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

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

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP is a key name in the market for project finance and major loan agreements. Name partner Salim Meouchi leads the practice and has a unique insight into banking law having previously advised the Lebanese government on banking regulations. Other key names include managing partner Chadia El Meouchi and Walid Honein, who both have extensive experience in project finance.

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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

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP is highly experienced in handling M&A, public offerings and restructurings, with a strong emphasis on sectors such as banking, hospitality, retail, and oil and gas. Managing partner Chadia El Meouchi leads the team and has extensive experience in corporate and M&A. Other key figures include M&A expert Samia El Meouchi and banking specialist Salim El Meouchi. Senior associate Carine Ferran, who regularly supports Chadia El Meouchi on various matters, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Intel

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP has a strong track record in the oil and gas sector, but has recently seen a uptick in work relating to the renewable energy space. Practice head and managing partner Chadia El Meouchi is a key name in the market for energy and infrastructure mandates and regularly works on mandates alongside Walid Honein. Name partner Samia El Meouchi is another key member of the team and is very active in real estate transactions, as is senior associate Carine Farran, who focuses on project finance.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Fransabank

Projects Development Company

Intel

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Tax Tier 1

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP's work in the tax space primarily involves advising on the tax elements of project development and real estate. The team is led by Chadia El Meouchi and senior associate Carine Farran. Clients include Intel, Audi Saradar Private Bank and Banque Misr Liban.

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Fransabank

Projects Development Company

Intel

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP has 'an excellent team' with 'unique knowledge and expertise'. Salim El Meouchi leads the practice and is highly skilled in disputes concerning the banking sector, with senior adviser Khalil Sarkis regularly supporting him in litigation. Managing partner Chadia El Meouchi is another notable name and has experience of contractual disputes and shareholder disagreements. Senior associate Elie Feghali is also recommended.

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Testimonials

Excellent team.

Unique knowledge and expertise.

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Projects Development Company

Intel

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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.