Youssef Fichtali is a Montreal-based business lawyer specializing in the energy and natural resources sectors who is particularly active in emerging countries. Committed to carrying out projects that will benefit not only his clients and their shareholders, but also the various stakeholders, from an economic, social and development standpoint, Youssef assists his clients in building a sustainable growth strategy and creating long-term value.
He advises multinational companies, investment funds, governments, development finance institutions, banks and sponsors on the structuring and negotiation of complex and cross-border transactions.
In the energy sector, Youssef is involved in development, construction (EPC/O&M) and project finance transactions. He drafts and negotiates concession agreements, power purchase agreements, grid connection agreements as well as power transmission, distribution or interconnection contracts.
In the natural resources sector, Youssef is involved in public offerings and private placements as well as listings on the Canadian stock exchange. He also drafts and negotiates mining rights acquisition agreements, option agreements, joint venture agreements, royalty agreements, mining agreements and other commercial agreements related to the mining sector.
Youssef advises various governments on the drafting and updating of their legislative framework, particularly in the energy and mining sectors.
Youssef is very active in almost all of the 17 OHADA member countires and has also developed a practice covering the applicable rules on transparency, anti-corruption, ethics and governance. He is the author of several articles on this subject.
Working fluently in French, English, Spanish and Arabic and having lived on three different continents, Youssef is a valuable advisor for the clients he represents when it comes to better anticipating legal, regulatory, cultural, commercial and geopolitical risks, particularly in Africa and Latin America.
He is a member of the firm's Africa, Latin America and Middle East committees.