Behnam Khatami is a leading lawyer based in Tehran well-known to and highly regarded by international clients doing business in Iran. He is well versed in corporate and M&A, projects as well as complex commercial disputes across various industries.
Behnam regularly advises and assists investors, sponsors, venture capitals and private equities on market entry, joint venture, mergers & acquisitions, corporate structuring and restructuring, regulatory, foreign investment license, market exit, and drafting and negotiating JVAs, SPAs, SHAs, merger agreements and other transaction documents.
He has been involved in many high-profile projects and advised sponsors, lenders, financiers, export credit agencies and contractors on financing schemes, regulatory matters, sovereign guarantees, foreign investment license, and drafted and negotiated concessions (including BOTs and BOOs) and other project agreements (including IPCs, buybacks, ECAs, PPAs, offtake and EPC contracts). He regularly advises in power, oil & gas, mining, port development and other infrastructure projects. He is the head of the Legal and Parliamentary Committee of Iran Renewable Energy Association where he assists renewable energy companies in relation to their PPAs and regulatory matters as well as their interactions with governmental authorities.
He has also successfully conducted complex commercial disputes before Iranian courts on behalf of foreign clients, and assisted them on contentious matters through alternative dispute resolution (including by acting as local law expert in ICC arbitration).
Behnam received his bachelor of laws degree from Beheshti University in Tehran and completed his LLM in international commercial law at Beheshti University and Queen Mary University of London in 2007. He is admitted to the Iranian Central Bar Association since 2006.