Mr Simon El Kai > 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, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Licensing, Agency & Distributorships, Media, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Arbitration, Real Estate & Construction, Employment & Benefits




Simon El Kai is a partner at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm, and heads the Corporate and the Litigation practice. He previously worked with two leading law firms in Lebanon, and at Shearman & Sterling in Paris.

Simon has more than 20 years of experience and an extensive multidisciplinary expertise covering advisory, transactional and dispute-resolution matters. He has a long-standing record advising high-profile clients on corporate matters, commercial transactions, and dispute resolutions, and has a profound knowledge of the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry.

Simon is recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers & Partners and is Recommended by The Legal 500.


Arabic, French and English


  • Admitted to the Beirut Bar Association
  • Member of the International Bar Association


  • JD in Private Law, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon (with honors)
  • Advanced Graduate Degree (DEA) in Private Law, University of Paris II-Assas, France
  • Master of Laws (LLM), Columbia University, 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
  • Contributor to the World Bank Lebanon Doing Business Reports on “Starting a Business”

Lawyer Rankings

Lebanon > Dispute resolution

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm stands out for its commercial arbitration experience and handles high-profile mandates including at the ICC and ICSID. Head of domestic and international arbitration; Rania Khoury is the key contact for disputes, particularly in the construction, media, and energy space. It has also seen an increase of banking-related litigation in the past year. Carlos Abou Jaoude handles high-value arbitrations and lawsuits and is supported by Simon El Kai on the pharmaceutical side. Senior associate Hachem El Housseini is also of note. The team also acts as co-counsel with international law firms.

Lebanon > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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 > 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.