Cortbaoui & Kanaan

Chakib Cortbaoui

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Co-founder of two of the leading commercial and corporate law firms in Lebanon, Chakib Cortbaoui has brought forth his vast experience as an influencer of corporate and commercial law, former Minister of Justice and President of the Beirut Bar Association.

His practice areas include: Corporate strategy and financial transactions, Advisory and representative role in Banks, Financial Institutions, Holdings and Conglomerates Board of Directors, Corporate Restructuring and Corporate Governance, Litigation & Arbitration, Real estate transactions.

He handles negotiations, drafting and follow up on all aspects of the transactions in which he is involved. He provides legal advice on a daily basis to a great number of the firm’s clients and he has undertaken significant work on their behalf.

Throughout his career, Me. Cortbaoui has actively participated in the enactment of Lebanese laws and regulations. He has recently been consulted by the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, the public entity which was formed to manage and control petroleum activities in Lebanon, to review and comment on the proposed Petroleum Register Decree which will keep track of all the data and activities concerning reconnaissance, petroleum rights, operators, area (block) coordinates, mortgaging assignment and forced sale activities involved in the oil and gas industry.

Professional Memberships

Beirut Bar Association – Admitted in 1967,

Member of the Legal Commission for the Modernization and Unification of Laws at the Ministry of Justice from 1996 to 2004,

Member of the Legal Commission to the Prime Minister's Cabinet from 2001 to 2004,


2015 to Present: Founder and Partner at Cortbaoui & Kanaan Law Firm.

2011 to 2014: Lebanese Minister of Justice.

1995 to 1997: President of the Beirut Bar Association.

1980 to 2015: Co-founder and Partner at Ramzi Joreige & Partners Law Firm.


Acted as Chief Editor of Hatem Law Review since 1973.


Saint Joseph University, Lebanon: LLB in Lebanese Law and LLB in French Law.