Sid Ali Hadj-Hamou is an Attorney and Senior Partner of Algerian Law Firm Hadj-Hamou/Djouadi located in Algiers. He has been head of Sonatrach's Legal Department (Hydrocarbons Division) and one of the first drafters and negotiators of first PSC contracts concluded by Sonatrach. As an independent counsel, he has continued these 17 years to specialize in oil and gas exploration and exploitation contracts at negotiation stage as well as during their execution. Mr Hadj-Hamou has extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of the oil and gas industry in Algeria. He acts as Legal Advisor for major local and foreign companies in respect of their contractual and corporate activities in Algeria.