Malek Takieddine

Malek Takieddine

Consultant

CMS (UAE) LLP
Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
Happiness Street
PO Box 506873
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Languages Arabic, English, French
Energy

Malek is an Arabic-qualified oil and gas lawyer. He is qualified under Civil law (i.e. as applicable in a number of Middle East jurisdictions including Iraq) and has obtained a masters degree in oil and gas law from the University of Aberdeen (2008).

Over the past 10 years, he has been involved in advising major and independent IOCs on upstream oil and gas projects in the UK, Africa and the Middle East. He has made a number of publications related to Iraqi and Lebanese hydrocarbon laws, and is regularly invited to speak on these matters at conferences and roundtable discussions in Dubai, Lebanon, Washington DC (the Aspen Institute), London and Aberdeen. He acts on the board of directors of the Energy Committee of the Beirut Bar Association.

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Relevant experience

  • Major oil company in relation to claims and counter-claims against Chinese subcontractor. Role included negotiating price reduction based on delays in contract execution.
  • Russian oil and gas company in relation to a potential multi-billion dollar project acquisition in south of Iraq.
  • European oil and gas company in relation to two construction disputes in Iraq with a value exceeding US$100 Million each.
  • International oil and gas company in respect of the application of foreign Arbitral awards in Iraq including options relevant to the New York Convention vs. the Riyadh Convention.
  • International oil company in respect of applicable environmental legislation relevant to the Hammar Marshlands in Iraq.
  • Major oil and gas company in drafting a structure note and an option agreement in relation to a Farm-in arrangement (UKCS) in return of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) work.
  • Group of seven international oil companies in drafting the Governance Protocol governing operation under an Integrated Aviation Consortium in the UKCS.
  • International oil company in drafting Decommissioning Security Agreements (UKCS) as part of the sale of offshore assets.
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Education

  • 2008 – LL.M., University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
  • 2003 – LL.B., Lebanese University, Beirut 
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Memberships

  • Petroleum Negotiator, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Lawyer, Beirut Bar Association
  • Lawyer, International Bar Association  
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Publications

  • Lebanon and Israel vs. Energy Security: How energy security needs may be a source of stability in a region of conflict (2014). Published in the Energy Charter’s Knowledge Centre Review; Special Summer Issue 2014. This paper described the ongoing dispute over maritime boundaries, and argued that Lebanon and Israel have both urgent interests in exploiting offshore natural resources peacefully. This paper describes how interim stability may be achieved through various forms of indirect measures that both countries would implement.
  • Investing in Lebanon’s Troubled Waters (2013). ISSN: 1875-418X. Published as part of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law journal (OGEL) special issue on “Eastern Mediterranean Oil and Gas”; Vol. 11 – issue 3; April 2013. This paper studied and assessed regulatory issues and political considerations relevant to the development of hydrocarbon resources in Lebanon’s Exclusive Economic Zone in light of disputed maritime territories.
  • Compliance Law Enforcement in Arab States (2013). Commissioned by the UNDP-ACIAC, the paper assessed the de jure and de facto obstacles undermining actual implementation of anti-corruption criminal law in the Arab States. The objective of the paper was to address consisting strategic weaknesses in order to support sustainable and scalable anti-corruption efforts on a regional scale.
  • Editing of UNCAC Compliance Report for Egypt (2012). Commissioned by Transparency International, the task required detailed review of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Compliance Report for Egypt to suggest amendments and recommendations.
  • Anti-Corruption Programmes in the Arabic States: A Comparative Study (2011). Commissioned by UNDP Democratic Governance Group (DGG) of the Bureau of Development Policy and the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, with funding from PACDE, this study was part of a comprehensive effort to reflect on priorities, challenges and lessons learned on anti-corruption programming in the Arab states. It contextualised corruption and anti-corruption activities in Arab countries, identifies and analysed UNDP anti-corruption programmes in the region, analysed trends and challenges; and derived lessons learned and considerations for future programming.
  • Defining maritime zones between Lebanon and Israel: The case for multilateral negotiations (2011). Commissioned by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL).
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Lectures list

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers annual conference (Dubai – 2014): Shale Gas and related legal challenges.
  • DMCC Energy Club (Dubai 2013): several lectures on Iraq oil and gas business.
  • Aspen Institute (Washington DC, USA – 2012): Natural Gas in the Mediterranean.
  • Lebanon International Oil and Gas Conference (Beirut – 2012): Maritime Boundary Disputes in Hydrocarbon Jurisdictions.
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Corporate

Malek is an Arabic-qualified corporate and commercial lawyer. He has obtained a masters degree in law from the UK and worked for a number of years at CMS’s UK offices. He has over ten years of experience working on corporate and commercial matters in GCC countries and other MENA jurisdictions. Given his access to legislation in the Arabic language, he has developed a thorough knowledge of local laws and regulations and an ability to work closely with local counsels, where required, in order to deliver quality corporate and commercial advice on local matters.

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Relevant experience

  • FTSE 100 company in relation to organisational structure for a major investment project in the Middle East.
  • Qatari bank in relation to Letters of Guarantee to be issued under the Lebanese law.
  • European bank in relation to local regulations in Middle East jurisdictions including stock exchange regulations.
  • International oil company operating in the Middle East in relation to local regulations relevant to corporate liabilities and indemnities.
  • Lebanese jewelry designer in relation to structuring a regional (MENA) joint venture with a holding Saudi company.
  • Hamburg-based company in relation to the acquisition of an oil and gas company based in the UAE.
  • Automobile distribution company in the Middle East in relation to their negotiation with a Japanese car manufacturer regarding agency rights with an approximate claim value of US$17 Million.
  • United Nations agency in relation to de jure and de facto obstacles undermining actual implementation of anti-corruption criminal law in Arab countries.
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Education

  • 2008 – LL.M., University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
  • 2003 – LL.B., Lebanese University, Beirut 
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6 September 2018
Middle East Pro­jects Up­date: Sum­mer 2018