Having counselled foreign and Iraqi clients on some of the largest and most complex energy and infrastructure projects, M&A transactions, and foreign investment in the country, our Iraq practice lawyers have extensive experience advising clients in Iraq. This experience includes our role as lead counsel to the Iraq Ministry of Oil in relation to the Basrah Gas Project, the largest public-private joint venture project in Iraq. Additionally, V&E’s highly ranked international Disputes lawyers have been active in Iraq for many years. We bring substantial experience in handling difficult, complex arbitrations before most major institutions and with high-profile claims at international tribunals and claims resolution bodies, including some of the most high-profile disputes involving Iraq in the recent past. We have also handled numerous claims matters involving white collar, false claims, and qui tam actions related to work done in Iraq.
Our Iraq practice lawyers have substantial and direct experience operating in Iraq and with Iraqi law, and they include internationally qualified native Arabic speakers, who deal directly with local commercial and governmental entities.
Iraq has the
world’s second largest proven oil reserves, an economy entering a period of
rapid infrastructure development across many sectors, and a strong policy of
encouraging foreign investment. Iraq thus
offers significant opportunities, not only for oil and gas companies, but also
investors in power, water, construction, telecommunications, and related
sectors. Iraq also presents significant investment challenges. We utilize our
extensive knowledge and experience in Iraq and the key sectors to provide
comprehensive advice to our clients, enabling them to achieve their investment
goals and operational objectives throughout the country.
Our lawyers advise
clients on mergers and
acquisitions, project development and financing, regulatory issues, infrastructure,
construction, and international dispute resolution matters in Iraq. Our clients include the Iraqi government, and international companies and investors that operate in the energy, oilfield services, telecommunications, and banking sectors.
The V&E Iraq team is ranked
in Chambers & Partners General Business Law (Expertise Based Abroad)
— Iraq, 2019 and partners Ahmed el-Gaili and Chris Strong are
recognized individually for their Iraq knowledge. Legal 500 2019 also recognizes the Iraq
practice and team.