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Alem & Associates handles heavyweight international arbitration and local litigation. Mohamed Alem represented a food company in a franchising dispute subject to an ICC Paris arbitration, and acted for German investor Abed El Jaouni in an ICSID claim against the Lebanese government regarding the revocation of multiple aviation licences. Nader Obeid handles litigation, including representing Al Salam Development in a civil fraud case concerning the alleged misappropriation of a company owning a large amount of land. Senior associate Rana Kahwagi is another name of note in arbitration.

Obeid Law Firm provides ‘first-rate service with a sound understanding of complex international litigation’. Nayla Comair-Obeid, who ‘brings an enormous reservoir of arbitral experience’ and served as president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2017, heads the international arbitration practice which covers commercial, construction and public international law matters. Ziad Obeid is ‘a good all-rounder and lateral thinker’; he handles arbitration and litigation. Counsel Mona Tohmé is a name to note for public international law. The firm also includes principal associates Zeina Obeid and Claudia Pharaon; the latter is qualified as an English solicitor. Clients include leading names in oil and gas, construction, aviation, agribusiness and luxury clothing.

At Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm, Salim El Meouchi and Jihad Razkallah’s work includes complex banking litigation for leading Lebanese banks. The firm also acts for Caesars Entertainment and Gente Oil. Other areas of expertise concern debt recovery, intellectual property and corporate governance matters.

Baroudi & Associates provides ‘professional and timely advice’ on disputes ranging from foreign judgment and arbitral award enforcement to labour litigation and aviation matters. Jean Baroudi provides ‘helpful and honest advice regarding procedural matters in Lebanon’; he represented Al Jazeera Media Network in a defamation case. Samir Baroudi leads a team representing Solidere in a long-running dispute with the Syndicate of Expert Goldsmiths and Jewellers in Lebanon over space in Beirut’s gold souk – Josiane Lahoud was also involved in the matter. Noble Resources is also a client. Lea Ferzli is a key associate.

Law Offices of Naoum Farah handles litigation including cross-border civil fraud cases, commercial disputes and arbitral award enforcement. The firm represented a television broadcaster, which was the subject of civil and criminal litigation brought by a political party. White-collar crime is an area of expertise for Weygand Farhat. Naoum Farah heads the firm and the arbitration practice, and Roula Tayar is also highly regarded.

Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm has a particular strength in insurance-related shipping litigation, including acting for leading insurers and P&I clubs on vessel arrests and incidents on board vessels. Other work concerns debt recovery. Ziad Najm is the firm’s managing partner.

At El-Khoury & Partners in association with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, Hadi Melki’s work includes procurement disputes, enforcement of foreign court judgments, labour litigation and intellectual property matters. Ziad El-Khoury, who divides his time between Beirut and Riyadh, is another name of note, as is senior associate Bassem Chalhoub.

Hamdan Law Firmdedicates itself to client cases, carefully considering legal arguments and deploying them effectively’. The firm has a particular strength in offshore-related litigation; it advises GCC clients on British Virgin Islands litigation, and is representing Saudi clients in a $300m intrafamilial dispute over the ownership of several companies. Abdel Ghani Hamdan is ‘a very effective team leader in any legal dispute; he has an instinctive feel for the arguments that will work and those that will not’.

Kabalan & Associates covers a range of matters including employment, property litigation and criminal matters. The firm has a particular strength in aviation work; Noureddine Kabalan defended Emirates against claims brought under the Montreal Convention. The firm also represents a petroleum storage company. Badrieh Nahas is a key senior associate.

SAAS Lawyers | AvocatsMarwan Sakr acts as counsel and arbitrator in disputes concerning construction and commercial issues.

Abousleiman & Partners handles arbitrations including construction and shareholder disputes, and has expertise in cross-border regulatory investigations. Randa Abousleiman is a name of note.

Airut Law Offices’ Marie Antoinette Airut has a track record of shareholder disputes and Iraq-related matters.

Eptalex - Aziz Torbey Law Firm represented an insurer of a bank involved in a fraud case, and another client in a shareholder arbitration; the team also advises on property litigation. Houssam Mourtada heads the practice and Aziz Torbey is ‘well recognized and respected, committed to his clients and applies high work ethics’.

MENA City Lawyers’ expertise ranges from white-collar crime to intellectual property. Hanadi El Hajj heads the litigation practice and Hussein Kazan is a key contact for criminal law.

Sami Nahas Law Firm has a track record of work in debt recovery matters and property litigation. Sami Nahas and senior associate Gaby Karam are noteworthy practitioners.

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