Firm Profile > Clifford Chance > Casablanca, Morocco

Clifford Chance
57, TOUR CFC, CASA ANFA, HAY HASSANI, 16th FLOOR
20220 CASABLANCA
Morocco

Morocco > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

The finance practice in Clifford Chance's Casablanca office handles banking, capital markets and finance transactions across the MENA region, including project, Islamic, acquisition and asset finance, as well as advising on debt issuance and restructuring, securitisations, sukuk, corporate lending and structured finance. It has a strong track record in innovative transactions, which recently included the first-ever non-sovereign guaranteed financing for a local municipality, which saw the firm assist the Casablanca-Settat Region with a $100m facility provided by IFC. Partner Mustapha Mourahib, who is a co-head of the firm-wide Africa practice, and counsel Ouns Lemseffer, are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Mustapha Mourahib

Other key lawyers:

Ouns Lemseffer

Key clients

OCP

Africa50

MUFG Bank

EBRD

Region of Casablanca-Settat

Vantage Capital

BMCE Bank of Africa

Nareva Holding

BCP – Banque Centrale Populaire

CDG – Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion

Masen

Royal Air Maroc

Morocco > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Clients of Clifford Chance praise 'its availability, commitment, knowledge and understanding of the client'. The firm has the capacity to advise on Moroccan, French, English and OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa) law from its Casablanca office, putting it in prime position to handle large cross-border M&A and to advise large local companies on commercial matters. The firm's recent highlights included assisting A.P. Møller Capital with its investment in a cereal-handling logistics platform in Africa. Practice head Mustapha Mourahib is recognised as one of the market's leading practitioners. He advised the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy on the transfer of renewable energy assets from the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable.

Practice head(s):

Mustapha Mourahib

Testimonials

‘On top of their technical knowledge, which is good, mainly what is appreciated is that they deliver what they commit. This is key for fast-moving projects. The legal adviser should go at the same speed as the project team.’

‘We appreciate the availability, commitment, knowledge and understanding of the client expectations. They translate simply explained problematics in legal and contractual terms on paper.’

Key clients

OCP

Africa50

ONHYM

Marsh Insurance

Vantage Capital

Amundi

Azelis S.A.

BMCE Bank of Africa

CDG – Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion

Masen

HeidelbergCement

A.P Moller

Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers

Morocco > Projects and public law Tier 1

At Clifford Chance, ‘the practice benefits from strong local knowledge that makes its advice particularly valuable in the context of project documents negotiations and local law due diligence'. The firm excels in project finance transactions, where it acts for international and Moroccan sponsors and lenders on renewable energy projects (both wind and solar). Mustapha Mourahib, who is the local managing partner and co-head of the firm-wide Africa practice, and counsel Ouns Lemseffer, recently advised Enel Green Power and Nareva Holding on the financing of a 300MW wind farm in Boujdour.

Practice head(s):

Mustapha Mourahib

Other key lawyers:

Ouns Lemseffer

Testimonials

‘The practice led by Mustapha Mourahib benefits from a strong local knowledge and anchor that makes kits advice particularly valuable in the context of project documents negotiations and local law due diligence. ’

‘The firm shows accessibility, availability, strong local law expertise, and strong local anchorage and networking.’

Key clients

MUFG Bank

EBRD

BMCE Bank of Africa

Enel Green Power

Nareva Holding

Marsa Maroc

BCP – Banque Centrale Populaire

Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers

CDG – Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion

Masen

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 1

Clifford Chance offers a wide range of expertise across M&A and private equity, projects, restructuring, dispute resolution and regulatory activities. The firm's clients include financial institutions, industrial conglomerates and public entities. Mustapha Mourahib, the managing partner of the Casablanca office, 'has a strong sense of dedication' and specialises in large-scale M&A, private equity, PPP and project finance transactions. Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin is also noted and has expertise in projects and project finance in sectors including energy, oil and gas, infrastructure and mining, with a particular focus on Francophone Africa.

Practice head(s):

Mustapha Mourahib

Other key lawyers:

Delphine Siino Courtin

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance offers the possibility of mobilising expertise in different specialties. Compared to other firms Clifford Chance is active in Tunisia and familiar with the legal environment.’

‘Delphine Siino Courtin and Mustapha Mourahib are very involved in the management of their files and very appreciated by clients.’

‘The stability of the teams involved in the region and the capacity to mobilise resources in line with the necessary expertise and experience is appreciated.’

‘Through the great collaboration that we have developed in our transactions with Mustapha Mourahib and his strong sense of dedication, we maintain excellent professional relations. Delphine Siino Courtin has proven specialised knowledge in different fields.’

Key clients

TAV Tunisie S.A.

EBRD

Actis

IFC

KfW

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