Firm Profile > Obeid Law Firm > Beirut, Lebanon

Obeid Law Firm
BEIRUT, PO BOX: 116/2234, LAW COURTS, BEIRUT 1109 2020

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Obeid Law Firm has outstanding litigation and alternative dispute resolution practices which include a world class arbitration and mediation team. Professor Nayla Comair-Obeid  (Companion of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) and Ziad Obeid (a member of a number of arbitration organisations and a construction expert) are the highly respected team heads. Its work spans the MENA region and beyond and it also has a Syria desk. Its clients range from government entities to local, regional and international corporates and investors, including those based in Asia. Dr Zeina Obeid is skilled in regional dispute resolution and principal associate, Claudia Pharaon, who is qualified in England and Wales and New York offers broad public international expertise, as does counsel Mona Tohmé. The team  also has a number of other internationally qualified lawyers with backgrounds in well-known global firms.

Practice head(s):

Professor Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid; Ziad Obeid

Other key lawyers:

Dr Zeina Obeid; Claudia Pharaon; Mona Tohmé

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

Obeid Law Firm is home to an acclaimed projects and construction practice. It advises on large-scale developments in the oil and gas, power and transport sectors. This includes design, construction, maintenance/service agreements through to supply contracts and related disputes/arbitrations. Its client roster is made up of local and international clients including global oil and gas and power companies and government entities. Its geographical reach spans Africa and Eastern Europe in addition to the Middle East. Counsel, Marie Hayek, counsel, Claude Comair and partner, Ziad Obeid are the key lawyer contacts.  

Practice head(s):

Marie Hayek; Claude Comair; Ziad Obeid

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Obeid Law Firm  assists clients with complex and innovative banking and finance mandates including those with cross-border elements. It is also expert in Islamic finance-related disputes, and frequently works with its litigators on international matters for both domestic and international clients. It is advising on Lebanese banking law in respect of the highly publicized case of Khalife vs Blom Bank which is pending before the English courts. More broadly, it also assists clients on credit export financing, restructuring and funds matters. Ziad Obeid and Marie Hayek co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

 Ziad Obeid; Marie Hayek

Other key lawyers:

Louis-Philippe Lapicerella; Claude Comair

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Obeid Law Firm provides clients with a comprehensive range of corporate and commercial assistance. It advises on a range of transactional matters, joint ventures and hybrid corporate structures and includes advice on establishing  investment vehicles. It also assists with cases involving compliance issues, directors’ rights and responsibilities, and shareholder disputes. It attracts both domestic and well-known international corporates including an impressive roster of insurance corporates. Counsel Marie Hayek co-heads this and the banking and finance practice and is ably assisted by counsel, Claude Comair and partner, Ziad Obeid.  

Practice head(s):

Marie Hayek

Other key lawyers:

Claude Comair; Ziad Obeid

The firm: Established in 1987, Obeid Law Firm (OLF) is a full-service international law firm operating across the MENA region from its headquarters in Beirut. OLF enjoys widespread recognition among local and international legal practitioners and is one of the leading law firms in both Lebanon and the Middle East.

OLF has the vision of becoming the gateway to MENA. The firm prides itself on combining international best practice with in-depth local knowledge. It values and works hard to uphold its reputation for consistently providing unrivalled expertise and legal services to its clients throughout the MENA region and beyond.

The firm has associated offices located in several Middle Eastern and European countries. This allows it to cover mandates that extend to West Africa, the Caribbean and North America and to deliver world-class legal services tailored to fit the needs of its clients.

Areas of practice: OLF’s portfolio of cases highlights the broad range of services offered under several specialist practice areas and includes local and international mandates. The firm’s lawyers advise on legal reforms across the MENA region and specialise in complex, cross-border matters where expert knowledge of multiple legal systems is required. The firm has extensive experience representing a full spectrum of clients ranging from states and government entities to a roster of both nationally and internationally renowned investment groups, multinational corporations and individuals.

The firm has established a first-class international arbitration practice with internationally acclaimed arbitration specialists engaged in some of the most significant English, French and Arabic-language arbitrations in the MENA region.

Recognised for its consistency in providing unparalleled legal services in each of the fields in which it operates, OLF’s commitment to excellence and expertise in Middle Eastern legislations has led to major players in the region increasingly seeking out the firm’s services.

The mandates undertaken by OLF often relate to high-stake, high-value transactions and disputes. These are usually complex matters requiring extensive market knowledge and a multifaceted and holistic approach.

The firm has furthermore played a prominent role in the emerging Lebanon oil and gas sector. With vast experience acting in significant oil and gas disputes across the MENA region and in the formulation of legislation, OLF is recognised for its added value services and long-sighted perspective on all aspects of the developing Lebanese oil and gas sector. The firm is committed to continuing to play an active role in ensuring that the industry develops in line with international standards and best practice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
Corporate and M&A
Dispute resolution, arbitration
Litigation and ADR
Intellectual property
International and regional expertise
Private client group
Public international
Real estate
Sharia and Middle Eastern legislations
Construction and engineering
Maritime including boundary work
Media, energy and facilities
Photo Name Position Profile
Prof Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid photo Prof Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid Founding Partner of Obeid Law Firm
Mr Ziad Obeid  photo Mr Ziad Obeid Managing Partner at Obeid Law Firm