Présent à Casablanca depuis 2003, Gide figure parmi les tout premiers cabinets de droit des affaires au Maroc.
Notre bureau local réunit des juristes marocains et français. Il est aujourd'hui l’un des rares cabinets au Maroc à pouvoir proposer une assistance juridique couvrant les divers domaines des droits marocain et international de la finance et des affaires.
Nos équipes assistent nos clients, institutions internationales, établissements publics, banques, investisseurs étrangers ou groupes d’affaires marocains de premier plan, sur les aspects juridiques et fiscaux de leurs investissements et de leurs opérations commerciales et financières.
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has a team of four lawyers who together constitute the only dedicated real estate team in Casablanca. Led by counsel Loris Marghieri, who is assisted by construction, development and finance partner Jean-François Levraud and projects partner Wacef Bentaibi, the group frequently advises on the sales and acquisitions, off-plan developments and the negotiation of lease agreements, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Tourism & Real Estate
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has a specialist project finance and infrastructure team, as well as in-depth knowledge of the energy market and public law matters in Morocco and across Africa. The practice is led by Casablanca-based partner Wacef Bentaibi, who frequently acts for private operators, public entities and financial institutions in major infrastructure projects, PPPs, BOT deals and concessions, notably in the electricity, transportation, water and ports sectors. Bentaibi is advising the Kingdom of Morocco on a strategic study to reorganise electricity and water distribution in Moroccan regions.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Projects & Public Law
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has a specialist tax team that advises both Moroccan and international clients on tax, foreign exchange and customs matters, including tax audits and administrative claims. The firm recently assisted EDF Maroc with the tax aspects of the financing and development of new solar power plants. Counsel Chloé Joachim de Larivière and associate Julien Nouchi are the key practitioners in the practice, which is led by corporate partner Simon Auquier.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Tax
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca assists both domestic and foreign clients with major domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in Morocco and across sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years, it has handled landmark deals in sectors as diverse as hospitality and tourism, automotive, energy, healthcare, real-estate and retail. Among its recent highlights is its work for International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the divestment of its stake in Moroccan poultry grou Zalar. 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 and M&A
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has a team of local and international lawyers who frequently act for local and foreign banks, institutional finance institutions such as IFC and EBRD, as well as borrowers on bank financing, project financing and structured finance. Wacef Bentaibi leads a practice that is well versed in securitisation, bond issuance, loans and hedging arrangements, and which is called up by foreign banks to assist with local banking, finance and debt capital market regulatory issues.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca is a pre-eminent law firm which is highly respected in Morocco. It is well known for advising on the sale and acquisition of real estate projects and the negotiation of construction agreements. The team is particularly active on real estate matters in the industrial and hospitality sectors, and can also call upon further expertise based in the Paris office of Gide Loyrette Nouel.
Chambers Global 2022 - Real Estate & Contruction
This Casablanca-based law firm is the product of a joint venture between French heavyweight Gide Loyrette Nouel and Spain's Cuatrecasas. Both backgrounds bring benefits, with excellence in projects, infrastructure and energy a notable synergy. In these areas the team is well accustomed to assisting with the creation of PPPs and joint venture project companies, as well as counselling petrochemical companies on the licensing and commercial contract issues essential to their operation. The firm has further experience advising on private equity matters.
Chambers Global 2022 - Corporate / Commercial
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca draws on 17 years of experience on the ground in Casablanca and it continues to assist Moroccan and foreign clients with major M&A transactions in Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa. Its work on cross-border M&A transactions spans sectors as diverse hospitality and tourism, automotive, energy, healthcare, real estate and retail. 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
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has a standalone group that advises both international and Moroccan clients on tax and foreign exchange control matters. It assists multinational companies with global tax strategies, transfer pricing and interactions with Morocco's Office des Changes. Newly promoted counsel Chloé Joachim de Larivière and associate Julien Nouchi are the key practitioners in the practice, which is led by corporate partner Simon Auquier. It is well-positioned to advise French companies and recently supported renewable energy company EDF Renouvelables in tax matters relating to its projects in Morocco.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
At Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca, one of its clients recently noted that 'the team was outstanding, really dedicated and available to help meet its clients' needs'. The firm has the only fully dedicated real estate team on the market, with four full-time real estate lawyers, and it frequently handles high-profile property purchases and construction projects. It is assisting Société Générale Marocaines de Banques with the construction of an office tower for its headquarters. 'Dedicated and very professional' counsel and real estate specialist Loris Marghieri leads the practice. 'Outstanding partner' Jean-François Levraud, whose practice is split between the Paris and Casablanca offices, and projects partner Wacef Bentaibi are also recommended.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
During the last 15 years, Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has established itself as a key player in the M&A market. It assists local and foreign clients with major M&A transactions in Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa. Simon Auquier and star senior associate Chloé Joachim de Larivière advised Wendel on the $155m sale of its holding in Saham Group.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca has 'a very competent and hardworking team that is second to none in its knowledge of Moroccan energy law.' Key partner Wacef Bentaibi is 'very supportive and provides the best advice'. He assisted South Korean alloy wheel manufacturer Hands Corporation with the development of a manufacturing plant in the Tangier Free Trade Zone.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019
This firm is the product of a joint venture between French firm Gide and Spanish firm Cuatrecasas. Both backgrounds bring benefits, with excellence in projects, infrastructure and energy a notable synergy. Other areas of experience include the establishment and divestment of operations and subsidiaries for industrial and automotive clients. One international client praised the firm for its tailored solutions: 'Gide understood exactly our company's situation and needs, then provided us appropriate solutions.' Another source rated the 'strong team and good service,' as well as the technical skills of the team.
Chambers Europe 2019