Norton Rose follows magic circle’s lead with Casablanca launch

Norton Rose has announced that it is opening in Casablanca, following a trend set by Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance.

The office will open in September and follows on from the firm’s merger with South African firm Deneys Reitz, which went live on 1 June.

The firm already has offices in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg and an associate office in Dar Es Salaam.

The Casablanca office will be led by Paris partner Alain Malek, who will split his time between France and Morocco. Of counsel Godefroy Le Mintier and Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissières and six associates will also divide their time between the two offices.

Earlier this week Clifford Chance (25 July 2011) announced plans to open in the Moroccan city, hot on the heels of A&O (20 July 2011), which revealed its Casablanca launch last week.

Norton Rose deputy managing partner Tim Marsden said in a statement: “The Casablanca proposal isn’t in reaction to recent market announcements, but has been some months in development.

“This move is not accelerated but is a natural progression of our number one Africa business. We’re in a unique position to develop Africa’s international business ties with the rest of the world.”