Rising Stars

Leading firms in Iraq

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company is a leading firm in Iraq which provides tax, corporate structuring and IP services to range of clients including multinational corporations, contractors and local corporates from offices both in Baghdad and Erbil. The practice is experienced in project financing and banking matters such as infrastructure development, telecoms, oil and gas, and power issues. Corporate expert Mohammed Norri is well-versed in drafting commercial contracts, relating to construction and joint ventures. He co-heads the team with Jawad Khalaf who is experienced in civil, criminal and commercial lawsuits. Other co-head Thomas Calvert has a particular focus on energy, natural resources and major infrastructure issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mohammed Norri; Jawad Khalaf; Thomas Calvert

Autres avocats clés:

Haydar Jawad

Les références

‘Their services and advice are timely, detailed, complete and user friendly.’

‘They are very customer oriented and even in situations where I needed quick advice, I would pick up a phone and call them with a question.’

‘Lawyers are very knowledgeable in subject matter and professional in dealings.’

Principaux clients


Textron Aviation

Abu Dhabi Ports

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Chemonics International

Baker Hughes

Hanwha Techwin


Abu Dawood Group

Kuwait Energy

CNOOC International



Fresenius Medical Care Middle East FZ-LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on an international telecoms company on the acquisition of a telecommunication group and companies incorporated in Erbil, Kurdistan including the acquisition of fiber optic and network licenses.

Confluent Law Group

Confluent Law Group has particular strength in advising client across sectors including oil and gas, power generation, civil infrastructure, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. The practice has been advising on government and private sector financed infrastructure development, in addition to corporate restructurings and financial regulation. Practice head Tom Nolda advises major oil and companies on their business in Iraq and is experienced in navigating complex commercial and regulatory issues within the industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Nolda

Autres avocats clés:

Alan Wahid

Les références

‘To my mind, Confluent is the top firm for projects and energy mandates in Iraq. They know the legal landscape and the market better than anyone else and their responsiveness and level of service is excellent. They give sensible, accurate and practical advice and help my clients in Iraq operate in very challenging and difficult conditions. I could not do the work I do in Iraq without Confluent.’

‘Tom Nolda is super knowledgeable, sensible and responsive. Alan Wahid is great to work with, sensible advisor and very attuned to the market.’

‘This is the best law firm I have used for Iraqi legal advice. They have a really good mix of Iraqi and western trained counsel such that they can provide the necessary legal advice packaged in a way that is most useful to a western trained client. Reasonably priced and efficient in time spent on specific matters.’

Hannouche Associates

Hannouche Associates maintains a physical presence in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra, and advises a number of international companies including L’Oréal and Diageo. The firm operates in a range of industries including oil and gas, power, e-commerce, technology and cosmetics. Alain Hannouche advises on tax structuring, government contracts and issuance of licenses. He co-heads the team with Dhamen Alwakeel, who advises international clients on their taxation and corporate structures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alain Hannouche; Dhamen Alwakeel

Les références

‘The Hannouche Associates Team is no one-man show. Alain understands the importance of building and leading a strong & loyal team – standing together as one. Alain has done a superb job of attracting the highest calibre of talent who are firmly engaged in the cause. Hannouche Associates will get you the best results.’

‘Of course, Alain is well qualified. His deep fluency in business, first-rate intellect and sound judgement make him adept at anticipating moves, making blocking maneuvers when necessary, and thinking in strategic ways. He is super-engaged, thrives on hard work, and is full of ideas. Never one to be deterred, Alain has strong resolve. He also has unlimited bandwidth in interacting effectively across cultures to get what he needs from other people.’

‘Coordination of the owner and his team in addition to the collaboration and follow-up. Time-consuming, diversity in addition to billing and good prices.’

Principaux clients



Delivery Hero


Schneider Electric

Atlas Copco

Ceva Logistics



American Chamber of Commerce

Newton Law Group

Newton Law Group provides legal services to a range of clients in the public and private sectors, and has expertise in the security sector. Halim Gebeili co-leads the team, with recent highlights including advising on Belt and Road Initiative projects. Yarob Jumaily is well-versed in finance and business law and regularly represents companies in the financial services industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Halim Gebeili; Yarob Jumaily

Les références

‘Always available. Very knowledgeable. Speak several languages. International mindset. They also know the US and French laws.’

‘Halim Gepeilt is an extraordinary lawyer, skilled and knowledgeable. He can work in French, Arabic, English and Portuguese.’

‘Newton Law is the best in Iraq.’

Principaux clients

Hill International

French Consulate

World Bank



Willis Group

Phillip Morris

Horrowitz and Rubenstein


OTM Pumps

Arab Contractors Company



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on counterfeit cases related to Marlboro and other brands and assisted in investigations and judicial proceedings.

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

Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP assists clients with M&A and joint ventures across several sectors including banking, manufacturing and telecommunications. The practice acts for a number of players in the oil and gas sector from leading international oil companies to contractors such as China Petroleum Engineering. The firm is jointly led with Tawfiq Tabbaa specialising in regulatory reform while Omar Hussein heads the dispute resolution practice. Mozahem Khalaf is experienced in corporate registrations and licensing while Suzan Aziz works on oil and gas matters from the Erbil office.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tawfiq Tabbaa; Omar Hussein; Suzan Aziz; Mozahem Khalaf

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Khatib

Les références

‘The ESS team is knowledgeable on matters involving Iraqi law and we worked closely together on our project to ensure that our client is protected as best as possible under the Iraqi law in relation to its investment.’

‘They are responsive and knowledgeable. They also instill confidence which allows the client to trust their advice. We particularly enjoyed working with Tawfiq Tabaa and Sarah Khatib on this matter.’

Principaux clients

Al Majal Oilfield Services

Basra Multipurpose Terminals

Capital Bank

National Bank of Iraq


China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC)

Ministry of Electricity


Baker Hughes


March Holding


Airut Law Offices

Airut Law Offices offers services across a number of industries including energy, finance, oil and gas, life sciences and pharmaceuticals with notable clients such as Middle East Power (MEP) and Al Ittihad Insurance. Serge Airut, based in Erbil, is experienced in M&A work and co-heads the practice with litigator Tahseen Shekha. Other co-head Maan Zaki Kazim operates out of Baghdad and advises foreign companies on finance and banking issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Serge Airut; Maan Zaki Kazim; Tahseen Shekhallah Sheikha

Les références

‘Airut law offices know very well the Iraqi and Kurdistan regulations. They are extremely efficient, excellent feedback letting us know where our file is and what to expect next.’

‘Excellent feedback and continuous updates, they set expectations to very realistic time frame and outputs.’

‘Airut Law has extensive experience in several countries in the region, including Iraq. They have both local experience and a regional/international perspective and are able to advise on solutions that exist in other jurisdictions.’

Principaux clients

KALE Turkey



Byblos Bank SAL

BankMed SAL

Credit Libanais SAL

Arkas Group

Al Hayat Scientific Office

Levant Medical Group


All Ittihad Insurance

Al Mouyasser Scientific Office

Middle East Power (MEP)

Garnet Offshore SAL

Matelec SAL

BMB Group

Eniprom Gas and Oilfield Equipment FZE

Arab Business Machine FZE

Arab Business Machine LLC (Erbil)

RAR Resin & Chemical Industries JLT

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a Lebanese bank in Iraq in structuring the settlement as well as the refinancing of the borrower loan.
  • Advised Advant on the set up of the operations in Iraq including review of the distribution agreement with GE Healthcare, agreements with suppliers and customers and employees.
  • Advised Arab Business Machine FZE in the expansion of its operations in Iraq.

Al Muhamoon Al Mutahidoon

Al Muhamoon Al Mutahidoon provides both contentious and non-contentious services across several practice areas including real estate, employment, banking and finance. Managing director Muqdad Sami Alwan Al-Juboori provides expertise in litigation before all levels from first instance to the Court of Cassation. He co-heads the firm with Dr. Khalil Abdul Muhsin al Taie, who is experienced in reviewing legislative instruments and navigating contentious legal matters. Other practice heads include Hiba Basim Khaza’al and tax expert Othman Ayad Khalaf.

Responsables de la pratique:

Muqdad Sami Alwan Al-Juboori; Hiba Basim Khaza’al; Othman Ayad Khalaf; Zead Abd Alratha Habeeb; Hasan Khaleef Hasan; Hisham AbdulJabbar Abdullah; Mohammed Hasan Hashim

Principaux clients

Al Bunnia family

Navistar Defence INC.


International Development Bank for Investment and Finance

Bank Al Etihad

Harbin Electric International Company, ltd.

Ibn Hayyan Hospital Company

The Station Foundation

MAC Iraq (Al Mansour for Automotive, ltd.)

Al Saar Company for Medical and Laboratory Supplies, ltd.

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

Tradenet Middel East (an affiliate of MG Holding)

Wison Energy Engineering (Hong Kong), ltd.


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised MAC Iraq (Al Mansour for Automotive, ltd.) in relation to company re-structuring under the light of commercial agencies law in Iraq.
  • Carried out a due diligence for Tradenet Middle east (an affiliate of MG Holding) on 52 acres plot with the concerned authorities addressing any potential (current or future) legal risks that may arise for setting up a major hypermarket.
  • Advised Navistar Defense, INC. on reviewing services and parts agreement for supplying military-use vehicles (armored and un-armored) for a local re-seller.

Basrah Obelisk Law Firm – Iraq

Basrah Obelisk Law Firm – Iraq provides legal representation, advice and services to companies in the construction, power and logistics sectors. The firm is also experienced in maritime law and offers legal advice to indemnity clubs, banks, freight forwarders and dockyards, a particular area of note with the firm's base in the south of Iraq. Corporate law expert Wadhah Hamed co-heads the practice with Saif Al Hamidi and Fatima Al Joubouri.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wadhah Hamed; Fatima Al Joubouri; Saif Al Hamidi

Les références

‘Competent Staff with good command of the English language rendering Obelisk Law Firm the ideal choice for Multinational companies.’

‘Basrah Obelisk Law Firm has exceptional experiences in the market due to the high level of knowledge and professionality. The collaboration and engagement is amazing.’

‘They cover a large scope of business task and services which most entities need in implementing their businesses at such challenging circumstances, their compliance in integrity are well observed and appreciated.’

Principaux clients

Bashneft International B.V.

Bonatti S.P.A

Calethon Group

Calik Energy A.Ş. Iraq Branch

D.H.L. Global Logistics

Egyptian Maintenance Company

Enka Insaatve Sanayi AS

Eriell Oilfield Services B.V.

Honghua Oil and Gas Engineering Services Limited

Hyundai Livart

Jassim Transport&Stevedoring Co. K.S.C.P.

Jawharat Al Sharq For General Transportation, Logistics and Maritime Services L.L.C |Kuehne + Nagel Co. Iraq Ltd.


Marlog L.P.J Logistics

Prime Metro Power- Menatech

Pulse Brands Ltd.

Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast (L.L.C.)

SKA Energy

Trans Global Projects Middle East

TUV Sud Middle East LLC

Wasco Energy

Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Corp., Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised our client Marlog LPG on acquisition of Gazal co.
  • Advised ENKA on acquisition of Ministry of Property Preservation.
  • Advised Egyptian Maintenance on acquisition of Shams Al Sabah co.