Firm Profile > Clifford Chance > Casablanca, Morocco

Clifford Chance
169 BOULEVARD HASSAN 1ER
CASABLANCA 20000
Morocco

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance handles the full spectrum of banking, capital markets and finance transactions, including project finance, Islamic finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, cross-border financing, restructurings, debt issuance, corporate lending and structured finance. Mustapha Mourahib's team has been particularly active in project finance, notably for wind energy projects, as well as helping to draft new laws governing security interests over moveable assets and short-selling. Counsel Ouns Lemseffer is another key name.  

Testimonials

Proactive and responsive, the firm has experts with strong local knowledge.

Key clients

Maghreb Titrisation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Atlantic Business International

BMCE

BNP Paribas

IFC

Banque Centrale Populaire

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

From its Casablanca office, Clifford Chance covers work spanning a considerable part of Africa, handling M&A, disposals, joint ventures, private equity, regulatory compliance, funds and general corporate matters. Mustapha Mourahib and co-head of the firm’s Francophone North Africa sub-group Franck Coudert lead a practice that counts EBRD, Helios Investment Partners and Vantage Capital among its clients. Senior associate Nathalie Zanardo is also noted.

Testimonials

They are proactive, showing expertise and responsiveness.

They are subject matter experts who are responsive and have strong communication skills.

Key clients

Nareva Holding

Maghreb Titrisation

Helios Investment Partners

African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Amethis

Actis

HeidelbergCement

Vantage Capital

Atlantic Business International

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Marsa Maroc

Marsh

Projects and public law Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team is 'very responsive, efficient, technically excellent and very thorough'. Practice head Mustapha Mourahib handles large-scale M&A, private equity, PPP and project finance transactions. His team works on projects across Morocco and Francophone Africa, and frequently acts for international and Moroccan sponsors and lenders on market-leading projects, notably in the energy sector. Rising star associate Ouns Lemseffer specialises in acquisition and project finance.

Testimonials

The firm is a pleasure to work with –  always available and attentive to clients’ needs.

Mustapha Mourahib is an outstanding partner and Nathalie Zanardo and Ouns Lemsefer are outstanding associates.

I recommend the firm for the quality of its work and its timely responses.  It has strong communicators who are proactive, as well as being  experts in local law.

Key clients

Nareva Holding

African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Marsa Maroc

OCP

Enel Green Power

Actis

IFC

Banque Centrale Populaire

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 1

The North Africa team at Clifford Chance is led from its Casablanca office where it handles a range of cross-border M&A, private equity, projects, restructuring, dispute resolution and regulatory mandates for clients and investors across the financial services, industrial, oil, gas, power, construction, transport and public sectors. Managing partner of the Casablanca office Mustapha Mourahib handles a raft of M&A, private equity, PPP and project finance transactions. Franck Coudert is noted for M&A, infrastructure projects, joint ventures and commercial contracts work. Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin, who focuses on projects and project finance instructions, is another key figure.

Key clients

TAV Tunisie S.A

Enel Green Power

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh


Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300