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Regularly acting as local counsel, Al Tamimi & Company works alongside international law firms but also advises a number of multinational corporations and Iraqi government contractors. With substantial experience in construction and engineering project work, the team led by Khaled Saqqaf advises on finance and corporate matters, provides assistance with obtaining permits and licences and acts in litigation and arbitration. Highlights included advising the Export-Import Bank of China and a major insurance and reinsurance company on EPC contracts, and assisting HSBC Bank with the sale of its majority shareholding in Dar Es Salaam Bank to a local Iraqi family.

Confluent Law Group’s ‘very good’ team is particularly active in the oil and gas space, regularly appearing as local counsel for several major oil companies, while also handling project finance work for international banks and other major investors. Highlights included advising a major international oil company on various regulatory issues pertaining to its Iraqi projects and providing advice to several international banks on financing matters. Managing partner Greg Englefield is the key contact.

With offices in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra, Mena Associates in association with Amereller Rechtsanwälte has extensive national coverage. Its corporate prominence translates into a steady flow of mandates from local and international corporates, government authorities and non-governmental organizations. Ahmed Al-Janabi is a key figure.

Very good’ firm Hannouche Associatesencompasses a large team of local and foreign lawyers’ and ‘provides high-quality advice’ on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial matters including project development work in the oil and gas sectors. Managing partner Alain Hannouche is ‘responsive, professional and friendly’ and has ‘vast experience in all segments of Kurdistan business activities’. He advised an international oil company on negotiations with the Ministry of Natural Resources pertaining to its existing production sharing agreement.

Noted for its ‘great commercial understanding paired with good knowledge of local laws and regulations’, Newton Law Group is routinely retained by local and international corporations to assist with contentious and non-contentious corporate, commercial, IP and regulatory matters. As a highlight, the practice continues to act for a large Iraqi supermarket chain on a wide range of matters such as corporate, tax and employment issues. Halim Gebeili is ‘personable, adept and knowledgeable’ and provides ‘to-the-point advice’.

Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides corporate and commercial advice to major names in the oil and gas sectors including international oil companies and oilfield services firms as well as contractors and has a strong litigation practice. The team is led by managing partner Tawfiq Tabbaa, who divides his time between Iraq and Jordan, and recently advised Gazprom Neft Badra on various contractual matters pertaining to its operation at the Badra oilfield. Other clients include Lukoil and PetroChina. The latter instructed the team with regulatory issues.

Lebanese firm Airut Law Offices is present in Erbil and specialises in corporate and commercial work with a focus on the oil and gas sectors. Tahseen Shekhallah is the key contact.

The team at Alaf Attorneys & Consultants is led by Abdulwahid Alaf, who specialises in banking and finance, corporate and IP law.

Good quality’ firm Nuri Yaba Law Office provides international law firms with local advice on corporate, banking and finance as well as employment matters and is singled out for its energy sector expertise. Bangeen Nuri Yaba is the key contact.

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