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Alaghbari & Partners

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Managing Partner: Dr Ghazi Alaghbari
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 6(including the partners)
Languages: Arabic, English, French

Firm Overview:
Alaghbari & Partners Law Firm was established by bringing together a number of independent legal practices to create a unique and leading law firm in Yemen, which successfully joins long and extensive years of experience and knowledge in the judicial and legal fields since 1994. The team consists of a distinguished group of lawyers and specialist consultants, whom share diverse academic and professional experience both in Yemen and other jurisdictions, and consequently embrace an excellent understanding of various cultures and legal systems. The firm is fond of its wide range of clients varying from individuals, small and medium enterprises to multinational businesses, government institutions and other types of national and international entities and organisations; and is highly committed to protecting its clients’ interests and meeting all commitments to the highest possible standards. The firm provides general legal advice and assistance as well as represents clients in litigation (civil, commercial and in some instances criminal cases) and alternative dispute resolution procedures (mediation and arbitration) in Yemen.

Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative
Banking & Finance
Labour
Corporate & Commercial
Commercial Agencies
Real Estate
Intellectual Property
Maritime & Maritime Insurance
Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Litigation
Tax
Insurance
Oil & Gas
Construction Contracting & Tenders

Tax & Investment:
The firm has obtained a judgment in favour of the Yemen Company for Sugar Refining in a multi-billion Yemeni Riyals case against the Tax Authority and the Investment Authority filed in the Commercial Court regarding the applicability of certain tax and customs benefits under the Yemeni Investment Law.

Banking & Finance:
The firm successfully represented Arab Bank in a case filed against the Public Prosecution and others before the Supreme Court regarding an amount of US$2,500,000 and a breach of trust crime, where the firm appealed the judgments that were issued against Arab Bank from the Primary Court and the Appeal Court. The Supreme Court issued its judgment in our favor and ruled the cancellation of the previously issued judgments.

The firm was successful in obtaining a dismissal of the case. The firm has an appointed specialist banking consultant to work alongside the legal team to ensure clients obtain the best standard of advice and representation in banking related matters.

Maritime & Maritime Insurance:
The firm successfully represented a local importer of iron in his claims against the Islamic Yemeni Insurance Company in relation to two insured iron shipments. Additionally, the firm was hired to represent the owners of the vessel MT Starlet, insured by British Marine, to conduct amicable negotiations with Yemen Petroleum Company to settle an ongoing court case with demands worth $6,000,000. The team at Alaghbari & Partners successfully managed to reduce the amount demanded and a favourable settlement was reached for the amount of $1,250,000.

Corporate & Commercial:
The firm was able to win a case on behalf of United Trading Agencies Ltd against the Clorox Company in relation to a dispute over an arbitration clause included in the distribution agreement concluded between the two parties. The Commercial Court in Sana’a, Yemen issued its judgment and ruled the arbitration clause invalid and thus confirmed the jurisdiction of Yemeni Courts.

More generally, the firm assists foreign companies with establishing a presence in Yemen and is involved in the drafting/reviewing of numerous forms of agreements. Through its specialist consultants in international contracts and in construction contracting and tenders, the firm is able to provide clients with a combination of legal and technical expert advice and assistance in related matters.

Labour:
The firm was appointed to represent Safer Exploration & Production Operations Co., a leading national oil and gas company, in the largest combination of labour law disputes in Yemen, revolving around a total claimed amount of US$20 million. The firm is selected by numerous local and international companies and organisations for the provision of legal advice in response to labour and taxation queries; the drafting/review of employment contracts and policies to ensure compliance with local regulations; and carrying out all related registrations before the relevant authorities.

Real Estate:
The firm has won a case on behalf of the Yemen Bank for reconstruction and development revolving around a land dispute for a total claimed value of US$8,186,000 as well as two earlier real estate related cases on behalf of the Yemeni Kuwaiti Real Estate Development Company, in which the client was awarded by the Court a total amount of US$7 million.

Privacy & Data Protection:
The firm provided a search engine with a legal advice concerning a questionnaire related to local laws and regulations. The firm has recently provided an internet intermediary with legal advice concerning privacy and data protection laws in Yemen and intermediaries liability under Yemeni law.

INGO Registration:
The firm was appointed by an international INGO to provide it with legal services concerning registering the organisation with the relevant authorities and providing all necessary legal guidance during the registration process.