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Bennani & Associés
OCEANE 3 TOWER – SUITE n°B5 – 1ST FLOOR
SIDI MOHAMED BEN ABDELLAHAvenue
MARINA CASABLANCA 20030
Morocco

Morocco > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bennani & Associés is a local firm with a prominent role in major domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. ‘They are all superb lawyers, highly skilled and super quick if you need urgent advice‘, remarks a client of the team led by managing partner Mehdi Bennani, who recently advised Sage Global Automotive on its acquisition of a stake in ERT Automotive Morocco. Senior associate Hasnaa Bennani plays a key support role in many of the firm’s flagship deals.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Bennani

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are all superb lawyers, highly skilled and super quick if you need urgent advice. We did several M&A transactions with Bennani & Associés and are more than satisfied with their performance. I can warmly recommend this law firm to any potential client!’

‘The Bennani & Associés team has great knowledge in dealing with international companies providing high quality support to clients who are not familiar with local Morocco practices and culture.’

‘Bennani team members I worked with are always available and able to understand my needs and point of view, providing suggestions not only on specific legal matters but also in negotiation strategies according to local practices. They have been instrumental in reaching the agreement in a complex M&A deal.’

‘Professionalism. Expertise. Strategy. Relationship management. Focus. Determination. Integrity.’

‘Mehdi demonstrates excellent verbal and written excellent communication skills, technical understanding of the law, understanding of client needs, patience, integrity, work ethic, and professionalism. He is a team player who can negotiate legal nuances and business terms. Mehdi demonstrates a mastery of in the psychology of business, legal strategy and relationship management.’

‘I’m working with B&A for more than 5 years and their standard are always at the top. The team are very technical and available. The work is done on time and in a proper way.’

‘When involved in a mission, the B&A advisors are dedicated to their work and available under short notice. On the top of that, they are well aware of their fields and provide very pertinent advise.’

Key clients

AMMC (The Moroccan Capital Market Authority)

Volkswagen Group

Adidas (client for 5+ years)

Western Union

Phillips (client for 5+ years)

Huawei

Akzo Nobel

Carlyle (client for 5+ years)

FIAT

Siemens AG

Adient

Samsung C&T

Daewoo

Alstom

Etisalat (Emirates Telecommunication Group Company PJSC) (client for 5+ years)

TUI Group (TUI AG)

Groupe Bel

Maphar

Electrolux

FATER Spa

Cheplapharm

Save the Children

Jacobs Engineering

Work highlights

  • Represented Alstom in in the antitrust filing with the Moroccan Competition Council for Alstom/Bombardier’s €6.2 billion merger.
  • Advised Sage Global Automotive S.R.L. on its acquisition of a 30% stake and voting rights in the Moroccan company, ERT Automotive Morocco Sarl-Au.
  • Acted for Bunzl in connection with Moroccan aspects of its acquisition of 100% equity interest in Proin Pinilla, S.L. and Protec & Marti, S.L.

Morocco > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bennani & Associés is frequently involved in high-value and high-profile disputes, a recent example beings its work for asset management firm Carlyle Group in seeking to have its rights recognised in the bankruptcy proceedings of the Moroccan refinery 'SAMIR' to reclaim $404m in debts. Lead partner Abdellah Moustaid and managing partner Mehdi Bennani ‘distinguished themselves by having a close relationship with the client, and a clear commitment to solving the matters entrusted to them‘. Senior associate Mahdi Yamnahaddou also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mehdi Bennani is a very reliable and competent lawyer, he is able to provide clear and outstanding support when required.’

‘The lawyers of Bennani & Associes have an excellent technical level and a very satisfactory treatment with the client.’

‘The lawyers we have dealt with have distinguished themselves by having a close relationship with the client, and a clear commitment to solving the matters entrusted to them. They have shown high professionalism.’

‘Key strength of Bennani & Associés is their deep expertise and the variety of experiences the members have aggregated. On the top of their availability, quick execution, adapted pricing which all reflect the client centricity culture.’

‘All individuals we interact with show the same mindset. Now more specifically the value add at individual level is the demonstrated domain of expertise. And here kudos to Mehdi Bennani and Abdellah Moustaid.’

‘Good quality advice on particular questions of law, without having to go back and forth too much. Mehdi M. Bennani and Abdellah Moustaid.’

‘Top in its region. Honest lawyers with highest integrity. Perfect responsiveness. Extremely hardworking and collaborative. Outstanding command of English.’

‘Mehdi Bennani is a true leader. He makes himself available 24/7. He is of highest integrity.’

Key clients

Samsung Construction & Trading Corporation

Dell Group

Carlyle

Etisalat

Adidas

TUI Fly

Casatram SA (a subsidiary of RATP)

Daewoo Engineering & Construction

Imkan Maroc

ST MICROELECTRONICS SA MOROCCO

Middle East Radio Television Morocco (MRTM)

Pilot Freight Services

Iqvia Maroc

Lanco Maroc

Maphar

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing heavyweight asset management firm the Carlyle Group in seeking to have its rights recognised in the bankruptcy proceedings of the Moroccan refinery ‘SAMIR’ to obtain the payment of $404m debts owed to the client.
  • Representing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Morocco in commercial arbitration proceedings opposite its former distributor, Stokvis Automotive S.A.
  • Acted for Daewoo Engineering & Construction, a leading Korean construction company, in commercial litigations relating to construction of power plants projects in Morocco; recently, this included an enforcement procedure (exequatur) of a judgment rendered in the UK to obtain payment of an amount of £2.455m by BMCE Bank to the client.

Morocco > Employment Tier 2

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:

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.

Firm overview: Founded in 2004, Bennani & Associes is a leading independent pan-African firm with offices in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and now also Democratic Republic of Congo. If offers cutting-edge business law expertise to listed and unlisted companies as well as public entities and international law firms active in the region. In each market, the firm has a particular expertise in representing foreign investors across a wide range of complex issues, including:

  • General corporate law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Competition/antitrust and other regulatory advice
  • Employment law
  • Financing
  • Commercial litigation and arbitration

Industries served: The firm has extensive experience in representing a range of major industry sector, including (but not limited to):

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer electronics
  • Energy
  • Engineering and construction
  • Financial Services
  • Food
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private equity
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport

Recent highlights:

  • Antitrust counsel to Alstom on filing of its €6.2bn merger with Bombardier (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Sage Global Automotive S.R.L. on its acquisition of a 30% stake and voting rights in the Moroccan company, ERT Automotive Morocco Sarl-Au (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Bunzl on Moroccan aspects of its acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Proin Pinilla, S.L., and Protec & Marti, S.L. (Morocco)
  • Counsel to global investment management firm Carlyle in a $404m bankruptcy litigation procedure against the SAMIR refinery (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Representing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Morocco in commercial arbitration against its former distributor (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Facebook on data privacy and payment instruments for new products (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Hyundai on a new vehicle manufacturing joint venture with Tahkout Manufacturing Company (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Evatherm AG in successful defence against penalty claims relating to a turnkey salt production plant (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Enel Green Power on regulatory review of 5,000MW of photovoltaic and wind farm projects (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Delfingen Industry in the acquisition of a 100% shareholding in Schlemmer group’s Tunisian subsidiary (Tunisia)
  • Counsel to Volkswagen regarding merger clearance of its joint venture with Rimac (Tunisia)
  • Counsel to Salama – Islamic Arab Insurance Company PSC on the sale of its Senegalese subsidiary, Salama Senegal, to Groupe Duval (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Counsel to Paystack Nigeria on regulatory authorisation of the company’s activities (Côte d’Ivoire)
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate
Mergers and acquisitions
Banking and project finance
Energy
Real estate
Employment law
Tourism and hotel projects
Intellectual property litigation
Banking litigation
Commercial litigation
Labour litigation
Stock exchange and capital markets
Private equity
Arbitration and dispute resolution
Telecommunications law
Number of lawyers : 53
At this office : 22
Arabic
English
French
Contact : Mehdi Bennani
Other offices : Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Other offices : Algiers (Algeria)
Other offices : Kinshasa (DRC)
Other offices : Tunis (Tunisia)