Hydrocarbon Sector

Al-Riadh lawyers have wide-ranging experience in advising clients in the energy and hydrocarbons sector. Our lawyers have advised international companies on their operations in Iraq including on commercial matters, compliance, and strategy. They also advise on the hydrocarbons-specific laws and regulations in Iraq including, procurement, commercial arrangements with state entities, and environmental law.

Corporate Law

Our lawyers have a breadth of experience in advising on corporate matters under Iraqi Law. They advise clients assist on business set-up, company formations, corporate structures, compliance with company laws and regulations, mergers and acquisitions.

Commercial Law

Our lawyers work closely with their clients to help them understand local laws, develop sound commercial strategies, devise robust procurement policies and to construct resilient contractual arrangements with counterparties and suppliers. They provide legal advice on a wide range of matters, including contract law, public procurement law, intellectual property and state aid. Our lawyers also have experience advising on a wide range of commercial arrangements including, joint ventures, commercial agencies, distributorships, and franchises.

Employment Law

We also broad experience in employment matters and advise on labor and employment laws under the Iraqi employment and labor law regime. They can represent clients before local employment tribunals and local courts as well as advise on noncontentious matters, such as employment policies and practices and compliance with new legislation. They provide their clients with training and information to help prevent employment problems in the future.

Financial Services

The finance sector is under increasing scrutiny as more institutions operate internationally and transactions take place. Where political instability remains high, we offer a unique combination of legal clarity with the understanding of the broader context and operational impact of regulation to advise clients on risk mitigation and adapt to changing regulations in Iraq. We can tailor comprehensive solutions addressing regulatory issues and seek to advise: • Banks • Fund and asset managers • Insurance market players • Retail finance providers • Alternative capital providers • Real estate investors • International banking and finance • Financial services regulatory disputes and investigations • Digital financial services • Financial services compliance

Government Relations and Legislative work

Al-Riadh lawyers play an important role in helping to prepare proposals for new laws working closely with officials, government ministers and MPs. We draft and advise on policies and whether they can be introduced under existing or new legislation. We also write secondary legislation such as regulations, statutory instruments and ministerial orders. Working on primary and secondary legislation requires a logical approach and the ability to clarify complex ideas. We examine the legal implications of a policy in anticipating for scrutiny of the courts, parliament and the media.