Mohamed Mahjoubi advises on the development and financing of major projects in Africa and across the Middle East. He has significant experience acting for project sponsors and contractors, equity investors, financial institutions, state-owned entities, and governments on a wide variety of energy, natural resources, and infrastructure projects. His work encompasses upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas agreements, power purchase agreements, independent water projects, mining conventions, and the related infrastructure agreements. Mohamed's practice also includes public-private partnership (PPP) projects and concession agreements with public entities.
Mohamed has extensive experience across several jurisdictions. He is familiar with, and regularly advises clients on, transactions governed by OHADA law, the common set of regulations applicable in 17 Sub-Saharan African countries. Mohamed is also very active in the Middle East and North Africa, having worked for a number of sponsors, international oil companies (IOCs), investors, and contractors on many energy and infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Mohamed worked for UK and U.S. law firms in Paris.
The following represents experience acquired before joining Jones Day
Advised Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries with its acquisition of a 30% interest in Globeleq Africa (Globeleq), an operating power company focused on developing energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Globeleq currently has eight major generating assets in Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania with a total gross capacity of 1,095 megawatts.
Advised Keolis in connection with a PPP project for the design, financing, construction and operation of a tramway line in Côte d'Ivoire.
Advised the Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines for the development of gas fields projects in Morocco.
Advised Partner Re in connection with a joint venture with a leading Moroccan insurance company to serve the African market.
Advised the Government of Guinea on the Simandou Iron Ore Project including a review of existing mining titles, advice on finance structures for Government participation in the project, development of major port and rail infrastructure, the development of third party access regime and wide variety of mine development issues.
Advised ENI on the legal framework in relation to the protection of the environment applicable to the oil industry in Tunisia.
Advised Siemens on the agreements to be entered into with a major oil company in Congo.
Advised Eurapharma on the restructuring of their activities in North Africa.
Advised the Tunisian government on a new model of a PPA for the development of renewable energy projects in Tunisia.
Advised Etisalat on the acquisition of Vivendi’s 53% stake in Maroc Telecom including its African subsidiaries (Burkina Faso, Gabon, Mali and Mauritania).
Advised Mitsubishi for the development of a 60MW in the context of an Independent Power Producer project in Senegal.
Advised International Container Terminal Services on the tender process for the operation and development of the container terminal and for the operation and maintenance of the multipurpose terminal, at the Kribi deep sea port in Cameroon.
Advised Shell in connection with the oil agreement to be entered into with the French government for the development and exploitation of oil fields in French Guiana.
Advised the Republic Gabon and Congo regarding the development of the legal framework of their upstream oil and gas sectors.
Represented a Moroccan construction company in connection with the preparation and submission of a bid for the for the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 850MW wind farm project in Morocco.
Advised OCP, the Moroccan-based, worldwide leader in phosphates mining and phosphates-based products on several projects particularly in Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
Advised Sabic in relation to a joint venture agreement entered into with SNIM (the Mauritanian national mining company) for the development of an iron ore project in Mauritania.
Representing Xstrata and its Congolese subsidiary (MPD Congo) on the development of Zanaga project a large iron ore mine including the drafing of the concession agreement, the preparation of several workshops on the main issues, the structuring of the project and negotiation with local authorities.
Advised Severstal on the acquisition of mining companies in Senegal and Guinea.Advised BNPP in connection with the restructuring of its activities in West Africa including Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal.
- January 2019
"Maximising Protection of UAE Investments in Africa," Emirates Law, Coauthor
- EM-Lyon Business School (International Legal Manager Master 2003); Université of Aix-en-Provence (Postgraduate degree in Business Law 2002)
- Paris Bar
- French, English, Arabic