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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.
Firms in the spotlight
Benzakour Law Firm
Benzakour Law firm (BLF) is a major Moroccan business law firm founded in 1968. It is a prominent, reputable firm in Morocco. It is widely regarded as a top law firm acting for upstream and downstream sides. The firm offers a large portfolio in business law, focussing on assistance to foreign investment and litigation. The main Areas of practice are: corporate, aviation, maritime law, ship arrest, real estate, energy, labour, tax law and debt collection.
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Constructing continents – the clients and advisers targeting Africa’s booming infra market
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A Community Trademark ( CTM ) is a trademark and/or a trademark application which has been filed via the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market OHIM in order to be granted protection and have effect in the whole of the European Union.
In Cyprus,patients enjoy various rights under the Safeguarding and Protection of Patients' Rights Act of 2004,which is in force since April 2005. This Act establishes the rights of patients regarding health care, as well as the control mechanism for securing these rights.
A security interest over shares in a Cypriot company under Cyprus law is normally established by a share pledge agreement entered into between the registered shareholder of the said shares (the “Pledgor”) and the person in whose favour the security interest is taken (the “Pledgee”). All matters related to Cyprus Share Pledges are regulated by the provisions of the Cyprus Companies Law, Cap. 113, and the Cyprus Contracts Law, Cap. 149.
Cyprus implemented in its legal system the Alternative Investment Funds Law of 2014 (the “AIF Law”) in July 2014. The AIF Law replaces and repeals the International Collective Investment Schemes Law (the “ICIS Law”), which governed the international investment funds since 1999 in Cyprus.
The Civil Legal System in Cyprus: The Amendment of Order 30 of the Civil Procedure Rules and its ImpAlthough not verbatim embodied in the Civil Procedure Rules of Cyprus, the overriding objective of enabling the court to deal with cases justly and at proportionate cost (Civil Procedure Rules of England and Wales, Part 1.1, implementing the Jackson Reforms on 1/4/2013) is a founding doctrine of the civil legal system. The parties in a litigation dispute are required to help the court to further this principle under the guidance of the Civil Procedure Rules, a procedural code towards its advancement.
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Ekaterina Ilina, an associate of DS Law.Attorneys, was ranked in Top-4 of the leading associates in St. Petersburg according to the rating of the newspaper “Delovou Peterburg” in the nomination 'Associate of Winter Season 2014/15'.- DS Law
Ogier is leading offshore adviser to European IPOs
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The CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Africa team advised the Amethis Finance investment fund and Moroccan group Label’Vie on the acquisition of a stake in Compagnie de Distribution de Côte d’Ivoire (CDCI), the number two in food distribution in Côte d’Ivoire, with 127 shops around the country.- CMS
On March 16, 2015 the Regional Court in Warsaw in a case brought by Konrad Kornatowski (the former Police Commander in Chief) against Jan Rokita (a well-known Polish politician, the former member of the Polish Parliament) for payment of PLN 100,000 as compensation, dismissed the action in full and awarded against the Plaintiff to the benefit of the Defendant the amount of PLN 3,617 as reimbursement of costs of the proceedings.
The international Chambers Global 2015 rankings have again hailed the Tax Practice of Pepeliaev Group and its Managing Partner Sergey Pepeliaev the best in Russia in tax litigation (band 1 and Star Individuals).
A delegation from Pepeliaev Group recently made a business visit to London. During the trip, the firm's lawyers took part in seminars organised jointly with leading British law firms.