Foreign firms in Morocco

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP, Africa group head Boris Martor, who is based in Paris, is the key name for corporate matters and projects in Morocco. The firm acts for major corporate entities based outside Morocco as well as leading Moroccan businesses on large transactional matters, including key projects in the automotive and agricultural sectors. Of counsel Ghjuvana Luigi also plays a key role in the group.

Practice head(s):

Boris Martor

Key clients

DXC

Wartsila

Promopharm (HIKMA)

Amazon

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Corporate and projects specialist Bertrand Montembault in Paris and litigation expert Craig Tevendale in London jointly head Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 's North Africa desk, which frequently works on large projects in the energy sector. The team handled joint venture arrangements for a large Australian mining company for the development of a tin mine.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Montembault; Craig Tevendale

Work highlights

  • Advising Kasbah Resources Limited, a listed Australian mining company, on the financing, construction, joint venture arrangements and equity raising for its Achmmach Tin Project in Morocco.

King & Spalding LLP

The Paris office of King & Spalding LLP is home to energy specialist Mehdi Haroun, who is a key part of the North Africa practice and has extensive experience of projects in Morocco. He is a longstanding adviser to a global oil major that continues to build out its operations in Morocco. Associate Nora Djeraba also concentrates on North Africa and is active in upstream oil and gas matters.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has a strong track record in Morocco for major projects in the energy and telecoms sectors, as well as handling high-value arbitration work. Andrew Jones leads the Africa practice from London and Paris-based Bertrand Andriani is head of the francophone Africa group. Project financing, for both lenders and borrowers, is a key pillar of the practice, and the firm recently handled significant financings in the renewable energy and the oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Bertrand Andriani

Work highlights

  • Acted for the lenders, Société Générale, on the $2.38bn financing of the 1,320MW Safi power project in Morocco.
  • Acted for the lenders, and Société Générale as agent, on the  project financing of the Jorf Lasfar IPP Expansion, involving the addition of 700MW of electrical generating capacity.

Simmons & Simmons

Yves Baratte leads the energy, natural resources and infrastructure practice in the Paris office of Simmons & Simmons, which plays a pivotal role in large power, water, mining and infrastructure projects. The firm's recent work for corporates and European development finance institutions includes solar projects backed by Masen, notably the Nour IV project. It also handles M&A, disputes, IP and telecoms matters in Morocco.

Practice head(s):

Yves Baratte

White & Case LLP

Head of the North Africa practice at White & Case LLPPaule Biensan has an extensive track record in energy, infrastructure, ports and asset finance work in Morocc and is 'is recognised as of one of the sharpest lawyers in project finance', according to a client. The firm's recent major projects in Morocco include an 850MW integrated wind energy programme and the Agadir desalination extension project. François-Guilhem Vaissier is a key name for projects matters.

Practice head(s):

Paule Biensan

Testimonials

White & Case has a very respected and known practice in Morocco despite a very competitive market among international law firms on the ground.

The firm has great experience in project finance, M&A and regulatory matters in Morocco.

Paule Biensan is recognized of one of the sharpest lawyers in project finance. She has outstanding experience on Moroccan projects and a very broad knowledge of the Moroccan practices.

Key clients

BMCE Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised BMCE Bank, as lender to the Société d’Eau Dessalée d’Agadir and Aman El Baraka Company, on the financing, design, construction and operation of a mutualised desalination plant to provide drinking and irrigation water to the Souss Massa region in Morocco.
  • Assisting a leading French global financial institution in the course of Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering and US sanctions compliance reviews conducted in Paris and in other locations, notably in Morocco, by two independent consultants appointed by the New York Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Assisting Sitpec and Sotefi, the two largest producers of notebooks in North Africa, with a Moroccan investigation concerning imports of notebooks from Tunisia.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP has an active African group that has played a role in key energy sector projects in Morocco, in both the renewables and oil and gas sectors. The firm handles project finance, arbitration and transactional work. Paris-based infrastructure specialists Michel Lequien and Mark Barges, along with M&A and projects partner Yann Alix in London, frequently act for international mining and energy companies, as well as development finance institutions.

Practice head(s):

Yann Alix

Key clients

Total

Groupe PSA

Cell C

ACWA Power International

BP

ENEL

EIB

Government of Uganda

Aeolus Energy Ltd

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Iluka resources

JX Nippon

China New Era Group Corporation

Mitsui & Co. Ltd

Newcrest Mining

Nomura International

Randgold Resources

Tullow Oil

Vaalco Energy

Woodside Energy

Martifer Solar

China Construction Bank

The Export-Import Bank of China

ENGIE

Nareva

JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation)

FIDAL

FIDAL enters the ranking having built up its Africa practice over a number of years, with a particular focus on Morocco. Hugues de La Forge in Paris oversees the public law practice, which focuses largely on PPP projects. Senior associate Julie Claude, who frequently works in Abidjan and Casablanca, plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hugues de La Forge

Key clients

ONCF

Naval Energies

RATP-I

Sogea

Technip

MOAD

Government of Ivory Coast

Expertise France

Win Win Afrique

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Railway Moroccan Authority (ONCF) on the drafting and negotiation of the construction and operation and maintenance contracts and all legal aspects of the high-speed rail project between Tangier and Casablanca.