DLA Piper > Casablanca, Morocco > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
CASA MARINA BUSINESS CENTER, TOUR CRYSTAL 3
2ÈME ÉTAGE, BOULEVARD DES ALMOHADES
CASABLANCA, 20000
Morocco

Morocco > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

DLA Piper has a vastly experienced partner in Fabrice Armand, who frequently acts for banks, major corporations, insurance companies, credit institutions, local authorities and sovereign entities in matters concerning debt capital markets, derivatives, alternative investment funds and insurance issues. His work includes deals in France and across Africa, as well as in Morocco. ‘The team offers local expertise combined with the steady quality and breadth of network from a global firm’.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Armand

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s Moroccan Banking, Finance and Capital Markets team offers local expertise combined with the steady quality and breadth of network from a global firm.’

‘Fabrice Armand is an articulate lawyer that’s able to combine technical legal knowledge with a solid grasp of commercial drivers of its clients.’

 

Key clients

CDG Capital

Société Générale Marocaine de Banques

SPE CAPITAL

Proparco

Snap Inc.

Commerzbank

ECP Maroc, Eczacıbaşı Holding

EBRD

Morocco > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

DLA Piper has a broad-ranging client base in key sectors such as life sciences, real estate, leisure, energy and natural resources, agriculture and education. It frequently advises state-owned entities, investment banks, investors, retailers and other international corporates on cross-border transactions. Christophe Bachelet, who specialises in cross-border M&A, private equity and corporate structuring, works closely with Franck Coudert, formerly of Clifford Chance, who handles infrastructure projects alongside M&A, and counsel Camilia Benani who frequently advises financial institutions and industrial companies.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Bachelet

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sodexo

IPRC: Abdelali Belghiti et Nasr Belghiti

DZ Card Malaysia SDN BHD

Oncologie et Diagnostic du Maroc (ODM)

AfricInvest

Development Partners International (DPI)

CDG Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisting AfricInvest in the acquisition of a minority stake in the share capital of ADP II Holding Morocco.
  • Advising DPI in the sale of their equity participation in KMR Holding Pédogogique to MK Education.
  • Advising Amethis in the context of the acquisition of a Moroccan holding in the irrigation sector (Magriser).

Morocco > Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper ‘s employment team in Casablanca is ‘organised and knows how the local system operates‘. It handles a broad range of work that includes advice on day-to-day employment issues relating to payroll, annual or occasional leave, benefits, pensions, holidays, entitlement, severance, employment terms and conditions, social security or collective employment matters. It also assists clients with establishing policies relating to privacy and data protection, disputes arising from terminations, and compliance issues. Counsel Mehdi Kettani is the main practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Organised and knows how the local system operates.’

Key clients

NTT Data

Morocco > Tourism and real estate Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s real estate team is ‘responsive, professional, mastering its subject and good value for money‘. Practice head Christophe Bachelet handles cross-border M&A, private equity, corporate structuring and open bid matters with a particular focus on the real estate, energy, industrial, and consumer goods and retail sectors. His team has developed specific expertise in the development of  smart cities and eco-cities, assisting with all corporate, real estate and construction issues.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Bachelet

Testimonials

“The personality of its associates – humble in listening, responsive, professional, mastering their subjects, good value for money, a very appreciable position of the firm when there is a legal vacuum or legal confusion.’

‘Responsiveness, sympathy and a personalised relationship mean we trust trust in the quality of the rendering which facilitates the delegation simple and open exchange not picky about the time spent on invoicing: we work on a fixed price basis.’

Morocco > Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper has a strong track record in arbitration, corporate and commercial disputes, employment litigation and contentious industrial property matters. Its work encompasses investment arbitration, construction matters, and the representation of government entities in investment and commercial disputes. Counsel Mehdi Kettani is the key practitioner and his recent work includes cross-border disputes in the pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors. Former head of litigation Saad El Mernissi moved to Mernissi – FIGES.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

NTT DATA

Morocco > Projects and public law Tier 2

DLA Piper‘s projects, energy and infrastructure practice in Casablanca was established five years ago, since when it has developed a prominent role in major projects in the renewable energy, natural resources, infrastructure, water and power sectors. Its work spans financing, construction, concessions, partnerships and related disputes. Former practice head Saad El Mernissi moved to Mernissi – FIGES. Finance partner Fabrice Armand and corporate partner Franck Coudert are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Fabrice Armand

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Attijariwafa Bank

The Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development

EBRD

Work highlights

  • Advising the Moroccan government on national energy strategy for 2030 in collaboration with Mckinsey & Company. The mission consists of:   Analysing the legal framework of the renewable and conventional energy sectors currently in force as well as the role of each public / private institution intervening in the sector.
  • Advising Attijariwafa Bank as lender in connection with a loan, for a total value of €23m, granted to Averda Tanger, the project company that owns and operates a waste management project in Tangier, Morocco.   The loan will finance the installation of a new waste treatment facility and the deployment of a new organic waste composting centre, sanitary landfill and gas recovery and leachate treatment units. This financing is the first project financing deal in the waste management sector in Morocco.
  • Advising EBRD for the drafting of the law on the downstream gas sector regulating the import, transport, storage, distribution and commercialisation of gas in Morocco including LNG facilities.

Global co-chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.


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