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Zineb El Kouhen

Senior Associate

Zineb is a corporate and capital markets lawyer with extensive experience in advising clients on complex and cross-border transactions. 

She has acted for issuers, underwriters, shareholders and financial intermediaries on a range of matters, such as M&A deals, public takeovers, IPOs and bond issues. She also has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework and market practices applicable to listed companies and financial/regulated institutions.

In addition, Zineb has a strong background in regulated and non regulated investment funds work (securitization vehicles, real-estate funds, private equity funds).

Zineb's clients include leading banks, asset managers, insurance companies and corporate groups, as well as emerging and innovative players in the fund industry.


Representative matters

A pool of Moroccan institutional investors on their acquisition from the Wilmar group of its entire stake in Cosumar S.A. , a company listed in the Casablanca Stock Exchange, representing 30.05% of the share capital, in consideration of a price of circa. USD 600 million.

Holmarcom on the acquisition of Crédit du Maroc from Crédit Agricole for over EUR 350m.

A group of financial services provider in connection with the mandatory tender offer (MTO) over Sanlam Maroc shares, a company listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange active in life and non-life insurance business in Morocco.

Veolia in relation to its MTO on Suez Morocco assets (Lydec) and delisting from the Moroccan stock exchange.

CFG Bank on its initial public offering (IPO) on the Casablanca Stock Exchange.

Pro bono

Advising the World Bank in relation to a survey on woman’s rights and minority rights in Morocco

Advising French human rights charity in relation to the official recognition of the association as “public utility”

Advising the subsidiary of a French public entity in relation to public law issues

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Treasurer of the Association des Juristes d'Affaires Marocains (AJAM)



Master in Management, EDHEC Business School, 2014

Professional Master’s degree in business law, Sceaux University, 2014

Master’s degree in Business Law, Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne University, 2011


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.