Established in 1987, Obeid Law Firm is a full-service law firm operating in the Middle East and North Africa region from its headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. The firm is widely recognised as one of the leading law firms in Lebanon and the Middle East, and holds widespread recognition among local and international legal practitioners.
Known for its commitment to excellence and its expertise in Middle Eastern legislations, the firm has established a first-class litigation and international arbitration practice, acting as counsel, arbitrator and expert on behalf of parties. Obeid Law Firm has been involved in some of the largest arbitration cases in the Middle East, and has actively participated in various legal reforms in Lebanon and the Gulf region. The firm also advises clients at the pre- and post-arbitration stages; it has drafted arbitration agreements, and enforced arbitral awards, foreign court decisions and asset preservation orders.
Led by Professor Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid, the firm’s arbitration team combines international best practice with unrivalled local expertise. With acknowledged arbitration specialists engaged in some of the most significant English, French and Arabic-language arbitrations in the MENA region, the firm’s arbitration practice offers unparalleled regional expertise and wide-ranging capabilities.
Known for its diverse arbitration portfolio, the firm has been engaged in matters conducted under various arbitration rules and subject to a wide range of applicable laws, including Syrian, UAE, Egyptian, Qatari, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Tunisian, Libyan, Yemeni, Omani, French, Swiss, Italian, English and US law.
Members of the firm have also been called to give expert evidence on aspects of Middle Eastern legislations before arbitral tribunals and foreign courts, including the Grand Courts of the Cayman Islands and the English High Court. Numerous books and publications on international contracts and international arbitration have been authored by the firm members in Arabic, French and English, including the reference book The Law of Business contracts in the Arab Middle East” and the recent treatise Le Recours en Annulation des Sentences Arbitrales dans les Pays Arabes (“Action for Annulment of Arbitral Awards in the Arab Countries”).
Obeid Law Firm is a drafting contributor to the GAR Know How publication, and the Guide to National Rules of Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of New York Convention Awards published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. The firm is also the author of the IBA Arbitration Guide for Lebanon; it has additionally participated in the review and translation of the Arabic versions of the KCAB rules, the IBA Guidelines for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses and the revised 2012 ICC Rules.
The firm is also home to the past president of CIArb and the current chair of the Lebanon branch of the CIArb, both of whom are partners.