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Managing Partner: Ziad El-Khoury
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 31
Languages: Arabic, English, French

Firm Overview:
With offices in Beirut, Dubai and Riyadh, EKP has been serving the Middle East for over 15 years, combining best practice knowledge with deep expertise in local Middle East markets. EKP was founded in 2003 and merged with Squire Sanders in 2011 after 8 years of close collaboration. Following the merger between Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, the firm demerged from Squire Sanders and merged with HFW in 2016. In 2019, EKP demerged from HFW after realising that the real need in the Middle East region is shifting towards quality local firms. As a result of this long legacy, most EKP partners have more than 15 years hands-on experience serving as partners at large international law firms thus, placing EKP in a unique professional bridging position between east and west.

Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial, Corporate & M&A:

3 partners; 15 fee earners
Partners: Ziad El-Khoury, Wissam Hachem, Patrick Khoury
EKP experienced team of corporate lawyers understands the intricacies of doing business under local legal regimes and can easily identify potential risks, recommend ways to address them and finalise transaction documentation accordingly. This includes advising local and foreign investors on M&A, joint ventures and corporate structuring and set-up from negotiations to completion. For example EKP advised Gulf Union Cooperative Insurance Company in relation to its proposed merger with Ahlia Cooperative Insurance Company being the first merger among two insurance listed companies in the Saudi market and is now advising Walaa Cooperative Insurance Company in relation to its merger with Metlife AIG ANB this being the second merger of its kind in that market.
Key Clients: Agility Group, Sinopec, First Solar International Middle East FZ LLC, SANY Automobile Hoisting Machinery Co Ltd
Contact: Ziad El-Khoury (Managing Partner), Wissam Hachem (Partner)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Projects & Regulatory:
3 partners; 10 fee earners
EKP is one of the rare regional firms with hands-on experience in projects in the Middle East, advising government procuring entities and project sponsors on limited or non-recourse financing projects. EKP is the go-to firm for PPP projects with more than 30 projects executed or under execution totaling more than $35bn in value. EKP’s expertise in executed projects spreads across various sectors including city development, social infrastructure, healthcare, water and power, transportation, waste-to-energy, ports and telecoms.
Key Clients: Tatweer Educational Technologies (TETCO), The Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MOMRA), Aggreko Middle East Limited, Municipality of Beirut, Beirut Port Authority
Contact: Hadi Melki (Partner)
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
3 partners; 14 fee earners
Partners: Diana Hamade, Georges Okais, Khulaif Al- Enezee
EKP qualified lawyers have rights of audience before the local courts of all jurisdictions in which they operate. EKP’s strong track record on many of the leading litigation and arbitration cases across the region demonstrates the team’s ability and commitment to the success of their clients. EKP has been traditionally involved in dispute resolution covering several sectors and is well-recognised in representing clients in cross border disputes.
Key Clients: Saudi Arabian Airlines, Al Balagha Holding Group, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC
Contact: Georges Okais (Partner), Diana Hamade (Partner), Khulaif Al-Enezee (Partner)
Email: [email protected] [email protected], [email protected]

2 partners; 10 fee earners
Partner: Wissam Hachem
EKP has been active in the insurance market over the past decade and has gained significant market share through its impressive portfolio of insurance clients in the region. The firm is well versed in providing advice on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance operations.
Contact: Wissam Hachem, Partner
Email: [email protected]

EKP has built a well-deserved reputation in successfully helping clients across all parts of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. EKP has substantial knowledge in the area of telecoms rules and regulations, including licensing, access, interconnection, numbering, spectrum, tariffs and competition. Key Clients: Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), Ding
Contact: Hadi Melki, Partner
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
2 partners; 6 fee earners
The team has extensive capital markets experience and can support and guide you through the legal and practical issues when coming to the market or subsequently looking to raise equity capital to support and finance the future growth of the business. EKP’s track-record includes more than 10 IPOs, 5 rights issues, 6 private placements and 8 capital reductions.
Contact: Wissam Hachem, Partner
Email: [email protected]

Family Business, Wealth Management, Succession Planning:
2 partners; 10 fee earners
Partners: Ziad El-Khoury, Diana Hamade
EKP’s team counsels on the full spectrum of family law matters including marriage and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements, divorce, custody, abduction and relocation, maintenance, surrogacy and settlement agreements. EKP has been actively involved in the development of inheritance may it be Sharia or other succession planning throughout the region.
Contact: Diana Hamade (Partner), Ziad El-Khoury (Partner)
Email: [email protected], [email protected] com