Mr. Aref El-Aref

Mr. Aref El-Aref: Attorney with El-Aref International Law Office
  • Managing Partner at El-Aref International Law Office (6 Attorneys)
  • Chahine Building, First Floor, Verdun, Itani Street, P.O. Box 13-5207, Beirut, Lebanon 13-5207
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  • Managing Partner, El-Aref International Law Office LL.M University of Pennsylvania Law School
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Aref El-Aref is holder of Master in Laws LL.M. from University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Currently holds the position of Managing Partner at El-Aref International Law Office.
Heads Energy and Finance Practice with emphasis on M&A, corporate and tax structuring, Private Equity, and International Trade Law.
Advised on a wide range of transactions in the areas of national and international mergers and acquisitions. Involved with most complex negotiations which he had successfully conducted in the United States of America and in Lebanon, drafting and negotiating the projects first deals and concluding deals. Primary deals include advising Corporations and Banks on large acquisitions, and organization structuring for Companies in the Energy industry and Oil & Gas. Extensive experience in a wide variety of projects in Government-related areas in Energy and Oil & Gas. Expertise in International Trade, Corporate & Tax structuring, M&A, Oil & Gas, and Energy Law. Has advised on some of the largest range of transactions and public contracts in Lebanon and Iraq in the areas of Oil & Gas and Energy. Advised international Investment and commercial Banks in Securities, Syndicated Loans, leveraged finance structuring, and Project Finance.
Certified in Beirut Bar and Member of the New York State Bar Association.

American Bar Association; Beirut Bar Association; New York Bar Association (Member of Law Practice Management Committee).

Areas of Practice (49)

  • International Business Transactions
  • Maritime Law
  • International Contracts
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trade Law
  • International Sale of Goods
  • International Commercial Litigation
  • Company Acquisitions and Sales
  • Offshore Company Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Joint Ventures
  • Buying and Selling of Businesses
  • Cross Border Contracts
  • International Commercial Contracts
  • Banking Contracts
  • Banking Litigation
  • Commercial Banking
  • Commercial Credit
  • International Loans
  • Banks and Banking
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • International Maritime Law
  • Maritime Contracts
  • Energy Project Development
  • Renewable Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • International Energy Law
  • Energy
  • International Oil and Gas Law
  • International Petroleum Law
  • Natural Gas Contracts
  • Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Oil and Gas Contracts
  • Oil and Gas Finance
  • Petroleum Contracts
  • Securities Law
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Private Placement
  • Private Placement Syndication
  • Securities Finance
  • Securities Litigation
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Tax Exempt Securities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+961-1-865131  Phone
+961-1-860120  Fax
Law School Attended:
University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M.
Beirut; New York
New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; International Bar Association, London Court of International Arbitration; American Association of Legal Administrators; Beirut Bar.
English and French and Arabic
Serve as Outside Counsel of many U.S. publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 companies in the Energy, Banking, Healthcare, Media & Entertainment and Tobacco Industry.; Represented Medtronic, Inc. in Minnesota. Assisted in the Stock Purchase Agreement of Physio-Control, Inc. to Bain Capital, advised Medtronic on the Executive Compensation and Asset Transfer in cooperation with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. The transaction involved asset transfers in more than 30 separate countries and numerous interdisciplinary complexities. The deal value was at 487 Million US Dollars.; Represented Investment Bank for CDS Backed Facility by UBS Investment Bank for Development of Energy Projects in Iraq, proposing a $5bn facility which can be drawn in tranches of $500 Million US Dollars. This structure allow borrower to access cost-effective liquidity when compared to conventional sources in a private bilateral transaction that does not tap their Eurobond or syndicate loan borrowing capacity.; Advised and represented U.S. Companies for EPC Contract with the Ministry of Energy, for Energy Project transaction was at the amount of 1.2 Billion U.S. Dollars.; Represented EADS n sale agreement of 24 EADS Eurocopter EC 635 light twin-engine helicopters for Iraq Ministry of Defense at the amount of EUR 360 million.; Represents Client in Term Sheet of Senior Secured Loan Facility by Investment Bank at (900) Million US Dollars and advised Client in the Structured Finance consisting of creating debt securities backed by pools of receivables to support securitization financing.; Aref El-Aref has been a partner with El-Aref International Law Office since 2003, and has been working in the Middle East and North Africa Region since. In the area of Energy and Project Finance, he regularly advises clients on the formation, financing, governance and operation of companies, joint ventures and distribution arrangements in Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE, United States of America, and North Africa region. He has represented clients in project finance and Energy transactions, with work includes teaming agreements for joint bids, and EPC and separate contracts for the design, construction and supply for the project, as well as utility contracts. Aref's work with debt financing includes matters involving senior, mezzanine and subordinate debt, working capital loans, asset-backed loans, debt backed by letters of credit, convertible debt, and a variety of other debt products, such as variable rate demand tender debt, interest rate swaps and hedges.
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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 09/09/14 in Finance.

  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 01/27/12 in Energy.

    Mr. El-Aref has the depth and legal knowledge as well as familiarity with Regional issues that will impact the legal framework of various international Energy projects.

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  • Beirut, Lebanon
    Chahine Building, First Floor , Verdun, Itani Street , P.O. Box 13-5207
    Beirut,  13-5207

    +961-1-865131 Phone

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