Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm


OMT Bldg, 266 Sami El Solh Ave.

+961 1 39 5555

+961 1 38 4064

Key contacts:

Managing Partner: Carlos Abou Jaoude
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Partner: Souraya Machnouk
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Quick facts:

Lawyers: 40
Network memberships: GGI
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Greek

The Firm is the largest multi-practice law firm in Lebanon, with forty expert attorneys, and the largest market share of complex and pioneer transactions across all practice areas, including banking, finance, merges & acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, structured products, energy, projects, media, tax, telecoms, and real estate. In addition to their thorough knowledge of the law, the Firm’s team is distinguished by an in-depth specialization and a sharp understanding of the commercial aspects and industry-specifics of clients’ businesses, leading clients to rely on their strategic and pragmatic approach to legal advice.

  • Banking
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Private equity funds
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Investment funds
  • Structured finance
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: High yield
  • Financial restructuring
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Securitisation
  • Islamic finance
  • Competition
  • Trade finance

Carlos Abou Jaoude, Managing Partner c.aboujaoude@ajalawfirm.com

Souraya Machnouk, Partner s.machnouk@ajalawfirm.com


Recent transactional highlights:

  • Advised Bank Audi, Lebanon’s biggest bank, leading the syndicate of lenders including major international development finance institutions, on the circa US$300 Million cross-border syndicated facility to finance the first renewable (wind) energy projects in the country under the first-ever Power Purchase Agreement with the Government of Lebanon
  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the multi-million dollar issuance of preferred shares and structured products
  • Advised the major Danish-German BWSC/MAN Diesel consortium on two EPC contracts with the Lebanese Government for the circa Euro 270 Million reciprocating engines power projects in Lebanon
  • Advised on the multi-million acquisitions of two banks in Cyprus
  • Advised merger of the two biggest F&B groups in Lebanon
  • Advised on the acquisition of two tech start-ups by investment funds
  • Advised a major Lebanese private bank on the multi-million acquisition of a real estate company through the issuance of convertible bonds
  • Advised on the largest-ever US$200 Million asset-backed issuance in Lebanon through the securitization of Solidere’s real estate portfolio
  • Advised on the US$150 Million cross-border syndicated facility led by Deutsche bank to a telecoms group
  • Advised on the ground-breaking multi- bank private placement initiative to finance the launch of a TV station
  • Advised on the largest private debt restructuring in Lebanon involving a large real estate portfolio

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Media
  • Energy
  • Real estate
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Oil and gas
  • Government and public policy
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare
  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Food and beverage
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Construction and materials
  • Insurance
  • Aviation