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With a well developed broadcasting environment, Lebanon’s sector activity over the past year includes television production and the localising of international formats.
Leila Laila, Alem & Associates, explained:
“The first trend is to produce international formats with content that is relevant and interesting for
Lebanon has become a regional media hub with a strong presence of privately-owned television and radio stations.
Practitioners say production and music segments account for the largest part of legal instruction over the past year, closely followed by data privacy and the topic of compliance.
Lebanon lacks a comprehensive legal framework for privacy at a time when the country is increasingly reliant on digital technologies to collect and store personal data. Lawyers say this leads to violations of privacy and results in legal disputes.
Other developments include a move towards cross-border media cooperation.
At the start of last year, Lebanon’s National New Agency (NNA) opened discussion on signing a memorandum of understanding between China and the Information Ministry.
The agreement is expected to strengthen communication and cooperation on both sides.
In April last year China and Lebanon signed a separate Memorandum of Understanding to promote trade relations between both countries.
The agreement is also expected to encourage investment and cooperation in infrastructure and other vital sectors.
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.
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.
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.
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
Moghaizel Law Office
Mena City Lawyers
Baroudi & Associates
El-Khoury & Partners
Law Offices of Naoum Farah
Levant Law Practice
Obeid Law Firm
Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid
Airut Law Offices
Berti Law Firm
Nabil B. Abdel Malek Law Offices
Tyan & Zgheib
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