Iraq Practice Group

In Iraq, MENA LEGAL’s local lawyers work closely with our regionally-based international lawyers and industry-specific professionals in an integrated manner to advise both national and multinational companies in a wide variety of legal matters, focused on corporate establishment and operations, oil & gas, infrastructure development and project finance.  Our project base covers both “Federal Iraq” (those portions of Iraq controlled by Baghdad) as well as the Kurdistan region (which is controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government located in Erbil).  

Our Iraq-focused team regularly advises on the following matters:

 

Corporate:

  • entity establishment and compliance;
  • immigration and labour law;
  • joint venture, distribution and agency arrangements;
  • commercial agreements;
  • logistics, customs; and 
  • tax.  

 

Oil and Gas:

  • upstream acquisition, implementation and development matters (including the negotiation of production-sharing and technical services agreements);
  • joint operating and partnership agreements;
  • farm-ins; farm-outs and leasing arrangements;
  • licensing/permitting and local compliance matters;
  • oilfield corporate social responsibility and community relations;
  • mid-stream licensing, acquisitions and financings (including work on local refineries, pipelines, terminal facilities and storage facilities);
  • infrastructure development and project management; and,
  • government relations.​

 

Infrastructure Development and Finance:

  • advice on zoning, licensing and project management issues related to infrastructure projects (including power projects, civil construction works, roads, water treatment facilities, agriculture, leisure facilities and real estate development);
  • advice on loan facilities, registration and perfection of security, as well as related enforcement issues;
  • securing letters of credit, guarantees and other loan requirements for local projects;
  • project-related negotiations and litigation;
  • advice on local capital market registration, structurings and compliance (including advice on GDRs as well as the issuance of debt and equity instruments by regulated entities).

 

    Representative Transactions in the Iraq

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