Ms Rita Papadopoulou > Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm > Beirut, Lebanon > Lawyer Profile

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

Banking, Finance, Capital Markets, Structured Products

Position

Partner (English Solicitor)

Career

Rita Papadopoulou is a partner (English Solicitor) at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm, and heads the Capital Markets & Structured Products practice. Before joining AJA, Rita pursued an over decade-long distinguished career in London as a structured finance and derivatives lawyer, working with leading top tier global investment banks, such as JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, as well as with the leading global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

Rita’s broad practice combines both transactional and advisory expertise and includes structured derivatives, capital markets and securities, structured finance, Islamic finance, private equity, funds, derivatives regulation and banking regulation. She has been integral in many award-winning innovative multibillion finance deals, with an emphasis on the emerging markets, representing a broad range of global financial institutions and other clients on highly structured equity deals, finance-linked hedging, MTN restructurings and structured derivatives of all asset classes.

Rita has also previously served as a special adviser to the Greek Parliament with emphasis on financial markets and economics.

She is a leading lawyer with the prominent global legal directory IFLR 1000 and was named to IFLR1000’s Women Leaders in EMEA for 2021, a directory of “the most prominent female lawyers working in the areas of law we research” according to IFLR. Rita was also a speaker at the Euromoney Lebanon conference and has regularly lectured at banking seminars.

  • Advised Deutsche Bank on a $350M series of structured repo transactions with Société Générale de Banque au Liban
  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the structural, transactional and regulatory aspects of the issuance of a multi-million ETFs-linked certificates programme, the first-of-its kind in the Lebanese market, covering a variety of asset classes, including equities, indices, currencies and commodities.
  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the structural, transactional and regulatory aspects of the issuance of a multi-million index-linked certificate, the first-of-its kind in the Lebanese market, and its related complex hedging arrangements.
  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the structural, transactional and regulatory aspects of a multi- million issuance of preferred shares.
  • Advised the major Danish-German BWSC/MAN Diesel consortium on two EPC contracts with the Lebanese Government for the circa Euro 270 Million reciprocating engines power projects in Lebanon.

Languages

English and Greek

Memberships

Law Society of England and Wales
Athens Bar Association

Education

  • LLM in Banking and Finance, Queen Mary University – London School of Economics, London
  • LLM in Private International Law and EU Law, University of Athens, Athens
  • LLB (Hons) Law, University of Athens, Athens
  • Author of The Asset Management Review, 8th, 9th, and 10th Editions for Lebanon, published by The Law Reviews and edited by Slaughter and May, UK
  • Author of Fund Management, 2020 and 2021 Editions, for Lebanon, published by Lexology Getting the Deal Through and edited by K&L Gates, UK
  • Co-author of the Lebanon Chapter of IFLR’s Mifid II Implementation Report 2018