Mr Ziad Obeid > Obeid Law Firm > Beirut, Lebanon > Lawyer Profile

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

Construction and Engineering
Oil and Gas
Infrastructure, Energy, and Natural Resources


Managing Partner at Obeid Law Firm


Ziad Obeid is a partner at the firm. He is a dual-qualified lawyer with a civil engineering background and extensive cross-border experience gained through legal practice in Europe and the Middle East. Ziad has notable expertise in complex contractual arrangements and matters brought under bilateral investment treaties and international legal instruments.
With his dual-disciplinary background, Ziad has specific sector-focused experience advising corporations in relation to international contracts dealing with large, complex civil engineering, industrial (including nuclear), infrastructure and energy projects.

Ziad’s practice extends to advising on multijurisdictional civil litigation, global investigations and a wide array of enforcement matters in Lebanon. On the local litigation front, Ziad has been and continues to be involved in the representation of foreign states and major international corporations before the Lebanese courts in high-stakes cases across a variety of sectors, including aviation, pharmaceutical, banking, construction, luxury and retail.

Identified among the world’s foremost dispute resolution practitioners in GAR’s guide: Thought Leaders 2019, Ziad regularly acts as counsel, sole arbitrator, chairperson or co-arbitrator in multifaceted international arbitrations conducted in Arabic, French and English brought both ad hoc and under a variety of institutional rules and subject to a wide range of applicable laws from within the MENA region and beyond.

Prior to his joining Obeid Law Firm, Ziad practiced for a number of years in the leading international law practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, based in Paris and thereafter in Dubai. At Freshfields, Ziad worked as part of teams advising on multi-million dollar cases brought under the ICSID Convention, the UNCITRAL, LCIA and ICC rules across the construction, oil and gas, power generation and telecoms sectors.


Ziad is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.


  • Chairman of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Lebanon Branch
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers
  • Member of the Task Force charged with proposing amendments for the revision of the ADR, Expertise and Dispute Board Rules issued by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Bulletin
  • Member of the advisory committee for the Lebanese Arbitration and Mediation Center
  • Co-chair of SIAC’s Users Council Committee for the Middle East. 


Harvard Law School, Leadership in Law Firms
Executive Education Diploma

University of London, Queen Mary, School of International Arbitration
Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II
Masters of Civil Law – General Private Law

Université Libanaise, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Politiques
Masters of Law, Bachelor of Law

American University of Beirut 
Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lawyer Rankings

Lebanon > Dispute resolution

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.

Lebanon > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.


Lebanon > Banking, finance and capital markets

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.