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    • Salem Chalabi - Stephenson Harwood
    • Ahmed T. El-Gaili - Vinson & Elkins LLP
    • Caroline Kehoe - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    • John Vincent Lonsberg - Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Baker Botts L.L.P. has experience of litigation, regulatory compliance mandates and various corporate and commercial transactions. Practice head John Vincent Lonsberg, who divides his time between the firm's Dubai and Riyadh offices, is regularly instructed by energy companies and equipment supply companies.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious mandates facing the Iraqi market, which the firm services from various offices throughout its global network. In the Dubai office, Craig Shepherd is advising Leighton Offshore on contentious and non-contentious matters arising from a contract with state-owned South Oil Company. Additionally, Hong Kong-based Hilary Lau is acting for China ZhenHua Oil Company in relation to the client’s deal with the Iraqi government to develop the southern portion of the East Baghdad oil field. Also recommended is Dubai-based Caroline Kehoe, who has particular expertise in disputes in the oil and gas sector.

King & Wood Mallesons serves the Iraqi market from its Dubai office, where it is instructed by clients in the fintech, real estate, and energy and infrastructure sectors. Practice head Shawn Davis in particular is rated by clients, who note his ‘depth of knowledge based on real examples' and his ability to 'provide valuable insights and a commercial edge’. Davis joined the firm from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in December 2017 and recently assisted technology company Nuuzee with its market entry, including various commercial arrangements, compliance issues and tax-structuring mandates. The team is also especially active in the construction sector.

Stephenson Harwood's Dubai-based team has developed a reputation in the Iraqi market for its involvement in corporate, debt finance and securities, and project development and construction mandates. Moreover, the team has complementary expertise in IP and labour law issues. Highly regarded practice head Salem Chalabi advised the Iraqi government on a $1bn bond issuance in 2017, and has also advised a real estate company on the establishment of an energy service hub.

The multijurisdictional team at Vinson & Elkins LLP advises on M&A and joint venture transactions, energy project developments and commercial disputes. Managing partner of the Dubai office Ahmed T. El-Gaili has advised a private equity firm on a potential tender offer for shares in a bank, and has also acted for the Iraqi government in relation to the $17bn Basra gas project, which included the establishment of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Royal Dutch Shell. Other key partners include James Lloyd Loftis, an international arbitrator in the Houston office, and London-based Christopher B. Strong, who has considerable experience of energy and infrastructure transactions.

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