Our firm is the only German law firm with more than 20 years of intensive experience in advising companies on all aspects of Qatari business law. Due to this diverse experience in the Qatari business environment, we are also able to ideally accompany your request from a local business perspective.

Detailed legal advice on construction contracts for Qatar

Qatar, a small country on the Arabian Peninsula, has undergone a major infrastructure and construction projects development in recent years. The hosting of numerous international sporting events, in particular the 2022 Football World Cup, on the one hand, and the goal of economic independence due to the blockade by the other essential Gulf states, on the other, have led to the emirate’s entire infrastructure being modernised and expanded on an unprecedented scale. To this end, Qatar has frequently commissioned and continues to commission foreign companies, including numerous medium-sized businesses.

For these construction projects carried out in Qatar as well as infrastructure projects, the companies commissioned must bear in mind when drafting the contract that German law is not always applicable. It must be regulated within the framework of these construction contracts which law is to apply to the contracting parties, such as:

  • German law
  • Qatari law
  • International Commercial Law

This requires in-depth knowledge of German and Qatari law, as well as international commercial law. Our team can provide you with excellent advice in this regard. Our firm is the only German law firm with more than 20 years of intensive experience in advising companies in all areas of commercial law in Qatar. Due to our diverse experience, also in the Qatari business environment, we can also ideally accompany your matter from a local business perspective.

Advising on international contracts for Qatar

We aim to identify potential problems at an early stage and solve them before conflicts arise. Especially in international contracts and project management, it is important to be able to act and react quickly. Our experienced team is trained in this and supports you competently in all issues of contract drafting and contract execution.

Thanks to our location in the heart of Berlin and our team in Doha, we can advise you on site or discuss the status of your projects via video conference at any time. We are in constant contact with important organisations such as embassies and foreign chambers of commerce g.

We draft, review and negotiate project contracts for Qatar

Giving our expertise as advisors in the international legal context, we stand as a long-term partner, who can provide help regarding any number of questions relating to the legal situation of your contracts and projects.

German companies doing business abroad are confronted with project contracts. These contracts are understood to include:

  • EPC contracts and
  • Joint Venture Contracts

If you want to carry out a new project in Qatar, the legal framework must be clarified in advance. This is the only way to ensure that your project is legally sound. We would be happy to offer you a detailed counseling via video conference or at one of our locations before the start of your new project. We will collaborateto draw up project contracts so that important issues are suitably covered for you. Due to our local legal knowledge, you do not need to involve another law firm – we also take care of Qatari law.

The subject of international project contracts is extremely extensive and complex and requires international experience, which we bring to the table. Our founding partner worked for a renowned law firm in Qatar for 11 years and built up their international business from there. In addition, all lawyers in our team have international legal expertise from having lived and worked abroad or having completed legal training there. In Qatar, we have successfully advised on many international projects of all sizes.

Our large client base includes numerous international companies from Europe and mid-sized German companies seeking legal support, particularly forprojects in Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and the Near East.

Law firm focus: “International Arbitration”

Careful preparation of projects and contracts cannot always prevent conflicts from arising. Here, too, we stand by your side and take over your representation before state courts or an arbitration court. Before that, however, we always try to find a constructive out-of-court dispute resolution. Should a legal dispute become necessary, we will represent you to the best of our abilities. We will of course represent you competently in person before German courts or in Qatar, before the local courts together with our experienced local partner, who has been working with us for 20 years. We also have extensive experience in international arbitration cases such as proceedings under international (e.g. ICC) and local arbitration rules (e.g. DIS) as well as investment disputes (ICSID).

We are a highly qualified firm of commercial lawyers specialising in conflict resolution. Comprehensive project support also includes a smartconflict resolution strategy. Should legal disputes arise in a specific case, we will consistently assert our clients’ interests . Part of our strategy is based onavoiding proceedings beforea national court of justice and solving the conflict within the framework of international arbitration.

Comprehensive Legal Advice on International Investment in Qatar

Through our many years of experience in Qatar and the Middle East, we have been able to build up a very good network in the Qatari economy. Our client base includes not only companies active in the construction and infrastructure sectors, but also companies in the international investment sector, among others. In this field, a comprehensive legal service is indispensable. We can offer comprehensive adviceregarding the legal possibilities as well as pitfalls. In doing so, we use our in-depth knowledge of Qatari law and business.

Our law firm advises you in the context of your international investment, especially in the areas of legal due diligence, acquisition, business combination and M&A. In addition to the law, we always keep an eye on profitability. Before taking any legal step, we carefully examine what concrete economic effects it may have for our client in each individual case.

Your own location outside Germany: Setting up a company in Qatar

International contractual relationships abroad are often the first step towards having your own location outside of Germany’s borders. Our highly qualified team will be happy to advise you on setting up a company in Qatar. In doing so, we conduct a basic legal review and clear up any legal uncertainties. We place your company on a strong foundation.

Our firm has established companies in various industries and for various projects abroad. In Qatar we have gained many years of legal and commercial experience. We advise on issues such as whether a production site is needed, whether a project company is required or whether a special purpose vehicle or special purpose company should be established for an investment. We always use our experience and short decision-making paths for the benefit of our clients. Our strength is that we can react flexibly and agilely to new challenges.


German or Qatari law does not automatically apply to a cross-border contract. The parties can agree in advance on which law the contract should be based on. This can be German, Qatari or international commercial law. For example in the case of sales contracts, an international sales contract according to UN sales law is also possible. In individual cases, however, it is also possible to choose the law of a third country.
Our specialised and culturally sensitive team works in advance to avoid conflicts through solidly drafted contracts and good legal advice. We specialise in international arbitration. In doing so, it is important for us to look at the matter from all perspectives (particularly the legal and economic perspective). Our aim is to avoid going to court and to enforce your economic interests efficiently . Ideally, a solution acceptable to both sides will be found outside the courts. If it is not possible to avoid the conflict, we will guide you through the dispute in the best possible way with our many years of experience in international legal disputes.
We are an international business law firm with lawyers who are also familiar with Qatari law. We do not delegate tasks to Qatari law. Instead we handle all arising legal questions ourselves . This means that decision-making channels are short and additional costs are avoided. Moreover, with us you always have the same contact person for all your issues.


Founding Partner
Drawing from over a decade of experience being based in the GCC, Oliver Alexander specializes in advising clients from Germany and Europe on their business activities in the GCC, with specific focus on commercial law, international and commercial arbitration, as well as dispute resolution in the construction sector. Further he is one of the first movers into the Sub Saharan African legal market by forging a close cooperation with a law firm in Accra, Ghana.
Andreas Scherdel advises on project contracts, corporate law, commercial contracts and claims and risk management as well as accounting and tax aspects with particular focus on the construction, infrastructure and energy industries.
Julia Mohamad was born in Berlin. After graduating from high school (A-levels), she studied law at the University of Potsdam and Arabic at the University of Damascus, Syria.
Dr. Richard Wichmann is a lawyer, certified mediator and has been working in the real estate industry since 2005. Since 2017, he has been advising national and international clients in the fields of energy and infrastructure in private and public commercial law.
Of Counsel
Dr. Aouni Shahoud Almousa is an Assistant Professor at Lusail University (Doha, Qatar) and an Of Counsel at Alexander & Partner.
Of Counsel
Martin Brown is an English qualified solicitor and has over 25 years’ experience advising on international finance transactions.
Of Counsel
Dr. Philipp Stompfe advises on international contract and corporate law as well as on international arbitration.