Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP > Beirut, Lebanon > Firm Profile

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP
Tabaris 812, Block A, 2nd Floor
Charles Malek Avenue
PO Box 11-3577
Lebanon

Lebanon > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

At Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP, the banking practice is skilled in various forms of financings, particularly across the projects and PPP areas. The team is frequently the firm of choice as Lebanese counsel alongside international law firms on large infrastructure projects including the Khalde expressway deal. Managing partner Chadia El Meouchi  oversees the team alongside Carine Farran who specializes in cross-border transactions for banks and investment funds. Other key players include Salim El Meouchi  and Walid Honein  who is recommended for project finance.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Other key lawyers:

Salim El Meouchi; Walid Honein

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Advising the EBRD, as lead Lebanese legal counsel working along an international lead consultant, in the two PPP projects: Okaibe – Khalde expressway and the development of the Kleiat airport.
  • Led on the global and China structuring of Leaplearner, an education technology company, closed a $5.5m fundraising from investors in China, Lebanon, Singapore and the United States.
  • Advised on the expansion and development of Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport.

Lebanon > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

At Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP, the well-regarded banking group is jointly managed by Chadia El Meouchi  and Carine Farran from Beirut, and handles an assortment of transactions and corporate advisory work. Main strengths for the team include advising foreign clients on entry into the Lebanese markets, commercial contracts, and investments. Salim Meouchi remains the preeminent practitioner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Amazing customer service and reactivity. Quick to understand our needs and extremely efficient and clear in their advice. They have taken gender equality to a whole other level and this is testimony to great leadership and an amazing culture. Offering pro-bono services to non-profits despite the economic crisis shows their engagement in their community and a culture that is quite unique.’

‘Chadia Meouchi (Managing Partner) and Carine Farran (Deputy Managing Partner) must be the most knowledgeable and professional lawyers I’ve ever worked with during my 24 years of experience working in the US, Europe, Asia and now Lebanon. They are always go above and beyond what we ask of them. It is very rare for lawyers not to be focused on billing time and to be so generous with their time and advice, even when they are completely overworked.’

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Advised on the expansion and development of Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport.
  • Advising the EBRD, as lead Lebanese legal counsel working along an international lead consultant, in the context of two PPP projects.
  • Advised on the global and China structuring of Leaplearner, an education technology company.

Lebanon > Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

At Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP, the team remains active in PPPs and renewable energy projects, particularly solar and wind power across Lebanon. Under the leadership of Chadia El Meouchi  and Carine Farran, the group is handling several infrastructure projects including the Khalde expressway. Walid Honein  has project finance expertise and is based between Beirut and Doha. Oil and gas transactions also feature in the caseload.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Other key lawyers:

Walid Honein

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Advising EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) as a part of an international consortium in the context of the pre-feasibility study for PPP project for the commercial development of the Kleiat airport that is currently used for military purposes.

Lebanon > Tax Tier 1

At Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP, the tax practice is active on tax-related advice on corporate transactions, particularly across the projects and banking sectors. Practice head Chadia El Meouchi  is known for her banking and commercial expertise and is supported by co-head Carine Ferran. Large Lebanese companies instruct the team on various PPP projects, foreign investment, and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Assisting the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) as a part of an international consortium in the context of the pre-feasibility study for PPP project for the commercial development of the Kleiat airport that is currently used for military purposes.
  • Acting as lead Lebanese counsel to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the Khalde expressway project.

Lebanon > Dispute resolution Tier 2

At Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP, the dispute resolution team is particularly active in oil and gas, construction, and insurance sectors, with strength in banking related litigation. Practice heads Salim El Meouchi  and Chadia El Meouchi remain key names in the group and handle several cases for Lebanese banks on proceedings related to loan agreements and capital control restrictions. Elie Feghali specialises in employment law, criminal cases, and advises on real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Salim El Meouchi; Chadia El Meouchi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm is an excellent group of high level professionals with a strong comitment at assisting their clients’

‘I have worked many times with Salim El Meouchi and appreciated his fine knowledge of Lebanese law and institutions’

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Lebanon > Legal market overview

Qatar > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Lebanese firm Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP handles corporate transactions, joint venture agreements and market entry advice for companies new to the Qatar market. Managing partner Chadia El Mouchi leads the group, with other key contacts including Walid Honein and Grace Alam, who both split their time between Beirut and Doha.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Led on the global and China structuring of Leaplearner, an education technology company, closed a $5.5m fundraising from investors in China, Lebanon, Singapore and the United States.

The firm: Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm is a regional law firm with a strong reputation for providing outstanding, innovative legal advice that bridges the gap between Middle Eastern legal systems and their western counterparts.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm was founded over 130 years ago in Beirut.

The firm’s legal team, composed of 30 lawyers, works on transactions throughout the Middle East and North Africa from the firm’s Beirut and Doha bases. The firm is currently exploring the opening of other offices in the Middle East.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm is most active in corporate, commercial, banking, finance (both conventional and Islamic), real estate, industrial, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration, IP, telecom, technology and oil and gas law.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm strongly believes in the importance of community, and devotes thousands of hours a year to charitable and not-for-profit initiatives in the fields of human rights, education, special needs, the fight against poverty, and the promotion of leadership and entrepreneurship in the Middle East.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm also works hand-in-hand with governments, regulatory bodies and NGOs to improve and modernise the legal frameworks in the Middle East.

With its diverse range of experts, local knowledge and in-depth understanding of business and the law, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm aims to provide its client with a full range of services to support their business expansion in the MENA region.

Areas of practice: Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm’s attorneys can assist clients in the following fields:

Corporate/commercial: advising on corporate structures and agreements for all parts of the life-cycle of a company, from startup, family, SME, mergers and acquisitions through to funding and IPO.

Banking/finance/insurance (conventional and Islamic): advising on a wide range of financial structures and products. The firm’s clients in this field include banks, financial institutions and investors (both institutional and HNWI).

Litigation: active in this field since its foundation, the firm is known for seeking and obtaining the best possible outcome for its clients.

Arbitration/ADR: the firm was an early pioneer in arbitration and ADR in the Middle East, and frequently acts as counsel or arbitrator in major regional and international arbitrations, both institutional and ad hoc. The firm is renowned for its pre-conflict work in major disputes.

Taxation: advising on tax-efficient structuring, including cross-border structures in conjunction with advisors in the requisite jurisdictions.

Funds: structuring and setting up funds in various sectors.

Real estate: advising on all aspects of real estate development, from purchase, construction, operation and disposal.

Industrial: advising on industrial operations, including ownership, management and licensing.

Healthcare: advising and representing pharmaceuticals, hospitals and foundations in healthcare.

Hospitality/F&B: advising hotel operators and managers, franchisors and franchisees, on all legal aspects of their business and transactions.

FMCG: advising clients on manufacturing, distribution and brand protection in the MENA, including combatting counterfeiting and enforcement.

IP: advising on and registering trade marks and patents throughout the Middle East.

IT/technology: advising on legal issues faced by technology companies and web and mobile businesses, including an expertise in startup financing.

Telecommunications: advising operators and equipment manufacturers on telecommunications issues in the Middle East.

Oil and gas: advising oil and gas firms for both upstream and downstream.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate/commercial
Banking, finance and insurance
Islamic finance
Real estate
Telecoms
Administrative
Litigation
Arbitration and ADR
Taxation
Healthcare
Industrial
Oil and gas
Environmental
Technology/IP
Funds and financing
Estate planning
FMCG
Hospitality/F&B
AI and robotics
Pre-conflict work
Number of lawyers : 30
at this office : 27
Arabic
English
French
German
Russian
Spanish
Interleges
Other offices : Doha

Diversity

Diversity, as well as being a cornerstone of our values, also promotes creativity and perspective; it is therefore vital to a vibrant, evolving law firm.

In a region that sometimes falls short of celebrating difference, we have always valued the right of our team members to choose how they will live their lives.

In recruiting, we have a policy of non-discrimination at any level – be it race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

We also do our best to foster a work environment that is dynamic and flexible, to allow us to serve our clients from all over the world while being able to dedicate time to family.

Women make up 64% of our team; more importantly, 50% of our partners are women, demonstrating that a career at Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm is truly and equally open to all.

Pro Bono

As a leading and respected law firm founded over 130 years ago, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm strongly believes in its unique position to catalyse change. As a result, we have built up a very strong pro bono practice, both to provide legal assistance to those who cannot afford it, and to lead to change in the region, primarily through education and the environment.

We are honoured that our effort has been recognised; our firm has most recently been awarded the Middle East Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award by the International Financial Law Review (we also won this prize in 2015).

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm provides support to various human rights and protection organisations, such as Human Rights Watch (our managing partner sits on the Middle East Committee of HRW), Himaya (protection of abused women and children), Bassma and similar organisations.

We also support educational initiatives such as Teach for Lebanon, Days of Science, Acsauvel (a school for children with disabilities), SOS Village and many others.

We believe that a clean environment is a fundamental right that we cannot deny future generations: beyond our own efforts to reduce our carbon footprint as a firm (paperless office, LED lighting, no plastic cups, extensive recycling program which includes our team’s home recycling), we support numerous environmental initiatives in Lebanon. Most recently, our firm funded and organised a tree-planting day with Jouzour Loubnan, and every member of our team was involved in planting new trees in the mountains above Jezzine, in South Lebanon.

Finally, our award winning pro bono program includes an allocation of pro bono hours available to each team member in the firm, so that we can reach a diversity of causes that matter to our team. Beyond external causes, this also includes providing pro bono legal services to our own team members when they need it.

The legal system is a fundamental tool in the protection and promotion of human rights, environmental protection and social justice; we consider it a fundamental part of our mission to use our legal skills to be an active part of this process.