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.


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.


Arabic, English, French.



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.


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.


Ara­bic, French , and En­glish


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.