The Garrigues Casablanca office became operational on December 1, 2005, and currently has a ten-strong professional team: one Spanish partner and ten Moroccan lawyers, most of whom are seasoned practitioners. Although based in Casablanca, the office provides services to clients throughout Morocco (Rabat, Tangiers, Larache, Marrakesh, Oujda, Essaouira, etc.).
The following practice areas are currently served:
- Corporate/commercial law (business law, mergers, reorganizations, acquisitions and contracts in general).
- Tax (Moroccan and international taxation).
- Exchange control.
- Real estate (acquisitions and leases, due diligence reviews, works contracts, contracts with construction suppliers, etc.).
- Labor and employment law.
- Administrative law.
- Maritime law.
The office does not act in court proceedings.
The office received a commendation from the 2006 Legal 500 in the “corporate and M&A” practice area. The 2007 Legal 500 commended the office for its “corporate and M&A” work and its “Tourism and real estate” transactions, and cited the following client feedback:
“Tax expert José Ignacio García Muniozguren and his multilingual team of four assistants “possess a sound knowledge of the real estate market in Morocco and a profound knowledge of the social and financial reality of the country.”
“Garrigues Maroc Sarl has been in Morocco for a year now and is currently advising on several real estate projects for clients that consider their success in Morocco to be linked “in great measure to Garrigues Maroc Sarl’s help and to the fantastic team.”