Employment in Morocco

DLA Piper

DLA Piper assists a large roster of blue-chip clients with the negotiation of employment agreements with key managers and other employees, as well as handling day-to-day issues relating to payroll, annual leave, benefits, pensions, severance, social security, collective employment issues and conflicts with the unions. It is especially strong in regulatory matters and employment litigation. The employment practice is led by Mehdi Kettani, who has been practising employment law in Morocco for more than 15 years, both as a litigator and in an advisory role.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Kettani

Key clients

Moneygram

Clauger

Finastra International Limited

Epson

McKinsey

NTT DATA Inc

Société Générale

Hexcel Corporation

Howmet Aerospace Inc.

Adevinta Iberica SLU

Accor

Work highlights

  • Assisting Accor with the termination of key managers.
  • Advising Société Générale on specific employment issues notably the inappropriate behaviours of employees in workplace as well as the operating of work council and the health and safety committee.
  • Advising Epson on the employees’ representatives’ election process.

ASAFO & CO. MOROCCO Sarl

ASAFO & CO. MOROCCO Sarl, which opened a Casablanca office in 2019, has brought together a team of experienced partners from international law firms. Its employment practice acts for international corporations and local players in matters across the African continent, particularly those relating to the drafting of employment contracts and terminations. Practice head Mouna Boubia also handles the employment aspects of large M&A and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mouna Boubia

Testimonials

‘The firm shows good reactivity, good creative thinking and the ability to find solutions for the clients.’

Key clients

Ninety One (Ex Investec)/ SJL : Amine ALLAM

Polymedic : Nayim Khemais

Collége Lasalle : Piero Greco

Baker & McKenzie Maroc

Baker & McKenzie Maroc is increasingly involved in employment matters under Moroccan law, acting for multinational employers in contractual matters, redundancies and the defence of contentious matters. It is frequently called upon by large corporations to advise on the HR aspects of reorganisations and restructurings, including collective lay-offs. Managing partner Kamal Nasrollah oversees the practice, in which senior associate Keltoum Boudribila is an employment law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Nasrollah

Other key lawyers:

Keltoum Boudribila

Key clients

Abbvie

Intertek

Oracle

Alpha 55

Amazon

Mahindra

Tata Motors

Baxter

Work highlights

  • Advising Tata Motors in connection with its implementation of a massive dismissal plan in a very short timeframe.
  • Advising SAP on employment and data privacy issues in Morocco, Ivory Coast and Senegal, and on the implementation of a programme of excellence in Morocco.
  • Advised US multinational computer technology corporation Oracle on general employment issues under Moroccan law.

Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm LLP

Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm LLP has a prominent role in large cross-border M&A, which sees it advise on related complex employment matters, such as contract negotiations and non-competition agreements. The practice, which is jointly led by by managing partners Salima Bakouchi and Kamal Habachi, actis for large multinational companies, SMEs and individuals. Its recent work included assisting Société Marocaine des Tabac with the labour aspects of its restructuring process.

Practice head(s):

Salima Bakouchi; Kamal Habachi

Key clients

Marsa Maroc

Wafa Assurance

Emaar Group

Samsung

AL OMRANE Group

Abengoa Group

ATTIJARIWAFA bank

Attijari Factoring

BMCE Bank

Lesieur Cristal

Total Maroc

(Vivo energy “Shell)

ZIZ (Energy Fields)

Wafa IMMA

AXA Assurance

Sanad Assurance

Microsoft Corporation

ALPARGATAS “Havaianas”

Magideutz

Air Arabia

Société Marocaine des Tabacs

British American Tobacco

ATLAS NORD HYDROCARBURES (“Cepsa”) Wafa Immobilier

Work highlights

  • Assisting Société Marocaine des Tabac with implementing process, legal opinions and departures as part of its restructuring.
  • Assisting Nielsen in all labour law matters and in the negotiation of termination of the labour contracts, including litigation before the Court.
  • Assisting Air Arabia with all labour law matters and in the negotiation of termination of the labour contracts, including litigation before the Court.

Bennani & Associés

Bennani & Associés focuses predominantly on serving the needs of multinational employers, and it often acts as local counsel in partnership with international law firms. Its work spans the employment law aspects of business incorporation, restructuring and large M&A. Managing partner Mehdi Bennani and litigation head Abdellah Moustaid (who 'demonstrate an unparalleled professionalism and availability') are the main contacts. Senior associate Mahdi Yamnahaddou is noted for employment law and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Bennani; Abdellah Moustaid

Other key lawyers:

Mahdi Yamnahaddou

Testimonials

‘Depending on areas of expertise of the the different attorneys we worked with, what we most commonly sensed is professionalism, availability, involvement in our business and strong knowledge of the local justice behaviour.’

‘They are available at any time to take charge of our requests and answer any questions we may have, which is for me and for the company a major positive point insofar as it allows me to be, in turn, proactive.’

‘My contacts within Bennani & Associés, in this case Mehdi Bennani and Abdellah Moustaid, who demonstrate an unparalleled professionalism and availability. They are also very helpful because of their legal knowledge that helps me make the right decisions and avoid any impact on my business. Moreover, in their collaborative approach, giving clear visibility to a given situation, however negative it may be, is always an asset that helps to make decisions in full knowledge of the consequences and or risk. Having them as legal consultants and lawyers is definitely a major asset for my department as well as the company I manage.’

‘They provide quick responses in comparison to the market.’

Key clients

Dell

Adidas

Lukoil Lubricants Africa SARL

Save The Children

IQVIA (formerly Quintiles and IMS Health, Inc.)

ST Micro Electronics

TUI AG / TUI FLY

Casa Tram (a subsidiary of RATP)

MRTM

Work highlights

  • Represented Dell Group in a labour dispute involving employees refusing to be transferred as part of a worldwide sale by Dell Inc. of its technology services business to NTT Data.
  • Represented Adidas in connection with judicial proceedings before various Moroccan courts initiated by employees of Adidas Morocco to obtain compensation for dismissal.
  • Advised Lukoil Lubricants Africa SARL on its entry into the Moroccan market, including advice on employment contracts and all other aspects of labour law.

CMS

CMS acts for a host of large, multinational employers in corporate, tax and employment matters in Morocco. It also assists domestic clients with contracts, dismissals, reorganisations and management restructuring. The firm's work also encompasses advice on the protection of the personal data of employees in large organisations. Managing partner Marc Veuillot oversees the firm's corporate and employment practices.

Practice head(s):

Marc Veuillot

Garrigues Maroc Sarl

Garrigues Maroc Sarl is the only Iberian law firm with a practice of its own in Morocco, and is well placed to handle the needs of Spanish and Portuguese businesses; this includes advice on employment law matters concerning their local entities. The firm frequently handles employment issues arising from cross-border M&A. Lead partner José Ignacio García Muniozguren recently advised Barceló Hotels & Resorts on labour regulations and dismissals.

Practice head(s):

José Ignacio García Muniozguren

Key clients

Barceló

Tecnimede

Banco Sabadell

Pall

Work highlights

  • Ongoing labour law advice to Barceló Hotels & Resorts, including queries and dismissals.
  • Ongoing labour law advice to Banco Sabadell, including queries and dismissals.
  • Ongoing labour law advice to canned fish manufacturer Gil Comes, including queries and dismissals.

Bassamat & Laraqui

Bassamat & Laraqui is involved in significant matters for both domestic and international clients. The firm advised national airline Royal Air Maroc on negotiated departures and economic redundancies. Founding partners Bassamat Fassi-Fihri and Asma Laraqui, who are the main practitioners, handle a growing amount of contentious employment matters as part of their broader litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Bassamat Fass-Fihri; Asma Laraqui

Key clients

RISMA

Royal Air Maroc

Royal Air Maroc Handling

Servier Maroc

JESA

Banque marocaine pour le commerce et l’industrie

Work highlights

  • Advised and set up a social plan for the national airline company Royal Air Maroc which employs 3000 people for negotiated departures and an administrative procedure for economic redundancies.
  • Advice to  investment fund Risma on the framework of the termination of a management contract for a hotel unit in Agadir Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay and the handing over of the employees to their initial employer, the owner of the business.
  • The employees of BMCI, supported by the trade unions, demanded the application of the more advantageous methods of calculation of the seniority dues provided for in the Labor Code. The firm defended BMCI, a BNP Paribas subsidiary, in some fifty cases.

BFR & Associés

BFR & Associés continues to develop its employment work as part of its highly regarded corporate practice. It increasingly acts for multinational employers, both in the context of advisory work and contentious matters. The team recently advised a large Japanese IT company on the dismissal of employees in Morocco. Corporate partner Safia Fassi-Fihri is the lead employment lawyer. She works closely with finance partner Romain Rabillard and head of litigation Yasmina Baddou.

Practice head(s):

Safia Fassi-Fihri; Romain Rabillard; Yasmina Baddou

Key clients

CCCC (China Communication Construction Company)

Mixta

Duet (Private Equity)

AfricInvest

Proparco

ING Bank

Google

Vantage Data Centers

Ardian

Sunpack

EBRD

Aramex

Expedia

GKC Partners

Mondi Group

Socotec group

ONDA (National office of Airports)

Mituc

Mindray

Hiliventures

Jumia Group

Saham Group

De Richbourg

Calm Group

Bosch

Bayer

Attijari Finance Corp

Global Motors

Abraaj

ENGIE

Nareva

Airbnb

Hili Ventures

UPC Renewables

Leica Geosystems

Label Vie Group

Ciech Group

Alliances Group

Dahua Technology

SoLocal Group

Ministry of General Affairs and Governance

Société Générale

Africa Capital Partners

ESL / Agence Publics (ESL AP Maroc)

EMID – Al Rashideen Group (the exclusive distributor of Philipp Morris in MENA Region)

Mediterrania Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel to Bosch Morocco in relation to the day-to-day business and specific transactions, including employment matters.

Fraikech Associés

Fraikech Associés continues to advise a wide range of authorities, state-owned entities and private companies on public law matters, including employment law. Its recent work has seen it act for foreign employers in a broad cross-section of matters, among them the termination of employment contracts. The 'highly responsive and effective' Oussama Fraikech and head of litigation Abderrahmane Fraikech are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Oussama Fraikech; Abderrahmane Fraikech

Testimonials

‘I have dealt with Oussama Fraikech whom i have found to be highly responsive and effective.’

‘Oussama Fraikech delivers on what he says he will be able to achieve, which is a valuable quality in an overseas associate when dealing with complex multi-jurisdictional litigation. The advice is commercial and succinct with objectives identified and followed through thoroughly.’

LPA-CGR

French law firm LPA-CGR has a strong track record of undertaking work in Morocco and its local employment law practice has built up a notable client base over the last decade. Working closely with lawyers in Paris, the practice led by corporate partner Lina Fassi-Fihri advises employers on labour relations in the context of large M&A transactions, as well as day-to-day employment law issues arising from local operations.

Practice head(s):

Lina Fassi-Fihri

Key clients

LEONI

Caronway Mister Auto (PSA Group)

ACOME

Clauger

Diebold Nixdorf

Folly Fashion

Total Safety Maroc

UGGC Africa

UGGC Africa provides support to a number of overseas-based employers in relation to labour law matters concerning their operations in Morocco. Ali Bougrine, Jean-Jacques Uettwiller and Laurent Sablé, who split their time between Paris and Casablanca, are the key partners. Their recent work included assisting Sienna Investment Group, which owns the Ritz-Carlton Rabat and Tetouan Hotel, with employment matters arising from a hotel management contract.

Practice head(s):

Ali Bougrine; Jean-Jacques Uettwiller; Laurent Sablé

Key clients

PERI

Orange OMEAM

Sienna Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Handled the constitution and establishment of the OMEAM subsidiary in Morocco. Assistance with to corporate law and employment law relating to the relocation of 50 people from France to Morocco.
  • Advising PERI on corporate and litigation matters, including the review of social and employment contracts.
  • Assistance to Sienna Investment Group, owner of the Ritz-Carlton Rabat and Tetouan Hotels, as part of the implementation of the hotel management contract with the Ritz Carlton. Assistance in corporate, labour and distribution law.