Dr. Saleh Mohammed Zahaf

Dr Saleh is well known for his strong track record of results representing foreign clients in Libyan litigation proceedings. After obtaining his Doctorate in Economic Law from Sorbonne, University of Paris, he went on to become a lecturer of law at multiple prestigious organizations. He then worked for the Committee of International Treaties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Trade Organization delegation at the Ministry of Economy in Libya.

Education & Honors:

  • Doctorate in Economic Law, Sorbonne, University of Paris, France (1987).
  • Master's degree in International Economic Law, Sorbonne, University of Paris, France (1984).
  • International Law Diploma, Sorbonne, University of Paris, France (1983).
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Rabat, Morocco (1978).


Dr. Saleh established Zahaf & Partners Law Firm in 1990 intending to provide local and international clients with quality, transparent, and trusted legal services. He also joined the committee that drafted the Investment Law No. 9 of 2010 which has drastically changed and improved direct foreign investment into Libya.  

He continues to be a prominent figure in the Libyan legal market as he leads the country's largest top-ranked independent law firm.  More highlights of Dr Saleh’s work include:

  • Leading the legal proceedings related to the partial privatization of Sahara Bank, Wahda Bank, Umnah and the Gumhouria Bank, it was the largest privatization transaction in the history of Libya, which included the 4 largest banks in the country.

  • Carrying out the legal work related to the participation of the Portuguese Bank (Banco Espirito Santos) and Aman Bank.

  • Carrying out the legal work related to the participation made between the State of Libya and the United Arab Emirates in the establishment of the "First Gulf Libyan Bank".

  • Advising on the Man-Made River project, and on the dispute regarding the bankruptcy of the Korean contractor, which was the largest infrastructure project in Libya.

  • Representing Several Swiss companies and Swiss nationals who were arrested in Libya, due to a dispute which occurred between the former regime and the Swiss government.


  1. Libyan Bar Association
  2. International Organization for the Prosecution of War Criminals
  3. Libyan-Tunisian Friendship Association.

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