Firms in the spotlight: Afrique Advisors

Afrique Advisors is a Casablanca-based independent advisory firm with great prominence in the market and a complete and intimate knowledge of the Moroccan market.

Thanks to its exclusive correspondence agreement with Mayer Brown LLP, a global law firm with lawyers all over the world and covering all practices of business law, Afrique Advisors is also a key international player. The firm also expanded that network by maintaining a privileged relationship with partner firms in the largest African business centres. The firm has the CFC Status.

The firm specializes in business law, tax law, and institutional relations and offers its clients, composed of both private and public entities from a wide range of industries, a global, integrated assistance at various stages of their ventures, whether at the national or international level. The team, composed of advisors from various legal backgrounds with years of experience in business law, diplomacy, and government relations, has a proven track record of success.

Areas of practice:

Commercial, Corporate and M&A: The team has developed a recognized expertise in the field of Commercial – Corporate Law and M&A, which constitutes the firm’s main department. The team offers a global assistance in transactions, partnerships, joint ventures and consortia, by structuring and coordinating legal aspects of the operations, from the valuation of the target companies, to the drafting the transaction agreements, and closing. The advisors are routinely involved in major projects such as M&A transactions, restructuring, commercial, financing activities, regulatory compliance, anti-bribery compliance.

Banking, Finance and Capital markets: The team created for itself a position at the helm of large-scale banking, financial and capital-market transactions in the Moroccan market.

Dispute resolution: The team has developed a strong expertise in the field of International Dispute resolution and regularly advises and represents its clients in the context of International Commercial Arbitration and Investor State arbitration before African, European or American jurisdictions. The team conducts arbitration proceedings, whether in English, French or Arabic, under major institutional arbitration rules, including the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, CCJA and ad hoc proceedings. Afrique Advisors is well known for advising states and state entities in the context of complex and multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Projects – Public law: Afrique Advisors offers a wide range of legal advisory by assisting its private and public clients in all matters related to public law and Renewable Energy projects.

Tax: The team developed a well-established practice in the field of domestic and international tax and advises multinational companies and domestic SMEs in the context of their tax structuring and transactions, as well as start-ups, private equity funds, and companies for their venture capital and equity transactions.

The team works in all areas of corporate and personal taxation and advices international companies and groups in the monitoring of their tax position and the optimization of their overall effective rate. Afrique Advisors represents clients in tax litigations before domestic tax authorities in the context of a tax audit or a taxation following a transaction.

Intellectual property: the team is routinely involved in projects relating to intellectual property law and data protection.

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