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February 2018
The Firm scored a Band 1 Firm ranking in the prominent Chambers Global Guide for 2018, covering the Corporate & Finance practice of law firms in Lebanon. The guide commended the Firm’s work, stating “With its growing reputation in the region, Abou Jaoude impresses clients with the "360-degree coverage" provided by its pool of experts in the corporate and finance sector. Peers recommend the firm for its expertise in banking, financial transactions, direct acquisitions, joint venture agreements and project financing. The firm is very active in the market, with involvement in a number of large cross-border M&A transactions. In one work highlight, the firm advised Burmeister & Wain on a EUR269 million cross-border project financing matter with the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water, and also advised on related tax matters. Other notable clients include BLC Bank, FFA Private Bank, OMT-Western Union, Malia Group and Samsung Lebanon.” Managing Partner Carlos Abou Jaoude, Partner Simon El Kai and Partner Souraya Machnouk are commended as Leading Individuals, the highest ranking for individual lawyers, with rave client reviews. "A cornerstone in the banking legal industry," Carlos Abou Jaoude is praised as "one of the smartest men I've ever met" by peers. He is noted for his expertise in tax, project finance and M&A deals. He is described as "a genius" by clients, who appreciate how he can "find solutions to anything" particularly when structuring transactions. Souraya Machnouk is praised by clients for her "extensive knowledge in banking." Clients appreciate her "very focused and extremely meticulous" approach. She is prominent providing advice on regulatory matters and her practice includes advising on restructurings and joint ventures. Simon El Kai is particularly known for his expertise in IP law with experience in both the telecommunications and pharmaceuticals industries. Clients appreciate that he is "very efficient and on the ball." One source commented that he has "a great network" and "can get many things done well locally."
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