Contact details

Salem Chalabi

T: +971 4 407 3903 M: +971 52 120 3187 Email Salem | Vcard Office: Dubai

Awards

Iraq General Business Law, Chambers Iraq 2015

Iraq Corporate/Commercial, Chambers Iraq 2015

Corporate/M&A, Chambers UAE 2015

Salem Chalabi Partner

Contact details

Salem Chalabi

Salem Chalabi
Partner

T: +971 4 407 3903 M: +971 52 120 3187 Email Salem | Vcard Office: Dubai

A corporate partner who focuses on corporate, financial and projects in the Middle East. Salem has broad experience in corporate, projects and finance transactions, in particular infrastructure transactions and financing as well as securities and mergers and acquisitions.
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Salem's experience in the Middle East consists of leveraged finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, bank financings, refinancings, initial public offerings and large-scale infrastructure and real estate development projects both for private bodies and government entities. Salem's client base includes some of the Middle East's largest companies across the energy, banking, real estate and private sectors.

He has extensive experience across the Middle East and has advised on matters concerning various jurisdictions. He has particular experience in Iraq, having lived/worked in the jurisdiction for more than fifteen years. He is an Iraqi national who is fluent in Arabic and has a history of acting for Iraqi government ministries as well as advising on a large number of corporate transactions in the country.

Salem is a member of the New York bar and is admitted to provide legal services in the UAE. Prior to joining Stephenson Harwood, Salem headed the Iraq practise at DLA Piper and before that practised at Clifford Chance (London) and Morgan Lewis (New York).

"Responsive to our demands and very disciplined"
Chambers Global UAE 2015

  • Projects and infrastructure
  • Public and private M&A
  • Corporate
  • Joint ventures

Advised a real estate developer on the development of an oil and gas services hub in the Basra region.

Advising the main consortium on the Iraq-Jordan pipeline project.

Advising a consortium in connection with federal Iraq’s first private refinery.

Advising the Iraqi government on various IPP projects being launched across the country with a total value in excess of US$1 billion.

Advising on the disposal of a 50% stake in one of Iraq’s largest privately held infrastructure projects for approximately US$1 billion.

More: Projects and infrastructure

Advised a UK based investor group in connection with an acquisition of an Iraqi bank.

Advising on the offering, pursuant to license requirements, of 25% of the outstanding common stock of Iraq’s largest telecoms provider as well as providing general regulatory, financing and litigation advice for this client.

Advising on the disposal of a 50% stake in one of Iraq’s largest privately held infrastructure projects for approximately $1 billion.

More: Public and private M&A

Advised the leading international salvage company in connection with the entry into a contract for the clean-up of debris, wrecks and UXO’s in the Al-Faw areas.

Advised a UK based investor group in connection with an acquisition of an Iraqi bank.

Advising on the offering, pursuant to license requirements, of 25% of the outstanding common stock of Iraq’s largest telecoms provider as well as providing general regulatory, financing and litigation advice for this client.

Advising on the disposal of a 50% stake in one of Iraq’s largest privately held infrastructure projects for approximately $1 billion.

More: Corporate

Advised one of the leading international port operators in connection with a joint venture to operate berths in the Umm Qasr port.

Advised a real estate developer on the development of an oil and gas services hub in the Basra region.

Advised a UK based investor group in connection with an acquisition of an Iraqi bank.

More: Joint ventures
  • Government and public sector
  • Banks and banking

Projects

Advising government entities on IPOs, IPPs, large construction and EPC projects and real estate development projects.

Tender processes and financing

Advising government entities in relation to tender processes relating to large-scale national development, maintenance and construction contracts projects.

Financing

Advising government entities in relation to both the debt and equity financing of national construction and rehabilitation projects and general financial and regulatory advice.

Advising government of Iraq in debut bond offering of $2 billion in international financial markets.

More: Government and public sector

Mergers and acquisitions

Advising on sale/purchases of banking entities, banking regulations and financings.

Advised a UK based investor group in connection with an acquisition of an Iraqi bank.

Regulatory

Participated in drafting Banking Law and Central Bank Law in Iraq in 2004.

More: Banks and banking
  • Iraq

High-value infrastructure project

The disposal of a 50% stake in one of Iraq’s largest privately held infrastructure projects for approximately $1 billion.

Iraqi government

Advising government of Iraq in debut bond offering of $2 billion in international financial markets.

Iraq's largest telecoms provider

The offering, pursuant to license requirements, of 25% of the outstanding common stock of Iraq’s largest telecoms provider as well as providing general regulatory, financing and litigation advice for this client.

Iraq-Jordan pipeline consortium

Advising a consortium on the Iraq-Jordan pipeline project.

Federal Iraq's first private refinery

Advising a consortium in connection with federal Iraq’s first private refinery.

Iraqi real estate developer

Advised a real estate developer on the development of an oil and gas services hub in the Basra region.

Iraqi bank acquisition

Advised a UK based investor group in connection with an acquisition of an Iraqi bank.

Leading international port operator

Advised one of the leading international port operators in connection with a joint venture to operate berths in the Umm Qasr port.

Iraqi government

Advising the Iraqi government on various IPP projects being launched across the country with a total value in excess of $1 billion.

Leading salvage company

Acting for a leading salvage company in connection with a dispute it has with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil (MOO) in relation to the performance of a contract between 2013 and 2014.

Oil and gas development company

Advised an oil and gas development company in connection with a joint venture with the Free Zone Authority of Iraq to develop an oil and gas hub in Al-Zubair in Southern Iraq.

Iraqi government

Acting for the Ministry of Electricity and Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq on a wide range of matters. At the moment we are assisting with the MOE in relation to its programme of IPP projects being launched across the country.

Government entities

Advising government entities on IPOs, IPPs, large construction and EPC projects and real estate development projects.

More: Iraq

Awards

Iraq General Business Law, Chambers Iraq 2015

Iraq Corporate/Commercial, Chambers Iraq 2015

Corporate/M&A, Chambers UAE 2015

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15 Feb 2017

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Stephenson Harwood advises Republic of Iraq on first international bond offering

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised the Republic of Iraq, acting through the Iraqi Ministry of Finance, on the issuance of its first bond in the international ..

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22 Jul 2014

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Stephenson Harwood hires Middle East specialist

Stephenson Harwood LLP appoints Salem Chalabi as a partner in its Dubai office.

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