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SAAS (Sakr, Awwad, Abi-Najem and Sakr) offers tailor-made services to corporations, organisations, individuals and governmental entities, in particular on trade, commercial and financial matters, both contentious and non-contentious, with an emphasis on cross-border service internationally and in the Middle East.

SAAS lawyers have a recognized practice in each of its core practice areas: mergers and acquisitions, stock market and private equity transactions, leveraged buyouts, taxation, group restructuring and financial transactions, new technologies, distribution and trade, foreign investments, private clients, international trade, project finance, contract negotiation and international arbitration/litigation and ADR, etc.

The firm’s lawyers also advise a number of ministries and government entities, international and professional organisations and diplomatic missions.


SAAS lawyers are renowned for their expertise and experience in international and domestic legal matters, in particular dispute resolution. Our lawyers also provide legal advisory and transactional services to clients in a wide range of industries and sectors.

More Particularly, The firm's Dispute Resolution practice include lawyers having vast experience in general litigation matters, as well as in specialised areas such as international arbitration, banking, commercial law, construction and engineering, property and real estate, employment, insolvency/restructuring, insurance, mediation, shipping and tax. SAAS lawyers have been involved in a number of landmark cases that have been reported in legal journals. 

The Dispute Resolution team combines the knowledge of practitioners who are experts in their various niche fields and who have conducted arbitrations under various laws and jurisdictions across Europe, The Middle East and North Africa and arbitration rules (ICC, ICSID, BCCI, CRCICA, DIAC, GCCCAC, LCIA, QICCA and UNCITRAL). We have worked with clients from all around the world and are committed to understanding not only their business and their specific needs, but also their cultural background. Cases dealt with by our lawyers either as counsel, arbitrators or experts involved the application of the laws of several jurisdictions such as France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon and Syria.

The firm represents individuals and entities as well as state controlled enterprises in matters in connection with large construction, infrastructure or development projects undertaken by multinational companies or consortia or involve other international commercial transactions mainly in telecommunications activities, international distribution, banking and financial markets, shareholder’s disputes, as well as foreign investors/states disputes under various investment treaties.

The Firm acts as external counsel for the Mena Region to several US clients such as United Technologies Group and Booz Allen Hamilton.

International Reach

Thanks to its broad range of multi-jurisdictional legal expertise, the firm is in a position to offer clients services through our International Desks by lawyers with relevant experience and know-how in the jurisdictions covered by these Desks. In addition, our network of overseas correspondents and affiliated offices allows us to deal effectively with every aspect of the cases it takes on. Each Desk and is typically led by one or two Partners who ensure effective coordination and communications with the relevant local partners. 

SAAS has currently two International Desks and three affiliated offices in Paris, Los Angeles and Berlin.

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