Leading firms in Iraq

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company advises a variety of clients in Iraq, including multinational corporations, Iraqi Government contractors, and international law firms. It specialises in the construction and project development sector, where it regularly advises on residential and mixed-use developments and handles work in the utilities, infrastructure, energy, and hospitality sectors. Khaled Saqqaf practices both in Iraq and Jordan and regularly advises on transactions with relevance to both jurisdictions. Mohammed Norri advises companies on various corporate aspects, including employment law. Jawad Khalaf  is experienced in civil, criminal, and commercial litigation and represents international banks in high-stakes disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Dana Abduljaleel ; Haydar Jawad

Key clients

Sinosure

China Export Import Bank

CH2m Hill

Silicon Valley Bank SVB

Standard Chartered Bank

Fresenius Medical Care Middle East FZ-LLC

Oren Hydrocarbons Middle East FZCO

Invest Bank

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised a bank on the enforceability of transaction documents governed by Iraqi law.
  • Assisted Vialactia with the preparation of the agreements for shares and assets sale for industrial factory, and Investment and franchise agreement and supervising on the implementation of the same.
  • Advised a telecommunications company on the acquisition of its telecommunication group and companies incorporated in Erbil, Kurdistan including the acquisition of fiber optic and network licenses.

Confluent Law Group

Confluent Law Group is regularly called upon for advice by many of the largest oil and gas companies and international banks in Iraq. It also works with a wide range of international law firms that use it as local counsel. The team is led by Greg Englefield who assists with financing work for a range of oil, telecom, and infrastructure companies. Tom Nolda has extensive experience of commercial and company law in Iraq and regulations relating to the oil and gas sector and financing in Iraq.

Practice head(s):

Greg Englefield

Other key lawyers:

Tom Nolda; Alan Wahid

Testimonials

‘I appreciate the diversity of its lawyers. Lawyers of Confluent Law Group are consist of Iraqi nationals, who are knowledgeable at Iraqi laws and regulations, and very well socially connected, and also are familiar with English laws. This combination helps to provide professional legal opinions that are crucial to IOCs operating in Iraq.’

‘Rich knowledge in English Law, responsible and quick response on short notice. Partners maintain a high level of engagement in providing legal advice.’

‘Greg Englefield and Tom Nolda provide international law firm style advice from a local Iraqi law firm.’

‘The team is specialised in corporate, commercial and employment laws in Iraq. They are well versed and professional in handling work with the various authorities and ministries and provide excellent and clear advice and guidance back to the customer.’

‘Worked very closely with Greg Englefield, Tom Nolda and Alan Wahid on various matters. They were all attentive and responsive to the instructions given and were able to attend to matters very quickly and efficiently. Confluent is one of few firms in Iraq that provides excellent and reliable legal services, both in the south and in the Kurdistan region. Iraq is a challenging jurisdiction to operate in and with the guidance of the experts of Confluent we are able to navigate these challenges efficiently and in compliance with the laws and customs.’

Newton Law Group

The experienced team of Newton Law Group has offices in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra and assists clients from both public and private sectors, including IT, finance, energy, and insurance. It provides legal advice on a wide range of matters such as corporate law, joint venture, taxation, employment, and labour law. Halim Gebeili heads the practice and advises international clients on mergers and acquisitions in various industries. Yarob Jumaily has extensive knowledge of politics, economics and business law and offers legal advice to major clients in the banking sector.

Practice head(s):

Halim Gebeili; Yarob Jumaily

Other key lawyers:

Rovan Salah; Kazem Oueid

Testimonials

‘Very competent team and very good in international transactions. The team is very creative and comes with solutions when there are none. Very responsive and prompt services Friendly approach to mattes and friendly approach to billing. They consider the long run and they work with the client long term.’

‘Rovan Salah and Halim Gebeili stand out for their experience in corporate transactions and government relations. They know how things work locally and how to align your necessities in order and make them work as per the local system. Very talented in IT law related to encryption, data transmission, internet and communications law.’

‘We’ve been using the services of Newton Law Group and particularly Halim Gebeili for the past years. During this period Halim demonstrated very agile and practical approach to various legal issues related to Iraq market. He possess high level of understanding of the industry and overall market environment. Halim is a trustworthy legal advisor in a complex market environment.’

‘Halim Gebeili, Partner:- very approachable and collaborative, very good understanding of the business and overall environment, practical legal advice, trustworthy.’

‘The team is always available and try to accommodate us. They are good in government relations and with the ministry of natural resources with which they have the best contacts.’ 

‘All lawyers are always up to date with all the new regulations, smart and very competent in many areas of the law.’

‘Rovan Salah is a tax and corporate expert and has assisted us with many sensitive files in a very creative way. Halim Gebeili is always finding artfully tailor made solutions for complicated and thorny issues, proving creativity and solid unparalleled experience. Yarob Jumaily is taking care of Baghdad and Basra where he navigates the legal system with years of brilliant experience.’ 

‘They know the ins and out of every transaction given their in-depth experience and long-term existence in the local Iraqi market. They are people of trust and confidence.’

Key clients

Hill International (nyse:hil)

French consulate

World bank

CMS

Schlumberger

Willis group

Phillip Morris

Horrowitz and Rubenstein

Sabis

Otm pumps

Arab contractors company

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

Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, offers legal advice to clients from multiple sectors such as manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, banking, and defence and security. It is renowned for its expertise in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures practice in Iraq, and experience of handling disputes and litigation in Iraqi courts. Tawfiq Tabbaa heads the practice and handles commercial disputes related to oil and gas, international trade, and foreign investment. Mozahem Khala heads the corporate commercial department and advises clients on matters related to investment, mergers and acquisitions, general commercial law and tax.

Other key lawyers:

Omar Abdul Hussein; Suzan Aziz

Testimonials

‘I deal with Evershed’s local team in Iraq, and I have found them to be diligent, responsive, analytical in their approach and knowledgeable on banking products.’

Key clients

Capital Bank / National Bank of Iraq

G4S

China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation

Veolia

Hitachi

Shell

Grofin

Hannouche Associates

Hannouche Associates has been offering legal advice in both Federal Iraq and Kurdistan, to a large portfolio of multinational and regional clients, for more than a decade. The firm has a strong local presence and extensive expertise in litigation, finance, energy, labour relations and taxation. Alain Hannouche heads the team and is an Iraqi law expert who handles a diverse set of mandates, both domestic and cross-border. Senior associate Amanda Mezher specializes in corporate law and advises businesses on set-up, daily operation and legal compliance of a diverse set of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alain Hannouche

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Mezher

Testimonials

‘Alain Hannouche is the reason we use this firm. He knows the position on the ground in Iraq and can provide advice that is commercially balanced but which properly reflects the risks in Iraq.’  

‘Hannouche Associates team are very homogenous and coordinated. Their level of quick responsiveness is satisfactory.’

‘The management team always provide us with well studied advices which increased our level of trust in them.’

‘We have been working with Hannouche Associates for the last 6 years and I would like to say that we were always updated on time for local government changes on different laws that affect our business and on different encounters we have been engaged.’

‘We have received exceptional support for all the matters that we seek to solve through Hannouche Associates, their team is always in charge and tries to find the easiest and quickest solutions for the issues that we might face such as visas, payable tax, company documentation, etc. Criteria for being an honest partner is the key, because what can be reached has been proven from them and what might be complicated they tend to inform us before we start any process.’

‘Hannouche Associates has worked tirelessly & shown determined courage in the face of daunting challenges. It is an understatement to say that Hannouche Associates has exceeded expectations. The results speak for themselves – a phenomenal success. These results could not have been achieved without the strenuous efforts of Team at Hannouche Associates.’

Key clients

Chevron

Deloitte

Delivery Hero

Sanofi

Schneider Electric

CSC Bank

Atlas Copco

Ceva Logistics

Diageo

World Vision International

Airut Law Offices

The experienced team of Lebanese-headquartered firm Airut Law Offices has been active in Iraq for over a decade years and has developed a wide network of law firms with which it collaborates on an ongoing basis. It advises several clients from a diverse set of industries such as banking, healthcare, electronics, and power and energy. Serge Airut has the experience of handling some of the largest M&A deals in the region. Tahseen Shekha has extensive expertise in business law, companies law, oil and gas, and litigation. Maan Zaki Kazim Al Shomary is praised for his handling for litigation matters and advises foreign banks and firms on a variety of matters.

Other key lawyers:

Akram El Khazen

Testimonials

‘Very effective, diligent and trustworthy.’

‘It is a practice that has high morality. Always available to clients regardless the size of the client’s firm. This is something that we won’t find elsewhere.’

‘Experienced team, very good knowledge of Local Regulations as well as International best practices, and quick turn-around.’

‘Continuous availability, excellent presentation skills, and crystal clear understanding of client requirements.’

‘Collaboration and follow up on matters at hand.’

‘Well educated Professional individuals that always communicate clearly.’

‘We appreciate the time the firm takes to study and discuss the file before engaging in the law suit or the legal consultancy. Every step is further documented and relayed to all parties so to be all in real time on the same page.’ 

‘Professional team and in-depth knowledge of country laws and regulations. The team go beyond standard legal work and provide strategic legal advice to our company.’

Key clients

Kingdom Holding (Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin AbdelAziz)

Movenpick Hotel Beirut

Bahaa Rafic Hariri Group

ABC Mall

Four Seasons Hotel Beirut

Bank of Beirut

IBL Bank

Credit Libanais

Lebanese American University

Lebanese American University Medical Center – Rizk

Hospital (LAUMC-RH)

Algorithm

Societe Moderne Libanaise pour le Commerce

Cookpad Inc.

MAN SAL

Tahseen Khayat Group

BNK Holding (Bader Nasser Al Kharafi)

F&B Venture Holding SAL

Etablissements Antoine Massoud SAL

Flemingo International

Societe d’Entreprise et de Gestion SAL

Philip Morris International

Midis Group

BMB International

Etablissements Khalil Fattal et Fils SAL

M for Media

Hakawati Inc.

F&B Venture Holding SAL

Biomass SAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Byblos Bank SAL the leading Lebanese bank on the settlement as well as the refinancing of the a loan.
  • Advised Levant Medical Group Offshore SAL on the setting up of the operations in Iraq including reviewing the distribution agreement with GE Healthcare, agreements with suppliers and customers and employees.
  • Advised Arab Business Machine FZE on the expansion of its operations in Iraq and in all processes and licensing for the legal set up of the legal structure in Iraq.

Al Muhamoon Al Mutahidoon

Al Muhamoon Al Mutahidoon specialises in both legal and accounting services and provides an integrated service to a variety of clients, including local companies, international institutions, and businesses. The firm is well established in Iraq, with a strong and wide network of partners in multiple regions, which enables it to assist clients with both domestic and cross-border issues. Managing director Muqdad Sami Alwan Al-Juboori has extensive expertise in civil and commercial law litigation, banking, investment, and arbitration. Co-founder Dr. Khalil Abdul Muhsin al Taie is a disputes expert.

Other key lawyers:

Zubaida Muhammed Afteekhan

Key clients

Majid Al Futtaim Retail/Carrefour

Bank Audi/Iraq branches

International Development Bank for Investment and Finance

The German Liaison Office for Industry and Commerce in Iraq

China Railway Sixth Group

Ibn Hayyan Hospital Company

The Station

Roedl & Partner

Al Saar Company for Medical and Laboratory Supplies, ltd.

Tianjin Zhonghai

Engineering Management Consultation Co. Ltd

Al Tabadul company for Electronic Payment and Financial Technologies, ltd.

Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP

WORLD BANK Group

MEAB bank SAL/Iraq

DMIX s.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised Al Bunnia family on available means to develop and upgrade the real estate, prepare related market study highlighting the feasibility of the suggested upgrades and provide the related advice accordingly.
  • Represented IDB in all legal consultancies matters related to the bank operations including all contracts between the banks and its suppliers, employees, and sub-contractors.
  • Advised Majid Al Futtaim Retail/Carrefour on its long-term business to carry out due diligence of potential lease with investment projects, registrar of companies, the tax authority, social security, courts of law and prepare an inclusive due diligence with the outcomes.