Founder & Managing Partner
LLB, LLM, Attorney at law
Esmaeil Karimian is a professional attorney, founder and managing partner of the ESK Law Firm. He has more than 10 years' experience in international Trade law, international investment law, energy law and international contracts. Working full time in the International Law offices as a junior partner or associate during all these years, Mr. Karimian has gained a lot of experiences in the field of international commercial law and international investment contracts such as joint-venture contracts, petroleum contracts, and construction contracts. Esmaeil specializes in international commercial law and international investment contracts such as joint-venture contracts, petroleum contracts, and construction contracts. He advises national and international clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including acquisitions, mergers, tender offers, reorganizations and joint ventures. An integral part of his practice, Esmaeil provides board-level legal counsel to help clients draft and manage complex deals through the marketplace. He has paved the way of several foreign corporations to invest in various megaprojects in Iran. As a managing partner, Esmaeil is responsible for the day to day operations of the business and practice groups across ESK's offices in Iran. He speaks Persian and English.
Head of Contractual Team
LL.B, LL.M, PhD, Attorney at Law
Dr. Saleh Jaberi is a professional attorney and a lead partner of ESK Law Firm. He has more than 10 years' experience in business law, particularly in securities disputes and construction law. Saleh's clients benefit from his experience in project finance, including BOT, BOO, BOOT and concession projects in various sectors. He is particularly sought after for his in-depth knowledge of international trade law, construction contracts, securities arbitration and mediation, and Alternative Dispute resolution mechanisms. Saleh is also a highly regarded advocate in commercial law. He has counseled a few Iranian banks to settle their disputes with debtors and manage their financial problems. In 2009, Saleh was seconded to assist an international company with drafting its domestic and international contracts as well as solving its disputes through litigation and ADR methods. He also has a notable academic record which includes books and articles in both English and Persian languages. He has published remarkable academic papers about broker-client relationships in securities exchanges and solving their disputes. At the same time, he translated and published a book titled "International Construction Contract with Commentary on FIDIC Design-Build Forms" and also writing another book titled "Construction Law" which will be published in the near future. He speaks Persian and English. He is the Head of Contractual Team.
Head of Corporate Team
LLB, LLM , Attorney at law
Saeed Soltani is a professional attorney and a member of Tehran Bar Association since 2009. He received his LLB from shahed University and his LLM from Olum Tahghighat University. During all these years, Saeed has gained a lot of experience in the field of company law and various corporate matters. He has focused his practice on registration of a company, branch or agent office, preparation and drafting all kinds of minute, article of association and dissolution or bankruptcy of companies. Saeed has also been deeply engaged in providing legal assistance to reputable insurance companies such as Day Insurance Company, Arman Insurance Company, Kosar Insurance Company and Parsian Insurance Company. He specializes in insurance law and advising his clients regarding various kinds of insurance policies and solving related disputes. He speaks Persian and English. He is the Head of Corporate Team.
Professor Fari Akhlaghi
Head of International Advisory Services
BA(Hons), MSc, PhD, FRSA, FBIFM
Professor Fari Akhlaghi is an experienced international expert in project finance, procurement and delivery of large and complex projects, including those that adopt BOT, BOO, EPC+F and PPP structures. Professor Akhlaghi is educated in the UK and has over 35 years of international working experience, including many years in leading large engineering, construction, development and management consultancy operations such as DEGW, Black & Veatch and AECOM. He has worked in USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In his last full time corporate position, as Vice President of Major Projects in AECOM, Professor Akhlaghi was in charge of Global Major Projects and Strategic Advisory to governments and major private sector corporations. He is Special Advisor to Norton Rose Fulbright, a leading international Law Firm where he focuses on financing Iran’s major projects and industrial and commercial turnaround opportunities. Professor Akhlaghi advises international financial institutions, banks and major consulting and contracting companies such as GEK TERNA Group of Greece and LC&P of Italy. He has held several senior academic positions in universities in England, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa. He has acted as convener at several World Economic Summit events and has represented the Islamic Development Bank in relation to development projects in member countries . In Iran, he has held seminars and chaired conferences for the Iranian Stock Exchange Organization and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs.
Abolfazl is a Barrister & Solicitor practising in New Zealand. He is a current member of New Zealand Law Society, as well as, Auckland District Law Society. His practice includes business and corporate, contract law, immigration, and employment laws. He has over 13 years of legal experience including over 3 years in the United States of America in workers’ compensation area and 5 years in Malaysia. He is currently working with Baker Law & Conveyancing LLC in Auckland.
Abolfazl firmly believes that clients are the lifeblood of any business and strives to build a strong rapport with them. In his personal capacity, he is expanding ESK’s client base and advisory in areas of franchising businesses.
Dr. Mojtaba Eshraghi
Head of Transportation
and Aviation Team
LL.B, LL.M, PhD, Attorney at Law
Dr. Mojaba Eshraghi is a professional attorney and a member of Tehran Bar Association since 2009. He received his LL.B, LL.M and PhD from Tehran University. Mojtaba has been a member of National Elites Foundation as he usually ranked first in most of the exams. As a lawyer, Mojtaba has been provided legal consultation to many state and private organizations such as Mahan Airline, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, Construction & Development of Transportation Infrastructures Company, etc. He is particularly sought after for his in-depth knowledge of international contracts, transportation law, aviation law and project finance. He has been teaching aviation law and related contracts in Tehran University Since 2014. He joint ESK law Firm in 2016 and appointed as the head of transportation and aviation law.
Head of Banking Team
LLB, LLM, PhD, Attorney at law
Dr. Davood Sherkati is a professional attorney and a member of Tehran Bar Association since 2011. He received his LL.B from Shahed University and his LL.M and PhD from Azad University. He is a university lecturer and a member of Iran Chamber of Commerce. Davood provides legal consultation to various commercial companies and institutions. He specializes in Banking, resolving commercial disputes, arbitration, commercial contracts and customs clearance rules. He joined ESK Law Firm in 2016.
Head of Dispute Resolution Team
Internal Legal Counsel
LLB, LLM, Attorney at law
Hamed Hoseyni is a professional attorney and a member of Tehran Bar Association since 2007. He received his LL.B from Science and Culture University and his LLM from Shahed University. With more than 10 years' experience, Hamed has gained a lot of experience in the field of Litigation and Dispute resolution in various cases. As a trial lawyer, he represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases and manages all phases of the litigation process from investigation, pleadings and discovery to pre-trial, trial, settlement and appeal. He speaks Persian and English. He is the Head of Dispute Resolution Team.
Head of Tax Team
Mr. Rostami received his B.A from Alame Tabatabei in 1993. Since then, he has been involved in many projects and handled the financial matters of several famous domestic and international consortiums. With over 24 years of experience, Mr. Rostami worked with reputable companies such as Mapna Group, OIEC, Mana co. etc.\nBeing a financial manager in many projects in Iran, Mr. Rostami is an expert in financial rules of Iran as well as banking and taxation matters. He joined ESK Law Firm in 2016. He speaks Persian and English. He is the Head of Tax Team.
Ms. Karimian received her bachelor degree in Economic Science from Azad University in 2006 also her master degree in Energy Economy from Srbiau University in 2016. She has gained many experiences during past few years and currently advises clients in economic and energy matters such as renewable energies, economic due diligence, energy economy in Iran, etc. She joined ESK Law Firm in 2016. She speaks Persian and English.
ESK-Teenar Publication Manager
Mrs. Siahposht is the manager of ESK-Teenar Publication Center. She received her B.A in Political Science from Shahid Beheshti University in 2006 and her M.A in International Relations from Tehran University in 2016. She has more than thirteen years of experience in publication industry and is an expert in layouting, editing and publication of books in Iran. Most of ESK books and articles have been published under her supervision and management in ESK-Teenar Publication Center. She speaks Persian and English.
Majid RostamBakhsh is a corporate law consultant who joined ESK Law Firm in 2016 as a trainee. He received his LL.B from Azad University. Majid focuses on Company law and corporate matters. He has been involved in ESK Law Firm’s practical projects during past few months. He speaks Persian and English.
Ms. Bostan received her bachelor degree in Law from Shahrekord University in 2013. In September 2015, she has received her LL.M in Commercial Companies Law form Shahrekord University. In April 2017, she joined Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law as visiting researcher. Currently she is a PhD student in Private Law in Isfahan University. She is an experienced lawyer in Maritime Law, Commercial Law and Commercial Companies Law. She speaks Persian and English.
Hatef Z. Tehrani
Hatef Z. Tehrani is the Graphic Designer of the Firm. After receving his First B.Sc. in Pure Mathematics from Shahid Beheshty University – Iran, he started his education in Bio-Statistic for a M.Sc. degree at Bologna University – Italy. Currently he studies Arabic language at Tehran Univerty as his second B.A. He speaks Persian, English and Italian.