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Lucien Bou Chaaya

Lucien Bou Chaaya


Lucien is a senior associate providing legal advice in relation to projects, transactions and crisis management in France, Africa and the Middle East.  



Qualified in France and Lebanon, Lucien speaks, writes and reads Arabic, French and English. His practice focuses primarily on general corporate and commercial work in the context of transactions and projects in France, North and sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East across a range of industry sectors, including mining, energy, infrastructure, private civil aviation and defence.

Lucien's experience includes advising: 

  • various international mining and oil & gas companies in CEMAC and UEMOA countries on their foreign exchange dealings
  • ING and the other lenders to Carlyle International Energy Partners in connection with Carlyle's US$587 million acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell's oil and gas assets in Gabon
  • China Molybdenum Co. on the acquisition of Freeport-McMoRan's indirect 56% interest in the world-class Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine in DRC for US$2.65 billion 
  • B2Gold on the structuring of their investments, negotiation of mining conventions and other ancillary documentation and various ongoing matters arising from its mining projects in Mali and Burkina Faso
  • ENI on its petroleum operations in Republic of Congo
  • BP on contentious issues arising from the incident at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria between 16-19 January 2013
  • British American Tobacco on the acquisition of Blue Nile Cigarettes Company in Sudan 




Lucien holds an LL.M in business law in Arab Countries from La Sorbonne University in Paris, a master's degree in private law, a BA in law and a BA in political science from Saint-Joseph University in Beirut.