Doing legal business in Morocco

Macroeconomic, political and regulatory stability have helped the Kingdom of Morocco to achieve strong economic growth and a reputation as one of the most open countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

Morocco has positioned itself as a strategic base for law firms and international businesses, acting as a springboard for wider business throughout Europe, North and francophone Africa.

Morocco has clear regional ambitions, with projects such as the Tanger Med and Nador West Med ports and the upcoming Casablanca Finance City.

The 2020 Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) ranks Casablanca number 41 in the global rankings, the highest ranking in Africa.

Morocco has negotiated free trade agreements (FTAs) for a gradual liberalisation of trade and dismantling of customs tariffs with:

  • the EU
  • the US
  • Turkey
  • Jordan
  • Tunisia
  • Egypt

Business links and relations in sub-Saharan Africa continue to grow. Investment opportunities are available in a diverse range of sectors, including:

  • tourism
  • telecoms
  • energy – renewable, solar and wind
  • financial services
  • water and waste management
  • construction
  • real estate
  • manufacturing
  • agriculture
  • mining

Practising in Morocco

Foreign law firms can establish in Morocco in association with a local firm. Legal professionals can also operate on a ‘fly-in, fly-out' basis.

Foreign lawyers do not have rights of audience in Moroccan courts. Only registered avocats can represent clients in court.

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