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Lebanon is the richest nation per capita in the Arab world without hydrocarbon wealth. Although the country's land border with Syria has understandably created numerous difficulties – not least hosting over a million refugees from its larger neighbour and scaring off international investors – Lebanon continues to have a sophisticated financial services sector, one of the stronger start-up scenes in the Levant and reasonable consumer markets, along with promising exploration for offshore oil and gas, though this has yet to produce large flows of legal work.

Lebanon has not been immune to the region's power struggles. The surprise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in a televised address in Riyadh in November 2017 (which was suspended and later retracted upon his return to Lebanon) has led to concerns that the country could be pulled further into the diplomatic rift in the region, which would have a deleterious effect on the Lebanese economy.

On paper, only local law firms are permitted to operate in the market, but a few are integrated into international networks as alliance partners. Independent local firms are popular for referral work from major firms elsewhere in the region.

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