Dispute resolution in Lebanon

Alem & Associates

Alem & Associates handles high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration, as exemplified by its recent representation for Al Salam Development in a $1bn litigation case involving the fraudulent misappropriation of companies. Practice head Mohamed Alem was the lead partner on that matter and also acted for Golden Grain Sal in a debt recovery claim totalling $140m. Other key figures from the team include: Nader Obeid, who regularly supports Alem on major mandates, senior associate Rana Kahwagi, who is an expert in construction disputes; and Raymond Helou, who was recently made partner and specialises in white-collar criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Alem

Key clients

Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company LLC

Al Salam Development Co.

Medairways SAL

Mission Laique Francaise

St. Jude Medical Coordination Center

RAMCO Trading and Contracting SAL

Barbel, Marlon and Albert Abela

HOLDAL – Abou Adal Group

Golden Grain Sal (Offshore)

Forest Capital Holdings Limited

Sakson Egypt Petroleum Services Company

Kabab-Ji Sal.

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas SA

Starneth Global Ltd

Kamal Bahamdan

Egypt Environmental Services SAE

Work highlights

  • Acting for Al Salam Development, as the claimant, in a bankruptcy case, relating to an outstanding payment totalling $110m.
  • Represented Barbel Abela in an exequatur of an Arbitration Award issued by the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Acted for Sakson Egypt Petroleum Services Company in a lawsuit against an insurance broker based on its default in obtaining the proper policy insurance and its consequent liability for damages equivalent to $4m.

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)'s disputes team has recently been strengthened by the arrival of Georges Okais, who brings a unique perspective when acting before government authorities having previously served as a judge in the Lebanese courts. The team is a key name for cross-border disputes, with Hadi Melki recently acting for China National Chemical Engineering in an $8m dispute involving the construction of a labour camp in Saudi Arabia. Also recommended is senior associate Bassem Chalhoub, who is very experienced in commercial and employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Georges Okais; Hadi Melki

Testimonials

‘Wissam Hachem and Ziad El Khoury personally are involved at every step and follow through until issues are resolved.’

Key clients

China National Chemical Engineering

Elekta Limited

Pureessentiel

POSH SEMCO

Pharmacie le Gabriel

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Elekta in a compensation lawsuit filed by its former Lebanese agent following the principal’s termination of the distribution arrangement for default by the agent in reaching the targets agreed upon.
  • Acting for Pureessentiel TM, a French company owner of a renowned cosmetics trade mark, in a lawsuit against an Indonesian manufacturer and a Lebanese distributor for trade mark infringement.
  • Representing Pharmacie Le Gabriel  in a criminal case brought against its employee to recover stolen amounts and pharmaceutical products.

Obeid Law Firm

Obeid Law Firm has a stellar reputation for representing international domestic clients in litigation, international arbitration and mediation. Its case portfolio includes high-stakes investment disputes, where it acts for major multinational companies. Ziad Obeid leads the team and is notably skilled in handling cross-border disputes. Other noteworthy names include Nayla Comair-Obeid and counsel Mona Tohmé.

Practice head(s):

Ziad Obeid

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP has 'an excellent team' with 'unique knowledge and expertise'. Salim El Meouchi leads the practice and is highly skilled in disputes concerning the banking sector, with senior adviser Khalil Sarkis regularly supporting him in litigation. Managing partner Chadia El Meouchi is another notable name and has experience of contractual disputes and shareholder disagreements. Senior associate Elie Feghali is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Salim El Meouchi

Testimonials

Excellent team.

Unique knowledge and expertise.

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Projects Development Company

Intel

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Law Offices of Naoum Farah

Law Offices of Naoum Farah's disputes team is a key name for clients in the media industry and is known for its 'strategic case assessment' and 'skillful implementation of litigation methodology'. Managing partner Naoum Farah leads the team and acted for The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International in a lawsuit brought against it by a Lebanese political party. Another key figure is Weygand Farhat, who is an expert in white-collar criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Naoum Farah

Testimonials

‘Naoum Farah and Weygand Farhat are usually together when discussing the case and I like the brainstorming of ideas that is involved during the meeting because it helps me clarify more my ideas and dig through events I would have forgotten or overshadowed.’

‘Its associates are highly skilled, highly educated and very dedicated. Mr. Farah follows personally every single case with his associates despite his numerous clients and cases.’

‘You always have the feeling that dealing with them is not a commercial transaction, they are sincerely concerned in your case like if it is their own. it is like a family office.’

‘They spend many hours, all the time needed, on drafting their pleadings, listening to their clients and most importantly proper advising.’ 

‘The team is extremely professional and highly motivated.’

‘Strategic case assessment and skillful implementation of litigation methodology.’

Key clients

The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International

Work highlights

  • Represented The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International in a lawsuit brought against it by a Lebanese political party.
  • Acted for The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation in a dispute against the political party Lebanese Forces. The party was the initial owner of the corporation and argued that its current chairman did not properly purchase the entity during its transfer of ownership.

Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm

Shipping and insurance claims are the two key pillars of Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm's practice. Name partner Ziad Najm is an expert in marine litigation, especially in areas such as cargo claims, charter party disputes, and sale and purchase disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ziad Najm

Key clients

CMA CGM

Libano-Suisse

Allianz SAL

AXA Middle East Insurance

BCTC

LIA Insurance SAL

Nasco France

Chedid Re

Arope Insurance

Fidelity Insurance

La Sécurité Assurance

Al Gezairi transport

Edouard Cordahi shipping agency

Work highlights

  • Represented AXA Insurance in a Lawsuit against Kuehne & Nagel and Emirates for damaged cargo.
  • Represented Lia Insurance in a lawsuit against Bollore for a theft claim.
  • Acted for Axa against the carrier MSC in a fire that occurred on MSC Daniela.

Baroudi & Associates

Shareholder disputes, banking litigation and recovery claims are the key areas of focus for Baroudi & Associates. Managing partner Jean Baroudi leads the team and is an expert in litigation and arbitration. Josiane Lahoud, who is an expert in IP, banking and employment, and associate Lea Ferzli, who is experienced in insurance disputes, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jean Baroudi

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is well known in the market for its non-contentious work but also has a notable dispute resolution practice, with partners specialising in either commercial litigation or arbitration Rania Khoury heads the domestic and international arbitration practice; managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude is also highly skilled in handling cross-border arbitration cases; and Simon El Kai is a key name for litigation and has particular expertise in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rania  Khoury; Carlos Abou Jaoude; Simon El Kai

Key clients

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International SAL

Mr. Pierre El Daher

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

SITA

Middle East Venture Partners Fund

DEBBAS group

Construction Management Associates

FFA Real Estate

SAMSUNG group

BENTA group

Highland

Work highlights

  • Represented LBCI and Pierre El Daher in the $220m cross-border arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce brought against them by the Rotana group of companies.
  • Acted for Impact Fund by MEVP Holding, MEVP Industrial, and BBEF Holding collectively as claimants against the fraudulent transfer of shares by shareholders of Bookwitty, a company the clients invested in.
  • Defended SITA Information Networking Computing against claims of gross and flagrant misconduct brought by The General Prosecutor of Beirut due to major disruptions with the client’s systems managing airport departures and baggage drop.

Hamdan Law Firm

Hamdan Law Firm represents international and domestic clients in shareholder disputes, major inheritance disputes and regulatory matters. Managing partner Abdel Ghani Hamdan is the key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Ghani Hamdan

Kabalan & Associates

Kabalan & Associates is notably skilled in commercial litigation and international arbitration. The team has previously acted in ICC and LCIA arbitration proceedings. Noureddine Kabalan is the key name.

Practice head(s):

Noureddine Kabalan

MENA City Lawyers

MENA City Lawyers has experience of representing clients before the Lebanese courts as well as in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Fady Jamaleddine  is the key name and has extensive experience in cross-border litigation, particularly in the areas of information technology and intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Fady Jamaleddine  

SAAS Lawyers | Avocats

SAAS Lawyers | Avocats is highly skilled in international arbitration and litigation, with a strong emphasis on sectors such as banking, construction and real estate. Co-founder Marwan Sakr is a key figure and is notably skilled in cross-border disputes, particularly cases involving banking, insurance and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Marwan Sakr