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    Morocco and Francophone Africa

    Casablanca

    Clifford Chance, Casablanca

    169 Boulevard Hassan 1er
    Casablanca 20000
    Morocco

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    Morocco and Francophone Africa

    Clifford Chance's Casablanca regional office is the leading international law firm in Morocco, a gateway to Francophone Africa and a strategic hub for business across the African continent.

    We have unparalleled experience in North Africa and West Africa and are able to coordinate these efficiently and seamlessly from a single hub, ensuring that each step is taken with an eye to both the "big picture" and the nuances of individual jurisdictions. By combining international best practice and deep local knowledge, we offer a unique service in Africa.

    The Nerve Centre Connecting Clients to Africa

    Our Casablanca office is key to our work in Africa. It is a nerve centre that connects clients from across the world with our on the ground resources in Africa, and gives Africa-based clients access to the capabilities of our international network.

    We offer the full spectrum of legal advice that clients can expect from a leading global law firm. We have very strong capabilities and unrivalled experience in both M&A/Private Equity and Finance transactions.

    Our leading team of local and international lawyers are fluent in French, English and Arabic. We offer advice in Moroccan, French and English law and are also well versed in OHADA law. It also has a close working relationship with regulators and is frequently called upon to participate in the drafting of legislation and regulations. 

    Our Casablanca office is part of a dedicated Africa practice which has been active in Africa for 40 years. Our African expertise is recognised globally by our clients, all the major legal directories, as well as the business world.

    Our lawyers work closely together, mobilising the firm's resources in Morocco and in our other international offices to provide you with optimum client service. In addition to this, we possess a carefully selected network of the best local African law firms in jurisdictions where the firm is not directly represented.

    Learn more about our Africa practice.

    Recent highlights

    Awards and Milestones

    • Continuously ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR for Morocco
    • African Wind Deal of the Year 2018 – Taiba N'Diaye, Senegal – IJ Global Awards
    • African M&A Deal of the Year 2018 - AIIM acquisition of SEGAP stake - IJ Global Awards
    • Africa Deal of the Year 2018 - Government of Morocco's debut sovereign Sukuk Ijarah of MAD1 billion – Islamic Finance News Awards
    • EMEA Deal of the Year 2015 - Safi Coal-fired power plant, Morocco - Trade Finance Awards for Excellence
    • African Power Deal of the Year 2014 - Safi Coal-fired power plant, Morocco - IJ Global Awards 
    • North African Power Deal of the Year 2014 - Safi Coal-fired power plant, Morocco - PFI Awards
    • Africa Deal of the Year 2014 - Republic of Senegal CFA100 billion sukuk - Islamic Finance News Awards

    Please refer to the specific key jurisdictions and regions to find out about other awards in Africa.

    Recent Assignments

    Finance

    We advise across all aspects of finance, examples of work include:

    Highlights in Morocco

    Highlights across Africa

    M&A / Private Equity

    We advise across all aspects of M&A / Private Equity, examples of work include:

    Highlights in Morocco 

    Highlights across Africa


    We are committed to the development of Morocco and are involved in a number of pro bono/community programmes:

    • Bourse Clifford Chance / AJAM – Attribution of a grant to Moroccan students with an outstanding academic track record who wish to become business law practitioners 
    • Africa Book Aid Program – Establishment of a long-term, cross-border program that will coordinate the donation of legal textbooks to the libraries of eligible law schools in Africa and in particular in Morocco 
    • Association Amani – Donation towards the creation of a library within their Centre of Excellence. Association Amani is a Moroccan organisation dedicated to the education of underprivileged children and to the accompaniment of their families
    • Association Atlas – Donation towards the financing of solar panels. Association Atlas is a Moroccan organisation dedicated to the development of rural, isolated mountain communities and focuses its initiatives on two key sectors: education and ecotourism     

    Directory listings and client comments

    Morocco

    • "This international firm remains a hugely well-respected player in the Moroccan commercial law market. It is particularly well regarded in the domain of banking and finance, serving numerous international and regional banks. Alongside this, the firm provides expertise in M&A in sectors as diverse as education, insurance and hospitality. The team is also noted by peers for its expertise and experience in the energy and infrastructure sector. One peer stated plainly: "They are very good in the financing of projects." Others emphasise the quality of the firm's global supporting network, describing it as "an Anglo-Saxon war machine" which has the support of offices across a variety of countries."
      Chambers Global: Morocco, 2019
    • "This highly esteemed team is singled out for its reputation in the international and local markets. It is particularly active in corporate and M&A work, and also handles finance and regulatory matters as well as significant project finance deals. Clients note its work on joint ventures and insurance transactions. Sources report that the Casablanca team brings "the full Clifford Chance experience to their work," with another adding: "They were very good advisers, very commercially driven and aware of the business implications of everything we discussed."
      Chambers Global: Morocco, 2018
    • "This international powerhouse enjoys a significant presence in the market. The team is strong in banking and finance, M&A transactions and insurance matters. One interviewee reported: "The firm has a strong M&A practice and is able to handle complex cross-border transactions in Africa. The lawyers' instruction was a game changer for the transaction as they helped address a lot of the structuring issues." The team has further expertise in private equity and energy matters." 
      Chambers Global: Morocco, 2017
    • "They work hard, and we feel like we are their only client, even when the transaction is small."
      Chambers Global: Morocco, 2016
    • "This international firm's Moroccan office earns significant market recognition. It represents clients from the energy and financial sectors. The firm also has a strong corporate practice and frequently lends its expertise to high-profile project finance and restructuring mandates. They have great expertise, they are really involved in projects, they go into the detail and they give pertinent advice that fits the problem.
      Chambers Global: Morocco, 2015
    • “Clifford Chance is highly regarded for its work in high-profile M&A, joint venture and private equity transactions. Leading light Mustapha Mourahib, key partner Franck Coudert and counsel Ouns Lemseffer are all recommended.”
      Legal 500 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Morocco, 2019
    • “Clifford Chance's Casablanca office is led by the co-head of the firm's Africa practice Mustapha Mourahib, who has a long track record in complex domestic and cross-border banking and capital markets matters. Mourahib advised Maghreb Titrisation on a groundbreaking structured finance transaction. Counsel Ouns Lemseffer is a rising star.”
      Legal 500 – Banking, Finance and Capital Markets – Morocco, 2019
    • "At Clifford Chance, co-head of the firm's Africa practice Mustapha Mourahib leads the projects and public law group, which acts for banks, international financial institutions, governments, asset-managers, insurers and multinational corporates."
      Legal 500 – Projects and Public Law – Morocco, 2019
    • Clifford Chance provides ‘the high quality of work one would expect from a leading international firm’. Mustapha Mourahib is ‘a brilliant finance and M&A lawyer’. He advised BMCE Bank on a €100m financing for Royal Air Maroc, and OCP on a €500m hybrid bond issuance. Associate Ouns Lemseffer is also noted.
      Legal 500 - Banking, Finance and Capital Markets– Morocco, 2018
    • Clifford Chance provides ‘an excellent level of service’; clients strongly recommend Mustapha Mourahib and Franck Coudert.
      Legal 500 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Morocco, 2018
    • Clifford Chance is ‘a central player’ and has ‘sharp expertise and an innovative approach’. Mustapha Mourahib is ‘widely recognised as the country’s best projects lawyer’. He advised Attijariwafa Bank on a €450m wind farm project. Associate Ouns Lemseffer is recommended for project finance.
      Legal 500 - Projects and Public Law – Morocco, 2018
    • “Clifford Chance has ‘become very competitive on the market’. Mustapha Mourahib, who leads the Casablanca team and is co-head of the Africa practice, advised lenders on the €550m refinancing of Maghreb Steel, which formed part of the largest ever corporate restructuring in Morocco. The firm also assisted global phosphate producer OCP Group with a $1bn bond issuance. The Casablanca office works closely with colleagues in Paris on cross-border matters.”
      Legal 500 - Banking, finance and capital markets - Morocco, 2017
    • Clifford Chance has ‘a strong presence in Morocco and across the region from its Casablanca office’. 
      Legal 500 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A - Morocco, 2017
    • Clifford Chance has one of the strongest project finance practices in Morocco.
      Legal 500 - Projects and public law - Morocco, 2017

    Other African Jurisdictions

    • “Clifford Chance is the firm of choice when it comes to complex M&A work, restructuring and dispute resolution in North Africa. The practice, which is led out of the Casablanca office, handles significant Tunisia-based matters, including advising on regulatory activities. Managing partner Mustapha Mourahib and Franck Coudert are the key figures to note, along with Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin.”
      Legal 500 – Tunisia, 2019
    • Clifford Chance excels in corporate transactions, regulatory issues and various other matters with a nexus to Tunisia. It has a first-class reputation for acting for financial institutions, investment funds, oil and gas sector operators and service providers, and mining companies, among other clients. Mustapha Mourahib in Casablanca, Delphine Siino Courtin and David Préat in Paris, and Spencer Baylin in London are key team members.
      Legal 500 - Tunisia, 2018
    • Clifford Chance advises on a diverse spread of work in Tunisia, with recent experience in arbitration, M&A and restructuring matters. Casablanca-based Mustapha Mourahib and Paris-based Delphine Siino Courtin are recommended.
      Legal 500: Tunisia, 2017
    • “The Casablanca-based team at Clifford Chance has a ‘very good understanding of the region’. The practice advises financial institutions; industrial conglomerates; energy, construction and transportation companies; investment funds; mining companies; and public institutions and agencies on transactional and contentious matters. Mustapha Mourahib is an ‘excellent lawyer with excellent legal and interpersonal skills’.” 
      Legal 500 – Algeria, 2019
    • Clifford Chance has an active North Africa practice, led by Casablanca based Mustapha Mourahib. Finance, infrastructure and energy deals are all strengths and contentious work is also handled. 
      Legal 500 - Algeria, 2018
    • Clifford Chance has a strong client list of multinational companies and advises numerous private equity funds looking to invest in Algeria. The firm is also working with many developers on major renewable energy projects. Mustapha Mourahib in Casablanca and Mohamed Hamra-Krouha in Abu Dhabi are highly recommended.
      Legal 500: Algeria, 2016

    Areas of expertise

    Legal Areas

    • Antitrust & Competition
    • Capital Markets 
    • Commercial Contracts 
    • Construction
    • Employment
    • Environment
    • Finance 
    • Insurance 
    • Intellectual Property 
    • International Arbitration
    • Islamic Finance
    • Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances 
    • Private Equity 
    • Project Finance 
    • Public Policy 
    • Real Estate 
    • Restructuring & Insolvency
    • Tax

    Sectors