Leading firms in Iraq

Al Tamimi & Company

With offices in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil, Al Tamimi & Company has been commended as ‘very professional, knowledgeable, and highly responsive’. The team is also well-regarded for its expertise in banking and finance, corporate structuring, intellectual property, litigation and tax. With vast corporate experience, Mohammed Norri often advises clients on contract disputes and employment policies. Jawad Khalaf  is noted for his contentious civil, commercial and criminal law capabilities, while Thomas Calvert is proficient in energy matters and project financing. Haydar Jawad and Dana Abduljaleel are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Norri; Jawad Khalaf; Thomas Calvert

Other key lawyers:

Haydar Jawad; Dana Abduljaleel


‘Very professional, knowledgeable, highly responsive and and caring to our needs and requirements, particularly, Mr. Mohammed Norri.’

‘Professionalism and collaboration.’

‘Knowledge of local laws.’

Key clients



Power Holding


Baker Hughes

Wood Group

Banque Misr

Abu Dawood Group

Kuwait Energy

EBS Petroleum Company Limited

Urbacon Trading & Contracting WLL

Daikin Middle East and Africa FZE

Qatar National Bank

Confluent Law Group

Headed by Tom Nolda, Confluent Law Group is a key contact for major international oil and pharmaceutical companies. The team, lauded for its ‘international quality in a frontier market’ also handles corporate restructuring as well as financing for public and private sector infrastructure developments. Alan Wahid often advises international and local investors and global banks.

Practice head(s):

Tom Nolda


Other key lawyers:

Alan Wahid


‘International quality in a frontier market.’

Hannouche Associates

With a strong presence across Baghdad, Erbil, and Basra, Hannouche Associates is a strong choice for multinational banks as well as technology market entrants. Alain Hannouche handles M&A, and public sector contracts, while Dhamen Alwakeel and Saman Karim Taher are litigation specialists. Amanda Mezher is skilled in banking, corporate, and energy, as well as intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Alain Hannouche; Dhamen Alwakeel; Saman Karim Taher



Other key lawyers:

Amanda Mezher; Ibrahim Mohsen Jamal


‘Hannouche Associates has been always a reliable partner, always managing to complete all matters on time.’

‘The team’s work flexibility has been always on top, when there are tight timelines they do not hesitate to go on with it and solve it on time, this has been a top value for them.’

‘I wouldn’t suggest any other law firm.’

Key clients



Delivery Hero


Schneider Electric

Atlas Copco

Ceva Logistics

Fattal Holding

Sesame Workshop

American Chamber of Commerce

Newton Law Group

With presences in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra, Newton Law Group is praised as ‘diverse and knowledgeable’ and is noted for its strong regional footprint. The team is jointly chaired by the ‘highly skilled’ Halim Gebeili and Yarob Jumaily, the former of whom often advises multinational clients on transactional matters. Kazem Oueid is adept in corporate law, litigation, oil and gas as well as tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Halim Gebeili; Yarob Jumaily

Other key lawyers:

Kazem Oueid


‘The team is closely-knit, diverse, and multilingual. The team is very knowledgeable and responds quickly.’

‘Halim Gebeili is an extraordinary lawyer, multilingual, and highly-skilled. He goes the extra-mile to find the best solution for each client.’

Key clients

Hill international (nyse:hil)

French consulate

World  bank



Willis group

Phillip Morris

Horrowitz and Rubenstein


Otm pumps

Arab contractors company




United nations international trade center



Mondelez – Cadbury

Work highlights

  • Advised Hill International on payroll and tax processing.
  • Advised Schlumberger on oil and gas agreements.
  • Advised Philip Morris on counterfeit cases related to Marlboro and other brands.

Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Praised as ‘knowledgeable of Iraqi law’, Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP boasts a strong contentious track record. On the non-contentious side, the practice is experienced in banking, gas, manufacturing and telecoms joint ventures and transactions. Tawfiq Tabbaa is adept in commercial disputes, while Omar Hussein is well-versed in domestic and administrative and regulatory issues. Suzan Aziz is experienced in oil and gas investments, and Mozahem Khalaf leads the firm’s corporate commercial practice.

Practice head(s):

Tawfiq Tabbaa; Omar Hussein; Suzan Aziz; Mozahem Khalaf


‘The team was very helpful in clarifying the issues under Iraqi law and in preparing transaction documents.’

‘The team was available at short notice and knowledgeable of Iraqi law. It was also critical in drafting the transaction documents.’

‘Excellent client management, professional service, technical proficiency and competence.’

‘Good relationship management, friendly and professional nature, and advice is given with confidence.’



Key clients


Basra Multipurpose Terminals

Capital Bank / National Bank of Iraq


China Petroleum Engineering

Construction Corporation (CPECC)

Ministry of Electricity


Baker Hughes


March Holding

Coca Cola

Basra Gas Company

MENA Associates in association with Amereller Rechtsanwälte

Leveraging support from its international network, the full-service law firm Mena Associates in association with Amereller Rechtsanwälte has a wealth of expertise in regulatory compliance. The team is jointly led by experienced commercial litigator Sarmad Akrawi and Ahmed Al-Janabi who is a key contact for corporate, employment, as well as oil and gas matters. Mohammed Al-Tamimi oversees the Baghdad litigation team and has recently been engaged in employment disputes and contract breaches.

Practice head(s):

Sarmad Akrawi; Ahmed Al-Janabi


Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Al-Tamimi; Ali Al Jobori; Dahlia Zamel; Bana Shali


‘The team thinks outside the box when giving advice, thoroughly familiarising themselves with the subject matter and gave me options for action.’

‘Each lawyer is very committed in their own way, they communicate clearly, and advise in a timely manner. I also really appreciate is their pro-active communication. The lawyers are very knowledgeable about human resources issues in Iraq.’

‘Very detailed local legal expertise of the Iraq mainland as well as Kurdistan region. The team has profound experience with local authorities and the practicable application of law and customs.’

Basrah Obelisk Law Firm – Iraq

Jointly chaired by Fatima Al Joubouri and Wadhah Hamed, Basrah Obelisk Law Firm – Iraq is lauded by clients for its ‘attention to detail’, and is vastly knowledgeable of M&A, maritime law, in addition to oil and gas matters. Other key team members include Anfal Qais Ali and Azzam Mohammed Neama who are noted for their experience in contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Fatima Al Joubouri; Wadhah Hamed

Other key lawyers:

Anfal Qais Ali; Azzam Mohammed Neama; Maitham H. Sharif


‘Basrah Obelisk Law Firm is really customer oriented, and fine tuned to client’s needs. The team’s recommendations allow the mitigation of local risks and they interact with government authorities smoothly.’

‘The team’s attention to detail and capability to comprehend the business and legal needs of a client makes them standout. The speed of response is always good, with immediate reaction to any request.’

Key clients

Kuwait Energy Iraq Ltd

Bashneft International B.V

Gazprom Neft Badra B.V

Enka Insaat ve Sanayi AS

Bonatti S.P.A

Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Corp, LTD

Air & Ocean General Transport, Forwarding (DHL IRAQ)

Kuehne + Nagel / Jawharat Al Sharq for General Transportation, Logistics and Maritime Services L.L.C

Çalık Enerji A.Ş. Iraq Branch

Marlog-Lbg Logistics GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading local cement factory on the sale of shares to another firm.
  • Advised Simatech Group on the sale of shares to Al-Yaman Co.
  • Advised Blue Bell on the sale of shares to an international firm.