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Established in 1987 as Obeid Law Firm, Obeid & Partners 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 with offices in Dubai, Beirut and Paris 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 international arbitration practice acting as parties' counsel, arbitrator, or expert. Obeid & Partners 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's dispute resolution team also advises clients at the pre- and post-arbitration stages through to the enforcement of arbitral awards, foreign courts decisions and related execution measures before the local courts.
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 Middle East and North Africa region, the firm's arbitration practice offers unparalleled regional expertise and wide-ranging capabilities.
The firm is the author of the 'IBA Arbitration Guide' for Lebanon and has 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 the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the current chairman of the Lebanon Branch of the CIArb, both of whom are partners.
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