Partners

Ziad J. Issa
Founder and Managing Partner

With his leading corporate skills, Ziad works with clients across a wide range of industry sectors on domestic and cross-border transactions including but not limited to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, private equity transactions and taxation.

Ziad has extensive expertise in international dispute resolution and international arbitration mainly relating to high value construction, FIDIC and commercial disputes.

In 2010, he was officially appointed by the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the State Honorary Consul in Lebanon. His current position as head of consulate has given him consequential experience in consular and diplomatic affairs ranging from drafting, negotiating and implementing international treaties and conventions.

Member of the Beirut Bar Association-LEBANON (1999 till present).
Member of the Consular Corps of LEBANON
Legal Consultant licensed by the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department - Dubai - UAE
General Counsel of Expo 2020 Dubai (2013 till present) - Dubai - UAE
Accredited Legal Consultant by the “Wills & Probate” Registry of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) - UAE
Member of the In House General Council Committee of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) - UAE
Member of the Chamber of International Arbitrators - New York - USA

Masters of Law (LLM) in “International Business Law”; University of London - UK
Post Graduate Diploma in “Commercial and Corporate Law”; University of London - UK
Diploma in “International Dispute Resolution”; University of London - UK
Certificate in “Leading Professional Services Firm”; Harvard Business School - USA
Executive Masters in Business Administration; ESCP Europe - FRANCE
Executive Masters in Business Administration; ESA Business School - LEBANON
Bachelor of Law ; La Sagesse University - Beirut - LEBANON

Arabic-English-French-Spanish


Elias R. Abi Younes
Founder and Managing Partner

Elias is recognized for his successful track record and expertise in litigation and dispute resolution in the field of civil, commercial and criminal law. He skillfully handles complex disputes in various industries including construction, finance, commerce and telecommunications. He is known for his ability to respond swiftly to conflict inquiries, efficiently tackle the problem at hand, and to exemplify a result-oriented approach to every matter.

Elias also advises listed companies and multinational corporations on complex corporate law matters such as private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, compliance and corporate governance. He assists clients on matters involving shareholder’s relations and disputes such as business judgment rule opinions and board liability.

Notwithstanding his litigation expertise, Elias also offers his legal advice on real estate dealings and development projects. He delivers a unique combination of highly efficient assistance, commercial acumen, and a natural gift for negotiation allowing him to successfully seal numerous agreements involving acquisitions of real estate properties, leasing transactions and corporate equity transfers. With this exceptional and hands-on experience he is able to assist investors on their most challenging global projects where he combines his extensive knowledge and proficiency in different law fields into an integrated advice which enables his clients to manage and mitigate the legal risks of their projects.

Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Member of the Maronite League - LEBANON
Legal Consultant licensed by the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department - UAE
Senior Legal Counsel at Expo 2020 Dubai (January 2013 - Present) - Dubai - UAE

Bachelor of Law; La Sagesse University - LEBANON

Arabic-English-French


Joseph Issa
Founder and Partner

Joseph has more than 40 years of experience in complex insurance matters, he has been cited as a leading lawyer for insurance claims and dispute matters. He has developed a holistic and international view on all aspects of insurance transactions and broader commercial issues that insurance companies face. Joseph advises some of the largest Lebanese insurance groups on reinsurance treaties, assessment of portfolio and claims, general and health insurance requirements, regulations related to licensing and establishment of insurance and reinsurance companies in the region. This hand-on experience gives him a unique perspective and vision in negotiating insurance settlements and representing insurance companies in arbitration and litigation matters.

Notwithstanding his expertise in the insurance industry, Joseph also has an impressive track record in tax corporate restructurings and complex tax litigation matters, where he combines his cutting-edge tax advice with corporate law and accounting implications into seamless advice for his clients.

In 2005, Joseph was officially appointed by the government of Timor-Leste as the State Honorary Consul General in Lebanon. In 2018, he was appointed by the government of Timor Leste as Commissioner General before the UAE government for Expo 2020 Dubai exhibition. In 2020, he has been elected as member of the Steering Committee formed by the countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai and regulated by the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris, France. His current positions have given him consequential experience in consular and diplomatic affairs ranging from drafting, negotiating and implementing international treaties and conventions.

Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Member of the Consular Corps of LEBANON
Commissioner General of Timor-Leste for Expo 2020 Dubai - Dubai- UAE
Member of the Steering Committee formed by the Bureau International des Expositions for Expo 2020 Dubai - UAE

Bachelor of Law; La Sagesse University - LEBANON

Arabic-French-English-Spanish-Portuguese


Imad El Khoury
Partner

Imad specializes in commercial law and employment law across a range of industries including healthcare, retail, media, technology and food and beverage. He provides his legal advice on large-scale projects starting from drafting and negotiating long-term agreements connected with franchising, licensing, acquisition and sale of business units.

Imad assists major commercial companies and restaurant brands by expanding internationally via franchising in connection with negotiating and documenting franchise transactions and conducting local due diligence and regulatory issues. His work on the commercial agreements also covers the exploitation and protection of intellectual property rights.

Imad also advises market-leading media companies on content licensing, production, regulation and copyright matters. He has contributed in setting the basic legal grounds for international musical expositions related to the entertainment industry by being the legal consultant for numerous musical artists and entertainment companies.

Member of the Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON

Bachelor of Law; La Sagesse University - LEBANON

Arabic-French-English


Nizar Sarkis
Partner - Managing Beirut Office

Nizar is a Partner at IAA and joined the firm in March 2018. Prior to joining IAA, Nizar was a partner for 8 years at Sarkis & Associates.

Nizar advises on criminal, employment, real estate, succession, maritime, insurance, and corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructuring, and private equity transactions. He also has significant experience advising banks and financial institutions on their corporate and security documents.

In addition, Nizar has been providing legal counseling in the Qatar jurisdiction for more than eight years and has gained a successful record and reputation. He advises high profile individuals and corporations and represent them in Qatar.

Nizar is a speaker on the topic of succession and international law.

Beirut Bar Association - LEBANON
Sarkis & Associates Attorneys At Law in association with Abdullrahman Al Mahmoud Law firm – Doha- QATAR

Bachelor of law; Saint Joseph University - LEBANON
Executive Masters in Business Administration; ESA Business School - LEBANON
Executive Masters in Business Administration; ESCP Europe - FRANCE
Bachelor of Political Science; Lebanese University - LEBANON

Arabic-French-English