Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Arab International Business Law offers strong litigation expertise across a range of sectors and its lawyers are commended  for ‘their expertise and capabilities in working under pressure‘.
Barghouti Khirfan Hattar Advocates has strong dispute resolution credentials, and is praised for being 'equally as proficient in Arabic and English in both arbitration and litigation'.

Dispute resolution in Jordan

Ali Sharif Zu'bi Advocates & Legal Consultants

Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Consultants is one of Jordan’s top destinations for complex domestic and international disputes. The firm handles a broad range of civil and administrative claims, with strong credentials in major banking, tax, construction and commercial agency disputes. Clients appreciate the firm’s ‘excellent follow up and regular updates‘ and its ‘highly qualified advocates‘. Senior partner Sharif Zu’bi  is a top figure in the market and regularly leads on the firm’s most high profile disputes. He is backed by a strong team that includes highly experienced senior counsel and litigation head, Edward Qassisiya. Associate Rashed Khalifah also comes highly recommended, and is praised for being ‘always available to address any concern, and provide valuable input to issues as they arise‘.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Ali Zu’bi; Edward Qassisiya

Other key lawyers:

Rashed Khalifah

Testimonials

‘The attention to details and due diligence conducted on every aspect of the issue at hand (commercial, legal, contractual). Opinion provided addresses all aspects of the issue to make an informative decision. Rashed Khalifah is always available to address any concern, and provide valuable input to issues as they arise. Strong knowledge in their respective areas of expertise, excellent communication skills, and reliable.’

‘Excellent follow up and regular updates. Get appropriate resources for the case. Highly qualified advocates and completely aware of the details and always ready to respond to queries whenever asked. We had this experience with Sharif Zubi and Rashid Khalifah.’

Key clients

ABB AB

AES Levant Holding B.V.

Camel International Textiles Corporation

PepsiCo (Jordan Ice and Aerated Water Company LLC)

Jordan Phosphate Mines Company PLC

Jordan Bromine Company (Private Free Zones)

Siemens AG

Abbot Laboratories

GlaxoSmithKline

Airport International Group

LG Electronics

Albemarle Corporation

Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)

Gadora Tobacco PSC

First Insurance Company PLC

Bausch Health

Al Zawrae Internation Company LLC

Citibank

Tech Mahindra

China Communications Construction Company

Bank Audi

Tecnicas Reunidas

Lesaffre Group

Work highlights

  • Representing ABB AB and ABB S.p.A in a complex claim filed against them by the Central Electric Generating Company (CEGCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Jordanian government in relation to a fire incident that occurred at CEGCO’s largest power plant in Jordan, the Aqaba Thermal Plant.
  • Successfully represented Jordan Phosphate Mines Company PLC in an international construction arbitration, seated in Paris, against an international EPC contractor responsible for constructing the New Phosphate Rock Terminal – the client’s largest exporting facility in Jordan.
  • Representing Al Zawrae International Company, the largest exporter of tobacco products in Jordan, in one of the country’s largest tax claims.

A & T Najdawi Law Office

A & T Najdawi Law Office is a popular choice for an impressive variety of major domestic and international companies. Clients appreciate the team’s ‘honesty, transparency and their level of legal knowledge‘. Managing partner Thaer Najdawi and senior partner, criminal law head and former judge Ahmed Najdawi are singled out as ‘very good and experienced trial lawyers, but on top communicate very well and lucidly with the client‘. The firm’s expertise covers a range of issues including high-end cross border claims and international arbitrations, infrastructure disputes, and white collar crime. Private and public sector clients come from across a range of sectors including telecoms, IT, manufacturing, hospitality, transport, and construction.

Practice head(s):

Thaer Najdawi; Rasha Zaid-Kilani; Daniah Murad

Testimonials

‘A&T Najdawi Law has a strong dispute resolution practice that started a long time ago. The team is knowledgeable and has a professional attitude. Thaer Najdawi is highly regarded in the market.’

‘The team performance was excellent in managing the case and approaching the counterpart in the interest of the client in addition to its transparency and explaining the advantage and disadvantage of their legal moves. We valued their honesty, transparency and their level of legal knowledge.’

‘Both Thaer and Ahmed are extremely knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. They are very good and experienced trial lawyers, but on top communicate very well and lucidly with the client. In addition to a good representation in the local courts you get reporting in line with international standards.’

‘Thaer and Ahmad Najdawi both impress as skilled and dedicated professionals who are knowledgeable of the law and familiar with practice. They provide hands on advice and deliver results in the local courts.’

 

Key clients

Jordan Telecommunications Company (Orange Jordan)

Consolidated Consultants for Engineering and Environment

Jordan Decapolis Investments and Decapolis for Financial Investments

Ministry of Transport

Al Rabya Hotels, Tourism and Commercial Centres Co. Ltd

Fuchs Oil Middle East

KHD Humboldt Wedag International AG

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill

Google Inc.

AMEREURASIAN COMPANY UK LLP

IHG Group (Intercontinental Holiday Inn)

Tesla P.V.

Jordanian Construction Contractors Association

The Consortium of Central Contracting Establishment, Ahmad Badawieh Establishment and Zamil Steel Construction Company

Jordan Valley Authority

King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre

MBC FZ (Dubai)

Greater Amman Municipality

Work highlights

  • Successfully acting on behalf of Jordan Telecommunications Company (Orange Jordan) in litigation proceedings involving a JOD 250 million claim, which was ultimately dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction.
  • Acted KHD Humboldt Wedag International AG in a JOD 84 million dispute, involving the dismissal of a counterclaim.
  • Acting for Consolidated Consultants Engineering and Environment in an arbitration claim of JOD 100 million before an international arbitral tribunal.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company handles the full range of commercial, banking and employment disputes. The practice is also especially adept at representing clients in cross-border claims, with the firm’s impressive regional network adding significant value. The team also has good expertise in white collar crime cases, international arbitrations, and construction and engineering disputes. Practice head Samer Al Zuriekat  has over 20 years’ experience in the market and represents  a solid spread of private and public sector clients. He also has a good niche in maritime claims, representing shipping agents and shippers on a variety of disputes.

Practice head(s):

Samer Al Zuriekat

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)

National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)

Master Card

Careem Networks

Obegi Group

Maersk

Al Maabar Aqaba (Eagle Hills)

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

Air Serbia

Emirates Steel Industries

LG Electronics Levant

Daimler

Beiersdorf (Nivea Middle East)

Work highlights

  • Representing Emirates Steel Industries in relation to various monetary claims against their agent in Jordan.  Concurrent proceedings have also been initiated in the UAE.
  • Lead counsel to Standard Chartered Bank on the majority of its debt collection and security enforcement cases in Jordan.
  • Successfully representing National Bank of Kuwait Jordan as security agent on behalf of the syndicate, in claims against a defaulting borrower.

Hammouri & Partners Attorneys At-Law

Hammouri & Partners Attorneys At-Law has a ‘very understanding‘ disputes team that provides ‘straight forward practical legal solutions‘ and ‘very good knowledge and experience’ . The firm has a strong infrastructure in place to handle high volume debt recovery and insurance claims, an area where senior associate and head of litigation Omar Sawadha is especially active. Of counsel Yotta Pantoula-Bulmer also has a good track record for international claims. Clients single out managing partner Tariq  Hammouri  for being a ‘ great example for how a professional attorney shall be’.

Practice head(s):

Omar Sawadha; Yotta Pantoula-Bulmer

Other key lawyers:

Tariq  Hammouri

Testimonials

‘Having a massive legal knowledge that allows the team to deliver a diversity of legal opinions on time without delay. In addition, to being a collaborative firm in all aspects as well as the flexibility in the matter of fees. The partners as well as the associates of Hammouri have a very good knowledge and experience in many aspects which make them unique and allow them to provide their clients with a straight forward practical legal solutions. Dr. Tariq Hammouri is a great example for how a professional attorney shall be.’

‘Very understanding team, cooperative, they understand the situation and helpful.’

Key clients

Safwa Insurance

Promedz-Jordan (known as Mehaniun in arabic)

Private Individual in medical products industry

Rakaez company

Societe General Bank -Jordan

Marwan Al Kurdi & Partners Co Ltd

The International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities – Jordan (“VNG”)

DELTA Insurance Co.

Watania Insurance Co.

Safwa Islamic Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Al Safwa Insurance Company on its motor vehicle insurance claims.
  • Advising the healthcare equipment and services company, Promedz – Jordan, on a variety of commercial litigation claims.
  • Assisting the publicly listed real estate investor and developer, Al Rakaez, on its civil disputes.

Hashem Law Office

Hashem Law Office has a ‘very well organized and professional team’ which is noted for its ‘great dedication, coherence, and flexibility’. The team handles an array of civil and criminal cases, often with a strong cross-border element, and it also has good international arbitration credentials. Clients come from across a range of sectors including energy, petrochemicals and financial services. Recently the team has been involved in several high profile collective labour and construction claims. Fadi Hashemprovided in-depth examination of all particulars of the disputes. He is highly recommended’. Other key partners include Rami Hashem and Luay Arabyyat, noted as ‘a great litigator'. 

Practice head(s):

Rami Hashem; Luay Arabyyat; Fadi Hashem

Testimonials

‘Very well organized and professional team. Luay Arabyyat is a great litigator. We are glad he is on our side.’

‘I noticed great dedication, coherence, and flexibility of the team members. The team consists of well experienced professionals. Fadi Hashem provided in-depth examination of all particulars of the disputes he was and still is handling. He is highly recommended.’

Key clients

Haboob Chemicals Industries Establishment

NK Hospitality Evergreen IKE (Greece)

Nidus Real Estate S.A. (Greece)

Jordan Electric Power Company (Jordan)

Al Hashemiah Contracting Co

Nippon Jordan Fertilizer Company

Moayana Technical Consultancy (Saudi Arabia and Jordan)

Nemko AS (Jordan/Norway)

Mint Advertising and design Solutions (Jordan)

Tritea Maritime Ltd (Greece)

Work highlights

  • Advising Al Hashemiah Contracting Co on disputes in Madrid relating to the sale of Popular Bank to Santander Bank.
  • Regular litigation counsel to Jordan Electric Power Company on multiple cases.
  • Advising Haboob Chemicals Industries Establishment on various claims arising from the construction of a new plant.

International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW)

International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) has several disputes lawyers with solid credentials in civil, criminal and administrative litigations and international arbitrations. Firas Malhas  leads the department with strong support from partner Salim Kopti. Senior partner Salaheddin Bashir is an arbitrator, while Nancy Dababneh  is the main contact for IP-related claims.

Practice head(s):

Firas Malhas

Other key lawyers:

Salim Kopti; Salaheddin Bashir; Nancy Dababneh

Osama Sukkari & Associates - Attorneys at Law

Osama Sukkari & Associates – Attorneys at Law regularly represents clients on high profile civil and criminal disputes. The team is also experienced in cross-border litigations and arbitrations, and often represents leading corporates, banks and NGOs. Osama Sukkari  is experienced in this area.

Practice head(s):

Osama Sukkari

Work highlights

    Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons

    Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons has a versatile disputes practice that is regularly sought out by major domestic and international clients. The firm handles a range of mandates including international arbitrations and mediations, as well as more localised labour, tax and customs, commercial and financial claims. Managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen divides his time between the Amman and Doha offices, and has a good track record in litigation. Partner Ala’ George Musleh is also active in this area. Legal consultant and litigation head Dia Zaiter covers commercial, banking and regulatory disputes and is especially active on the tax litigation side.

    Practice head(s):

    Safwan Moubaydeen; Ala’ George Musleh

    Other key lawyers:

    Dia Zaiter

    Key clients

    adidas Levant Limited

    Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

    American University of Madaba

    Fujeij Wind Power Company

    Philadelphia Solar Company

    Kibar Industry

    Gama Güç Sistemleri Mühendislik ve Taahhüt A.Ş.

    Digital Systems for Trading Co. (OSN Group)

    Discover Jordan Tours

    Work highlights

    • Advising adidas Jordan  in regards to all litigation and mediation matters in Jordan including customs, employment, financial, and leasing claims.
    • Advising Citibank on various litigation matters, including 11 ongoing lawsuits in relation to financial claims and criminal complaints.
    • Representing Philadelphia Solar Company before the Courts of Jordan in approximately 15 lawsuits including financial claims, customs and tax issues, and employment law.

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

    Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is praised for its ‘hands on‘ lawyers who bring ‘international standards‘ to their disputes practice. Cross-border claims feature prominently, and the firm’s clients benefit from its regional and global network, particularly when it comes to international arbitration. Managing partner Ghaleb Al Faraj  and Hani Kurdi  are both experienced disputes lawyers, and Kurdi has good experience of telecoms and aviation-related claims. The team is also seeing an increase in insolvency-related disputes, and is well versed in dispute avoidance and risk management.

    Practice head(s):

    Ghaleb Al Faraj; Hani Kurdi

    Testimonials

    ‘The partners are very hands on and they closely follow the developments in the matters. Hani Kurdi is very gentle, polite and responsive. They are aligned with international standards.’