Practice Areas

Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods (ADR)

The major role played by arbitration as a dispute resolution method in today’s business climate is undeniable. Recognizing the necessity to resolve international commercial disputes through arbitration and other dispute settlement methods such as negotiation, mediation and conciliation, our team members provide preventive legal services to avoid legal problems on the one hand, and offer wining strategies during the process of arbitration.
Our deep knowledge of Arbitration laws and regulation, Arbitration institutions and their structures in Iran and methods and challenges in the way of Arbitration awards enforcement which has been enhanced through experience and practice will help our clients make a difference in the outcome of the dispute.

Banking and Islamic Finance

If you wish to enter Iranian market or are already engaged in Iran, most probably you need to know about bank activities, the process of money (deposit) creation, international banking relations, government lending and borrowing from financial institutions, the monetary policy of the Central Bank or you may have any other question regarding the feasibility of the practice of Islamic banking in Iran. Our team is ready to provide you with a clear understanding of prospects and challenges of Banking and Islamic Finance in Iran. We make sure you are fully informed and advised on all aspects of Banking and Finance in Iran.

Commercial Law

Our practice in the field of commercial law covers a comprehensive and wide variety of services including not only drafting contracts in various fields such as agency, distribution, sale, import and export, shareholder agreements , licensing ,franchising , custom matters and other commercial transactions and issues , but also handling the commercial disputes in court and arbitration centers and advisory in all fields of commercial law.

Corporate Law and Company Registration

If you are a foreign investor and wish to incorporate a company in Iran, the good news is that you can now hold 100% ownership of shares in the company. The other good news is that our team members are prepared to provide you with a-z legal services required for company formation and registration in Iran. From preparing your internal bylaws and Articles of Association and registering your company before Companies Registration Office to obtaining Economic Code and Value Added Tax Code to enable continuing of your company’ activities in Iran, Karimi & Associates team members will offer a broad range of services in company registration and corporate governance.

Criminal Law

As more and more criminalizing laws and regulations are being enacted by the Iranian legislature, the need for advice on criminal law related issues grow. It is not only litigation in court cases where our clients need criminal law assistance of our attorneys, but also the necessity to understand potential criminal liabilities arising out of your activities on the on hand and protecting your rights against criminal actions and infringements of others on the other hand renders criminal legal advice necessary in many cases before even any dispute arises.

Environmental Law

As part of our services, we offer legal advice on a complete range of environmental law issues including regulatory advise on applicable environmental laws and standards in Iran, due diligence and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure, ensuring compliance with other environmental legal requirements, environmental litigation, etc.
In addition, we have been involved in several renewable energy projects .In the recent years Iranian government has taken measures to increase power capacity via sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy. Environmental Law and Energy Law is a practice area untouched by most other law firms in Iran and our team is proud to be one of the very few law firms engaged in some of the most complicated and innovative energy projects in Iran.

Family Law

Our Iranian clients benefit from our legal services in the field of family law wherever in the world they are. Our attorneys provide you with family law advisory and litigation services in the areas listed below:
o    Divorce & Cancellation
o    Child Custody & Visitation
o    Adoption
o    Dowry (Mahr) & Marriage Portion
o    Wife Maintenance Costs
o    Parentage
o    Guardianship

Foreign Investment

Foreign investment in Iran under the main legal framework set by Iran’s Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act of 2002 (FIPPA) is the cornerstone of our legal services offered to foreign clients. We put our best effort and expertise into guiding our clients for obtaining FIPPA License, recognizing and familiarizing with the rights offered to them by FIPPA and other governing laws and regulation before and during investment in Iran to help them invest in Iran with open eyes. Some of our key services in the field of foreign investment are as follows:
o    Foreign Direct Investment
o    Portfolio Investment
o    Due diligence and feasibility studies
o    FIPPA License
o    Foreign Investment Restructuring
o    Resolution of Foreign Investment Disputes
o    Operation Permits
o    Drafting Investment Contracts
o    Merger & Acquisition
o    Project Finance
o    Joint Venture Agreements

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    Investment Licensing Procedure

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    Application Form

    Establishment License / Primary agreement / Preliminary agreement of the pertinent Iranian organization Official letter of the foreign investor to submit to the OIETAl

    The foreign investors background including a brief history of the company ,the year of establishment area of activities in case of foreign investor is a natural person , a photocopy of passport and resume will be provided. A list of machinery, equipments and CKD part which may be imported into the country as a part of the foreign investors capital (if available).

    In case that part of the foreign investor’s share is in the form of technical know –how, a draft of the contract outlining the conditions of the transfer of technology.

    Any further useful information.

     

Insurance Law

Not only do we provide advise on insurance policies and handle your insurance claims, but also helping clients who are in the business of insurance is an insurance legal service on top of our agenda.
Foreign investors willing to enter Iranian insurance market through partnership with local insurance companies, acquiring shares of local insurance companies or establishment and operation of branches of foreign insurance companies can benefit from our professional assistance in all legal aspects of insurance and re-insurance business.

Intellectual Property

With a deep knowledge and a long standing experience in the field of intellectual property law, we offer a full range of legal services to protect our clients’ intellectual property rights, covering advisory, IP infringement claims and litigation in the following areas:
o    Trademark
o    Patent
o    Industrial Design
o    Geographical Indications
o    Copyrights
o    Intellectual Property Rights & Electronic Commerce
o    Intellectual Property rights & computer Software
o    International Trademark Registration services (Madrid System)
o    International Patent Registration Services under Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Iranian Immigration Services

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Labor Law and Employment of Foreign Nationals

Our services cover the full spectrum of labor law issues, from drafting and reviewing employment contracts, advising on employment regulations and formalities, obtaining work permits for foreign nationals and ensuring compliance with all labor law requirements.
A large number of our clients are foreign companies who need to know about foreign employment and labor law issues that may affect their business in Iran. Matching our services to their needs we assist them through the process of obtaining work permit for foreign nationals, help them reduce risks of labor-related complaints, advise them on employment arrangement and contract and provide them with any other labor law -related services.

Litigation

In spite of the increasing demand for arbitration and alternative dispute resolution methods, litigation remains the most commonly used method of dispute settlement in Iran. Our firm has been engaged in litigation since the very be beginning of its activities and after years of successfully presenting clients in numerous court cases, we dare say we are pioneers in handling criminal, civil and commercial court cases in Iran

Maritime Law

  • Collision and Salvage
  • Charter Party Disputes
  • Cargo Claim
  • Local and International Maritime Regulations
  • Pollution by Oil or other Substances
  • Sale, Purchase, Leasing, Mortgage and Registration of Ships
  • Ship Building and Repair Contracts
  • Stowaway

Oil & Gas Law

Iran has a unique position in terms of hydrocarbon reserves as the fourth largest oil reserves and the second largest gas reserves in the world. Therefor Oil & Gas Law is a crucial offering at Karimi & Associates Law Firm. Upstream and downstream activities are under separate legal regimes in Iran . Possessing an updated and in-depth knowledge of both upstream and downstream legal regimes in Iran, our team members are ready to provide you with a comprehensive range of oil and gas legal services including advisory, contract drafting, dispute resolution and other services. Our services in this field cover, amongst others, the following areas:

Upstream Oil & Gas Law activities
o    Civil Partnership
o    Buy Back Contracts
o    Build, Operate and Transfer Contracts (BOT)
o    Iran Petroleum Contracts (IPC)

Downstream Oil & Gas Law Activities
o    Civil Partnership
o    Buy Back Contracts
o    Build, Operate and Transfer Contracts (BOT)
o    Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC)
o    Engineering, Procurement, Construction & Management (EPCM)
o    Engineering, Procurement, Construction & Finance (EPCF)
o    Engineering & Procurement (EP)

Taxation

Our services cover all aspects of taxation for companies as well as non-commercial legal entities as well as natural persons. We provide you with corporate house counseling to help you benefit from tax exemptions, avoid penalties and double taxation and ensure compliance with tax requirements by offering a full range of services in the following areas:
o    Direct Taxation
o    Value Added Tax (VAT)
o    Taxation in Free Zones
o    Tax Dispute Resolution
o    International Taxation & Bilateral Tax Treaties
o    Tax Compliance
o    Tax Returns
o    Tax Structuring Advice

Visa

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