Our vision at BHC is to provide our clients with the optimal single-source and multi-disciplinary solution for all legal and business matters concerning Iraq. We will do this by assisting in the achievement of Iraq country strategies and objectives while saving valuable time and resources on behalf of our clients.
Historically, Iraq is well-known for the “Hammurabi Code,” the first written codification of laws in recorded history. “BHC” stands for “Bayt al-Hikmah” in Arabic (or “House of Wisdom” in English). Bayt-al-Hikmah was the first legal library, translation institute, and research center in Iraq, established in 750 AD during the Abbasid era in Baghdad. This important educational and cultural center became a world-renowned source of knowledge and advancement. Our office strives to maintain and uphold the diverse, intellectual, and influential tradition established by this historical namesake.
BHC is a duly registered limited liability company and is in good standing with both the Iraqi Bar Association and the Ministry of Trade to practice law and provide consultancy services, and also to provide a broad range of technical assistance and financial services to its clients throughout Iraq—including the Kurdistan Region. BHC’s main office within Baghdad’s Green Zone (i.e., the secure part of Baghdad where key government ministries, as well as the U.S. Embassy, are located) has been consistently maintained since January 2011 and allows for direct access to the Government of Iraq.
In addition to the main office in Baghdad, BHC has an administrative support office located in Washington, DC and a branch office in the state of Virginia. The offices coordinate their work involving international business clients and projects on the basis of a 24/7 schedule by maximizing the difference in time zones.