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Legal Services in Qatar

Al-Misnad & Rifaat provides comprehensive legal services in virtually every aspect of business, and is not only restricted to our office in Qatar, but across our law firms in the region. In order to most effectively and efficiently meet your needs and consultations on Qatar law, our lawyers in Qatar are organized into groups according to their primary area(s) of practice:

Banking and Finance

We provide legal advice and assistance in all areas of banking law and finance in Qatar, Lebanon and in the region. This includes representing and advising local, regional and international banks active in our region and other financial institutions in their restructuring of operations, issuance of financial instruments, opening of branches and subsidiaries in various jurisdictions throughout the GCC, Levant, and Africa. We have conducted a number of legal due diligences on local and regional banks in preparation of contemplated mergers and acquisitions, and we were called upon to negotiate the relevant agreements pursuant to completion of the due diligence assignments.

Business Setup in Qatar

Al-Misnad & Rifaat offers comprehensive services for doing business in Qatar, right from company formation.  We have built a solid network of relationships over the years and in select instances we may make the necessary introductions to link our clients to local partners to ensure strong and successfully lasting relationships.

Commercial and Contract

We are specialized in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements on behalf of preeminent international and domestic entities in the fields of distributorship, licensing, the sale and purchase of aircrafts and boats, joint ventures and other types of cooperation agreements (encompassing numerous areas from large construction projects to mobile phone operations, tourism, and the leisure industry).

Corporate & Commercial Law

We advise foreign companies with regards to their presence in the GCC, Lebanon, and Africa, such as with the creation of a branch office, representation office, offshore company, holding company, etc.. Al-Misnad & Rifaat also advises companies on day-to-day business issues, including corporate record keeping (the preparation of minutes for annual Board of Directors’ and shareholders’ meetings) and employment issues (drafting employment agreements and internal regulations, termination of employees). Our team also assists international companies in setting up joint ventures with local partners.

Information Technology

We represent regional information technology start-up ventures in each aspect of their development such as with system purchase agreements, licensing, and distribution.

Intellectual Property

Working with clients ranging from large multinationals to local enterprises, we provide legal services in every matter related to trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Our team frequently participates in the negotiation of license agreements and advises on infringement disputes and other aspects of IP law. Our firm has acted on behalf of a variety of clients including a major Middle- Eastern CD producer, leading beverage manufacturers, a leading international retail distribution company, and pharmaceutical companies.

International Transactions

We specialize in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements on behalf of preeminent international and domestic entities in the fields of distributorship, licensing, the sale and purchase of aircrafts and boats, joint ventures and other types of cooperation agreements (encompassing numerous areas from large construction projects to mobile phone operations, tourism, and the leisure industry).

Media & Entertainment Law

We have substantial experience in drafting and negotiating acquisition agreements, production and co-production agreements, format licensing agreements, and other contracts on the behalf of media clients (theatrical, TV and other), in addition to advising a leading International English speaking newspaper for its activities in the region.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Al-Misnad & Rifaat has repeatedly conducted due diligence in the context of company acquisitions as well as in connection with real estate, banking, telecommunications and power supply transactions. Al-Misnad & Rifaat also assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of international contracts as well as in post-merger restructuring.

Other Legal Services in Qatar

Among other areas of legal services provided in Qatar, we also advice on matters related to Auctions & Tenders, Intellectual Property, and Public & Administrative Law.

Public & Administrative Law

Al-Misnad & Rifaat provides legal services in all matters related to Public and Administrative Law such as adjudication, public tender, permit applications, State Contracts, B.O.T. contracts.

Qatar Labor Law

Al-Misnad & Rifaat advises clients with respect to Qatar Labor Laws. The Firm advise clients with respect to expatriate status and represents employers and employees with respect to the full range of litigated employment claims. In addition, Al-Misnad & Rifaat has experience in the negotiation and drafting of labor contracts.

Real Estate Development

Al-Misnad & Rifaat assists real estate developers in setting up the legal structure for real estate development projects and with drafting and negotiating sale and rental agreements for major real estate projects on a regional level.

Securities & Financial Markets

Al-Misnad & Rifaat is often requested to assist Qatari, Lebanese, European and US based banks and corporations in their issuance of financial instruments (funds, securities and derivatives) by providing  legal assistance to financial advisors, financial intermediaries and other providers of financial services.

Tenders & Auctions

Al-Misnad & Rifaat regularly advises international and Qatar based companies in the preparation and submission of bids in international public auctions and tenders.