Firm Profile > Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm > Beirut , Lebanon

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm
PO BOX 116-5079, BEIRUT MUSEUM 1106-2010

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm has experience of structured finance and syndicated lending transactions, and also advises banks on corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Highlights included acting for a syndicate of lenders on the $300m financing of a first-of-its-kind wind power project in Lebanon, advising Saradar Bank on capital markets transactions, and assisting Sakson Petroleum Services with the rescheduling of several loans, which became necessary due to a drop in the price of oil. Key figures in the team include Simon El KaiCarlos Abou Jaoude and Souraya Machnouk. Rita Papadopoulou joined the team as a partner from JP Morgan and Eddy Maghariki was promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘exceptional’ and ‘impressive’ team at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is noted for its ‘supportive’ service and its ‘extremely ethical conduct, which is of utmost professionalism’. Carlos Abou JaoudeSimon El Kai and Souraya Machnouk are key figures in the practice group, which has ‘extensive knowledge in the matters it tackles and an amazing network of partners’. Highlights included advising Sioufi Group on its 50-50 merger with Établissements Antoine Massoud, which included advice on tax structuring, transactional due diligence and related document reviews and drafting. The team also assisted a joint venture led by renewable energy company CTC Sal with the pre-qualification process for the development of the first-ever photovoltaic project in Lebanon. Also recommended is Eddy Maghariki, who was promoted to partner in 2018, and senior associate Chebl Atallah.

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is jointly headed by Carlos Abou Jaoude, Souraya Machnouk and Eddy Maghariki, who are regularly instructed to advise on lease agreements, assess risks related to real estate transactions, and assist with development projects and project finance. The team advised real estate developer Natour Development on the construction of a tourist village in Anfeh, and also assisted a joint venture consisting of several renewable energy companies with the process of obtaining licences for the development of a 200MW wind farm.

Tax Tier 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm handles strategic tax planning in the context of inheritance and wealth management, and also assists with the tax aspects of M&A, joint venture agreements and project development. Name partner Carlos Abou Jaoude and Souraya Machnouk advised a joint venture led by Lebanon Wind Power on the tax aspects of a public tender for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a wind power project, which included negotiations for the first-ever power purchase agreement for wind energy entered into by the Lebanese government.

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is the largest multi-practice law firm in Lebanon, with forty expert attorneys, and the largest market share of complex and pioneer transactions across all practice areas and industries. In addition to their thorough knowledge of the law, the Firm’s team is distinguished by an in-depth specialization and a sharp understanding of the commercial aspects and industry-specifics of clients’ businesses, leading clients to rely on
their strategic and pragmatic approach to legal advice.

The Firm has earned its prominent standing with a practice centered on high value corporate, M&A, banking, finance, capital markets, energy, project development, telecoms, tax, and restructuring transactions. The Firm’s tax and regulatory advisory work cuts across all our advice on transactions and other practice areas. The Firm handles major local and cross border deals, and is renowned for advising on complex transactions of first impression in the

The Firm’s renowned representative transactional experience includes advising on the largest-ever US$200 Million asset-backed issuance in Lebanon through the securitization of a real estate portfolio, the acquisition of a listed bank in Europe, the US$150 Million cross border syndicated facility led by a global bank to a telecoms group, the first-ever US$300 Million international syndicated financing of a renewable energy project in Lebanon led by the largest Lebanese bank with global development finance institutions, the first-ever Power Purchase Agreement with the Government of Lebanon, two EPC contracts for €270 Million reciprocating engines power projects in Lebanon, the acquisition of a major real estate project
through the issuance of convertible profit-sharing bonds, the ground-breaking multi- bank private placement initiative to finance the launch of a TV station, the largest private debt restructuring in Lebanon involving a large real estate portfolio, multi-million issuances of preferred shares and structured products and the private placement thereof, and multi-million acquisitions and private equity transactions across all industry sectors.

Major clients rely on the Firm’s advice with respect to regulatory compliance and tax structuring, and the Firm enjoys privileged and established working relations with all the regulatory authorities in Lebanon, including the main ministries and the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL).

The Firm’s clients include local and international companies, banks, governmental agencies, investors, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. Many of our clients maintain a strong international presence throughout the MENA region, the UK, Europe and the US.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Law Carlos Abou Jaoude
Corporate Law Simon El Kai
Corporate Law Souraya Machnouk
Corporate Law Eddy Maghariki
Mergers & Acquisitions Souraya Machnouk
Mergers & Acquisitions Carlos Abou Jaoude
Mergers & Acquisitions Simon El Kai
Mergers & Acquisitions Eddy Maghariki
Banking Carlos Abou Jaoude
Banking Souraya Machnouk
Banking Rita Papadopoulou
Banking Eddy Maghariki
Finance Carlos Abou Jaoude
Finance Rita Papadopoulou
Finance Eddy Maghariki
Capital Markets & Structured Products Rita Papadopoulou
Capital Markets & Structured Products Carlos Abou Jaoude
Capital Markets & Structured Products Eddy Maghariki
Energy Carlos Abou Jaoude
Energy Souraya Machnouk
Energy Rana Kateb
Energy Rita Papadopoulou
Project Development & Finance Carlos Abou Jaoude
Project Development & Finance Eddy Maghariki
Project Development & Finance Souraya Machnouk
Real Estate & Construction Carlos Abou Jaoude
Real Estate & Construction Eddy Maghariki
Media Carlos Abou Jaoude
Media Simon El Kai
Media Hachem El Housseini
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Carlos Abou Jaoude
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Chebl Atallah
Government Relations & Public Policy Carlos Abou Jaoude
Government Relations & Public Policy Souraya Machnouk
Arbitration Rania Khoury
Arbitration Carlos Abou Jaoude
Litigation Simon El Kai
Litigation Chebl Atallah
Tax Carlos Abou Jaoude
Telecommunications Carlos Abou Jaoude
Telecommunications Souraya Machnouk
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Simon El Kai
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Rana Kateb
Intellectual Property Rania Khoury
Intellectual Property Simon El Kai
Agency, Licensing & Distributorship Simon El Kai
Agency, Licensing & Distributorship Chebl Atallah
Franchising Souraya Machnouk
Franchising Rania Khoury
Estate Planning Carlos Abou Jaoude
Estate Planning Simon El Kai
Labor Law Simon El Kai
Labor Law Chebl Atallah
Entertainment Law Rania khoury
Aviation Hachem El Housseini
Number of lawyers : 40
Geneva Group International (GGI)