Firm Profile > Alem & Associates > Beirut, Lebanon

Alem & Associates
BEIRUT 2012-6609

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

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. 

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JP Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Nederlandse Financierings- Maatschappij Voor


OPEC Fund For International Development

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank

Lucid Investment Bank

Public Health Investment

Legacy One Holding

Younata Investment

Nomura International


Al Bilad Capital

Gulf of Oman Investment


Unitrend for Investment

Societe Generale Private Banking

ANB Invest  Capital

Itqan Capital



Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

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.

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British Airways PLC

Huawei Technologies

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

ANB Invest

Mott MacDonald

SDG International

Centaurs 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.

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Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company LLC

Al Salam Development Co.

Medairways SAL

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

Kabab-Ji Sal.

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas SA

Starneth Global Ltd

Kamal Bahamdan

Egypt Environmental Services SAE

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

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.

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Prime Consult



Har Properties

Legacy Central SAL

Rikaz Properties


Radian Oil & Gas Services Company

TK Holding SAL

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.

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Capital EE SAL

DIV Capital SAL

Vita Ltd

General Electric

GVC Corporate Services Limited

Henry Chedid

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Intellectual property
Real estate
Telecommunication and technology
White-collar defense and government investigations
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mohamed Y Alem  photo Mr Mohamed Y Alem Mohamed Alem is the founder and senior partner of Alem & Associates…
Number of lawyers : 60
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Riyadh