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Clifford Chance is ‘a central player’, and has ‘sharp expertise and an innovative approach’. Mustapha Mourahib is ‘widely recognised as the country’s best projects lawyer’. He advised Attijariwafa Bank on a €450m wind farm project. Associate Ouns Lemseffer is recommended for project finance.

Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca delivers ‘very good service in a timely fashion’. It has ‘in-depth knowledge of the Moroccan oil and gas sector’ and ‘a strong multi-disciplinary team of specialist partners’ such as Wacef Bentaibi. The firm advised Société Générale des Travaux du Maroc on a €200m cement plant project in El Jadida.

Kettani Law Firm has ‘a strong track record in assisting international law firms that goes back many years’. Nadia Kettani leads a team that remains active in the energy sector; it had a role advising on the $2.6bn Safi power plant project.

Projects work is the main focus of Mernissi - FIGES, which has ‘a stellar reputation’. Mohamed El Mernissi is, according to some clients, ‘the best lawyer in the market’; Lamya El Mernissi ‘understands the expectations of foreign law firms’. The group advised BCME Bank on financing the world’s largest seawater desalination plant.

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overyremains one of the biggest firms in the market and has a key role on many of the big projects’. Hicham Naciri, who advised APM Terminals on a container terminal concession in Tangier Med 2 port, is highly recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its ‘integrity, trustworthiness, cost-efficiency and professional acumen’. Alain Malek’s team advised the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy on three solar energy projects with a combined capacity of 170MW. Godefroy Le Mintier is also recommended.

Bennani & Associés LLP is known for its ‘determined and disciplined approach’. Abdellah Moustaid advised the National Ports Agency on the new developments in, and the reclassification of, the Port of Kenitra. Ghalia Mokhtari joined from Linklaters, bringing experience in projects, energy and finance.

Benzakour Law Firm’s managing partner Rachid Benzakour heads the department, which has a strong track record in energy and shipping projects. His team recently advised Acwa Power on a 160MW power plant development.

Managing partner Marc Veuillot at CMS advises multinational clients on procurement law matters and project tenders. The firm’s recent work saw it act for blue-chip clients such as Boston Consulting Group, Bymaro and BP.

DLA Piper is ‘expanding quickly and making a real impression in the market’. Saad El Mernissi joined from Mernissi - FIGES to lead the infrastructure and energy practice. He advised the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) on a MAD4bn desalination plant. Senior associate Sarah Peuch is also recommended.

Dentons is ‘heavily involved in many of the key infrastructure deals in Morocco’. Patrick Larrivé advised Casa Transports on the drafting, procurement and negotiation of the new public transport network operating agreement for Casablanca.

Fraikech Associés is noted for its ‘speedy responses and good communication with clients’. Oussama Fraikech advised numerous construction companies, including Soprima Immobilier, on turnkey factory projects.

Hajji & Associés is widely respected for its project finance expertise. Amin Hajji’s team advised Acwa Power on the development of a 120MW wind farm. It also counts ONEE among its clients.

The Casablanca office of French firm UGGC & Associés is headed by corporate partner Ali Bougrine and is active in public and administrative law, real estate, planning and development. It often draws upon the extensive resources of its Paris office.

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