supply of oil & gas products and services.

A Spanish construction company in relation to various construction disputes.

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CEPSA in relation to the renegotiation of its contractual arrangements with Sonatrach.

A U.S. company in relation to the negotiation of a joint venture with Sonatrach for the manufacturing and supply of oil & gas products and services.

A Spanish construction company in relation to various construction disputes.

Various IOCs in relation to the prequalification process for the 2014 Algerian upstream bid round.

A U.S. company in relation to the direct negotiation with the Algerian authorities of all aspects of an unconventional development in Algeria, including downstream gas offtake undertakings.

RWE Dea (now DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG) in relation to its sale by RWE AG to LetterOne Group in connection with its Algerian assets.

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

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 ongoing advice in relation to the development of the project and Dong’s corporate structuring in France.

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, liquefied petroleum gas, 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.

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

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.

Insights

Newsletter

July 11, 2016
Energy Newsletter - July 2016

Energy Law Exchange

July 11, 2016
LNG In Morocco

Newsletter

February 5, 2016
Energy Newsletter - February 2016

View all

Matters

CEPSA in relation to the renegotiation of its contractual arrangements with Sonatrach.

A U.S. company in relation to the negotiation of a joint venture with Sonatrach for the manufacturing and supply of oil & gas products and services.

A Spanish construction company in relation to various construction disputes.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

CEPSA in relation to the renegotiation of its contractual arrangements with Sonatrach.

A U.S. company in relation to the negotiation of a joint venture with Sonatrach for the manufacturing and supply of oil & gas products and services.

A Spanish construction company in relation to various construction disputes.

Various IOCs in relation to the prequalification process for the 2014 Algerian upstream bid round.

A U.S. company in relation to the direct negotiation with the Algerian authorities of all aspects of an unconventional development in Algeria, including downstream gas offtake undertakings.

RWE Dea (now DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG) in relation to its sale by RWE AG to LetterOne Group in connection with its Algerian assets.

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

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 ongoing advice in relation to the development of the project and Dong’s corporate structuring in France.

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, liquefied petroleum gas, 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.

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

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.

Insights

Newsletter

July 11, 2016
Energy Newsletter - July 2016

Energy Law Exchange

July 11, 2016
LNG In Morocco

Newsletter

February 5, 2016
Energy Newsletter - February 2016

View all

Credentials

French

English

Arabic

Expert Based Abroad for Algeria (Corporate/Commercial), Libya, Morocco and Tunisia (General Business Law)


Chambers Global, 2017

France: Projects


Chambers Europe, 2016

France, International Projects and Africa-Wide Projects & Energy


Chambers Global, 2016

“This Paris-based team is a heavyweight contender in corporate and commercial matters, especially connected to the oil and gas sector.”


Chambers Global, 2017

“Highly capable in project finance and transactional work.”


Legal 500, 2016

“Sources praise the team’s local and specialized knowledge.”


Chambers Global, 2016

“One of the 'go-to people' for Algerian matters.”


Chambers Global, 2016

“A deep understanding of the Algerian legal environment.”


Chambers Global, 2016