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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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Real estate and construction (including projects) in Lebanon

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is focused on PPP work and major energy projects in Lebanon.  Managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude and Souraya Machnouk are the names to note as is associate Rana Kateb.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Souraya Machnouk

Other key lawyers:

Rana Kateb

Testimonials

‘The ability to provide different lawyers for various activities related to real estate from the structuring, sales and construction contracts to assistance with financing agreements.’

‘The accessibility and approachability is a great asset for us. To be able to discuss issues and approach matters from advisory role as well a legal implementation makes the firm a very valuable asset. ’

‘Carlos Aboujoude has extremely strong relationships with government entities that are helpful in ensuring clear communications when negotiating arrangements with the Government.’

‘Souraya Machnouk is extremely adept at bridging the gap between international standards and Lebanese practices.’

‘Souraya Machnouk is diligent and effective in negotiations.’

Key clients

Debbas Group

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC)

Novatek

Vestas

BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA

Laceco Architects & Engineers

Plus Properties Group

FFA Real Estate Sal

B.B. Energy Group

Rezidor Hotel Group

IBC Group

Mr. Carlos Ghosn

AJA Group

Libanpost

Benta Group

Malia Group

Work highlights

  • Advised energy group Debbas on the $200m renewal and extension of the DSP Contract with the Lebanese government.
  • Advised LACECO on joint venture to bid for Phase 1 of Saudi Arabia’s AMAALA giga-project.
  • Advised FFA Real Estate on the large-scale Ahlam Lands real estate project financed through private placements involving complex fiduciary arrangements.

Alem & Associates

Alem & Associates is retained by owners, developers, investors and investment funds to advise on all types of real estate assets. Mohamed Alem is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Alem

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP advises on projects and PPPs while also assisting clients in traditional real estate matters such as residential and infrastructure developments. The department has a noted reputation for renewable energy projects such as solar and wind power plants as well as oil and gas sector work. Corporate expert Chadia El Meouchi shares responsibility for the team with Carine Ferran, who has a strong financial background. Project finance is also a strength of Walid Honein, who often supports real estate developers in Lebanon and Qatar.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Other key lawyers:

Walid Honein

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

El-Aref International Law Office

El-Aref International Law Office provides international clients with extensive expertise relating to infrastructure PPPs, IPPs and broader project development. The firm has a track record in the energy sector and has acted on a significant power deals in and beyond Lebanon, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Team head Aref El-Aref is a transaction and financing expert with industry knowledge of industrial and petrochemical facilities. Concession agreements, construction contracts and operational or maintenance contracts are handled by associate Samantha Doumit.

Practice head(s):

Aref El-Aref

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Doumit

Testimonials

‘The team is professional in every aspect of the assigned job. They are flexible to accommodate to our needs within short notice. They are ethical and knowledgeable as they apply the highest standards in their job while they maintain an impeccably punctual deliverables. ’

‘El-Aref attorneys we have worked with are all very humble. While being confident of the job and negotiations, they double-check all the work and perform an excellent due diligence before every job.’

‘They continuously beat deadlines given to them. They are good negotiators that find creative solutions to issues. They are excellent problem solvers, tireless workers and are great at drafting. They always show a clear commitment to meet the clients requirements.’

‘Aref El-Aref is an excellent lawyer. He is brutally honest and does his best to help us out with any of our needs. He is a tireless worker that consistently delivers much more than is expected. In Lebanon, I have not met a better firm.’

Key clients

Kharafi Group

ABB

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,

Primesouth,

Piety International,

TCQ Power Ltd

CEC Africa

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

Hermel Solar

Work highlights

  • Advised Primesouth on an engineering, procurement and construction contract with SEPCOIII and China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. (CAMCE)
  • Advised Financial Markets Consultancy Company on the development of PPP projects both water treatment and power plants in Kuwait.
  • Advised Primesouth on the design, financing, construction, commissionsing, testing, ownership, operation and maintenance of 640 MW power plants in Baghdad with the Ministry of Electricity in Iraq.

Obeid Law Firm

Obeid Law Firm is home to an acclaimed projects and construction practice. It advises on large-scale developments in the oil and gas, power and transport sectors. This includes design, construction, maintenance/service agreements through to supply contracts and related disputes/arbitrations. Its client roster is made up of local and international clients including global oil and gas and power companies and government entities. Its geographical reach spans Africa and Eastern Europe in addition to the Middle East. Counsel, Marie Hayek, counsel, Claude Comair and partner, Ziad Obeid are the key lawyer contacts.  

Practice head(s):

Marie Hayek; Claude Comair; Ziad Obeid

Boustany Law Offices

Commercial and construction cases as well as energy projects, for instance in relation to electricity and natural resources, are at the heart of Boustany Law Offices' real estate group. The team, with additional specialisms in oil and gas as well as PPPs, is led by managing partner Philippe Boustany, public law and energy expert Lara Karam Boustany and Nadim Gemayel.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Boustany; Lara Karam Boustany; Nadim Gemayel

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a personalized service and has a network of lawyers that contribute in the provision of legal opinion and case follow-ups.’

‘Deep understanding and knowledge of Lebanese public law aspects as these affect projects and project financing.’

‘Very experienced partners, well connected and respected both with Ministry officials and with the members of the local legal community.’

‘Lara Boustany was professional, firm and sure of herself. She stood steadfastly behind her opinion even when it was not in line with our vision. She fought relentlessly to convince us of her point of view despite our insistence sometimes. Her knowledge of the Lebanese as well as international contractor law is beyond reproach.’

‘Lara Boustany is an outstanding lawyer. She is very knowledgeable of the local regulations, well connected and respected and delightful to work with.’

El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP)

With knowledge of local and regional market peculiarities and in-depth international projects expertise, El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel (EKP) combines these strengths when advising on projects and particularly PPPs. Hadi Melki heads the team that acts for both government authorities and project sponsors through the whole life cycle of a project. The firm welcomed Scott Hutton from Squire Patton Boggs to its ranks in October 2020. Although he is based in Dubai, Hutton assists with construction work in Lebanon and particularly related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Hadi Melki

Other key lawyers:

Scott Hutton

Testimonials

‘EKP has a clearer understanding of how best to protect clients during the negotiation process, thereby reducing the possibility of disputes in the future. The level of attention to addressing the client’s stated aims sets them apart from those who approach contractual negotiations in a tick box exercise. A partner is always involved at every stage.’

‘Hadi Melki is exceptionally calm and never gets flustered, even when the temperature is rising during negotiations. This only goes to reassurance the client they are in safe hands.’

‘This is a well-organized and integrated team that provides services of different specialities seamlessly.’

‘The partners I work with at the firm are highly capable and extremely knowledgeable in my field of public-private partnership and its use for finance infrastructure. This is why it’s a delight to work with them.’

‘They have a really good understanding of their governmental and institutional client base.’

‘Hadi Melki has excellent client and technical skills.’

‘What differentiates EKP team from peers is the quality of their service and their professionalism that is comparable to international law firms combined with a deep knowledge of the Middle East region culture which gives them an edge. ’

‘ Hadi Melki is multilingual, has deep knowledge and experience with PPP projects across the region.’

‘The team is very friendly and knowledgeable.’

‘Hadi Melki is always a great guy and very professional, calm, discrete, and knowledgeable.’

‘Hadi has been exceptionally active in developing the infrastructure/PPP practice within the firm, and has been collaborating on several prospects and assignments in the region.’

Key clients

Beirut Port Authority

Municipality of Beirut

Middle East Financial Investment Company (MEFIC)

Lebanon International Autodrome SAL

Saudi Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs (MOMRA)

Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP)

Matco Marketing & Trading Sarl

Work highlights

  • Advising the Municipality of Beirut in assessing the legal feasibility, designing the contractual and commercial structure and procuring a US$300 million waste to energy facility in an urban area
  • Advising the Beirut Port Authority on the procurement of container terminal operation and maintenance contracts.
  • Advising and assisting Man Enterprise SAL in its capacity of EPC Contractor in a multimillion wind farm project for the Ministry of Energy and Water in Lebanon.