Associates

Fadi Beaino
Senior Associate - Head of Litigation Department

Fadi Beaino

Fadi possesses significant long-standing experience in complex litigation matters and dispute resolution in various law fields. He represents individuals and corporations in a variety of judicial and extrajudicial disputes relating to civil, commercial, administrative, insurance and criminal law.
Knowing the numerous cases held by Fadi at IAA, he acquired a distinctive strategy and out of box legal pursuit to serve the firm’s clientele. His extensive experience in the litigation field granted him the ability to turn any complicated case into a winning home run by advising and defending the clients on the best way forward.
Fadi also specializes and have demonstrated a specific skill set in the areas of family and matrimonial law. Fadi ensures that legal advice meets the highest standard of client care and diligently handles a wide variety of family law issues from divorce, marriage, legal separation, child custody, and alimony.

Professional Associations and Membership
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON

Education
Bachelor of Law; Lebanese University - LEBANON
Masters in Canon Law; La Sagesse University - LEBANON
Masters in International Law; Notre Dame University - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-French-English


Ralph Chartouni
Senior Associate - Head of Corporate Department

Ralph Chartouni

Throughout his professional career, Ralph has gained significant long-standing experience in corporate matters, particularly in the fields of commercial and financial international taxation, company structuring and restructuring, international business law, venture capital and assisting startup companies, real estate as well as construction practices and litigation.
Ralph constitutes a key element at IAA and thus has represented major national and international clients in corporate matters. He regularly assists clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property and patent protection claims against infringement in addition to FIDIC Expertise.
Ralph is able to assist companies in various field such as intellectual property, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, engineering, and franchise.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Legal Consultant licensed by the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department-UAE
Senior Legal Counsel at Expo 2020 Dubai (2014 till present) - Dubai - UAE

Education
Bachelor of Law; Lebanese University - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-English-French


Desiree Chalita
Senior Associate

Desiree Chalita

Desiree’s experience and value is one of a kind. Few were able to acquire a worldwide experience through the daily legal assistance that Desiree managed to provide for the world international exhibition a mega project event held each five years and for the first time in the region. With Desiree’s strong personality, extensive experience in various aspect of law, ability to manage people and ability to foresee the interlinked results of complex transactions from early stages, providing legal assistance to local and international entities is Desiree’s core area of practice. Desiree is able to deal with various department in any internal governance of an entity by providing punctual legal assistance to each department, from human resources, procurement, contracts and other internal division for small and medium enterprises to large and even mega enterprises.
Desiree was able to manage intricate cases and claims in addition to providing legal advice and counseling in relation to maritime, employment, real estate, subcontracting, FIDIC agreement as well as handling commercial and corporate transactions while ensuring that the client and the employees are complying with the local laws and regulations.

Professional Associations and Membership
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Legal Consultant licensed by the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department - UAE.
Senior Legal Counsel at Expo 2020 Dubai - Head of IAA/Expo2020 Division - Dubai - UAE

Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law; Lloyds Maritime Academy; Metropolitan London University - United Kingdom
Masters in Private Law; University of Holy Spirit - LEBANON
Masters in Public Law; University of Holy Spirit - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-English-French


Melissa Maatouk
Senior Associate

Melissa Maatouk

Melissa is an experienced lawyer with focus on real estate, insurance and administrative procedures. She advises on all aspects of real estate transactions, property management, public utility concession management projects, joint venture operating matters, and leasing agreements including drafting and negotiating business dealings and commercial contracts. Melissa is proficient in performing due diligence, structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing major acquisitions and divestitures.
Melissa’s insurance expertise has also given her the ability to draft complicated opinions and advise on various high profile and high value disputes.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON

Education
Bachelor of Law; La Sagesse University - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-English-French


Roula Maalouf
Senior Associate - Dubai (DIFC) Branch Manager

Roula Maalouf

Roula’ s areas of practice include corporate law, labor law, Wills and Probate laws and Intellectual Property law. Roula counsels clients on legal matters in relation to UAE laws and local authorities’ rules and regulations, and represents clients with various regulators.
Roula advises on several business set-ups and startup companies, corporate structuring and restructuring, banking and finance related matters, joint ventures and change of control transactions and has continuously counseled businesses in connection with their contractual relationships with domestic and international customers, suppliers and distributors.
Roula’s work involves negotiating, drafting and reviewing complex agreements in various business sectors comprising commercial transactions, franchise mechanism, real estate transactions, IT, IP, employment, and commercial agencies.

Professional Associations and Membership
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Legal Consultant licensed by the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department - UAE
Legal Counsel at Expo 2020 Dubai (October 2016 - Present) - Dubai - UAE

Education
Bachelor of Law; Saint Joseph University - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-English-French


Rania Lahoud
Senior Associate

Rita Bou Fadel

Rania specializes in commercial, civil and administrative law.
She also has extensive experience in the banking and finance field where she worked for several years as an in house legal counsel for one of the reputable local banks.

Education
Bachelor of Law; Saint Joseph University - LEBANON

Professional Associations and Membership
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-French-English

Jamil Fares
Associate

Jamil Fares

Jamil is a skilled litigator specialized in multiple areas of dispute resolution. His practice covers a broad spectrum of advisory and contentious work related to commercial, civil and employment litigations. Jamil has strong academic credentials and extensive knowledge of civil, criminal and employment law and is committed to preserving and protecting the rights of individuals and organizations.
Jamil also provides daily contractual and regulatory advice to clients. He is involved in the preparation and negotiation of diverse corporate agreements such as employment, sale and purchase, and lease agreements as well as coordinating and conducting due diligence in relation to commercial contracts and real estate property.

Memberships and Associations
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON

Education
Masters in International Business and Transportation law; Lille II University - FRANCE
Masters in Private Law; Lille II University - FRANCE
Bachelor of Law; La Sagesse University - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-French-English


Rita Bou Fadel
Associate

Rita Bou Fadel

Rita specializes in the conduct of lawsuits and litigation in all fields of commercial, insurance, employment and intellectual property law. She assists on high-profile litigation cases especially for corporate and insurance clients.
She has developed the necessary skills needed for providing efficient legal counseling to individuals and companies and handling their daily legal matters and contentious cases.

Education
Bachelor of Law; Saint Joseph University - LEBANON
Masters of Law (LLM) in Business Law; Saint Joseph University - LEBANON

Professional Associations and Membership
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Legal Counsel at Expo 2020 Dubai (2019 - Present) - Dubai - UAE

Languages
Arabic-English-French

Marwa Husseini
Associate

Marwa Husseini

Marwa advises on general corporate law matters including drafting and reviewing commercial and financial agreements, investment term sheets, and shareholders agreements. She is able to assist on complex corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, and corporate restructuring. She offers legal recommendation for companies about their legal obligations, duties, rights and the legal risks associated with their projects and operations.
Marwa has acquired the needed experience and results-oriented pragmatism in commercial and civil litigation and dispute resolution by collaborating with senior colleagues at every stage of the litigation process to drive on-target completion outcomes.

Education
Bachelor of Law; Lebanese University - LEBANON
Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance concentration; American University of Beirut- LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-English


Leen Zbeeb
Associate

Leen Zbeeb

Leen gained significant experience and assists in both corporate and litigation departments at IAA. She is skilled in advising clients, analyzing their case disputes, interpreting laws and utilizing rules and regulations.
Leen is primarily involved in the incorporation and dissolution of companies, drafting agreements and handling various corporate activities.
In addition to acquiring the essential practical tools in the legal realm, Leen serves as a legal counsel to various commercial entities in the advertising, insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Education
Bachelor of Law; Lebanese University - LEBANON

Professional Associations and Membership
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Legal Counsel at Expo 2020 Dubai (2019 - Present) - Dubai - UAE

Languages
Arabic-English


Alissar Abou Ghaida
Associate

Alissar Abou Ghaida

With dedication and commitment to her career, Alissar has gained significant experience in the corporate field where she is able to handle a broad range of commercial legal matters including drafting licensing, consulting, manufacturing and vendor services agreement. She is able to counsel corporation on their regulatory and commercial legal matters.
Alissar also assists in all matters related to intellectual property rights , trade marks and copyrights and provides legal advices to protect the Firm’s clientele against the infringement of such rights.

Professional Associations and Membership
Legal Consultant licensed by the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department - UAE
Legal Counsel at Expo Dubai 2020 (2019 - Present) - Dubai - UAE

Education
Bachelor of Law; La Sagesse University - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-English


Lynn El Chedraoui
Associate

Rita Bou Fadel

Lynn specializes in the conduct of lawsuits and litigation in the fields of commercial, insurance, employment and criminal law.
She has developed the necessary skills needed for providing efficient legal counseling to individuals and companies and handling their day-to-day legal matters.
Lynn also handles complex legal matters related to the banking and financial sector within the Lebanese and Qatari jurisdiction and has acquired substantial experience in this field.

Education
Bachelor of Law; Saint Joseph University - LEBANON
Masters of Law (LLM) in Business Law; Saint Joseph University - LEBANON

Professional Associations and Membership
Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON

Languages
Arabic-French-English