ADNA > Casablanca, Morocco > Firm Profile

ADNA
201, BOULEVARD ZERKTOUNI
CASABLANCA
Morocco

Morocco > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

ADNA, formerly BFR & Associés, has an office network that spans North Africa, in which the Casablanca office plays a pivotal role. Lead partner Safia Fassi-Fihri, who was recently appointed chair of the legal committee of the Moroccan business association CGEM, is experienced in private equity transactions, capital markets, cross-border financing and regulatory matters. She recently advised Chinese construction companies on a joint venture to develop the Tanger Tech Free Zone.

Practice head(s):

Safia Fassi-Fihri

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

Work highlights

  • Currently representing CCCC and CRBC on the closing of a joint venture to be incorporated in Morocco between BMCE Bank of Africa, TMSA and CCCC for the development and construction of Tanger Tech Free Zone.
  • Assisting Meridiam, GIP, CDC with the acquisition of certain Moroccan Suez assets owned by Veolia.
  • Assisting Vantage Data Centers (Colony Capital) with the sale of 100% of the shares and voting rights of Etix Everywhere Maroc to Orange.

Morocco > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ADNA, formerly known in Morocco as BFR & Associés, is a pan-African firm with offices in Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Morocco. Its lead partner in Casablanca, Safia Fassi-Fihri, is regarded as an expert in M&A transactions, joint ventures and regulatory matters. She also has niche expertise in the area of corporate governance and socially responsible investments. Among its work for major international institutions, multinationals and investment funds, the firm recently acted for China Communication Construction Company and China Road and Bridge Construction in a €10bn joint venture.

Practice head(s):

Safia Fassi-Fihri

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

Morocco > Dispute resolution Tier 2

ADNA is a new entity formed by the merger of four firms in North Africa, including BFR & Associés in Morocco. In Casablanca, Yasmina Baddou specialises in disputes before Moroccan commercial, civil, criminal and administrative courts. She has more than 30 years’ experience, including a ten-year stint as a member of the Moroccan government as Minister of Solidarity and family, and Minister of Health. She recently acted for EMID, the MENA distributor for Philip Morris, in a series of high-value business disputes.

Practice head(s):

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

Morocco > Tourism and real estate Tier 2

ADNA was formed in 2021 through the merger of four firms in North Africa, including BFR & Associés in Morocco. As such, the Casablanca office is involved in deals throughout the region. Lead corporate partner Safia Fassi-Fihri advises private and public companies, finance institutions, governmental agencies, as well as individual shareholders and managers. She recently handled real estate aspects of a joint venture between BMCE Bank of Africa, TMSA and China Communication Construction Company for the development and construction of Tanger Tech Free Zone.

Practice head(s):

Safia Fassi-Fihri

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

Morocco > Employment Tier 3

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

The firm: BFR & Associés is an independent law firm, specialized in business law and established in Morocco founded by three highly trained and experienced lawyers who were educated and trained in top universities and law firms in Casablanca, Paris and London.

The multidisciplinary teams are now assisting clients in a wide range of legal services. Polyglot, coming from diversified and rich culture and experience, the partners and associates at BFR & Associés are major players in the Moroccan business law community, advising clients in all their operations, whether Moroccan or cross-border.

BFR & Associés assists clients with all legal aspects of their activity, whether they are private or public companies, governmental agencies or authorities, domestic or foreign, or individuals such as shareholders or managers.

BFR & Associés appears as a natural key representative of foreign investors having interests in Morocco, providing reliable advice, and an independent, suitable and tailor-made assistance meeting their specific needs in the local environment, in accordance with the best international standards. We regard a deep understanding of the local laws, culture and business practices as essential to successfully meeting our clients’ needs in Morocco.

In addition, BFR & Associés is a member of ALN, an integrated alliance of the best law firms in East and West Africa, enabling our Moroccan clients to benefit from an integrated multi-jurisdictional board.

Areas of practice: BFR & Associés provides its Moroccan and international clients with guidance and high support at national and international level in their legal, transactional or contentious issues, whether national or cross-border.

The legal advisory team of BFR & Associés, conducted by Safia Fassi-Fihri and Romain Frédéric Rabillard engages with its clients by providing advice and information, and by defending their interests over the long term.

The team is hence ready to meet your needs in Morocco and internationally in all major business law practice areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions – corporate law
  • Private equity
  • Financing and securitization
  • Structured and project finance
  • Real estate and real estate finance
  • Legal structuring – investment funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Capital markets
  • Banking regulations – exchange control
  • IP / IT
  • Commercial contracts
  • Employment law

Also, involved in notorious litigations since its creation, BFR & Associés, is proud of its high valued expertise in this field, in particular with business and labor law related litigations, conducted by Yasmina Baddou.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate / M&A Safia Fassi Fihri
Banking & Finance Romain Rabillard
Dispute Resolutions & Arbitration Safia Fassi Fihri
Dispute Resolutions & Arbitration Yasmina Baddou
Employment law Safia Fassi Fihri
Competition Law Safia Fassi Fihri
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