Ghassan Moghabghab

Managing Partner
Admitted to the Beirut Bar Association in 1975

At the Firm since 1978.
Ghassan was previously the Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Lebanon from 1983 to 1988, he was as well the personal legal advisor to President Camille Chamoun. He also headed the Legal Department of the National Lebanese Party (130 Lawyers) from 1988 to 2000. His main areas of practice are Arbitration & Litigation, Corporate and M&A, Energy as well as Private International Law.

DEA, Public Law, Universite Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France
LLB, Private Law, Universite Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon
La Sagesse High School, Lebanon

Firm Description

Moghabghab & Associates is a global firm that was established in 1945.

Initially Chamoun & Moghabghab, the firm started when President Camille Chamoun and MP Naim Moghabghab formed a partnership in 1945. Ghassan N Moghabghab then re-established the
firm under its current name in 1978.

Headquartered today in Beirut Central District, Lebanon, we serve our clients globally wherever they are,
either directly or through our international partners. Our aim is to help companies and individuals solve
their most complex legal issues. We offer outstanding legal services and deliver results to our clients.

Moghabghab & Associates serves individuals, companies, governments and financial institutions. We are uniquely placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they are.

  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Regulatory & Government Affairs
  • Private Clients
  • Real Estate & Tax

Tarek Farran

Mohamed Y. Alem

Mohamed Alem is the founder and managing partner of Alem & Associates and focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, energy, and complex commercial cross-border transactions.

Mohamed advises public and private clients on concession in energy projects, roads and public lighting, PPP projects, energy generation and distribution, and maintenance works of industrial and petrochemical facilities.

With more than 20 years of experience in international and domestic arbitration, as well as commercial transactions with special emphasis on real estate, telecommunication, foreign direct investment, financial structuring and aviation. Mohamed Alem has built a regional reputation as one of the leading Arab lawyers operating in the Middle East region.

Mohamed Alem is often requested to advise Governments and State owned enterprises on legislative reforms and regulatory developments as benchmarked to international best practices. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences on a multitude of currently legal subjects.

Mohamed is also considered one of the upcoming Arab leaders through his contribution to domestic and regional efforts in promoting core values of modern societies such as freedom, democracy, human rights and transparency.

He is currently co-chairing the Beirut Committee of Human Rights Watch (HRW), acting as Secretary General for the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) and the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS). He is also chairing the Lebanese Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Arbitration and ADR Practice Practice:

Our Arbitration and ADR Practice Group has the skills and extensive expertise to handle the most complex cases. We have experience in resolving disputes in accordance with the rules of major international arbitral institutions including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). We also counsel on arbitration cases conducted according to the rules of the Beirut Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

Our team of lawyers shares experiences as arbitrators, counsels, members of Dispute Adjucation Boards, and mediators, bringing a multi-leveled approach to Arbitration and ADR. The impressive team is able to interfere at any stage, from the preliminary work to the choice of arbitrators, and the enforcement of arbitration awards.

Additionally, we provide mediation as a tool to resolve complex business cases. We strongly believe that mediation is an effective mechanism to resolve conflict from the root level and that with an applied and active mediator, parties are able to resolve their business disputes through structured recognition and control over final outcome. We have mediated a wide range of matters including investment, banking, commercial and labor related disputes.

Alem & Associates:

Alem & Associates is a regional boutique legal power house designed to provide state-of-the-art legal services blended with knowledge of the local heritage. By embracing change and understanding the business of our clients, we are able to provide a high-end approach integrated with transparency and a vibrant mindset. We find the right legal solutions by looking beyond the paperwork, taking into consideration our client’s business and the environment in which they operate.

Alem & Associates provides a personal touch, tailor-made approach to the needs of its clients and those of their business, with a style that integrates expertise with experience to maximize the available opportunities. We focus on adding value and providing good advice about the right legal solution.

With our unflinching commitment to excellence, we are never satisfied with the status quo, consistently looking to stay ahead. We are able to do so because we truly believe in taking our job seriously, while remembering to never take ourselves too seriously.

Founded in 1959 by Youssef Alem, one of the most known and prominent lawyers in Lebanon, the firm was reshaped to its current standing by Mohamed Alem. Indeed, Mohamed undertook to build on the reputation and tradition of the past, a young law firm for modernity.

Strong with this spirit, Alem & Associates was able to bring together a team of lawyers and legal counsels that grew into a dynamic, young, resourceful and continuously evolving group.

Alem & Associates regularly advises clients throughout the world, with a focus on the Middle East, on issues including corporate, regulatory, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, capital markets, banking & finance, energy & environment, aviation, franchising, agency and distribution and construction. The firm has also owned an excellent reputation for its litigation and arbitration work.

Sanaa Daakour

Sanaa Daakour is a Partner and head of the Real Estate and Construction Department at Mena City Lawyers in Lebanon.

Sanaa graduated from the Arabic University of Beirut Faculty of Law in 2000 and was admitted to the Beirut Bar Association in 2001. She brings extensive knowledge and an outstanding experience in real estate, construction laws, and real estate litigation to our practice. Sanaa joined the firm in 2000 and quickly became the head of real estate department.

Relevant Experience

  • Advised a leading real estate development company on it’s mall chain, which included organizing the bid process, drafting the contractors agreement, lease agreements, services agreement and the management agreement. The project had a value of USD $92million.
  • Advised on real estate company acquisition for an overall transaction of USD $17million.
  • Managing properties of major commercial centers in Lebanon, a portfolio valued at over USD $7million.
  • Representing a major Lebanese construction group in arbitration and in a jurisdictional procedure for indemnity claim. The value of this claim was over USD $10million
  • Advised on numerous real estate land plot purchases and development projects in Lebanon, including legal issues relating to taxation.
  • Handling registration in front of all the relevant authorities in Lebanon, for all real estate issues.

Real Estate & Construction Law Practice:

MCL lawyers provide our clients with expert legal advice concerning real estate and construction transactions. Our clients include lenders, contractors, developers and project managers.

MCL lawyers are highly qualified in assisting and advising on drafting appropriate agreements in relation to acquisition of lands, property development, joint ventures, project finance, environmental impact assessments, apportionment procedures and agreements, turn key projects, design-build and plant contracts, owners’ representative agreements, construction management, tenders, and dispute adjudication agreements and FIDIC-compliant construction agreements.

MCL also assists clients in relation to the purchase, sale and development of real estate projects, leasing or sale of units, managing properties and handling all legal issues between co-owners and tenants.

Our real estate and construction group works closely with other MCL departments such as corporate finance, banking and tax to create a cohesive team which ensures that the best result for the client is achieved.

Ziad El-Khoury

Ziad El-Khoury is the founder and Managing Partner of El-Khoury & Partners Legal Counsel with offices in Beirut and Riyadh and runs its operations in the MENA region. He also acts as Of Counsel to the International law firm of Squire, Sanders where he is administratively based in London. He has a wide range of experience in corporate, financial, securities, real estate and telecommunications matters with particular emphasis on banking, corporate/corporate finance, international business and real estate. Mr. El-Khoury has a solid expertise in a wide variety of industries encompassing telecommunications, real estate, hospitality and banking sectors. He has also handled matters involving privatization, bankruptcy, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He has worked on behalf of numerous European, American and Middle Eastern clients in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, the UAE, Qatar, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait and throughout the Middle East region.

Mr. El-Khoury spends his time between Beirut, Riyadh and London serving in-bound and out-bound clients in the MENA region.

Ziad El-Khoury was appointed by Decree Law of the Lebanese Council of Ministers (#7392/2002) as a board member of the National Archives Center, a public service supervised by the Lebanese Prime Ministry, where he provides legal and administrative advice.

Education

Ziad El-Khoury holds a J.D. in Lebanese and French law from Saint Joseph University in Beirut and a L.L.B from La Sagesse University (Beirut, Lebanon). He successfully pursued an L.L.M in International Business Law at the the American University – Washington College of Law.

Languages

Arabic, English, French.

ziad.elkhoury@ekplegal.com

 

Ramy Torbey

Prac­tice Ar­eas:

Bank­ing & Fi­­nance, In­­­for­­ma­­tion Tech­nol­o­­gy, Merg­er­s& Ac­qui­si­­tions, Pro­­ject Fi­­nance, Tax­a­tion

Ex­pe­ri­ence:Ramy is a foun­der of Ep­talex and the ma­n­ag­ing part­n­er of the Beirut Ep­talex of­fice of Az­iz Tor­bey Law Firm. He is a bank­ing and fi­nan­cial mar­kets ex­pert, with sub­s­tan­tial M&A, Cor­po­rate and In­ter­na­tio­n­al Tax­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ramy’s prac­tice en­com­pass­es a broad ar­ray of cor­po­rate tax is­sues, struc­tured fi­nance tran­s­ac­tions, joint ven­tures and cross bor­der tran­s­ac­tions; his tran­s­ac­tio­n­al ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes high-pro­file ac­qui­si­tions and re­or­gani­za­tions of banks, an oil deri­va­tives plant, a ce­ment fac­to­ry, tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies, touris­tic ven­tures, and sev­er­al busi­ness/resi­den­tial land­marks in the Mid­dle East and in Eu­rope. Fur­ther­more, he has been ad­vis­ing banks and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions on their day-to-day reg­u­la­to­ry and com­pliance mat­ters, and on their ac­qui­si­tion and use of the most re­cent plas­tic card and mo­bile pay­ment tech­nol­o­gy.

His clients’ list in­clude lo­cal and in­ter­na­tio­n­al banks, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, cred­it card com­pa­nies, pay­ment gate­ways, loy­al­ty pro­grams, pri­vate equi­ty firms, hold­ing com­pa­nies, man­u­fac­tur­ers, com­mer­cial dis­trib­u­tors, IT ser­vice providers, en­er­gy com­pa­nies, con­struc­tion com­pa­nies, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, and hos­pi­tal­i­ty ven­tures…

Ramy has pub­­lished ar­ti­­cles about sev­er­al le­­gal sub­­­jects, in­­­clud­ing se­cu­ri­ties, hedge funds, cor­po­rate fi­­nanc­ing, in­­­for­­ma­­tion tech­nol­o­­gy and Al­ter­­na­­tive Dis­­­pute Re­s­o­lu­­tion (ADR). He gave lec­­tures and train­ings on var­i­ous top­ics in­­­clud­ing busi­­ness reg­is­­tra­­tion and pro­tec­­tion, Sharia com­­pliant pro­­jects (Is­lam­ic fi­­nance), and ADR in Beirut, Gene­­va and Rome. He served as the Le­ba­­nese Le­­gal Ex­pert for a Eu­­ro­­pean Com­mis­­sion ADR pro­­ject in the Mid­­dle-East and North Afri­­ca, im­­ple­­men­t­ed by an in­­ter­­na­­tio­n­al con­­sor­ti­um led by the ADR Cen­ter in Ita­­ly from 2005 un­til 2008.

Ramy is cur­ren­t­­ly serv­ing as board mem­ber and le­­gal ad­vi­­sor to a num­ber of lo­­cal and in­­ter­­na­­tio­n­al groups, com­­pa­nies and NGOs. He is a mem­ber of the Beirut Bar As­­so­­ci­a­­tion since 2002, a past mem­ber of its IT Com­mit­­tee and a cur­rent mem­ber of its oil and gas com­mit­­tee.

Ed­u­­ca­­tion:

Saint Joseph Uni­ver­si­­ty (Le­banon) and Uni­ver­si­­ty Paris II-Pan­théon-As­sas (France), Mas­ter of Ad­­vanced Studies (DEA) in Bank­ing and Fi­­nan­­cial Mar­kets Law, 2003. Th­e­­sis: “Le­­gal As­pects of De­­posi­­tary Re­­ceipts in Com­­par­a­­tive Law”.

Ecole Supérieure des Af­­faires (Le­banon) and Ecole Su­perieure de Com­merce de Paris (ESCP) Eu­­rope (France), MBA, 2002. Th­e­­sis: “Fi­­nanc­ing the De­vel­op­­ment of SMEs in Le­banon”.

Saint Joseph Uni­ver­si­­ty (Le­banon), Mas­ters in Pri­­vate& Public Law, 2001.
Saint Joseph Uni­ver­si­­ty (Le­banon) and Mon­t­pel­li­er I Uni­ver­si­­ty (France), Di­­plo­­ma in IT/IP Law, 2000.

Lan­guages:

Ara­bic, French , and En­glish

 

Najib Hage-Chahine

Leaders in Law endorses Najib Hage-Chahine as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Lebanon. If you wish to get in touch with Najib please use the contact information provided above.

He holds the prestigious title of Agrégé of the French Faculties of Law which is the highest academic recognition that is bestowed upon French Law Practitioners and is a Professor of Private Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut and a Visiting Professor at Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in Paris.

He is routinely solicited to handle complex cross border disputes and international business transactions. He often acts for foreign companies who aim to do business in the Middle East and handles incorporation, acquisitions, commercial contracts, closing down of subsidiaries and establishing joint ventures. He also provides in-depth legal consultations on comparative law and regional compliance.

As an experienced litigator and a listed arbitrator, he specialises in domestic and international disputes arising out of a contract. His expertise encompasses cross-border enforcement of court decisions and arbitral awards as well as investor-state dispute settlements. He is well-versed in issues of sovereign immunity and emanation of state and has demonstrated the ability to deliver indisputable results in matters involving foreign governments and international institutions.

Najib has earned a PHD in Private Law from Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a Master 2 in Private Law from Saint-Joseph University, a Master 2 in Criminal Law from Lyon 3-Jean Moulin University, a Master 1 in Business Law from Lyon 3-Jean Moulin University and a LLB in Lebanese Law from Saint-Joseph University.

He is fluent in Arabic, French and English and has numerous publications in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Civil Law, Contract law, Commercial Law, Private International Law, Mediation, and Tort Law. He has published one of the most comprehensive legal studies on international commercial agencies in the Arab Countries and has written an award-winning PHD thesis in Private Law.

 

Reine S. Atallah

Leaders in Law endorses Reine S. Atallah as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Lebanon. If you wish to get in touch with Reine please use the contact information provided above.

Reine joined Ghanem Law Firm in 2008 and specialises in Business field, corporate law including Banking, Telecommunication, Insurance, with a particular focus on Business administration, intellectual property, Oil and Gas contracts, as well as aspects of Criminal law, Family law, construction, property management and real estate.

Firm Overview:

Ghanem Law Firm is one of the most reputable Law Firms in Lebanon. It was founded in the city of Beirut-Lebanon in year 1997.The firm provides legal counsel and represents a diversity of local and global Group Companies, NGO’s and individual clients.

At Ghanem Law firm, for sure, you will have the perfect individual needed assistance, where you will get the right service for all your corporate and transactional legal needs on a local, national and international scale…

Having a strong partner by your side assures that your needs will be effectively serviced at a high level of corporate transaction. Also, means that you are fully protected, that your personal counsel has done the requisite due diligence, and that you are getting the best possible defence which aims to win your big deal.

Knowing that legal situations differ in each and every case; WE, at Ghanem Law firm, knits our defence approach to aim with your company’s and individual unique needs. Our status as a boutique law firm allows us to partner with and service our clients in this manner. We wisely choose the most important transactions and business matters selectively to provide our clients with a very high level of personal service only found at larger law firms.

We enjoy servicing the corporate needs of businesses of different sizes and in all industries-from, start-up companies while they are just forming a business plan to get larger, advising on the best ways to structure a business with the use of diverse legal vehicles (such as Holding, offshore companies and offshore Trusts to protect assets). We regularly act as an outside counsel for corporate clients; work with their in-house counsel to address all of their legal needs.

 

Mohamed Y. Alem

Mohamed Alem is the founder and managing partner of Alem & Associates and focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, energy, and complex commercial cross-border transactions.

Mohamed advises public and private clients on concession in energy projects, roads and public lighting, PPP projects, energy generation and distribution, and maintenance works of industrial and petrochemical facilities.

With more than 20 years of experience in international and domestic arbitration, as well as commercial transactions with special emphasis on real estate, telecommunication, foreign direct investment, financial structuring and aviation. Mohamed Alem has built a regional reputation as one of the leading Arab lawyers operating in the Middle East region.

Mohamed Alem is often requested to advise Governments and State owned enterprises on legislative reforms and regulatory developments as benchmarked to international best practices. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences on a multitude of currently legal subjects.

Mohamed is also considered one of the upcoming Arab leaders through his contribution to domestic and regional efforts in promoting core values of modern societies such as freedom, democracy, human rights and transparency.

He is currently co-chairing the Beirut Committee of Human Rights Watch (HRW), acting as Secretary General for the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) and the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies (LCPS). He is also chairing the Lebanese Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

He holds an LLB, an LLM, as well as an Executive MBA.

Languages: Arabic, English and French.