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Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca is ‘a very good choice for land acquisitions and real estate development’. Office head and real estate specialist Jean-François Levraud advises Foncière Chellah on its day-to-day real estate matters, including office and retail lease agreements for the Arribat Center as well as the Mahaj Ryad Center in Rabat. Along with associate Youssef Benamar and Loris Marghieri, Levraud also assisted Onomo Hotels with land purchases.

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy maintains its strong market position as a key adviser to large domestic and multinational clients. The firm advised Platinum Power on developing hydropower plants in Morocco, which included substantial real estate elements, and assisted Renault with the €900m development of its local industrial base. It also acted for the Moroccan state in the setting up of Peugeot’s new factory in Kentira and has handled numerous construction projects for Marjane Holdings.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘well respected in the market’. Practice head Alain Malek and of counsel Mathieu Dahan, who is a corporate and real estate expert, advised South Africa’s Delta International on its €100m acquisition of one of Morocco’s premier shopping centres. Malek also acts for hotel property company Risma, which owns Accor hotels in Morocco.

At Bennani & Associés LLP, corporate partner Mehdi Bennani has notable expertise in cross-border investments and real estate deals. He advised an international fuel retailing company on construction issues arising from its service station network.

CMS’ senior associate Néna Lardy, who is ‘very competent at bringing together constructive solutions’, and managing partner Marc Veuillot are key advisers to Pestana Hotel Group, Beachcomber Hotel, Jardin des Douars and Bouygues Immobilier.

DLA Piper’s Christophe Bachelet recently assisted the Moroccan National Railways Office with land development matters arising from its policy of urban renewal in areas adjacent to tracks and stations.

Dentons has ‘a large and very responsive team with specialist expertise’. Patrick Larrivé and senior associate Sophie Piquet advised a major international developer on the acquisition of a large plot for a new wind farm – this included handling all regulatory and urban planning issues.

Fraikech Associés is ‘very good for contract negotiations’. Highlights included advised a UAE-based investor on real estate and contract aspects of its interests in hospitality projects in Marrakech. Oussama Fraikech is ‘competent and readily available’.

Garrigues Maroc Sarl has ‘excellent knowledge of the local industry and legal framework’. Jaafar Laidi and José Ignacio García Muniozguren are key names in the practice, which advises many Spanish investors.

Jeantetunderstands the legal issues at stake for foreign investors’. Clients value the construction and litigation expertise of Youssef Hassouni. Laurent Sablé recently acted in a dispute concerning a large resort development.

Led by Nadia Kettani, Kettani Law Firm acts for many international clients in the hospitality sector. Highlights included advising Marriott on its operations in Marrakech and Fez, as well as assisting Sofitel and Taameer with hotel disposals.

Mernissi – FIGES’ Mohamed El Mernissi and Lamya El Mernissi advised Yasmine Immobilier on developing a 400-unit apartment complex in Casablanca. They are also assisting Mega Mall with commercial leases for more than 100 retail outlets.

Omar Sayarh at Sayarh & Menjra Law Firm is an expert in real estate law and acquisitions, regularly advising clients from the Gulf. The team also handles real estate litigation.

UGGC & Associés is active in the hospitality sector and advised Marriott International on corporate and hotel management matters. Ali Bougrine heads the team.

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