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With expertise across a wide range of industry sectors, Alem & Associates handles litigation and ADR spanning general commercial disputes, IP law, shareholder disputes, defamation claims, white-collar crime and administrative litigation. Nader Obeid, who heads the litigation practice in Beirut, is acting as lead counsel for Aley Electricity in a claim regarding a ministerial decision concerning the treatment of network habilitation fees. Further, regional practice head Mohamed Y Alem is acting for Medairways in a case filed against the Lebanese state regarding the revocation of the client’s air operation, ground handling and aviation-related licences. Also recommended is senior associate Rana Kahwagi, who heads the arbitration practice.

Obeid Law Firm provides ‘constructive and detailed advice’, which illustrates a notable 'depth and breath of service’. The team consists of ‘exceptional all-round litigators’ with ‘top-tier experience’ in licensing, employment, real estate and administrative disputes, as well as international arbitration. Key figures include the ‘outstanding’ Ziad Obeid, who is ‘capable of managing big cases’ and demonstrates ‘a can-do approach to problem solving’, and Nayla Comair-Obeid, who is ‘highly experienced’ in litigation and arbitration. Counsel Mona Tohmé is also recommended.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP is regularly instructed in arbitration and litigation, where it has experience of professional negligence, bankruptcy and labour disputes. Salim El Meouchi and Elie Feghali jointly head the practice.

The disputes team at Baroudi & Associates provides a ‘very professional’ service in arbitration and litigation claims, including shareholder disputes, banking litigation and recovery claims. Led by managing partner Jean Baroudi, the team represented a transport terminal operator in a €600m court dispute with an ex-shareholder, and also acted for an agro-industrial company in arbitration with a grain provider. Also recommended are Josiane Lahoud and associate Melynda Bou Aoun, who joined the firm in February 2018. Lea Ferzli was promoted to senior associate.

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP) handles general commercial disputes, shipping and maritime matters, construction claims and insurance disputes. Senior associate Bassem Chalhoub is representing Elekta in a $1bn compensation claim filed by a former agent following the principal’s termination of a distribution agreement between the two parties. The team also defended Best Sore, a shipping company and owner of the vessel M/V Silvia Ambition, in a $465m claim brought by bunker trading company Praxis Energy Agents. Ziad El-Khoury, Hadi Melki and Wissam Hassem are the primary contacts at the firm, which ended its association with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP in January 2019.

Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm represents clients in real estate and construction disputes, insurance claims, debt recovery mandates and contentious labour and employment matters. Name partner Ziad Najm also handles a variety of maritime litigation, including cargo claims, charter party disputes and commercial contract litigation.

Hamdan Law Firm is headed by Abdel Ghani Hamdan and is regularly involved in shareholder disputes, major inheritance disputes and regulatory matters. Indeed, the team is currently advising on a significant family dispute involving a number of companies and business assets.

Kabalan & Associates represents clients in commercial litigation and arbitration, and also has experience of the enforcement of foreign judgments. Noureddine Kabalan heads the practice group.

Law Offices of Naoum Farah has experience in a range of civil and commercial lawsuits and ADR involving issues such as IP and contractual disputes. Led by founding partner Naoum Farah, who has expertise in arbitration, the team is particularly active for clients in the media, construction and engineering industries. The firm defended one of Lebanon's largest TV broadcasters, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International, in a criminal case filed by a prominent political party, Lebanese Forces. Other key figures include Roula Tayar, who heads the civil litigation practice, and Weygand Farhat, who specialises in criminal litigation.

The dispute resolution practice at SAAS Lawyers | Avocats is regularly instructed by clients in the construction, engineering, real estate, insurance and shipping sectors. Additionally, the team has experience of shareholder and distribution disputes, as well as investment litigation and arbitration, where it has engaged with public and private sector entities. Co-founder Marwan Sakr is one of the key individuals in the practice group.

Abousleiman & Partners has established a reputation for its work in litigation and arbitration. Led by managing partner Randa Abousleiman, the firm handles compensation and asset recovery litigation, and also has experience of arbitration in the construction sector.

Airut Law Offices is instructed by domestic and international clients and has experience of civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. Managing partner Serge Airut is the key figure in the team.

Eptalex - Aziz Torbey Law Firm is involved in litigation and arbitration concerning insolvency, IP, and general business and commercial disputes, including acquisition-related litigation, shareholder and securities disputes, construction claims, administrative disputes and disputes in the banking sector. Name partner Aziz Torbey is among the firm's key litigators.

MENA City Lawyers is active in arbitration and litigation, where it has been involved in commercial disputes in the construction and banking sectors. Managing partner Hanadi El Hajj heads the practice.

Sami Nahas Law Firm has expertise in banking, employment, real estate and construction litigation and has been particularly active in IP-related disputes. Led by senior partner Sami Nahas, the team also has experience in arbitration proceedings, where it has handled various commercial claims and has also challenged and assisted with the enforcement of arbitral awards.

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