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  • Established 1999
  • Partners > 1,250
  • Lawyers > 5,800
  • Total staff > 9,000
  • Countries 47
  • Cities present 79
  • Offices 84

About us

The second largest economic power in Africa, with a strong internal market, Morocco has a population of 33,5 million inhabitants. The country offers a cultural openness, political stability and economic dynamism which attract many investors.

The legal and tax requirements of the country are no less complex and require a level of expertise that our firm has due to its significant experience, by virtue of which we meet the requirements of our clients who run successful businesses in a variety of sectors.

  • An adapted legal and fiscal environment which has been continually evolving for nearly 10 years (50 non-double taxation treaties in force, personal data protection laws, anti-money laundering laws, the creation of a Competition Council, market authorities with CDVM, etc.);
  • A beacon of the Maghreb area at the crossroads of Africa (the sub-Saharan zone: ECOWAS,CEMAC), the Gulf countries and Europe;
  • Special investment zones (near shoring parks - Casablanca Finance City) for service exporters(BPO, ITO) which provide, not just quality commercial real estate, but also cost advantages;
  • Tax free export Zones (EPZs) which are industrial in nature and target the carrier sector(automotive, aerospace) and have particularly attractive tax and regulatory regimes;
  • Internationally recognized State enterprises (OCP, CDG, ONEE, MASEN, ONCF, etc.) which are in demand, in terms of projects and services offered to foreign and domestic groups;
  • A significant level of infrastructure and services with international airports (including the Mohamed V airport, the leader within the African continent in terms of numbers), three mobile phone companies, major European and U.S. banks and national banks with international standards, and excellent road infrastructures and a strong network of public transports, including the high speed train project.

In such an environment, with such rapid evolution, it is essential for investors to receive appropriate support adapted to the Moroccan context. It must be responsive enough to deal with more complex issues in terms of structuring projects, financing, costs controls in relation to taxation (and optimisations or potential benefits), secure their contracts and understand the foreign exchange regulations (to avoid “cash-traps“ and streamline the flow of capital).

"As part of the wider CMS Africa, the Casablanca office of CMS handles a range of matters domestically and across the continent. Services offered by the team include corporate audit, governance, contract negotiation and regulation. The corporate law department is headed by Rachida Charifi, who supports clients on a range of day-to-day activities”. Client testimonial : “Efficient and practical”.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 : Commercial, corporate and M&A – Morocco

"As part of the broader CMS Africa, the Casablanca office of CMS is equipped to support its clients with their day-to-day operations across the region. In addition, the team advises on the tax aspect of major real estate and construction projects. The practice is led by Rachid Mejdoubi , who is an experienced tax litigation and customs practitioner”. Client testimonials : “Efficient and good knowledge of the country” ; “The team led by Rachid Mejdoubi is reactive and business oriented. Their advice and Actions are well-appreciated” ; “Rachid Mejdoubi knows very well the law and its practical approach and application (very useful in Morocco). He also has experience when it comes to claims and actions against the tax authorities"

The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 : Tax – Morocco

‘‘The Casablanca office of international law firm CMS advises a broad range of clients on mergers and corporate restructuring mandates, as well as issues of competition law, international trade, internet privacy and commercial regulatory work. Tax is another area of success. There is a strong French connection, with many major industrial clients coming via this axis”

Chambers Global 2022 : Corporate/Commercial - Morocco

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