El-Aref International Law Office > Beirut, Lebanon > Firm Profile

El-Aref International Law Office
FIRST FLOOR, CHAHINE BLDG
ITANI STREET, SNOUBRA
VERDUN, 135207 BEIRUT
Lebanon

Lebanon > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Highlighted for its international transactional strength, the corporate team at El-Aref International Law Office advises global giants, investment banks, and public sector clients on large M&A matters in the Lebanese market. Under the leadership of Aref El-Aref who is a ‘fantastic lawyer’ according to clients, the team is often co-counsel alongside international law firms on multi-million dollar acquisitions and joint venture matters. Associate Nathalie Awada has experience handling cross-border mergers across Europe and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Aref El Aref

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly approachable, client/customer centric, and solution driven.’

‘We have instructed the firm since 1997 and we feel safe when we assign them a case, project or transaction. The results we’ve got are amazing and the most important, is the value of money, it is really reasonable compared with other firms in the region.’

‘Aref El Aref,  Katia Daou and Mohamed Ramadan are the three individuals that I’ve dealt with. They are available 24/7 and we feel the personal touch in their dedicated work; they are very qualified and have great knowledge in terms of  International Standards. In short such talented , precise and reliable people are stand outs and our work is in safe hands.’

‘EL Aref Law firm is very dedicated to deliver the best product. They are professional and knowledgeable. They are committed to excellence, have the ability to adapt, are very resourceful and well-connected within the industry.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and have expertise with clear and simplified legal opinion. Lawyers are ready to support, explain and clarify the legal opinion or legal advisory work. They have a clear focus on customer service and quality of service. They are flexible on fees and payments.’

‘Aref EL Aref, is a fantastic lawyer, a tireless worker, a creative problem solver and a bona fide nice guy. He is by far the best lawyer in the country.’

Key clients

AbbVie

AstraZeneca

Novo Nordisk

ATKearney

NABED Ltd

Rotana Audio Visual, LLC.

Associated Press

BBC

World Fuel Services Corporation

ABB

B.B. Energy

Faisal Holding

Bloomberg

Work highlights

  • Advised Rotana in connection with the sale of minority stake to Warner Music.
  • Advised TCQ Power on private placement investment by Fuel Supplier in project equity interest in a power generation project in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Advised sponsor Primesouth on sale of equity stake and Project interests related to power generation projects in the Middle East.

Lebanon > Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

El-Aref International Law Office has a well rated real estate and projects practice and is highlighted for its international offering across the Middle East and Africa. Spearheaded by Aref El-Aref from Beirut, the group has considerable strength in project developments in the energy sector, PPPs and renewable energy transactions. Traditional oil and gas, solar, and wind also feature in the caseload. The team is instructed by an array of developers and sponsors on project management. Joanne Khneisser advises on project financing.

Practice head(s):

Aref El-Aref

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The El Aref team are hard workers, that are always dedicated to provide the client with all their requirements before any deadlines. Aref, in particular, is an extremely hard worker. Their billing system is great; the company truly believes in gender diversity and are very well respected by their peers.’

‘Aref EL Aref, is a fantastic lawyer, a tireless worker, a creative problem solver and a bona fide nice guy. He is by far the best lawyer in the country.’

Work highlights

  • Advised CEC Africa (Sierra Leone) Limited on EPC Contract with KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company for the development of power generation project in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Advised ICARDA on the EPC Contract for the design, procurement, construction, supply, delivery, erection, commissioning, renovation and testing of the Terbol Station in Zahle, Lebanon.
  • Advised Primesouth on EPC Contracts for projects related to energy efficiency improvement in Uzbekistan.

Lebanon > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

At El-Aref International Law Office, the group is highlighted for its project finance experience, particularly across large infrastructure projects in the Middle East and North Africa region. The group handles financing transactions, regulatory securities work, and capital markets under the leadership of practice head Aref El-Aref . Senior associate Joanne Khneisser is a key contact and supports acquisition finance deals. International banks and developers form the client roster.

Practice head(s):

Aref El-Aref

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and punctual. They accommodate our needs even in difficult circumstances.’

‘Strengths – the level of honesty of the team, their understanding of the background as well as depth of knowledge.’

‘The team is knowledgeable with deep understanding of the law (Commercial, Corporate Finance and Litigation). We started working in 2017 with Aref and we are confident that his legal opinion and review of documentation are up to international standards. Furthermore, he has a large base of partners around the world that helped us in other transactions out side Lebanon’

‘I can confirm that El Aref Law Firm, the teams and individual lawyers have abilities, capabilities, knowledge and the expertise to provide  to the point,  clear legal opinions. We are very satisfied with the service provided.’

‘The El Aref team are hard workers, they are always dedicated to providing the client with all their requirements before any deadlines. Aref, in particular, is an extremely hard worker. Their billing system is great. The company truly believes in gender diversity and are very well respected by their peers.’

‘Aref EL Aref, is a fantastic lawyer, a tireless worker, a creative problem solver and a bona fide nice guy. He is by far the best lawyer in the country.’

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
International
Oil and gas
Construction
Trade mark and intellectual property
Corporate
International transactions
Maritime
Investment
Banking and finance
Litigation
Mergers and acquisitions
Arbitration and dispute resolution
Project development and finance
Employment and labour disputes
Criminal
Real estate
Franchise and licensing
Number of lawyers : 5
Arabic
English
French