Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2006, partner Simon Auquier specializes in mergers & acquisitions and corporate law. A member of the Gide Africa practice group, he co-heads the Casablanca office. Simon works on corporate acquisitions and divestments, foreign investments and industrial partnerships in Morocco. He also assists Moroccan clients in the context of joint-ventures with foreign partners, acquisitions in Morocco, etc.
Simon also advises both Moroccan and foreign clients on their investments in sub-Saharan Africa, and has been involved in a number of transactions over the years, not only in West Africa, but also further afield in various African sub-regions.
Simon graduated from ESSEC (French business school) and the University of Paris II (Magistère de Juriste d'Affaires / DJCE). He speaks French and English.
« The department is led by co-managing partner Simon Auquier, who assists international clients on cross-border matters, and heads the corporate practice. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Morocco - Tax
« Hospitality, tourism, energy, healthcare and real estate are key areas for the team which is headed by Simon Auquier , an expert in joint ventures, acquisitions and restructuring, both domestically and internationally. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Morocco - Commercial / Corporate & M&A
« Simon Auquier co-leads the Casablanca office. He operates a robust corporate practice and regularly advises large French and multinational clients on the Moroccan aspects of major cross-border deals. Strengths: "Simon Auquier is very much a deal-maker." "He was very responsive and accurate." "He is very good and sharp in M&A." »
Chambers Global 2023 - Corporate / Commercial
« Simon Auquier and counsel Chloé Joachim De Larivière are ‘extremely knowledgeable lawyers and outstanding negotiators with great comprehension of local environment‘. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Commercial, Corporate & M&A
« Simon Auquier co-leads the Casablanca office. He operates a robust corporate practice and regularly advises large French clients on the Moroccan aspects of major cross-border deals. "He is a very good lawyer and very transaction-oriented." »
Chambers Global 2022 - Corporate / Commercial
« Partner Simon Auquier and counsel Chloé Joachim de Larivière are the principal contacts. They recently assisted US company Spirit AeroSystems with the acquisition of Bombardier Aerospace North Africa.»
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« Simon Auquier is head of the firm's M&A department in Morocco. He operates a robust corporate practice and regularly advises large French clients on the Moroccan aspects of major cross-border deals. Clients say he is a "very good negotiator." »
Chambers Global 2021