Corporate and Commercial
Every business needs a legal framework to operate within. We, at NOUJAIM law office, provide all kinds of legal services which would help you start or operate your business. Our expertise includes the incorporation of, and the day-to-day legal advice and contracts for, all legal entities and companies under Lebanese and foreign laws. NOUJAIM law office can assist you in incorporating and running: Joint-stock companies (Société Anonyme), Limited liability partnerships (Société à Responsabilité Limitée), Holding companies, Off-shore companies, Joint-ventures, General partnerships (Société en Nom Collectif), Partnerships limited by shares (Société en Commandite par Actions), Limited partnerships (Société en Commandite Simple), Businesses (Fonds de Commerce). Our services include the negotiation, structure and draft of the legal documentation needed by companies and individuals to establish and carry on their businesses: the draft of all the by-laws, articles of incorporation, articles of association, minutes of the meetings of the shareholders/partners, commercial circulars, and all other legal papers needed by the companies and individuals; in addition to all contracts dictated by the business activities of our clients; companies and individuals alike.

Banking and Finance
Strong knowledge in finance and financial laws is one of the cornerstones of our practice. We can help you uncover the best type of financial instrument adapted to your need. Our focus on finance allows us to explain to financiers the legal and practical consequences of each structure. We have assisted several banks and financial institutions in their incorporation under Lebanese laws and in their day-to-day legal work. Our partners have worked on different complex financial transactions including securitizations. We have advised investors for acquisitions of financial institutions and have accumulated a wide experience in financial law. Our experience includes issuing bonds, preferred shares and different types of financial instruments. We have accumulated a wide experience in structured finance, asset management, and especially securitization, over the years. Securitization is a niche market in which our law office has specialized offering the best legal advice for the structuring and the closing of such transaction and the delivery of all necessary documents pertaining to such transaction. Our deep understanding of finance and expertise in financial law as well as the financial qualifications of our lawyers allow us to better communicate with financiers, from investors, to financial institutions to banks, understand their needs and deliver the best legal documentation for every transaction including the issuance and trade of Global Depositary Receipts, Asset Backed Securities, Mortgage Backed Securities, Swaps, Options, Futures, Credit Default Swaps, Forwards, Collaterized Debt Obligations, and all types of financial instruments and to assist them in every step and clarify their financial decision and its impact, with respect to existing applicable laws.

Franchising
Franchising has been set as a trend due to the development of intellectual property and the weight of brands in today’s world. By keeping up with the progress of the world of business, our office has developed a solid practice in franchising and commercial representations fields. We have been working on many cases of franchising agreements whether representing the franchisor or the franchisee. Our deep understanding of the importance of many areas covered by the franchising agreements allowed us to draft tailor-made contracts to the needs of our clients. Our experience in commercial and business law fields permitted us to advise our Lebanese and international clients the best solutions in different cases related to franchising agreements. We have acquired also a strong litigation experience related to franchising and commercial representation cases due to the successful handling of many lawsuits before Lebanese courts, whether representing the franchisee or the franchiser.

Restructuring
One of the most important issues in medium and large corporations is the structuring of these corporations and companies in the most efficient way. Many aspects are involved in the structuring of a corporation and these include tax structuring, voting rights structuring, financing structuring, business structuring, reporting between companies… We help our clients in transactions related to the structure of the business such as refinancings, recapitalizations, and spinning-off of businesses. Our long history in dealing with corporations in Lebanon and abroad conferred us the expertise to advise clients on their optimal structuring. Also, our expertise in the courts allows us to be able to foresee the potential problems which may arise from a certain structure between the partners, shareholders, managers, CEOs and chairmen and the companies. Our deep understanding of finance and taxation allow us to claim that we can give you the most efficient restructuring of your company (ies) and create a tailored structure which would suit the needs of your business perfectly.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Our law office has extensive experience in structuring and closing deals of mergers and acquisitions. NOUJAIM law office has successfully structured a large number of mergers and acquisitions pertaining to different industries. We draft all legal documentation needed from the inception to the closing of the deal such as: the letter of intent, the M&A agreement, the transfer of management, the legal due diligence, transition service agreements and the confidentiality agreements for the acquirer and the target. The negotiation skills of our lawyers and our thorough due diligences allowed us to get the best deals for our clients in both mergers and acquisitions.

Arbitration and ADR
Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) are becoming the haven of companies and individuals who need a specialized tribunal for their potential disputes, a rapid way to solve them and confidentiality in the solutions which is provided by the arbitral tribunals. We have been regularly appointed as arbitrators in many arbitration cases. We have also acted in representation of clients in different cases before arbitrators. We collaborate habitually with specialized lawyers in arbitration cases to grant our clients the best legal representation in such cases.

Capital Markets
Capital markets are an integral part of the world’s financial markets. Financial institutions, corporations and companies managing credit risk and liquidity find in the investment in capital markets a very important tool. Our lawyers have the needed abilities to help our clients through all phases of transactions in the capital markets advising them from the structuring phase, to the negotiation and documentation phase and finally through the closing phase. We work closely with our clients to understand their business and its commercial needs. The creativity combined with the technical abilities of our lawyers allow our law firm to work efficiently with our clients to create a marketable product, while considering issues affecting the client (liquidity, credit risk, accounting problems) and the product (with respect to finance law, securities law and insolvency, tax and regulatory issues).

Tax
Taxes are generally perceived as an impediment to the growth and development of businesses. We, at NOUJAIM law office can offer the most tax efficient structure suitable for your business, based on a deep knowledge of the functioning of companies and businesses and of the Lebanese and foreign tax systems. We partner with different audit companies in Lebanon and abroad to structure the most efficient legal structure taking into account the risks and profit of every area of business.

Litigation
Litigation is at the core of NOUJAIM law office practice and we have been known for our excellent representation of our clients before Lebanese and foreign courts. Our expertise in this are extends to all areas of Lebanese laws especially with respect to penal law, civil law, commercial law, real estate law, tenancy law, bankruptcy law, intellectual property law…

Intellectual Property and Patents
Intellectual property and patents are becoming more and more valued in businesses and companies nowadays. We can help you protect your intellectual property rights as well as your patents and ensure the protection of such intellectual property, whether by registering it or by suing anyone violating your intellectual property right or patent.

International and E-commerce
New technologies are creating new ways to develop businesses and companies but also generate new types of conflicts in societies. In our thrive for satisfying our wide range of clients, NOUJAIM law office sends its lawyers to attend different seminars and conferences on new technologies and especially related to the internet. Our lawyers have therefore formed a deep understanding of the correlation between the internet and the laws in effect. We can therefore offer you the most suitable legal advice on the structuring, risks and drafting all legal content of your internet-based business. Also, we have handled many cases and broaden our expertise to include the crimes related to the internet, or cyber crimes, from theft of information, to defamation,…

Labor, Employment and Social Security
As legal advisors of Lebanese and foreign companies, we have accumulated a solid expertise in matters related to labor, employments and social security law. Alongside drafting employment contract, we handled many cases of conflicts between companies and employees. As a law office strongly based on relationships of trust and confidence with our clients, we have also acted on behalf of employees seeking legal advice and representation in matters related to labor and social security law. We also advise foreign clients on, and implement, the best structure adapted to their work within the Lebanese territories.

Real Estate and Construction
Our law office has developed a solid expertise in matters related to real estate and construction laws. We have drafted sale and purchasing contracts of real estate as well as contracts related to construction of sites and buildings, in Lebanon, Europe and the Arab countries. Such contracts include the drafting of agreements according to FIDIC rules, project management contracts, contracting, consulting etc… Our real estate expertise involves also all litigation related to real estates and leases. NOUJAIM Law Office has successfully handled countless cases of real estate and tenancy litigation.

Personal Status
We have developed a strong understanding of personal status laws in Lebanon by handling complex cases of divorce under Lebanese, European and American laws before the Lebanese civil courts as well as divorce cases before religious courts. We have also successfully handled several cases of opening successions and inventory legacies before Lebanese courts and public administrations for Lebanese and foreign individuals, by providing effective and rapid solutions to our clients. Our experience includes the modifications of different elements of the mentions in the civil extract of Lebanese persons as well.

Penal Law
NOUJAIM Law Office has dealt with innumerable cases of penal law. Through our deep experience and countless successes before courts in lawsuits with respect to penal law, our law office has earned to be one of the best practices of penal law in Lebanon. We handled successfully cases related to fraud, theft, assault, defamation, perjury, murder, manslaughter etc…

Administrative law
Our administrative law experience is focused on three main areas: personal statute, expropriation and requisition, and litigation. We have helped numerous clients change the mentions of their civil extract. We have also acted on behalf of clients in matters related to expropriation and requisition of land by the government claiming and getting compensation for our clients. Furthermore, we help our clients in all operations with Lebanese public administrations as well as some of the foreign public administrations, through our network of professionals in different countries.

NGO’s and Charitable Organizations
NOUJAIM law office believes and encourages the work of the civil society in Lebanon which aims at developing numerous virtues of individuals living in the Lebanese society. Therefore we have helped establishing NGOs and charitable organization under Lebanese laws, and helped them dealing with Lebanese public administration along with drafting all the necessary legal paperwork to help them achieve their goals.