Firm Profile > Alem & Associates > Beirut, Lebanon
Alem & Associates Offices
126 FOCH STREET
BEIRUT CENTRAL DISTRICT
Alem & Associates > The Legal 500 Rankings
Alem & Associates is a popular choice for global financial institutions on banking and finance transactions. Founding partner Mohamed Alem leads the team and advises on banking and finance, and capital market transactions. Omar El Assir splits his time between Beirut and Riyadh and is notably strong in Islamic finance and capital markets. Toufic Soudayha has left the firm and started up his own firm Soudayha & Partners.
Other key lawyers:
Nederlandse Financierings- Maatschappij Voor
OPEC Fund For International Development
Lucid Investment Bank
Public Health Investment
Legacy One Holding
Al Bilad Capital
Gulf of Oman Investment
Unitrend for Investment
Societe Generale Private Banking
ANB Invest Capital
Alem & Associates is a popular choice for several international clients and is notably strong in areas such as M&A, joint ventures, LBOs, restructurings and corporate governance. Founding partner Mohamed Alem heads the team and is particularly skilled in sectors such as as energy and natural resources, financial services, infrastructure and real estate. Omar El Assir splits his time between Beirut and Riyadh and advises on cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Other key members of the team include Leila Laila, who specialises in the TMT sector, and real estate and construction specialist Rola Tabsh.
British Airways PLC
Bakri International Energy
Company Limited (BIECO)
Gulf of Oman Investment LLC
Société Générale Private Banking
Booz Allen Hamilton Saudi Arabia LLC
General Electric Company
Unitrend for Investment Sarl
DIV Capital Sal
Legacy One Holding SAL
Younata Investment Ltd.
Al Bilad Capital
Dispute resolution Tier 1
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.
Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company LLC
Al Salam Development Co.
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
Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas SA
Starneth Global Ltd
Egypt Environmental Services SAE
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.
Tax Tier 1
Alem & Associates has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious tax issues, with its client list including a number of global companies. The team is led by senior partner Mohamed Y Alem, who focuses on tax advisory issues, and Nader Obeid, who handles disputes and is an expert in civil and commercial litigation. Senior associate Rabih El Chaer, who specialises in public law-related tax issues, is also recommended.
Alem & Associates > Firm Profile
The firm: Alem & Associates was founded in 1953 as a general practice and has earned its reputation as one of Lebanon’s most prestigious and leading law firms on account of its commitment to excellence. It offers a wide range of legal services through its offices in Beirut, Dubai and Riyadh, and its associated offices throughout the Middle East.
With more than 60 practitioners in its three offices, Alem & Associates represents and advises clients throughout the world, with a focus on the Middle East. The firm’s team is multicultural and has the experience and ability to operate in both the common and civil law legal systems and is familiar with the intricacies and challenges of regional regulations.
The firm gives particular attention to the processes through which legal services are provided. The firm works under well-defined quality standards, ensuring effectiveness and client satisfaction. It operates a relationship-based service, with close client/firm communication.
Areas of practice: The administrative and tax practice group represents individuals, business organisations, and other entities before municipal, state, and administrative agencies, seeking permits and licenses, defending enforcement and disciplinary proceedings, contesting tax decisions, and pursuing governmental approvals.
The aviation practice group of Alem & Associates provides advice and representation on the sale, purchase and leasing of aircraft as well as mortgages, aircraft finance and tax.
The arbitration and ADR practice group acts for clients from many different business sectors, including construction, real estate, public concessions, telecommunications and financial institutions. With an impressive legal team with international experience, the firm can assist at any stage, from strategic preliminary work to the enforcement of arbitral awards.
The banking and finance group has a growing reputation in the sector driven by its outstanding expertise in structuring complex financings in domestic and international markets, including Islamic finance.
The real estate and construction practice group advises on all issues relating to planning, construction and engineering, investment, development, property finance and dispute resolution.
The corporate, mergers and acquisitions practice group provides expert advice on many of the largest and most complex transactions, with a cross-border perspective. The firm applies its experience to a range of corporate and commercial deals and corporate transactions, including joint ventures, equity structures, corporate restructurings, cross-border acquisitions, strategic alliances, equity investments and leverage buyouts.
The employment and social security practice group works with clients from a wide range of industry sectors, assisting not only local businesses but also medium and smaller enterprises to tackle local, international and cross-border employment issues.
Alem & Associates’ intellectual property practice has gained a substantial reputation since its inception. Its lawyers have handled complex transactions deals in Lebanon and the Middle East region.
The franchising, media and entertainment practice, one of the most reputable in the region, provides full-service legal assistance for franchisors and franchisees, also providing legal advice on all aspects of the converging media industries, including media, advertising, radio and television, motion picture and TV production, publishing and new media.
Alem & Associates has a dynamic litigation practice group, with expertise in a wide range of dispute resolution issues, such as commercial litigation, finance, real estate, construction, employment, IP, media, and administrative disputes.
The firm has one of the most reputable energy and environment practices in the region and provides specialised services to public and private clients. The firm also covers oil and gas exploitation in Lebanon, representing global leaders in the industry.
The white-collar defense and government investigations practice group offers clients the extensive experience in dealing with official and government investigations, defense, enforcement and asset recovery matters.
|Administrative and tax|
|Arbitration and ADR|
|Banking, capital markets and finance|
|Corporate, mergers and acquisitions|
|Employment and social security|
|Energy and environment|
|Franchising, media and entertainment|
|Telecommunication and technology|
|White-collar defense and government investigations|
|Mr Mohamed Y Alem||Mohamed Alem is the founder and senior partner of Alem & Associates…||View Profile|