Partner

Beirut

+961 1 395 555

Highly regarded

Arabic
French
English


Bar admissions:

Lebanon

Jurisdictions:

Lebanon

Practice areas:

Banking
Capital markets
M&A

Industry sectors:

Real estate
Technology and telecommunications


Souraya Machnouk is a partner with more than 15 years of experience, and has previously worked at Norton Rose Fulbright in Paris. Souraya has particular expertise advising major clients on complex transactions in the areas of M&A, Banking, Finance, Energy, and Projects.

She is regularly invited to participate in government-led legal reform initiatives aimed at enhancing the investment climate in Lebanon. Souraya is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by prominent international directories, including Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. 

  • 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 on a US$200 Million securitization of Solidere’s real estate receivables through the largest ever asset-backed issuance on the Lebanese market
  • Advised renowned high-growth tech start-ups on strategic acquisitions by prominent investment funds in Lebanon’s knowledge economy
  • Advised Danish global sustainable energy leader VESTAS on the complex tax and corporate market entry conditions for its contemplated investment in the Lebanese renewable energy market
  • Advised on a US$150 Million multi-jurisdictional syndicated facility led by Deutsche Bank to a telecom group
  • Advised a global leader in luxury fashion on the high-value cross-border strategic divestment to a Chinese conglomerate  
  • Advised a major Lebanese private bank on the multi-million acquisition of a real estate company through the issuance of convertible bonds
  • Advised a prominent Lebanese bank on the multi-million dollar issuance of preferred shares 
  • Advised on the pioneer multi-million multi-bank private placement to finance the launch of a television station

  • Banking
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Investment funds
  • PPP/PFI
  • Project development
  • Securitisation

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Energy
  • Food and beverage
  • Government and public policy
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Real estate

  • Admitted to the Beirut Bar Association

  • Member of the International Bar Association
  • Member of the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AmCham) Banking & Finance Committee
  • Member of the board of experts of the Lebanese Franchise Association

  • Masters in French and Lebanese Law (double major in private and public law), Saint Joseph University, Beirut
  • Masters in Law (DEA) in Banking & Financial Markets Law, Saint Joseph University in partnership with the University of Paris II-Assas, Paris
  • Master of Laws (LLM), George Washington University in partnership with Georgetown University, Washington DC
  • Diploma in Syndicated Loan Markets and Documentation, Loan Market Association, London
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
  • Co-author of the Lebanon Chapter of the 2019 Banking Regulation guide published by Getting the Deal Through and edited by Wachtell, Lipton, Rose and Katz USA
  • Co-author of the Lebanon Chapter of the 2019 Energy Regulation & Markets Review published by The Law Reviews and edited by Latham & Watkins USA
  • Co-author of the Lebanon chapter of the 2019 Inward Investment & International Taxation Review published by The Law Reviews and edited by Latham & Watkins USA
  • Speaker at the Euromoney Lebanon conference, the Annual Harvard Arab World Conference (HAWC), and the International Beirut Energy Forum (IBEF)