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Clifford Chance has one of the strongest project finance practices in Morocco. Practice head Mustapha Mourahib advised France-based Neoen on negotiations for the construction of solar energy plants and the sale of energy production to Orange in Jordan. Mourahib and associate Ouns Lemseffer assisted arranger BCME with the financing of a container terminal at the Port of Casablanca.

Nadia Kettani heads the team at Kettani Law Firm, which often acts as local counsel for lenders, including Crédit Agricole, on the development of local and cross-border projects in sectors such as hospitality and renewable energy. It assists numerous international hospitality companies with hotel developments.

Mohamed El Mernissi leads the ‘really efficient team’ at Mernissi – FIGES, which has ‘a strong track record’; the firm ‘knows how international clients work and is present on many energy and infrastructure deals’. Highlights included advising Tangier Med Special Agency on concessions in a major port development, as well as assisting Enel Green Power and a US power company with wind farm projects.

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy is ‘recognised for its specialist skills in projects and infrastructure work’. Hicham Naciri and Yassir Ghorbal regularly handle road and bridge projects as well as renewable energy, oil and gas developments. Highlights included advising APM Terminals on concessions for Africa’s largest container terminal at Tanger-Med 2 port complex, as well as assisting BMCE Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with financing of the construction of the 120MW Khalladi wind farm.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘a very active presence in the market’. Local managing partner Alain Malek advised the Morocco Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) on the Noor PV1 project, which consists of three solar energy plants in Ouarzazate, Laayoune and Boujdour with a combined capacity of 170MW. Of counsel and projects expert Godefroy Le Mintier is recommended.

Benzakour Law Firm’s Rachid Benzakour has a long track record of advising international clients on energy and shipping projects.

CMS’ managing partner Marc Veuillot and public contract law expert Néna Lardy recently assisted Boston Consulting Group with a procurement law matter and advised civil engineering company Bymaro on regulatory matters. BP is another client.

At Dentons, managing partner Patrick Larrivé advised Société Nouvelle des Conduites d’Eau on a PPP deal with Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fishery to create an irrigation system in the Azemmour-Bir Jdid area. SITA – Suez Environment Group and Casa Développement are also clients.

Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca stands out for ‘its knowledge of local and international law, its client-oriented services and its timely turnaround’. Practice head Wacef Bentaibi recently advised an international energy company’s local subsidiary on the development of offshore oil and gas reserves.

At Bennani & Associés LLP, experienced litigator Abdellah Moustaid is an expert in administrative and public law covering procurement and infrastructure projects. The firm is also active in project finance. Since publication, Ghalia Mokhtari joined from Linklaters LLP to head the finance and project department.

CWA Morocco’s Mohamed Oulkhouir, who works in Casablanca and Paris, is an expert in energy and other infrastructure projects. The firm is involved in various wind farm developments.

Hajji & Associés’ ‘service is always good, even at short notice’. Highlights included advising Acwa Power on its bid for the three large solar independent power producer (IPP) projects at Ouarzazate and assisting l’Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable with a BOT power project in Jorf Lasfar. Amin Hajji heads the team.

At UGGC & Associés, Philippe Hansen is the key contact for public and administrative law, real estate, planning and development.

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