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Hamdan Law Firm

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The Hamdan Law Firm was founded in 1961 by Ahmad Hamdan and offers a full range of legal services. It is one of the oldest law firms in Lebanon and is today managed by Abdel Ghani Hamdan.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Lebanon

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Excelling in cross-border transactions, Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is a top name for corporate work in Lebanon and is valued for its 'excellent communication skills, and high level of know-how'. In addition to cross-border M&A, its corporate work spans areas such as transaction structuring, pre-acquisition due diligence, licensing, compliance and post-acquisition integration. Simon El KaiSouraya Machnouk, and Carlos Abou Jaoude head a substantial team which includes senior associate Salwa Abdallah.

Practice head(s):

Simon El Kai; Souraya Machnouk; Carlos Abou Jaoude

Other key lawyers:

Salwa Abdallah; Eddy Maghariki; Chebl Atallah

Testimonials

‘Both Eddy Maghariki and Chebl Atallah are very familiar with the complex mix of legal and administrative realities in Lebanon and are able to explain the challenges by considering both legal and commercial issues. They are used to dealing with international clients.’

‘Eddy Maghariki and Chebl Atallah have a pragmatic approach and come up with pragmatic solutions for complex issues. ’

‘High level professionalism, attention to details, perseverance, timely.’

‘Excellent communication skills, high level of know-how.’

Key clients

3M Group

Careem (by Uber)

Adidas

Ericsson

Sony Middle East and Africa

Lego

Mr. Carlos Ghosn

Malia Group

Elie Saab Group

Libanpost

Samsung

Benta Group

Edde Family Office

Doctors without Borders

Fadaat Media Group

LBCI

Sioufi Group

Quantum Group

AJA Group

Plus Properties Group

CardioDiagnostics Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Edde Family Office on acquisition of an equity stake in pioneer bio-agriculture group Biomass.
  • Advised 3M Group on the establishment of its business presence in Lebanon.
  • Advised Careem (by Uber) on the cross-border acquisition of a pioneer tech app.

Alem & Associates

Alem & Associates represents clients, both domestic and international, in a comprehensive range of corporate, commercial and financial transactions. Its skills range from M&A, joint ventures, and LBOs, through to restructurings, corporate governance, and due diligence processes. Senior partner Mohamed Alem is recommended for his cross-border transactions expertise and Omar El Assir and Leila Laila are also recommended.  

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Alem

Other key lawyers:

Omar El Assir; Leila Laila

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP has an excellent reputation for its capabilities handling large transactions and applying exhaustive due diligence processes. It also stands out on the innovation front; offering a package tailored to start-ups to assist them through to entering markets beyond Lebanon. The firm is increasingly active in consolidations and restructurings, for clients in the construction, distribution and franchising sectors. Oil and gas, and renewables sectors are other areas of expertise. The team is spearheaded by Chadia El Meouchi and Carine Farran, and a strong bench also includes senior partner Salim El Meouchi and Samia El Meouchi, who focuses on commercial and insurance industries.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Other key lawyers:

Salim El Meouchi; Samia El Meouchi

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Chedid Law Offices in association with Dentons

Chedid Law Offices in association with Dentons advises clients in all phases of the business cycle on contracts, day-to-day issues and transactions. Managing partner Elias Chedid, who is admitted to the Bar in Beirut, Paris and New York, is in charge of the department. His key areas of expertise are M&A and capital markets, in particular for energy, telecoms, media and technology clients. At senior associate level, Georgette Salamé is notable for regulatory experience in addition to  M&A and reorganization know-how.

Practice head(s):

Elias Chedid

Other key lawyers:

Georgette Salamé

El-Aref International Law Office

Transactional experience in Lebanon, the Middle East and Africa is a selling point for the corporate practice at El-Aref International Law Office which it combines with 'outstanding services' to its clientsWith regular mandates on cross-border work and mega deals, it is especially adept at preparing prospective targets, asset sales and purchases, joint ventures and strategic mergers. Aref El Aref counts various Fortune500 companies and start ups  among his clients, and heads a team that includes associates Samantha Doumit and Nathalie Awada; both specialize in cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Aref El-Aref

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Doumit; Nathalie Awada

Testimonials

‘ We’ve received outstanding services from El-Aref International Law Office since 1997.’

‘We realized that the firm and its lawyers are devoted, capable, loyal and dedicated for our demands and cases.’

‘As a matter of fact, we feel very comfort when we are dealing with the firm, that due to our long term relationship and the powerful response manner of the firm which make them unique and different from other firms. ’

‘When we worked on a deal we found them ready and beside us 24/7. Therefore, the firm and its team are really good and unique.

‘This is the only practice in Lebanon that understands start-ups and works at their pace and budget restrictions. They managed to relieve us from all the legal burdens.’

‘ I had full trust in them. They were always honest with me and available to meet my needs. I truly appreciate how they dealt with us and will be forever grateful to Aref and his team.’

‘The team is not only knowledgeable to carry out the tasks, they help set the goals for us as well as play an efficient advisory role on possible future obstacles.’

‘El-Aref has been our lawyer since 2017 and they have a well-qualified team, passionate with the law, and able to maintain a very good business relationship. We found the quality of work vs the cost at the same level of international firms.’

‘People working in El Aref Law Firm are exceptional with very good and substantial knowledge with expertise with different customers from Europe, USA, MEA. They are up-to-date on the law and ready to listen to you and come with very precise legal opinion.’

Key clients

AbbVie

AstraZeneca

Novo Nordisk

ATKearney

Synaptive Medical

Piety International

NABED Ltd

Rotana Audio Visual

Associated Press

BBC

World Fuel Services Corporation

ABB

IRIDEX Corporation

Taylor-Dejongh

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

NAR Technologies

B.B. Energy

Faisal Holding

Primesouth

TCQ Power

Work highlights

  • Advised ABB on certain aspects of the Merger deal with Hitachi Ltd. in relation to the acquisition of ABB power grid division
  • Advised Oppenheimer Partners on Asset purchase related to portfolio of trademarks in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
  • Advised on certain aspects of Aon plc and Willis Towers Watson on a Merger Agreement.

Abousleiman & Partners

Abousleiman & Partners is well equipped to handle transactions in Lebanon, GCC countries and in Central and West Africa. The firm regularly collaborates with international firms as local counsel. Patrick Obeid's experience spans corporate and commercial law, including advising on corporate restructurings and litigation. Ghina El-Zibawi is also active in corporate and commercial law; she combines this with expertise in  banking, and is also advising on a number of arbitration cases. Managing partner Randa Abousleiman heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Randa Abousleiman

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Obeid; Ghina El-Zibawi

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP) is notable for being able to combine international knowledge and capabilities with local and regional market expertise, giving the firm an edge in cross-border deals. The corporate and M&A practice, led by founding partner Ziad El-Khoury, has been increasingly attracting pharmaceuticals and insurance clients. El-Khoury is active throughout the Middle East including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Senior associate Bassem Chalhoub specializes in corporate restructuring, especially of Lebanese family-owned businesses.

Practice head(s):

Ziad El-Khoury

Other key lawyers:

Bassem Chalhoub; Fiona Fayad

Key clients

Lebanon International Autodrome SAL (LIA)

EI Technologies Lebanon SAL

MySay SAL

Khoutout (Lignes) SAL

NetPharma

Skin Society SAL

Matco Marketing & Trading Sarl

Beirut Port Authority

Municipality of Beirut

Middle East Financial Investment Company (MEFIC)

Walaa Cooperative Insurance Company

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB)

Sinopec – Branch of Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation

Cravia Group

L’Azurde Company for Jewellery

Biologix FZCO and Algorithm

M A Al Abdul Karim & Co Ltd

Globalpharma Company LLC

Agility Company LLC

Dallah Health

Geberit International Sales AG

Nalco Saudi Company (Part of Ecolab)

Decathlon

WhiteWater West Industries

IBI Group

Chedid & Associates Saudi Arabia Insurance Brokerage Limited

Arkan Business Group

Harbin Electric International Co Ltd

ZP Arabia Drilling Company Ltd

POSH Semco Pte Ltd

Saudi Mechanical Industries Companies

Work highlights

  • Assisting and advising Lebanon International Autodrome on building and operating a motorsport complex which includes racing tracks for various types of car racing and several entertainment facilities
  • Advising NetPharma on the partial acquisition of the company by new investors and development and implementation of an invoice payment management system which involves holding of clients’ funds in a bank account and processing bank transfers through an automated software
  • Assisted and advised EI Technologies Lebanon SAL and other Companies that are part of the technology consulting Group in relation to the acquisition of the 98 % majority shareholder in the Companies, and carve-out of the Companies

Obeid Law Firm

Obeid Law Firm provides clients with a comprehensive range of corporate and commercial assistance. It advises on a range of transactional matters, joint ventures and hybrid corporate structures and includes advice on establishing  investment vehicles. It also assists with cases involving compliance issues, directors’ rights and responsibilities, and shareholder disputes. It attracts both domestic and well-known international corporates including an impressive roster of insurance corporates. Counsel Marie Hayek co-heads this and the banking and finance practice and is ably assisted by counsel, Claude Comair and partner, Ziad Obeid.  

Practice head(s):

Marie Hayek

Other key lawyers:

Claude Comair; Ziad Obeid

Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid

Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid provides its clients with  assistance on commercial contracts, M&A and corporate restructuring. Antoine J. Merheb is recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Antoine J. Merheb

Al Jad in collaboration with CMS

Al Jad in collaboration with CMS assists international clients with commercial contracts, corporate and regulatory issues. Malek Takieddine is of note.

Other key lawyers:

Malek Takieddine

Baroudi & Associates

Domestic and foreign corporations retain Baroudi & Associates for day-to-day corporate advice and the set-up of local entities. Managing partner Jean Baroudi is of note.

Other key lawyers:

Jean Baroudi

Eptalex - Aziz Torbey Law Firm

Commercial contracts, corporate governance and transactions are but a few of the areas covered by Eptalex - Aziz Torbey Law FirmMarie Maalouly Torbey and Ramy Torbey are the names to note.

Other key lawyers:

Ramy Torbey; Marie Maalouly Torbey

Hamdan Law Firm

Thanks to substantial know-how of trust foundations and offshore jurisdictions, Hamdan Law Firm not only represents international companies with business activity in Lebanon, but also private clients such as GCC high-net-worth individuals. Commercial aspects covered by Abdel Ghani Hamdan and his practice group often include franchising and distribution agreements, both areas of focus for Valérie Gouttebaron. The corporate team further includes logistics and outsourcing expert Paul Okel.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Ghani Hamdan

Other key lawyers:

Paul Okel; Valérie Gouttebaron

Hayat Law

High-profile transactions are one of two main areas of expertise at Hayat Law, with the other strength being litigation. As an internationally-oriented practice, the firm also operates branches in Baghdad and Dubai and assists foreign clients as well as local Lebanese family firms. The telecoms and waste management sectors are key areas of focus for Ali El Maoula's corporate team.

Practice head(s):

Ali El Maoula

Other key lawyers:

Nassim Riachi

Testimonials

‘Hayat Law shows a very dynamic and hands-on approach even in complex structures. During this year and despite all what Lebanon has been the team were able to deliver the same high standard of services. ’

‘Ali El Maoula showed the highest leadership skills and was able to manage complex negotiations on behalf of our company. Professional and charismatic with an outstanding legal and cultural knowledge.’

‘The team at Hayat has an extremely diverse practice, and they are also quite savvy with respect to the intersection of international legal and political issues.’ 

‘Ali El Maoula is particularly intelligent and energetic. He is a tireless advocate on behalf of his clients and looks around corners for them.’

‘Managing Partner Ali El Maoula is a hands-on lawyer who provides commercial solutions for clients.’

Key clients

S-Com

Al Kabida Invest Holding

Sama

LIBD

Tri-Sat Communication Company

Work highlights

  • Advised TV channel distribution company S-Com on the $100 million acquisition of distribution rights of seven major local broadcasters in Lebanon
  • Assisted Al Kabida with a series of acquisitions of internet service providers in Lebanon – amounting to $30-40 million
  • Represented data provider Tri-Sat in connection with the award of a licence to provide broadband services using Lebanon’s fibre network

Kabalan & Associates

Kabalan & Associates advises on corporate structures as well as joint ventures and helps clients with navigating regulatory requirements when doing business in Lebanon. Noureddine Kabalan is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Noureddine Kabalan

MENA City Lawyers

MENA City Lawyers is well equipped to take on mandates relating to franchises, distribution, corporate governance and shareholder agreements. In addition, the firm also handles M&A activities in Lebanon and beyond. Fady Jamaleddine is in joint charge of the department with Mirvat Mostafa and Corinne Baaklini. Jamaleddine has vast experience of commercial transactions; Mostafa is focused on the incorporation of companies and Baaklini also advises on joint venture agreements.

Practice head(s):

Fady Jamaleddine; Mirvat Mostafa; Corinne Baaklini

Law Offices of Naoum Farah

Commercial transactions, distribution agreements, restructuring and reorganization are the core features of the corporate practice at Law Offices of Naoum Farah. Name partner Naoum Farah caters in particular to clients in the TV broadcasting, telecom, media, entertainment and satellite sectors.  He jointly heads the team with Marie José Chemaly, who joined the corporate department in 2020, and Yara Wakim, a transactions expert in the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Naoum Farah; Marie José Chemaly; Yara Wakim

NSP Legal

Transactions in Lebanon and across the GCC and Africa are the core area of expertise at NSP Legal. The firm also provides day-to-day corporate assistance and regulatory advice. Joseph Nasrallah specializes in the structuring, financing, negotiation and execution of transactions. He leads the team together with Jad Skaff, whose experience includes corporate governance - assisting clients from the FMCG, energy and media industries.

Practice head(s):

Jospeh Nasrallah; Jad Skaff

Testimonials

‘NSP Legal is unique as a Lebanese law firm as its partners have all had experience working in international firms and have brought this expertise and knowledge to a boutique firm in Lebanon. They provide timely and accurate advice and can be relied upon when dealing with complicated questions of law that are unique and novel as can often be the case in their jurisdiction.’

‘Jad Skaff in particular is very well versed in cross-border transactions involving Lebanon and is able to provide quick and thorough advice for time sensitive matters. Jad has international experience which is extremely useful when looking to provide advice that goes beyond simply understanding Lebanese Law but also what would be expected by multinationals and high-level clients.’

‘NSP is extremely professional, dedicated and responsive. They are able to turn around and deliver high quality work quickly. In addition, they provide sound legal advice, identifying risks and exposures. As a team they are pleasure to work with. With strong language capabilities in English, French and Arabic, they can work effectively across a broad range of geographies.’

‘Joe Nasrallah and Mira Fayad stand out as exceptional individuals that have provided invaluable legal support and were a pleasure to work with. They stand-out due to their industry knowledge, responsiveness and diligence. Their sense of teamwork and dedication are highly noted and appreciated.’

‘Highly responsive, highly knowledgeable and versatile team, valuable advice not only legally but also on the commercial, financial and structural side of the business, always available and ready to deal with emergencies. We work with them on different countries, and they are always aware of the local laws of each territory we tackle.’

‘I’ve worked very closely with Joseph Nasrallah and Mira Fayad on various deals and had to lead together negotiations and M&As, they both always had very valuable insight and were a tremendous help in both closing deals and letting go the ones that were not convincing. We need to have counsels that help us see clearly not only legally (which they cover of course with panache and high effectiveness) but also on other aspect of deals commercially and financially. Their advice for the past 5 years have been crucial and a major asset of our success.’

‘The partners of the practice are highly-driven lawyers, with great expertise on their respective areas of practice. In the difficult times facing Lebanon, their professionalism and efficiency in the course of our dealings are very high. Mr. Skaff, in particular, is a wonderful person to work with. The team is highly capable, and we hope to continue and extend our collaboration with them.’

‘We have established an excellent, high-level and efficient collaboration with both the partners of Nasrallah, Skaff and Partners (NSP Legal) and its associates. We firmly believe that they are knowledgeable and hard-working professionals, who zealously apply attention to detail in all their undertakings. Communication with them is easy, polite and the assignments we collectively work on are always undertaken as a team, with the client’s needs and requirements at the centre of our mutual efforts. Despite the fact that we are based in a foreign jurisdiction, our common projects are undertaken with ease, almost as if we were based in the same country. We very much look forward to continuing our business relationship in similar fashion and hope to achieve a lot together.’

‘For the first time in my 22 years of professional work have I come across a team that actually takes the time to understand the business before offering legal advice. The attention we receive as a client is outstanding and that includes answering calls on weekends and late at night.’

‘The passion, excitement, involvement in the business and attention to detail that Jad Skaff and Mira Fayad have displayed were truly exceptional by all standards. We were pleasantly surprised and delighted to see this amount of attention to our business while simultaneously advising us on a complex transaction.’

Key clients

National Aviation Services Group

Transmed

Careem

Amnesty International

Halvest Holding

Diwan Group

Abchee Group

Shooting Stars

UK Tech Hub Lebanon

Work highlights

  • Advised National Aviation Services client on the acquisition of a company which provides ground handling services at the airports in a main East-African country
  • Advised Transmed Holdingon the acquisition of a food service business in the UAE and France valued at US$ 6.5 million
  • Advised The Nucleus Ventures on the acquisition of Tech Hub SAL, the leading accelerator and incubator in Lebanon

Obeid & Medawar Law Firm LLP

Obeid & Medawar Law Firm LLP fields competitive corporate services ranging from mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures to tenders, stock acquisitions and leveraged buyout transactions. Industry expertise includes telecoms, mining, pharmaceuticals and insurance. In addition to its work for corporate clients, the team around Amer Obeid and Rachad Medawar also assists private family businesses in the region with fund creation and management.

Practice head(s):

Amer Obeid; Rachad Medawar

Testimonials

‘Their service as a law firm was better than I could expect. They are attentive to details and they always come up with creative solutions to any legal issue. The team is very supportive and attentive, and follow up with utmost attention. I appreciate their professionalism and expertise as much as their warmth and team camaraderie.’

‘The O&M team is professional, reachable, knowledgeable, trustworthy and would not settle for mid solutions, rather they are persistent and conduct full due diligence on cases and would not settle before securing best advice and support to their customers.’

‘With sophisticated legal needs, O&M was the firm to go to due to its solid know-how in all legal areas. The professionalism of this law firm and their quality of service and outstanding highly qualified team make the choice very easy on any person seeking legal assistance. The extensive legal knowledge and experience of the firm members.’

‘Mr. Amer Obeid is an outstanding attorney at law.’

‘I worked directly with Amer Obeid, who is skilled in making legal cases a stress-free matter to clients. His high professional and moral standards are a gift which makes working with him a pleasure and something to look forward to.’

‘Amer Obeid is visionary, infinitely ambitious, and was able to align his team of very skilful lawyers under his great leadership. He is both wise and aggressive and balances these traits very carefully. Reachable at any time, professional, likeable, polite and always with a positive attitude and the right advice.’

‘Amer Obeid is of an exceptional knowledge and attitude.’

‘Amer Obeid is the managing partner he has extraordinary negotiation skills that guarantee the most beneficial outcomes. A talented player in the dispute resolution area, he seizes every opportunity to close victorious deals. He never misses a goal. On the corporate level, he is by far the best closer and deal maker in town.’

‘ Zeina Azzi is a smart and sharp person with an assertive personality who despite her young age has a remarkable ability to provide reliable advice and on-point consultancies.’

‘Amer Obeid and Rachad Medawar are both very smart and knowledgeable. Their high standard of ethics and professionalism make them in my opinion among the best lawyers in the region.’

Key clients

Lavajet Group

Middle East Venture Partners or MEVP

The Middle East Venture Fund L.P or MEVF I

The Impact Fund by MEVP

Batco Group

National Beverage Company SAL – Aujan LTd – Cocacola representative in Lebanon

The Building Block Equity Fund Sicar

AlSharif Group Holding

SGR Group

Hussein Madi Foundation

Global Blue SAL

Virgin – Megastores of Lebanon SAL

Edenred SAL

Gulftainer SAL

Maria Group

MAtic SAL

Total Care Lebanon SAL

Cumberland Insurance and Reinsurance SAL

Clinique du Levant SAL

Inventis Services Offshore SAL

Zaarour Club SAL

National Beverage Company SAL

Work highlights

  • Assisted a group of construction and waste management companies in the carving out which intended to split the group into two separate lines of business and to allocate each line to a shareholder
  • Assisted an artist with the best legal structure to compile, conserve, maintain, insure, attest, authenticate, protect and acclaim his artwork
  • Advised Lavajet Group of companies on its restructuring