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Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm’s ‘excellent’ practice advised the investment fund Euromena on its $50m acquisition of an equity stake in a Nigerian manufacturing plant, and assisted Kallassi Group with its two acquisitions of distribution companies. The well-regarded Carlos Abou Jaoude and Souraya Machnouk led the matter. Simon El Kai is noted for his ‘vast wealth of substantive knowledge and experience’. Senior associates Eddy Maghariki and Rana Kateb are also recommended.

2016 highlights for Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm included advising on several cross-border joint ventures, corporate restructurings and real estate projects for clients such as Intel, Ciments de Sibline and Holdal. Samia El Meouchi and Chadia El Meouchi are recommended.


Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm (AJA) regularly advises clients on complex cross-border acquisitions and corporate finance transactions in a wide array of sectors including telecoms, real estate, retail and banking. The Firm has extensive experience in the regulatory process of acquisitions such as licensing, compliance and post-acquisition integration. The Firm’s add-value is through its in-depth specialization and sharp understanding of the financial aspects of M&A deals allowing it to propose tailored legal solutions.

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El-Aref International Law Office assisted Kharafi Group with the $65m sale of its subsidiaries’ real estate assets, and advised start-up Rational Pixels on its $1.5m Series A financing round. Other clients include DEKRA and Novo Nordisk. Peter Felter joined the firm as counsel from Clyde & Co LLP. Aref El-Aref and Mohamad Ramadan are highly respected.

Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid’s full-service practice provides advice to local and international clients on commercial agreements, regulatory matters and M&A. Antoine Merheb is a key contact.

Highlights for Abousleiman & Partners included acting as Lebanese counsel on a cross-border acquisition and assisting with the sale of a majority stake in a Lebanese bank through a private placement. The firm also has an active capital markets practice. Clients include Obegi Consumer Products Group, Kingdom Hotel Investments and Rifai Group. Randa Abousleiman is a key practitioner.

Past work for Airut Law Offices includes advising Tahseen Khayat Group on its $6m investment in a US technology start-up, and assisting a group of investors with a multi-restaurant development. It is recommended for its experience in joint ventures, M&A and corporate structuring. Marie Antoinette Airut and Serge Airut are the names to note.

At Alem & Associates, well-regarded senior partner Mohamed Alem and Toufic Soudayha advised Rikaz CI on its acquisition of a real estate company with assets in the UK. The firm also assisted Gemmayzeh 007 with its consolidation of several real estate holding companies into one entity. Other clients include HAK Group, MasterCard and Colgate-Palmolive.

Chedid Law Offices in association with Dentonsknows its way around corporate matters’; the practice advises on joint ventures, corporate restructurings and acquisitions for an international client base in the telecoms, technology and real estate sectors, among others. Managing partner Elias Chedid is noted for his extensive international experience. Senior associate Georgette Salame is another key contact.

El-Khoury & Partners in association with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP is a new tie -up created in January 2016, with the local firm previously having been affiliated with Squire Patton Boggs. Highlights included advising Aqua Santé on its corporate restructuring and on agency agreements for the client’s distribution business. OHL Arabia Company, RED House and Sanofi Saudi Arabia are also clients. Managing partner Ziad El-Khoury, Hadi Melki and Wissam Hachem are recommended.

Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm is experienced in real estate sector acquisitions, and is known for its shipping and maritime expertise, which includes advising on asset financing and port management. Clients include RGH, Nasco France and Al Gezairi Transport. Managing partner Ziad Najm is a key contact.

Hamdan Law Firm advised several clients in the cosmetics, food and fashion industries on cross-border franchising agreements. It is also assisting a Saudi-based client with its acquisition of shares in a local metal plant. Abdel Ghani Hamdan is a key practitioner.

One of the key players’ in Lebanon, Law Offices of Naoum Farah advises international clients in the automotive, media and technology sectors on franchising agreements, M&A and joint ventures, among other corporate and commercial matters. Real estate projects are another key area of focus. Managing partner Naoum Farah ‘is a sophisticated operator’; ‘he is thoughtful, clever and well connected’.

Obeid Law Firm’s corporate and commercial team regularly advises on joint ventures, establishing offshore investment funds and shareholder negotiations. Team head Marie Hayek, Ziad Obeid and counsel Claude Comair are key contacts.

Baroudi & Associates’ track record includes advising ACIST Medical Systems on Lebanese agency regulations, and assisting Yahoo! With the launch of its Lebanese search engine. Managing partner Jean Baroudi was the lead partner on both mandates; Josiane Lahoud is also recommended.

Supported by its office in Iraq, Hannouche Associates is experienced in advising local and international clients on corporate governance issues, corporate restructuring mandates and joint ventures. Managing partner Michel Hannouche is a key contact.

Levant Law Practice handles the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work including M&A, joint ventures and corporate structuring. It also has previous experience in private equity transactions. Managing partner Youssef el Khazen is a key contact.

MENA City Lawyers combines ‘a high level of professionalism with an international approach’. The firm has handled commercial agreements, joint ventures and franchise agreements for clients in the food, hospitality and engineering sectors. Fady Jamaleddine is noted for his business acumen and is recommended alongside Alice Choueiri.

Sami Nahas Law Firm’s past work includes advising a client on the construction of its head office. It also assists with joint ventures, M&A and private equity transactions. Sami Nahas and Tarek Nahas are key practitioners.

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