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Very knowledgeable on Iraqi law and practice’, Al Tamimi & Company is a popular choice among international law firms requiring local advice. It recently acted alongside Linklaters in advising HSBC on the sale of its majority stake in Dar Es Salaam Bank to a local Iraqi family via a private order transaction on the Iraq Stock Exchange. Khaled Saqqaf is ‘very user-friendly’.

Praised by competitors and clients, Confluent Law Groupunderstands what international clients require’. The firm fields over 20 lawyers across Iraq – led by former Clifford Chance finance partner Greg Englefield – and acts for financial institutions, IOCs and multinational companies.

Germany-headquartered Mena Associates in association with Amereller Rechtsanwälte has extensive national coverage in Iraq, with offices in Bagdad, Basra and Erbil. Key members of the team include Munich and Erbil-based Daniel Heintel, Ahmed Al-Janabi and Sarmad Akrawi. The firm is handling a number of liquidation matters in the northern Kurdistan region and debt recovery litigation in the south.

Managing partner Alain Hannouche at Hannouche Associates is ‘one of the most professional lawyers in Iraq’ who has a ‘vast knowledge of the Iraqi market and regulations’. The firm is located in all three key cities and has an extensive client list of well-known multinationals.

Newton Law Group is a legal and business consultancy with a strong client base of international and domestic companies. Office head Halim Gebeili is a ‘thorough professional’ who provides ‘crisp and to-the-point’ advice. The firm represented an international supermarket chain on opening in multiple locations in Iraq.

Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is representing and advising multinational companies in litigation and arbitration. Managing partner Tawfig Tabbaa splits his time between Jordan and Bagdad and is supported in Iraq by a small team of associates. Clients appreciate the firm’s combination of ‘international reach’ with ‘true understanding of local practices’.

Lebanese firm Airut Law Offices is present in Erbil, led by Tahseen Shekhallah. The firm advises domestic and Lebanese clients on matters throughout the Kurdistan and southern Iraq regions.

Long-established indigenous firm Alaf Attorneys & Consultants is based in Erbil but provides national coverage and full business law services. It is led by name partner Abdulwahid Alaf, who focuses on banking and finance, corporate and IP law.

Headquartered in Dubai but staffing an office in Erbil, BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP is noted for its ‘good knowledge and professionalism’ and swift response times. Erbil office head Estelle Rami is singled out for praise. The firm recently advised Kout Food on establishing a franchise of Pizza Hut.

Founding partner and litigator Dler Saber heads a team of six lawyers at Dler Law Office, including US-qualified partner Philippe Pakter. The firm handles all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business matters.

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