Salem Chalabi, an Iraqi national and a lawyer, has been a corporate and projects partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP since June 2014.
Mr Chalabi is a graduate of Yale University (BA), Columbia University (MA) and the Northwestern University School of Law (JD). He has practised law with international law firms Morgan Lewis (in New York), Clifford Chance (in London) and DLA Piper (in Dubai). He is also a member of the New York Bar.
In 2003, Mr Chalabi was a deputy member of the Interim Governing Council of Iraq, and a member of the finance and legal committees. In these roles, he was responsible for drafting a large number of orders and laws, in conjunction with the Coalition Provisional Authority. In addition, in 2004, he was one of two Iraqis who drafted the Transitional Administrative Law (the Interim Constitution), which was the basis of the permanent constitution adopted in 2005. Mr Chalabi represents various Iraqi government ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, Electricity and Oil. In this capacity, he has been very closely involved in various developments relating to the government. Mr Chalabi also advises international oil companies in Iraq, as well oil services companies.
In 2018, Mr Chalabi led a team that was given the award for the Best Banking and Finance team in the Middle East at the Middle East Legal Awards.