Corporate, Commercial and Intellectual Property Legal Practice 2017-11-01T03:05:38+00:00

Corporate, Commercial and Intellectual Property Legal Practice

Our “Corporate, Commercial and Intellectual Property Legal Practice” advises and assists BHC clients in all areas of their commercial and business activities in Iraq, from direct import-export sales and similar transactions to long-term and complex in-country structures and contractual arrangements. Our diverse business clients range from small and medium-sized companies and investments to multinationals and international finance institutions. BHC has a proven track record of successful business registrations, institutional capacity-building, coordination with Iraqi government agencies on behalf of companies, and more.

At BHC, we regularly advise clients on the most appropriate form of corporate entity for doing business locally, considering our client’s unique needs and preferences. We also assist our clients with the proper structuring, formation, incorporation, registration, operationalization, and eventual sale or dissolution, as necessary, of their companies. Our advice ranges from basic counseling on the standard corporate forms under the company regime, to advising sovereign wealth funds, to sophisticated sector-specific structures under the following areas: automotive, banking, capital markets, energy, foreign investment, IT, industrial, insurance, medical and pharmaceutical, mineral resources, telecommunications, tourism/hotel, and defense-security. In addition, BHC is also able to assist with the following: complex business structures for the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors; financial investments; mergers and acquisitions (sellers and purchasers); government procurement; and other specialized transactions.

BHC is equipped to advise your company on all aspects of local business, commercial, contract, and technology transfer law, and we can assist throughout the entire business contract process: from contract drafting to negotiation, execution, supervision, amendment, termination, and judicial enforcement, when necessary. We also advise on local labor relationships and employment agreements and their related regulatory requirements under the labor, social security, and pension laws.

We equally assist clients with their in-country due diligence and assessments to structure their Iraq market entry, and to identify suitable local partners. We advise and assist with holistic business strategies, partnerships, financing, and negotiations for each phase of the commercialization and privatization of local State-owned enterprises (SOEs), and other public-sector commercial entities. We also advise on the structuring, formation, authorization/registration, operation, and termination of local joint ventures, commercial agencies and distributorships, sales, supply and services contracts, and leasing, licensing and franchising arrangements, providing advice from initial identification and negotiation, through termination and dispute resolution as necessary.

BHC consultants are skilled in helping clients to protect their patents, copyrights, and trademarks locally, and to safeguard against the infringement of their intellectual property. We also help them to ensure their compliance with the local environmental protection regime, including project environmental impact assessments, action plans, and related mitigation and remedial measures, and any necessary resolution therefore. Upon request, we regularly represent large investor clients on the boards of their local companies, banks, investment funds and other business entities in Iraq.

BHC has an optimal and efficient solution for all of your in-country business needs. It is our wish to be a part of your successful business venture in Iraq.