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There has been a recent influx of international law firms into the Moroccan legal market, drawn in by the strength of the economy and its usefulness as a gateway to Africa. Norton Rose Morocco SARL and Clifford Chance followed Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy by opening offices in 2011, and Baker & McKenzie Maroc SARL debuted in 2012 after bringing Kamal Nasrollah and a team of lawyers over from local firm August & Debouzy.
The continuing strength of the financial sector has maintained a steady flow of foreign investment work. The energy sector is also a source of ongoing instructions for law firms, particularly in the renewable energy space, with solar and wind farm projects being developed in response to increasing demand for electricity. Tourism is another key industry and a number of large tourist resorts and commercial projects are in development, and there are also various large-scale urban developments underway in the wider real estate market.
Of the international firms without a presence on the ground, Linklaters LLP is a regular feature in the energy and projects space, although it sustained the loss of Simon Ratledge, who moved to Simmons & Simmons LLP’s Paris office, thereby bolstering the latter’s regional projects expertise. CWA Morocco has a co-operation agreement with Eversheds LLP.