The Firm’s Energy team is a pioneer in the field, and achieved many market "firsts" on behalf of our clients along the way.
We advise multinationals who are leaders in the power, renewable energy, and oil & gas industries on structuring and negotiating high-value energy projects in Lebanon under complex public-procurement rules and technical standards’ regulations.
Major clients rely on the Firm’s advice with respect to regulatory compliance, project finance transactions, international-standard energy contracts, bankability issues, market-entry conditions, and relations with governmental authorities.
No matter how complex or challenging the issue is, our clients turn to us for our ability to up-skill and outperform in order to tackle the unique industry requirements and risks of the energy sector.
The Firm is constantly solicited by public authorities to opine on the legal framework of the energy sector in Lebanon. The Firm is the exclusive author of the Lebanon chapter of the ‘Energy Regulation & Markets Review’ published by The Law Reviews and edited by Latham & Watkins USA.
Awards & Recognitions
The prominent international legal directories Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000 consistently highlight our Energy practice at the top of their rankings.
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, Real Estate and Construction (including Projects)
“The projects team at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is active in the oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors, particularly electricity, and handles a steady stream of procurement matters for clients. The team […] advises on energy contracts, project financings, and PPP projects. Regulatory work also features in the workload.”
Top Tier Firm
IFLR1000 2022, Financial & Corporate
Lebanon Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Middle East Awards, 2021
Lebanon Law Firm of the Year
IFLR Middle East Awards, 2019
Band 1 Firm
Chambers Global 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Corporate & Finance
“Abou Jaoude is one of the largest and most prominent firms in Lebanon. The major areas of focus for the firm include […] the emergent field of renewable energy.”
“The firm is best known for its regional and international reach.”
“Their flexibility, broad expertise and negotiating skills left a very good impression.”
Top Tier Firm
The Legal 500 EMEA 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Real Estate and Construction (including Projects)
“Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm has handled a number of big-ticket energy projects in the region.”
“The firm is focused on PPP work and major energy projects in Lebanon.”
“Abou Jaoude & Associates handles significant public project work […].”
Top Tier Firm
IFLR1000 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Financial & Corporate
“The firm’s team is praised for ‘their knowledge of the landscape in Lebanon […]’.”
“They delivered the best, great experience.”
“They own their files and they are always prepared.”
“The firm covered all legal and financial aspects of the project.”
“The team is composed of experienced attorneys who are proactive, professional, reliable, and trustworthy.”
The Firm’s recent notable representative experience in Energy includes:
- Advised the Lebanese Government represented by the Ministry of Energy on a US$300 Million crucial project to address Lebanon’s crippling electricity crisis through a tripartite gas import agreements between Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, where Lebanon will receive 650 million cubic meters of natural gas, involving a highly complex structure and regulatory framework, including the conditional financing by the World Bank subject to the fulfillment by the Lebanese government of a comprehensive Reform Matrix, and the approval of the United States for compliance with its Syria sanctions regime.
- Advised the developer and the international syndicate led by Audi Bank (the largest bank in Lebanon), including major international development finance institutions OPIC and EIB, on the first-ever Power Purchase Agreement with the Government of Lebanon for the development of the 200MW first utility-scale wind power plant in Lebanon.
- Advising the major Danish-German consortium between leading Danish power plant contractor and operator Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) and leading German MAN Diesel on two €270 Million EPC contracts for the installation of two medium speed reciprocating engines at the thermal plants in Zouk and Jiyeh owned by Electricity of Lebanon (EDL).
- Advised Novatek, Russia's largest independent natural gas producer (and the seventh largest publicly traded company globally by natural gas production volume) (part of the Total/ENI/Novatek consortium) on the first-ever Exploration and Production Agreement with the Lebanese Government.
- Advised the leading energy group Debbas on the circa US$1 Billion Distribution and Service Provider Contract (DSP) contract for the rehabilitation and modernization of the electricity power grid in Lebanon, including the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of the distribution network and the installation of an advanced metering infrastructure.
- Advised global sustainable energy leader Vestas on the renewable energy regulatory framework in Lebanon and market entry conditions.
- Advised the joint venture between the leading German renewable energy group BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH and the energy arm of Lebanon’s major INDEVCO group on the tender organized by the Ministry of Energy and Water for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of Phase 2 of the first grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) plant in Lebanon's history, the Beirut River Solar Snake (BRSS).
- Advising three different joint ventures, including leading regional players in the renewable energy sectors, on the bids submitted in response to the tender organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water for the execution of the 180MW first solar photovoltaic energy generating facilities in Lebanon.
- Advised a global leading energy trading company B.B. Energy Group in joint venture with Siemens on a Distributed Power Generation project for the design and installation of gas turbines at designated power plants in Lebanon.
- Advised leading Spanish listed IT and energy group INDRA in consortium with Lebanese group IPENGPRO on a major project tendered by Electricité du Liban for the construction of a Monitoring Center for Lebanon involving a Central Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) System, Meter Data Management (MDM) systems, and Billing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.
- Advised major energy group Debbas on the US$200 Million renewal and extension of the DSP Contract with the Lebanese Government.
- Advised a leading regional fund in the renewable energy sector on the regulatory framework applicable to direct lending in Lebanon in the context of a wind energy project, as well as a study of Lebanon’s current form of power purchase agreement compared to international best practice.
- Advised the joint venture led by Lebanon Wind Power Sal, including a leading German renewable energy company, on the bid submitted in response to the tender organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water (with the support of the UNDP-CEDRO project), for the development, design, procurement, construction, testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the first-ever wind farms in Lebanon.
- Advised the joint venture between two leading regional companies in the power sector on the bid submitted in response to the tender organized by EDL for the provision of Operation & Maintenance services for the Naameh Landfill Power Plant.
- Advised GZA Mining on a US$30 Million joint venture with GAZPROM, Russia's largest natural gas producer, to perform exploration activities in Eritrea.
- Advised on the regulatory framework and legal documentation to govern the plans for circa 500MW IPP projects to be carried out by the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water and other public authorities in Lebanon on a public-private partnership basis.
- Advised the Municipality of Beirut on the regulatory framework and the preparation of the tender documents, PPA and other project documents for the development of a number of power plants aimed at increasing the power generation capacity of the capital Beirut through IPPs.
- Advised the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on the legislative framework study for the transport and energy sectors in Lebanon, a component of the Sustainable Oil and Gas Development Project in Lebanon (SODEL).