The Middle East
Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss lawyers represent clients from practically every country in the Middle East on a wide variety of international litigation and corporate matters. Our team, which includes native Arabic speakers, has on-the-ground experience and a network of longstanding working relationships and contacts throughout the region. After years of working in the region, we have developed an understanding of the traditions and business culture crucial to conducting business in this vibrant region.
Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss has managed some of the highest-profile fraud and corruption matters to have ever arisen in the Middle East. For years, we served as global legal coordinator for Saudi Arabian conglomerate Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company, managing the world-wide litigation and commercial negotiations resulting from one of the largest frauds in Middle East history. We served as U.S. counsel for the Liquidators of Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), obtaining a $1 billion racketeering judgment against a Saudi national and working with a multinational team to obtain the first recognition in Saudi Arabia of a non-Arab League judgment. We have extensive experience representing and advising foreign sovereigns, including the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Egypt, on asset recovery, money laundering, fraud, anti-corruption and sovereign immunity matters. We routinely advise companies and individuals throughout the region on U.S. regulatory and criminal matters, including compliance with U.S. sanctions programs.
In our Middle East work, Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss evinces the highest commitment to our principles, working extensively on a variety of human rights cases. We have secured the release of a U.S. national sentenced to life in prison in Egypt on political charges, liaising with U.S. State Department, White House, members of Congress and key international power brokers over the course of his two year detention to obtain his release. We have represented detainees held by the U.S. Government at both Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Bagram, Afghanistan, and have secured the release of our clients and their return to their homes and families.
In the News
- Judge allows journalist to challenge claimed inclusion on U.S. drone ‘kill list’
“We are gratified that the court recognized that, as a U.S. citizen, Mr. Kareem has the right to be heard in court before his government can decide to kill him, and we look forward to these proceedings continuing to a final resolution,” said Tara J. Plochocki, partner with the Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss law firm.Washington Post, June 13, 2018
- New York Post reports FBI evidence in a lawsuit alleges Saudi Arabia's US embassy may have funded test run for Sept 11.
Waleed Nassar, an international disputes lawyer who represents two Saudi charities that are defendants in 9/11 litigation alongside Saudi Arabia, said, "the evidence, along with much of what has been submitted, is innuendo and circumstantial".
"The plaintiff's burden is to show something more direct, and that's really the only hope they have to have Saudi Arabia remain in the litigation," Nassar said.September 11, 2017
In September 2016, the US Congress passed the Justice Against State Sponsors of Terrorism Act (“JASTA”) into law, overriding President Obama’s veto to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity for terrorism related claims and expanding liability under the Anti-Terrorism Act (“ATA”) to now also include those who ‘aid, abet, or conspire’ with a foreign terrorist organisation. JASTA’s twin expansions of liability now make it easier to hook Middle Eastern countries and institutions into the web of costly US litigation. As President Obama himself recognised as a basis for his veto, ‘courts [can] potentially consider even minimal allegations…sufficient to open the door to litigation and wide-ranging discovery…’Lexis Middle East Law, June 28, 2017
A host of likely legal challenges will confront Middle East related entities doing business in or with the United States under President Trump, write Waleed Nassar and Kate Toomey.The New Arab, January 16, 2017
"It's still their burden to prove their allegations, which right now is based on a lot of innuendo and leaps of logic," said Waleed Nassar, a partner at Lewis Baach, which represents two of the Saudi charities named in the case.The Hill, October 9, 2016
Mr. Lewis said that “there is no there there” on the allegations of any Saudi government role in the attacks, given the kingdom’s long history of being at war with Al Qaeda.
“The notion that senior Saudi officials or the Saudi government had an interest in supporting Sept. 11 and the attack on the World Trade Center is patently absurd,” he said.The New York Times, September 29, 2016
- Swiss banks froze Mubarak's assets hours after his removal. 5 years and a corruption conviction later, the money still hasn’t moved.Mada Masr, February 11, 2016
- Press Release: Retired Military Officials Tell Court that Contractors' Abuse of Prisoners at Abu Ghraib Violated Clearly Established Military StandardsSeptember 30, 2015
- Eric Lewis says Donald Trump is giving credence to those who stigmatize America's Muslims. He says such rhetoric is hateful and dangerous.September 20, 2015
- Fayis al-Kandari has been held without charge for 14 years in US prison in Cuba, where he was allegedly tortured.Aljazeera, July 28, 2015
- Mohammed Soltan was convicted of financing anti-goverment protest amid proceedings his lawyers describe as ‘a Kafkaesque political show trial’The Guardian, May 30, 2015
- BBC World Service Newshour, May 30, 2015
- The Business Monthly, American Chamber of Commerce Egypt, December 2012
Publications, Presentations & Events
- November 2016
- Statement on OFAC’S Removal of IIROSA Philippines and Indonesia from OFAC Specially Designated Nationals ListAugust 18, 2016
- Four Things Businesses Should Know About the Agreement with IranJuly 2015
- May 30, 2015
- June 27, 2014