Ms Souraya Machnouk > Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm > Beirut, Lebanon > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Finance, Capital Markets, Energy, Project Development, Tax, Government Relations & Public Policy, Data Protection and Privacy, Telecoms, Franchising




Souraya Machnouk is a partner at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm, and heads the M&A practice. She previously worked at Norton Rose Fulbright in Paris. Souraya has more than 15 years of experience advising prominent clients across industries, with a practice distinguished by an in-depth specialization and a particular expertise leading on complex ground-breaking transactions.

Souraya participates in several government-led legal reform initiatives aimed at enhancing the investment climate in Lebanon.

Souraya is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by prominent international directories, including Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 (Hall of Fame) and IFLR1000. She was named to IFLR1000’s Women Leaders in EMEA, which recognizes “the most prominent female lawyers working in the areas of law “.


Arabic, French and English


  • Admitted to the Beirut Bar
  • Member of the International Bar Association
  • Member of the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AmCham) Banking & Finance Committee
  • Member of the board of experts of the Lebanese Franchise Association
  • Member of the special inter-ministerial legal committee for the Reform of the Investment Climate in Lebanon organized by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in collaboration with the World Bank and the IFC
  • Member of the board of T2SD, an initiative by the UNDP aimed at engaging the private sector in contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), through the promotion and implementation of CSR strategies in line with the SDGs, and the lobbying for a national sustainable development agenda


  • JD double major in Private and Public Law, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon
  • Advanced Graduate Degree (DEA) in Banking & Financial Markets Law, Saint Joseph University accredited by the University of Paris II-Assas, France
  • Master of Laws (LLM), George Washington University jointly with Georgetown University, USA
  • Certificate of Qualification in Syndicated Loan Markets Documentation, Loan Market Association, UK
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, France
  • Diploma in Leadership in Law Firms, Executive Program, Harvard Law School, USA


  • Co-author of the Lebanon chapter of the Inward Investment & International Taxation Review published by The Law Reviews and edited by Latham & Watkins USA; the Lebanon chapter of the Banking Regulation guide published by Getting the Deal Through and edited by Wachtell, Lipton, Rose and Katz USA; the Lebanon chapter of the Energy Regulation & Markets Review published by The Law Reviews and edited by Latham & Watkins USA; The Lebanon chapter of the Data Protection in the Financial Sector guide published by One Trust Data Guidance
  • Contributor to the World Bank Lebanon Doing Business Reports on “Starting a Business”, “Getting Credit”, “Registering Property”, and “Contracting with the Government”
  • Speaker at the Euromoney Lebanon conference, the International Beirut Energy Forum (IBEF) on Lebanon’s First Power Purchase Agreement, and the Annual Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC) on Lebanon’s energy sector

Lawyer Rankings

Lebanon > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Souraya MachnoukAbou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is well placed to handle large cross-border transactions and complex restructurings for large multinationals. The team is known for its pharmaceutical sector work headed by Simon El Kai, and counts Moderna as a key client amidst the ongoing- Covid-19 crisis in Lebanon; El Kai also heads up the corporate offering. Souraya Machnouk leads the M&A team at the firm. Managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude and Ibrahim Barraj are likewise recommended.

Lebanon > Real estate and construction (including projects)

The projects team at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is active in the oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors particularly electricity, and handles a steady stream of procurement matters for clients. The team under the leadership of managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude and partner Souraya Machnouk, also advises on energy contracts, project financings, and PPP projects. Regulatory work also features in the workload.

Lebanon > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Souraya MachnoukAbou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm remain market leaders in the banking space and has an excellent reputation handling large capital markets transactions and financings. The experienced practice is regularly instructed by local and international banks and financial instructions on multi-million-dollar bond issuances, investment agreements, and syndicated loans. Managing partner Carlos Abou Jaoude leads the team with Souraya Machnouk.

Lebanon > Tax

The tax offering at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm advises multinationals and corporates on complex tax aspects of corporate transactions. Carlos Abou Jaoude heads up the tax practice. Souraya Machnouk who leads the firm’s M&A group is a key contact for global tax restructuring matters, and has demonstrable strength in advising global conglomerates on the tax aspects of market entry into Lebanon. Other names include Simon El Kai.