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International Law Office

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Chairman: Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi
Managing Partner: Dr Mahnaz Mehrinfar
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Persian

Firm Overview:
The International Law Office (ILO) renders legal services in the areas of international trade law, foreign investment, banking, finance, corporations, taxation, intellectual property, telecommunication, arbitration and litigation. The firm’s strong litigation team is well-versed in disputes on international commercial contracts, employment contracts, international trade, shareholder agreements, business restructuring and other commercial matters.

ILO’s lawyers have an excellent command of English language and have obtained law degrees from top universities in Iran and overseas. Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi, the Founder of the firm received his LLB from Law Faculty of Tehran University, Iran, and PHD from Aix-en-Provence University, France. He has also followed some specialised courses in International Trade Law in Oxford Law Faculty in the United Kingdom. He taught business law, international trade law, aviation law and other relevant subjects at the Law Faculty of Tehran University and other universities. He is an attorney-at-law having certificate from Iranian Central Bar Association and has over 30 years of experience in corporate law, international trade law and commercial affairs.

Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration & Litigation
Aviation & Transport
Banking & Investment
Bankruptcy Law
Biotechnology Law
Business Law
Contract & Commercial
Company & Corporate Law
Construction
Energy
Environmental Law
Foreign Investment
Free Trade Zones
General Civil Law
International Trade
International Commercial Contracts
Insurance Law
Intellectual Property
Joint Venture Agreements
Labour & Social Security
Maritime Law
Mediation
Media & Entertainment
Mining Law

Foreign Investment:
ILO has been involved in several foreign investments and with high level experience in this regard and could obtain investment licenses on the basis of Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA) for reputable foreign investors through Organisation for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran (OIETAI).
Key Clients: Petronas (Malaysia), Union Resources Limited (Australia), Persian Gold Limited (Ireland), Turkish Telecommunication Company (‘Turkcell’), Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (‘Etisalat’), Vestel Co. (Turkey), Mineral Commodities LTD (MRC)
Contact: Dr Mahnaz Mehrinfar
Email: [email protected]

Aviation & Transport:
ILO has been dealing with international aviation matters since 1980. ILO has had cooperation with well known foreign law firms and underwriters in this respect through out these years.
Key Clients: Clyde & Co, Gates & Partners, British Airways, Emirates Airline, Al Etihad Airline, Gulf Air Airline, Qatar Airways
Contact: Dr Mahnaz Mehrinfar
Email: [email protected]

IT & Telecoms:
IT and telecoms is a highly demanding sector in Iran. ILO has been actively involved in IT and telecom projects, specially during the course of the State Development Plans; as a matter of reforming the economic structure of the country, this sector is on the course of privatisation and any activity in this field requires to be equipped with a highly experienced legal team.
Key Clients: Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), Turkcell Iletisim
Contact: Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi
Email: [email protected]

Oil & Gas:
Oil and gas sector is the most attractive sector in Iran. Apart from the importance of oil industry, gas and its related LPG, LNG and CNG industries indicate highly demanding and huge investment absorbing sector in Iran. The gigantic and very well-known oil industry clients of ILO are vital and ongoing testimonials on the ILO’s well-educated, professional, efficient and experienced members of oil industry legal team.
Key Clients: Petronas (Malaysia), CPECC, CPTDC, Eni S.P.A, CNPC, Sinopec
Contact: Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
The banks and financial institutions follow different regulations and procedure due to their monetary and Central Bank policies. When the privatisation idea found its way to the State Development Plans, the laws and regulations were becoming somehow more flexible. The intention was to let the foreign private and international banks to start their work in Iran. Banking in Iran, due to quick changes of monetary policy, will definitely require a high standing legal consultant team that is reachable through ILO with a reference to international banks among ILO’s clients.
Key Clients: World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Monetary Fund (IMF), HSBC Bank, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Banco Sabadell
Contact: Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi
Email: [email protected]

Corporate:
Beside the fact that corporate law has always been a key area in law, the regulations of commercial law are expected to be changed in Iran in the near future and the areas of high importance such as corporate merger and acquisition are observed with more consideration in the new regulations. Understanding and applying the new regulations in each case when required, necessitates a distinguished legal team to deal with those aspects of Iran corporate law. ILO with extensive expertise in this area has been consistently assisting well-known corporations regarding their legal issues.
Key Clients:
Swiran, Halcrow, British American Tobacco (BAT), Changan International Corporation, Nokia Solutions & Networks, Samsung Engineering, Chery, Novo Nordisk, Dnata, Evyap, CHR HANSEN, Omni Law Firm
Contact: Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
Intellectual property is one of the areas that ILO has been actively involved in and has been assisting its clients in the management of their intellectual property rights. Key Clients: various trading companies and publication institutions.
Contact: Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
ILO has a reputation for excellence in both areas of dispute resolution. As alternative dispute resolutions particularly arbitration are becoming more popular as methods of dispute resolution in Iran especially with Iran having its own arbitration centre: Arbitration Centre of Iran Chamber (ACIC) as well as Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC), the need for experts in this area is more felt. Furthermore, ILO had been involved in many important cases in Iran-United States Claim Tribunal.
Key Clients: Daryakoosh Trading Co. vs. Spec Company, Metatech International Luxemburg vs. Esfahan Petrochemical Company, LG Electronics, Fujitsu Services Limited (Formerly known as International Computers Limited- ICL-UK), Nokia Solutions & Networks, various Iranian companies and governmental organisations
Contact: Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi
Email: [email protected]