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Independent firm Bennani & Associés LLP is ‘very strong for corporate and commercial matters, often working alongside major international law firms as local counsel’. The firm, which has offices across North Africa, advised RATP Développement on a further investment in the Casablanca tramway. The team, led by Mehdi Bennani, also advised a Japanese trading company on an equity investment in, and subsequent joint venture with, a vehicle distributor.

Clifford Chance has ‘a strong presence in Morocco and across the region from its Casablanca office’. Mustapha Mourahib and Franck Coudert lead the corporate team, which advised Saham Finances on its purchase of a stake in a Nigerian reinsurance company and assisted growth market investment fund Actis with its acquisition of Mundiapolis University.

Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca is known for ‘very good service, response times and project management’. The team advised Total on the MAD719m IPO of its local subsidiary and practice head Simon Auquier assisted Volvo Construction Equipment with the sale of Volvo Maroc to SMT Group. Senior associate Nathalie Zanardo is ‘engaged, proactive and calm’.

The number-one firm for corporate and commercial work’, according to one client, Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy provides ‘quality advice’. Yassir Ghorbal has a strong reputation among financial institutions and real estate developers, as well as energy and pharmaceuticals companies. Widely regarded as ‘one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in Morocco’, Hicham Naciri advised Lafarge Ciments and Holcim Maroc on the merger of their local assets and also assisted Renault with a €900m investment in its local industrial base. Moulay El Amine El Hammoumi Idrissi joined as senior associate from Hajji & Associés in September 2017.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team is ‘quick to respond, bringing experience and value to all legal support’. Managing partner Alain Malekdisplays integrity and masters not only the law, but also its practical application’ – he recently advised Allianz on its buyout of Zurich Insurance Company’s local subsidiary. Other clients include Akwa Group and Carrefour. Counsel Godefroy Le Mintier is also recommended along with associate Souâde Messaoudi, who ‘draws on vast experience and knowledge of case law’.

Baker & McKenzie Maroc’s practice head Kamal Nasrollah has been advising Moroccan holding company Société Nationale d’Investissement on strategic matters, including the acquisition of cement assets in four African countries and the merger of Lafarge Ciments with Holcim Maroc. The firm also acts for local and international financial institutions.

Senior legal adviser Rachida Charifi heads CMS’ corporate team, which is ‘always available and always responds on time’. Charifi, managing partner Marc Veuillot and senior associate Néna Lardy assisted Wehelp with vendor due diligence on the company’s Moroccan assets, which were then purchased by KKR. The firm also helped 3M establish 3M Afrique Francophone.

Dentons has ‘a strong base of domestic and international clients’. Patrick Larrivé and senior associate Mouna Boubia combine ‘fast response times, appropriate advice and out-of-the-box thinking’. Larrivé and Christophe Simonnet recently advised private education group Yassamine on the sale of a minority interest to a special purpose vehicle set up by TPG/Satya. Other highlights included acting for Duet Private Equity on its acquisition of a dairy and fruit juice producer based in Ivory Coast.

Hajji & Associés is ‘a very good firm with great professionals who have a practical approach and understand clients’ needs quickly’. Highlights included advising HP on local aspects of the spin-off of its printing and enterprise businesses, as well as assisting Bombardier Transport with its reorganisation and capital increase. Amin Hajji heads the practice. Moulay El Amine El Hammoumi Idrissi joined Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy in September 2017.

One of the country’s leading law firms’, according to one client, Kettani Law Firm continues to advise large domestic and overseas clients, including French multinationals, on M&A. Nadia Kettani heads the team, which assisted French company Saint-Gobain during its merger with Lafarge Plâtres. Other highlights included assisting the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with investments in local blue-chip companies.

CWA Morocco works closely with Eversheds Sutherland on international transactions. Recent highlights include advising on cross-border deals in the automotive, agriculture and telecoms sectors. Mohamed Oulkhouir is recommended.

Following the opening of its Casablanca office in 2015, DLA Piper has been building a strong client base. Office head Christophe Bachelet advised Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation on its acquisition of Dell’s IT businesses in Morocco. He also assisted Danaher Corporation with share transfers in Morocco as part of its global restructuring.

Garrigues Maroc Sarl has ‘strong local knowledge and is creative in setting up strategies for its clients’. José Ignacio García Muniozguren advised a Spanish corporate on the acquisition of a majority stake in a Moroccan casino operator and helped an international conglomerate enter a joint venture to produce mortar.

Jeantet’s ‘responsive and business-oriented team adds value’. Laurent Sablé and associate Mohamed Ali Khelil Charef advised Swicorp on its MAD75m investment in Venezia Ice. Sablé and associate Marie Petit helped Caisse Interprofessionnelle Marocaine de Retraite negotiate a shareholder agreement following a MAD130m investment in local company AFMA.

Mohamed El Mernissi and Lamya El Mernissi at Mernissi – FIGES have strong reputations in the market. The team advised Islamic Development Bank on the purchase of a $30m stake in the holding company behind the Marina Mall commercial area and assisted a state-owned Chinese entity with local investments.

Ali Bougrine’s team at UGGC & Associés divides time between Paris and Casablanca, with associate Rim Tazi being located full-time in Morocco. The firm advised HP-CDG IT Services Maroc on establishing a new joint venture and assisted Université Mundiapolis de Casablanca with the sale of its share capital to a UK investment fund.

Kamal Habachi at Bakouchi & Habachi – HB Law Firm LLP recently advised CS Signature on a €2.5m share transfer and acted for Sofradis on the €500,000 sale of a stake to an investment fund.

Benzakour Law Firm’s managing partner Rachid Benzakour advises international clients on shipping and aviation deals. He assisted Diebold with merger controls as part of its tie-up with Wincor Nixdorf.

Lina Fassi Fihri at LPA-CGR is an expert in commercial law and bankruptcy proceedings.

Omar Sayarh and Mehdi Megzari lead the team at Sayarh & Menjra Law Firm, which often acts for international companies investing in Morocco and counts Alma Finance as a client. The firm also now has a dedicated competition law practice.

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