Main Practice Areas:
Corporate and Commercial
IBLAW's corporate and commercial practice has been recognized year after year as a leader in the market. Under this practice group we provide 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 establishment of the enterprise through all stages of operation and evolution. We also work on groundbreaking projects and transactions that are changing the landscape of the Jordanian economy. Our attorneys are uniquely able to serve our corporate clients because we have an unparalleled understanding of the Jordanian legal structure. IBLAW has been and continues to be integrally involved in legal reform and legislative drafting that shape the way business is done in Jordan.
To meet all client needs, IBLAW offers several services within the umbrella of our Corporate and Commercial practice. The services include private public participation projects and project finance; corporate taxation and finance; mergers and acquisitions; venture capital investments; real estate development; leasing; corporate compliance and governance; labor and employment; and securities and capital markets.
We are active in domestic and cross-border corporate transactions - major mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as private equity and venture capital investments. IBLAW has extensive expertise in drafting complex multi-party infrastructure, utilities and real estate development agreements and concessions.
IBLAW has had the opportunity and privilege to participate in Jordan's impressive privatization effort, which has changed the landscape of the Jordanian economy. 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. Our team 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. Some of our recent work includes advising the Aqaba Development Corporation of the multi-million Aqaba Port relocation, advising an international consortium on the BOT bid for the expansion of the Queen Alia Airport, and representing international lending institutions Overseas Private Investment Company (OPIC) in the (BOO) post award project finance for the multimillion Independent Power Generation Plant. Below are some of the industries we have worked on:
Energy: The firm has been closely involved with the major regulatory and transactional developments in the privatization of the energy and electricity sectors in Jordan. For example, IBLAW represented major lending institutions in the establishment of Jordan's first independent power generation plant and is currently working on the fourth plant to be constructed in the coming year. IBLAW has also advised on restructuring the regulatory framework in Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority on the establishment of a pioneering fund for alternative energy solutions.
Water: IBLAW has advised and helped set-up the framework for private sector participation in water and waste water management in Jordan. Our work includes conducting comprehensive legal studies for private sector participation in the Jordanian water sector. We have also advised the Ministry of Water and Irrigation/ Water Authority on legal barriers and opportunities for various models of private sector participation in the water sector and wastewater treatment in Jordan such as the Wadi Mousa Water and Wastewater Project. As with other sectors, IBLAW has worked on behalf the private and public sectors including the Aqaba Special Economic Zone and international clients in several privatization bids.
Transportation: IBLAW has been heavily involved in all major privatization transactions related to Jordan's ports, airports, and railways. This includes the privatization of the Aqaba Container Terminal management and operations and the multi-million project to relocate the Aqaba Port. We have also represented an international consortium in the bid for the expansion of the Queen Alia International Airport and advised the Aqaba Development Corporation on the framework for the commercialization of services at the King Hussein Airport in Aqaba. IBLAW is currently working with CPCS in advising the Government of Jordan on the establishment of a national railway network.
Intellectual Property Rights
IBLAW has distinguished itself as the leader in the field of intellectual property law in Jordan. IBLAW stands apart because our attorneys helped the Jordanian government shape the Intellectual Property regime in Jordan. Since, we continue to be the go-to practice for local and international clients on all matters of intellectual property in Jordan.
IBLAW was instrumental in assisting Jordan in its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). IBLAW drafted the package of intellectual property legislation to bring Jordan in compliance with TRIPS and other international agreements, which include 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; and Industrial Designs and Industrial Models and Plant Varieties. Thereafter, IBLAW's intellectual property attorneys have advised the Jordanian government on the implementation and enforcement of such legislation.
IBLAW has translated this unique history into a distinguished practice. Our veteran team of attorneys represents a diverse roster of clients in establishing and defending their intellectual property in Jordan. The firm has been internationally recognized for its pioneering Intellectually Property practice and ranked by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) worldwide IP firms survey, year after year, as the leading Jordanian law firm holding top tier position in Trademarks, Copyright and Patent contentious work, as well as Trademark Prosecution in Jordan.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our litigation department represents clients before all trial and appellate courts in Jordan. Our team is able to litigate corporate and commercial disputes, regardless of size, complexity and subject matter and has expertise across practices and industries, including breach of contract, labor and employment, construction, government procurement, intellectual property, real estate, distribution and agency, banking and insurance and corporate fraud.
At IBLAW we are committed to help our clients identify and execute the most advantageous solutions through pursuing or defending litigation and arbitration proceedings or alternative methods such as mediation. Therefore, our policy is always to encourage clients to exhaust all options and strategies before resorting to litigation. Further, our litigation team plays a vital role in assisting clients in risk mitigation strategies.
The firm also has extensive experience in representing clients before local and international arbitration tribunals. The firm is currently representing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in two multi-million dollar investor state arbitration disputes before the International Centre of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce - International Court of Arbitration (ICC).
Public Policy and Legislative Drafting
IBLAW has a renowned reputation in this area based on our long experience and firm foundation in both the substance and process of virtually every public policy and legal reform initiative in Jordan. Our Public Policy and Legislative Drafting practice has a deep understanding of how government really works and has fostered an extensive network of relationships with the Jordanian government, the private sector, and international agencies and donors.
IBLAW provides comprehensive legal advice and consulting services to all stakeholders that are active in the areas of public policy and legal reform. We are active in identifying public policy reform requirements, drafting, advocating, and implementing legislation. Our public policy team collaborates and builds on our substantive knowledge in every practice area. Therefore, IBLAW has the expertise and capacity to provide legal support in various areas of public policy and legislative drafting such as international and multilateral trade agreements, public sector reform and restructuring, governance and the rule of law, economic and judicial reform, investment regimes, and special economic zones.
To implement challenging long term public policy projects, IBLAW has developed an excellent working relationship with international agencies and donors, including USAID, the European Commission, the World Bank, Difid, the United Nations Programs, and international subcontractors.
Our accomplishments include providing comprehensive legal support to Jordan's World Trade Organization accession, and advising the Government of Jordan in drafting and negotiating the United States - Jordan Free Trade Agreement. IBLAW advised the Government of Jordan on the establishment of the Special Economic Zones such as Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) which aimed at creating a duty-free low tax special economic zone with an independent regulatory framework. In connection with the ASEZ project we also assisted in setting up a streamlined, liberal and attractive investment climate - an impressive legal exercise that involved drafting more than 40 pieces of legislation.
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.
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