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Ali Sharif Zu'bi Advocates & Legal Consultants is one of the oldest firms in the market and has an excellent pedigree for cutting-edge corporate work and day-to-day commercial matters. The team fields a selection of highly experienced corporate lawyers, including senior partner Sharif Zu’Bi, managing partner Khaled Asfour, and corporate head Saleh Abd El-Ati. The firm has been involved in several major transactions in the transport and infrastructure sectors. Recently it advised the Chinese company, SDIC, on its acquisition of a stake in a locally-listed mining company. The group also advised First Abu-Dhabi Bank on the sale of a banking business. Other clients include Hikma Pharmaceuticals, JP Morgan, Citibank, and Suez.

International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) has earned itself a top-notch reputation for corporate finance advice. The group handles a broad mix of M&A work, restructurings, financings, and joint ventures, with clients including Aecom, Daimler, Ford, Nokia and Philip Morris International. Salaheddin Bashir is one of the best-known names in the market.

Khalifeh & Partners Lawyers is a leading firm for complex M&As, financings and restructurings, and is noted for its expertise in capital markets, particularly sovereign bond issues. Recent highlights include advising Abu Dhabi Investment Company and Noor Financial Investment Company, and other shareholders, on the $530m sale of their stake in Airport International Airport Group, the concession holder of Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport, to ADP International, Meridiam European Investments and Mena Airport Holding. Corporate head Khaldoun Nazer has an excellent reputation.

Obeidat & Freihat is a top choice for cutting-edge corporate finance work and can regularly be found on some of the country's largest deals. Recently it advised a consortium of buyers on their multimillion-dollar takeover of Airport International Group, which operates the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Key corporate partners include co-managing partner Thamer Obeidat and Hussam Al-Kurd, while Ward Tarawneh is very active on the banking and finance side.

Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP comes highly recommended, not just for its strong Amman office, but also its broader network of offices in the Middle East. The 'very experienced and thorough' team includes the 'impressive' Lana Habash, and Iyad Zawaideh, Faisal Tabbaa and Nadim Kayyali, who are 'very client focused and adopt a commercial and pragmatic approach to solving legal challenges'. The firm acts for a wide range of major international and regional companies, including Ithmar Invest, Expedia, and Jordan Ahli Bank.

Al Tamimi & Company's well-regarded office in Amman works closely with the firm's impressive network of offices throughout the Middle East, offering clients a strong integrated service. Office head Khaled Saqqaf divides his time between Jordan and Iraq and is backed up by a strong team of senior associates, including Dana Abduljaleel and Zeina Al Nabih. The team handles a broad range of commercial matters, including M&A, employment, franchising, and day-to-day matters. The firm is a popular choice among major banks, including Standard Chartered, which it acted for on the financing of a major clothes manufacturer. Mohannad Jarrar was a new arrival in 2019 from International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW).

Barghouti Bashir Khirfan Advocates' highly-rated team is praised for its 'availability on urgent matters' and for being 'thorough in details and discussions'. The firm, now six years old, is no stranger to major transactions. Recently it advised Airport International Group on its takeover by a new group of investors, including ADP International and Meridiam Eastern Europe Investments. Other key clients include Black Pearl Capital, Acteon Group, and Petra Aluminium Co. Mohammed Bashir  joined International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW). Yazan Barghouti is especially well-regarded in this area, while Hazem Khirfan also has a good reputation.

Hammouri & Partners Attorneys At-Law handles matters for a wide range of regional and domestic companies and financial institutions. The firm's expertise includes advice on financings, local incorporations, M&A and day-to-day matters. Clients include Jordan Aviation Company, the Central Bank of Jordan, and Wurth International.

Rajai K.W. Dajani & Associates acts for a wide mix of international clients, including Cisco Systems, LG Electronics, Raytheon and Johnson & Johnson. The firm's work includes distribution and franchising agreements, M&A, and commercial real estate. Yousef Khalilieh is very well regarded for his corporate and IP advice.

Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons provides advice in 'a timely and professional manner' and is praised for its 'good knowledge of local laws and Arabic language interpretation'. The firm, which handles the full range of commercial issues, has had a busy year. Recently it advised Shenton Aircraft Leasing on the lease of a Boeing 777-300 to Jordan Aviation. Major clients include BP, Lesaffre, Amazon, and Amman Asia Electric Power Company. Managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen, who divides his time between Qatar and Jordan, leads the nine-lawyer team, which is praised for its 'good attention to detail and prompt response to queries'.

Fadi Hashem leads the team at Hashem Law Office, which provides the full range of commercial advice to its domestic and international clients. The firm has an impressive client list from a broad range of sectors, including LG Electronics, Al Manara Insurance Company, Siemens, and Sumitomo Corporation. The firm also has strong experience in Dead Sea mining, having helped establish many of the Dead Sea companies extracting its minerals, including Arab Potash Company.

Odat & Co has established a strong track record advising businesses in incorporating on Jordan, as well as on more complex matters, including restructurings, capital markets, M&A, and private equity. The firm also has a strong IP practice. Ghazi Al Odat is the lead partner.

Osama Sukkari & Associates - Attorneys at Law has good experience advising clients from across various industries, including aviation, finance, real estate development, and manufacturing. Osama Sukkari leads the practice, whose clients include Bank of Jordan, Bauer Resources, Shuaa Capital, and Eqbal Investment.

Petra for Law and Intellectual Property is especially active in the area of IP, but also has considerable expertise in corporate, employment, antitrust and banking matters, including distribution agreements. Mohammed Shaheen Al-Khateeb is one of the key contacts.

Qudah Law Firm regularly advises on domestic and cross-border corporate matters and counts several leading companies among its clients, including British Airways, Estée Lauder, and Pfizer. Managing partner Mohammad Mufleh El-Qudah leads the well-regarded corporate team.

Zalloum & Laswi Law Firm has a good reputation for corporate finance work, with experience of cross-border M&A and capital markets. The team acts for several prominent clients, including DarHold, Orange Jordan, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation. Rasha Laswi leads the team, which also includes fellow name partner Azzam Zalloum, who has a strong following in the healthcare sector.

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