Managing Partner: Abdel Ghaffar Freihat
Number of partners: 2 Number of lawyers: 13
Freihat Attorneys is a full-service law firm, specialised in helping its clients operating in various industries navigate legal transactions and complex disputes. Founded by industry veterans Abdel Ghaffar Freihat and Mahmoud Freihat in Amman, Jordan, the firm is a leader in each of its core practice areas and industries. With a solid track record spanning 40 years, Abdel Ghaffar and Mahmoud have challenged convention, led innovation, and helped preserve the system of justice in the Kingdom.
The firm strongly believes that the prime component of success inside and outside the courtroom, lies in the deep understanding of each client’s business specifics, goals, and expectations. Freihat Attorneys was built on a set of four core values: integrity, excellence, organisational grit and perseverance, and client focus. These values are expressed through the firm’s ongoing commitment to advance the day-to-day service experience of clients, and strive to consistently adapt to the ever-changing demands of the legal marketplace.
Main Areas of Practice:
Dispute Resolution – Arbitration & Litigation
Banking & Finance
Labour & Employment
Public & Administrative Law
Taxation & Customs
Restructuring & Insolvency
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution – Arbitration & Litigation:
The firm has extensive expertise representing high profile local and international clients in both litigation and arbitration proceedings and other alternative dispute resolution. Once the matter is relating to litigation and arbitration, Freihat Attorneys’ litigators come to the fore in the legal marketplace. The firm is recognised for its best-in-class litigation and transactional experience. The firm’s practice in litigation covers high stakes disputes before the courts in relation to contractual, commercial, tortious, insurance, regulatory and administrative disputes, white collar, criminal investigations and prosecutions, securities litigation, and real estate and landlord/tenant issues. Freihat Attorneys is representing a leading mining company in Jordan in several lawsuits in relation to mining contracts, with the value of these cases exceeding USD 560 million.
Banking & Finance:
Beside counselling many banks on day-to-day operational matters, Freihat Attorneys represents major local and global banking institutions on high stakes issues before the Jordanian courts, including mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, compensation claims, executive succession, facility contracts, and crisis management. The firm represented a regional banking institution before the Jordanian courts and submitted a claim for monetary and moral damages amounting to USD 28 million. It also filed a lawsuit on behalf of a local bank against a global auditing company with a financial claim for compensation of damages and lost profits, following the bank’s discovery that its accounts were exposed to a fraud and embezzlement scheme resulting from recent auditing procedures estimated for the purpose of fees at USD 17 million.
Labour & Employment:
The practicing attorneys have extensive expertise in all matters pertaining to labor relations, employment law, and Social Security Corporation Law. This practice represents employers in the private and public sectors, unions and their members. The firm also assists companies with employment and compensation issues that arise during mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs.
Representing clients in IP litigation and transactional matters pertaining to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, and licensing before the Registrar or any other competent authority. Freihat Attorneys acted on behalf of the largest tobacco companies operating in Jordan against a competitor in a trademark forgery case that violates the provisions of the Trademark Law.
Providing consumers and businesses counsel on all aspects of competition law, offering protection from conduct that is deemed anti-competitive or unfair. Moreover, the firm provides compliance counselling to clients on complex national requirements related to competition laws and regulations. Recently, the firm successfully represented a telecoms company in an unfair competition claim initiated by a competing company, with a value reaching USD 70 million, where the said claim was dismissed by the court.
Public & Administrative Law:
Representing individuals and businesses before administrative courts in judicial review cases, and on issues pertaining to market sector regulation, freedom of information, health safety and environment regulation, as well as social security regulations and benefits.
Taxation & Customs:
Advising a wide spectrum of businesses, including importers, exporters, trade associations, and manufacturers on ways to navigate the complex rules that govern the flow of goods into and out of the country. The firm represents businesses and individuals involved in civil and criminal tax law disputes, including challenging the decisions of tax auditors, preventive claims, customs evasion, and restitution claims against the competent authorities.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
Providing counsel to struggling businesses seeking to rapidly maximise their value, enabling them to navigate intricate legal and business challenges and determine the best course of action in high stakes situations. The firm is recognised for its innovative representation of financially distressed entities, and has a proven track record of effectively dealing with stakeholders through restructuring and insolvency matters.
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm provides corporate clients with all legal services from the incorporation of the company and throughout the company’s lifecycle. The services include the registration procedures, all day-to-day operational matters, corporate structuring and restructuring, corporate governance, compliance with legal requirements and any regulations promulgated, licencing, joint venture, securities and exchange capital.
Representing high net-worth individuals and family-run businesses in complex legal and penal cases, including the protection of wealth, estate litigation, business interests, and other day-to-day personal and business matters.