Formed in Lebanon by Dr. Aref El-Aref in 1942, El-Aref International Law Office has grown along with Lebanon, and was given a head start by its founder’s exceptional education in business and corporate law.

Dr. Aref El-Aref was among the first Lebanese lawyers to graduate from the University of Paris’ Law School (PhD in Business Law; PhD in Civil Law).

In the early years, El-Aref International Law Office was among the pioneering Lebanese Law Offices,  having begun operations in the years leading up to and immediately following national independence.

As Lebanon began to assert itself on the international scene, El-Aref International Law Office developed its expertise in corporate law, eventually earning a global reputation as one of the most prominent corporate law firms in the region.

The founder’s son, Oussama El-Aref, has brought his unique knowledge of corporate and investment law to the firm, successfully representing his clients’ interests in Lebanon and the Middle East through his devotion to excellence and commitment to results.

Currently, the third generation of the El-Aref family is continuing the tradition, maintaining its inherited sense of client service and subject-matter expertise, whilst keeping the firm on the cutting edge by setting up modern technology tools for Legal practice and management.

Aref El-Aref  pursued graduate studies in the United States: he holds a Master’s in Law (LL.M) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School as well as a Negotiations & Persuasion Certificate from the renowned Wharton Business School.

Over more than half a century, many attorneys have joined in the great adventure of creating, nurturing and maturing this unique law firm.

For over a decade, El-Aref International Law Office has been gaining international prominence as the legal advisor to the Middle East’s top investors, alongside numerous Multinational Companies and industrial heavyweights.

El-Aref International Law Office’s strength in the fields of International Business Transactions and Corporate Law has led its attorneys to systematically handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions domestically, regionally and internationally.

Our Firm is now involved in a wide variety of large corporate transactions: we counsel corporations and their shareholders on challenging, complex questions pertaining to corporate disclosure, governance and policy.

Thanks to its unique combination of multilingual attorneys and multi-jurisdictional experience (Civil and Common Law), El-Aref International Law Office is able to satisfy the needs of local and foreign clients, whether they intend to  invest within the region or are facing legal disputes.