Employment & Benefits Law Firm Lebanon | Abou Jaoude & Associates

Employment and Benefits

Our team of attorneys works side by side with our clients to ensure they receive high quality counsel and representation on Employment and Benefits issues, ranging from board-level advice on crucial compensation matters, as well as day-to-day support on employment issues.

We skillfully handle the development of employment policy documents and forms in compliance with legal requirements, the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, as well as litigation, arbitration and other administrative hearings.

The Firm has extensive experience in tackling clients’ complicated employment challenges and an ability to tailor solutions to different confidentiality and non-competition issues, particularly unlawful competition conflicts, and on social security matters including filing, registration, claims and counterclaims procedures.

In compliance with the complex and rapidly changing rules of tax, pension and employment, our Employment and Benefits practice group helps businesses create employee benefit plans and arrangements which have become vital tools to attract and retain top talent. The Firms helps craft these plans so that they provide maximum flexibility and tax-favored benefits to employees, while also imposing the lowest after-tax cost on plan sponsors. After plans are in place, the hands-on team continues to offer ways to update plans to take full advantage of changes in the legal environment.

Awards & Recognitions

The Firm is consistently recognized as a market leader by the prominent international legal directories Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

Band 1 Firm
Chambers Global 2022, Corporate & Finance

“Abou Jaoude & Associates maintains a commanding position at the forefront of the Lebanese legal market. The team […] has a strong track record of acting for big-name clients on a wide variety of cutting-edge matters.
A fine law firm with fine lawyers.”

Top Tier Firm
The Legal 500 EMEA 2022, Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Lebanon Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Middle East Awards, 2021 

Band 1 Firm
Chambers Global 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Corporate & Finance

“The firm regularly acts for international companies in Lebanon, assisting with […] employment matters.”
“Abou Jaoude & Associates impresses clients with the ‘360-degree coverage’ provided by its pool of experts […].
“This full-service firm is an important player in Lebanon […].”

Top Tier Firm
The Legal 500 EMEA 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Commercial, Corporate and M&A
“Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is a top name […] valued for its 'excellent communication skills, and high level of know-how'.”

The Firm’s recent notable representative experience in Employment and Benefits includes:

  • Advised global leading telecoms company Ericsson AB on a global compliance and internal investigations project under complex labor regulations in Lebanon.
  • Advised the global German multinational sportswear manufacturer Adidas AG on a global employee Stock Incentive Plan under complex labor regulations in Lebanon.
  • Advised global NGO Doctors Without Borders on complex tax matters related to their employment of doctors and nurses and their contracts with hospitals in Lebanon under industry-specific regulations.
  • Advised Brazilian multinational construction conglomerate Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA on complex employment matters related to its non-Lebanese experts and engineers working on the US$250 Million Jannah dam and lake construction project in Lebanon.
  • Advised leading Swiss bank Credit Suisse on employment law matters related to severance plans in the context of a corporate restructuring.
  • Advised leading American multi-national fast food restaurant franchise Subway on tax and employment law matters in the context of the de-registration and liquidation of its branch in Lebanon under complex regulations.
  • Advised leading Canadian multinational media conglomerate Thomson Reuters Corporation on its employee Stock Incentive Plan in Lebanon as part of a global share plans review, including time-based or performance-based restricted share units (RSUs), and phantom RSUs.
  • Advised pioneer US-based Elanco Foundation, the first private corporate foundation of its kind focused advancing sustainable growth of people and animals around the world named to FORTUNE’s “2021 Change the World list’ of companies that do well by doing good”, on employment law matters related to severance plans in the context of its corporate restructuring.
  • Advised prominent groups across all industries on employment redundancy plans and employee settlements in the context of corporate restructurings and winding-ups involving complex regulatory approvals, as well as a wide array of employment lawsuits.
Employment and Benefits