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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 fields a stellar banking and finance practice with outstanding finance, combined with capital markets experience. In addition to representing local and foreign banks (including advising the Central Bank of Lebanon on the first ever critical capital controls legislation), it also advises a broad range of clients on domestic and international extensions of credit and syndicated facilities. Carlos Abou JaoudeSouraya Machnouk  and Eddy Maghariki are the recommended team heads and Rita Papadopoulou heads the capital markets and structured products practice.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Rita Papadopoulou; Eddy Maghariki

Other key lawyers:

Souraya Machnouk

Testimonials

‘The team assists us by providing valuable and practical advice as well as having a hands-on approach and proactivity in dealing with the bottlenecks.’

‘Proactive and have a solution-driven mindset.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL)

Audi Bank

Bankmed Group

Intercontinental Bank of Lebanon

Fransabank Group

FFA Private Bank

Saradar Bank

Ernst & Young

Deloitte

Commercial International Bank (CIB)

Afrasia Bank

AstroBank

BLC Bank

Arab Finance Corporation (AFC)

The Luxury Fund (TLF)

Online Money Transfer – Western Union

Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Capital Trust Group – The EuroMena Funds

Elie Saab Group

Libanpost

Plus Properties Group

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Excelling in cross-border transactions, Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is a top name for corporate work in Lebanon and is valued for its 'excellent communication skills, and high level of know-how'. In addition to cross-border M&A, its corporate work spans areas such as transaction structuring, pre-acquisition due diligence, licensing, compliance and post-acquisition integration. Simon El KaiSouraya Machnouk, and Carlos Abou Jaoude head a substantial team which includes senior associate Salwa Abdallah.

Practice head(s):

Simon El Kai; Souraya Machnouk; Carlos Abou Jaoude

Other key lawyers:

Salwa Abdallah; Eddy Maghariki; Chebl Atallah

Testimonials

‘Both Eddy Maghariki and Chebl Atallah are very familiar with the complex mix of legal and administrative realities in Lebanon and are able to explain the challenges by considering both legal and commercial issues. They are used to dealing with international clients.’

‘Eddy Maghariki and Chebl Atallah have a pragmatic approach and come up with pragmatic solutions for complex issues. ’

‘High level professionalism, attention to details, perseverance, timely.’

‘Excellent communication skills, high level of know-how.’

Key clients

3M Group

Careem (by Uber)

Adidas

Ericsson

Sony Middle East and Africa

Lego

Mr. Carlos Ghosn

Malia Group

Elie Saab Group

Libanpost

Samsung

Benta Group

Edde Family Office

Doctors without Borders

Fadaat Media Group

LBCI

Sioufi Group

Quantum Group

AJA Group

Plus Properties Group

CardioDiagnostics Group

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is focused on PPP work and major energy projects in Lebanon.  Managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude and Souraya Machnouk are the names to note as is associate Rana Kateb.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Souraya Machnouk

Other key lawyers:

Rana Kateb

Testimonials

‘The ability to provide different lawyers for various activities related to real estate from the structuring, sales and construction contracts to assistance with financing agreements.’

‘The accessibility and approachability is a great asset for us. To be able to discuss issues and approach matters from advisory role as well a legal implementation makes the firm a very valuable asset. ’

‘Carlos Aboujoude has extremely strong relationships with government entities that are helpful in ensuring clear communications when negotiating arrangements with the Government.’

‘Souraya Machnouk is extremely adept at bridging the gap between international standards and Lebanese practices.’

‘Souraya Machnouk is diligent and effective in negotiations.’

Key clients

Debbas Group

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC)

Novatek

Vestas

BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy

Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA

Laceco Architects & Engineers

Plus Properties Group

FFA Real Estate Sal

B.B. Energy Group

Rezidor Hotel Group

IBC Group

Mr. Carlos Ghosn

AJA Group

Libanpost

Benta Group

Malia Group

Tax Tier 1

The excellent corporate team at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm also takes on tax planning and other tax work related to M&A and joint ventures. Carlos Abou Jaoude is the key practitioner.

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Abou Jaoude

Key clients

3M Group

Al Araby TV

Mr. Carlos Ghosn

UFA Insurance Group

Edde Family Office

Fadaat Media Group

Vestas

Doctors without Borders

Debbas Group

Samsung

Benta Group

Laceco Architects & Engineers

CardioDiagnostics Group

Online Money Transfer (OMT) – Western Union

Elie Saab Group

Adidas

Ericsson

Dispute resolution Tier 2

When it comes to commercial litigation and arbitration Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is highly recommended for its 'commitment, and insightful analyses'. It is increasingly advising on significant, high-profile litigation and arbitration cases involving Lebanese and foreign clients, this combined with industry-specific experience. Its clients range from banks to well-known corporates and includes ICC arbitrations. Team heads:  managing partner, Carlos Abou JaoudeRania Khoury  (head of domestic and international arbitration), Simon El Kai and Grace Tamer (co-heads of litigation).

Practice head(s):

Carlos Abou Jaoude; Rania Khoury; Simon El Kai; Grace Tamer

Testimonials

‘I have found ABOU JAOUDE & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM (AJA) to be very capable and always willing to listen to expert and technical evidence while providing sound legal advice and direction. They compare very favourably with the other firms. I would recommend them highly for their commitment, their insightful analyses, their understanding of the Civil Law issues as they relate to the problems in the claim and their willingness to consider precedents from other jurisdictions and apply the principles in Civil Law cases’

‘The Team Leader at AJA who was responsible for drafting the claim was confident, firm, hard-working, paid attention to detail without losing sight of the overall issues.’

‘The team is very thorough in assessing the situation to evaluate all options to handle the dispute.’

‘Was a pleasure working with the team as felt they went the extra mile to dig into the details and understand the case to help present a complete package in the dispute.’

Key clients

Mr. Carlos Ghosn, former CEO of the Renault-Nissan Group

Bankmed Group

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor AJS (BWSC)

Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International Group

(LBCI group) / Mr. Pierre El Daher

Online Money Transfer (OMT) / Abou Zeid family

The Luxury Fund (TLF)

SITA Group

Libanpost

Debbas Group

BENTA group

SAMSUNG Group

FFA Real Estate Sal

Codipha Group

Middle East Venture Partners Fund (MEVP)

Renaissance Metn Holding Sal

BOCTI group

Hallab 1881 Group

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$200m asset-backed issuance in Lebanon through the securitization of a real estate portfolio, the acquisition of a listed bank in Europe, the US$150m cross border syndicated facility led by a global bank to a telecoms group, the first-ever US$300m 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 €270m 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 Managing Partner
Mr Chebl Atallah photo Mr Chebl Atallah Senior Associate
Mr Hachem El Housseini  photo Mr Hachem El Housseini Senior Associate
Mr Simon El Kai  photo Mr Simon El Kai Partner
Ms Rana Kateb  photo Ms Rana Kateb Senior Associate
Ms Rania Khoury  photo Ms Rania Khoury Partner
Miss Souraya Machnouk photo Miss Souraya Machnouk Partner
Mr Eddy Maghariki photo Mr Eddy Maghariki Partner
Ms Rita Papadopoulou  photo Ms Rita Papadopoulou Rita Papadopoulou is a partner (English Solicitor) at Abou Jaoude & Associates…
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