Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. will participate in the economic recovery and reform of Iraq by providing legal, regulatory and policy advice as part of a major contract awarded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The USAID contract was awarded to BearingPoint, Inc., which will look to Squire Sanders as its legal adviser.
The international law firm will draw on the expertise of lawyers from around the world to assist BearingPoint, Inc. and the Coalition Provisional Authority in creating a competitive private sector, said Joseph P. Markoski, who oversees the firm’s regulated industries practice. Markoski and Thomas J. Ramsey are coordinating Squire Sanders’ work in Iraq and the region.
“We look forward to working with BearingPoint, Inc. help the Coalition Provisional Authority transform Iraq’s post-conflict, centrally planned economy to a vibrant, market-driven economy,” Markoski said. “Squire Sanders has extensive experience with the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe. We will make that expertise, as well as knowledge we have gained working in the region, available to BearingPoint, Inc. and the Coalition Provisional Authority as they address the many challenges confronting Iraq.”
Ramsey said that Squire Sanders will draw on the expertise of the firm’s affiliated offices in the region as well as Iraqi lawyers. Ramsey and Squire Sanders lawyer Dale E. Stephenson recently returned from Basra, where they met with several prominent Iraqi lawyers.
“The involvement of local lawyers will be essential,” Ramsey said. “The counsel of the Iraqi lawyers on our team will help ensure that any advice that we are asked to provide is firmly grounded in Iraq’s centuries-old legal traditions.”
Squire Sanders had been active in Iraq prior to the award of the USAID contract. The firm has assisted clients providing services and other support to Coalition forces in Iraq. The firm also has assisted the governments of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen with issues involving legal and regulatory reform.