Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

At Rasamny Law Firm, the dispute resolution practice focuses on commercial litigation, arbitrations and mediation work for clients across Lebanon and the GCC region, strengthened with its alliance with Saudi Arabian firm J&P Legal. Banking disputes are a focus as is criminal litigation.
The disputes practice at Airut Law Offices is active in banking related litigation and termination disputes. The group works closely with its regional offices across the Middle East, including in Erbil and has had several junior hires, including from MENA City LawyersSerge Airut and senior associate Sarah Wannous  are noted practitioners.

Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution

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

Housed in Beirut with an office in Abu Dhabi, the dispute resolution practice at Alem & Associates handles complex disputes and enforcement actions across the Gulf. The team is known for its international arbitration expertise and has expanded the group’s offering across to the UAE where UK qualified barrister Nicholas Tse is the key contact, having joined from Brown Rudnick LLP. Clients instruct the team on construction disputes, aviation related issues, and oil and gas work. On the litigation front, Nader Obeid  and Manek Kallas jointly oversee the practice acting for multinational and regional clients. Mohamed Alem  has experience in ADR. Elsewhere, on the white-collar crime side, Raymond El Helou is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Alem; Nicholas Tse; Nader Obeid; Malek Kallas

Other key lawyers:

Raymond El Helou

Testimonials

‘Alem & Associates has a team of lawyers that will competently lead the client through the process with a clear understanding of the agreed to objectives. Analyzing the case and determining the best strategy with the client’s interest always the primary focus.’

‘Out of the box thinking is within the DNA of Alem & Associates. Mohamed Alem & Mazen Ghosen have been exemplary to finding the strengths in the case and mitigating any weaknesses through engineering strategies that take advantage of the pertinent laws.’

‘Their strategies are spot on. Their attention to details are incredible and most importantly the way of communicating their strategy to you (the client) is very comprehensive and inclusive. Every step of the way is communicated to the client with all the details. What I like about working with Alem & Associates is their proactivity and transparency. Needless to mention, how responsive they are to any of their client requests and the never ending care they show to you and your cases.’

‘What I like about Mohamed Alem is his out of the box thinking methods, strategy and mind mapping approach to any case. He’s fast, creative, assertive and capable. He’s like having a blue ocean strategy for every problem. When it comes to Me. Nader Obeid, is his attention to details, thorough understanding about the legal aspects and legal processes. His anticipation to any expected move from the opponents makes him always ready to the next move.’

‘A&A team is an extremely professional and well experienced.’

Key clients

Kabab-ji SAL

Jet Aviation

GLB Invest SAL (Offshore)

Charisma Gulf FZ LLC

St Jude Medical Center

Work highlights

  • Successfully secured an award in favour of our Client Kabab-ji and the award has beenupheld by the Paris Court of Appeal in June 2020 following an unsuccessful annulment challenge by the opposing party.
  • Representing Jet Aviation before the Lebanese Court of Cassation in a compensation claim case based on responsibility of partners in the winding up of companies.
  • Representing Charisma Gulf FZ LLC before the Lebanese Court of Cassation in a compensation claim case based on responsibility of partners in the winding up of companies.

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP) brings together an experienced team of former judges, arbitrators and practitioners handling local litigation and international arbitration across the Middle East and beyond. Managing partner and practice head Ziad El-Khoury has over two decades of experience litigating in Lebanon and is supported by Georges Okais who leads the firm’s governments practice, and Elaine Fakhry who specializes in criminal law. Associate Bassem Chalhoub is the name for contentious shipping matters, particularly supply chain issues. Scott Hutton now leads the firm’s construction team and has strengthened its construction dispute capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Ziad El-Khoury; Georges Okais; Eliane Fakhry

Other key lawyers:

Bassem Chalhoub; Scott Hutton

Testimonials

‘El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP) has built a well-rounded practice combining global experience and level of excellence with a solid local and regional presence. They have absolutely excelled and exceeded expectations on various engagements including: – collaborating on a complex, multi-dimensional policy program development and supporting regulations – conflict resolution on complex corporate legal matters – strategy development on various corporate related negotiation.’

‘EKP has an outstanding set of partners and professionals. I would like to highly commend Mr. Ziad El-Khoury, Esq. as he is a top notch strategist, expert on corporate law, and a confidant and advisor on various matters. I have come to rely on Mr. El-Khoury’s advice on various strategic projects and engagements involving collaborations and/or agreements with government entities, multi-nationals, and regional industry leaders.’

Key clients

Saudi Diesel Equipment Company Ltd (SDEC)

Bankmed SAL

Work highlights

  • Representing Saudi Diesel Equipment Company Ltd (SDEC)in six commercial cases for an aggregate value of SAR 19,000,000 approximately.
  • Representing BankMed SAL in relation to the enforcement of a DIFC recognized order note for a value of USD 4,200,000 against assets owned by a Saudi entity, the latter being the guarantor.

Obeid & Partners

Obeid & Partners has an excellent market reputation handling high-stakes litigation for blue-chip companies, foreign clients, and sovereign states. Jointly managed by Nayla Comair-Obeid and Ziad Obeid , the team has strengthened its regional footprint with a new office in Dubai which began operations in November 2021, and services several leading Emirati clients. On the arbitration side, the group is acting as lead counsel in a number of large projects across the Middle East in the infrastructure and energy space. Arbitrator Zeina Obeid has experience acting under ICC and DIAC rules. At the associate level, English qualified Claudia Pharaon is recommended for her expertise in public international law, and has a strong background in international organisations.

Practice head(s):

Nayla Comair-Obeid; Ziad Obeid

Other key lawyers:

Zeina Obeid; Claudia Pharaon

Key clients

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Al Ghurair Foods

Allergan SAS

Apple Inc.

Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Hugo Boss AG

IMMS Ltd

Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI)

KPMG

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm stands out for its commercial arbitration experience and handles high-profile mandates including at the ICC and ICSID. Head of domestic and international arbitration; Rania Khoury is the key contact for disputes, particularly in the construction, media, and energy space. It has also seen an increase of banking-related litigation in the past year. Carlos Abou Jaoude handles high-value arbitrations and lawsuits and is supported by Simon El Kai on the pharmaceutical side. Senior associate Hachem El Housseini is also of note. The team also acts as co-counsel with international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Rania Khoury; Simon El Kai

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Hachem El Housseini

Key clients

Carlos Ghosn, former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Group

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Bankmed Group

Special Investigation Commission (SIC)

Ericsson

Hitachi Medical Systems Europe Holding AG

Arab Finance Corporation (AFC)

Azure Fund

Areeba

BENTA

Online Money Transfer (OMT)

Libanpost

SAMSUNG group

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International Group

Debbas Group

Codipha

SITA

FFA Real Estate Sal

Nestle/Tahoe Foods

Work highlights

  • Advised the Special Investigation Commission (SIC) at the Central Bank of Lebanon on a dual-court lawsuit involving highly complex currency conversion issues amidst Lebanon’s unprecedented financial and banking crisis.
  • Advised Arab Finance Corporation (AFC) on the multi-million BCCI arbitration case against an investor involving complex banking and capital markets regulations amidst Lebanon’s unprecedented banking crisis.
  • Advised Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Group, on over 15 high-profile globally mediatized legal cases opposing him to Nissan/Renault and related parties.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP

At Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP, the dispute resolution team is particularly active in oil and gas, construction, and insurance sectors, with strength in banking related litigation. Practice heads Salim El Meouchi  and Chadia El Meouchi remain key names in the group and handle several cases for Lebanese banks on proceedings related to loan agreements and capital control restrictions. Elie Feghali specialises in employment law, criminal cases, and advises on real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Salim El Meouchi; Chadia El Meouchi

Other key lawyers:

Elie Feghali

Testimonials

‘The firm is an excellent group of high level professionals with a strong comitment at assisting their clients’

‘I have worked many times with Salim El Meouchi and appreciated his fine knowledge of Lebanese law and institutions’

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

Hage-Chahine Law Firm

Hage-Chahine Law Firm is singled out for its strength handling high-value disputes with expertise representing sovereign governments and international institutions in arbitral awards. Experienced arbitrators Fayez Hage-Chahine  leads the group alongside Najib Hage-Chahine who handles complex cross-border disputes, particularly investor state disputes and settlements. The team is frequently instructed by large construction companies, Middle Eastern conglomerates, and high-net-worth individuals on sensitive inheritance claims.

Practice head(s):

Fayez Hage-Chahine; Najib Hage-Chahine

Key clients

Mimosa

Intermedic (Jean Farah & Co.) S.A.L

Ultradent Products Inc. (USA)

Work highlights

  • Handled the enforcement of a £1.2bn arbitral award against sovereign assets in France.
  • Secured a victory in a £500m domestic inheritance case for two Lebanese nationals.
  • Counsel on dispute resolution proceedings pertaining to a $200m construction project in Lebanon for an Arab company.

Law Offices of Naoum Farah

Highlighted as ‘highly experienced and tactical lawyers’, at Law Offices of Naoum Farah, the dispute resolution team is singled out for its strength in criminal lawsuits and white-collar crime matters before the Lebanese courts, and is overseen by Naoum Farah. The arbitration group handles commercial litigation work for clients in the media, entertainment, and telecoms industries. Key practitioners Roula Tayar leads the civil litigation sub group whilst Weygand Farhat is the name for criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Naoum Farah; Roula Tayar; Weygand Farhat

Testimonials

‘Naoum Farah, is a very professional lawyer. He follows closely every single file. he manages through his associates to deliver a high quality service with reasonable billing that meets the market average. On that aspect, we get the best of quality/price. I have assigned to him all may cases in Lebanon, and he follows with his international collaborates my cases abroad. I trust his office very and happily that i have no complains since i started working wit them 10 years ago.’

‘Associates are hard working lawyers that deliver on time and above expectation when it comes to quality. They put a lot of effort, knowledge, research and writing quality in every document they submit to the court. When I meet with them they give you the confidence that you are in good hand by covering every single details of the case.’

‘The team is first of all very knowledgeable and practical when it comes to law. They genuinely care about the wellbeing of the client unlike other firms that only care about payments. Also the Mr. Naoum Farah is very experienced and high respected in the Lebanese Judiciary.’

‘They truly care about the well-being of their clients. Most law firms would discontinue any work due to outstanding bills while the law offices of Naoum Farah are genuine and their intentions are always for the best interest of the client, rather than the profit.’

‘Mr. Naoum Farah is an experienced jurist who dominates western law, is analytical, meticulous, has a vision of contemporary law. Mr. Naoum Farah is one of the best alternatives to work in Lebanon.’

‘Highly experienced, tactical and friendly lawyers’

‘This firm is by far the most professional in Lebanon. I have worked with at least 6 different law firms in the country and this firm behaves and follows up on cases the same way as a UK or US firm. Naoum Farah and his team follow a process based on legal details and then present a case after much research and data gathering. This firm does not follow the local habits of facilitation based political connectedness. A big problem in Lebanon is the failure of the Judiciary due to corruption of the State and many lawyers work based on their political connections in government. However, Naoum Farah practices based on the letter of the law.’

Key clients

Bellevue Medical Center (BMC)” Hospital

Mr. George El Zayeck

Mr. Mickael Taylor and Peter Taylor

Mr. Hassan Koraytem

Mr. Yordan Obegi

Mr. Nohad Machnouk

Brands Holding sal (Shuman poultry farms)

T.G.F Holding sal

TGF (Toufic Gargour and Fils) sal

Joseph Khoury Holding sal

G. Bazerji et Fils (GBF) sal (Nabil Bazerji)

G.A. Bazerji & Sons SAL (GABS) (Nabil Bazerji)

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International sal (LBCI)

SOFIDAL Holding sal (Assad Dagher)

Work highlights

  • Representing the former Chairman CEO of the Port of Beirut; Mr. Hassan Koraytem and MP and former Minister of Interior Mr. Nohad Machnouk as defendants in the criminal lawsuit pertaining to the Port of Beirut’s blast (August 4,2020) for presumed alleged charges of homicide and negligence brought before the Court of Justice and the Supreme Council for the trial of Presidents and Ministers.
  • Representing an American Lebanese citizen Mr. George Zayeck and 2 American citizens Mr. Mickael Taylor and Mr. Peter Taylor as defendants in a significant criminal lawsuit brought against them for their presumed alleged involvement in the escape of Mr. Carlos Ghosn to Lebanon.
  • Acting for major shareholder in a large family business group (“Obegi Group”) in various sectors (industrial, banking, food and design) in a several trans-borders lawsuits.

Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm

Albert and Ziad Najm Law Firm has a reputed disputes practice centered on insurance and shipping law, and has seen a steady stream of mandates, particularly after the Beirut Port explosion. Overseen by Aline Daou and Nadyn Souaiby, the team advises leading insurance sector clients on regulatory work and compliance issues. Managing partner Ziad Najm handles high-value commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Aline Daou; Nadyn Souaiby

Other key lawyers:

Ziad Najm

Key clients

CMA CGM

Libano -Suisse Insurance

Allianz SAL

AXA Middle East Insurance

BCTC (Beirut Container Terminal Consortium SAL)

Port Operator

LIA Insurance SAL

Nasco France (Reinsurance, broker)

Arope Insurance SAL

Fidelity Insurance

Turkon line

Arkas Line

Edouard Cordahi shipping agency

Capital bank of Jordan

Nestlé

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Coca Cola

Dell

Correspondence Law Firms:

Eversheds,

Morga n Lewis,

Clyde & Co

Al-Tamimi

Swiss Re Life Reinsurance

Swiss Re

Scor Reinsurance

Zurich reinsurance

Partner Re

Mimaki

Cotecna

TT Pand I club

Obeid & Medawar Law Firm LLP

Obeid & Medawar Law Firm LLP’s litigation practice has significantly expanded its presence with a new office in the UAE, bolstering their cross-border capacity to undertake complex disputes. Practice heads Amer F. Obeid  and Rachad A. Medawar  advise large clients, particularly in the construction sector, in high-stakes disputes against sovereign governments. International arbitrations is a key area of activity and the team remains the name for the enforcement of arbitral awards. Senior associate Zeina Azzi  is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Amer Obeid; Rachad Medawar

Other key lawyers:

Zeina Azzi

Testimonials

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

Amer Obeid as litigator is second to none! He always wins the cases for his clients, and when its a losing case he encourages the settlement. Zeina is an intelligent and talented lawyer. She always comes up with innovative solutions for any dispute.’

Key clients

Adir Insurance and Reinsurance SAL

AEM Holding SAL

Al Mawarid Bank SAL

Assurex SAL

Batco Group

Beyond your limits events LLC

Beyond your luck Offshore SAL

Byblos Bank SAL

Chez Sami SAL Holding

Clinique du Levant SAL

Council jfor Development and reconstruction (governmental entity)

Crown Services SAL

Crystal Mountain SAL

Cumberland Insurance and Reinsurance SAL

Dani Chaccour

Edenred SAL

Em Sherif SAL

Em Sherif Cafe SAL

Em Sherif By the Sea SAL

Eurofore SAL

Global Blue SAL

Gulftainer SAL

Inventis Services SAL

Inventis Corporation Offshore SAL

Lavajet SAL

Lavajet Al Ain

Lebanese Parliament

M Group SAL

Medbox SAL

Megastores of Lebanon SAL – Virgin Megastores

Menzies Middle East and Africa Offshore SAL

PBM SAL

Rachid Rahme

Sauce Capital Investments SPV LTD

SNH engineering and contracting SAL Societe de Gestion Des Restaurants SAL

Tamayyaz Sal

The Summit Lounge SAL

Ticketing Box Office SAL

Total Care Lebanon SAL

Wintergreen SAL

Zaarour Club SAL

Work highlights

  • Represented Batco SAL (part of the JV FSB-Batco Ferrovial which was awarded the project of construction of the Batinah expressway (package 5) in the Sultanate of Oman.) in an arbitration dispute against the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Represented Lavajet in a dispute against the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) with regards to the execution of two projects in Abu Dhabi awarded to Lavajet by Tadweer.

SAAS Lawyers | Avocats

SAAS Lawyers | Avocats’ dispute resolution group is overseen by Marwan Sakr, member of both the Beirut and Paris bar, and handles a steady stream of international arbitration work. Foreign investments, banking litigation, and energy projects remain key areas of activity.

Practice head(s):

Marwan Sakr

Baroudi & Associates

Baroudi & Associates disputes team is led by Jean Baroudi and handles cases before the Lebanese courts.

Practice head(s):

Jean Baroudi

Boustany Law Offices

Boustany Law Offices handles international arbitration proceedings across the Middle East and is noted for its strength in construction. Practice head Philippe Boustany  advises international investors and is supported by co-head Lara Karam Boustany who is the name for administrative proceedings. ADR and mediation also features in the caseload.

Practice head(s):

Phillipe Boustany ; Lara Boustany

EMEA LEGAL COUNSELS

EMEA LEGAL COUNSELS has a global footprint across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe and handles dispute resolution work in the construction sector. The Beirut based group operates as part of a wider network of affiliated offices and is led by managing partner Alaa Zeineddine and Varnavas Playbell.

Practice head(s):

Alaa Zeineddine; Varanasi Playbell

Hamdan Law Firm

At Hamdan Law Firm, the group is active across the Middle East, British Virgin Islands and Channel Islands on commercial dispute matters. Abdel Ghani Hamdan leads the practice with Ahmad Hamdan who is the expert on Saudi law. English qualified special counsel James Dickinson is also a key name.

Practice head(s):

Abdel Ghani Hamdan; Ahmad Hamdan

Other key lawyers:

James Dickinson

MENA City Lawyers

MENA City Lawyers’ litigation practice holds sector strength across the banking, real estate, and energy sector. Fady Jamaleddine  manages the group alongside Hanadi El Hajj . Other core members include Hussein Kazan  who has experience defending clients in white-collar crime matters, and Constantin Calliondji .

Practice head(s):

Hanadi El Hajj; Hussein Kazan

Other key lawyers:

Hussein Kazan; Constantin Calliondji .

Rasamny Law Firm

At Rasamny Law Firm, the dispute resolution practice focuses on commercial litigation, arbitrations and mediation work for clients across Lebanon and the GCC region, strengthened with its alliance with Saudi Arabian firm J&P Legal. Practice head Mazen Rasamny specialises in banking disputes and counts Al Mawared Bank as a key client, whilst senior associate Stephanie Naamen is recommended for criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mazen Rasamny

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Naamen

Key clients

Intercontinental Phoenicia Hotel

Intercontinental Vendome Hotel

Société des Grands Hotels du Liban

Ziad Fakhri

Four Seasons Hotel

Fahed Boulos Fahed SAL

DNY group

Turnorganic SAL

Al Mawared Bank

Rymco SAL

Work highlights

  • Representing the previous owner of the Marriott Hotel; Ziad Fakhri in Beirut before the ICC Arbitration in Paris against Marriott International Inc.
  • Representing Animals Lebanon before the Lebanese courts to free and rescue three Siberian tigers, arrived to Beirut airport, from an attempt to smuggle them into Syria.
  • Legal action filed by the client; Société des Grands Hotels du Liban SAL against Prince Abdel Aziz Bin Fahed for recovery of amounts due as a result of his stay at Intercontinental Phoenicia Hotel.