OUR SERVICESO&M offers comprehensive legal and paralegal services in various Law Disciplines including:
- General representation
- Litigation before all courts of law under the Lebanese Judicial System as well as before the international arbitration forums and centers.
- I. The Consultation Department
- II. The Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Disputes Resolution Department
- III. Legislative Practice
Administrative Law and Government Contracts
O&M’s team of lawyers acts as legal adviser for government bodies and institutions such as the Lebanese Parliament and the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) in Lebanon.
O&M consults regularly for governmental institutions and public entities for administrative laws and regulations and contract matters.
The firm’s vast experience in almost every sector of every industry positions it to offer uncontested advice across the various regulatory disciplines locally and across borders both in litigation and in the mastership of regulatory issues that confront government entities.
O&M’s services include drafting projects of law, opining on administrative activities including public works expropriation, requisition, public employment, and other related matters.
The firm’s diversified portfolio of Clients has expanded to include a growing number of regional clientele. O&M represents groups that venture into acquiring concessions in many territories and emerging markets, in various fields such as High Security Printing (Passports, biometrics), Telecom and Telecom infrastructure (GSM, WIMAX, ISP International gateways), Lottery and Casinos, Electricity and Power Generation, Ports, Airports and Aircrafts handling.
The firm has gained extensive expertise across borders through its involvement in drafting, reviewing, consulting and negotiating several concession agreements (PPP, PFI, BOT…) with governmental authorities (such as the Ministries of Finance, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Transportation…) particularly for issues related to the grant of concessions, grace periods, favorable tax regimes and exemptions, repatriation of funds, profit sharing with the authority, etc…
The firm has represented contractors before governments for various types of litigation and has defended clients against government allegations, such as those involving violations of procurement statutes, civil and criminal fraud. O&M has also resolved disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
O&M's ADR team is renowned for its deep expertise and capabilities in various sectors and law disciplines, having earned its solid reputation through repeated successes winning numerous cases of high profile disputes. Whenever applicable, O&M assists its Clients in resorting to Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR), outside the courtroom through mediation and negotiation.
Aviation, Maritime Law and Ports
O&M team has an extensive experience in aviation and maritime law. The firm assists its international clients in the various legal fields, including but not limited to: the financing, the insurance, the sale/purchase of aircrafts and ships, aircrafts handling as well as airports and ports management, etc…
Banking, Finance and Lender Liability
O&M represents some of the largest banking institutions in Lebanon in all aspects of legal advice, litigation and proceedings.
The firm’s dedicated Banking and Finance division team has the skill-set and know-how to offer clients a wide array of legal services including opining on financial regulations, financial litigation, debt recovery and recovery on defaulted financing, targeted risk management advice, insolvency, and all types of investment, financial and commercial products, finance and leasing arrangements, trade projects and corporate financing arrangements as well as equity and loan finance.
O&M’s team of specialists is resourceful and adept at dealing with a wide range of matters and issues for any proposed activities and ventures.
Commercial Law and International Trade
The firm’s commercial services are handled by a team of highly specialized
lawyers skilled in drafting and negotiating various types of
agreements. The team has the required know-how in trademark licensing
agreements, software licensing agreements, supply, distribution
and sales of goods agreements, franchising agreements, joint ventures
agreements, agency agreements, consultancy agreements, employment
agreements, management services agreements etc.
The commercial division services include offering full support to Clients
in implementing their strategic objectives on the workforce management level
and advising on employment and labor laws on the Lebanese
In this respect, O&M’s commercial division lawyers counsel individuals, small and large companies and institutions in every sector and industry regarding employee-employer issues. Expert lawyers assist the clients in assessing situations and in anticipating and containing issues from any arising conflict. By using creative approaches and solutions to preempt, the team manages and solves a wide array of employment related issues for the clients.
A rigorous team of specialized corporate lawyers services O&M’s portfolio
of well-established clientele. the Firm’s savvy and experienced lawyers
have in depth understanding in the corporate laws and practice in Lebanon
and in the neighboring markets.
The division provides a wide spectrum of services for all matters related to structuring, establishing and sustaining corporate ventures in Lebanon and in the region. O&M's team analyzes clients’ business requirements and studies their strategies and objectives on the short, medium and long term prior to recommending the adequate business structure and the befitting procedures for its implementation.
Structures may include initial public offerings, establishment of public or private joint stock companies, limited liability companies, offshore companies, holding companies, branches and representative offices etc. The corporate team handles the thorough preparation of the required documents such as by-laws, memorandums and articles of association, acquisition documentation, sale of shares agreements, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements and sponsorship agreements, etc. The team’s vast expertise allows it to provide on-going legal advice in every conceivable business sector and corporate matter, including the full range of sophisticated mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions covering public company mergers, acquisitions, tenders and offers, stock and asset acquisition, private equity and leveraged buyout transactions, joint ventures as well as intellectual property.
O&M’s widespread experience covers various industries including energy, construction, oil and gas, concessions (including project finance and other related agreements), telecommunications, chemicals, mining, pharmaceuticals, financial services, medical devices, insurance and reinsurance, and many others.
The services of the division also extend to private equities, venture capital funds’ structuring, due diligence reporting as well as all required paralegal services and corporate administrative work.
O&M offers specialized services for private family businesses. Grouping the various specialties of its diversified team, O&M offers customized legal services to its private clients, involving customary corporate re-engineering, business structuring and overseeing the administration, tax, estate and inheritance planning, real estate and other investment related legal services.
The Firm provides advice to private funds clients including fund creation, management and structuring, implementation... while ensuring that all regulatory disciplines are respected. O&M’s services cover various types of funds such as buyout, venture capital, real estate, etc. The Firm’s team members act as all time advisers for all matters related to funds from creation and management to exit.
In emerging and rapidly evolving markets corporate governance and risk oversight sit at the forefront of boiling corporate matters. O&M has a dedicated team that draws on its profound expertise in various practices to offer uncontested advice on risk, compensation and corporate governance matters. The firm offers counseling for public and private organizations on liability, indemnification and insurance issues relating to executives, directors and officers. O&M addresses the review of private or other transactions presenting potential conflicts of interest and carries out internal investigation of any wrongdoing within the clients’ corporations whenever deemed necessary. The firm’s team provides preemptive advice to reduce the risk of arising litigation.
Employment Litigation and Counseling
The commercial division services include offering complete and tailored solutions to Clients in implementing their strategic objectives helping them manage their current workforces and advising on the employment and labor laws in the Lebanese market.
In this respect, O&M’s commercial team of lawyers counsels individuals, small and large companies and institutions in every sector or industry regarding employee-employer issues.
Expert lawyers assist the Clients in assessing situations and in anticipating and containing issues from any arising conflict. Using creative approaches and solutions, O&M team preempts, manages and solves a wide array of employment related issues for clients.
O&M’s employment division also advises corporate management on various other issues involving recruitment, promotion, corporate disciplinary measures and termination of employment, drafting of company’s internal regulations, developing personnel policies and applications and procedures in addition to all types of employment and confidentiality agreements.
One of the Firm’s specialized areas of practice is the Family and Adoption Division which handles all matters related to adoption, court marriages, special/foreign marriages, divorce, custody, citizenship/immigration, wills and probate, trust and estates, as well as child support.
Franchise (Commercial Agencies)
O&M advises, supports and represents many key players in the region in several business sectors especially the Food and Beverage and Fashion. O&M team represents and supports numerous Franchisors by protecting great ideas and know-how, and many Franchisees as well by ensuring easy and trouble-free management and operations. Services include Importing and Exporting Know-How, commercial Trademarks among others.
Insurance and Reinsurance
Years of competent dealings in the insurance coverage sector privileges O&M insurance team to offer commendable advice and support for leading Lebanese and international insurance and reinsurance companies, underwriters, brokers, financial institutions, governments as well as policy-holders for basic and major claims in all aspects of general insurance, property casualty, life and non-life products.
The firm represents some of the major insurance and reinsurance companies as well as Third Party Administration companies (TPAs) in Lebanon and the region.
O&M has served as lead counsel on motor, construction, medical, theft, loss, fire, life, transportation and many other insurance agreements and lawsuits.
The commercial team also provides advice on intellectual property rights and the protection of trademarks, copyrights and patents under both the Lebanese and foreign laws on a global scale. The team manages the submission of registration applications for such intellectual property and handles all the required procedures to enforce any rights against infringements.
International Arbitration and Enforcement Of Arbitral Awards
O&M’s team is proficient at conducting arbitrations on an international scale. The Firm draws on its resourcefulness in designing the most adequate dispute resolution mechanisms for all types of disputes including some of the most complex multi-jurisdiction ones.
O&M represents Clients from various fields and industries and arbitrates for either defendants or plaintiffs and for individuals, companies, and larger scale institutions, as well as for and against governments in investment disputes in many developing markets.
The scope of the arbitration practice covers:
Enforcement of arbitral awards
O&M’s team works closely with the Clients to ensure attaining their most profitable results and reaching the most advantageous outcome for them in the cases of settlements.
O&M’s specialized team handles all aspects of the arbitration practice in a multitude of fields such as:
Commercial transactions, leases, construction and real estate, antitrust, banking and financial services, corporate and securities, employment, fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, international trade and transport including aviation and marine, information technology, media, product liability as well as professional liability.
O&M’s lawyers advocated in numerous Lebanese and international arbitrations, involving construction, contracts for works, financial and commercial disputes where they acted as both counsels and arbitrators.
The practice covers both Ad hoc and institutional arbitration before the leading arbitral institutions of the world such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). We also handle ad hoc proceedings, often governed by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Rules, the “Cour Commune de Justice et d’Arbitrage (CCJA)”, the “Organization pour l’Harmonization en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA)”.
Investment Fund and Fund Advisor
O&M has a wide experience in representing and advising on private equity funds, venture funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, and fund managers and provides its clients with a distinctive negotiations advantage. This includes insolvency and restructuring; allegations of improper fund management, and other complex financial disputes.
O&M is aware of the Venture Capitals emerging and their importance in the international market and their advantages comparing to the private equity funds whether regarding their effectiveness, simplicity or rapidity etc…
O&M represents one of the two largest funds in Lebanon.
As the Lebanese Parliament’s legal counsel, O&M’s involvement in major draft laws in Lebanon has constituted one of the firm’s most solid competitive advantages among Lebanese law firms and has also allowed it to work closely with many Public Lebanese Institutions and Governmental Bodies noting:
- The Ministry of Finance
- The Ministry of Industry
- The Energy Parliamentary Committee
- Drafting and reviewing the laws and decrees regarding the creation of a capital market authority and other regulatory matters related to the financial markets.
- Drafting and reviewing the projects of decrees related to the application of the Consumer Protection Law regarding Recall Campaigns and Security of Products.
- Drafting and reviewing a law project regarding the provision of electricity by municipalities.
- Drafting and Reviewing application decrees for the Value Added Tax Refund (VAT) in Lebanon.
- Commenting and opining on the project of Law regulating and organizing the Insurance and Reinsurance field in Lebanon.
Media and Advertising
O&M’s lawyers have a deep experience involving every aspect of the advertising and media industries and an in-depth understanding of the unique character of the said fields.
O&M represents one of the leading companies in The Media and Entertainment field as well as the pioneer ticketing company in Lebanon.
Mergers and Acquisitions
O&M has exten¬sive experience in many sophisticated M&A transactions. The Firm represents all key players in M&A transactions, including strategic and financial buyers and sellers, as well as targets, private equity investors and leveraged buyout groups, independent board committees, financial advisors and financial institutions providing debt and equity acquisition financing.
- Public company mergers, acquisitions and tender offers
- Stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures of privately owned companies and divisions and subsidiaries of public and private companies
- Private equity and leveraged buyout transactions
- Joint ventures and other alliances
- Cross-border M&A transactions
Real Estate and Construction
A proficient team specialized in the real estate and construction sector provides individual and corporate Clients with pertinent advising and representation in the field.
The construction practice covers all major standards and conventions in the construction sector including the “Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils” or the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (“FIDIC”) agreements. O&M team advises on construction agreements governing the relationship between the developer, the consultant, the engineer, the architect, the contractor, and the sub-contractor. Moreover O&M handles acquisitions and sales agreements, leasing agreements and joint venture agreements.
The long list of services offered by the division extends to cover offering legal advice for the development of new and existing real estate projects including the drafting and reviewing of plots and unit sales agreements, purchase agreements, leasehold agreements, brokerage agreements, sales and marketing agreements, common facilities regulations, association constitution, facility management agreements, maintenance agreements, etc…
The scope of services also includes legal advice to private clients on all legal aspects regarding their real estate property investments in Lebanon.
Additionally, the Firm also undertakes structuring for new buyouts of real estate, land and property for Lebanese and foreign investors, ensuring all legal aspects are covered and in compliance with the laws and regulations especially regarding acquisitions by foreigners.
The team has an extensive knowledge in tax law. O&M’s team always proposes the best tax structure to its clients and the most beneficial structure for their corporate entities or personal assets management in Lebanon and abroad. O&M has a wide experience in establishing trusts, foundations and all different types of partnerships. With its high knowledge regarding the tax havens field, the team advises its clients on the optimal establishment locations for their offshore companies.
Benefiting of strong connections in Liechtenstein, Seychelles, BVI, Mauritius Islands and other tax havens, O&M masters this field and continually ensures the best arrangements for all investors and groups.