Clifford Chance has confirmed its intention to launch in Morocco with the firm set to open an office in the region by the end of 2011.

Paris-based partner and Moroccan national Mustapha Mourahib will relocate to the region to set up the new base — Clifford Chance’s first Africa office — which will serve as a hub for the Magic Circle firm’s clients across the wider North African and sub-Saharan Francophone region.