Who we are?

Etihad is a leading firm in corporate, commercial, taxes, corporate and M&A; and project development transactions based in Iraq. We are committed to being the global most advanced law firm to meet the demands of today’s challenging environment has prompted our growth into new complementary services. The Firm is led by partners Ahmed Hankawi, Abdulhadi AlShimary, the firm employs 25 lawyers and paralegals giving the firm strength and depth across all the sectors it covers.

Through advanced developments, we provide technology, resourcing and end-to-end solutions. This includes delivering legal services in new flexible methods, making the most of what legal tech has to offer, and providing specialist consulting and strategic advisory services to build strength and integrity into organisations.

for more than 10 years, our lawyers and staff have worked across practices, industries, jurisdictions to provide clients with simple, actionable approaches to their most complex legal and business challenges. We support every client relationship with intellectual agility, commercial acumen and a human touch.

Clients know Etihad for our signature method to serving their needs:

  • Skilled resolution of high-profile, complex legal and business challenges
  • commitment to address our clients’ immediate needs
  • advancing their longer-term strategic goals

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

We’re committed to supporting a culture that drives diversity, equity and inclusion. Every day, we’re working hard to create an environment where everyone feels that they can bring their authentic selves to work. To be comfortable and confident to be who they are in the workplace. To feel like they belong. We hold ourselves accountable, with data and transparency at the heart of our strategy. This enables us to both measure progress and be honest with ourselves when the progress is not what it should be. Our commitment extends beyond our walls, utilizing our expertise on a wide range of global issues in collaboration with clients and other organisations.

Pro Bono

Pro Bono is a fundamental part of who we are and it is critically important to those whom we help, the full resources of the Firm are brought to bear in support of every pro bono matter. Our pro bono work also provides a meaningful way for our lawyers to develop and strengthen their legal skills. Associates and summer associates are strongly encouraged to take on pro bono clients, and they’re instructed to provide them with the same top‑tier representation we offer our paying clients.

Where We Work

Etihad in a position to serve clients anywhere inside or outside Iraq, with offices strategically spread across four regions which are Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Mosul, we regularly assist clients on major matters, and fluent in a range of local languages.


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labour & Social Security
  • Taxes & Custom
  • Corporates
  • Non-Governmental Organisation
  • Commercial Agencies
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Holding Companies
  • Banking

Booklet in English and Arabic here