Firm Profile > Law Offices of Naoum Farah > Beirut, Lebanon

Law Offices of Naoum Farah
PO BOX 16 7055

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Law Offices of Naoum Farah fields a dispute resolution team with a focus on media, TV broadcasting, entertainment and telecom clients. The firm is also adept at defending private individuals in criminal lawsuits, for instance in relation to white-collar crime. Managing partner Naoum Farah, who also acts as a domestic and international arbitrator, is in charge of the department together with Roula Tayar and Weygand Farhat. The former specializes in civil and commercial litigation, whereas the latter is known for criminal and white-collar crime work.

Practice head(s):

Naoum Farah; Roula Tayar; Weygand Farhat

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Commercial transactions, distribution agreements, restructuring and reorganization are the core features of the corporate practice at Law Offices of Naoum Farah. Name partner Naoum Farah caters in particular to clients in the TV broadcasting, telecom, media, entertainment and satellite sectors.  He jointly heads the team with Marie José Chemaly, who joined the corporate department in 2020, and Yara Wakim, a transactions expert in the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Naoum Farah; Marie José Chemaly; Yara Wakim

The firm: Law Offices of Naoum Farah was founded in 1975 by Naoum Farah and has grown dynamically. It is a well-established legal firm in Beirut, which offers its clients a full range of customised legal services. The firm is reputed for its professionalism and excellence in the quality of the service it provides along with insight and expertise in addressing complex legal issues for a wide range of clients. It is currently considered one of the leading multidisciplinary law firms in Lebanon.

Law Offices of Naoum Farah is an independent law firm that cooperates with various international law firms and has developed distinguished relationships with the key firms in all of the major jurisdictions worldwide.

The firm has extensive experience in commercial, corporate, media and advertising, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions fields, representing the interests of national and international clients.

The firm also prides itself on having a major strength in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Efficiency, quality and the highest personal dedication are key components of Law Offices of Naoum Farah.

Areas of practice: The firm is amongst those in the Middle East region to specialise in satellite TV broadcasting, media, entertainment and intellectual property, which has helped it build up a solid reputation amongst the largest TV broadcasting corporations in the region. The firm represents the leading satellite TV and media entertainment corporation in the Middle East. Experience covers the key sectors of this growing Middle East and international market including film and television production and distribution, media finance, new technology, TV broadcasting and transmission, satellite law, music, advertising, publishing, the performing arts and sports.

The firm also has extensive experience in various kinds of commercial transactions and business-related legal issues, including corporate restructuring and reorganisation, mergers and acquisitions between groups of companies, strategic alliances, joint ventures and due diligence. Corporate insolvency issues, including receivership, administration, liquidation, arrangements with creditors and debt recovery in general, along with commercial fraud, are also undertaken.

Employment issues are also handled including staff policies, individual contracts, executive service agreements, corporate staff reorganisations and collective agreements.

Advising clients on all legal aspects of international civil engineering and construction projects, including joint ventures, bid documents construction contracts, and related claims and disputes are another field of expertise.

The firm’s lawyers have broad experience in dispute resolution which covers traditional domestic litigation and domestic and international arbitration proceedings, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution. The firm’s expertise ranges from commercial litigation to established specialisation in civil and criminal law related to white-collar crimes. The firm has represented private entities in complex multiparty suits before various degrees of jurisdiction.

Additionally, Law Offices of Naoum Farah advises internationally well-known clients in real estate and hospitality projects, focusing on construction matters, commercial leases, sales and acquisitions of real estate assets, often in cross-border contexts. The firm also advises international telecommunication and mobile operators, and actively represents international reinsurance companies in aviation claims and transactions.

Intellectual property rights are handled with significant experience in trade-mark and copyrights issues and related deals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial Reine Achkar
Distribution and franchise Yara Wakim
Mergers and acquisitions Naoum Farah
Corporate restructuring and reorganisation Naoum Farah
Civil litigation Roula Tayyar
Criminal litigation Weygand Farhat
Domestic and international arbitration Naoum Farah
Alternative dispute resolution Reine Achkar
Criminal law (financial crimes, libel) Weygand Farhat
Intellectual property Yara Wakim
Media (TV and radio) and advertising Weygand Farhat
Telecommunications Naoum Farah
Taxation Yara Wakim
Labour law Marie-Antoinette Ahmar
Real estate Roula Tayar
Contracting and construction projects Reine Achkar
Hospitality Yara Wakim
Number of lawyers : 10
IAI Paris (International Arbitration Institute)
IBA (International Bar Association)

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