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Casablanca continues to serve as an effective base of operations for a number of international firms with business in North Africa and the wider continent’s francophone countries. Baker & McKenzie Maroc SARL is one of the market’s most notable recent entrants, following its hire of former August & Debouzy lawyer Kamal Nasrollah in 2012.
Investors from a range of jurisdictions have shown interest in the region as the Kingdom of Morocco continues to promote Casablanca as a financial hub. There were a number of notable energy and power transactions, including the Jorf Lasfar coal-fired power plant expansion, which saw Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy, Kettani Law Firm, Linklaters LLP and Simmons & Simmons LLP all advise on various aspects of the transaction. White & Case LLP also has an impressive energy and natural resources practice. In other key moves, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s former practice head Mehdi Haroun left the firm in 2013 to join King & Spalding LLP.