Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm fields a stellar banking and finance practice with outstanding finance, combined with capital markets experience. In addition to representing local and foreign banks (including advising the Central Bank of Lebanon on the first ever critical capital controls legislation), it also advises a broad range of clients on domestic and international extensions of credit and syndicated facilities. Carlos Abou Jaoude, Souraya Machnouk and Eddy Maghariki are the recommended team heads and Rita Papadopoulou heads the capital markets and structured products practice.
Firms in the Spotlight Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets in Lebanon
Carlos Abou Jaoude; Rita Papadopoulou; Eddy Maghariki
Other key lawyers:
‘The team assists us by providing valuable and practical advice as well as having a hands-on approach and proactivity in dealing with the bottlenecks.’
‘Proactive and have a solution-driven mindset.’
Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL)
Intercontinental Bank of Lebanon
FFA Private Bank
Ernst & Young
Commercial International Bank (CIB)
Arab Finance Corporation (AFC)
The Luxury Fund (TLF)
Online Money Transfer – Western Union
Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Capital Trust Group – The EuroMena Funds
Elie Saab Group
Plus Properties Group
Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor
- Advised the Central Bank of Lebanon on the first-ever critical capital controls legislation.
- Advised Deutsche Bank on a $350M structured repo transactions with Société Générale de Banque au Liban.
- Advised Elie Saab on a cross-border LMA facility in a major multi-bank refinancing transaction in Lebanon’s fashion industry.
Banks, financial institutions and insurance companies turn to Alem & Associates for assistance with structured, acquisition and project finance. Team leader Mohamed Alem is the name to note for banking, finance and capital markets expertise.
Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP is well known for its PPP and project financing capabilities. The firm has quickly adapted to the current circumstances in Lebanon and supports international as well as domestic clients with issues such as recapitalization and foreign exchange matters. Managing partner Chadia El Meouchi shares the banking and finance lead with Carine Farran, who expertly advises on financing instruments and funds matters as well as capital markets. The strong team also includes top banking expert Salim El Meouchi and Walid Honein, who concentrates on project finance.
Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran
Other key lawyers:
Salim El Meouchi; Walid Honein; Samia El Meouchi
‘BSM is one of the most established, most respected law firms in the region. The width and breadth of their experience in bank finance work is impressive.’
‘Chadia El Meouchi is certainly one of the leading lawyers in Lebanon and the Middle East. Very client-focused with an exceptional legal skill set, Chadia constantly delivers a flawless work product. She is our counsel of choice for Lebanon.’
Banque Misr Liban
Saint-Gobain Middle East
Construction Development Company International
Projects Development Company
Audi Saradar Private Bank
With its international connections and cross-border capabilities, Chedid Law Offices in association with Dentons is well placed to undertake the representation of banks and non-financial institutions in debt financing transactions as well as financing restructurings and related regulatory assistance. Elias Chedid, who is also the managing partner of the firm, leads the banking and finance group with his international expertise. Capital markets work, regulatory banking questions and financial transactions are frequently handled by senior associate Georgette Salamé.
Other key lawyers:
‘At Chedid Law, lawyers listen to their clients.’
‘Elias Chedid seeks meaningful feedback from his clients and acts on it. He is not simply a good lawyer present at a meeting, he is a great lawyer with a real presence in the meeting. He is innovative, has the capacity to take unusual but calculated risks that pay off. He has a spark that makes him willing to try something new whilst having the ability to join the dots between two different ideas or specialist areas of expertise or industries. He can and did achieve extraordinarily results for his clients.’
Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid
On top of a specialism in bank mergers, Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid is adept at handling credit facility agreements, corporate guarantees and regulatory matters. Antoine J. Merheb is the name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Antoine J. Merheb
Abousleiman & Partners
In addition to traditional banking and finance services, Abousleiman & Partners guides its clients through the new economic and financial framework in Lebanon, and is contributing to the re-examination of the banking sector in Lebanon regarding the reforms that are being envisaged. The firm is also active in capital markets, where it assists Lebanese banks with the offering of financial instruments and advises on tender offers to purchase existing outstanding securities. The group is jointly led by Randa Abousleiman and of counsel Marie-Jo Tabet, who specializes in investment fund work. Senior associate Patrick Obeid is particularly adept in advising on the restructuring of syndicated loans.
Randa Abousleiman; Marie-Jo Tabet
Other key lawyers:
‘Abousleiman & Partners is among the best in the market with incredible responsiveness, very good market and industry knowledge, and to the point, commercially oriented advice.’
‘Randa Abousleiman is undoubtedly one of the best lawyers not only in Lebanon but in the Middle-East. Her legal and market knowledge is unparalleled. Extremely responsive and very client focused, she does make a difference on every matter we have worked with her on. ’
American University of Beirut
Qatar First Bank SAL
First National Bank Group
Obegi Consumer Products Group
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
BLC Bank SAL
Heineken International Beer B.V. and Brasserie Almaza SAL
Schindler Lebanon (an international global mobility provider)
The Council for the Development and Reconstruction
Blom Bank S.A.L.
Qatar National Bank S.A.L.
Arab Lebanese Insurance Group S.A.L.
The World Bank
- Assisted Banque Audi SAL with enhancing its Tier 1 Capital by obtaining from its shareholders (common shares) cash contributions allocated to capital in United States Dollars, convertible into common shares
- Advised Vantage Drilling Africa in the context of the drilling services to be conducted in the first exploratory oil and gas well in the Lebanese Maritimes waters
- Advising General Engineering Technologies Group on the restructuring of its group from a legal and fiscal standpoint in order to achieve consolidation of the business and a more efficient business line stream. It entails the establishment of new holding companies and the transfer of certain shares.
El-Aref International Law Office is a first choice for development banks as well as international banks looking to finance projects and transactions in the Middle East and beyond. Practice leader Aref El-Aref and his group not only assist lenders, but also borrowers, sponsors and other financing sources. His experience further entails advice on capital markets and regulatory securities matters. Associate Samantha Doumit handles questions surrounding banking and finance regulations including Central Bank regulations. The firm is well familiar with a wide range of debt products, asset-backed loans and secured and unsecured financing transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is knowledgeable with a solid background in project financing and good connections in the industry. ’
‘A sharp eye and attention to details as well as good with assessment skills in terms of possible arising obstacles and preventive measures. Ability to work in international and multidisciplinary contexts.’
‘Very good knowledge with a high level of customer engagement and relationship. ’
‘The team has substantial knowledge in Corporate Finance, Litigation, FI, M&A and Islamic Finance. They are working with local and international customers from Europe, ME and Africa.’
‘They continuously beat deadlines given to them. They are good negotiators that find creative solutions to issues. They are excellent problem solvers, tireless workers and are great at drafting. They always show a clear commitment to meet the clients requirements.’
‘Aref El-Aref is an excellent lawyer. He is brutally honest and does his best to help us out with any of our needs. He is a tireless worker that consistently delivers much more than is expected. In Lebanon, I have not met a better firm.’
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Saudi Fransi Bank
Qatar National Bank
Qatar Islamic Bank SAQ
Arab Finance House
TCQ Power Ltd.
Menatech Energy Ltd
STX Heavy Industries Ltd
First Bank of Nigeria
- Advised Primesouth on an Export Credit Financing with China Ex-im Bank and Sinosure
- Advised CEC Africa (Sierra Leone) Limited on a subordinated Development Loan Facility with a Fuel Supplier for the development of Fuel Terminal in Sierra Leone
- Advised First Bank of Nigeria Ltd. on large term loan financing to a Borrower for energy project with Ministry of Works and Energy in Nigeria
Obeid Law Firm assists clients with complex and innovative banking and finance mandates including those with cross-border elements. It is also expert in Islamic finance-related disputes, and frequently works with its litigators on international matters for both domestic and international clients. It is advising on Lebanese banking law in respect of the highly publicized case of Khalife vs Blom Bank which is pending before the English courts. More broadly, it also assists clients on credit export financing, restructuring and funds matters. Ziad Obeid and Marie Hayek co-head the practice.
Ziad Obeid; Marie Hayek
Other key lawyers:
Louis-Philippe Lapicerella; Claude Comair
Hamdan Law Firm traditionally entertains strong working relationships with private individuals throughout the GCC area. This is especially evident in the firm's banking and finance practice, where team, lead Abdel Ghani Hamdan, regularly advises foreign individuals on investments in Lebanon. The department also provides assistances to international banks in connection with credit facilities, interest rates, and bonds including Eurobonds.
Abdel Ghani Hamdan
BBC World service Group
Volvo Car Corporation
World Claim Global Claim Management
Gamma Solar Holding
Beit Misk Lebanon
PSG Academy Lebanon
Midea Commercial Agency Lebanon
Irish Technology Limited
Platinum Technologies Worldwide Limited
Tripoli Port Lebanon
IQ Option Europe Ltd.
SAAS Lawyers | Avocats advises international as well as domestic financial institutions and demonstrate an excellent skill set in insurance law. The department surrounding Marwan Sakr and Abdo Abi Najem negotiates financing agreements, advises on financing instruments and is also well equipped to handle contentious work.
Marwan Sakr; Abdo Abi Najem
Blom Bank France SA
Nest Investments Holding
Booz Allen Hamilton
Responsability Investments AG
The Lebanese Association for Development – Al Majmoua
Association of Insurance Companies of Lebanon
Chamoun Family Trust
- Representing Nest Investments Holding in litigation related to money laundering, bank secrecy, banking regulation, Lebanese Central Bank relations and bank managers and auditors’ liability
- Advising Al Majmoua on closing financing agreements with international financing entities
- Advising Arope Insurance on reinsurance and financial products with affiliated banks and the obtention of regulated regulatory approvals