International Law firm DLA Piper announced the opening of its own office in Casablanca last week, a move prompted by the evolution of the city as one of the continent’ s major international business hubs and gateways to Africa’s rapidly emerging markets. The new office will complement and support the 15 existing Relationship Firms in DLA Piper’s Africa network.
The Casablanca office is being headed by Christophe Bachelet, an experienced cross-border M&A lawyer, who joins the firm from Clifford Chance where he spent several years working with local and international clients in Casablanca. He is joined by Mehdi Kettani and Mohamed Mahjoubi.
Kettani, a Moroccan Partner admitted to Casablanca bar, brings more than ten years’ experience handling litigation and arbitration disputes and regulatory matters for local and international clients on commercial, banking, corporate, employment and technology issues, while Mahjoubi represents and advises project sponsors, independent power producers, state-owned entities and African governments in the development of oil and gas, mining, power, water and infrastructure projects particularly in Francophone Africa.
In the same press release announcing the launch of the Casablanca office, the law firm also indicated that it plans to open a permanent presence in Johannesburg in the first quarter of 2016.
“Morocco and South Africa are amongst the strongest economic bases in Africa for many of our clients. Our strategy is driven by the needs of our clients so it makes absolute sense for us to open our own offices in both countries,” commented DLA Piper’s Global CEOs, Simon Levine and Jay Rains, “…As our clients continue to build their operations and increase their investments in Africa, we will be there to support them.”