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International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) > The Legal 500 Rankings
International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) has been a major fixture in Jordan's legal market for some time, a standing that is underpinned by its strong corporate finance offering. This includes a mix of M&A, restructuring, financings, joint ventures, and distribution agreements. Salaheddin Al-Bashir is the main partner in this area.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) is noted for its strong track record in distribution, construction, IP, employment, banking and real estate disputes. Firas Malhas heads the team, which includes Salim Kopti, who is highly experienced in civil and administrative proceedings.
Projects and energy Tier 2
International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) is a solid choice for major utilities projects, including energy and water, where it acts for clients in both the public and private sector. The firm is also experienced in transport and industrial infrastructure, and related construction, leasing and regulatory matters. Founding partner Salaheddin Al-Bashir is a key name in the space.
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Legal Reform and Legislative Drafting
Brief overview of the Legal Reform & Legislative Drafting practice
IBLAW has a renowned reputation in the area of Legal Reform and Legislative Drafting, under which the firm had extended exceptional legal support to consulting services, governments, donors, international organizations and private entities in local and regional key projects. IBLAW’s services in this area include designing, managing, implementing, and identifying the legal requirements and challenges of proposed reforms and evaluating legal reform activities and projects.
In addition, IBLAW had been a major player in identifying optimal regulatory mechanism and the appropriate legal instruments and relevant authorities for enforcement of regulatory requirements.
Looking back at the record time in which Jordan’s accession to the WTO was achieved, our team takes a special pride. To many the task looked simply impossible within the target time. IBLAW, however, knew that there is no turning back. IBLAW committed formidable will, resources and dedication to meet the WTO’s legal requirements. This involved drafting and advocating through parliament a package of more than thirty pieces of legislation, carrying out a massive amount of legal research, and providing on going advise to support bilateral and multilateral negotiations, prepare accession documents, ensure policy conformity, and bring the various stakeholders on board.
And we did it again in Aqaba. IBLAW has been a partner in the creation of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, from the inception of the idea and its advocacy within often skeptical circles, to the draft of a comprehensive package of “governance” legislation that gave ASEZ a comprehensive charter of economic rights with the aim of raising investor confidence and creating a prosperous and sustainable economic environment. The daunting challenge of this task may be appreciated if one considers that the background research to drafting the ASEZ law involved addressing all issues that may conflict with the creation of the zone such as constitutional matters, issues related to business formation and registration, investment incentives, the regimes governing the free zone, customs, rules of origin and taxes, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and protocols, foreign exchange controls, banking and off-shore activities, trade and industry, building, land zoning and construction, public utilities; civil service, telecommunications, transportation, immigration and residency, labor, environment, public health and safety, and tourism etc. Moreover, the implementation of this comprehensive government regime involved our team in drafting a comprehensive set of bylaws to regulate all aspects of the ASEZ operation.
Recently, IBLAW has been involved in two-mega projects of liberal and economically diverse special zones in the region. The advice involves establishing a holistic legal system that meets international norms and encourages economic growth and tourism in the region.
In addition, IBLAW has assisted in legislative reform efforts at the core of Jordan’s reform agenda related to capital markets, telecommunications and information technology, tourism, environmental policy, civil service, public procurement, investment, tax, securities, and public sector restructuring. On a regional level, IBLAW has provided legal support to the Palestinian National Authority, the Government of Tunisia and the American Moroccan Chamber of Commerce. Our lawyers drafted WTO-TRIPS compliant legislation for Palestinian National Authority; conducted a legal survey of barriers to service trade in Tunisia in advising Government of Tunisia; and advised the American Moroccan Chamber of Commerce on matters related to the Morocco-United States Free Trade Agreement.
Legal tasks included
- Provided technical support to develop and implement legislative strengthening program in Jordan to improve the core competencies of the Parliament;
- Provided information exchanges, mentoring, and hosting study to The “Rule of Law Program” funded by the USAID;
- Advised the Government of Jordan on the establishment of Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) which aimed at creating a duty-free low tax special economic zone with special regulatory framework facilitating investment procedure, market access and privatization, and setting up a streamlined, liberal and attractive investment climate with overriding role for private sector in zone development;
- Participated in establishing a legal system of two special zones in the region through aiming to provide holistic system that meets international norms and encourages economic growth and tourism in the region;
- Provided comprehensive legal support to the Government of Jordan (GoJ) relating to the accession to the WTO and other trade arrangements m which included its participation in the WTO bilateral and multilateral negotiations;
- Drafted proposal for establishment of Trade Policy Unit at the Prime Ministry to coordinate and ensure systematic formulation and Administration of Trade Policy;
- Handled the USAID supported project of establishing WTO Unit at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in 1997 and handled the USAID supported project of “ WTO Unit Development and Status”.
- Assisted in legislative reform efforts at the core of Jordan’s reform agenda related to capital markets, telecommunications and information technology, tourism, environmental policy, civil service, public procurement, investment, tax, securities, and public sector restructuring;
- Provided legal support to the Palestinian National Authority, the Government of Tunisia and the American Moroccan Chamber of Commerce. Our lawyers drafted WTO-TRIPS compliant legislation for Palestinian National Authority; conducted a legal survey of barriers to service trade in Tunisia in advising Government of Tunisia; and advised the American Moroccan Chamber of Commerce on matters related to the Morocco-United States Free Trade Agreement;
- Assisted the Government of Jordan in drafting and negotiating the United States –Jordan Free Trade Agreement;
- Assisted in drafting amendments to the Telecommunications Law to bring it into compliance with international best practice;
- Advised the Tourism Steering Committee on National Tourism Strategy to identify accordingly required policy, institutional, legal and regulatory reforms;
- Participated in all strategy and policy deliberations regarding reform of Investment framework in Jordan, covering investment policies, institutions, laws and procedures;
- Advised the Ministry of Administrative Development (MOAD) under DFID funded project on designing and developing a national strategy for Jordan’s Administrative Reform covering policy making reform, organizational restructuring, human resource and personnel, financial management, and business process re-engineering;
- Advised the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MOICT) in respect of Public Private Partnership in E-Government Payment Models, and Public Private Partnership in Governmental E- Procurement Models;
- Assisted in drafting the National Technology Center Law of Jordan to enable establishment of an e-government operations center and enable Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in implementing a government strategy for IT deployment;
- Assisted in drafting the Securities Law of Jordan to amend existing practices in capital markets and transform such to world class competitive stock exchange;
- Drafted the Financial Leasing Law of Jordan in conformity with international best practices to regulate financial leasing activities;
- Drafted proposed amendments to the Companies Law to enable and regulate private shareholding companies, ESOPS, venture capital and set policy objectives of IT companies;
- Assisted in a pilot project in two municipalities in order to develop a model licensing/permitting process (BPR) that can be applied to other municipalities in the Kingdom;
- Participated in drafting and amending the Laws of Investment Promotion of Jordan whereby IBLAW handled the components related to Licensing and Market Access;
- Drafted proposed amendments to the Jordan Industrial Estates Corporation Draft Law;
- Prepared draft Industry Law for Directory of Industrial Development at Ministry of Industry and Trade to create appropriate Institutional and Regulatory framework for Industrial Development, promotion of Small and Medium enterprises, and creation of Industrial Database;
- Involved in Policy and Regulatory Work, related to the regulation of the Capital market sector in Jordan, and acted as advisor on Capital Markets reform;
- Drafted a model Credit Reporting legislation;
- Participated in the editing and drafting Jordanian Bankruptcy Law and worked closely with international consultants on best practices of relevant legal systems;
- Drafted a legislation regulating financial leasing in Jordan;
- Drafted various amendments to the Companies Law relevant to Capital markets reform, Bankruptcy, Foreign Investment, Information Technology, etc.;
- Drafted amendments to the Telecommunication Law, in order to reinforce autonomy and raise effectiveness of the regulatory body, as well as to take account of developments in information and telecommunication technology and bring such under the authority of Ministry of Telecommunication;
- Participated in drafting the appropriate legislative reform and developing new laws for IT Industry development in Jordan , among which is the new E-Transaction Law;
- Assisting in advising, designing, and developing a national strategy for Jordan’s Administrative Reform;
- Drafted Bylaws of the Civil Service and Human Resource Management for Public Sector Reform;
- Drafted the Government Procurement Regulations and Bylaws to reflect international best practices, GPA agreement and UNICTRAL model law;
- Drafting package of legislation involving comprehensive restructuring of investment institutions in Jordan to reflect targeted reforms to investment policy institutions and formulation in Jordan, including the restructuring of their personnel, financial, procurement and travel matters;
- Participated in the formulation, launch and preparation of the implementation action plan of the National Tourism Strategy for Jordan;
- Assisted in establishing and setting regulatory and restructuring tasks pertaining to ASEZA’s pilot projects, such as the Risk Based System for Food Control and Health procedures, Registration and Permitting Systems for economic activities and electronic enabling thereof, and advocating on the issues of origin rules and certification.
- Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC)
- Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT)
- Airport International Group (AIG)
- Chemonics International Inc.
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
- Energy & Mineral Regulatory Commission
Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
Brief overview of the Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice
Our litigation department represents local and international clients before all trial and appellate courts in the Kingdom. Our sizable team is able to litigate corporate and commercial disputes, regardless of the size, complexity and subject matter and has expertise across practices and industries including breach of contract, labor and employment, construction, government procurement, intellectual properties, real estate, distribution and agency, banking & finance , insurance, white collar crime and corporate fraud.
Notwithstanding our resources, our policy is always to encourage clients to exhaust all options and strategies before resorting to litigation. Furthermore, our litigation team plays a vital role in assisting clients in dispute aversion strategies.
Legal tasks included
- Representing clients in two arbitration proceedings commenced under ICC and ICSID rules, brought before arbitration tribunals sitting in Paris and Zurich. The proceedings are related to public utility constructions and operation project;
- Representing the Greater Amman Municipality in FIDIC conciliation proceedings related to a construction and procurement project;
- Representing an international client involved in dredging and marine engineering in a multi-million taxation dispute brought against the competent local tax authority in the Kingdom
- Representing international energy and power’s products and systems suppliers in multi-million dispute brought before local court, which involves claims under maintenance and defect warranties;
- Representing one of the major telecommunications operators in Jordan in civil and public law related disputes brought before the competent bodies in the Kingdom, including the High Court of Justice, which pertains to regulatory, competition and commercial issues;
- Representing an insurance company in following up all its litigation proceedings brought before courts around the kingdom;
- Representing clients in litigation and dispute resolution proceedings related to banking and finance issues including disputes related to documentary credits, banking guarantees, securities and other banking matters;
- Representing a vital sector in Jordan in a labour strike case. IBLAW was able set a new precedent by triggering an expedited judicial process, requesting the court to decide upon the legality of the labour strike. We were able to gain a positive judgment in favour of our client who is running the sector to halt the strike. IBLAW has also represented its clients in four different labour cases over the span of five years before the Labour Court; a special court found under the Labour Law, the average number of cases of which it handles is three to five cases per year;
- Representing Coca Cola Bottling Company in numerous cases related to the applicability of Workers’ Grading System in which we obtained numerous positive judicial decisions in Coca Cola’s favour.
- Aqaba Development Company( ADC)
- Coca Cola Bottling Company
- Columbia University Middle East Research Centre
- Total Outré Mer S.A. France & Total Jordan
- Zain Jordan
- Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors
- Islamic Insurance Company
Corporate & Commercial
Brief overview of the Corporate and Commercial practice
IBLAW’s Corporate and Commercial practice provides a broad range of corporate and business services to publicly held corporations and private businesses – locally, regionally, and internationally. In some cases, we serve as general counsel for corporations and represent them in all aspects of their corporate life from the original establishment of the enterprise through all stages of operation and evolution. We also work on ground-breaking projects and transactions that are changing the Jordanian economy.
IBLAW has extensive expertise in the Jordanian Companies’ Law and related regulations, whether by drafting complex multi-party infrastructure, utilities and real estate development agreements or concessions. We also counsel businesses in their ongoing contractual relationships with domestic and international customers, suppliers, and distributors.
IBLAW’s cross-disciplinary approach to transactions enables us to provide comprehensive services to our clients beyond the transaction and regulatory work that is typical of most corporate practices by tapping into our firm-wide resources across departments in areas such as litigation, intellectual property, and public policy. For example, in collaboration with our public policy and privatization groups, the firm has represented the Jordanian Government, investors and lending institutions in virtually every large concession transaction in the Kingdom.
IBLAW offers several services within the umbrella of the Corporate and Commercial practice. The services include; mergers and acquisitions; corporate compliance and governance; real estate development; labour and employment; taxation; and securities and capital markets. We are active in domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, major mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as equity investments and infrastructure projects. Below are highlights of the work done under the Corporate and commercial practice area.
Legal tasks included
1. Financial Services, Capital Markets and Banking
IBLAW advises domestic and international banks and financial institutions on specialized banking transactions, including syndicated loans, structured finance and secured debt. Our team has a broad understanding of the needs of our financial services clients and includes former in-house counsel for banks and lending institutions.
IBLAW is able to provide services to our financial services clients beyond the transactional and regulatory work that is typical of most banking and finance practices by tapping into our firm-wide resources across departments in the areas such as litigation, tax, intellectual property, and public policy. IBLAW advised on a number of large capital markets transactions in Jordan, including:
- Open Society Foundation: Due Diligence on Jordanian Financial Companies
- IBLAW provided legal advisory on the due incorporation of the Jordanian entity that is wholly owned by the Mauritian Fund and any permits and licenses that are required for it to operate as a lender as well as on the taxes (withholding or VAT) that apply to its operations and to the funds it repays to its parent whether by way of dividend, interest or repayment of loans, including any transfer pricing issues;
- IBLAW provided legal advisory on the due incorporation of the Jordanian entity that is wholly owned by the Mauritius Investment Manager and any permits and licenses that are required for it to provide these services as well as on the taxes (VAT) that apply to its operations, interest or repayment of loans, including any transfer pricing issues;
- Provided a memo on the current regulatory framework for refugees to be able to (i) work in Jordan (what is required for them to be able to obtain work permits and what are the obligations of employers in this respect and the cost of obtaining permits) and (ii) own a business and obtain loans. This should be clear on what is required in difference sectors.
- Money Sal: Establishing a Financial Company in Jordan
- Conducting the necessary researches for determining the legal framework that governs the financials companies’ operation in Jordan and the required documents for registering such companies with the relevant official entities;
- Attending the necessary meetings with the officials at the relevant authorities including the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Central Bank of Jordan.
- Drafting the required incorporation documents for the establishment of a Jordanian Company fully owned by Money SAL (“Jordanian Company”);
- Carrying out the registration procedures before the Ministry of Industry and Trade and obtaining the Registration Certificate for the Jordanian Company;
- Carrying out the necessary procedures before the Jordanian Central Bank and any other related authority for the purposes of obtaining all the licenses required for the Jordanian Company to operate its business in Jordan.
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
IBLAW represented the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in connection with a framework facility for up to USD 150 million (approximately JD 106 million equivalent) to be used to provide senior unsecured loans to partner banks for on-lending to eligible small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) in Jordan.
- JORDAN/FIF – Amman Cairo Bank – SME Loan
IBLLAW provided legal advisory to EBRD related to their proposed transaction that involved (i) an unsecured loan of up to USD 20 million to Amman Cairo Bank, a Jordanian bank, to be extended under the Financial Intermediaries Framework to support lending to eligible private SMEs in Jordan
- JORDAN/FIF – Jordan Commercial Bank – SME Loan
IBLAW provided legal advisory to EBRD related to their proposed transaction that involved (i) an unsecured loan of up to USD 10 million to Jordan Commercial Bank, a Jordanian bank, to be extended under the Financial Intermediaries Framework to support lending to eligible private SMEs in Jordan
- West Bank & Gaza: Legal Due Diligence for Medlabs Consultancy Group Transaction
Recently, IBLAW assisted EBRD in their proposed transaction of providing Medlabs Consultancy with a loan of USD 2,500,000 in respect of Medlabs expansion in West bank by reviewing and commenting on the project and financing agreements and coordinate with the West bank law firm in finalizing the related transaction along with providing our legal opinion and feedback on such transaction.
- AM Solar Project
IBLAW is currently appointed by OPIC, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (the “Lenders”) in connection with financing of Jordan Solar PSC. IBLAW’s responsibilities included the following tasks:
- Provide local law advice and assist the Lenders with the review of and comments on, from the Lenders’ perspective, (i) the Government Guarantee, (ii) the Power Purchase Agreement, (iii) Transmission and Connection Agreement and (iv) the Land Lease Agreement, each in the form provided by the Sponsors and including comments of Sponsors’ counsel;
o Provide local law advice and assist the Lenders with the review of and comments on any other Jordanian law governing project documents;
- Conduct legal due diligence on the Project;
- Assist the Lenders with local law issues in preparing document review memoranda and providing input and advice in connection with miscellaneous financing and other issues, analyzing in particular relevant legal and commercial risks and any inconsistencies or errors contained in the documentation referred to above. If requested, prepare a memorandum on security enforcement and foreclosure procedures, and related matters. The due diligence report should also include findings of CRDD searches and specific resources used;
- Review drafts of loan documentation prepared by the Lenders’ New York counsel, and advise on any local law issues pertinent to such documents. Revise and, where necessary, participate in the negotiation of documents that are required under local law to consummate the transaction. Such documents may include a loan agreement, promissory note and a project completion agreement or other sponsor guaranty.
- Aqaba Development Corporation
ADC is a company owned by the Government of Jordan and Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA). IBLAW represented ADC on the issuance of 125 million bonds on a private placement basis which issuance was recognized at that time as the largest corporate bonds issue in the history of Jordan.
- Greater Amman Municipality
IBLAW worked closely with the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) on wide range of baking and capital market related matters. Significantly, IBLAW advised GAM on the issuance of bonds through private placement.
2. Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions
In both domestic and international transactions, our clients have immediate access to a wide range of legal experience. We provide creative solutions to the regulatory, tax and competition law problems inherent in today’s corporate transactions. IBLAW’s unique advantage in its public policy and legislative drafting experience ensures the Jordanian local legal advice at standards unparalleled for such transactions, and the economies that result from experienced, coordinated transaction management.
As one of the most prominent law firms in the country in M&A transactions, IBLAW has taken the lead and has managed M&A transactions with unprecedented speed and efficiency. IBLAW is well reputed for being the only law firm to lead a publicly traded company acquisition transaction for our client Al-Hikma Pharmaceuticals, as more described below, with flawless efficiency and in record time.
- Jordan Magnesia Company Transaction
IBLAW represented recently the Arab Potash Company, a Public Shareholding company, in respect of selling its shares in Jordan Magnesia Company (JORMAG) to an international investor. IBLAW scope of work includes the preparation of the virtual data room for the buyers, obtaining all the corporate and official approvals for selling the shares, and drafting and negotiating the Share Purchase Agreement and executing the same before the competent authorities.
- Masaken Transaction, Public Shareholding Company – listed company
Providing legal advisory services concerning the increase of the share capital of Jordan Masaken for Lands & Industrial Development Projects and represent the Client before the Competent Authorities in this regards up to finalizing all the legal requirements of the said increase.
Providing legal advisory to Masaken on key corporate and stock-market rules and regulations including but not limited to general regulatory matters related to Amman Stock Exchange regulations, disclosure requirements, board structure and board members qualification, and other matters related to the relation of Masakan as public listed company with the Jordan Securities Commission, Amman Stock Exchange and Securities Depository Center.
- Project Charlotte Transaction
IBLAW partnered with Linklaters to conduct legal due diligence for a leading Venture Capital in connection with the acquisition of minority shares in one of the Middle East Leading Industrial Group. IBLAW scope of works includes reviewing the due diligence documents pertaining to the Jordanian companies owned by the Group, drafting a due diligence report in this regard and providing the client with legal advice regarding the relevant laws and regulations in Jordan.
- Al Nabil Food Industries LLC
IBLAW represented the shareholders of “Al Nabil Food Industries LLC” in connection with their disposal of a significant minority interest in the Company. IBLAW’s scope of work entails conducting vendor due diligence, reviewing and commenting on the Shares Acquisition Agreement on behalf of the sellers, assisting with the satisfaction of conditions precedent to close the transaction including obtaining the competition clearance process and executing the transaction before the competent authorities in Jordan.
- Philip Morris International
IBLAW represented Philip Morris International in its acquisition of one of the major producers of tobacco in Jordan, the International Tobacco Cigarettes Company. IBLAW’s scope of work entails conducting comprehensive legal Due Diligence, drafting and negotiating the Acquisition Agreement on behalf of the buyer and dealing with all post-completion requirements.
- Al Hikma Pharmaceuticals
IBLAW represented Al Hikma in acquiring the entirety of the Arab Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company PLC (“APM” or “Company”) a publicly traded company on the Amman Stock Exchange for cash consideration of JD116.0 million ($163.6 million). IBLAW was able to guide the Client through this transaction and complete the acquisition of all outstanding and publicly traded shares within approximately 2 months.
IBLAW advised Grace, a Belgian company, in all procedures, including participation in negotiations and drafting/reviewing all the related documents/agreements for the acquisition of the assets of the target company (the “Company”) in accordance with the applicable Jordanian Laws.
- USP Imperial Palace LLC
IBLAW represented USP Imperial Palace LCC, a US Company in an asset purchase transaction of a four star hotel in Amman, Jordan.
- Abu Dhabi Media Company
IBLAW represented the Abu Dhabi Media Company (PJSC) in the attempted acquisition of 51 percent of the shares of Jordan’s premier multimedia company.
- Aramex International
IBLAW represented Aramex International; a publicly held company traded on the London Stock Exchange, in a bid to purchase 51 percent of the shares of the Jordan Post Company the owner and operator of the Jordanian postal service, which is currently wholly owned by the Government of Jordan.
IBLAW has helped guide its clients in the telecommunications industry through all their transactional and regulatory needs. Below is a sample of work done in the industry covering regulatory, transaction, and litigation for both the private and public sectors.
- Zain Jordan
IBLAW currently acts on behalf of Zain Jordan on a variety of transactional, litigation and regulatory matters. IBLAW has assisted Zain Jordan in establishing a regulatory strategy, has undertaken due diligence projects relating to potential acquisitions and has represented Zain Jordan in different levels of Jordanian courts on regulatory, competition and labor matters.
- Moobility Telecom
IBLAW acted as Moobility’s corporate advisor in the establishment of its business as the first MVNO in Jordan. IBLAW provided a range of services including, establishing the company, negotiating and drafting the shareholders’ agreement with Zain Jordan and a variety of other cooperate matters.
- Ministry of Information & Communications Technology / Telecommunications Regulatory Commission
In addition to its work with the private sector, IBLAW has had extensive experience in the Telecommunications industry on the public sector side. During 2004 – 2006, IBLAW assisted the Ministry of Information & Communications Technology (MoICT) in drafting amendments to the Telecommunications Law to bring it into compliance with International Best Practices and to clearly separate and restructure the regulator body – Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC). In addition, IBLAW worked with the TRC on the following matters:
- TRC’s role and authorities, regulatory regimes and legal framework for sub-sectors, the enforceability of its rules and determinations and the implementation of the Government policy regarding the Information and Communications Technology sector;
- Setting up the new regulatory environment governing market access and licensed providers in the telecommunications sector in Jordan;
- The program of licensing of entrants to fixed telecommunications sub-sector and the transition of current licensees to the new regime through assisting in drafting licenses and licensing regulations, advising on issues regarding acquired rights of licensees, and TRC powers to amend licenses and enforce licensing requirements under the new program;
- Drafted secondary legislations including regulations for interconnection, facility unbundling and service resale, competition safeguards, rule-making and others;
- Advised on the licensing of a third public mobile telecommunications operator including the tendering process, assisted in drafting the license and participated in negotiations;
- Drafted of the proposal for regional regulator network, and advising on and assisting in drafting a license agreement for “trunking” or “Private Radio Mobile Service”.
4. Infrastructure Projects
IBLAW has had the opportunity and privilege to participate in Jordan’s impressive privatization effort, which has changed the landscape of the Jordanian economy covering a large number of infrastructure projects and sectors in Jordan. Building on its experience in Jordan, IBLAW has also advised several other governments on various legal aspects of privatization initiatives and transactions.
IBLAW’s involvement with Jordan’s privatization effort covers different utilities, sectors and services. IBLAW has represented both the government and private sector in structuring and implementing privatization transactions ranging from the sale of government shares, to more complex concessions, Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) and Build-Own-Operate (BOO) arrangements.
- The National Railway Project
IBLAW is currently assisting the Ministry of Transport in developing a strategy aimed to prepare and implement the PPP transaction on a BOT basis for a national railway network, to include building the new sections of rail line, and operating the railway. IBLAW’s services include technical, legal, regulatory and financial due diligence and a study of the current regulatory regime, drafting and amending legislation to accommodate the structure of the project.
- The New Port of Aqaba
This Project involves selecting an investor/operator to design, build, finance, operate and transfer a new port located at the southern area of Aqaba pursuant to a 30-year development and operating agreement. IBLAW is advising the Aqaba Development Corporation (Owner of the project) on all legal issues related to the different components of the project including reviewing and drafting all required documentations.
- Nuclear Power Project
IBLAW advised the winning consortium of the Site Selection Work stage of the Nuclear Power Plant Project, including advising on all local law, drafting and negotiating the contract with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission.
- Amman East Independent Power Plant Project
The Project involved the development, design, engineering, financing, insurance, construction, start up, testing, commissioning, completion, ownership, operation and maintenance of a gas/oil-fired combined cycle electric generation plant at Al-Manakher area of 369.67 MW net on a BOO basis. IBLAW advised the financiers (a syndication of international financial institution) on all local legal aspects pertaining to the Project including conducting a comprehensive legal due diligence addressing all legal and regulatory aspects of the project in addition to taxes, investment, collateral, arbitration, enforcement and others, as well as studying project documents and reviewing and/or drafting finance documents and security package.
5. Real Estate
Like other countries in the region, Jordan has experienced a rapid and unprecedented change in the volume and type of real estate development and investments. This has driven the need for sophisticated and innovative legal services to support increasingly complex development and finance transactions. IBLAW has been at the forefront of these changes. The firm has advised the Aqaba Development Corporation and the Greater Amman Municipality on major real estate transactions, in addition to representing real estate investors and developers.
- Development Zones Commission
IBLAW represented the Jordanian Development Zones Commission – IBLAW has advised the Commission on the creation and establishment of the Dead Sea development corporation and the Ajloun development corporations. In addition, IBLAW has negotiated and drafted the agreement between the Commission and master developer for the Ma’an development zone.
- King Hussein Business Park Development Zone
IBLAW represents the Business Park Company – the Company responsible for the development of the largest business park in Amman and fully owned by the Social Security Corporation.
IBLAW has advised the on the creation and establishment of the Company, negotiated the Master Development Agreement entered into with the Development Zones Commission and all types of real estate transaction for the Park including agreements with master planners and lease agreements with companies such as HP, Cisco and Microsoft.
Tax matters are an integral part of doing business, and our attorneys’ extensive knowledge in this area is necessary in structuring any complex business transaction. Global in scope, we advise local and international clients on the cross-border taxation aspects of their transactions and operations.
When tax controversies arise, our experienced attorneys can help resolve the issues as favourably as possible, whether in audits, administrative appeals with the tax authority, or any dispute resolution forum. IBLAW’s expertise covers corporate income tax, employees, customs and duties, and sales tax. We have also assisted entire sectors in filing for industry-wide tax exemptions.
7. Labor and Employment
Drawing on the strength of our multi-disciplinary approach, IBLAW assists clients in all matters of employee legal affairs. Our legal services include advising on labor law, civil service, tax and social security matters, drafting employment contracts, internal manuals, and representing employers in any employment related disputes.
8. Corporate Governance and Compliance
IBLAW has extensive experience in advising boards of directors and corporate executives in connection with corporate governance, transactions, and disclosure requirements. We proactively work with our corporate clients to ensure regulatory compliance, including, that the executives and directors discharge their duties and manage their operations effectively and in compliance with the law.
- Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
- Al-Hikma Pharmaceuticals
- American Bar Association
- ALSTOM (Switzerland) Ltd.
- Arabtech Jardaneh
- Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC)
- Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT)
- Airport International Group (AIG)
- Air Arabia Jordan
- Brinks EMEA
- Bureau Veritas
- Chemonics International Inc.
- Crown Prince Foundation
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
- Energy & Mineral Regulatory Commission
- Food Assistance Program (FAP)
- Columbia University Middle East Research Center
- Danish Refugee Council
- The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance
- International Oil Trading Company
- International Rescue Commission (IRC)
- International Relief and Development (IRD)
- Islamic Insurance Company
- Jordan Phosphate Mines Company
- JT International (Jordan) Limited
- Kingdom Electricity for Energy Investments (PSC)
- Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art & Restoration
- Mafraq Development Corporation
- Microfund for Women
- MENA Venture Investments
- Mubadala Development Co.
- Money Sal
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
- Queen Rania Teacher Academy
- Solvochem B.V.
- Samra Electric Power Co. (SEPCO)
- Total Outré Mer S.A.
- The Jordanian Electric Power Co. Ltd. (JEPCO)
- The American Chamber of Commerce (Jordan) (AmCham)
- United States Agency of International Development (USAID)
- Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors
- Vtel Middle East & Africa
- Zain Jordan
- Konrad- Adenauer Stiftung European and International Cooperation
- Arab Mining Company (ARMICO)
- Near East Foundation
Brief overview of the Intellectual Property practice
IBLAW has played a significant role in shaping the Intellectual Property Rights regime in Jordan, distinguishing itself as a leader in this field. Thanks to its role in drafting and advocating the Kingdom’s TRIPS compliant IP package of legislation, the firm enjoys a competitive advantage in advising on all aspects of IPR in Jordan, as our IP attorneys were the sole legal consultants of the Jordanian government during the Kingdom’s WTO accession, and signature of the Jordan US Free Trade Agreement.
IBLAW has been ranked for nine consecutive years by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) worldwide IP firms survey as the leading Jordanian law firm, holding top tier position in Trademarks, Copyright and Patent contentious and prosecution work in the Kingdom. Furthermore the firm has been nominated as the winner of the Corporate Intl Magazine 2010 Legal Award for: “The Patents Law Firm of the Year in Jordan” &”The Franchise Law Firm of the Year in Jordan”.
The firm has recorded several precedents in key IP sectors and practices in the kingdom among them is the judicial precedent issued in 2003 by the court of cassation in respect of counterfeiting of lookalike products. The Court of Cassation assured that registration of a trade mark in Jordan will never affect the right owners from attaching and/or seizing similar look alike products, where there is a violation of the Unfair Competition Law by using models, designs and descriptions that causes confusion and misconception with the confirmed that registration of a trademark pursuant to the Trademarks Law does not absolve the registered owner of the trademark of unfair competitive practices, pursuant to the Unfair Competition Law in the Kingdom . In addition, IBLAW was the first law firm in Jordan to successfully handle a domain name dispute before the National Arbitration Forum in the US.
As one of the most prominent law firms in the country in M&A transactions, IBLAW has taken the lead in advising, and managing the IP portfolio in major M&A transactions with flawless efficiency and in record time.
IBLAW’s cross-disciplinary approach to IP work encompasses establishing and defending IP rights, regulatory counselling, managing IP portfolios, drafting IP related agreements and representation before courts and regulatory authorities. IBLAW is able to provide comprehensive services to our IP clients by tapping into our firm-wide resources across departments in the areas such as the corporate and commercial transactions, public policy and legislative drafting, in addition to litigation and dispute resolution.
Legal tasks included
- Advised on all aspects of IPR including evaluating, protecting, licensing, administering and litigating such rights;
- Won a signature patent infringement case for one of its local pharmaceutical clients , which is considered as a legal precedent in Jordan , in which the judicial decision spots the light on the difference between the protection of patentable drugs and the manufacturing of generic drug under the regulatory exemptions applied in Jordan pursuant to the framework of the WTO.
- Represented a volume of well-known local and international companies in respect of litigation and border enforcement of their IPR in the Kingdom; including but not limited to:
○ Messrs, Soremartec SA (Ferrero), who are facing aggressive unfair competition in Jordan through look alike products being either produced regionally or locally under different word trademarks , and similar packaging and look alike trade dress . IBLAW was able to seize a huge shipment imported into Jordan with similar packaging of Messrs Ferrero well known Nutella product configuration , the case was settled in favor of our client , and the shipment was totally destroyed before entering the local market .
○ Messrs UBER , who are facing infringement of their well-known trademarks Careem and UBER in Jordan . IBLAW was able to obtain one of a kind decision is a criminal IP infringement action in favour or its client , by relying on the protection of Well Known trademarks in Jordan , regardless of the class and goods for which the similar infringing trademark is used for .
○ Messrs , Fromageries Bell, who faces worldwide unfair competition in respect of their well known trademarks La Vache Qui Rit , and Kiri and others . Our IP team had successfully litigated the rights of its client before Jordanian judiciary, and was able to obtain considerable results for Messrs, Fromageries Bell, in a major compensation case filed against them in Jordan .
- Represented Al Hikma in acquiring the entirety of the Arab Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company PLC (“APM” or “Company”) a publicly traded company on the Amman Stock Exchange for cash consideration of JD116.0 million ($163.6 million). IBLAW was able to guide the client through this transaction and complete the IP due diligence, and acquisition of all outstanding and publicly traded shares including Intellectual Property Rights within approximately 2 months.
- Represented Philip Morris International in its acquisition of one of the major producers of tobacco in Jordan, the International Tobacco Cigarettes Company. IBLAW’s scope of work entails conducting comprehensive legal Due Diligence;
- Drafted signature Intellectual Property agreements (such as licensing, franchising, technology transfer, know how, manufacturing, joint ventures, and assignments agreements…..etc.;
- Managed the IP portfolio of a huge number of local and international clients in the Kingdom;
- Prepared comprehensive legal report on Franchising Arrangement for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s), serves as a guideline material identifying key legal issues involved in using franchising as a vital component and business tool to enhance and promote growth and expansion;
- Drafted and advocated the passage of Jordan’s package of WTO-compliant Intellectual Property legislation, which included amending the Trademarks and Copyright Laws of Jordan as well as drafting and advocating new laws pertaining to Patents; Geographical Indications; Unfair Competition And Trade Secret; Layout -Designs of Integrated Circuits; Industrial Designs and Industrial Models and Plant Varieties;
- Assisted the Government of Jordan in preparing answers of the TRIPS Council Members regarding the legislative review related to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement;
- Handled the World Bank funded project on amending Intellectual Property Legislation of the Palestinian National Authority;
- Advised the Jordanian Government in all IP related issues in the Jordan-US Free Trade Agreement (JUSTFA);
- Assessed compatibility, along with the required action for compliance, related parties and time frame. The project also involved the preparation of USAID’s JUSFTA Legal Gap Analysis which outlined copyright enforcement mechanisms under existing copyright legislation and related non-intellectual property (IP) legislation, and identified the gaps, loopholes, and obstacles faced by right owners that hinder effective copyright enforcement;
- Prepared detailed compatibility matrices covering trademarks, geographical indications, patents, copyright and related rights, and undisclosed tests and data. Each of the related compatibility matrices highlights the related JUSFTA commitments and presents an assessment of those commitments with the current Jordanian legal system and practice, with recommendations for actions to be taken to ensure compliance and related parties responsibly for execution;
- Advised the Jordanian Government on the amendment of the Trademarks and Patents regulations to allow implementation of the provisions of the Madrid Protocol, and Patent Cooperation Treaty PCT;
- Advised the Jordanian Government in the Kingdom’s enforcement of ex official administrative actions for copyright piracy and trademark infringement.
Our Intellectual Property practice serves a range of leading companies in the sectors of cosmetics & luxury goods, chocolates & confectionary, cars spare parts & machinery, cigarettes & tobacco, IT & telecom, media & advertisement, software, distribution and retailing, publishing and others.
Among our Intellectual property clients are
- Total Outre –Mer
- Ford Motor Company ;
- Daimler AG
- Philip Morris International Management S.A;
- Fromageries Bell ;
- Sanofi Aventis;
- Fischer holding GmbH & Co.,
- Nokia Corporation ,
- Jumeirah International LLC.
- SHUAA Capital PSC
- Honda Motors Company;
- Red Bull Gmb
- Soremartec S.A (Ferrero), Robert Bosch GmbH
- Western Union
- Campero International
- Moobility Telecom
- The Coca-Cola Company;
- Rotana Hotels Suites and Resorts ;
- Apple Inc.
- Ferrero S.P.A,
- CERRUTI 1881
- Castrol Limited
- Vodafone Group Plc
- Macy’s Department Stores, Inc.
- Compagnie Gervais Danone
- Zain Jordan
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID Jordan)
Privatization and PPP
Brief overview of the Privatization & Public Private Partnership practice
IBLAW has a distinct expertise in public private partnership projects in several sectors including water & wastewater, energy/oil & gas and transportation.
Our firm is heavily involved in legal advisory services related to the Kingdom’s privatization program spanning different utilities, sectors and services. We have acted for both government, and private sector bidders in diverse privatization transactions ranging from sale of government shares in a government fully owned companies to more complex concessions, Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) and Build-Own-Operate (BOO) arrangements.
IBLAW is renowned for handling major energy and infrastructure projects. Recently it advised Jordanian Electrical Power Co (JEPCO) with all of its legal and regulatory issues, including its project on fibre-optic network infrastructure servicing, as well as reviewing and drafting all related documents and agreements related thereto including the establishing of new company operating an over-ground fibre optic network with one of the telecommunications companies in Jordan. IBLAW also assisted Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) in handling the project of refurbishing and expanding existing oil jetties at the port of Aqaba by conducting necessary due diligences as well as drafting and negotiating the project documents and agreements to ensure proper implementation of the project while maintaining the activity of the terminal’s facilities.
Legal tasks included
- Advised Jordanian Electrical Power Co (JEPCO) on a project of fibre-optic network infrastructure services, including the establishment of new company operating an over-ground fibre optic network with one of the telecommunications companies in Jordan;
- Advised the Ministry of Water and Irrigation/Water Authority on legal barriers and opportunities for various models of private sector participation in water sector and wastewater treatment in Jordan; including the Wadi Mousa Water and Wastewater Project, and in respect of the acquisition of private wells for public use;
- Advised numerous clients on tenders related to projects on water and wastewater management in Jordan, including preparation of RFP, issuance of tender documents and contract relating to procurement of private sector services to provide management, operation and maintenance services related to the water and wastewater infrastructure in the area;
- Conducted a comprehensive legal study for the private sector’s participation in the Jordanian water sector. The study covered the constitutional, fiscal, investment and market access issues in the legislation, as well as governmental regulation in the water sector, and identified legal obstacles to private sector participation and investment in the water projects in the country;
- Advised Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (“ASEZA”) on legal aspects pertaining to proposed structures for water sector management in the zone, and especially with respect to relative rights of ASEZA versus other national authorities and legal aspects of proposed private sector participation models;
- Advised ASEZA on Aqaba Water Sector Management’s proposed structures for water sector management in the zone;
- Provided ASEZA with legal assistance regarding the establishment of a private company owned by the Government for water and wastewater management in the Zone;
- Advised private firm on all legal aspects, relating to prospective bid for procurement of private sector services for management and operation of Khirbet al-Samra Water treatment plan, including preparation of tendering proposals and documents, review and comment on terms of reference and management contract;
- Advised on Disi-Mudawara to Amman Water Conveyance System on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The Project includes, inter alia, the raising of water from an aquifer in the Disi-Mudawara area in the south of Jordan and the conveyance of the water to the greater Amman area, a distance of approximately 325 kilometres;
- Provided transaction advisory Services for the Development of a National Railway Network (The Government of Jordan has approved the “Study of the Railway Development Strategy” which recommends the development of a national standard gauge rail network linking major centres in Jordan with its neighbouring countries. The estimated overall length of the rail system would amount to some 1,086 km, with an initial infrastructure development cost of JD 2.7 billion, excluding rolling stock, terminals and fixed maintenance facilities;
- Provided advisory on Amman-Zarqa Light Railway System Project: the Project involved the implementation of an electric powered, double track, standard (1,435 mm) gauge light rail system (LRS) between the cities of Amman and Zarqa on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis;
- Provided advisory on Rehabilitation, Expansion and Operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA): IBLAW has extended it legal services to one of the bidding consortia which legal services included conducting a comprehensive legal due diligence related to the Project as well as reviewing and assessing the Project documents;
- Provided advisory on The New Port of Aqaba (. IBLAW is advsed the Aqaba Development Corporation (Owner of the Project) on all legal issues related to the different components of the Project including reviewing and drafting all required documentations;
- Provided advisory on Privatization of Aqaba Railway Corporation: This Project consisted of two components, the privatization of the Aqaba Railway Corporation, a governmental entity established under the laws of Jordan, as well as contracting out the operation and management of the Aqaba Railway network;
- Partnered with a Korean Law Firm (Lee & Ko) to conduct a comprehensive due diligence for Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd (“KOSPO”) in respect of implementation of a wind power project in Jordan;
- Provided legal advisory to Masdar in respect of the purchasing of 30% of the share capital of a Wind Power Company in Tafila –Jordan;
- Represented and advised the Ma’an Development Company (MDC), which was appointed by the Development and Free Zones Areas Commission as the master developer for the Ma’an Development Area (MDA), to promote, inter alia, the generation of solar power and promote Ma’an as a premium investment destination to capitalize on the area’s regional economic growth with the goal of serving as regional hub for industrial activity;
- Advised Korea Electric Power Corporation on a project concerning the development, financing, constructing and operating on a BOO basis, a 380 MW gas/oil fired combined cycle power plant at Al Qatrana, Jordan;
- Assisted Masdar Solar & Wind Cooperatief U.A in incorporating and registering a Jordanian Company to generate power from renewable energy sources, to invest in alternative energy generation projects, to invest in renewable solar energy industry, and to produce electricity from the solar energy;
- Assisted TSK Electronica y Eltricidad in registering operating branch in Jordan (i.e. Operating Foreign Company) in respect of a Quweira project, under which TSK was awarded by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral resources to build a 103-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. IBLAW assisted TSK Electronica y Eltricidad in obtaining the initial regulatory approvals to register the said operating branch;
- Assisted Environmena Power Systems, who was awarded by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral resources to build a 103-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in adjusting its registration in Jordan by adding the Quweira project to its records as an operating foreign company;
- Assisted TSK Electronica y Eltricidad and Environmena Power Systems in drafting, legalizing, and notarizing the Joint Venture concluded between the said companies to execute the works related to the Quweira project, under which TSK Electronica y Eltricidad and Environmena Power Systems were awarded by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral resources to build a 103-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant;
- Assisted Total Jordan, which is an affiliate of TOTAL Outre-Mer, in amending its articles and memorandum of association by adding certain objectives to enable Total Jordan to generate power from renewable energy sources, invest in alternative energy generation projects, invest in renewable solar energy industry, and produce electricity from the solar energy;
- Provided advisory services to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan on issues related to renewable energy legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the development the harmonization of the regulatory framework for the power sector with the Government’s policy objectives contained in the proposed legislation for the energy sector with respect to the promotion of renewable energy development;
- Provided consulting Services for the development of the institutional and operating arrangements for Jordan Renewable and Energy Efficiency Fund;
- Handled Aqaba Oil Terminal Project: The Project involved contractual arrangement between the Aqaba Development Corporation, the Aqaba Oil Corporation and the Government of Jordan to refurbish, expand, finance the existing oil jetty and construct related facilities such as new storage tanks at the Port of Aqaba to Industry Best Practices and ensure the handling and distribution of crude oil and oil products through the Marine Terminal and the various storage areas to enable replacement of the existing floating storage by modern facilities in the shortest possible time;
- Advised an international energy company on the privatization of the Electricity Generation Company (CEGCO”) in Jordan through conducting a comprehensive due diligence on legal and regulatory framework of the electricity sector and addressed all contractual, employment, tax, environmental and investment issues;
- Advised the winning consortium of the Site Selection Work stage of the Nuclear Power Plant Project, including advising on all local law, drafting and negotiating the contract with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission. Additionally, IBALW had also advised a multi-national corporation in its work on pre-construction consulting services to the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission;
- Provided legal advisory in respect of on Amman East Power Project (the 1st IPP in Jordan). The Project involved the development, design, engineering, financing, insurance, construction, startup, testing, commissioning, completion, ownership, operation and maintenance of a gas/oil-fired combined cycle electric generation plant at Al-Manakher area of 369.67 MW net on a BOO basis;
- Provided legal advisory in respect of Al-Qatraneh IPP Project (the 2nd IPP in Jordan). The Project involved the development, design, engineering, financing, insurance, construction, startup, testing, commissioning, completion, ownership, operation and maintenance of a gas/oil-fired combined cycle electric generation plant at Al-Qatraneh area of [280-400] MW net on a BOO basis;
- Represented overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”) and EBRD in connection with extending the required financing for the IPP4 Amman East expansion project of the Peak Power Plant Project to be undertaken by AES Baltic Holdings BV and Mitsui;
- Provided the Government with different model Agreements such as “Concession Agreement, Lease and Management Agreement) to cover the different privatization methods for the water sector in the country;
- Drafted the legal documentation required for the privatization of the Jordan Industrial estates land in Aqaba. This process required an analysis of all laws relevant to land and investment in order to ensure that the deal as the Government sees it is feasible for investors;
- Advised the Jordanian government on the Wadi Musa Water and Waste Water Management Contract, where IBLA has drafted the General Conditions of Contract for this project and advised the government on different privatization strategies;
- Carried the privatization of two departments of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation;
- Participated in the drafting of the Share Transfer Agreement, and related legal work rendered in respect of the privatization of the Royal Jordanian Air Academy ( RJAA);
- Advised the Electricity Regulatory Commission on the restructuring of the energy and electricity sector and increasing private sector participation;
- Jordanian Electrical Power Co (JEPCO)
- Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC)
- Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd (“KOSPO”)
- Ma’an Development Company
- Masdar Solar & Wind Cooperatief U.A
- TSK Electronica y Eltricidad
- TOTAL Outre-Mer
- Total Jordan
- Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
- Electricity Generation Company (CEGCO”)
- AES Oasis Jordan – Mitsui
- Alstom Power Italia S.P.A.
- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) is a premier Jordanian law firm. The firm is well regarded for its unparalleled knowledge and ability to serve with in-depth experience and intimate knowledge of the technical, institutional and political environments in which our clients operate.
IBLAW was founded by Senior Partner Dr. Salaheddin Al-Bashir, on a vision of a truly modern law firm that offers clients in both the public and private sector with legal services that are compatible with today’s economic needs and challenges. Since its establishment, the firm has quickly grown to include highly resourceful and diverse attorneys and consultants.
IBLAW combines a unique advantage of its unparalleled experience in public policy and legislative drafting with a broad based practice in regulatory affairs and compliance. IBLAW is one of the few local Arab law firms with a specialized and dedicated public policy and legislative drafting practice group.
Our policy work spans both vertical and horizontal. Vertically, we cover all spheres of positive law from multilateral international treaties down to secondary legislation, instructions and circulars. Horizontally, our work spans across different sectors and subject matters including Public Sector Reform, Restructuring, Tax, Governance, anti-corruption and the Rule of Law, Economic and Judicial Reform, Privatization, Finance and Regulation of Public Utilities, Private Sector Participation, Investment Regimes and Special Economic Zones and Sector Strategies and its associated legislation including Information Technology, Communication, Tourism, Capital Markets and Finance.
Our team of 33 lawyers has strong command of the laws of the Middle East, enjoys deep understanding of its judicial decisions and the teachings of the most highly qualified publicists. Most of our lawyers had the benefit of learning in Civil and Common Law countries, and have very strong knowledge to provide a holistic approach in addressing challenging legal issues.
IBLAW provides solid experience in established areas of practice, with up to date knowledge of frontier legal developments, in privatization and PPP, banking & finance, project finance, corporate & commercial, capital market, international trade, intellectual property rights, telecommunications, information technology and litigation.
Our team culture and management style ensure cross-fertilization between different legal disciplines to provide an elite service to each of our clients. Our continuous involvement in flagship projects, complex transactions and high-profile contentious work enabled us to work affectively with demanding clients, other service providers and other law firms. IBLAW has gained formidable experience in managing complex legal projects, working effectively with multiple stake holders, manage complex work schedules, and ensure the quality and timely delivery of output
CLIENT: International Refuge Assistance Project- IRAP
TESTIMONIAL: For almost two years, we have worked with Firas Malhas and Dina Al Bashir of IBLAW. I value their responsiveness, prompt communication, and thorough analysis. When I reach out for support on a corporate or employment law matter, I rely on their considered, thoughtful, and actionable advice. Our work with IBLAW has provided a pathway to results; as such, I have and will continue to recommend the firm.
CLIENT: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung- KAS
TESTIMONIAL: We hired IBLAW to register us as a regional office working for Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in the MENA region. Our main concern was that the registration process might not be smooth and would take time. The highly professional work of the IBLAW lawyers’ team- especially Mr. Firas Malhas, Mr. Mohammad Al-Nejdawi and Mr. Izzat made the registration process very easy for us. They guided us throughout the preparation of the documents and then they followed up professionally with the related ministries. We are very satisfied with their work and we will recommend them to other institutions and partners.
CLIENT: Group Bel
TESTIMONIAL: We are pleased to confirm that the IP advisory we receive from IBLAW is highly professional, and reflects an extremely high level of experience of the IP domain. In particular, Partner Mrs. Nancy Dababneh, has a strategic view of the topics, and has met our needs and in a professional and appropriate manner.
CLIENT: Savy Pharma
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with IBLAW, and in particular with Mrs Nancy Dababneh on an IP complex case related to the pharmaceutical industry. Mrs Dababneh is a highly energetic lawyer who is truly interested in providing a valuable service to her clients on timely manner. She has over exceeded what we have had expected. She has enormous capability and expertise to resolve unexpected hurdles in professional manner. She is a self-motivated, trustworthy lawyer and pleasant to work with. We have learnt a lot while working with her and her team and will definitely recommending her to other peers.
CLIENT: STS Arabia
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW consistently provides professional and informative services with a personal touch. They act in the complete interest of the business providing a bespoke approach and documentation to match. They have a deep and accurate understanding of all matters in which we consult them making them invaluable advisors. Thanks to Ms. Dina Al Bashir who is always responsive and a pleasure to deal with and to Mr. Salim Kopti whose prompt and professional advice during the COVID-19 lockdown and beyond has been invaluable. Our experience with IBLAW has been a positive one; and we would certainly recommend IBLAW to other companies.
CLIENT: Arab Mining Co (ARMICO)
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW has expertise in different industries and they assign the most relevant in-depth knowledge of your industry to your case. Being part of a fast-moving market, IBLAW can act with complete integrity at all times. IBLAW has proved beyond any doubt that they are the best in Jordan. IBLAW litigated on our behalf a very delicate case with multiple private and state parties, which was led by Salim Kopti, whom we believe, is one of the best litigators in Jordan. They have deep understanding of all matters in which we consult them. The quality of their services are outstanding.
CLIENT: Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT)
TESTIMONIAL: I would score an excellent satisfaction with IBLAW’s performance, dedication and engagement towards ACT’s best interest especially in their success to win several labour battles. Needleless to mention the professionalism, interpersonal communication skills and efficiency that IBLAW maintains in interaction with ACT. Cases of a political influence across the area and internationally were amongst the cases IBLAW handled and defended. We consider IBLAW as our partners in looking into any dispute or legal challenge ACT may face. A big gratitude to advocate Salim Kopti for his wide and strategic thinking as well as his dedication and commitment.
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW has highly competent lawyers at all levels. Their lawyers can deliver and act with complete integrity in each case. Our complicated legal matters were held by Mr. Salim Kopti who is among the leaders in the field. The firm is very responsive and they follow-up thoroughly all client’s needs.
CLIENT: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
TESTIMONIAL: The largest concern about our legal matter before hiring IBLAW was to have our legal matters handled by a firm that can provide prompt, accurate and commercially practical advice in the banking sector. In this regard, IBLAW had achieved a good level of satisfaction The firm knows the details and nature of our transaction, and needs which makes it easy to discuss new matters and issues that may arise. The response received by IBLAW is usually prompt. I would recommend IBLAW to a peer company in the same field. Last but not least we had enjoyed working with Dina Al-Bashir.
CLIENT: TOTAL Jordan
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW never failed to act with complete integrity, professionalism and deep knowledge in each case we have consulted them in. IBLAW is the elite of Jordanian law firms. We have instructed IBLAW to litigate on our behalf a very delicate cases which were diligently handled by top-notch lawyers led by Salim Kopti whom we believe is one of the top litigators in Jordan. IBLAW are willing to integrate with the clients’ practices strategically.
CLIENT: Ali Saleh Hlaiyel & Sons Co
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW has excellent experience and knowledgebase to handle complex cases. Our cases were led by Salim Kopti who has the skill and expertise of the very best litigators in Jordan. IBLAW has a vast experience and understanding in all matters in which we consult them making them formidable advisors. The quality of the legal services is always beyond our expectations.
CLIENT: Columbia Global Centres
TESTIMONIAL: The team at IBLAW has been a great help to the Center, and has offered sound and helpful legal advice throughout the period we have worked with them. They are incredibly professional and responsive, and are always available to proactively assist with any legal matters that may arise. We consider IBLAW as leading advisers, and are thankful to have selected those years ago to represent us. We would highly recommend them to others.
CLIENT: Chief Legal Counsel
TESTIMONIAL: Our experience with IBLAW showed that their services capture the practical legal effects and implications of the matters they handled for us. Advocate Firas Malhas always provides us with comprehensive legal feedback which reflects the practices adopted by the courts and the related regulatory bodies relevant to the matter. Indeed, when we seek advice from Advocate Firas Malhas we know that we will be obtaining legal feedback which is comprehensive, practical and that assists in taking business decisions.
CLIENT: Rabya Co- Kempinski Hotel Amman
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW represents us in many delicate cases which are held professionally by excellent lawyers led by Mr. Salim Kopti and Mr.Firas Malhas who we believe are one of the best lawyers in Jordan. Following up with the client is the highest priority of all IBLAW team. The quality of the legal services are outstanding. We have been with IBLaw for more than ten years, we highly recommend IBLAW as a legal representative of any big company in any field as their quality of work is beyond any expectation.
CLIENT: Coca Cola Bottling Company of Jordan- CCI
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW’s level of excellence and phenomenal professionalism is worth noting . Our company had lost major labour disputes filed against it before Jordanian Judiciary, but IBLAW’s handled our labour portfolio which resulted in a major transformation in the results, as we obtained high volume of positive decisions with major results.
Mrs. Nancy Dababneh is highly professional, very cooperative and accessible at all times. Her close supervision had resulted in witnessing a major upgrading in the level of legal services we received. We are extremely grateful to professional skills of advocate Osama Mestarihi who had offered unique solutions for our matters.
CLIENT: Umniah Mobile
TESTIMONIAL: IBLAW proved to be one of the best law firms and a major fixture in Jordan legal market that provides their clients with high-class level of legal services. Advocate Salim Kupti’s rapport and guidance was outstanding all time. He is always open for call and quick updates. He gives all the needed time and attention to each question. His professional, calm, patient, reasonable and confident presence during the challenging time of the settlement proceedings which we were going through, was a key element to resolve our case successfully. We recommend IBLAW to anyone who is looking an exceptional client experience.