Projects and public law in Morocco
At Clifford Chance, co-head of the firm's Africa practice Mustapha Mourahib leads the projects and public law group, which acts for banks, international financial institutions, governments, asset-managers, insurers and multinational corporates. Mourahib and Ouns Lemseffer advised BMCE on the financing of a car production plant in Kenitra.
Dentons Sayarh & Menjra
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has 'a very competent and hardworking team that is second to none in its knowledge of Moroccan energy law.' Key partner Wacef Bentaibi is 'very supportive and provides the best advice'. He assisted South Korean alloy wheel manufacturer Hands Corporation with the development of a manufacturing plant in the Tangier Free Trade Zone.
Mernissi - FIGES
The principal focus of Mernissi - FIGES is projects work and Mohamed Mernissi is regarded as one of the most experienced and capable practitioners in the market. With Lamya El Mernissi, he advised BMCE Bank of Africa on the development of the world's largest seawater desalination plant. For ONEE, the firm handled the renegotiation of public tenders for energy projects.
Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy
At Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy, Hicham Naciri, Yassir Ghorbal and project finance specialist Antoine Haddad act for sponsors, governments, construction companies and lenders. Haddad played a key role in the team's work for IFC and other lenders regarding the financing of Ivato Airport in Madagascar.
Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'high-quality legal advice with a mastery of the multi-jurisdictional legal framework'. Key partner Alain Malek 'always takes time to foster client relationships'. Malek and of counsel Godefroy Le Mintier acted for a client in the financing of a seawater desalination plant.
At CMS, managing partner Marc Veuillot frequently advises multinational clients on tax law, procurement law and project tenders. He recently assisted Gestamp Palencia with regulatory aspects of a joint venture in the automotive sector. In the same industry, he acted for Aptiv in matters concerning its plant in Meknès.
DLA Piper established its energy and infrastructure practice in Casablanca in 2017 and its leader, Saad El Mernissi, has become a leading light in the market. He advised the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development with the reform of laws governing renewable energy projects. Agence Nationale des Ports is also a client.