Mehdi M. Bennani
Partner (in charge of the Casablanca office) and Co-founder
Mehdi Bennani has been a member of the New York Bar since 2001
Office : Casablanca


After practicing law in New York, Mehdi Bennani co-founded Bennani & Associés in 2004, with the ambition of assisting international clients in their establishment and expansion projects in Morocco and French-speaking Africa.

Mehdi Bennani's practice focuses mainly on corporate law, including acquisitions and disposals of companies, equity investments and investments. He also advises on competition law, Moroccan merger control and labor law.

He operates in various key sectors such as the automotive, pharmaceutical, aeronautical and new technology industries.

His tailor-made assistance to foreign entities also leads him to practice commercial arbitration. In addition to his international clients, foreign law firms systematically call upon Mehdi Bennani to benefit from his expertise and his deep knowledge of the Moroccan and African legal environment.

Recent interventions

Crown Group

Counsel to Crown Group in connection with the Moroccan and Ivorian legal aspects of the sale of its steel packaging business to KPS Capital Partners


Counsel to Eurapharma in its acquisition of 51% of the shares held by Sanofi in its subsidiary Maphar


Counsel toEtisalat in connection with its acquisition of Vivendi's shares in Maroc Telecom


Counsel to Dell in connection with the Moroccan aspects of its sale of a ″business unit″ to NTT Data


Counsel to Merck in connection with its local merger with Shering-Plough


Counsel to Bel in its acquisition of 69.82% of the shares and voting rights of Safilait


Counsel toAlstom in connection with the notification to the Moroccan competition authority of the worldwide acquisition of Bombardier Transportation (Investment) UK Ltd

Allied Universal

Counsel toAllied Universal in connection with the notification to the Moroccan competition authority of the global acquisition of G4S plc.


Mehdi Bennani is listed in Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Global :

″ Their strength is understanding what international clients want. This is a firm we think highly of in Morocco." Mehdi Bennani is the firm's managing partner, and has impressed a range of international contacts who say: " He is very professional and responsive, and helpful in the context of a large transaction, " and: " He's a hard worker - very demanding of his team and himself. One feels that in his practice.″ Chambers - Morocco

″ Mehdi Bennani has been our main contact, either directly handling issues or carefully delegating to ensure that we received advice and action to his own high standards. Mr Bennani was usually available at all hours, and when not he responded very promptly; he and his colleagues with whom we engaged were patient to understand complex technical issues, and to relate those issues to the political relationship which we had with our Moroccan client. Before settling on Bennani as our go-to advisor, we tried to engage with several other practices in Morocco, usually dealing initially with the practice head: Mr Bennani in his approach, quick understanding of the issues, practical advice, clear and reasonable fees, overall professionalism, careful delegation, and clarity of response made selecting his practice an extremely easy decision″ - Legal 500 EMEA 2021

″ He was a valuable member of the deal team because of his ability to coordinate both with his own team and with local counsel in other jurisdictions.″ - Chambers Global 2021


Competition Law

Mergers & Acquisitions


Exchange control regulations

Labour Law

Commercial arbitration





New Technologies



February 2001: Admitted to the New York Bar
May 1998: LLM - Harvard Law School
June 1997 - August 1997: Certificate in American Legal System Studies - George Washington University
September 1992 - May 1996: Bachelor's Degree in Private Law - Hassan II University of Casablanca - Morocco






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Marina Casablanca
20030 - Casablanca - Morocco
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