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Atai & Associates

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Senior Partner: A.A. Atai
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 10
Languages: English, Farsi

Firm Overview:
Atai & Associates Law Firm was established in 1975 as a full service law firm specialised in international trade and investment law. The firm combines knowledge with industry expertise to deliver practical legal solutions to its clients. The firm has gained the trust and confidence of multinational companies involved in complex commercial transactions through provision of efficient and high quality legal services. The firm’s lawyers are experts in laws and regulations concerning banking, insurance, capital markets and financial transactions. The firm represents multinational clients active in broad range of industries and sectors: automotive, communications, construction, digital business, energy, food & beverages, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical, petroleum, media, technology and telecom.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking:
The firm advises banks and financial institutions on laws and regulations concerning financial and banking transactions. The firm’s lawyers advise clients regarding loan agreements, secured transactions and financial framework agreements. The firm’s attorney’s conduct due diligence and prepares legal opinions concerning financing of investment projects.

Finance:
The firm advices clients on the laws and regulations governing financial transactions. The firm’s lawyers have the practical skills and knowledge for structuring appropriate vehicle for financing investment projects. The firm’s attorneys assist clients with preparation and drafting of guarantees under financial instruments.

Capital Markets:
The firm advises and represents investors and venture capitals on legal issues relating to various fund raising techniques. The firm provides advisory services on project finance, private equity and debt investments. The firm advices underwriters and issuers on placement and subscription of shares for public offering, IPOs and securities transactions.

Commercial:
The firm’s attorneys represent and act for clients in relation to business and commercial law matters. The firm’s counsels provide assistance with drafting and preparation of various commercial agreements including agency and distributorship, joint ventures and partnerships, share purchase agreements, licensing and transfer of technology.

Corporate:
The firm’s corporate practice covers legal advisory services concerning establishment and operation of various types of commercial entities, setting-up local branch and representative offices and registration of subsidiaries. The firm assists clients with applications for permits and licenses and authorisations for conducting commercial and investment activities.

Digital Business & E-Commerce:
The firm advises digital business and e-commerce companies in relation to internet-based commercial activities including sale of goods and services. The firm advises clients on the laws and regulations concerning payment services, consumer protection, digital advertising and production of audio, visual and written contents.

Computers & Information Technology:
The firm’s lawyers have experience in drafting and preparation of software development agreements, customer license and distribution agreements and service level agreements. The firm’s counsels provide assistance to clients on the rules and regulations governing data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and fraud.

Intellectual Property:
In the IP sector, the firm’s lawyers assist and represent clients on laws and regulations relating to IP protection including unauthorised use of domain names and misrepresentation of foreign brand names by third parties. The firm’s counsels represent clients in cases involving IP infringements including preparation of defense in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The firm’s lawyers advise clients on agreements relating to assignment of proprietary rights between foreign and local businesses.

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
The firm has a highly respected dispute resolution and litigation department. The counsels of the firm have extensive experience in representing foreign companies in litigation proceedings involving complex and multidisciplinary areas of law. The firm’s advocates advise clients on disputes concerning breach of shareholders’ agreement, contract termination, force majeure events, and violation of payment obligations. The firm provides assistance in regards to debt collection and enforcement action against judgment debtors.

Arbitration:
The firm’s advocates represent and defend client’s rights before domestic and international arbitral tribunals in relation to commercial and contractual disputes. The firm’s arbitration practice covers jurisdictional and pre-hearing procedural stage of proceedings, substantive and merits of dispute and post-award enforcement.

Renewable & Clean Energy:
The firm has a broad experience in renewable and clean energy. The firm advises clients on laws and regulations concerning establishment and operation of wind turbine, photovoltaic and solar, biomass and combined cycle power plants. The firm assists clients on legal issues relating to financial arrangements, bankability and assignment of land for construction of power plants. The firm acts for and represents clients regarding applications for licenses and permits and authorisations for operation of power plants. The firm advises clients on power purchase agreements (PPAs), feed in tariff and connection to the power grid.

Petroleum, Oil & Gas:
In the fossil fuel sector, the firm advises IOCs on laws and regulations concerning exploration and development (E&D), onshore and offshore oil drillings and LNG production. In the upstream sector, the firm assists clients with the drafting of PSA, IPC and buyback contracts. In the downstream petroleum, the firm advises clients on preparation and drafting EPC, BOT and JV agreements and other financing methods for construction of oil and gas refineries.

Shipping:
The firm has a long history of providing advice and assistance to domestic and international shipping companies in relation to international sale of goods and transportation. The firm advises companies on legal aspects of shipping including freight forwarding, contract of carriage and bill of lading, marine insurance, trade finance and letters of credit, and bank guarantees. The firm’s attorneys act for and represent clients in disputes concerning CIF & FOB contracts, ship arrest, demurrage, charterparties and contract of affreightment.

Key Clients:
The firm’s clients are mostly multinational companies interested in conducting business and investments in emerging market. The firm implements KYC and conducts due diligence to ensure compliance with the international sanctions regulations. The firm’s policy is to protect client interest and minimise risks associated with doing business.