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The firm: Sarkis Attorneys at Law, established in 1960, is one of the largest integrated law firms in Syria, providing a comprehensive range of specialised legal services to meet the needs of both domestic and international clients.

Today the firm is composed of four partners and 20 professional high-calibre lawyers specialising in the different areas of practice, in addition to a pool of assistant lawyers, trainees, paralegals and administrators. The firm operates through two strategically located offices in Damascus and has established a wide network of local firms in the 14 Syrian governorates for handling local matters under the direct supervision of the Damascus offices. In 2011 the firm also launched services in the UAE through a representative office registered in Ras Al Khaimah. Throughout 50 years of practice, the firm has also established strong networks with well-established businesses and law firms regionally and internationally.

The firm is privileged to work for an impressive array of high-calibre corporations, banks and financial institutions through offering a wide range of services including: banking and insurance; finance; energy, oil and natural resources; real estate; investment regulations and projects; corporate; litigation and arbitration; transportation and aviation; PPP and infrastructure projects; and procurement and administrative law.

In addition to its core practice, the firm has embarked on development consultations relating to policy formulation and advice, institutional development and capacity building, and private sector and SME development, as well as training. The firm has a well-established consulting team of experienced lawyers, economists and consultants.

Areas of practice: Banking and insurance: the firm provides an advisory service to several major private banks, insurance companies and financial intermediaries. Specifically the firm was a pioneer in assisting in the incorporation of the first private bank of Syria. In addition, the firm incorporated four conventional banks and one Islamic bank, and assisted in the incorporation of several insurance companies. The firm also remains an advisor to all their day-to-day operations, and major and local international transactions.

Corporate: the firm undertakes work in most aspects of local and foreign direct investment in Syria in the private, public and joint sectors. Services cover the entire spectrum of company-related activity, and transactions including incorporation, joint ventures, disposals and M&A. A high proportion of the firm’s corporate and commercial work involves a significant design and implementation of legal due diligence studies. It has performed such studies widely, both for local and international corporate clients in a wide range of sectors.

Project finance: the firm is considered a leader in project finance transactions in Syria, with a focus on particular market sectors, including energy and oil, telecoms, construction and real estate. The firm’s finance practice covers the full range of international and domestic finance activities, with particular emphasis on structured products, project finance, syndicated loans, M&A, and public-private partnerships (PPP) among others.

Infrastructure projects and PPPs: the firm completed the first PPP project for the container terminal at Lattakia Port in Syria in collaboration between a multinational French company and a Syrian holding company. In addition, Sarkis was one of the first law firms that was entrusted to set the BOT legal structure in Syria and has contributed in drafting various important BOT agreements in the fields of telecommunications, energy, tourism and real estate development.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm is proud to be present in the legal litigation practice throughout its long-term establishment. The senior partner, Suheil Sarkis, is extremely well known in the judges’ community for being experienced in litigation in all commercial and civil matters, including arbitration as a method of settlement. The litigation team is well known for its efficiency in obtaining successful results in court.

  • Number of lawyers: 20
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Arabic

Above material supplied by Sarkis Attorneys at Law.

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