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Morocco Is Suddenly Hot: For 3rd Time in 2 Weeks, British BigLaw Firm Announces Planned Office There

Posted Jul 28, 2011 4:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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For the third time in two weeks, one of the top London-based international law firms has announced plans to open an office in Morocco.

This time, it's Norton Rose. The firm expects to open its doors in Casablanca in September, staffing the new site with three lawyers from its Paris office, Legal Week reports.

The Norton Rose announcement today followed news of similar plans by Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance.

Norton Rose partner Alain Malek, who heads the firm's Middle East and North Africa practice, will continue to be based in Paris but will spend most of his time in North Africa and oversee the new Casablanca office. Two Paris associates who are Moroccan nationals will relocate and work in Casablanca full-time.

Financial institutions, energy and infrastructure will be key practice areas for the office.

The firm already has a significant presence in South Africa after a June merger with Deneys Reitz, which is based there.

Hat tip: Am Law Daily.

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