Arbitration, Litigation and Mediation
Alternative conflict resolution is at the very heart of our firm’s activities. Our team members have specifically been trained to master commercial mediation and arbitration. We have developed extensive expertise in this field of activity and we support our clients in these particular proceedings. Our firm defends our clients’ commercial and financial rights in court, whether as claimants or as defendants. We intervene before the different types of courts: the Courts of Appeal, the Court of Cassation, and in the national and international arbitration procedures. Our team intervenes in the procedures which are led as stipulated by the regulations under the auspices of CEPANI, CCI, ICDR, ASA, UNCITRAL, OHADA, OCI. It also intervenes in ad hoc arbitration cases. The handled files involve, among other things, transactions, executive liability, commercial contracts, shareholder litigations and investment protocols.
Economic Law and Competition Law
Our firm advises and assists its clients on issues of economic law and helps them in their relocation efforts in Tunisia or in their endeavor to reorganize their distribution network, trade licensing agreements, franchise and other types of commercial agreements. The Gallala Law Firm team also defends our clients before the Competition Council for vertical or horizontal agreements, or for dominant position abuse.
Corporate – Fusion Acquisition – Private Equity
We very frequently handle a wide variety of acquisition and/or cession of companies. This has been the firm’s major field of activity since its inception.
Our firm advises and assists its clients in particular as regards the establishment of companies and the drafting of the Articles of Association (Articles of Incorporation), the organization and holding of their companies’ Boards of Directors’ meetings - as well as their Annual General Assemblies, the setting up of Delegations of Authority, the conclusion or the implementation of specific operations such as statutory amendments and share capital changes.
We are also experts in capital increase operations, internal and external repurchases (LBO, MBO-MBI, LMBO, etc.), mergers, and liquidations, whether as investor consultants or as managers/shareholders, which allows us to have a concrete and cross-sectional understanding of the capital-investment operations.
Our lawyers advise our clients on the enforcement and respect of the Tunisian labor regulations, and ensure the implementation of the solutions that have been adapted to their respective companies, which must be in line with the best practices in that domain. Our firm is active in terms of restructuring and social plans, social management of mergers and acquisitions, social due diligence, collective negotiations and social relations, and individual work relations. We also have the expertise to assist our clients relocate in Tunisia, or to hire foreign staff. Our firm defends its clients’ interests before all courts (Courts, Social Security Courts, and Criminal Courts etc.) in all cases of individual or collective disputes initiated against or by the client company and/or its executives.
Our firm assists, advises and defends its clients in the development and exercise of their activities in the 17 member states of OHADA, namely Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroun, Central Africa, Ivory Coast, The Comoros, The Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial-Guinea, Mali, Niger, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo. Our team’s expertise allows our clients to benefit from the pragmatic recommendations, taking into consideration the challenges of the business law in Africa and the environment in which they want to set up their companies. Thanks to our work and to our experience in the resolution of complex cases in Africa, the Firm has developed perfect knowledge of the legal systems which stem from OHADA Law, a law which substitutes national legal systems.
PPP and Project Finance
Our firm is one of the most renowned in Tunis. It offers its services to industrial groups and investment funds for a wide variety of banking and financial operations. We intervene in the structuring, negotiation and finalization of complex fundraising campaigns, particularly in infrastructure and mining projects in Africa. Our firm has developed leading-edge expertise in this field, which allows us to offer our clients appropriate assistance and to defend their legal and economic interests. In particular, our team advised several private companies in Africa for more than five years in the fields of Publics Works, the construction of hydro-electric power plants and the distribution of drinking water through various African towns.
We provide assistance to our clients throughout the whole process of their operations, whether be it as legal advice or as tax disputes. Our team intervenes in all the fiscal operations related to the acquisition and/or cession of companies. We also have cutting-edge know-how in terms of company assistance during tax audits and litigations. We are active in all kinds of operations related to different fiscal and legal procedures, and we have extensive experience in terms of negotiation with the tax authorities and/or during tax audits.