Leading firms in Libya

Eltumi & Co.

Eltumi & Co. has a strong skillset in the energy and infrastructure space. A relatively new firm, only founded in 2018, the team has a broad international platform with offices in Tripoli and London. As such it serves as a popular choice for foreign companies hoping to do business in Libya. Founding partner Tarek Eltumi leads the team and handles contentious and non-contentious gas and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Eltumi

Other key lawyers:

Nusaiba Alraes

Testimonials

‘The Eltumi & Co law firm has a professional and friendly culture which is reflected by its team who are sharp and well presented.’

‘Tarek Eltumi is polite and has a great work ethic. He fully understands the law and is able to break it down into an understandable and workable manner where input can be given and targets achieved.’

‘Our only contact person was Tarek Eltumi himself and that was very appropriate in the circumstances given the speed of the transaction and his excellent skills, not only as a highly qualified internationally-focused Libyan lawyer but also as a consensus builder/conciliator among the different parties.’

‘The firm fills a very useful gap in being able to provide internationally-focused (and London-located) Libyan law advice whilst also being seemingly well-anchored within the Libyan legal community, something that was particularly helpful during a very fast-moving transaction.’

Key clients

Yara International ASA

Pragma Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Yara on the sale of its shares and partnership interests to NOC.
  • Advising a client on the mass dismissal of its labour force.
  • Acted on the drafting of new Libyan law regulations in relation to PPP, company formation and secured transactions as part of the US AID funded Libyan Finance Program.

Itkan Law

Itkan Law acts for a mix of domestic and international clients and has expertise advising on corporate, oil and gas, employment, and investment matters. It also has a burgeoning IP law practice, advising the Libyan government on the regulations in this area. The team also has strong links with international firms, with particularly strong links to the Italian, Turkish and UK legal markets. Founder Albudery Shariha leads the team and is a key name for advisory services. The firm is also known for its top-notch dispute resolution offering, which is led by Husam Riany.

Practice head(s):

Albudery Shariah; Husam Riany; Huda Tulti

Testimonials

‘They have good experience and diversity.’

‘Individuals are all smart and knowledgeable.’

‘Itkan is a top-class outfit. International class lawyers who are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Albudery Shariha and Hulda Tulti are top class operators. Albudery is an international transactional advisor. Hulda is a very wise litigator and counsel.’

‘Itkan’s team is very professional, they are very friendly, open and honest. All tasks done by time, their quick response to all my enquires made me very satisfied with them.’

Their performance, hardworking and most importantly their quick response to my emails. Mr Albudiri is one of the best individuals.’

‘It combines top-rank senior expertise with an organized and businesslike approach to matter management.’

‘Albudery Shariha is Libya’s top international lawyer, thanks to his unique profile which combines decades of experience in the inner circle of Libyan institutions with experience as a partner of an international law firm (including a stint based in London). He is very knowledgeable about both the legal and practical aspects of operating in Libya, is very responsive and takes a highly proactive and problem-solving approach to client matters.’

Key clients

Piage

Anas

SPX Middle East FZE

Google

Pfizer

Wade Adams Constructions L.L.C

Control Risk

Aujan

Bonne & Schmitt

AUCC v SSB AA (Arab Union Contracting Company- AUCC)

Work highlights

  • Advising ANAS S.p.A on a $3bn project of the Libyan Coastal Highway.
  • Advised the Libyan Investment Authority on concluding the sale of Abu Layla Tower, worth $120m.
  • Advised Piage on establishing its presence in Libya, contracting with GECOL, valued at $100m.  

Tumi Law Firm

Tumi Law Firm offers broad corporate law support and acts for a client base that includes major global companies in the infrastructure, oil and gas, telecoms, technology and aviation sectors. Founder and lead partner Mohamed Tumi is particularly known for his energy sector advice, also providing support to companies on a number of infrastructure-based contractual matters. Managing partner Mazen Tumi offers similarly broad expertise. The firm also has strong contentious advice, with lawyers experienced across all court levels. Also key is Jasem Tunsi, who advises on pharmaceutical regulations.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Tumi; Mazen Tumi; Fairuz Smew

Other key lawyers:

Jasem Tunsi

Testimonials

‘Dr Mohamed Tumi is a very professional leader. The focus of the team members is on the topic they are handling and other points do not distract them. Their way of action is amazing.’

‘Theır practıce ıs unıque as they have ınnovatıve ıdeas to fınd a solutıon and not just robotıc responses.’

‘They are highly qualified and our querıes are well understood and solved.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Siemens

Ericsson

Gazprom

General Electric

OMV

Nokia

BNP Paripas

Levis

GardaWorld

British American Tobacco Company BAT

Bank of Valetta

Snap Inc.

Mitsubishi PWPS

Freshfields

Aksa Enerji

Deloitte

Schneider Electric

Dalimer

Tenaris

Suncor

CISCO

CROSCO

Wintershall

Al Tamimi

Fieldcore

Sapura

Turkish Airlines

Lufthansa

Gavi

Pertamina

LERCO

Lloyds and Hannover

KPMG

Procur Energy Consultancy

SalvoGrima

Bonatti

Dietsmann

LABORATORIOS GALMEDIC, DIVISION DE BIOTECNICA S.R.L.

Action Energy Company (AEC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Siemens on drafting employment agreements, lease agreements, expense claim policies, compensation benefits, finalising settlements, and permit renewals.
  • Represented the interests of LERCO top management before Libyan courts at all levels, including alternative dispute resolution methods.
  • Advising Gasprom on tax exemptions, audit reporting, employment issues, amendments to the production share agreement, and parentage secondments.

Zahaf & Partners

Zahaf & Partners offers a full set of services to clients, with experience domestically and internationally. It provides a mix of contentious and non-contentious support and its lawyers are often selected as Libyan law experts for trials and arbitrations conducted in other jurisdictions. On the advisory side, clients include leading financial service providers, telecoms and energy companies, food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Saleh Zahaf leads the firm, and has notable particular expertise working with banks. It has bolstered its ranks with the hiring of partner Ali Shlndi.

Practice head(s):

Dr. Saleh Zahaf

Other key lawyers:

Ali Shlndi

Testimonials

‘They offer excellent legal services in Libya, and they are the best law firm in the country.’

‘Dr. Saleh Zahaf has vast knowledge in commercial law and investment law field, and he is a huge figure in the Libyan legal society.’

Key clients

Miza IT services

Petrofac

Energy Development Group

UniCredit

Ansaldo

Abbott

ZTE

Bank of China Aviation

Apave

Arab Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised UniCredit on the liquidation of its representative office in the state of Libya.
  • Provided full legal support to Bank of China Aviation on the leasing of several airplanes to a local airliner.

KARBAL & CO

Dispute resolution-focused KARBAL & CO acts for a number of well-known international clients. The team is particularly notable in construction industry cases, where individuals frequently act in cases involving UAE court systems. Some of its lawyers are also admitted to the bar in the US, Lebanon and Australia. Practice head Mohamed Karbal has expertise in maritime, energy and commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Karbal

Other key lawyers:

Ihsan Hoblos

Testimonials

‘The team knows Libyan law as well as the dynamics in Libyan Government.’

‘Dr. Mohamed Karbal provides practical solutions.’

‘A very responsive and knowledgeable team. Extremely reliable as well.’

‘Dr. Karbal is very attentive and understands practical issues as well as the legal issues.’

Work highlights

  • Served as the expert witness for Mr. Belhaj in  Belhaj v. Straw.
  • Represented HLG Contracting LLC before various arbitration tribunals.
  • Represented Leighton Contracting Abu Dhabi LLC before various arbitration tribunals.