Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Casablanca, Morocco

DLA Piper

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

DLA Piper has a large team that handles private equity deals, public and private M&A transactions, and commercial contracts in areas including life sciences, smart city development, real estate, leisure, energy, waste and water management, insurance and retail. Christophe Bachelet leads on corporate matters, while Mehdi Kettani is the lead commercial partner. Among its clients are state-owned entities, investment banks, retailers, real estate companies and sponsors. Of counsel Camilia Benani is also recommended.

Key clients

Clancy Exploration Limited

MJT Park Investors

Bin Otaiba Investment Group



Atlas Hospitality

Emirates Hospitals Group



Oncologie et Diagnostique du Maroc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

DLA Piper handles domestic and international disputes for a range of large companies. Practice head Mehdi Kettani has 15 years’ experience of defending companies before the Moroccan courts. The international arbitration group led by Saad El Mernissi handles Africa-related arbitration, investment arbitration and construction arbitration, as well as representing government entities in investment and commercial disputes.

Key clients

Al Amine Investissement Immobilier


Axalta Coating System Tangier

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Morocco

NTT Data

Employment Tier 1

Litigation specialist and practice head Mehdi Kettani at DLA Piper handles employment contracts, terminations and contentious matters for domestic and international companies. He is active in negotiations with senior executives and other employees, advises on day-to-day issues such as payroll and benefits, and handles conflicts with unions, litigation and policies on privacy and data protection.

Key clients



Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Finance Active


Mondelēz International


McKinsey and company

Al Mada


Projects and public law Tier 1

DLA Piper's team is 'have reactive and available'. The practice, which is led by Saad El Mernissi, counts the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development and the Moroccan National Port Authority among its clients. It handles financing, construction, concessions, partnerships and disputes relating to renewable energy, natural resources,  infrastructure, water and power projects.


The team composed of Saad El Mernissi and Youssef Tork has been engaged throughout the project and have brought very specific knowledge of public law to the table.

Key clients

The Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development

The Moroccan National Port Authority

Transdev Rabat-Salé

The Moroccan Ministry of Environment

CDG Developpement

Africa 50

Tourism and real estate Tier 1

DLA Piper has developed a strong real estate practice since opening its Casablanca office in 2016. Christophe Bachelet leads a group that handles large transactions in the retail, tourism, hotel and leisure sectors. It is closely involved in the flagship development of Zenata Eco-City.  Its recent work encompasses town planning reform and the modernisation of the legislative framework for OPCI - the Moroccan equivalent of a REIT.

Key clients

Yamed Capital

Société d’Aménagement Zenata (CDG Group)

CDG Capital

Mondelēz International

Immorente (CFG Bank)

Mfadel Group

Aradei Capital

Bin Otaiba Hotels

Eagle Hills

Décathlon Maroc



Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

At DLA PiperFabrice Armand, who heads the finance, projects and restructuring group, is a key player in banking regulatory, capital markets and finance matters. Among his clients are leading Moroccan banks such as Société Générale Marocaine des Banques and Banque Centrale Populaire, international development finance institutions and banks such as EBRD, and investment funds. The firm handles debt issuance, structured finance, derivatives, and regulatory matters.

Key clients

Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP)

Société Générale Marocaine des Banques (Moroccan branch)


The firm: Our Casablanca office offers the services of a multi-disciplinary team with in-depth knowledge of the Moroccan market and its legal, economic, cultural and social specificities.

Our office in Casablanca aims at providing an entry point to the African continent as we assist our local and international clients with their external growth strategies and expansions.

We advise national and international groups and companies, financial investors and institutions, sponsors, public entities and governments on all the legal aspects of their projects both in Morocco and internationally and more particularly in French-speaking Africa. In addition to our know-how of the Moroccan market, our team possesses a thorough knowledge of the legal, economic and political environment specific to North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (particularly the OHADA zone), thus allowing us to deliver commercially sound advice to our clients conducting their investment projects in these countries.

Areas of practice: The main areas of practice since formation are mainly, but not limited to: corporate (M&A, PE, JV), pre-litigation and arbitration, project finance and infrastructure, energy, real estate/construction, as well as employment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Projects, energy, infrastructure Saad El Mernissi
Corporate (M&A, PE, JV) Christophe Bachelet
Employment Mehdi Kettani
Real estate, construction Christophe Bachelet
Banking and finance Christophe Bachelet
Banking and finance Houssam Chmanti Houari
Banking and finance Fabrice Armand
Intellectual property, new technologies Mehdi Kettani
OHADA Mohamed Mahjoubi
OHADA Christophe Bachelet
Litigation Mehdi Kettani
International Arbitration Saad El Mernissi
Banking and finance Fabrice Armand
Photo Name Position Profile
 Fabrice Armand photo Fabrice Armand
 Christophe Bachelet photo Christophe Bachelet
 Camilia Benani photo Camilia Benani
 Mehdi Kettani photo Mehdi Kettani
 Saad El Mernissi photo Saad El Mernissi
Number of lawyers : 4,000
at this office : 15+
Other offices : DLA Piper is present in over 40 countries. In addition, our Africa coverage spans 19 countries.

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

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