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Boris Martor leads Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP’s Africa group from Paris. He recently advised Investec on a large acquisition in the transport and logistics sector, and acted for an Icelandic company on a joint venture in the agribusiness and fishing sector.

Pervez Akhtar heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) practice from Dubai and counts Abraaj as a client. The firm advised Eni and Chariot Oil & Gas on Rabat Deep Offshore exploration permits.

The Johannesburg-based Bertrand Montembault leads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s francophone Africa team. The Paris team focuses on energy, mining and power transactions in Morocco, including the formation of a new fund for energy efficiency projects.

With a reputation as ‘one of the world’s leading LNG firms’, King & Spalding LLP handles ‘complex international deals’ involving Morocco. Mehdi Haroun leads the North Africa practice from Paris, in which Nora Djeraba is recommended. British American Tobacco is a key client.

Linklaters is ‘a major player, and has a key role in independent power projects in the energy sector’. Africa group head Andrew Jones is based in London; in the Paris office, projects partners Paul Lignières and Bertrand Andriani and litigator Roland Ziadé are recommended. Andriani and Mark Barges advised Société Générale on the $2.4bn Safi power project.

At Simmons & Simmons LLP in Paris, Yves Baratte leads the francophone Africa desk and North Africa sub-desk. Energy and infrastructure are the main focuses of the team, which advised KfW on its investment in the large-scale Noor IV solar project, and acted for KfW, European Investment Bank and the Agence Française de Développement on the Noor Midelt solar project.

From its Paris office, White & Case LLP acts for private sponsors, banks and corporates with activities in Morocco. Paule Biensan leads on energy, infrastructure and projects. Alongside François-Guilhem Vaissier, Biensan advised the lenders on the €309m financing of a desalination plant.

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