Media Law Services Lebanon | Abou Jaoude & Associates


Our Media practice group team is a leader in the market advising clients representing both the traditional and new media.

The key media and advertising groups turn to us for counseling on advertising, production, post-production, entertainment and other related matters. Our integrated team approach to problem solving allows our media lawyers to draw on the experience of the Firm’s other legal specialists for complementary matters such as protecting intellectual property rights, unfair competition, and acquiring and selling subsidiaries.

While taking into consideration our media clients’ strategic objectives and vision, the Firm also offers relevant advice and practical assistance regarding their day-to-day operation revolving about regulatory compliance, employment issues, corporate governance, and commercial contracts.

In view of the expansion during the past decade of traditional media to new electronic platforms, media companies come to us for our proven experience in classic broadcast and media, as well as our strong telecoms and technology capabilities. We understand the legal issues in connection with digital media and provide advice on a wide range of issues critical to new media clients, including the creation of websites, the registration and protection of domain names and other intellectual property, the implementation of privacy policies, the acquisition and protection of content rights, and the development and utilization of software and digital technology.

Awards & Recognitions

The Firm is consistently recognized as a market leader by the prominent international legal directories Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

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

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

“The firm is best known for its regional and international reach.”
“Abou Jaoude & Associates impresses clients with the ‘360-degree coverage’ provided by its pool of experts […].”

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

Top Tier Firm
IFLR1000 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Financial & Corporate

“The firm is praised as ‘highly knowledgeable as well as resourceful in a broad range of industries’.”
They always provide impeccable service."
“The team is described as ‘really nice to work with: helpful and extremely professional, friendly and highly dedicated’.”

The Firm’s recent notable representative experience in Media includes:

  • Advised regional TV powerhouse LBCI on all types of media-related agreements and the cross- border acquisition of several format rights, television series, HD equipment upgrades and production material.
  • Advised on the ground-breaking US$40 Million multi-bank private placement to finance the launch of a TV station, and on all the legal aspects and documentation of the establishment and licensing of the TV station under complex regulations governing audio-visual media in Lebanon.
  • Advised prominent media group Fadaat on the establishment of Al Araby TV in Lebanon under complex regulations governing audio-visual media in Lebanon.
  • Advised the leading multi-media online platform M. Publishing (Quantum group) on the multi-million private equity investment by prominent LIBANK to support the expansion and diversification of the platform, involving a complex regulatory approvals process under Circular 331 of the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL) aimed at encouraging investments in Lebanon’s knowledge economy.
  • Advised on the setup of the regional headquarters of an Arab media group including an online newspaper.
  • Advised leading media and advertising agency M&C Saatchi on all types of cross-border media and advertisement-related agreements and the licensing of several types of IP rights.
  • Advised prominent media company Rainbow Media on the acquisition of the major media group in the MENA region Arab Network for Research & Publishing.
  • Advised on the corporate structuring of pioneer tech start-up Studio Al Fankoosh which aims at developing a first-of-its kind Arabic-language digital media platform for Arab countries.
  • Advised prominent investment groups on the multi-million acquisitions of a stake in the leading Lebanese newspapers Assafir and Al Balad, involving complex pre-acquisition corporate restructurings and combined transfers of assets and equity arrangements.
  • Advised on the establishment of MySay, a high-growth tech start-up and developer of a first-of-its-kind application providing statistics, and its first financing round through a multi-million private placement involving investments by prominent media and telecoms players such as the LBCI, Choueiri group, and MIC Ventures fund.
  • Advised major media stakeholders, including LBCI, Annahar newspaper, and the Lebanon Press Federation in challenging a highly mediatized controversial court order banning local and foreign media organizations from interviewing the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon following her public comments which were deemed to interfere in domestic affairs and strike sectarian and political strife.
  • Advised leading TV station LBCI on a wide spectrum of litigation cases and on winning the high-profile and complex multi-million Paris and London-seated ICC arbitration cases against the largest Arab media group Rotana.