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.