Managing Partner: Rabeh F Matar
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: Arabic, English, French
Levant Law Practice is a Lebanese law firm. It was first established in 2001 under the name Mattar Mouawad Majdalany el Khazen law firm in Lebanon — subsequent to the merger of Mattar & Mattar law firm (founded by Mohammad and Rabeh F Matar) and the respective law offices of Gebran Majdalany, Rafic Mouawad and Youssef S el Khazen.
In 2008 the firm decided to changed its name to Levant Law Practice (‘LLP’) with the aim of developing a fully fledged regional practice through correspondent law firms in the major business centers of the Levant, the Gulf region and Africa.
Dedicated to advising corporate and individual clients involved in a wide range of local and cross-border transactions as well as in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, LLP represents multinational and regional companies, financial institutions, state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals.
With a strong presence in Beirut and a group of selected correspondent law firms throughout the region, LLP is well positioned to serve its diversified client base and to provide adequate legal support to its sophisticated needs.
Arbitration & Litigation
Banking & Finance
Corporate & Commercial
Energy & Power
Insurance & Reinsurance
Islamic Finance & Takaful
Labour & Social Security
M & A, Project Finance
Public & Administrative
Telecommunications & Media
Main Areas of Practice:
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 to the rapidly developing banking, insurance and financial sectors in the Levant, Africa and the Gulf region.
Arbitration & 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, insurance regulations and coverage disputes, bankruptcy, environmental litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and media, employment, tax disputes and professional liability cases.
Banking & Finance:
LLP is involved in an extensive range of banking and finance transactions and represents local, regional and multinational banks and financial institutions in providing legal advice in the areas of investment funds, securities, acquisition financing, debt restructuring, securitisation and structured finance products.
Corporate & 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. The firm has considerable experience in advising both its domestic and international clients on a variety of joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements, 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.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
In recent years the insurance sector has substantially grown in the Arab region. Saudi Arabia has particularly witnessed the establishment of a large number of insurance companies. The supervision of the insurance sector has also seen significant changes with the introduction of new regulations across the region. LLP acts for a number of multinational and regional insurance and reinsurance companies as well as for insurance intermediaries. It also advises on the incorporation of insurance joint ventures, insurance branches and on matters related to the provision of insurance services in the local markets. LLP further acts in relation to mergers and acquisitions, reorganisation and the winding-up of insurance companies as well as providing legal advice and advocacy services in connection with insurance regulatory matters, insurance policies and reinsurance treaties.
Islamic Finance & Takaful:
LLP has advised a number of regional investment banks on the formation of Sharia’a compliant Real Estate and Equity Funds, in addition to a wide range of innovative Islamic Finance transactions, including aircraft lease financing, mortgage financing, project finance and leveraged corporate and private equity acquisitions. LLP has also worked on the structuring and drafting of Takaful (Islamic insurance) products and advised on the formation and operation of Insurance Takaful companies in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.
Labour Law & Social Security:
LLP advises its corporate clients on various aspects of Lebanese and Gulf labour laws, as well as on social security and pension laws in the region.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
LLP represents numerous clients in this field, including mergers and/or acquisitions of banks and financial institutions.
LLP has also advised on numerous private equity transactions acting for equity investors, lenders, companies raising capital and management teams.
The M&A team has extensive expertise in 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, power purchase, engineering, procurement and construction contracts; advising on security structures; drafting and negotiating support documentation packages.
Public & Administrative Law:
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.
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 special entities, construction and contracting.
Energy & Power:
In the 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. 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.
Telecommunications & 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.
LLP also represents a major television network in all its corporate activities and litigation matters.