Morocco

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Financial and corporate
Bakouchi & Habachi-HB Law Firm

Bakouchi & Habachi - HB Law Firm was founded in 2006 and serves clients from its office in Casablanca.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm’s work focuses on financial and corporate transactions, particularly banking and project finance.

 

Key clients

Key clients for the firm include Attijari Invest, Axa Insurance, CDG Capital, Samsung, BMCE Bank, Upline Group.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)

During the research period, the firm was active in banking work.

In banking, the firm’s work focused on bond issuance work for a credit company. The firm also focused on Islamic insurance and finance.

 

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Novares restructuring

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

 

Project development : Infrastructure

"Quick. Cheap. "

 

Kamal Habachi

"Reactive."

Bennani & Associés

Bennani & Associes is a Moroccan law firm established in 2004 by Mehdi Bennani and a member of Lex Africa.

LEX Africa is an alliance of leading law firms in over 25 African countries and is Africa’s first and largest legal alliance formed in 1993.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Volkswagen Group, Adidas, Western Union, Akzo Nobel, Huawei, Electrolux, Etisalat and KBC Bank.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Banking

"Bennani et Associes has a brilliant team that we assist from the Central African perspective in banking briefs. "

Kettani Law Firm

Kettani Law Firm is an independent law firm in Casablanca. The firm was established in 1971.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm specialises in banking and finance, project finance and corporate matters. The firm is active serving clients in financial services.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)

During the research period, the firm was active in banking and project finance.

In banking, the firm advised clients in financial services on the lender side of acquisitions and facility agreements.

In project finance, the firm advised clients on facility agreements.

ASAFO & Co

ASAFO in Morocco was founded in September 2019 by a group of partners, led by Patrick Larrivé. The firm is based in Casablanca and has 22 lawyers.

Asafo & Co is an international law firm dedicated to Africa-related business. The firm has experienced teams of over 150 lawyers and legal professionals in eight offices in Abidjan, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Mombasa, London, Nairobi, Paris and Washington DC.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A, private equity and project development.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Casa Transports, EDF Group, Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, City of Casablanca local authority, Société Nationale des Autoroutes du Maroc, Valeo, UTAC Holding and FEV.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Investment funds: Private equity funds

"Reactivity, creativity in finding technical solutions, ability to act well as a mediator when things get difficult with counterparty."

 

M&A

"Support on the negotiating of the legal documentation, finding the right legal solutions for each issue, good interaction with lawyers of the buy-side party, good management of the closing with a rigorous closing checklist memo."

 

Private equity

"Flexible and available with a wide range of expertise, high attention to detail and practical knowledge of local authorities' practices."

 
BFF Law Firm

BFF Law Firm is a Moroccan law firm based in Casablanca.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial and corporate work.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/21)

Bank lending: Borrower side

"The local knowledge of Morocco assisted a lot. Their efficient processes and solution-driven approach."

 

M&A

"Very reactive, good technical knowledge, hands-on and committed on the mark-up of legal documentation. "

 
Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is the Moroccan presence of the international law firm of the same name. The office is led by managing partner Mustapha Mourahib and is based in Casablanca.

Clifford Chance is an international law firm established through a merger in the 1980s. The firm is led by global managing partner Matthew Layton and has offices in Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in financial and corporate work where it has achieved top tier status in Morocco. The firm is also active in project development work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include OCP, Africa50, MASEN, Attijariwafa Bank, Banque Centrale Populaire, BMCE Bank of Africa, Maghreb Titrisation, HeidelbergCement, Helios Investment Partners, Nareva Holding and Enel Green Power.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

M&A

"The firm and its team offer a variety of expertise in several sectors on a global scale. In addition to their availability and adaptability, the teams intervene in a synchronised and agile manner on several different specialty issues; this combination offers great comfort and serenity to the client. Sharing knowledge and news at a high and constant level helps us to better understand our needs."

Dentons

Dentons is the Moroccan presence of the international firm of the same name. In October 2019, Dentons combined with leading Moroccan firm Sayarh & Menjra. The firm is led by managing partner Omar Sayarh and is based in Casablanca.

Dentons is an international law firm with 20,000 professionals including 12,000 lawyers, in more than 200 locations, in more than 80 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on acquisition and financing work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Amazon, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, Caisse Centrale de Garantie, Foncière Emergence, Pragma Group, Presstalis, Securitas, Andros, Maroc Numeric Fund and Buzzkito Network DMCC.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

M&A

"The firm has an excellent knowledge of the local legal environment and has very high capabilities, being one of the rare international law firm to provide both a legal advisory and mitigation service. "

Garrigues

Garrigues is the Moroccan presence of the international firm of the same name. The firm opened in Morocco in 2005 and since then has been led by José Ignacio García Muniozguren and is based in Morocco.

Garrigues is a full-service, independent law firm based in Spain but with offices in 12 other countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Barceló Hotels, Banco Santander, Banco Sabadell, Tecnimede, Sociedad Española de Montajes Industriales, Trasmediterránea, Driscoll´s, Atento, Fujikura, BSH, Probelte and Grupo Alibérico.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Financial services regulatory

"High technical/legal knowledge, flexibility, quick answering for all queries, supportive team."

 

M&A

"Excellent at reconciling the specificities of local business with the expectations of European clients."

 

Restructuring: Corporate

"Easy to reach. Fast responses. Very knowledgeable in all the rules and regulations. Very swift interventions. Knows how to work effectively and swiftly in a difficult environment."

Jeantet

Jeantet is the Moroccan presence of the French law firm of the same name. The firm is based in Casablanca.

Jeantet is a French business law firm established in 1924. The firm has 150 lawyers and one office in Paris.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include 6temik, Scopelec, Maroc Telecom, Publicis Group, Maroc Telecom, Samvardhana Motherson Reydel Companies Automotive (SMRC), Bombardier Aerospace and Group Graham International.

LPA-CGR

LPA-CGR is the Moroccan presence of the French firm of the same name. The firm opened in Morocco in 2009 and is based in Morocco.

LPA-CGR is a French law firm established through a merger in 2016. The firm is headquartered in Paris and has over 230 lawyers worldwide in 13 offices.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on financial and corporate work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Leoni, Acome Maroc and Elsan.

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy is the Moroccan presence of Allen & Overy. The firm is led by managing partner Hicham Naciri and is based in Casablanca.

Traditionally lender focused, A&O remains focused on working with banks in all manner of transactions. A member of the UK ‘magic circle’ the firm has 44 offices in 31 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong practice in financial and corporate work achieving top tier status in Morocco. The firm is also active in project development transactions.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Holmarcom Group, Public Investment Corporation SOC, Aradei Capital, Development Partners International, Helios Investment Partners, IFC, International Power, Navera Holding, Masdar and Mitsui & Co.