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Mozahem Khalaf, Managing Partner

Mozahem Khalaf

Managing Partner


Arabic and English

Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Commercial and IT
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax planning and consultancy

Practice notes

Mozahem is the Senior partner in our company commercial group, and the Managing partner of our Baghdad office. He advises local and international clients on regional investment ventures, social security, labor Law, banking, insurance, real estate, M&A, general commercial and tax.

Mozahem has extensive experience in corporate registrations and licensing and has an excellent understanding of corporate structures in Iraq. He and his team have registered more than 150 fully owned subsidiaries/joint ventures, branches/representative offices for various international clients.

Mozahem is ranked in Band 3 for General Business Law in Iraq by Chambers Global 2022 and is quoted by clients as “always goes the extra mile to reach the best possible outcome”.

A selection of Mozahem's experience includes advising:

  • IsBank in its daily operational banking activities
  • Weir Solutions on their corporate/commercial matters
  • Baker Hughes on contract enforcement in Iraq
  • a global power generation company in relation to corporate issues in Iraq and Kurdistan
  • a telecommunications operator in Iraq, as issuer, in a convertible bonds transaction with VTel Holdings Ltd worth US$20m
  • a global cement manufacturer on a BOT project in Iraq
  • a UAE based government owned investment company in relation to the development of a mixed use real estate project in Najaf Supporting OPIC, in relation to its finance of a Hotel Project in Baghdad
  • a UK based security company in relation to potential acquisition of Iraqi company, including assets in Kurdistan
  • Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF) in relation to their loan disbursements to SME companies in Iraq (including Kurdistan)
  • a regional oil and gas company in relation to building a multi-million US dollar oil services centre in Basra
  • Coca Cola in various corporate matters
  • Luke Oil in various corporate matters
  • Zain on telecommunication services
  • Citibank and Capital Bank in various matters