Levant Law Practice (LLP) currently represents a wide range of local, regional and multinational clients, with businesses ranging from traditional trading, general contracting, services and manufacturing activities and corporate restructuring to the rapidly developing banking, insurance and financial sectors in the Levant, Africa and the Gulf region
Arbitration and Litigation
LLP has a strong and diverse litigation and arbitration practice. The firm’s arbitration and litigation team has produced exceptional results of national and international importance, representing clients as plaintiffs or as defendants in a wide range of substantive areas including international criminal trials, local and cross border commercial disputes, international arbitration, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and media, employment, tax disputes and professional liability cases.
LLP is involved in an extensive range of banking and finance transactions and represents local and regional banks and financial institutions in providing legal advice in the areas of investment funds, securities, acquisition financing, debt restructuring, securitisation structured finance products fiduciary operations.
Banking and Finance
Corporate and Commercial
LLP has extensive knowledge in this area, including inter-alia, corporate set-up and restructuring, joint ventures, distribution and licensing, commercial representation and business and shares acquisitions, partnerships and other collaborative structures - ranging from conventional style holding company joint ventures to multi-layered joint ventures, limited and unlimited partnerships and strategic alliances, incorporation of entities in foreign jurisdictions and incorporation of NGOs.
Energy and Power
In recent years, LLP has gained expertise in the areas of energy and power by participating in the negotiation, closing and operating phases of several multiparty agreements involving the Lebanese government. It has notably carried out the negotiation and drafting of legal documentation for the subcontracting of the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of an electricity distribution network granted by the local provider and for an oil tank farm. It has further acted as legal counsel in relation with an energy conversion contract for the grant by the government of an access to power ships installed and managed by an international energy supplier to the local electricity provider and a dispute relating to a fuel oil supply agreement to the Lebanese government.
Mergers and Acquisitions
LLP represents numerous clients in this field, including mergers and acquisitions of banks and financial institutions.
LLP has also advised on private equity transactions acting for equity investors, lenders, companies raising capital, management teams, transactions financed through syndicated debt, debt capital markets, securitisations, joint ventures and secondary market sales of equity interests.
In this field LLP’s experience includes banking and limited non-recourse transactions, capital markets/bond financings, preparation of tender documentation, bids and proposals to undertake projects, evaluation, negotiation and drafting of key project agreements such as concessions, engineering, procurement and construction contracts; advising on security structures; drafting and negotiating support documentation packages.
Public and Administrative
LLP advised many public and semi-public institutions and represented them before the Council of State in litigation arising from their relations with third parties. The firm has also represented clients before the Constitutional Council to challenge the results of some parliamentary elections, as well as the legality of certain laws. LLP also advises clients on matters related to international public law and international treaties.
Telecommunications and Media
Having represented one of the two former mobile telecom operators in Lebanon, LLP has gained a wide and far ranging experience in the legal and operational aspects of telecommunications and media, especially the negotiation of telecommunications licenses as well as drafting and closing related agreements and advised on regulations relating to various aspects of the operation of curated digital catalogs/ global master places.
LLP also represents a major television network in all its corporate activities and litigation matters
LLP provides its clients with legal advice and services in relation to the structuring of major real-estate projects including all the derivative contracts related to the formation of SPVs and construction and contracting agreements.
LLP advises its corporate clients on various aspects of labour law as well as on social security and pension law.