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Obeid & Partners
BEIRUT, PO BOX: 116/2234, LAW COURTS, BEIRUT 1109 2020

Lebanon > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Obeid & Partners has an excellent market reputation handling high-stakes litigation for blue-chip companies, foreign clients, and sovereign states. Jointly managed by Nayla Comair-Obeid and Ziad Obeid , the team has strengthened its regional footprint with a new office in Dubai which began operations in November 2021, and services several leading Emirati clients. On the arbitration side, the group is acting as lead counsel in a number of large projects across the Middle East in the infrastructure and energy space. Arbitrator Zeina Obeid has experience acting under ICC and DIAC rules. At the associate level, English qualified Claudia Pharaon is recommended for her expertise in public international law, and has a strong background in international organisations.

Practice head(s):

Nayla Comair-Obeid; Ziad Obeid

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Al Ghurair Foods

Allergan SAS

Apple Inc.

Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Hugo Boss AG


Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI)


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

Obeid & Partners is singled out for its strength in construction law, and regularly advises both Lebanese and international investors on high-end PPP projects. The team leverages its expertise in engineering law to advise on complex construction projects, design, and contractual work, and is overseen by practice head Ziad Obeid . Co-head Zeina Obeid is the name for contentious real estate work, and handles arbitrations relating to commercial property disputes. The team has seen increased activity in the power generation, electricity, and infrastructure areas. Gerhardt Will who was formerly General Counsel at Areva SA joined the Paris office, strengthening the firms position as projects expert in the EMEA region.

Practice head(s):

Ziad Obeid; Zeina Obeid

Other key lawyers:

Lebanon > Tax Tier 1

Obeid & Partners has a cross-practice tax group that handles complex taxation matters for major local and foreign clients operating in the oil and gas sector. The team specialises in tax planning work for foreign investors, compliance issues, and M&A transactions. The group is led by Marie HayekZiad Obeid and Counsel Claude Comair.

Practice head(s):

Marie Hayek; Claude Comair; Ziad Obeid.

Lebanon > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Obeid & Partners has a focus on cross-border transactions, particularly amidst the ongoing financial crisis in Lebanon. Jointly managed by Ziad Obeid  and Marie Hayek who holds various international brands as key clients, the practice advises large regional banks on various securitization matters, restructurings, and export finance transactions. Islamic finance related litigations remains a specialty for the team.

Practice head(s):

Ziad Obeid; Marie Hayek

Lebanon > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Obeid & Partners routinely advises both large Lebanese clients and blue-chip companies on a range of transactional matters and acquisitions. The team is active in the healthcare and technology sector and is singled out for its expertise in insurance and re-insurance work. Practice head Ziad Obeid  in Beirut manages the team alongside Counsel Marie Hayek who splits her time between Beirut and Paris, and is often co-counsel with international law firms. The team is supported by a handful of experienced associates. Zeina Obeid is also a noted practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Marie Hayek; Ziad Obeid

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Audi AG


Astellas Pharma

United Biscuits


TUV Nord

Ergomed PLC




Work highlights

  • Advising on the largest global coffee alliance between STARBUCKS and NESPRESSO.
  • Advising ASTELLAS PHARMA, a major Japanese pharmaceutical company, regarding the structure of its operations in Lebanon.
  • On the instructions of KPMG International, the firm has advised on the acquisition of a Lebanese business comprising of a PCC and an offshore joint stock company.

Established in 1987, as Obeid Law Firm, Obeid & Partners is a full-service international law firm operating across the MENA region.

Obeid & Partners is widely acknowledged as being one of the leading full-service international law firms operating across the MENA region with offices in Dubai, Beirut and Paris. Its services have been highly commended by international legal publications and institutions including Chambers GlobalWho’s Who Legal and the Global Arbitration Review (GAR). Obeid & Partners has been consistently ranked as having one of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world (GAR 100).

The firm’s expertise, grounded on a strong understanding of the local laws and practice, extends from Dubai and Lebanon to the wider MENA region and beyond. The firm is regularly sought for advice on legal reforms in various fields across the MENA region and has been at the forefront of drafting model laws on behalf of the Arab League. The breadth of the firm’s capabilities is reflected in the diversity of Obeid & Partners clientele, ranging from governments and public entities, to national and multinational companies, including oil companies, investment funds, financial institutions, telecommunication providers, construction and service companies as well as SMEs. Obeid & Partners is frequently called upon to provide legal expertise on points of Lebanese and Middle Eastern legislation before international arbitral tribunals and courts around the world.

Known for its commitment to excellence and its expertise in Middle Eastern legislations, the firm has established a first-class litigation and international arbitration practice, acting as counsel, arbitrator and expert on behalf of parties. The firm has been involved in some of the largest arbitration cases in the Middle East, and has advised clients at the pre- and post-arbitration stages; it has drafted arbitration agreements, and enforced arbitral awards, foreign court decisions and asset preservation orders.

Led by Professor Comair-Obeid, the firm’s arbitration team combines international best practice with unrivalled local expertise. With acknowledged arbitration specialists engaged in some of the most significant English, French and Arabic-language arbitrations in the MENA region, the firm’s arbitration practice offers unparalleled regional expertise and wide-ranging capabilities.

Members of the firm have also been called to give expert evidence on aspects of Middle Eastern legislations before arbitral tribunals and foreign courts, including the Grand Courts of the Cayman Islands and the English High Court. Numerous books and publications on international contracts and international arbitration have been authored by the firm members in Arabic, French and English, including the reference book “The Law of Business contracts in the Arab Middle East” and the recent treatise “Le Recours en Annulation des Sentences Arbitrales dans les Pays Arabes” (“Action for Annulment of Arbitral Awards in the Arab Countries”).

Obeid & Partners portfolio of cases includes local and international mandates conducted in English, French and Arabic. Our lawyers advise on legal reforms across the MENA region and specialize in complex cross-border matters where expert knowledge of multiple legal systems is required. We have extensive experience representing a full spectrum of clients ranging from governments to a roster of both nationally and internationally renowned investors, corporations and individuals.

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

The firm is also home to the past president of CIArb and member of the ICC Executive Board.

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
Nayla Comair-Obeid photoProf Dr Nayla Comair-ObeidFounding Partner of Obeid & Partners
Ziad Obeid photoMr Ziad ObeidManaging Partner at Obeid & Partners