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Managing Partner: Ziad El-Khoury

Number of partners: 9

Number of lawyers: 31

Languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian 

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 local expertise in the regional markets. EKP was founded in 2003 and merged with Squire Sanders in 2011 after 8 years of close collaboration. Following a merger between Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs, EKP demerged from Squire Sanders and merged with HFW in 2016.

In 2019, EKP demerged from HFW to focus on the ever-increasing demand for quality firms centered in the region. 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 synergizing western practices with local knowledge and experience.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Commercial, Corporate & M&A: 

3 partners; 15 fee earners 

Partners: Ziad El-Khoury, Wissam Hachem, Patrick Khoury

EKP’s experienced team of corporate lawyers understands the intricacies of doing business under local legal regimes and can easily identify potential risks, recommend tailored solutions, and finalize transaction documentation accordingly. This includes advising local and foreign investors on M&A, joint ventures, corporate structuring and each stage of establishing in the region. 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 the 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, Patrick Khoury

Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Projects & Regulatory: 

2 partners; 10 fee earners 

Partners: Hadi Melki. Ziad El-Khoury

EKP is one of the rare regional firms with hands-on experience in projects in the Middle East, advising government 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 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

Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution: 

3 partners; 14 fee earners 

Partners: Khulaif Al- Enezee, Georges Okais, Eliane Fakhry

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-recognized in representing clients in cross border disputes.

Key Clients: Saudi Arabian Airlines, Al Balagha Holding Group, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Contact: Khulaif Al-Enezee, Georges Okais, Eliane Fakhry

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected],


2 partners; 14 fee earners 

Partners: Scott Hutton, Ziad El-Khoury

EKP’s team of experienced lawyers can provide the support clients need at all levels of the contracting chain and can assist with all construction needs on both the front-end and back-end. The firm regularly represents developers, funders, owners, operators, contractors, subcontractors, facility managers, consultants, and suppliers. Not only does the firm have a leading reputation for advising on transactional matters, but its dedicated lawyers are also experts in dispute avoidance and dispute resolution.

Key Clients: Saudi Arabian Airlines, Al Balagha Holding Group, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Contact: Scott Hutton

Email: [email protected]


2 partners; 10 fee earners 

Partners: Wissam Hachem, Patrick Khoury

EKP has been active in the insurance market for more than a 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, Patrick Khoury

Email: [email protected], [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 telecom rules and regulations, including licensing, access, interconnection, numbering, spectrum, tariffs and competition.

Key Clients: Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), Ding

Partner/Contact: Hadi Melki

Email: [email protected] 

Capital Markets: 

2 partners; 6 fee earners 

Partners: Wissam Hachem, Patrick Khoury

The team has extensive capital markets experience and can support and guide clients 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, Patrick Khoury

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Family Business, Wealth Management, Succession Planning: 

2 partners; 10 fee earners 

Partners: Ziad El-Khoury, Eliane Fakhry

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 law whether Sharia or other and succession planning throughout the region.

Contact: Eliane Fakhry, Ziad El-Khoury

Email: [email protected], [email protected]