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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
The Ministry of Culture and Communication has made ongoing efforts to promote reforms in the media sector, while cyber security continues to be a developing area.
Morocco is one year into its four-year joint initiative with the Council of Europe due for completion in December 2021.
The initiative’s objectives are to support media pluralism and freedom of expression by reinforcing legal and institutional frameworks.
Effective self-regulatory bodies and ethical standards are promoted by key measures highlighted by the authorities in support of quality journalism.
In other developments, Morocco has been identified as being among the lowest ranking countries in terms of cyber security.
Research company Comparitech published findings in February 2020 with Morocco among the least performing nations in the region, ranking 25th in the list of reviewed countries.
Rebecca Moody of Comparitech stressed that “Whether they need to strengthen their
legislation or users need help putting better protections in place on their computers
and mobiles, there’s still a long way to go to make our countries cyber secure.”
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.
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.
Bennani & Associés
Gide Loyrette Nouel
Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy
Norton Rose Fulbright
Saba & Co
Sekkat Law Firm
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