Leading firms in Libya

Eltumi & Co.

With offices in London and Tripoli, Eltumi & Co. is a relatively new firm formed in 2018. Founding partner Tarek Eltumi has a strong pedigree: as well as previously having been a partner at Hogan Lovells International LLP in London, he has also worked at several domestic Libyan firms. The firm's main focus is on upstream and downstream energy and infrastructure work, including advice to water and telecoms utilities companies. The firm's western links are complemented by its strong grounding in the Libyan market.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Eltumi

Testimonials

‘Eltumi is the best law firm we have worked with in Libya. Outstanding client servicing and high quality work. Tarek Eltumi is by far the best lawyer we have worked with in Libya. Truly outstanding, extremely responsive and deeply committed, he is our counsel of choice for any Libyan-related work.’

‘Significant experience and insight into the Libyan market and knowledge of Libyan law combined with City-quality advice and client service.’

‘We were impressed by Tarek’s ability to process a large volume of material and provide initial views in short order. He was also very responsive (including while on holiday). His written communication is excellent. He also has an obvious understanding of the Libyan market and is able to provide practical insights into the way things operate in Libya.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in the oil sector on terminating employment relationships with over 40 of its local employees as part of a reaction to a declaration of force majeure at the clients’ oil concession in Libya due to the impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing security instability.
  • Assisted with the amendment and restatement of a $40m financing facility extended to a well-known Libyan oil services company.
  • Represented a client in a dispute with a Libyan executive concerning a contractual breach.

Itkan Law

Itkan Law has a top-notch reputation within the legal market, and its managing partner Albudery Shariha is a leading figure. He is regularly referred work by major international law firms and receives direct mandates from multinationals and foreign investors into Libya. Dispute resolution is a key area for the firm, with cross-border litigation and arbitration featuring high on the agenda. The team is also well versed in procurement advice, corporate due diligence and IP. The well-regarded firm has offices in Tripoli and London.

Mukhtar-Kelbash and Elgharabli Attorneys

Mukhtar-Kelbash and Elgharabli Attorneys has a solid track record assisting international companies with their interests in Libya. The firm's partners have extensive expertise representing clients in the oil and gas sector, as well as contractors, investors, banks and security companies. Advice ranges from joint ventures, construction projects, banking, litigation and employment law. Name partners Mahmud Mukhtar, Bahloul Kelbash and Abdudayem Elgharabli are the key contacts.

Tumi Law Firm

Tumi Law Firm has a strong international pedigree having previous had an association with Dentons. The firm still works closely with several international firms and represents a broad range of multinational clients from across a variety of sectors, including energy, aviation, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and banking. The firm is divided almost equally between its contentious and non-contentious teams, and is led by founding partner Mohamed Tumi and managing partner Mazen Tumi.

Zahaf & Partners

Zahaf & Partners is a full-service firm based in Tripoli with a decent mix of locally and internationally trained lawyers. The firm covers the full range of sectors, and acts for several significant international clients working in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, food production, internet and energy industries. Saleh Mohammed Zahaf  has over 20 years' experience in contentious and non-contentious issues.

MTL Law Office

MTL Law Office has good experience advising international companies and investors on their Libyan interests. This includes commercial and joint venture deals, oil exploration and production sharing agreements, as well as contentious tax matters. The six-partner team includes founding partners Salah Marghani and Fituri Tabet. Other areas of expertise include maritime, transport, labour and environmental law.

P&A legal in association with AMERELLER

P&A legal in association with AMERELLER is well positioned to advise international clients on their Libyan affairs, with a strong focus on power generation, healthcare and oil and gas. Lead partner Kilian Bälz splits his time between the firm’s Tripoli, Berlin and Cairo offices. Clients include major foreign investors, with mandates ranging from major infrastructure and energy projects, as well as more day-to-day matters, such as employment and tax advice.

Practice head(s):

Kilian Bälz

Work highlights

  • Providing advice on Libyan law to an international credit insurance company in a $16m ICC arbitration.
  • Providing  advice on Libyan law in support of an international bank in court proceedings in the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.
  • Ongoing support to an international pharmaceutical company in its dealings with the Libyan MSO and local distributors.