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New PPP Law in Qatar – everything you need to know about this important step towards Qatar National Vision 2030

By Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP, Chadia El Meouchi, Carine Farran, Zouheir El Baba and Tarek Eid

The State of Qatar has recently issued a new PPP Law setting out the rules and procedures for undertaking Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

The PPP Law provides a legal framework governing the entry of public and private sector entities into PPP agreements for projects of various forms including BOT, BTO, BOOT, OM and so forth.

Under the supervision of a PPP Committee, the governmental authority or concerned administration concluding the project should assess the desired project and launch the selection procedures of the private counterparty through a number of procurement methods set out in the PPP Law. Bidders in a PPP project are expected to meet a number of financial and technical qualifications determined prior to the selection procedures.

By structuring and regulating PPP projects, the Qatari government intends to instill transparency, due process and equality in the tendering process for private investments in Qatari projects. This, combined with a number of benefits granted to the private partner under a PPP project such as exemptions on nationality requirements will undoubtedly encourage major actors to invest in Qatar.

For more details, see below.

Qatar National Vision 2030: new PPP law unveiled to promote private participation in major infrastructure projects #qatar #PPP #infrastructure @elmeouchilaw

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Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm Wins Two Awards in Dubai!

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm has won two awards at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Middle East Awards ceremony, held on Wednesday October 28th, 2015, at Burj Al Arab in Dubai, U.A.E.

IFLR Award StatuettesFor the third consecutive year, and the fifth year in total, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm was awarded the Law Firm of the Year Award for Lebanon, in recognition of the quality of its work, and the innovative nature of the cross-border transactions it has worked on. “It is always a pleasure to see our team’s hard work being recognised, as we strive hard to provide world class service to local and international clients from our offices in Lebanon and Qatar.” said Chairman and Senior Partner Salim El Meouchi.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm was also awarded the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award for the Middle East, in recognition of the hundreds of hours of pro bono work undertaken by lawyers at the firm for the community at large and for a wide range of causes and NGOs

Our firm assists NGOs and associations working in fields as diverse as: health, leadership, the environment, education, science, human rights, entrepreneurship, combatting corruption and many others.

It is particularly impressive that Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm won this award given that it was nominated alongside large international law firms including Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Clyde & Co.

EBSM Team - 2015 IFLR AwardsChadia El Meouchi, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm’s Managing Partner, noted that “… in the difficult climate that we are facing in the Middle East today, particularly in Lebanon, it is even more important to focus on projects that support civil society and our community. We, at Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm, make this a central part of our mission, both as lawyers and as members of a growing business.

The IFLR Middle East Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the legal industry, recognising the leading firms and individuals in financial, corporate and commercial law.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for believing in our firm and trusting us with the opportunity of working on such exciting deals and cases.

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BSM ranked as top law firm in Qatar for 2011 by Gulf Times

We are delighted to announce that Badri & Salim El Meouchi Law Firm has been ranked in band 3 among top Qatari law firms for the year 2011 by the leading English daily newspaper, the Gulf Times.

The Gulf times stated that our firm is “actively developing its profile in the Qatar Financial Centre, concentrating on M&A transactions in the banking and real estate sectors and also specializing in finance and hospitality“.

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BSM Advises Vodafone on a World First!

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm’s Qatar Office advised Vodafone Qatar on the world’s first regulated mobile telecom operator in-building site sharing agreement.

The team, headed by Partner Walid Honein, assisted Vodafone Qatar with the negotiation and drafting of the agreements, and continues to support Vodafone Qatar on the agreement’s implementation.