Interview with: Amer Obeid, Managing Partner

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1) What do you see as the main points that differentiate Obeid & Medawar Law Firm LLp from your competitors?

Our law firm stands out due to our unparalleled commitment to client service, innovative approach to legal solutions, and deep specialization in key sectors. Unlike many competitors, we prioritize personalized client relationships, ensuring that each client receives dedicated attention and tailored advice. Our attorneys are not just legal advisors but industry experts, possessing in-depth knowledge of the sectors we serve, which allows us to anticipate legal challenges and provide proactive solutions. Furthermore, our global network offers clients access to legal assistance worldwide, combined with the local expertise necessary to navigate complex legal environments effectively.


2) Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

In the coming year, we anticipate significant growth in our practices centered around blockchain technology, digital assets, and cryptocurrencies. This expansion is driven by several key factors. First, the increasing adoption of blockchain across various sectors is creating a surge in demand for legal expertise in navigating the complex regulatory and compliance landscape associated with this technology. As businesses continue to explore and integrate blockchain into their operations, from supply chain enhancements to tokenization of assets, the need for specialized legal counsel has never been greater.

Moreover, the evolving regulatory environment surrounding cryptocurrencies and digital assets is another critical driver. As governments and regulatory bodies worldwide work to establish frameworks that ensure market stability, protect investors, and combat illicit activities, our clients are seeking our expertise to stay ahead of these developments and ensure compliance. This landscape presents both challenges and opportunities for our clients, and our firm is uniquely positioned to guide them through this evolving space.

Additionally, the growing interest in decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has opened new avenues for innovation and investment. These emerging areas require not only a deep understanding of the technology but also a keen insight into the legal implications and potential risks associated with these digital assets. Our firm’s proactive approach in staying at the forefront of legal and technological advancements in blockchain, DeFi, NFTs, and cryptocurrency positions us as a leader in this space, ready to support our clients’ growth and success in these exciting and rapidly evolving markets.

Moreover, we anticipate significant growth in our cybersecurity and data protection, renewable energy, and corporate restructuring practices. This growth is driven by the increasing digitalization of businesses, which elevates the importance of robust cybersecurity measures and data protection compliance. Additionally, the global shift towards sustainable energy sources is spurring demand for legal expertise in renewable energy projects. Lastly, the economic challenges and market volatility are leading to a higher demand for corporate restructuring services, as companies seek to navigate financial difficulties and emerge stronger.


3) What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Recognizing the importance of seamless client interactions, we’ve implemented a state-of-the-art Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. This strategic move has revolutionized how we manage client information, enabling us to provide more personalized and efficient services. The CRM system ensures that all client communications are centralized, allowing our team to access comprehensive client profiles, including historical data and preferences. This leads to more informed decision-making, faster response times, and a more personalized service. Moreover, it enhances our ability to anticipate client needs and offer tailored advice, significantly improving client satisfaction and engagement.


4) Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology has fundamentally transformed our interactions with clients and the breadth of services we can offer. Through secure online platforms, we’ve facilitated easier access to legal documents and real-time updates on cases, enhancing transparency and efficiency. Video conferencing and digital collaboration tools have also made it possible to offer more flexible consultation options, accommodating the busy schedules of our clients. Additionally, advanced legal tech has enabled us to provide more sophisticated services, such as predictive analytics for litigation outcomes and automated contract analysis, ensuring our clients receive cutting-edge legal advice


5) Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Our firm had the privilege of working with a client in the real estate sector who was looking to modernize their property leasing operations. The client aimed to increase efficiency, reduce the potential for disputes, and enhance transparency in their leasing processes. Given the complexities and the high value involved in real estate transactions, the client sought our expertise in smart contracts to address these challenges.

Initial Consultation and Strategy Development: We started with an in-depth consultation to understand the client’s specific needs and objectives. Our analysis identified several areas where smart contracts could significantly improve operational efficiency and legal compliance in leasing agreements.

Custom Smart Contract Solutions for Real Estate Leasing: Leveraging our legal and technological expertise, we developed custom smart contract solutions tailored to the client’s real estate operations. These smart contracts were designed to automate various aspects of the leasing process, including rent payments, security deposit management, and compliance with lease terms.

Legal Framework and Compliance: A critical aspect of our service was ensuring that the smart contracts complied with real estate laws and regulations. We meticulously crafted the legal framework underlying each smart contract to ensure enforceability and adherence to local and federal real estate regulations. This included provisions for lease terminations, dispute resolution, and property maintenance obligations.

Integration with Existing Systems: Recognizing the importance of seamless integration, we worked closely with the client’s IT department to ensure the smart contracts could be integrated with their existing property management systems. This integration facilitated automatic updates of lease agreements, real-time tracking of payments, and immediate notifications of any breaches of contract terms.

Training and Implementation Support: To ensure the successful adoption of smart contracts, we provided comprehensive training for the client’s staff, focusing on the management and execution of smart contracts. We also offered ongoing support to address any legal or technical issues that arose during the implementation phase.

Outcome and Impact: The implementation of smart contracts transformed the client’s leasing operations, resulting in significant time and cost savings. The automation of rent collection and lease management processes reduced administrative burdens and minimized the risk of human error. Additionally, the transparent and immutable nature of smart contracts greatly reduced disputes and enhanced trust between the property owners and lessee.


6) Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Clients indeed seek stability and strategic direction from their law firms, particularly in today’s rapidly changing legal and business landscapes.

In three years’ time, we envision our firm as a leading innovator at the intersection of law and technology, recognized not only for our traditional legal excellence but also for our cutting-edge approach to integrating technology into our legal services. Our goal is to be at the forefront of firms leveraging AI, smart contracts, and blockchain technology to provide unparalleled efficiency, transparency, and value to our clients.

We expect to have significantly expanded our practices in emerging areas such as digital assets, cybersecurity, data privacy, and technology-driven dispute resolution, reflecting the evolving legal needs of businesses in the digital age. This expansion will be supported by an investment in legal tech research and development, enabling us to offer predictive legal analytics, automated compliance solutions, and more sophisticated risk management tools.

Furthermore, we aim to cultivate a culture of continuous innovation, encouraging our lawyers and staff to explore novel legal solutions and embrace technological advancements. This will include expanded training programs and partnerships with tech startups and academic institutions to ensure our team remains at the cutting edge of legal and technological developments.

We also see our firm playing an important role in shaping the legal framework around emerging technologies, contributing to policy discussions, and setting industry standards. The thought leadership, coupled with our commitment to social responsibility and pro bono work, will enhance our reputation and influence in the legal industry and beyond.

Client relationships will remain at the heart of our strategy. We anticipate deeper, more strategic partnerships with our clients, supported by technology that enhances communication, collaboration, and client service. Our aim is to not just respond to our clients’ legal needs but to anticipate them, providing strategic advice that supports their long-term success.

In three years from now, our firm will be a dynamic, technology-forward legal powerhouse, known for its innovative solutions, strategic insight, and unwavering commitment to client service.