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

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm
OMT BUILDING - 266 SAMI EL SOLH AVENUE
PO BOX 116-5079, BEIRUT MUSEUM 1106-2010
BEIRUT
Lebanon

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is a key name in the market for project finance mandates, with additional expertise in handling capital market transactions. Managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude leads the team; he advised Bank Audi Sal on the syndicated financing of Lebanon's first-ever wind energy project. Other key team members include Souraya Machnouk, who has extensive experience in project finance, and Eddy Maghariki, who focuses on real estate finance. Rita Papadopoulou is head of the capital markets and structured products practice.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Rita Papadopoulou

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse AG

Astrobank

Online Money Transfer

Ernst & Young

Audi Bank

FFA Private Bank Sal

Saradar Bank

Commercial International Bank Egypt

Capital Trust Group

Arab Finance Corporation

BLC Bank

The Luxury Fund / TLF Ventures

Ecobank Nigeria

Windsor Brokers

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Elie Saab Group

Debbas Group

Malia Group

Obegi Group

Plus Properties Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Cross-border transactions are a key area of focus for Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm. Testament to its expertise in this space was its advice to luxury fashion company Elie Saab group on a multi-jurisdictional divestment of an equity stake in its capital. Souraya Machnouk leads the M&A practice and is notably strong in the energy sector. Managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude, who is highly skilled in cross-border transactions, is a key figure. Simon El Kai  heads up the corporate practice, which also includes senior associate Chebl Atallah.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Souraya Machnouk; Simon El Kai

Key clients

Online Money Transfer

Debbas Group

Malia Group

Libanpost

Samsung

Elie Saab Group

Benta Group

VESTAS

The Luxury Fund / TLF Ventures

Obegi Group

CardioDiagnostics

Quantum Group

Sioufi Group

Fadaat Media

Tewtel Group

Malia Group

Sony Middle East and Africa Fze

Laceco Architects & Engineers Group

Doctors without Borders

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International SAL

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm has handled a number of big-ticket energy projects in the region. For example, practice co-head Souraya Machnouk recently advised Lebanon’s Dapp II Sal and J&P Avax on the development of a combined-cycle gas-turbine power project valued at $500m. Moreover, she also assisted Bank Audi with financing the first-ever wind energy project in Lebanon. Name partner and fellow co-head Carlos Abou Jaoude is particularly skilled in handling PPP projects. Senior associate Rana Kateb specialises in the energy sector, providing support on major projects.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Souraya Machnouk

Key clients

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Novatek

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA

B.B. Energy Group

Debbas Group

BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy

VESTAS

Prime Metro Power Holdings Corporation

Libanpost

IBC SAL

Municipality of Beirut

Audi Bank

Plus Properties Group

Malia Group

Laceco Architects & Engineers Group

Tax Tier 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm's corporate team frequently advises on the tax elements of M&A, joint ventures, and project developments. The group is also strong in advising on tax planning issues pertaining to wealth management and inheritance tax. Carlos Abou Jaoude and Souraya Machnouk are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude

Key clients

VESTAS

Ernst & Young

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Libanpost

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA

Audi Bank

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is well known in the market for its non-contentious work but also has a notable dispute resolution practice, with partners specialising in either commercial litigation or arbitration Rania Khoury heads the domestic and international arbitration practice; managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude is also highly skilled in handling cross-border arbitration cases; and Simon El Kai is a key name for litigation and has particular expertise in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rania  Khoury; Carlos Abou Jaoude; Simon El Kai

Key clients

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International SAL

Mr. Pierre El Daher

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

SITA

Middle East Venture Partners Fund

DEBBAS group

Construction Management Associates

FFA Real Estate

SAMSUNG group

BENTA group

Highland

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
region.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Carlos Abou Jaoude  photo Mr Carlos Abou Jaoude
 Chebl Atallah photo Chebl Atallah
Mr Hachem El Housseini  photo Mr Hachem El Housseini
Mr Simon El Kai  photo Mr Simon El Kai
Ms Rana Kateb  photo Ms Rana Kateb
Ms Rania Khoury  photo Ms Rania Khoury
Miss Souraya Machnouk photo Miss Souraya Machnouk Partner-Head of Business Development
 Eddy Maghariki photo Eddy Maghariki
Ms Rita Papadopoulou  photo Ms Rita Papadopoulou
Number of lawyers : 40
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