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At Clifford Chance, co-head of the firm's Africa practice Mustapha Mourahib leads the projects and public law group, which acts for banks, international financial institutions, governments, asset-managers, insurers and multinational corporates. Mourahib and Ouns Lemseffer advised BMCE on the financing of a car production plant in Kenitra.

Dentons climbs to the top tier this year due to its extensive public law expertise and its focus on infrastructure projects. Managing partner Patrick Larrivé advised Groupe Palmeraie Développement on public law aspects of its joint venture with Mairie du Plateau d’Abidjan.

Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has 'a very competent and hardworking team that is second to none in its knowledge of Moroccan energy law.' Key partner Wacef Bentaibi is 'very supportive and provides the best advice'. He assisted South Korean alloy wheel manufacturer Hands Corporation with the development of a manufacturing plant in the Tangier Free Trade Zone.

The principal focus of Mernissi - FIGES is projects work and Mohamed Mernissi is regarded as one of the most experienced and capable practitioners in the market. With Lamya El Mernissi, he advised BMCE Bank of Africa on the development of the world's largest seawater desalination plant. For ONEE, the firm handled the renegotiation of public tenders for energy projects.

At Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy, Hicham Naciri, Yassir Ghorbal and project finance specialist Antoine Haddad act for sponsors, governments, construction companies and lenders. Haddad played a key role in the team's work for IFC and other lenders regarding the financing of Ivato Airport in Madagascar.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'high-quality legal advice with a mastery of the multi-jurisdictional legal framework'. Key partner Alain Malek 'always takes time to foster client relationships'. Malek and of counsel Godefroy Le Mintier acted for a client in the financing of a seawater desalination plant.

Rachid Benzakour leads the practice at Benzakour Law Firm and recently advised EBRD on its provision of finance to SDX Energy for gas and hydrocarbons projects. He also acted for a Chinese company in regulatory matters arising from its interest in clean energy company Acwa Power.

At CMS, managing partner Marc Veuillot frequently advises multinational clients on tax law, procurement law and project tenders. He recently assisted Gestamp Palencia with regulatory aspects of a joint venture in the automotive sector. In the same industry, he acted for Aptiv in matters concerning its plant in Meknès.

DLA Piper established its energy and infrastructure practice in Casablanca in 2017 and its leader, Saad El Mernissi, has become a leading light in the market. He advised the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development with the reform of laws governing renewable energy projects. Agence Nationale des Ports is also a client.

Kettani Law Firm frequently works alongside international law firms on major projects in Morocco. Nadia Kettani has a strong track record in the energy sector, having handled the development of the $2.6bn Safi power plant project.

Bennani & Associés LLP has a strong track record in projects, and corporate partner Abdellah Moustaid remains active in project finance. Ghalia Mokhtari left to start her own firm, Mokhtari Avocats.

Hajji & Associés has a long track record in project finance matters and Amin Hajji is highly regarded, particularly in relation to the development of renewable energy projects. ONEE is among its key clients.

The practice at UGGC & Associés works closely with the firm's Paris office to advise on public law and project development. Ali Bougrine leads the practice. Laurent Sablé recently advised an African government on the design and construction of a new smart city.

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