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Al Tamimi & Company handles M&A, transactional due diligence, financing and licensing deals, often in the context of project development mandates. Of recent note, a cross-office regional team advised an international telecoms company on its acquisition of a telecoms group incorporated in Kurdistan. Additionally, Khaled Saqqaf, who heads the Jordan and Iraq practices, advised China Export Import Bank on the seller-factoring financing of an EPC contract entered into with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, and also advised on certain licensing aspects of the underlying power plant project. Mohammed Norri heads the firm's Baghdad office and Jawad Khalaf is also recommended.

With particular expertise in oil and infrastructure developments, Confluent Law Group is regularly instructed by energy companies, banking groups and development vehicles. Moreover, the team provides a litany of regulatory advice on PPP structures, and has experience of asset transactions and debt investment. One key contact is Tom Calvert, who has advised various oil companies on market entries, investment transactions and acquisitions of energy assets. Also recommended is Greg Englefield, who acted for an international corporate in relation to the transfer of funds from a local entity.

Mena Associates in association with Amereller Rechtsanwälte has expertise in M&A, project finance and arbitration, and also advises on regulatory issues associated with maintaining business operations in Iraq. Headed by Ahmed Al Janabi, the team is instructed by government authorities and international and domestic corporates, including oil and gas companies.

The 'proactive' practice group at¬†Hannouche Associates¬†has¬†‚Äėcomprehensive knowledge‚Äô of the finance, construction and energy industries, which enables the firm to arrive at solutions that 'save its clients' time and money‚Äô. Of particular note, the firm is regularly instructed by international energy companies and project developers in relation to various power and energy projects. In the financial services sector, ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô practice head Alain Hannouche¬†is advising an international client on the implementation of new electronic payment regulations.

Newton Law Group is instructed by public and private sector clients in the financial services, oil and gas and aviation industries, where it advises on shareholders issues, joint ventures and regulatory compliance. Indeed, Halim Gebeili assisted BLF Bank with the regulatory aspects of certain commercial transactions, and also provides ongoing advice to Gras Savoye in relation to shareholder arrangements, tax matters, licensing activity and transactional regulatory compliance. Also recommended is Ahmed Shaheed, who represented Royal Jordanian Airlines in a tax dispute with the Iraqi government.

Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a wide range of contentious, transactional and regulatory mandates for clients in the energy, logistics, business management and financial services sectors. Practice head¬†Tawfiq Tabbaa, who was¬†promoted to Middle East managing partner in May 2018, has been singled-out by clients for his¬†‚Äėprofessionalism, precision and clarity‚Äô. Tabbaa, who practices in the Amman office, provides ongoing regulatory advice to National Bank of Iraq, and also represents the client in a number of debt recovery and enforcement claims. Acting alongside his London colleagues, Tabbaa advises Gazprom Neft on contractual issues relating to its operation at the Badra oil field, and is also assisting Lukoil with corporate, labour and tax issues arising from its oil exploration activities at a site in southern Iraq.

Airut Law Offices handles dispute resolution and banking and real estate transactions, and also has experience of insolvency mandates as well as commercial distribution and IP law. Tahseen Shekha is the primary contact in the department.

Alaf Attorneys & Consultants has broad experience of the financial services sector, and is regularly involved in transportation, energy, telecoms and other infrastructure development projects in Iraq and Kurdistan. Headed by Abdulwahid Alaf, the firm also handles litigation and has complementary experience of IP law and cross-border corporate structuring and management strategy.

Nuri Yaba Law Office has experience of banking and finance, labour law, commercial contracts and corporate transactions. Bangeen Nuri Yaba is the key figure at the firm.

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