Dispute resolution in Morocco
Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy
Yassir Ghorbal, head of litigation at Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy, is one the market's foremost practitioners; and managing partner Hicham Naciri is recommended for high-profile arbitrations. Naciri defended the Kingdom of Morocco in an investment treaty claim brought by Corral Morocco Holdings. The municipality of Casablanca is also a key client.
At Bennani & Associés LLP, dispute resolution is the fastest growing part of the firm. Abdellah Moustaid leads the practice and he acted for UPS in an LCIA arbitration arising from the termination of a service agreement with a local distributor. He also represented Dell in a dispute with IB Maroc concerning a distribution agreement.
Benzakour Law Firm focuses on foreign investment activities in Morocco and handles litigation and arbitration arising from those transactions. Rachid Benzakour is the key partner and he recently handled a litigation matter for tobacco giant Philip Morris. He also provided pre-litigation advice to Lebanese company Averda.
Head of litigation Mehdi Kettani and 'very successful' international arbitration lead Saad El Mernissi are the key partners at DLA Piper, which climbs the ranking this year. Kettani represented retail sector landlord Al Amine Investissement Immobilier in debt collection matters. The firm is also on the panel of Société Générale for litigation matters.
Jeantet is known for 'efficient performance, high skill levels and a strong partnership'. The firm handles commercial litigation, banking and financial disputes, competition and labour law matters, and pre-litigation advice. Key partner Mamoune Kettani and managing partner Philippe Malléa count a global medical and consumer goods company among their clients.
'With 45 years on the market, it is one of the most experienced firms in Morocco', says a source of Kettani Associés. Founding partner Ali Kettani is highly respected for his work in both domestic and international litigation, and he has particular expertise in commercial, banking and construction disputes.
Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm LLP has significant experience in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Managing partners Kamal Habachi and Salima Bakouchi acted for Samir subsidiary Transport des Stockages et Produits Petroliers in matters arising from the oil refinery's liquidation.
El Amari & Rouissi has a small litigation practice but joins the ranking on the strength of its international client base in high-profile matters. Mariam Rouissi is acting for BP Oil as a creditor in matters arising from the liquidation of oil refinery SAMIR. Oetker Hotel Management Company is also among the firm's clients.