The firm

Atai Associates is a full-service Iranian business law firm established by Mr Ali Akbar Atai in 1975. Mr. Atai has been working during his practice with many American and European law firms and gained knowledge and experience of international law including acquisitions and cross-border transactions.

The firm has been at the forefront of providing legal and professional services to Iranians and international business and legal community on a wide range of legal issues, such as corporate governance, local law compliance and licensing.

Atai Associates’ main Areas of practice cover due diligence, international trade and finance, investment in free economic zones, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and participation in development projects, registration of foreign branches, subsidiaries and setting-up Iranian companies.

The firm has been advising and acting for multinational companies on projects concerning the automotive, banking and finance, capital markets and securities, food and beverage, insurance, maritime, mining, petroleum, transportation, tourism and telecommunications industries.

Atai Associates has represented international clients from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East in international arbitration and domestic court cases for more than 30 years. The firm has been involved in cases concerning reclamation of shares and financial rights of foreign companies in public and revolutionary courts.

The firm actively participates in arbitration proceedings and commercial litigation involving a wide range of issues concerning private law rights of clients.

Its priority is the provision of efficient, timely and cost-effective legal solutions.

Atai Associates has built a strong and sustainable global network, based on trust and good faith with international law firms worldwide. It has assisted firms with market research, due diligence, corporate taxes, agency agreements, employment issues, Islamic law restrictions, copyright infringement, foreign direct investment, setting up businesses, corporate governance, customs and Tehran’s stock exchange within the last 35 years.

Areas of practice

The firm’s Areas of practice include investment; commercial law; company law; international business law; corporate tax; dispute resolution; due diligence; environmental law; foreign direct investments; intellectual property; investment treaty arbitration; labour and employment law; litigation and arbitration; liquidation and winding-up; and privatisation

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