El-Aref International Law Office Oil and Gas Clients are mainly agents of multinational  oil companies in significant markets (e.g. Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government, Kuwait), who all face challenges posed by a dynamic and evolving sector.

El-Aref International Law Office’s attorneys represents Oil and Gas Clients as transactional lawyers while guiding them to understand the challenges they face in running their Companies.

The attorneys in the firm have been involved in many of the largest, most high-profile and significant transactions in oil and gas sector. We offer dedicated strength and depth across key global jurisdictions and specialize in the full range of Oil and Gas-related transactions. The oil and gas team offers clients depth of resources, local expertise and a long-term presence in, and commitment to,  key oil and gas markets across the globe.

We work as part of your team to anticipate the challenges you may face, taking a non-legalistic, solution-oriented approach that focuses on delivering practical solutions.

Our lawyers advise all parties involved in oil and gas deals including oil and energy companies, project companies, commercial lenders, development banks, export agencies, suppliers, purchasers and contractors and governments. Their main experience is in legal advice on upstream and downstream equipment for oil industries, including all contractual and fiscal aspects, joint-venture agreements, joint-operating agreements, asset sale and purchase financing, drilling and development contracts, with particular expertise in pipelines, storage and shipping, petrochemicals, project development and acquisitions.


Some of our most recent transactions:

  • El-Aref International Law Office advised Clients in the Sale of Diesel Engine Driven Welding Machine, Hydraulic Cutter Machines & Accessories, Manual Pipe Cutters & Accessories and Cage Clamps to the Ministry of Oil in Iraq (e.g. involved in the transaction of Miller, Eh Wachs Company, Reed Manufacturing – Pipe Tools & Vises And Mathey Dearman, Inc.)


  • El-Aref International Law Office advised Clients in the Sale of Pipes & Fittings with Ministry of Oil in Iraq (e.g. involved in the transaction with the suppliers Arcelormittal And Avsco)


  • El-Aref International Law Office advised consortium members consisting of Honk Kong Oil and Gas Company and Energy companies in the United States, in the joint venture agreement. The two companies intend to form a $358 Million joint venture (JV). The joint venture would enable the consortium to establish a scalable and profitable position in oil and gas. The deal would also enhance both companies’ growth prospects and market position in the retail and commercial fuels businesses in Iraq.  This joint venture negotiation demonstrates consortium members commitment to Iraq and the firm was delighted to be chosen to work with the American consortium. The firm advised on the major aspects of the project, including joint venture investments, project financing, international trade aspect, EPC contract with the Iraq Ministry of Energy.  The firm advised the joint venturers on filing the notifications required by the Hart‐Scott‐Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended the HSR Act, and advised the joint venturers to comply to the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act of 1982 (FTAIA), 15 U.S.C.A § 6a & §45a, Sherman Act and the FTC Act which applies to anticompetitive conduct involving export commerce or commerce within or among foreign nations on conducts that have a direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect on domestic commerce, import commerce, or the export commerce of a business entity located in the United States.