The Firm’s Finance and Capital Markets practice is at the forefront of the industry.
We provide strategic guidance to investment banks and financial institutions on a myriad of financial services regulatory compliance matters.
We are regularly entrusted by local and global commercial and investment banks, financial institutions, private equity firms, brokerage firms, arrangers, underwriters, issuers and investment funds to opine all types of capital markets products and securities issuances and offerings, as well as on complex local and cross-border deals in private equity and structured finance.
As a premier finance law firm in Lebanon, we have built considerable expertise advising foreign financial institutions on the cross-border marketing and offering into Lebanon of financial services and products.
The Firm is constantly solicited by public authorities to opine on the enactment of key regulations in the financial sector.
Private equity players trust our finance lawyers for sound solutions and expertise in crafting a fast, focused and effective strategy to complete the deal. When structuring a transaction, our team is involved from its inception right through its completion, including:
- Initial fundraising and formation of investment funds;
- Day-to-day management of portfolio companies, including restructurings, existing debt refinancing, add-on acquisitions and management incentive schemes; and
- Exits from investments, whether by equity sales or recapitalizations of portfolio companies.
With deep experience delivering intricately structured transactions in many industries, our financial attorneys work with the client to negotiate and execute spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, including management-led buyouts, venture capitalization, equity and debt syndications, and other substantial equity investments. We also advise on all matters relating to forming acquisition vehicles, establishing private equity funds and properly structuring and implementing recapitalizations.
A main strongpoint of our finance practice is Structured Finance. Our experts combine their legal capabilities and sophisticated business perspective with a creative and multidisciplinary approach to connect our clients with financing that fits their objective.
We skillfully and efficiently handle the structuring and documentation of complex financing transactions involving a broad range of traditional and newer asset classes. In particular, our team is noted for providing reasoned and timely advice in connection with various types of sophisticated financing products and techniques, encompassing:
- Asset-backed securities;
- Mortgage-backed securities;
- Asset and receivables purchase facilities;
- Preferred shares;
- Subordinated/Convertible bonds;
- Leasing related financing;
- Acquisition financing;
- Leveraged finance and recapitalizations;
- Banking pools and syndicated loans;
- Structured investment vehicles;
- Mezzanine financings; and
- Secured lending;
Our expertise with the legal, collateral, financial and operational issues that arise enables us to act for the full spectrum of deal participants, including lenders, issuers, underwriters, arrangers, investors, guarantors, credit enhancement providers, lessors, lessees, conduits and debt and equity syndicates in both the private and public markets. In understanding the different needs of these participants, we can craft a strategy that is designed to achieve the specific goals of all transaction parties.
Funds & Asset Management
Our finance lawyers counsel clients with asset management responsibilities – including investment advisers, fiduciaries, mutual funds, and brokers-dealers – on new product design, compliance audits, tax, fiduciary, and regulatory issues arising from the structure, operation, and maintenance of investment funds as well as the ownership, trading and settlement of securities.
Our advice also involves preventative counseling to help clients avoid litigation from consumer-minded laws and increasingly sophisticated consumers. Additional examples of the legal services provided by the funds and investment management team include:
- Advising our banking clients on permissibility of investments in financial entities or products and capital adequacy requirements for various products and transactions;
- Counseling clients on the establishment of registered and unregistered offshore and onshore investment funds;
- Assisting clients in the preparation, review and filing of regulatory filings;
- Advising on complex legal structures involving registered and unregistered funds, including real estate funds, funds of funds, fund investments in pooled investment vehicles to gain exposure to distinct asset classes, and novel class structures; and
- Assisting clients in the preparation of disclosure materials relating to funds or financial instruments, including offering memoranda, subscription documents, and marketing materials.
Endowed with high-level knowledge and expertise in Islamic Finance, the team advises and assists clients with the structure, documentation and negotiation of Shari’ah compliant products and transactions.
Our finance attorneys' innovative approach to the various complexities surrounding these structures provides clients with groundbreaking solutions to challenges arising outside conventional finance.
We are recognized as a pre-eminent local securitization firm, with clients ranging from banks, investment firms, real estate companies, auto dealing companies, agriculture companies, and other top originators in various sectors in the market.
The Firm successfully implemented the first high-profile securitization deals on the Lebanese market and has been a leader in providing innovative structured debt solutions in all key product areas.
Fintech and Digital Assets
Financial Technology (Fintech) regulations are evolving at a breathtaking pace, as the digital revolution changes, improves, redefines and inverts traditional roles and functions of financial services.
With the increasing demand for Fintech solutions, our finance lawyers serve as trusted legal advisors for buy-side and sell-side clients, including multi-party collaborations. We provide a unique understanding of a myriad of legal matters involving new Fintech business models and product development.
- Digital Assets
Crypto currency has been touted for its potential to usher in a new era of financial inclusion and simplified financial services infrastructure globally, with more monetary authorities and private institutions issuing stabilized cryptocurrencies as viable, mainstream payments vehicles.
The rise in the adoption of crypto currencies, digital assets and smart contracts has created a need to understand how related transactions should be defined and treated as a matter of law. Our specialized finance lawyers are qualified to protect clients’ interests through proactive lawyering, providing greater legal certainty in this growth area.
Awards & Recognitions
The prominent international legal directories Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000 consistently rank our Finance and Capital Markets practice at the top.
Band 1 Firm
Chambers Global 2022, Corporate & Finance
“Abou Jaoude & Associates maintains a commanding position at the forefront of the Lebanese legal market. Its lawyers are often called upon for their expertise in finance […] as well as capital markets issuances. The team is also eminently capable in regulatory banking work and 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, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
“Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm remains market leaders in the banking space and has an excellent reputation handling large capital markets transactions and financings. The experienced practice is regularly instructed by local and international banks on multi-million bond issuances, investment agreements and syndicated loans.”
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, with a solid foundation in […] capital markets, [and is] particularly commended for the strength of its finance […] practice.”
“They're on the forefront of understanding the major requirements of international corporate finance.”
“Abou Jaoude impresses clients with the ‘360-degree coverage’ provided by its pool of experts in the […] finance sector. Peers commend the Firm for its expertise in […] financial transactions.”
“The team, which is one of the largest in Lebanon, impresses clients with its ability to handle complex, cross-border finance deals.”
Top Tier Firm
The Legal 500 EMEA 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
“Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm fields a stellar […] finance practice with outstanding finance combined with capital markets experience.”
“Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm is a key name in the market for […] capital market transactions.”
“Clients praise the firm for its exceptional expertise in finance.”
“The firm’s team covers the […] finance space and in particular excels at structured finance and large scale project financing.”
Top Tier Firm
IFLR1000 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Financial & Corporate
“They always provide impeccable service.”
“The firm’s team is praised for ‘their knowledge of the landscape in Lebanon, and their understanding of financial structures as it relates to cross-jurisdictional work’.”
“The team is composed of experienced attorneys who are proactive, professional, reliable, and trustworthy.”
“They delivered the best, great experience.”