Real estate and construction (including projects) in Lebanon

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm has handled a number of big-ticket energy projects in the region. For example, practice co-head Souraya Machnouk recently advised Lebanon’s Dapp II Sal and J&P Avax on the development of a combined-cycle gas-turbine power project valued at $500m. Moreover, she also assisted Bank Audi with financing the first-ever wind energy project in Lebanon. Name partner and fellow co-head Carlos Abou Jaoude is particularly skilled in handling PPP projects. Senior associate Rana Kateb specialises in the energy sector, providing support on major projects.

Key clients

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Novatek

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA

B.B. Energy Group

Debbas Group

BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy

VESTAS

Prime Metro Power Holdings Corporation

Libanpost

IBC SAL

Municipality of Beirut

Audi Bank

Plus Properties Group

Malia Group

Laceco Architects & Engineers Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the consortium between Lebanon’s DAPP II Sal and J&P Avax as the developer of a combined-cycle gas-turbine power project.
  • Advising the Debbas group on the $200m renewal of a distribution and service provider contract with the Lebanese government for the rehabilitation and modernisation of the electricity power grid in Lebanon.
  • Assisting B.B. Energy Group with its bid, alongside other energy companies, for the development of power plants under the new reform plan by the Lebanese government.

Alem & Associates

Alem & Associates's position as a regional law firm (it also has offices in Riyadh and Dubai) allows the team to advise on transactions in both Lebanon and across the GCC. For example, practice co-head Mohamed Alem advised on the 300mSAR development of a mall in Dammam in Saudi Arabia. Fellow co-head Rola Tabsh advised Lebanese bank, Lucid Investment Bank, on its $10m acquisition of an office building in Cyprus.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Alem; Rola Tabsh

Key clients

Prime Consult

Bramieh

Rays

Har Properties

Legacy Central SAL

Rikaz Properties

HAKA GROUP

Radian Oil & Gas Services Company

TK Holding SAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Lucid Investment Bank  on setting up the legal structure and funding for the acquisition of an office building in Laranca, Cyprus.
  • Assisted Rikaz Properties with the development and operation of a mall belonging to the Dammam Municipality.
  • Advised Rikaz Properties on a concession agreement with the Dammam Municipality to build, operate and maintain a project on the Al Khobar seafront.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP has a strong track record in the oil and gas sector, but has recently seen a uptick in work relating to the renewable energy space. Practice head and managing partner Chadia El Meouchi is a key name in the market for energy and infrastructure mandates and regularly works on mandates alongside Walid Honein. Name partner Samia El Meouchi is another key member of the team and is very active in real estate transactions, as is senior associate Carine Farran, who focuses on project finance.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Fransabank

Projects Development Company

Intel

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

El-Aref International Law Office

El-Aref International Law Office's real estate practice stands out for its 'commitment, which goes way beyond the call of duty' and it is a popular choice for major real estate developments and energy projects in the region. Practice head Aref El-Aref recently advised Primesouth on its $480m development of three offshore liquefied natural gas regasification terminals. He also assisted Barbir Hospital with its $100m build-operate-transfer contract with a contractor.

Practice head(s):

Aref El-Aref

Testimonials

‘Their commitment to go way beyond the call of duty, when work is asked of them. ‘

‘They also amend their payment terms to provide the maximum comfort needed to their clients.’

‘Aref El-Aref is one of the most honest and hard working people I know.’

Key clients

Kharafi Group

ABB

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,

Primesouth

Piety International

TCQ Power Ltd

STX Heavy Industries Ltd

Capital Gas

B.B. Energy

National Real Estate Company

Kuwait Real Estate Company

Faisal Holding, Ltd.

Coral Suites Al-Hamra

MADA Holding

Hermel Solar

Hunter & Hill

Interfield Group

Mazaya

Faiz Holding

Massaleh Real Estate

Polaris

Work highlights

  • Advised TCQ Power and Sepco Electric Power Construction Corporation on an independent power production project in Zahrani in Lebanon.
  • Assisted Capital Gas with the development of a gas pipeline project and the rehabilitation of transmission lines in the Republic of Gambia.
  • Assisted Barbir Hospital with its $100m build-operate-transfer contract with a contractor.

Obeid Law Firm

Obeid Law Firm has considerable expertise handling engineering and construction projects, as well as investments in the space. Its work in this space also includes oil and gas disputes across the MENA region. Nayla Comair-ObeidZiad Obeid and counsel Marie Hayek are noteworthy names.

Practice head(s):

Ziad Obeid; Marie Hayek

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)'s team is led by Ziad El-Khoury, who has a unique blend of local and international expertise having previously worked as managing partner for Holman Fenwick Willan LLP's Beirut office prior to their separation. He recently advised the local industrial and trading company Matco Marketing & Trading Sarl on building a plant for the manufacturing of cosmetic products through a joint venture with a leading Italian industrial group. Hadi Melki is another name of note and regularly assists with energy and infrastructure projects, often through a public-private-partnership.

Practice head(s):

Ziad El-Khoury

Testimonials

‘The stand out partners are Ziad EL Khoury and Hady Melki. They are always available and deliver ahead of time.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Lebanon International Autodrome on building and operating a motorsport complex.
  • Advising Matco Marketing & Trading Sarl on building a plant for the manufacturing of cosmetic products through a joint venture with an Italian industrial group.