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The firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm has established itself as the largest multi-practice law firm in Lebanon mirroring the very best in the industry, with 40 attorneys including nine partners.

The firm is renowned for advising on complex transactions of first impression in the region, namely a $150m syndicated facility, the acquisition of a real estate company through the issuance of convertible bonds; a ground-breaking multi-bank private placement initiative to finance the launch of a TV station; a $200m securitisation of asset receivables; the acquisition of a listed bank in Europe, and the first-of-its kind conversion of a financial company into an investment bank.

Its added value is particularly sought after in acquisitions and structured finance, and the firm’s attorneys are distinguished by an in-depth specialisation and a sharp understanding of the commercial as well as the legal aspect of clients’ businesses.

The firm works closely with a number of correspondents in various jurisdictions and is a member of the Geneva Group International’s (GGI) global multidisciplinary networks, allowing the firm to offer its clients reliable legal assistance on an international level.

The firm has been recognised as a market leader by reputable global legal directories, including The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, and has reaped many awards in recognition of its expertise and achievements in the fields of M&A and banking.

Areas of practice

AJA has positioned itself as a pioneer in various areas of the law including:

Corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity: the firm is a dominant market advisor on the establishment, corporate governance and day-to-day operation of local and multinational companies. The firm handles major local and cross-border transactions from inception to completion.

Banking and finance and structured finance: AJA advises local and foreign banks and financial companies on banking operations, transactions and asset management activities.

Telecommunications and media: AJA provides advice on licensing issues, bids, acquisitions and joint ventures of local and regional telecommunication companies.

Real estate, construction and project development: AJA handles all matters related to leasing and acquiring real estate and represents clients on a broad range of construction and project development matters in various sectors.

Privatisation: AJA actively advises governmental agencies on setting up privatisation programmes and related laws and regulations.

Intellectual property: AJA advises local and multinational clients on the procurement of IP rights and licences.

Tax: AJA’s attorneys combine their in-depth knowledge of the general and particular nuances of tax law of various countries to manage and resolve tax issues arising out of the day-to-day business and transactional activities of legal entities operating across the region.

Financial restructuring and insolvency: AJA consistently tailors innovative solutions to difficult financial situations in an effort to reduce financial liability, minimise costs and achieve an optimal objective with respect to the financial restructuring and insolvency proceedings of corporate clients.

International trade and franchising: AJA provides guidance on free trade agreements and the WTO rules and represents franchisors and franchisees established in the MENA region.

Litigation and alternative dispute resolution: AJA handles multidisciplinary litigation claims before various judicial bodies and represents clients in all types of alternative dispute resolution procedures.

  • Number of lawyers: 40
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Member
  • Geneva Group International (GGI)

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