Nadeem Shehadeh works at A. F. R. SHEHADEH LAW FIRM, a Firm founded in 1935 in the coastal city of Jaffa. It is a Ramallah based law firm, and is one of the oldest, most leading, and best known law firms in the Palestinian Territories that includes partners who are members of the American, British, Palestinian and Israeli Bar Associations. It is a big firm by local standards consisting of 9 lawyers backed up by a strong support team. The Firm's lawyers offer responsive, timely and focused advice. The Firm's has unrivalled experience in all corporate matters in respect of private and public companies. The Firm extensively advises on shareholder rights and agreements, management responsibilities, IPOs and secondary offerings. Other areas of practice featured include corporate and commercial advising, capital markets, banking & project finance, international business transactions, energy and natural resources, intellectual property and litigation in all Palestinian courts, and dispute resolution. The Firm has associates in many countries. Based on interviews with clients and competitors, Chambers & Partners Legal Publishers, The World's Leading Lawyers 2003 edition, page 879 published the following:-
"The most prestigious and professional firm in the West Bank. It is a family run practice with an intellectual reputation which offers wide- ranging corporate advice to international clients in Arabic, Hebrew, English and French. The Firm is seen in banking and property matters and has a niche representing foreign investors in the energy sector.
The Lawyers: Renowned writer-lawyer Raja Shehadeh and senior partner Fuad Shehadeh are key contact partners.
Other Partners include: Nadeem Shehadeh, JD, member of the Utah State Bar 1991, American Bar Association & Palestinian Bar Association. Kareem Shehadeh, JD, member of the Palestinian Bar Association.
Chambers & Partners Legal Publishers, The World's Leading Lawyers 2004-2005 edition, page 1142 published the following:-
"The Lawyers: Senior Partner Fuad Shehadeh is the brains behind the firm. Well connected in business and political circles, he is described by interviewees as an amazing practitioner who knows his law. Raja Shehadeh gained plaudits for his role as a writer, whilst Nadeem Shehadeh was said to come up with innovative solutions to tricky problems."
A number of distinguished judges in the judicial system received their training as lawyers at the Firm.
Clients of the Firm include numerous leading local and International institutions as well as shareholders and other company stakeholders. The Firm has acted for a number of multimillion dollar projects including the Bethlehem 2000 Millennium Project and was retained as the legal consultant for many IPOs including the first private telephone company: the Palestine Telecommunication company and the Gaza Power Generating Company along side with the Arab Bank, plc. These two most successful IPOs represented the biggest IPOs in the history of Palestine. In 2007, the Firm served as legal advisors for the international team of lawyers of the Qatari Telecommunications Company Qtel in its bid to acquire a stake in Wataniya Palestine Mobile Telecommunications Company, the second Palestinian mobile telecommunications service in Palestine. The Firm has also served as legal consultants to the UAE Telecommunication Company Etisalat and thereafter to the Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company in their endeavor to acquire a share in Paltel.
Furthermore, the Firm has represented the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank in a number of its projects in the Palestinian Territories involving water, electricity and local government. It has devised and implemented the legal structure for the Palestinian Mortgage & Housing Corporation and its two subsidiaries, namely the Housing Finance Corporation and the Mortgage Insurance Fund which carries out mortgage insurance activities, i.e. insurance against financial loss by reason of non-payment by borrowers to lenders. It acts as the attorney for the natural gas project and various production plants. It also acts as honorary counsel for the British Consulate in Jerusalem and other Diplomatic Missions in Ramallah including the Canadian, Swiss, Brazilian and Australian Representative Offices to the Palestinian National Authority.
The Firm acts as attorney for major local and international non-governmental organizations including the Palestinian Medical Relief Society and SOS-Kinderdorf International. It represents a number of major national and international companies and banks including Software Companies, the National Insurance Company, British Gas, HSBC Bank Middle East, Nestle S.A, National Beverage Company, the Bottler of the Coca Cola Products.
In addition to the above, the Firm serves as external legal advisors to the Palestine Monetary Authority and the Palestinian Capital Market Authority. The Firm was involved in the review of regulations issued by the Palestinian Capital Market Authority. The Firm has also helped in drafting the Industrial Estates Law. The Firm has recently been retained by the Affordable Mortgage and Loan Company - AMAL, a newly-incorporated non-bank housing finance company, which was registered as a private company limited by shares in the West Bank.
Moreover, the Firm has represented the following international companies in certain fields in the Palestinian Areas; Addidas AG, AT&T Corporation, Astellas Pharma Inc., Bacardi & Company Limited, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Chrysler LLC, Colgate Palmolive Company, DominoÃÂ¢s pizza Inc., Federal Express Corporation, Federation Internationale de Football Association, Fila fareastltd, Glaxo Group Limited, Henkel KGaA, Lucent international Inc., MasterCard International Incorporated, McdonaldÃÂ¢s Corporation, Mercedes-Benz Aklengesell scaft, Novartis AG, Puma A.G., Rolex SA, Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, The Gillette Company, The Mennen Company, and Volkswagen AG.
A senior partner in the Firm was one of the attorneys representing Palestine in the successful case against the wall before the International Court of Justice at The Hague. In April 2008, its senior partner Raja Shehadeh was awarded the Orwell Prize, 2008 for his book Palestinian Walks, Notes on a Vanishing Landscape. The Orwell prize is the pre-eminent British prize for political writing.
Two partners in the Firm are licensed as legal translators by the Palestinian Ministry of Justice from the English language into the Arabic language and vice-versa.
The full profile of A. F. & R. SHEHADEH LAW FIRM can be accessed by visiting the website www.ShehadehLaw.com