Partners

Abdelghaffar Freihat

Co-managing Partner

aghaffar@obeidatfreihat.com

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H.E. Ahmad Obeidat

Founding Partner

ahmad@obeidatfreihat.com

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Hussam D. Al-Kurd

Partner

hussam@obeidatfreihat.com

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Mahmoud Freihat

Partner

mahmoud@obeidatfreihat.com

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Mudar Obeidat

Partner

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Nizar Obeidat

Partner

nizar@obeidatfreihat.com

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Sufian A. Obeidat

Partner

sufian@obeidatfreihat.com

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Thamer A. Obeidat

Co-managing Partner

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Ward M. Tarawneh

Partner

ward@obeidatfreihat.com

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Abdelghaffar Freihat

Co-managing Partner

aghaffar@obeidatfreihat.com

Abdelghaffar is Co-managing Partner at Obeidat Freihat. He is a former judge, legal counsel to the Central Bank of Jordan and member of the High Committee for the Supervision of Banks.

Abdelghaffar is an expert in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, capital markets, financial regulation, regulatory investigations and white-collar crime defense. As Chambers Global puts it, he is "an excellent litigator” who’s “experience as a former judge gives him a unique insight on complex disputes.

Experience:

Abdelghaffar’s highlights include:

  • Acting as Principal Legal Counsel to the Jordanian Securities Commission.
  • Acting as Head of the Legal Department of Petra Bank during its liquidation after investigations revealed a $200 million asset overstatement in the bank’s accounts.
  • Representing a major UAE-based bank in a claim against a well-known GCC-based conglomerate over a default on a facility that exceeded $100 million by successfully laying an attachment on the assets of certain shareholders of the conglomerate located in Jordan in support of the original action.
  • Representing a global bank with an extensive presence in the Middle East in several claims estimated at around $60 million against a group of companies owned by a Jordanian-based family.

Education:

  • Damascus University, Syria (LL.B., 1979)

Languages:

  • Arabic

H.E. Ahmad Obeidat

Founding Partner

ahmad@obeidatfreihat.com

H.E. Ahmad Obeidat founded this firm in 1985. A former Prime Minister, Intelligence Chief, Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior, he is an expert in legislative and reform policy, constitutional law, environmental law, human rights law, and security. His Excellency’s expertise in governance stems from decades in public service. He is a pioneer in the advancement of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Jordan and is considered one of the early environmentalists of the region.

Experience:

Legislative and Policy Reform Experience:

  • Prime Minister of Jordan, 1984 to 1985.
  • Minister of Defense, 1984-1985.
    As Prime Minister and Minister of Defense His Excellency pursued an anti-corruption and accountability reform agenda.
  • Minister of Interior, 1982-1984.
  • Director of the Jordanian General Intelligence Department from 1974 to 1982.
  • Senator and Deputy Speaker, 1998-2001.
  • Senator, Jordan’s Upper House of Parliament, 1985-1986, 1988-1994.

Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law Experience:

  • Chairman of the Royal Committee for Jordan’s National Charter, 1990-1991 (from inception until adoption of the Charter).
    His Excellency headed a 60-member commission appointed by His Majesty King Hussein, after twenty-two years of Martial Law, to draft a National Charter that would serve as the basis of democracy in Jordan. The National Charter and the Jordanian Constitution together are the guidelines for the conduct of political party activity in Jordan. The Charter was adopted in June 1991.
    Link to the Charter:
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Human Rights, 2002- present;
    Deputy Chairman of the Royal Commission for Human Rights, 2000-2002; and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Commission for Judicial Reform

    His Excellency was Deputy Chairman of the Judicial Reform Commission and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Commission for Human Rights and is currently Chairman of the National Center for Human Rights. The National Center for Human Rights, established pursuant to the findings of the Human Rights Commission, was the first human rights organization in Jordan. His Excellency continues to serve as its head.

Environmental Law and Environment Protection Experience:

His Excellency:

  • Is a United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador.
  • Is a founder and the current President of the Jordan Environment Society, the largest environment protection NGO in Jordan. The Jordan Environment Society works closely with the House of Representatives’ Health and Environment Committee to pass laws and develop regulations to protect the environment.
  • Established the Jordanian Society for the Control of Environmental Pollution (JSCEP) in 1989. The JSCEP is a non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to public education, scientific research and policy advocacy on environmental concerns.

Education:

Baghdad University, Faculty of Law, Iraq (LL.B., 1961)

Languages:

Arabic and English

Hussam D. Al-Kurd

Partner

hussam@obeidatfreihat.com

Hussam specializes in financial and corporate commercial matters. His main areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, private equity and project development and finance. He has extensive experience advising multinational corporations, banks and international financial institutions.

Hussam is described by Chambers Global as “a highly skilled lawyer who is often instructed on corporate transactions and complex financings”.

Experience:

Hussam’s recent activities include:

  • Advising a syndicate of lenders comprising of international and intergovernmental, multilateral, development financial institutions on a loan facility of $460 million provided to the subsidiary of the biggest electricity company in the region for the construction of an electricity generation station in Zarqa, Jordan.
  • Advising a private equity firm on the sale of their shares in a Jordanian bank to a Hong Kong-based investment firm for an approximate total sum of $130 million.

Education:

  • Loyola University, School of Law (J.D., 2001)
  • The George Washington University (B.A., 1998)

Languages:

Arabic, English and French

Mahmoud Freihat

Partner

mahmoud@obeidatfreihat.com

Mahmoud Freihat is an expert in civil and commercial litigation, administrative law, banking law, insurance law and labor law. He has more than twenty years’ experience in dispute resolution and has successfully represented some of the region’s largest corporations in complex litigation proceedings in Jordanian courts.

Education:

Damascus University (LL.B., 1993)

Languages:

Arabic

Mudar Obeidat

Partner

mudar@obeidatfreihat.com

Mudar Obeidat is a veteran litigator who also has extensive experience in commercial arbitration. His areas of expertise include general civil and commercial litigation, labor, insurance and tax disputes.

Experience:

Mudar’s recent activities include:

  • Successfully defending Jordan's container port in a highly publicized Labor Court claim brought by the General Trade Union of Ports & Customs Clearance Employees.
  • Representing a regional company that provides engineering consultancy services in a Jordanian law arbitration proceeding with the Ministry of Works and Housing.

Education:

University of Jordan (LL.B., 1992)

Languages:

Arabic

Nizar Obeidat

Partner

nizar@obeidatfreihat.com

Nizar has a wealth of experience advising on corporate commercial and intellectual property matters.

His corporate commercial experience includes acting for foreign clients on acquisitions of local entities and has in the past advised GCC-based clients in relation to their interest in acquiring and restructuring Jordanian companies in the IT, food and beverage, and education sectors.

Nizar’s intellectual property experience includes handling IPR infringement cases and advising on patents, trademarks and copyrights. He has defended intellectual property rights on behalf of some of the world’s major brand owners.

Experience:

Nizar’s highlights include:

  • Advising a major GCC-based dairy and food company in its acquisition of a 75% interest in a Jordanian dairy producer and its subsidiaries in a deal valued at $55 million followed by a further acquisition of the remaining 25% stake in a deal valued at $12 million.
  • Advising a Jordanian ICT and media company on a prospective investment by Jordanian and GCC-based clients in the company.

Education:

University of Jordan (LL.B., 1993)

Languages:

Arabic and English

Sufian A. Obeidat

Partner

sufian@obeidatfreihat.com

Sufian is an expert in commercial arbitration and constitutional law. He has acted for government bodies, multinational corporations and international financial institutions in complex international arbitration proceedings and has acted both as a party-nominated arbitrator and a sole arbitrator in disputes involving public and private clients, including the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, construction companies, and others.

Sufian is also a prominent researcher in constitutional reform, security sector reform, civil liberties and individual freedoms and is a founding member and President of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law.

Experience:

Sufian is currently acting as local counsel to a project company in arbitration proceedings brought forward by the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation in a dispute worth over $400 million.

Sufian has recently successfully represented:

  • A client in a $4 million arbitration proceeding, under ICC rules, with counter claims between our client and a hotel owner and operator over the termination of an option agreement that provided for the hotel owner’s option to build a hotel and operate it under an international license secured by our client.
  • The Ministry of Finance of Jordan in a Jordanian Arbitration Law proceeding brought against it by a development company claiming in excess of $3 million in damages from the Ministry for the termination of an agreement that gave the claimant the right to develop certain agricultural lands in the southern part of Jordan under certain concessionary conditions.

Prior to joining Obeidat Freihat, Sufian was an associate at White & Case’s Washington, D.C. office from 2000-2001 and before that he was Managing Partner at Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property from 1992-1997.

Education:

  • Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2002)
  • University of Jordan (LL.B., 1990)

Publications/Articles:

Sufian has published the following articles:

  • General Intelligence Department Between Law and Reality, the Case of Jordan. LL. M paper, Harvard Law School, 2002.
  • Acts of General Intelligence, Law and Practice. Thesis submitted to the Jordan Bar Association, May 2004.
  • - Security Reform in Jordan: Where to Start, Arab Reform Initiative publications, December 2009,
    http://www.arab-reform.net/spip.php?article2661
  • Corruption in Jordan, Arab Reform Initiative publications, July 2010,
    http://www.arab-reform.net/IMG/pdf/ARB_40_Jordan_S-_Obaidat-_ENG-.pdf
  • The Rule of Law in Jordan, a Quick Scan, in cooperation with the Hague Institute for Internationalization of Law (HiiL).
  • Constitutional Reforms in Jordan, in cooperation with International IDEA.

Languages:

Arabic and English

Thamer A. Obeidat

Co-managing Partner

thamer@obeidatfreihat.com

Thamer is Co-managing Partner of Obeidat Freihat and is currently acting as regional counsel to some of the biggest corporations operating in the region.

Thamer has extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, acquisition finance, project finance, Islamic finance and commercial arbitration. He is highly regarded in cross border and multi-jurisdictional transactions where he has advised clients on multi-billion dollar dealings.

Chambers Global describes Thamer as “excellent, hands-on and extremely experienced”.

Experience:

Thamer’s highlights include:

  • Advising a leading telecommunications company in the region on its acquisition of an African telecommunications operator with 24 million subscribers in 14 African countries for approximately $3.3 billion.
  • Advising a leading telecommunications company in the region on its acquisition of 61% of the shares of Sudan’s leading mobile operator in a deal valued at around $1.3 billion.
  • Advising a leading telecommunications company in the region on its acquisition of the entirety of the shares of Orascom Telecom’s mobile operation in Iraq for a sum of $1.2 billion.
  • Advising the sponsors of the Disi Water Conveyance System project in the bidding, negotiations, $475 million financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the project.

Prior to joining Obeidat Freihat, Thamer was an associate at White & Case’s New York office from 1988 until the end of 1991.

Thamer is a member of both the Jordanian Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

Education:

  • Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1988)
  • University of Jordan (LL.B. 1st Hons., 1987)

Languages:

Arabic and English

Ward M. Tarawneh

Partner

ward@obeidatfreihat.com

Ward has extensive experience advising corporate clients and international financial institutions on a wide range of matters. His main area of practice is banking and finance, with a focus on project finance.

Chambers Global describes Ward as “a very good and capable lawyer as well as a strong negotiator … known for the strength of his banking and finance practice.

Experience:

Ward’s recent activities include:

  • Advising a joint venture company and its two major sponsors, in relation to a $335 million facility provided by two international financial institutions for the building of a $767 million phosphoric acid plant in the southern part of Jordan on a project-finance, non-recourse basis.
  • Advising a joint venture between the largest electric utility in South Korea and a Saudi holding group on the bidding, financing, construction and operation of a 373-MW power plant in Al Qatranah, Jordan.

Prior to joining Obeidat Freihat, Ward was in-house counsel at Arab Bank plc.

Ward is a member of both the Jordanian Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

Education:

  • George Washington University Law School (LL.M., 2000)
  • University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • University of Jordan (LL.B., 1994)

Languages:

Arabic and English