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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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Dispute resolution in Lebanon

Alem & Associates

The dispute resolution team at Alem & Associates demonstrates wide-ranging capabilities in contentious work, specifically in construction disputes. Mohamed AlemNader Obeid and Rana Kahwagi are recommended practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Alem; Nader Obeid; Rana Kahwagi

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)

Praised for its seamless combination of 'international expertise' and a 'commercial, client-centric approach', El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP) fields a team of former judges, experienced arbitrators and lawyers with multi-jurisdictional experience to represent clients in local and cross-border dispute resolution. Key sectors include telecoms, aviation, insurance and healthcare. Georges Okais heads the team in addition to his post as a member of parliament. Key support comes from senior associate Bassem Chalhoub, who specializes in shipping disputes, but also acts in other commercial cases. Senior associate, Georges Harb joined the team in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Georges Okais

Other key lawyers:

Bassem Chalhoub; Hadi Melki; Georges Harb

Testimonials

‘They seamlessly combine international magic circle expertise with a commercial and client centric approach that ensures the client feels protected and in safe hands. This personable approach is what tends to be lacking from the magic circle, hence why their client following is fiercely loyal (as well as their costs being far more reasonable).’

‘Frankly I cannot identify any other lawyer in the region that has the level of PPP and energy experience as Hadi Melki. He has a relentless work ethic and is endlessly adaptable when it comes to fulfilling the clients stated aims.’

‘The monumental growth of EKP in the last few years with an envious client list, has been down to Ziad El-Khoury’s pioneering vision.’

Key clients

Pureessentiel TM

Pharmacie Le Gabriel

Elekta Limited

New Trends SAL

Saudi Diesel Equipment Company Ltd.

aSAY Group

L’Azurde

Saudi Arabian Airlines

POSH SEMCO Pte Ltd

POSH Saudi Arabia

United Cooperative Assurance Company (UCA)

Sinopec International Petroleum Services (Sinopec)

OHL Arabia

China National Chemical Engineering Co No.7 Ltd (CNCEC)

ZP Arabia Drilling Company Ltd

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Provide legal assistance and support to a Lebanese entrepreneur, involved in a large multimillion USD civil lawsuit comprising 37 defendants and filed by a GCC governmental institution before the United Kingdom High Court of Justice
  • Advise and represent a multimillion-US dollar worth Lebanese construction and development Group in an objection against the wrongful seizure of the Group’s assets by creditor bank, including fraud counter claims against said bank
  • Represented one of the world’s leading bunker suppliers against a vessel’s owner for unpaid bunkering dues and successfully obtained an order to arrest the vessel in Lebanon in settlement of USD 4 million bunkering invoices

Obeid Law Firm

Obeid Law Firm has outstanding litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices which include a world class arbitration and mediation team. Professor Nayla Comair-Obeid  (Companion of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) and Ziad Obeid (a member of a number of arbitration organisations and a construction expert) are the highly respected team heads. Its work spans the MENA region and beyond and it also has a Syria desk. Its clients range from government entities to local, regional and international corporates and investors, including those based in Asia. Dr Zeina Obeid is skilled in regional dispute resolution and principal associate, Claudia Pharaon, who is qualified in England and Wales and New York offers broad public international expertise, as does counsel Mona Tohmé. The team  also has a number of other internationally qualified lawyers with backgrounds in well-known global firms.

Practice head(s):

Professor Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid; Ziad Obeid

Other key lawyers:

Dr Zeina Obeid; Claudia Pharaon; Mona Tohmé

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

When it comes to commercial litigation and arbitration Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is highly recommended for its 'commitment, and insightful analyses'. It is increasingly advising on significant, high-profile litigation and arbitration cases involving Lebanese and foreign clients, this combined with industry-specific experience. Its clients range from banks to well-known corporates and includes ICC arbitrations. Team heads:  managing partner, Carlos Abou JaoudeRania Khoury  (head of domestic and international arbitration), Simon El Kai and Grace Tamer (co-heads of litigation).

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Rania Khoury; Simon El Kai; Grace Tamer

Testimonials

‘I have found ABOU JAOUDE & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM (AJA) to be very capable and always willing to listen to expert and technical evidence while providing sound legal advice and direction. They compare very favourably with the other firms. I would recommend them highly for their commitment, their insightful analyses, their understanding of the Civil Law issues as they relate to the problems in the claim and their willingness to consider precedents from other jurisdictions and apply the principles in Civil Law cases’

‘The Team Leader at AJA who was responsible for drafting the claim was confident, firm, hard-working, paid attention to detail without losing sight of the overall issues.’

‘The team is very thorough in assessing the situation to evaluate all options to handle the dispute.’

‘Was a pleasure working with the team as felt they went the extra mile to dig into the details and understand the case to help present a complete package in the dispute.’

Key clients

Mr. Carlos Ghosn, former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Group

Bankmed Group

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor AJS (BWSC)

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International Group

(LBCI group) / Mr. Pierre El Daher

Online Money Transfer (OMT) / Abou Zeid family

The Luxury Fund (TLF)

SITA Group

Libanpost

Debbas Group

BENTA group

SAMSUNG Group

FFA Real Estate Sal

Codipha Group

Middle East Venture Partners Fund (MEVP)

Renaissance Metn Holding Sal

BOCTI group

Hallab 1881 Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Bankmed in a $1bn cross-border banking lawsuit against oil trader IMMS.
  • Acted for Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Group, in the high-profile legal actions against Nissan and Renault.
  • Represented the Danish-German BWSC/MAN Diesel consortium in the high-profile ICC arbitration case against the Republic of Lebanon in relation to the FIDIC EPC contract for two power plant projects.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP is active in a wide range of dispute resolution, for instance in relation to employment or real estate. Team heads Salim El Meouchi and Chadia El Meouchi are often retained by oil and gas as well as banking and finance clients to represent them in pre-conflict negotiations, mediation, litigation and arbitration. El Meouchi is especially valued for  cross-border compliance issues involving banks. Key support comes from Elie El Feghali, who regularly appears before Lebanese tribunals, for instance in criminal, employment or property law.

Practice head(s):

Salim El Meouchi; Chadia El Meouchi

Other key lawyers:

Elie El Feghali

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

Law Offices of Naoum Farah

Law Offices of Naoum Farah fields a dispute resolution team with a focus on media, TV broadcasting, entertainment and telecom clients. The firm is also adept at defending private individuals in criminal lawsuits, for instance in relation to white-collar crime. Managing partner Naoum Farah, who also acts as a domestic and international arbitrator, is in charge of the department together with Roula Tayar and Weygand Farhat. The former specializes in civil and commercial litigation, whereas the latter is known for criminal and white-collar crime work.

Practice head(s):

Naoum Farah; Roula Tayar; Weygand Farhat

Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm

The core focus of the litigation practice at Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm lies with insurance, cargo and shipping disputes. Aline Daou, who regularly appears in shipping and insurance disputes, heads the team that is praised for its 'efficiency and effectiveness' together with all-rounder Nadyn Souaiby. Managing partner Ziad Najm  is well-known for handling a broad range of disputes. Other services include debt collection and representation in contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Aline Daou; Nadyn Souaiby

Other key lawyers:

Ziad Najm

Testimonials

‘Practice head Ziad Najm is highly reliable and has huge knowledge of insurance matters, and understands our company.’

‘A long term well established and recognized law firm with a team of well educated and skilled professionals under the leadership of Dr. Ziad Najm. Continuous awareness, expertise and diversity in all legal aspects of the local market with exposure to and knowledge of international commercial laws make the firm unique.’

‘Availability is one of the team’s strengths. For emergencies, the principal Dr. Najm is available 24/24 and 7/7; We experienced that.’

‘Ziad Najm has a great reputation and expertise in insurance and reinsurance litigation. We have been constantly impressed over the years of working with the practice by his capacity to build a solid and trustful relationship with clients and his high availability to answer within a short time frame.’

‘The efficiency and the effectiveness of this law firm characterizes them.

‘The are very professional and follow up closely on each and every case.’

Key clients

Capital bank of Jordan

Nestlé

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Haemonetics

Coca Cola

Dell

CMA CGM (The third largest shipping carrier in the world).

Libano -Suisse Insurance

Allianz SAL (Insurance)

AXA Middle East Insurance

BCTC (Beirut Container Terminal Consortium SAL) Port Opertaor

LIA Insurance SAL

Nasco France (Reinsurance, broker)

Chedid Re (Reinsurance, broker)

Arope Insurance SAL

Fidelity Insurance

La Sécurité Assurance

Al Gezairi transport

Edouard

Cordahi shipping agency (Agents of Messina Line Italy)

Baroudi & Associates

Baroudi & Associates represents clients in various types of court disputes and before regulatory bodies in Lebanon. The key contact is Jean Baroudi.

Other key lawyers:

Jean Baroudi

Hage-Chahine Law Firm

After a comprehensive restructuring in 2019, Hage-Chahine Law Firm is now an internationally-oriented law firm with specific strengths in mediation, arbitration and litigation. The department, jointly led by Fayez Hage-Chahine and Najib Hage-Chahine, also covers a number of niche areas such as inheritance cases and sovereign immunity matters. The firm is part of a Beirut Blast Working Group, which has devised a legal strategy aimed at establishing the liability of state entities responsible for port activities and has been instructed to file indemnity claims on behalf of owners and corporate clients who have sustained significant damages from the blast.

Practice head(s):

Fayez Hage-Chahine; Najib Hage-Chahine

Testimonials

‘The lawyers left no stone unturned and provided proactive solutions that aimed to prevent and resolve the conflict without escalation with the partners.’

‘The team is headed by one of the most prominent lawyers and Law Professors in Lebanon and France, Professor Fayez Hajj-Chahine who is highly qualified and has an exceptional knowledge of Lebanese Code des Obligations et des Contrats and of the French Code Civil, as well as the Code de Procedure Civile in France and Lebanon.’

‘The firm has an established reputation as a market leader in Dispute Resolution. It is known for handling complex cross-border matters and for providing creative solutions to the most difficult issues.’

‘The partners of the firm are widely recognized as authorities in private law. They provide legal consultancy services to other local and regional firms. The firm is systematically involved in all the major court cases in Lebanon which is a testament to their litigation skills. From a pure legal knowledge perspective, no other firm in Lebanon compares to what Hage-Chahine Law Firm brings to the table.’

‘The department handles complex cases with surgical precision.’

‘Professor Najib Hage-Chahine is known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and his technical approach. He is able to provide creative solutions in the absence of legal precedent. He takes the time to explain the legal issues clearly and accompanies his clients through every step. He is extremely responsive and provides answers to all queries within hours.’

‘Fayez and Najib Hage-Chahine are both outstanding lawyers with a deep knowledge of local, regional and French laws. They can both find solutions to complex disputes, surpassing the normal expectations of the client.’

‘Najib Hage-Chahine is one of the most brilliant legal minds of his generation. In a relatively short period of time, he has managed to become one of the most recognizable private law experts in Lebanon and has reached the highest academic rank in Lebanon. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the laws of multiple jurisdictions and his uncanny ability to find creative solutions to complicated issues make him an extremely efficient attorney. He is extremely responsive and very tech-savvy which is a big advantage for clients.’

Work highlights

  • Handled the enforcement of a 1.2 Billion USD arbitral award against sovereign assets in France for a Kuwaiti Conglomerate
  • Successfully represented two Lebanese sisters in a 500 Million USD domestic inheritance case.
  • Provided counsel to a Lebanese construction company on dispute resolution proceedings pertaining to a 200 Million USD construction project in Lebanon

SAAS Lawyers | Avocats

SAAS Lawyers | Avocats represents clients in a wide range of jurisdictions including Lebanon, France, Dubai, Qatar and the USA. Construction, infrastructure and development projects are often the source of disputes handled by the team around Marwan Sakr. The practice head is also a skilled arbitrator and shows experience with insurance, oil and gas and telecoms industries.

Practice head(s):

Marwan Sakr

Key clients

Abniah

Arope Insurance

Blom Bank France SA

Société d’Entreprise et de Gestion (SEG)

Nest Investments Holding

Mouawad-Edde

Inovalis SA

Ramco Altas B JV

Global Management and Development (GMD)

Sherman & Sterling Abu Dhabi

Three Crowns LLP

Bright Line Law

DWF LLP

Keystone Law

33 Chancery Lane

Lenczner Slaght

Rubis Terminal

Work highlights

  • Representing Nest Investments Holding in several litigations before DIFC courts and Lebanese courts.
  • Acting for SEG in several arbitrations and litigation in Lebanon, France, Qatar, Tunisia, in particular with the enforcement of a USD 26m award against a member of the Qatari Royal family in France.
  • Acting for Blom Bank France in the enforcement of a multi-million judgement in Lebanon against Syrian debtors, involving funds held with a third party and subject to UK High Court proceedings.

Boustany Law Offices

Commercial and construction arbitration are the basis of the dispute resolution practice at Boustany Law Offices. The firm also regularly takes on international arbitration proceedings throughout GCC countries. Managing partner Philippe Boustany, who often represents international investors and construction companies in arbitration proceedings, leads the team together with Lara Karam Boustany, an administrative proceedings specialist.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Boustany; Lara Karam Boustany

Testimonials

‘The lawyers of Boustany Law Offices are responsive, knowledgeable, and their advice is well-considered and reliable. They are a pleasure to work with. I also found that their fees were very reasonable.’

‘Philippe Boustany is a well-respected specialist with a profound knowledge of his field. I was impressed by his willingness to work quickly and effectively to respond to last-minute evidence produced by the other side.’

‘Lara Boustany provides measured, intelligent and practical advice, with considerable authority.’

‘Philippe Boustany has advised our company on a number of litigation files, including arbitration. The top-notch quality of the legal analysis (academic level) came together with very practical recommendations and in depth strategic insights. Philippe Boustany qualifies as, what I would call, a true “trusted advisor”.’

‘Lara Boustany is an exceptional lawyer. Very professional and unique by all means. She coordinates directly with me on a weekly basis and is available all the time.’

EMEA LEGAL COUNSELS

EMEA LEGAL COUNSELS handles arbitration, litigation and recovery claims for clients in Lebanon, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is notable for its extensive, global network of affiliated offices and is especially strong in dispute resolution in the construction sector. Alaa Zeineddine, Varnavas Playbell and senior associate Nour Noureddine jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Alaa Zeineddine; Varnavas Playbell; Nour Noureddine

Testimonials

‘What makes it unique is mainly the fast and reliable service. The team consists of excellent attorneys all equipped with a great corporate and commercial background! These people always seek the best for their clients.’

‘Charming and persuasive team, with great closing skills, as they say practice makes perfect and the team’s experience says it all!’

‘Always available, responding within no time, shortlisting the best legal actions.’

‘Alaa Mohsen Zeinddeine is one of the best persons in the region. EMEA Legal Counsels is our go-to law firm in Lebanon. Their team consists of highly motivated individuals who possess deep practical knowledge of various sectors and provide pragmatic solutions.’

‘EMEA’s focus on efficient service delivery while minimizing costs augurs well for clients, specially in these tumultuous times. The firm stands out for its innovative solutions in a strict regulatory regime. EMEA Legal Counsels have been dealing very successfully in many claims related to very sensitive disputes for amounts of several millions of dollars.’

‘Their approach and professionalism is rather rare in Lebanon, and the Middle East. Professionalism and quick assistance.’

‘We deal personally with  Alaa Zeindeddine and what we admire in him as a company is that he is articulate and a good a listener. Alaa is always present when we seek his services.’

‘Persuasive, smart, with great communication skills and experience, Alaa knows when to think out of the box to close it.’

‘The Firm’s Managing Partner Alaa Zeineddine exhibits fine leadership qualities and the firm has achieved great heights under his stewardship. Alaa is a dedicated professional who has consistently rendered legal advice of superior quality. He has the unique ability to synthesize the most complex legal issues and provide flexible solutions to serve the clients interests.’

‘Very analytical, but at the same time very pragmatic in order to bring solutions in the table.’

Key clients

Nasco Group

Nasco Re Holding

Elite Insurance and Reinsurance

Daimler AG

VNG International

ACCD Barcelona

Platinum Holding Invest

B.Avenues

Regus

Mclarens Loss Adjusters

Team Adrenaline

Landes Finance

Work highlights

  • Represented Nasco France in a dispute about applications of warranties for a claim affecting yachts owned by the Emir of Qatar.
  • Represented Nasco Reinsurance Brokers in a dispute resolution related to recovery of broking fees/consideration from an Indian Construction Group
  • Represented Sharjah Insurance Group in a dispute resolution/conclusion of an amicable settlement related to a construction project in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Hamdan Law Firm

Hamdan Law Firm regularly represents GCC individuals and families in disputes throughout the Middle East, Channel Islands, British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man. Managing partner Abdel Ghani Hamdan works with a number of special counsels for litigation matters, these include James Dickinson, who is based and admitted in Jersey, and Saudi law expert Ahmad Hamdan.

Other key lawyers:

Abdel Ghani Hamdan; James Dickinson; Ahmad Hamdan

Kabalan & Associates

Commercial litigation and international arbitration are key skills of the disputes department at Kabalan & Associates. Noureddine Kabalan is a key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Noureddine Kabalan

MENA City Lawyers

MENA City Lawyers is highlighted for its representation in arbitration proceedings. In addition, the firm handles financial, commercial, construction and real estate litigation.  Hanadi El Hajj, who represents both private and corporate clients, leads the practice together with Hussein Kazan.

Practice head(s):

Hanadi El Hajj; Hussein Kazan

Obeid & Medawar Law Firm LLP

Obeid & Medawar Law Firm LLP provides experience with local, regional and international litigation in an extensive area of industry sectors. The team also conducts arbitrations and  specialises in the enforcement of arbitral awards. Amer Obeid and Rachad Medawar share the practice lead.

Practice head(s):

Amer Obeid; Rachad Medawar

Testimonials

‘In the middle of a complex dispute, when we almost lost hope in taking back our rights, we reached out to Obeid & Medawar Law Firm. The team led by Rachad Medawar managed to find a solution which surpassed our highest expectations.’

‘They handled my complicated legal situation with attention, competency, and understanding. When I explained my case to O&M I felt heard and hopeful. I hold this law firm in the highest regard.’

‘The firm’s strengths are its distinguished consultancy, high responsiveness, and unquestionable dedication. That is what distinguish them from other lawyers.’

‘Amer Obeid dealt with our claims at court and was successful in most of the cases. He never asked for additional fees, other than those agreed upon and always dealt with us in full transparency and integrity. Highly reactive.’

‘Rachad Medawar is a very professional and skilful lawyer.’

‘Zeina Azzi was essential to our case.’

‘Amer Obeid, managing partner has an amicable, supportive, and professional attitude which was a big relief to me during this long battle which I settled outside the court thanks to Mr. Obeid and the teams’ tremendous efforts, creativity, and proficiency in the legal field.’

‘Mr. Obeid has proven to be one of the most qualified attorneys that are passionate about their profession and are willing to pour all their efforts in granting their clients the most successful achievements. I trust and solicit his opinion in all of my legal queries.’

 ‘Amer Obeid always allows the necessary time to meet with the company, understand the case fully and then follow the case with lucidity. He benefits from a wide range of acquaintances that helps him resolve many of the conflicts without recourse to court. Very polite, efficient.’

Key clients

Africard Co

Batco SAL

Bank Byblos SAL

Bank Al Mawarid SAL

Council for Development and Reconstruction (Government entity)

Adir Insurance and Reinsurance SAL

Lavajet SAL

Assurex insurance and reinsurance

Cumberland Insurance and Reinsurance SAL

SNH engineering and contracting SAL

Ticketing Box Office SAL

Mr. Rachid Rahme

PBM SAL

Zaarour Club SAL

Clinique du Levant SAL

Work highlights

  • Represented Batco SAL in arbitration proceedings in relation to its joint venture for the construction of the Batinah expressway in Oman.
  • Represented Africard in a dispute related to a concession agreement for the production of biometric passports.
  • Represented the minority shareholders of a Lebanese production and television group in a takeover lawsuit against the majority shareholders.