Partner (English Solicitor)

Beirut

+961 1 395555

Highly regarded

Greek
English


Bar admissions:

England & Wales
Greece

Jurisdictions:

Lebanon

Practice areas:

Banking
Capital markets


Rita Papadopoulou is a partner (English Solicitor) at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm and heads the Capital Markets and Structured Products practice. Before joining AJA, Rita pursued an over decade-long distinguished career in London as a structured finance and derivatives lawyer, working with leading top tier global investment banks, such as JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, as well as with the leading global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. 

Rita’s broad practice combines both transactional and advisory expertise and includes structured derivatives, capital markets and securities, structured finance, Islamic finance, private equity, funds, derivatives regulation and banking regulation. She has been integral in many award-winning innovative multibillion finance deals, with an emphasis on the emerging markets, representing a broad range of global financial institutions and other clients on highly structured equity deals, finance-linked hedging, MTN restructurings and structured derivatives of all asset classes.

Rita has also previously served as a special adviser to the Greek Parliament with emphasis on financial markets and economics.

She is a ranked lawyer with prominent global legal directories such as IFLR 1000 and a recommended lawyer with the prominent global legal directory Legal 500. Rita is also a speaker at the 2019 Euromoney Lebanon conference on “ The roleo f capital markets and financing of start-ups and SMEs” and has regularly lectured at banking seminars.

  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the structural, transactional and regulatory aspects of the issuance of a multi-million ETFs-linked certificates programme, the first-of-its kind in the Lebanese market, covering a variety of asset classes, including equities, indices, currencies and commodities.
  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the structural, transactional and regulatory aspects of the issuance of a multi-million index-linked certificate, the first-of-its kind in the Lebanese market, and its related  complex hedging arrangements.
  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the structural, transactional and regulatory aspects of a multi- million issuance of preferred shares.
  • 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 a global investment bank on a series of multi-million structured repo transactions with a local bank.

  • Banking
  • Capital markets
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Investment funds
  • Islamic finance
  • Private Equity
  • Project finance

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Energy 
  • Investment management

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Athens Bar Association

  • Member of the International Bar Association

  • LLM in Banking and Finance, Queen Mary University - London School of Economics, London 
  • LLM in Private International Law and EU Law, University of Athens, Athens 
  • LLB (Hons) Law, University of Athens, Athens
  • Author of The Asset Management Review, 8th Edition, for Lebanon, published by The Law Reviews and edited by Slaughter and May, UK.
  • Co-author of the Lebanon Chapter of IFLR’s Mifid II Implementation Report 2018.