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Baker & McKenzie Maroc has ‘a strong local team and a highly reputable brand’. Kamal Nasrollahunderstands local mindsets and the needs of international clients’. He advised Marsa Maroc on the country’s first privatisation by IPO, and Attijariwafa Bank on numerous financings.

Clifford Chance provides ‘the high quality of work one would expect from a leading international firm’. Mustapha Mourahib is ‘a brilliant finance and M&A lawyer’. He advised BMCE Bank on a €100m financing for Royal Air Maroc, and OCP on a €500m hybrid bond issuance. Associate Ouns Lemseffer is also noted.

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy has ‘strong local roots and the high standards typical of an international firm’. Leading light Hicham Naciri and Yassir Ghorbal are strongly recommended. They advised Maghreb Steel on its €500m refinancing, and IFC on a green bond issuance by Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP).

At Norton Rose Fulbright, ‘the team is always ready to assist and focused on the crucial elements of any matter’. Alain Malek handled many key deals, including advising Abengoa and InfraMaroc on the financing of a MAD4bn desalination plant.

Dentons has ‘deep experience in Morocco and North Africa’; clients praise its ‘understanding of the local market’. Patrick Larrivé’s team advised insurance broker AFMA on its IPO, and Société Générale on the financing of a demerger.

Fraikech Associés has significant expertise in sophisticated banking and finance transactions, an area in which it has a strong client base. Oussama Fraikech advised foreign financial institutions on numerous loan agreements, promissory notes, exchange regulation and securities laws.

Hajji & Associés is ‘a go-to firm; there are no doubts about its integrity’. Amin Hajji is ‘one of the best finance lawyers in the market’ and regularly advises the European Bank for Restructuring and Development (EBRD) on development financing.

The overall level of service is very high’ at Jeantet, where ‘lawyers readily make themselves available and the transactions always get done’. Mamoune Kettani, who is ‘timely and practical in his advice’, advised on a €15m murabaha financing.

Kettani Law Firm provides legal services to overseas commercial banks such as Crédit Agricole, which instructed it on the financing of international projects. Nadia Kettani recently acted for Fonds Hassan II on economic and social development projects, and for House Invest (Bahrain) on refinancing activities.

At LPA-CGR, Alain Gauvin is ‘one of the best in banking and finance’. He recently advised Attijariwafa Bank on obtaining authorisation to market its services in France. He also assisted BCP and Guidance Financial on the creation of a shari’ah-compliant bank.

Projects firm Mernissi - FIGEShas strong project finance capabilities’. Lamya El Mernissi advised the EBRD and Agence Française de Développement on MorSEFF’s €110m credit facility to finance energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects.

BFR & Associés fields ‘a solid, co-operative team that provides excellent value for money’. ‘Brilliant mind’ Romain Rabillard and Safia Fassi-Fihri are ‘very diligent, proactive and commercially minded’.

Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm LLP enters the table on the back of the high-value financing mandates it receives from its growing client base. Salima Bakouchi’s clients include Abengoa and Wafa Assurance. She advised bondholders on the liquidation of Samir.

Moroccan business law and tax expert Marc Veuillot leads the team at CMS. He advised a French consumer finance company that is part of a major French banking group on setting up banking and insurance support services for foreign clients.

Garrigues Maroc Sarl continues to grow its roster of financial services clients and remains a key adviser to a major Middle East-based Islamic bank. José Ignacio García Muniozguren and associate Jaafar Laidi are recommended.

At UGGC & Associés, corporate partner and head of the Casablanca office Ali Bougrine handles cross-border investment and capital markets deals. New hire Laurent Sablé from Jeantet also handles finance transactions. BMCE Bank is a key client.

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