Six key figures in Jordan’s international business law community are: Salaheddin al-Bashir, Safwan Moubaydeen, Ali Sharif Zubi, Khaled Asfour, Abdul Karim and Omar Aljazy
Position: Founder and chief senior counsel, International Business Legal Associates
Biography: Salaheddin al-Bashir founded International Business Legal Associates in 1997. Al-Bashir was justice minister of Jordan from October 2003 to April 2005 and is currently the kingdom’s foreign minister, playing a major role in the Middle East peace process. He was minister of industry and trade from October 2001 to July 2003. Al-Bashir studied at the University of Jordan, Amman, graduating with an LLB in 1987. He graduated from Harvard University in the US in 1988 with an LLM in bankruptcy law, and from Canada’s McGill University in 1996, when he received his PhD in civil law. His practice areas include policy, trade, corporate, intellectual property rights, projects and information law. The company has offices in Ramallah, in the West Bank, and Amman, Jordan. Aqaba Development Corporation and Greater Amman Municipality are clients.
Contact Tel: (+962) 6552 5127
Position: Managing partner, Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm
Biography: Safwan Moubaydeen has worked in association with UK law firm Denton Wilde Sapte since September 2007. He was voted into Denton’s partnership in July last year, having joined the firm as ‘of counsel’ when he was based in Doha. Moubaydeen previously worked as of counsel with US law firm Patton Boggs from 2004 to 2007, advising on Jordanian law under the law firm name of Law Office of Fayez & Safwan Moubaydeen. While working for Patton Boggs, he was a member of the team that acted as local Qatari counsel to the export credit agencies and lenders on the Qatargas II Project, the largest liquefied natural gas project financing ever undertaken. Moubaydeen was also the personal legal adviser to the late King Hussein of Jordan. Moubaydeen has more than 20 years’ experience practising law, primarily in Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan.
Contact Tel: (+962) 6577 7400
Ali Sharif Zubi
Position: Senior partner, Ali Sharif Zubi Advocates & Legal Consultants
Biography: Ali Sharif Zubi is the senior partner at Jordan’s largest law firm, Ali Sharif Zubi Advocates & Legal Consultants. He was minister of trade and industry from April 2005 to November 2006, and justice minister from November 2006 to November 2007, when he updated Jordan’s Investment Law and initiated a major overhaul and upgrade of the country’s legal and judicial system. Zubi advises on all areas of law, with a focus on privatisation and project finance, foreign investment and judicial reform. He was admitted to the Jordanian Bar in 1986, after graduating from the UK’s Bristol University with a degree in commercial law. Ali Sharif Zubi Advocates & Legal Consultants was founded in Nazareth, Palestine, in 1921 by the late Sharif Ali Zubi. In 2003, the firm created an Iraq practice to help clients develop business opportunities in Iraq.
Contact Tel: (+962) 6464 2908
Position: Managing partner, Ali Sharif Zubi Advocates & Legal Consultants
Biography: Khaled Asfour specialises in advising on the banking aspects of major projects in Jordan, and is managing partner and head of the projects division of local law firm Ali Sharif Zubi Advocates & Legal Consultants. He trained at the local Ibrahim Bakr Law Office and Ali Sharif Zubi Law Office, qualifying in 1994. He became a partner at his current firm in 1992 and was appointed managing partner in 2005. Asfour graduated from the US’ University of Wisconsin in 1988 and from the University of Minnesota in 1991 with a law degree. He was admitted to the Jordanian Bar in 1994 and is a member of the International Bar Association. Ali Sharif Zubi Advocates & Legal Consultants is the preferred counsel of UK law firm Clifford Chance. Foreign law firms are unable to advise on local law and have to work in association with Jordanian advocates.
Contact Tel: (+962) 6464 2908
Position: Partner, Abdul Karim al-Fauri & Associates
Biography: Abdul Karim leads local law firm Abdul Karim al-Fauri & Associates. Before establishing the practice more than five years ago, Karim spent 12 years as principal advocate and head of dispute resolution at UK law firm Trowers & Hamlins’ office in Oman. His experience includes company, maritime, construction and commercial law, financial securities and arbitration, advising in particular on oil, gas and power projects. The firm has a particular strength in the energy sector but also has a broad corporate practice. It has a close relationship with the Jordanian government, having assisted with the drafting of the country’s Petroleum Law. Karim forged an association with Trowers & Hamlins, which has a significant Middle East presence, in 2007. Notable clients include US media company Bloomberg and credit card company Visa.
Contact Tel: (+962) 7955 90920
Position: Managing partner, Aljazy & Company
Biography: Omar Aljazy is managing partner of Amman-based law firm Aljazy & Company. He is an experienced arbitrator and the Jordanian representative to the UN Commission on International Trade Law. He holds a PhD in international commercial arbitration law from the University of Kent in the UK, an MA in international and comparative business law from London Guildhall University, also in the UK, and a BA in law from the University of Jordan. Aljazy is on the drafting committee of the new Jordanian maritime law. Aljazy is a board member of the Aqaba Development Corporation, a member of the International Bar Association and vice-chairman of the Jordanian Corporate Gov-ernance Association. Aljazy & Company is a three-partner firm whose clients are public and private commercial businesses and financial institutions, as well as government and state-owned entities.
Contact Tel: (+962) 6565 4477