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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
The media industry is to receive government support as the Information Minister Melhem Riachi announced, at the start of 2017, a subsidy plan that would back media outlets facing financial struggle.
Leading media outlets are undergoing significant cutbacks in a market that has become a regional media hub, having been the first in the Arab region to allow private radio and television.
Prominent newspaper As-Safir shut down its operations after 42 years of publication. Last year’s combination of layoffs and reduction in the number of pages printed in several daily titles led Lebanon’s Journalist Union to call on government support.
In a statement issued last September, the union highlighted the need for a ‘a comprehensive plan that compels the state to assume its responsibilities regarding the dangerous national crisis’.
Other significant developments include the television and broadcast trends around formats.
Lawyer Leila Laila, a partner at Alem & Associates explained: “The market is focussing on acquiring international formats. One of these was Entertainment Tonight, which acquired rights last year for production and licensing.”
Digital developments continue to mark improvements across sectors with an uptake in subscription-based television services.
Ms Laila commented: “Pay-TV is starting to spread in the Middle East. The digital side of media here is not as developed as the UK and US but it is developing.”
Abou Jaoude & Associates leads the market with a dedicated new media law practice, advising traditional and digital companies on corporate and transactional cases. The firm’s media lawyers advise on advertising, and intellectual property, production and post-production. Other sector-related work includes advising on unfair competition law and acquisitions.
Clients highlight Alem & Associates for its “outstanding delivery, out-of-the-box solutions and strong negotiation skills”. Leila Laila, head of the media and entertainment department, is routinely singled out by clients who describe her as an industry expert. “Her negotiations skills are excellent and the service provided is of international standards” said one client. In representative work the team advised Charisma Group on its acquisition of regional exclusive license and production rights from CBS Studio for the television format of Entertainment Tonight.
Badri and Salim El Meouchi’s media focus is driven by its IP and IT department, which covers multiple segments including entertainment, sports and advertising. The team advises local and international clients on copyright, e-commerce, internet, licensing and sports sponsorship. Lead practitioner Chadia El Meouchi manages the firm’s Lebanon and Qatar offices.
Chedid Law Offices is a Dentons-associated firm. With access to an international network, the firm’s TMT group works on a broad range of cases. The team advises on cable and satellite television, advertising, regulation and unfair competition. Lawyers also act for clients from the publishing, film and music industries.
El-Khoury & Partners is highly specialised in intellectual property protection within
the media and entertainment sector, assisting governments, publishing and e-commerce
companies. The team advises on media, advertising, franchising and distribution agreements.
Other areas of work include unfair trading and competition.
Recognised as a regional leader, Baroudi & Associates specialises in media and advertising. Lawyers assist with dispute resolution, unfair competition, copyright and regulation. In representative work, the team acted for a leading Gulf-based media network in a dispute with the Lebanese Ministry of Information over an exclusive broadcasting contract.
Levant Law Practice’s media focus is combined with its telecommunication work. The firm represented a leading international operator in the negotiation of licenses and advised on related agreements. Lawyers also acted for a leading television network in all its corporate activities and litigation matters.
Intellectual property forms the foundations of Obeid Law Firm’s sector specialisation. From cross-border advice to commercial law, the team works across a range of services. Team activity includes copyright protection, contract analysis, licence acquisition and technology transfer.
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Abou Jaoude & Associates
Alem & Associates
Chedid Law Offices - Associated with Dentons
El-Khoury & Partners
Moghaizel Law Office
Mena City Lawyers
Law Offices of Naoum Farah
Airut Law Offices
Baroudi & Associates
Levant Law Practice
Obeid Law Firm
Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid
Albert Najm & Ziad Najm
Berti Law Firm
Nabil B. Abdel Malek Law Offices
Tyan & Zgheib
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