Expertise

The firm is composed of a multilingual team having lawyers specialized in international law. We help our clients in their international transactions in Africa, Europe and in North America.

Our lawyers are involved in international litigations, including international arbitration. We regularly represent clients before African, European or American jurisdictions. Our litigation practice is well known for advising states and state entities that retain Afrique Advisors for their representation in the context of complex and multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

We also developed a known practice in the field of domestic and international tax and regularly advise multinational companies and domestic SMEs and in the context of their tax structuring and transactions. We advise also startups, private equity funds, and companies for their venture capital transactions.

We strongly believe that our assistance must be based on deep legal expertise but also on our ability to collaborate across many disciplines, such as technology, business, project management, politics and risk management.

Strategic Advice

Afrique Advisors seeks to analyze the business and investment climate in target countries, in order to help sharpen clients’ market entry strategies. In doing so, we identify local business and institutional partners, accompany clients in negotiations and navigate the regulatory environment, in addition to resolving problems and avoiding pitfalls. Our clients are assured, as a result, the most efficient business experience possible with substantial saving in time and resources.

Tax

Afrique Advisors’ tax team works in all areas of corporate and individual taxation. The team is involved in the structuring of acquisition operations by international groups and investment funds. It also has expertise in multi-jurisdictional acquisitions and leveraged debt. The team advises international companies and groups in the monitoring of their tax position and the optimization of their overall effective rate. We have experience representing clients in pre-litigation phase before the Moroccan tax authorities in the context of a tax audit or a taxation following a transaction. The team also has the capacity to work on international taxation issues in most of the word’s business places thanks to our partnership with the global law firm Mayer Brown.
 

Private Equity

Our lawyers cover all relevant of private equity transactions. We have experience in structuring, preparing, managing and executing transactions across the asset class, as well as assisting on any related financing. We also advise on related structural, tax, warranty insurance and ancillary legal issues as well as fund structuring. We work on all stages of the private equity life cycle:
  • Fund formation & Structuring
  • Regulatory & Tax
  • Fund management
  • Acquisition finance
  • Due diligence
  • M&A
  • Shareholders rights
  • Exits

Renewable Energy

Afrique Advisors’ team work closely with Mayer Brown Renewable Energy practice and is capable of delivering services in Africa, Europe and the Americas, dealing with solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, advanced biofuels or other renewable energy technology. We are able to offer local market experience on a global basis. Our lawyers are able to work on the following issues:
  • Project finance
  • Project and equipment acquisition and disposition
  • Offtake Arrangements
  • Government Incentives
  • Structuring and Tax Issues
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Energy Regulation
  • Dispute Resolution
 

Due Diligence & Global Intelligence

Afrique Advisors capabilities include due-diligence and global intelligence analysis using cutting-edge technologies and on-the-ground capabilities that allow us to monitor, track, analyze, and respond to threats facing our clients’ business and reputation. We are constantly improving our capabilities and partnerships to better serve our clients – we fuse diverse sets of data and sources of information to bolster our capabilities and provide our clients with the best possible outcome. We also advise our clients on the best way to ensure executives and third-party compliance with Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) and manage the corruption risk while doing business in Africa.

International Arbitration

Afrique Advisors’ International Arbitration team advise and represent its clients in the context of International Commercial Arbitration and Investor State arbitration procedures. We have experience in conducting arbitration proceedings under major institutional arbitration rules, including the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, CCJA and ad hoc proceedings. The Team is capable of conducting arbitration proceedings with seats in Morocco and abroad. We could conduct the proceeding in English, French and Arabic. We developed a particular expertise in the representation of States and States entities in arbitration proceedings. The team’s lawyers regularly work with Mayer Brown’s international arbitration practice in Europe, Asia and in the Americas.
 

International Litigation

We regularly act for clients in International litigation before various Tribunals and Courts abroad. We represent States, States Entities, private companies and natural persons in their court litigations outside of Morocco. Thanks to our agreement with the international law firm Mayer Brown, we could represent our clients before Tribunals and Courts located in the main business centers in the world. We developed an expertise in complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. We work with local counsels that we retain on a case-by-case basis. We developed strong relationships with local lawyers in the main business centers in Africa.
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