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

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

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Transactional experience in Lebanon, the Middle East and Africa is a selling point for the corporate practice at El-Aref International Law Office which it combines with 'outstanding services' to its clientsWith regular mandates on cross-border work and mega deals, it is especially adept at preparing prospective targets, asset sales and purchases, joint ventures and strategic mergers. Aref El Aref counts various Fortune500 companies and start ups  among his clients, and heads a team that includes associates Samantha Doumit and Nathalie Awada; both specialize in cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Aref El-Aref

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Doumit; Nathalie Awada

Testimonials

‘ We’ve received outstanding services from El-Aref International Law Office since 1997.’

‘We realized that the firm and its lawyers are devoted, capable, loyal and dedicated for our demands and cases.’

‘As a matter of fact, we feel very comfort when we are dealing with the firm, that due to our long term relationship and the powerful response manner of the firm which make them unique and different from other firms. ’

‘When we worked on a deal we found them ready and beside us 24/7. Therefore, the firm and its team are really good and unique.

‘This is the only practice in Lebanon that understands start-ups and works at their pace and budget restrictions. They managed to relieve us from all the legal burdens.’

‘ I had full trust in them. They were always honest with me and available to meet my needs. I truly appreciate how they dealt with us and will be forever grateful to Aref and his team.’

‘The team is not only knowledgeable to carry out the tasks, they help set the goals for us as well as play an efficient advisory role on possible future obstacles.’

‘El-Aref has been our lawyer since 2017 and they have a well-qualified team, passionate with the law, and able to maintain a very good business relationship. We found the quality of work vs the cost at the same level of international firms.’

‘People working in El Aref Law Firm are exceptional with very good and substantial knowledge with expertise with different customers from Europe, USA, MEA. They are up-to-date on the law and ready to listen to you and come with very precise legal opinion.’

Key clients

AbbVie

AstraZeneca

Novo Nordisk

ATKearney

Synaptive Medical

Piety International

NABED Ltd

Rotana Audio Visual

Associated Press

BBC

World Fuel Services Corporation

ABB

IRIDEX Corporation

Taylor-Dejongh

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

NAR Technologies

B.B. Energy

Faisal Holding

Primesouth

TCQ Power

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

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

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

El-Aref International Law Office is a first choice for development banks as well as international banks looking to finance projects and transactions in the Middle East and beyond. Practice leader Aref El-Aref and his group not only assist lenders, but also borrowers, sponsors and other financing sources. His experience further entails advice on capital markets and regulatory securities matters. Associate Samantha Doumit handles questions surrounding banking and finance regulations including Central Bank regulations. The firm is well familiar with a wide range of debt products, asset-backed loans and secured and unsecured financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Aref El-Aref

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Doumit

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable with a solid background in project financing and good connections in the industry. ’

‘A sharp eye and attention to details as well as good with assessment skills in terms of possible arising obstacles and preventive measures. Ability to work in international and multidisciplinary contexts.’

‘Very good knowledge with a high level of customer engagement and relationship. ’

‘The team has substantial knowledge in Corporate Finance, Litigation, FI, M&A and Islamic Finance. They are working with local and international customers from Europe, ME and Africa.’

‘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

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

PROPARCO

Societe Generale

Saudi Fransi Bank

Qatar National Bank

Qatar Islamic Bank SAQ

Arab Finance House

TCQ Power Ltd.

Primesouth

Menatech Energy Ltd

STX Heavy Industries Ltd

First Bank of Nigeria

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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
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English
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