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Chairman, Senior Partner: Dr. Salaheddin Al-Bashir
Number of partners: 4  Number of lawyers: 30
Languages:English & Arabic

Firm Overview:
International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) is a multi-practice law firm, with hands-on experience in a variety of practice areas and intimate knowledge of the business, technical, institutional and policy environments in which the firm's clients operate.
IBLAW was founded by Senior Partner Dr. Salaheddin Al-Bashir, on a vision of a truly modern law firm that offers clients in government and the business community legal services that are compatible with today’s economic needs and challenges. Since establishment, the firm has quickly grown to include a highly resourceful and diverse team- to date counting 30 Attorneys and Consultants. IBLAW serves a large and growing portfolio of international and local clients, representing government, local and international businesses and investors, different industries, and the NGO sector.
The firm is organised by practice areas, into departments, headed by Partners and served by fully dedicated teams of specialised Attorneys. The firm's team culture and practice management style ensures resource and experience sharing across the departments whenever required for the benefit of the client. Further, the firm's organisation allows it to leverage efficiency in routine matters in client’s best interest, while drawing on the firm's inter-department resources for addressing complex and multifaceted legal requirements.
IBLAW provides solid experience in established areas of practice, with up to date knowledge of frontier legal developments in privatisation and PPP, banking and finance, project finance, corporate and commercial, capital market, international trade, intellectual property rights, telecommunications, information technology and litigation. Moreover, the firm combines a unique advantage in legislative drafting, policy and economic reform and trade agreements advisory, with a broad based commercial and corporate practice.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Corporate and commercial (including services in finance and banking, tax, corporate governance and compliance; real estate development, telecommunications, securities, labour and employment); intellectual property rights; information technology, sector strategies, capital market and finance, litigation and dispute resolution; public policy and legislative drafting; privatisation and public utilities (including services in water, energy and electricity, and transportation sectors).

Main Practice Areas:
Corporate and Commercial:
Today’s sophisticated businesses and investors expect a lot from their lawyers, and rightly so, given the competitive, legal and regulatory challenges of today's business environment.
IBLAW’s corporate and commercial practice provides a broad range of corporate and business services to publicly held corporations and private businesses – locally, regionally, and internationally. In some cases, the firm serves as general counsel for corporations and represents them in all aspects of their corporate life from the original establishment of the enterprise through all stages of operation and evolution. The firm also works on groundbreaking projects and transactions that are changing the Jordanian economy. Its attorneys are uniquely able to serve its corporate clients because the firm has 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.
IBLAW has extensive expertise in the Jordanian Companies’ Law and related regulations, drafting complex multi-party infrastructure, utilities and real estate development agreements and concessions. The firm also counsels businesses in connection with their ongoing contractual relationships with domestic and international customers, suppliers, and distributors.
IBLAW’s cross-disciplinary approach to transactions enables it to provide comprehensive services to clients beyond the transactional and regulatory work that is typical of most corporate practices by tapping into its firm-wide resources across departments in areas such as litigation, intellectual property, and public policy. For example, in collaboration with its public policy and privatisation groups, the firm has represented the Jordanian Government, investors or lending institutions in virtually every large concession transaction in the Kingdom.

Intellectual Property:
IBLAW has played a significant role in shaping the Intellectual Property Rights regime in Jordan, distinguishing itself as a leader in this field. Thanks to its role in drafting and advocating the Kingdom's TRIPS compliant IP package of legislation, the firm enjoys a competitive advantage in advising on all aspects of IPR in Jordan, as our IP attorneys were the sole legal consultants of the Jordanian government during the Kingdom’s WTO accession, and signature of the Jordan US Free Trade Agreement.
IBLAW has been ranked for last nine consecutive years by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) worldwide IP firms survey as the leading Jordanian law firm, holding top tier position in Trademarks, Copyright and Patent contentious and prosecution work in the Kingdom. Furthermore the firm has been nominated as the winner of the Corporate Intl Magazine 2010 Legal Award for: “The Patents Law Firm of the Year in Jordan” &”The Franchise Law Firm of the Year in Jordan”.
The firm has recorded several precedents in key IP sectors and practices in the kingdom among them is the judicial precedent issued on 2003 by the court of cassation in respect of counterfeiting of lookalike products. The Court of Cassation assured that registration of a trade mark in Jordan will never affect the right owners from attaching and/or seizing similar look alike products, where there is a violation of the Unfair Competition Law by using models, designs and descriptions that causes confusion and misconception with the confirmed that registration of a trademark pursuant to the Trademarks Law does not absolve the registered owner of the trademark of unfair competitive practices, pursuant to the Unfair Competition Law in the Kingdom. In addition IBLAW was the first law firm in Jordan to successfully handle a domain name dispute before the National Arbitration Forum in the US.
As one of the most prominent law firms in the country in M&A transactions, IBLAW has taken the lead in advising, and managing the IP portfolio in major M&A transactions with flawless efficiency and in record time.
IBLAW’s cross-disciplinary approach to IP work encompasses establishing and defending IP rights, regulatory counselling, managing IP portfolios, drafting IP related agreements and representation before courts and regulatory authorities. IBLAW is able to provide comprehensive services to IP clients by tapping into our firm-wide resources across departments in the areas such as the corporate and commercial transactions, public policy and legislative drafting, in addition to litigation and dispute resolution.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm's litigation department represents clients before all trial and appellate courts in the Kingdom. The 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 contracts, labour and employment, construction, government procurement, intellectual property, real estate, distribution and agency, banking and insurance and corporate fraud.
At IBLAW the firm is committed to helping clients identify and execute the most advantageous solutions through pursuing or defending litigation and arbitration proceedings or alternative methods such as mediation. Therefore, its policy is always to encourage clients to exhaust all options and strategies before resorting to litigation. Further, this litigation team plays a vital role in assisting clients in dispute aversion 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 & Legislative Drafting:
IBLAW has a renowned reputation in this area based on its long experience and firm foundation in both the substance and process of virtually every public policy and legal reform initiative in Jordan. The firm's 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. The firm is active in identifying public policy reform requirements, drafting, advocating, and implementing legislation. Its public policy team collaborates and builds on the firm's 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.
The firm's 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 the firm 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. The firm's 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.
The above credentials and reputation led IBLAW to be invited to participate in the great reform mega projects being carried in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For few years, the firm has been providing support to many legislative and regulatory initiatives in the Kingdom under Vision 2030. As such, the firm was involved in the Royal Commission of Mecca Project and Legislative and Judicial reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Salem Commercial Center

Al-Rabiyyeh

PO Box 9028

Amman

Amman Governorate

Jordan

11191

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