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The following firms do not have a physical presence in Iraq but have proven experience operating in the jurisdiction on behalf of domestic and international clients.

The ‘very professional’ team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLPprovides exceptional service’ to clients seeking advice on energy sector work and corporate and restructuring issues as well as finance and contentious matters. Headed by managing partner Marc Hammerson, the group continues to act for the bondholders and administrator of FTSE 250 company Afren. ‘Solution-driven’ and ‘total dynamo’ senior counsel Shawn Davis ‘knows the Iraqi market very well’.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s team is led by Dubai-based John Vincent Lonsberg and is best known for its energy sector work.

Clients are in ‘safe hands’ when retaining Clifford Chance’s advice on matters arising from large energy projects including contentious issues, while arbitration clearly is one of the team’s key strengths. On the non-contentious side, the team provides ‘fit-for-purpose advice’ on procurement, construction, financing and contractual matters. Key individuals include Sandy Hall and Richard Parris.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is a regular fixture on key energy projects: recent examples include advising Gazprom Neft Badra on a number of contentious and non-contentious issues pertaining to its development of the Badra oil field. Similarly, the team assisted Leighton Offshore with various issues arising from EPC contracts with the South Oil Company of the Republic of Iraq. Caroline Kehoe is the name to note.

Stephenson Harwood’s team is led by Salem Chalabi, whose key strengths lie in handling corporate, projects and finance transaction work. As a highlight, he advised the Republic of Iraq, acting through the Iraqi Ministry of Finance, on the issuance of its first bond in the international financial markets.

Vinson & Elkins LLP has substantial Iraq expertise and advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular strengths in project finance and project development, M&A and private equity, government contracts and export control matters in Iraq and Kurdistan. On the non-contentious side, the team advised the Republic of Iraq Ministry of Oil on the multibillion-dollar Iraq-Jordan export pipeline project, while on the contentious side, the practice represented the same client in a dispute arising from the operation of the Iraq-Turkey pipeline (ITP) and unlawful exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Key individuals include Ahmed el-Gaili, James Lloyd Loftis and Christopher Strong.

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