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International media operators are expanding their presence in Morocco with a particular emphasis on cyber security.


Orange announced plans in October 2018 to launch a cyber security centre in Morocco as part of its regional focus and international development.


Michel Van Den Berghe, CEO of Orange Cyberdefense, explained: “This new operation centre will give us a strong position in the Moroccan market and will make Orange Cyberdefense Morocco the central hub to meet the needs of businesses in French-speaking African countries where the Orange Group is already present.”


Other notable developments include Hit Radio’s acquisition of two audiovisual licensees in July 2018, according to NexTV.


The license allows the privately owned broadcasting group to launch television channels Télé Jeunesse and Télé Découverte.


The move signals the potential for further private-sector expansion that could lead to greater

media independence in a country dominated by state ownership.   


The government aimed to abolish state monopoly of broadcasting and television with the introduction of new law in 2002 but industry progress remained stagnant.


In other news, Morocco’s popularity as a destination for international film and television shoots has increased over the past year.


According to Moroccan Cinema Centre, the country’s 20 per cent cash rebate scheme

has helped to generate revenue, with foreign production spend reaching USD60 million in November 2018.

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Independent firm Bennani & Associés is well regarded by peers for its transactional and litigation specialisations. Co-founding partner Mehdi M. Bennani leads the practice which provides full-service support on sector-related cases involving advertising and unfair competition law. The team also had in-depth knowledge of copyright law.  


Managed by Mustapha Mourahib, the team at Clifford Chance predominately works on cross-border cases. The multinational team of lawyers works on multi-sector deals and cases within the TMT industry. Part of an international network, the team is backed by global resources and expertise.


Gide Loyrette Nouel is well established globally and locally. Co-led by Rémy Fekete and Olivier Cousi, the team assists with a range of matters including audio-visual content, copyright law and print media. The TMT department provides multi-dimensional advice to entertainment and advertising.


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Copyright specialist Cabinet Aksiman is one of the country's leading firms for intellectual property matters. Lawyers advise on copyright protection, licensing and the acquisition of rights. Founded in 1982, the firm has an extensive experience advising on a broad range of matters that, contentious and non-contentious. The team also includes experienced litigators.


Co-managed by Jose Ignacio García Muniozguren, Spanish firm Garrigues has been present in Morocco for over a decade. The firm’s international focus on media, entertainment and sports equips the local practice with a global network of industry experts. Based in Casablanca, Jaafar Laidi is one of the firm’s key practitioners whose detailed knowledge of media law makes the firm a popular choice among clients. His extensive knowledge of legislation is an asset to the team, which works closely with the firm’s office in Tangier.   


Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy provides full-service advice to local and international clients. Under the leadership of Hicham Naciri the team provides cross border advice to local and multinational clients. The firm is notably active in complex transactional and corporate cases. Key practitioners include Yassir Ghorbal who is an experienced litigator.


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Bennani & Associés

Clifford Chance

Gide Loyrette Nouel  


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Cabinet Aksiman

Garrigues

Mehdi Salmouni-Zerhouni

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy


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Norton Rose Fulbright

UGGC Avocats

Saba & Co


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Hassan Semlali

Sekkat Law Firm

Youssef Chehbi


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