Employment in Morocco

Baker & McKenzie Maroc

Baker & McKenzie Maroc focuses predominantly on cross-border transactional matters and disputes in Morocco and across North Africa, West Africa and the Middle East. Its growing employment practice, which has made numerous hires at associate level, frequently handles employment contracts, redundancies and defence litigation for multinational employers. Managing partner Kamal Nasrollah recently assisted Tata Motors with the implementation of a major dismissal plan in a very short timeframe. Senior associate Keltoum Boudribila handles HR matters, restructuring and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Nasrollah

Other key lawyers:

Keltoum Boudribila

Key clients

Abbvie

Intertek

Oracle

Alpha 55

Amazon

Mahindra

Tata Motors

Baxter

Intralot

DLA Piper

DLA Piper ‘s employment team in Casablanca is ‘organised and knows how the local system operates‘. It handles a broad range of work that includes advice on day-to-day employment issues relating to payroll, annual or occasional leave, benefits, pensions, holidays, entitlement, severance, employment terms and conditions, social security or collective employment matters. It also assists clients with establishing policies relating to privacy and data protection, disputes arising from terminations, and compliance issues. Counsel Mehdi Kettani is the main practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Kettani

Testimonials

‘Organised and knows how the local system operates.’

Key clients

NTT Data

ASAFO & CO. MOROCCO Sarl

ASAFO & CO. MOROCCO Sarl is a ‘great client-centric firm that is extremely knowledgeable and relevant in the Moroccan market‘. It frequently acts for international corporations and local businesses across Africa on matters including the transfer of foreign employees to Morocco. The ‘exceptional‘ Mouna Boubia leads the practice and brings to bear knowledge of M&A, private equity and complex commercial contracts, as well as 17 years’ experience in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Mouna Boubia

Testimonials

‘Great client-centric firm. Extremely knowledgeable and relevant in the Moroccan market.’

‘We have worked extensively with Patrick Larrivé, Mouna Boubia and Yasmine Najid, all of whom are exceptional.’

Key clients

SJL Maghreb

NBK Capital Partners

Adenia

Dolidol

Work highlights

  • Advised SJL Maghreb in the context of the negotiation of a transactional protocol with a general manager of the group, with a cross-border aspect in that the said general manager occupied the functions of general manager of the Moroccan, Tunisian and Spanish entities.
  • Advised NBK Capital Partners in the context of the negotiation of transaction protocol with the majority shareholder acting as CEO as well as the director of business affairs.
  • Social audit of the overseas catering and services group which is located in several countries including France, Morocco, Senegal and Mauritania and implementation of corrective measures identified during the audit as well as negotiation and implementation of a management package for the group’s key persons.

Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm LLP

Bakouchi & Habachi – HB Law Firm LLP frequently acts for local and foreign companies and international groups on all matters regarding corporate governance issues. As part of its work in setting up governance structures, as well as handling M&A transactions, public offerings and private takeovers, it advises on the contractual aspects of employment law. Lead partners Kamal Habachi and Salima Bakouchi count Attijariwafa Bank and Société Marocaine des Tabacs among their clients.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Habachi; Salima Bakouchi

Key clients

ATTIJARIWAFA BANK

BMCE BANK

ATTIJARI FACTORING

WAFASALAF

WAFA ASSURANCE

ATLANTASANAD

AXA ASSURANCE

EMAAR GROUP

LESIEUR CRISTAL

Oncologie et Diagnostic du Maroc

LISI AEROSPACE

SAMSUNG

Lesieur Cristal

Coats Maroc

MARSA MAROC

Société Marocaine des Tabacs

British American Tobacco

Air Arabia

NOVARES

TOTAL MAROC

ATLAS NORD HYDROCARUBURE “CEPSA”

MAGIDEUTZ

MICROSOFT MAROC

Avia Group

Bassamat & Laraqui

At Bassamat & Laraqui ‘the lawyers show responsiveness and technical skills‘. The firm has a strong background in corporate acquisitions, restructurings and asset transfers, which sees it assist the human resources departments of multinationals in Morocco with employment contracts and contentious matters. Lead partners Bassamat Fassi-Fihri and Asma Laraqui recently advised investment fund Risma on the termination of the management contract of a hotel unit in Agadir and the transfer of employees.

Testimonials

‘The billing is transparent and the lawyers show responsiveness and technical skills.’

Key clients

RISMA

ROYAL AIR MAROC

ROYAL AIR MAROC HANDLING

SERVIER MAROC

JESA

BANQUE MAROCAINE POUR LE COMMERCE ET L’INDUSTRIE (BNP PARIBAS GROUP)

ATLAS MULTI SERVICES

MAFODER

RISMA

ROYAL AIR MAROC

ROYAL AIR MAROC HANDLING

SERVIER MAROC

JESA

BANQUE MAROCAINE POUR LE COMMERCE ET L’INDUSTRIE (BNP PARIBAS GROUP)

ATLAS MULTI SERVICES

MAFODER

Work highlights

  • Accompaniment of the investment fund Risma within the framework of the termination of the management contract of 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.

Bennani & Associés

Bennani & Associés has ‘an excellent technical level and is very attentive in its treatment of clients‘. The firm is highly regarded for both contentious matters and advisory work on employment contracts, primarily acting for international companies and in partnership with international law firms. Managing partner Mehdi Bennani and head of litigation Abdellah Moustaid recently defended Samsung C&T in litigation initiated by former contractor Fusimar, which claimed compensation for alleged poaching of its employees.

Other key lawyers:

Mahdi Yamnahaddou

Testimonials

‘The Bennani&Associés team has shown to have an excellent technical level and a very attentive treatment with the client, therefore helping to solve the matters entrusted to them.’

‘The lawyers who have assisted us have stood out for their professionalism and seriousness far superior to what we have found in other Moroccan law firms. I insist on his excellent technical level and close and agile treatment with the client. I want to highlight in a very special way the good legal practice of Mahdi Yamnahaddou.’

Key clients

Dell

Adidas

IQVIA

Viatris

STMicroelectronics

TUI AG / TUI FLY

Casa Tram (RATP)

Philips

Samsung C&T

3M

Maphar (subsidiary of Eupharma)

Jumia

Lanco Maroc

Work highlights

  • Defending Samsung C&T in litigation initiated by Fusimar (one of its former subcontractors providing Samsung C&T with manpower) claiming compensation for an alleged poaching of Fusimar employees.
  • Represented STMicroelectronics SA MOROCCO in successfully defeating litigation brought by one of its former employees, a former occupational doctor in the Moroccan factory of STMicroelectronics who had filed a compensation claim for unfair dismissal.
  • Acted for Dell S.A.S. in labour litigation after 73 of its former employees objected to a transfer to NTT Data. All claims were dismissed after the Appeal Court rejected 32 claims and the Supreme Court rejected all claims of the remaining 41 employees.

Dentons Sayarh & Menjra

Dentons Sayarh & Menjra provides both support for contractual matters and the drafting of employment documentation, as well as assistance with litigation to local and foreign companies. Lead partner Omar Sayarh recently assisted 3M Maroc with its internal restructuring process, which involved the dismissal of employees through the signing of agreements and the completion of a labour inspection, as well as advising Schneider Electric Maroc on the management of annual and maternity leave matters during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Practice head(s):

Omar Sayarh

Key clients

Sanlam Pan Africa Maroc

ARaymond Maroc

Glovoapp Morocco

Vestas Maroc

Work highlights

  • Assisting Citibank with the implementation of its Global Disciplinary Policy for Morocco.
  • Assisting Vestas Maroc in the implementation of its internal rules.
  • Assisting 3M Maroc in the context of an internal restructuring process involving the dismissal of employees through the signing of agreements and the completion of the procedure with the labour inspection.

Garrigues Maroc Sarl

Garrigues Maroc Sarl is the only major Iberian law firm with a practice of its own in Morocco and is a key partner to Spanish and Portuguese investors with local interests. Employment law is an important adjunct to its corporate, tax, private equity and real estate practices, and the firm counts Barceló Hotels & Resorts among its key clients. Lead partner Jose Ignacio Garcia Muniozguren has provided advice on local employment matters to Banco Sable for more than ten years.

Testimonials

‘Responsive and flexible.’

‘The firm has good knowledge of the specifics of our specific sector.’

Key clients

Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Tecnimede

BSH

Cadagua (Ferrovial Group)

Work highlights

  • Ongoing employment advice to Barceló Hotels & Resorts on its Moroccan operations for more than 15 years.
  • Ongoing employment advice to Banco Sabdell on its Moroccan operations for more than ten years.

ADNA

ADNA, formerly known as BFR & Associés in Morocco, is a merger of firms across North and West Africa. It has offices in Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Morocco. Lead partner Safia Fassi-Fihri handles employment law as part of a broad corporate and finance practice, while Yasmina Baddou focuses on contentious matters. Their employment work is largely in the context of M&A transactions. Recent examples include assisting Meridiam, GIP, CDC with the acquisition of Moroccan Suez assets from Veolia.

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

CCCC (China Communication Construction Company)

CRBC (China Road Bridge Corporation

Africa 50

AfricInvest

Proparco

ING Bank

Google

Vantage Data Centers

Ardian

Sunpack

EBRD

LPA-CGR

LPA-CGR is an independent French law firm with a substantial presence in Casablanca, where it has more than ten years’ local employment law experience. Its multilingual practice assists local and international clients in Arabic, French, English and German with all aspects of labour relations in complex strategic operations and the day-to-day management of companies. Lead partner Lina Fassi-Fihri is retained by many large corporates to handle complex negotiations with senior executives, health and safety audits and more.

Practice head(s):

Lina Fassi-Fihri

Key clients

LEONI

INGENICO

UGGC Africa

French firm UGGC Africa has been in Morocco for 20 years and had developed a strong pan-African tax and legal advisory service, in which employment law advice is a key element. It assists international businesses with corporate restructurings, litigation with unions and individuals, dismissals and redundancies, terminations, and cross-border contracts. Key partner Ali Bougrine recently advised urban transport company RAPT Dev on the employment aspects of major operating contracts for the Casablanca public transport network.

Practice head(s):

Ali Bougrine

Key clients

ORANGE OMEAM (MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA MANAGEMENT)

SYSTRA SA

RATP DEV

GBH (GROUPE BERNARD HAYOT) AND ITS MOROCCAN SUBSIDIARIES