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Acting for clients in the transportation, banking, e-commerce and petroleum industries, ATAI & ASSOCIATES Attorneys at Law handles a variety of commercial and labour law issues and has been increasingly active in transactional due diligence and foreign investment-related mandates. The team also has noted expertise in IP, liquidation and dispute resolution. Ardeshir Atai, Kourosh Atai and senior partner Ali Akbar Atai are the key contacts at the firm.

APP Legal Institute in association with Dentons Europe LLP¬†has experience of M&A, capital markets deals, banking and public policy regulations, and is especially active in the energy sector. Navid Rahbar-Sato and the highly regarded Pirouzan Parvine¬†jointly head the team and have been advising a client from the logistics sector on the applicable regulatory framework for doing business in Iran. Other clients have included Renault, which the team advised on the creation of a joint venture with Industrial Development and Renovation Organization Iran and Parto Negin Naseh, an Iranian importer of Renault products. Additionally,¬†Ramin Hariri¬†represented renewable energy investor Quercus in negotiations with the Iranian Ministry of Energy concerning a ‚ā¨500m deal involving a photovoltaic plant. Maryam Ebrahimi was promoted to partner in January 2018.

Atieh Associates Law Firm is particularly active in the oil and gas sector, where it advises on transactional due diligence and labour law, and also assists with the structuring of joint ventures and other commercial contracts including distribution and licensing agreements. The firm's clients are drawn from a range of industry sectors spanning energy and power generation, transportation, banking and telecoms, and recent work included advising a client in the auto industry on a joint venture agreement. The team also provides ongoing advice to various banks, and acted for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in relation to the implementation of certain investment regulations. M. Ebrahim Tavakoli and Farid Kani are among the firm's key contacts.

With considerable experience in Iran's 'particularly¬†challenging business environment‚Äô,¬†CMS Pars¬†provides ‚Äėtimely and concise advice‚Äô¬†on market entries and company formation, M&A transactions, joint ventures and distribution agreements. The team also has complementary skill sets in labour, environmental and public law.¬†J√ľrgen Frodermann and Shaghayegh Smousavi¬†jointly lead the ‚Äėsupportive‚Äô practice group, which is ‚Äėstraightforward and clearly communicative'¬†and 'understands the business objectives driving commercial mandates‚Äô. The team is particularly active in¬†the engineering, automotive, manufacturing, energy and transportation sectors.

Hatami & Associates International Law Firm has experience across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious issues involving banking, energy, labour and transportation law. Headed by founding partner Ali Hatami, the firm provides ongoing advice to Petronas in relation to contractual arrangements, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. Additionally, the team advised Steigenberger Hotels on a joint venture agreement with a local holding company, and also assisted the client with operational requirements regarding a hotel under construction in Isfahan. Other key individuals include Zahra Darvish and Shahrzad Pourhamzeh.

M. Ebadi Tabrizi & Associates.¬†is described as ‚Äėone of the local market's experts‚Äô in corporate, distribution and franchise law. The firm, which also¬†has expertise in litigation and the enforcement of financial claims, recently advised Salzgitter on the restructuring of its Iranian branch. Additionally, the team advised the Iranian subsidiary of Bosch on certain antitrust matters.¬†Founder and senior partner¬†Mahmoud Ebadi Tabrizi heads the ‚Äėqualified and honest‚Äô practice group.

Reza Ranjbar (Zacon Associates)¬†is ‚Äėwell versed in the complexities of Iranian law and is able to deliver tailor-made solutions with a very pragmatic approach‚Äô. One key contact is managing partner Mohammad Reza Ranjbar,¬†'an¬†extremely responsive and efficient adviser, who understands perfectly how to navigate the local market‚Äô. The firm provides advice on a range of legal matters, including sanctions, market entries and exits, M&A due diligence, tax, labour law, real estate mandates, and local and international litigation.

T&S Associates has experience across banking, labour, commercial, tax, energy and insurance law. A key figure in the team is Ahmad Ehtesham, who has assisted clients with joint venture agreements, licence acquisitions and franchising mandates, regulatory compliance and transactional due diligence. Clients have included the World Bank, Coca-Cola and Renault.

Bayan Emrooz Law Firm is active in the banking and energy industries, where it handles arbitration and provides legal assistance regarding the implementation of investment projects. The firm is headed by Mohammad Rahmani.

Sabeti & Khatami¬†has ‚Äėproven expertise in local Iranian law' and demonstrates 'excellent communication skills with foreign clients‚Äô. As such, the firm is developing a strong reputation for advising on M&A and corporate law, banking and finance, energy project¬†regulations and capital markets mandates. Jointly headed by¬†‚Äėexperienced and knowledgeable‚Äô name partners Behnam Khatami and Hooman Sabeti, the firm operates primarily in the renewable energy, electronics, steel and food industries. Recently, the firm assisted PSA Automobiles with the preparation of¬†a settlement agreement and also advised the client on various licensing issues. Additionally, the team advised LG Electronics on the regulatory aspects of a distribution agreement for certain electronic devices, and assisted Siemens with an analysis of the potential consequences of a proposed merger involving the client‚Äôs mobility business. Counsel Bita Nobar¬†focuses on real estate and project-related risk assessment.

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