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A&O to launch Casablanca office with three Gide partners

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  • What a random place to invest in....

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  • This again proves why A&O is the best firm in the world. Here is why:
    In regard to moving to Casablanca personally "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship".
    The people of Casablanca I imagine are delighted – "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, [A&O] walks into mine". Perfect, it is almost destiny.
    You can imagine the partners when they looked around Casablanca cant you – "With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love". In fact, I just don’t think A&O could resist, they are one step ahead of the game – "I can't fight it anymore. I ran away from you once. I can't do it again. Oh, I don't know what's right any longer. You have to think for both of us. For all of us". Indeed and "I wish I didn't love you so much".
    A&O would certainly have regrets if they didn't make the move. Someone probably said too David Morley – "If that plane leaves the ground and [A&O are not on it], you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life".
    Look why I am saying all this – "I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know [A&O belong in Casablanca]". It's part of their work, the thing that keeps them going.
    It will keep them one step ahead of their competitors – "Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win".
    And this is good news coming off the back of the BSkyB bid not materialising – A&O would have said to Rupert – "But I've got a job to do, too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of...it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that."
    Here's looking at you, kid

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  • To Rick @ 12.05pm - absolutely brilliant post!

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  • Surely an April Fool prank gone off too early?

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  • Anyone left at Gide? Looks like some heavy-hitters have been deserting lately, and now Naciri. The management at Gide would better take notice.
    Or perhaps the partnership should stop them before they drive the firm to the ground?
    As for A&O: probably a smart move. Morocco has been on the rise for years. And Naciri owns the market.

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  • To Rick @ 12.05pm -

    Brilliant indeed! Such great quotes....

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  • Getting away from the "amusing" comments for a moment, it's a canny move for A&O. One presumes that this is being led out of their Paris office and is a Francophone play. Morocco is one of the most stable countries in North Africa economically and politically and in the wake of the Arab Spring this looks very astute.

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  • Morocco politically-stable? It is shocking how many lawyers are seemingly ignorant of marco geo-political trends.
    Whilst I doubt that the ruling monarch is going anywhere soon to label a regime that has been teetering on the edge as secure is really too much. In the past month, we have seen proposals put forward to revolutionise the country's constitutions, introduce limited democratic means and attempt to reduce the palace's central role in selecting the government of the day.
    Whilst this is certainly 'stable' when compared to Egypt, Libya or Yemen, I find it hard to believe it is all that certain as to what the outcome would be. A far wiser play would have been to go into South Africa or open a small office in Kigali, a country where A&O has tremendous goodwill following its recent work with the judiciary.
    Or better yet - maybe they should refrain from opening offices until their existing ones are actually all profitable, which, frankly, they are not.

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  • A firm with a vision. Certain comments show how London centric certain lawyers remain. Year by year the business is increasingly generated by emerging markets' economies. It's a fact. You may like it or not. Law firms only follow what their clients are doing and they are going to Africa. C'est la vie!

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  • Good to see A&O plundering the few decent lawyers left at GLN. Vive la France!

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  • Ha ha - Gide that French "boutique international law " with no international offices left.....

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  • I wonder which other partners will be recruited? Time to round up the usual suspects.

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  • Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you're getting on that plane with A&O where you belong.

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  • You know, Eck, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trusted.

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  • I would be tempted by working for Gide, but Ferrari wants me to work for him.

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  • Let's hope that it is more profitable for them than their Albanian adventure!

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  • This is rather unsurprising. A&O would have had to scour the globe for decent Gide lawyers and ended up only find three of them in Casa.

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  • Re: "plundering the few decent lawyers left at GLN"
    Anyone who claims that Naciri is just a 'decent lawyer' doesn't know what they're talking about. Naciri clearly stands head and shoulder above any of the other 'leading' lawyers in Morocco. Anyone who's ever done deals in the region knows this. Anyway - major blow for Gide.
    Re: "This is rather unsurprising. A&O would have had to scour the globe for decent Gide lawyers and ended up only find three of them in Casa."
    Typical ignorant comment from yet another junior to mid-level know-nothing associate pretending to know firms...
    The one thing that Gide doesn't miss is talented lawyers. Gide's problem is simply that it is getting slaughtered by the senior management . And as an organization, it doesn't have any of the structural safeguards and checks and balances that any large firm needs to have in order to thwart suicidal management decisions when they come.

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  • It's game over for Gide. 5 overseas offices closed, London and Casablanca offices feeling like ghost towns, Hanoi office unofficially shut for business, and Moscow office with no quality local lawyers to speak off, Alex comments above typifies the Gallic self denial and blindness to the need for an Anglo and less amateurish approach to international legal service!

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  • @DSK:
    Not sure what is delusional (or "Gallic", for that matter) about saying that "one thing that Gide doesn't miss is talented lawyers."
    BTW, I don't work at Gide but at one of these "Anglo" firms. I just think that Gide's problems have much more to do with organizational flaws and management at the moment than with a shortage of talented lawyers.

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