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MENA Legislations
In addition to our expertise in international arbitration in the MENA region, OLF’s team includes practitioners who regularly accept appointments as legal experts on various aspects of Middle Eastern and Shari’a law and have authored numerous publications relating to the laws of Arab countries.
In particular, Professor Dr. Nayla Comair-Obeid, who heads the firm’s international arbitration practice, is the author of the The Law of Business Contracts in the Arab Middle East, which is taught in a number of universities around the world and has been propounded asa treatise for those practicing and arbitrating in the legal and commercial aspects of business in Middle East Countries”. 
OLF’s lawyers are regularly called to give expert evidence on aspects of Middle Eastern legislations before international arbitration tribunals and foreign courts including the Grand Courts of the Cayman Islands and the English High Court. They have presented evidence on matters such as agency issues, shareholding rights, commercial representation, enforcement and recognition of foreign judgments and the enforcement of international awards and injunctions in Lebanon and the Middle East. As a firm, we are able to draw on this experience to provide our clients with a detailed insight into complex and multi-jurisdictional matters.
The firm is regularly involved in cases where the following laws are applicable to the substance of the dispute:
  • Egyptian Law, Jordanian Law, Kuwaiti Law, Lebanese Law, Qatari Law, Tunisian Law, UAE Law, Yemeni Law

  • English Law, French Law, Italian Law, Swiss Law, US Law

Eurobonds March 2020: Payment or Default?
March 06 , 2020

The ten-year US $1.2 billion Eurobonds with a coupon rate of 6.375% are due to mature on 9 March 2020, amidst an unprecedented economic and financial downturn in Lebanon, and a forthcoming debt crisis.

The prospect of Lebanon defaulting on its payment obligations raises significant legal implications to both local and international investors.