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Index of tables

  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Yassir Ghorbal - Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy
    • Azzedine Kettani - Kettani Law Firm

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Benzakour Law Firm is ‘a good firm with considerable expertise’, and is ‘very knowledgeable about the local legal system’. Described by clients as ‘trustworthy and experienced in litigation’, the practice, which is led by Rachid Benzakour, sought €26m in compensation for Isuzu in a distribution contract dispute.

Kettani Law Firm is ‘certainly a top-tier firm for litigation’; clients remark that it is ‘very capable in both litigation and arbitration’. Renowned arbitration specialist Azzedine Kettani and head of litigation Rita Kettani are recommended.

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy’s head of litigation Yassir Ghorbal specialises in international arbitration and handled numerous matters under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rules. He advised a Moroccan energy and real estate conglomerate on a multimillion-dollar case.

Bennani & Associés LLP is known for its ‘high quality of work for international clients’. Experienced litigator and team head Abdellah Moustaid advised Daewoo on a dispute concerning the seizure of imported goods, and acted for US company Carlyle on contentious matters concerning the unauthorised disposal of goods.

Abderrahmane Fraikech’s four-lawyer practice at Fraikech Associés has a strong reputation in high-value litigation. Fraikech acted for a leading pharmaceutical company in a major dispute against a Moroccan distributor in the Commercial Court of Casablanca.

Amin Hajji’s department at Hajji & Associés ‘has great skills, is pleasant to work with and really adds value’. Highlights for the firm included advising Glencore on the liquidation of the state-owned Samir oil refinery.

Jeantet has ‘a track record of high quality and added value’. Mamoune Kettani acted for an aerospace company in complex litigation against a contractor, and represented a leading personal care brand in a dispute with a local distributor.

At ‘young and dynamic firm’ BFR & Associés, the ‘greatly respected’ Yasmina Baddou, former Minister of Health and Mayor of Casablanca, exhibits ‘great professionalism, accuracy and attention to detail’. She excels in both litigation and arbitration.

Salima Bakouchi leads the team at Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm LLP, which has a busy caseload of insurance, restructuring and commercial litigation. She advised CED-Groupe Theolia Renewable Energies on a MAD20m insurance liability matter.

Mohamed Oulkhouir, who supervises the team at CWA Morocco from Casablanca and Algiers, is known for disputes relating to employment and financial services. The firm works closely with Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP.

Mehdi Kettani at DLA Piper has more than ten years’ experience; clients praise him for his ‘creativity and industry knowledge’. He acted for Al Amine Investissement Immobilier on a €2m debt collection case against retail tenants.

At Kettani Associés, founding partner Ali Kettani is renowned for his domestic and international litigation expertise in commercial, banking and construction disputes.

At Mernissi - FIGES, Mohamed El Mernissi, who is president of the Moroccan Court of Arbitration, ‘thinks matters through clearly and finds a solution’. He handled four major ICC cases last year, and acted as counsel in Dispute Adjudication Board procedures under FIDIC contract regimes.

Sayarh & Menjra Law Firm’s growing client base includes clothing brand Fruit of the Loom, the International Air Transport Association and Uber, for which it handled disputes with local authorities and taxi drivers. Mohamed Ali Sayarh is recommended.

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