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Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

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The year 2024 began with media freedom concerns in Lebanon following a proposed media law which includes provisions that maintain the criminalisation of defamation.


The Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon called on the Lebanese authorities to ensure the new law does not include provisions that restrict the right to freedom of expression.


Commenting on the law, the Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon said: “No one should face imprisonment for criticising a head of state or government or religious official.


“Lebanese authorities must urgently refrain from approving this draft law and amend all provisions in line with international human rights standards.”

Market participants say that alternative digital media outlets have been notably emerging in Lebanon in recent years in response to traditional media serving the Lebanese political and economic elites.


The digital media market in 2024 is expected to reach USD175.00 million, according to Statista, with a surge in online video consumption.

  

TIER 1

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”. Lawyers are routinely praised by clients for their negotiations skills and the “excellent service provided of international standards”. 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 Law Firms 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.  


TIER 2

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.


Chedid Law Offices, in association with Dentons 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.

TIER 3

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 & Partnerss 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.  

  

TIER 1

Abou Jaoude & Associates

Alem & Associates

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm 

TIER 2

Baroudi & Associates

Chedid Law Offices, in association with Dentons

MENA City Lawyers

Moghaizel Law Office


TIER 3

El-Khoury & Partners

Levant Law Practice

Obeid & Partners


TIER 4

Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid (AMNCC)

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property

Airut Law Offices

Law Offices of Naoum Farah  


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