Mehdi M. Bennani, is the Managing Partner of the firm in charge of the Corporate/M&A Department. He is admitted before the New York bar (2001). Mehdi M. Bennani graduated from King Hassan II University School of Law (Casablanca, Morocco) and holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1998). Mehdi has worked for several years in New York with US firms: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and Bryan Cave LLP. His international experience enables him to act on complex international transactions. Mehdi M. Bennani acts on international M&A transactions, joint ventures, real estate transactions and national and international contracts as well as financing transactions. He is fluent in French, English and Arabic.
The lawyers of Bennani & Associés LLP have all received the highest quality training.
They’re fully operational in French, English and Arabic.
Abdellah Moustaid, is the Partner in charge of the Litigation Department of the firm. Abdellah is admitted before the Casablanca Bar (2002) and holds a degree in Private Law and an Advanced Studies Certificate in Insurance Law from King Hassan II University (Casablanca, Morocco). Abdellah Moustaid has worked for several years with prominent Moroccan litigation firms. His practice involves litigation, alternative dispute resolution, administrative and public law and public tenders. Abdellah has an in depth knowledge of Moroccan law, proceedings, institutions and practices.
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Mourad Seghir, is the Partner in charge of the Algiers office. Mourad received his LL.M. Degree (Master of Laws) from Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago, USA). Mourad is admitted to the New York bar and has spent a substantial part of his career with Ghellal & Mekerba in Algiers. Mourad is particularly knowledgable with respect to the Algerian law and practice related to foreign investments, joint venture, M&A, public and private contracts, exchange control regulation, labor law, and infrastrucute projects.
Lamia Harguem is the Partner in charge of the Tunis office. Lamia has over 11 years of experience including 8 years spent with French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in Tunis. Lamia is admitted to the Tunis bar, having received a Master in Business Law (DEA) in 2003 from The Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis. Lamia is particularly knowledgeable in Tunisian law and practice related to foreign investments, joint ventures, M&A, public and private contracts, exchange control regulation, labor law, public private partnership and project finance.
Ghalia Mokhtari is the partner in charge of the projects and financing department.
Ghalia is a specialist in projects and banking law with a specific expertise in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors, in particular in Morocco. She advises borrowers, financial institutions (including commercial banks, DFIs, ECAs), funds, energy companies, corporates and governments on projects and public-private partnerships (PPP), acquisition, construction issues and general Moroccan regulation issues.
Ghalia worked for 5 years within the Real Estate and Banking & Projects departments of Magic Circle law firms in Paris from 2010 to 2015 during which she has developed a strong knowledge of the real estate and the project finance structures and issues.
Ghalia worked for both Moroccan and international companies, including energy developers and investors and Moroccan and international financial institutions, in Europe and Africa.
As indicated above, Ghalia worked on significant transactions in Morocco including advising Moroccan and international lenders (including JBIC, IsDB, Société Générale, BNP Paribas) on the financing of a coal power plant of 2x660MW in Safi and the extension of the Jorf Lasfar power plant in El Jadida in Morocco.
She also worked on the development of energy projects under Moroccan law 13-09 in Morocco and on the development of energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ghalia is a graduate of Université Hassan II of Casablanca. She also has a master of law from Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas and a master in structured and project finance from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.
Ghalia is lecturer in project finance and contract law at a business school in Casablanca.