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Kamal Nasrollah’s team at Baker & McKenzie Maroc consists of ‘trusted advisers’. The team advised Société Nationale d’Investissement on numerous high-value deals, including the $4bn merger of Lafarge Ciments and Holcim Maroc. Associate Keltoum Boudribila is also noted.

Bennani & Associés LLPblends the best of local presence and international experience’ and is ‘a go-to firm for international clients’, sometimes acting alongside firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Mehdi Bennani advised Dell on the sale of its local IT consulting division to NTT Data.

Clifford Chance provides ‘an excellent level of service’; clients strongly recommend Mustapha Mourahib and Franck Coudert, who advised Swiss Re on its investment in Manzi Finances, and Actis on a €48m pharmaceuticals sector acquisition.

Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca is known for its ‘good industry knowledge, appropriate advice and good value’. The newly promoted Simon Auquier, who advised H2 Equity Partners on the local aspects of a large acquisition, and associate Chloé Joachim de Larivière stand out for their ‘knowledge and accessibility’. Associate Nathalie Zanardo is also noted.

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy is ‘certainly one of the market’s leading players’. The ‘very successful’ practice advised Renault on a €900m investment in its local operations. Hicham Naciri is ‘very smart’. Senior associate Moulay El Amine El Hammoumi Idrissi is also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s local partner Alain Malek and of counsel Godefroy Le Mintier are highly recommended. Their highlights included advising call centre business Intelcia on its sale to Altice. Best Financière, which owns Label’Vie, is also a client. Senior associate Souâde Messaoudi is also recommended.

Managing partner Rachid Benzakour at Benzakour Law Firm acts as local counsel for international law firms such as Clyde & Co LLP on cross-border acquisitions. He acted for Diebold on the competition law aspects of its merger with Wincor Nixdorf.

At CMS, Matthieu Laval, who recently arrived from Bennani & Associés LLP, and managing partner Marc Veuillot are heavily involved in corporate structuring and commercial matters. Veuillot advised Delphi on setting up a company to run a plant in Meknès. Rachida Charifi is also recommended.

DLA Piper has ‘an innovative approach that fits with clients’ needs’. Clients recommend the ‘smart, responsive’ Christophe Bachelet and ‘logical thinker’ Mehdi Kettani. Bachelet advised Europac on its €40m sale of Med Packaging.

Dentons has ‘a team of strong individuals and a strong brand’. Highlights for Patrick Larrivé and Christophe Simonnet included advising private equity fund EuroMena on its investment in the parent company of Label’Vie. Abraaj is also a client.

At Garrigues Maroc Sarl, José Ignacio García Muniozguren leads a busy group in which associate Jaafar Laidi is recommended. Both lawyers advised Atento on its sale to Intelcia, and Ollearis on the sale of a 50% stake to Holmarcom.

Hajji & Associés is ‘client-driven, has excellent industry knowledge and is co-operative and reactive’. The ‘proactive, commercialAmin Hajji is ‘very tactical and knowledgeable’, and is a popular choice among foreign corporates.

Kettani Law Firm is among the leading domestic firms for corporate and M&A advice. Nadia Kettani’s team counts French company St. Gobain among its clients for high-profile mergers. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and IFC are also clients of the firm.

At the ‘exceptionalBFR & Associés, the ‘technically and commercially outstanding’ Safia Fassi-Fihri advised a Chinese company on bidding for assets belonging to Samir oil refinery. Romain Rabillard ‘works to the highest international standards’.

Jeantetprovides timely responses and has good industry knowledge’. Philippe Mallea and associate Mohamed Ali Khelil Charef are highly recommended. They advised an aerospace company on incorporating new subsidiaries, and Citruma on the sale of its drinks business. Mamoune Kettani is also noted.

Well-reputed lawyers at Mernissi - FIGES include Mohamed El Mernissi and Lamya El Mernissi. Both advised Votorantim Cimentos on local cement operations, and Hutchison Whampoa on the activities of its local subsidiary Marionnaud. Sky Telecom and Colorado are also clients.

Omar Sayarh and Mehdi Megzari lead the team at Sayarh & Menjra Law Firm, which advised the Moroccan Ministry of Finance on the drafting of crowdfunding laws. The group also acted for Uber on the expansion of its local activities.

Highlights for Kamal Habachi at Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm LLP included advising ports operator Marsa Maroc on its €150m IPO, and assisting Infra Maroc with its conversion from a venture capital organisation to a collective investment fund.

At Belouchi Fassi Fihri, experienced partner Fatima-Zahra Fassi-Fihri advises investment funds, banks and corporates. She and Bouchra Belouchi acted for 3M on its sale of one of its business divisions to Gemalto.

CWA Morocco has close ties with Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP and works on cross-border transactions for foreign clients in the automotive, agricultural and telecoms sectors, among others. Mohamed Oulkhouir is recommended.

At LPA-CGR, Lina Fassi Fihri is highly skilled in commercial law, M&A and bankruptcy law. Newly promoted partner Hind Belhachmi is also recommended for advising local and foreign investors on the industrial and large-scale distribution sectors.

At French firm UGGC & Associés, corporate partner Ali Bougrine is the head of the Casablanca office, where the hire of Laurent Sablé from Jeantet significantly boosted the firm’s corporate finance and cross-border M&A expertise.

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